Every church has values and priorities which define who they are as a church. The following list are the primary values and priorities that we are seeking to uphold, develop and grow in St. Barnabas Church.
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 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 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.
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.
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.
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.
Prayer Ministry – Our Prayer Ministry teams are available to pray with you at our 10.30am services.