The Church was a plant from Canford Magna church and the Lantern Church in Merley, they are both just a mile down the road from Bearwood. The Church was opened in 1982 which means that in 2007 we celebrated our 25th Anniversary.
After 23 years of being called Bearwood Church only, the leadership felt it right to give the church a name and so in January 2005 the Bishop of Sherborne Tim Thornton dedicated the Church and named it St.Barnabas.
If we had to describe the church we would place ourselves in the New Wine stable. We are Evangelical and Charismatic, we believe in the authority of the Bible, but just because God has written a book does not mean that he has stopped speaking and moving powerfully in his church. We believe that the 'Gifts of the Holy Spirit' as Paul outlines them in his letters are available today, and we are trying to learn how to walk in them and minister them to each other and the community that we are trying to serve.
We are the first to admit that we haven’t got everything together, and that we haven’t yet attained to the level of maturity that God is seeking in his Church. We are still running the race, walking in the footsteps of Jesus and trying to be like him. We believe that the preaching and teaching ministry is vital in the process of ‘growing up.’ It is a priority in the life of the church but it is not the only way to spiritual maturity. We grow up as we learn, take risks, fail and falter. We grow up as we take our place in the body of Christ and encourage, help, coax and cajole, and work together in all things.
We believe that every Christian should be involved in Christian service in the ‘church’ and in the ‘world'. We all have something to offer and we all have something to give. We believe that there is joy in serving and there is blessing in serving, and we are committed as a church to helping every member to discover their gifts and talents for ministry. Training and equipping every leader for the tasks that God calls them to.
Here at St. Barnabas we want to be witnesses to our community concerning all that God has done for us in Jesus. We believe that although everyone is not called to be an evangelist we are all called to be witnesses to the grace, love and mercy of God. Our desire is to enable every member to their Christian faith naturally. Our vision is to see our church growing with new people being converted to Christ and built up in their faith.
Worship is the very heart of our church life, we enjoy worship and we believe that through it God comes close to us and we are drawn closer to Him. The songs and hymns that we sing are mainly contemporary and so are the instruments that lead us. We also desire to give the Holy Spirit the freedom to lead and direct us in every area of our worship, whether it is sung or spoken. But in all that we do we want to give God glory and to see Jesus lifted high.
We believe that God still heals today as he has always done. He is able to bring healing and wholeness to our bodies, minds and spirits, and he does it we believe as we love, care and pray for one another in the name of Jesus. Because of this understanding we seek to give the opportunity for personal prayer with the laying on of hands at the end of most services. We have a ministry team that have been trained in prayer ministry and are still training as they pray humbly in faith for those who seek wholeness in Jesus’ name.
We are seeking to be a church that is connected to the community. We have no desire to be a ‘Holy Huddle'. The church building is used by other non church groups, i.e. Health Visitor Clinic, we organise Youth Work, Parent & Toddler groups, Pop-in Coffee mornings, and encourage church members to be involved in community activities that will improve and enhance life on Bearwood. We are seeking God for courage, boldness and compassion to motivate us to do more.