About The Church​

We are a medium-sized local community church with over 130+ adults and young people on a housing estate called Bearwood, which lies between Bournemouth and Poole.

The Church was a plant from Canford Magna Church and the Lantern Church in Merley. They are both just a couple of miles down the road from Bearwood. The Church first opened in 1982.

After 23 years of being called Bearwood Church Centre, 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.’

What kind of Church is St.Barnabas?

Vision Statement

Jesus is calling us to build a church that is rooted in the Bible. Where people encounter the transforming power of God; in the worship, in the teaching, and in the values and lifestyles of its members.

Our Mission Statement​

To make disciples of Jesus  who make a difference for Jesus, in a world that needs Jesus.

A Church with a purpose

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.

A Maturing Church

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.

A Serving Church

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 our hope and desire is to help every member to discover their gifts and talents for ministry. Training and equipping every leader for the tasks that God calls them to. The Apostle Paul referred to the church as a Body made up of many parts, and like a human body we are all dependent on those parts doing what they were made to do

A Witnessing Church

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.

A Healing Church

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.

A Outward Church

We are seeking to be a church that is connected to the community. We have no desire to be a ‘Holy Huddle’. We organise Youth Work in the community centre next door, Parent & Toddler groups, A monthly Lunch club called The Well, Childrens Holiday clubs, and we 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 and Pastoral Care

Prayer Ministry – Our Prayer Ministry teams are available to pray with you at our 10.30am services.

Pastoral Care – If you or someone else you know would like a pastoral visit or home communion please contact the office – 01202 579 562.

St Barnabas Mission Giving​

Mission to Romania

This has been a mission supported by the whole Canford team for many years. We are linked in with a Dutch Christian organisation called Phoneo who have a base in Romania. Most of the work involved a building projects.

This mission exists to direct aid exclusively to Christians around the world. They are seeking to meet both practical and spiritual needs, and have a strong and fruitful mission to Christians persecuted for their faith.
St Barnabas gives to Mission India to help a church plant by financially. This helps the church leader receive training on Evangelism, Discipleship and Leadership to help others receive the Gospel and perhaps plant a church themselves.
The Mission 4 Water charity was founded by Sue Morgan and a Ugandan Water Engineer named Sunday. Their drilling team of young men drillers, many of whom, like Sunday, are orphans, have to-date constructed 136 low cost boreholes in rural villages and institutions like schools and hospitals throughout Uganda.
MAF believe nothing should stop people from receiving the love of God and the essentials of life – no matter how remote they are. Our vision is to see 'isolated people physically and spiritually transformed in Christ's name.' We use aviation and technology, because in many places those are the only ways to reach isolated people in need.
Mercy Ships is a faith-based international development organisation that deploys hospital ships to some of the poorest countries in the world, delivering vital, free healthcare to people in desperate need.

Whole Parish Mission - Supported by St Barnabas, The Lantern & Canford Magna Parish Church.

The Bible Society’s basic mission is to get God’s Word in as many peoples hands as is possible in their own language. They work around the world.
This is a Fresh Expression Project trying to do church differently
Supporting evangelical ministries in Britain and creating new resources to share the Gospel.

Salisbury Sudan Link

Salisbury Sudan: This supports Christian Ministry in Anglican churches in the Sudan. Sudan - Salt and Soap: This is literally salt and soap for Christians in South Sudan Theological: A Wimborne Deanery initiative to support training of church leaders.
Christian Mission to the Jews; encouraging Jewish people to embrace Jesus as their Messiah.
A Christian based homecare organisation working mainly with the elderly.