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NOTICE BOARD

ST BARNABAS THIS AUTUMN

Sunday 6th January at 10.30: Eucharist.  The Epiphany.

Sunday 13th January at 10.30: Eucharist. Worshipping Together. Creche.

Sunday 20th January at 10.30: Eucharist. Epiphany 3. Creche and Sunday School.

Sunday 27th January at 10.30: Eucharist. Epiphany 4. Creche and Sunday School.

Sunday 10th February at 10.30: Eucharist. Worshipping Together for Candlemass. Creche.

6pm. Quiet Evening Service.

Wednesday 13th February at 8pm. Eucharist for Ash Wednesday.

 

ST BARNABAS, YESTERDAY, TODAY AND TOMORROW. A RENEWED VISION.

Thank you to all those who filled in the questionnaires. Overwhelmingly these were positive, with particularly encouraging comments coming from the children who really love their church and the people that worship with them here. We will discuss the responses in more detail at the next PCC meeting on November 12th, and hope to develop a number of action points to help us develop together as a Christian community. Our aim is to focus and improve in the 5 key areas, of worship, fellowship, discipleship, ministry and outreach.

 

ST BARNABAS DRAMA YOUTH GROUP. LAUNCHING NOVEMBER 8TH.

If you are in Year 4 or this could be for you. On Thursdays in the large hall, from 6.30 until 7.30. The aim is to have fun with all aspects of drama, from games and improvisations, and a chance to develop new plays to be performed in church. If you are interested please contact Holly Hayes or Rebecca Marangos. There will be a small charge to pay for scripts and biscuits.

 

NEW CHOIR

We are delighted that Emily Griffiths has agreed to run choir for us. Emily is a music graduate with an expertise in singing, and will be helping us out at least once a month during the coming year. To be a member of the choir it is essential that you can read music to a reasonable standard and be able to sing- auditions will be required. We are particularly looking for some confident male singers. All practices will be at 9.30 on the Sunday that the choir will be singing, so that music can be practised at home before hand. The next choir date is to be announced. We are hoping that on appropriate occasions those keen on singing but not as skilled musically will be able to augment the formal choir. Emily’s email is emilylouisegriffiths@gmail.com

 

ST BARNABAS EVENTS

Details are continuously changing so please keep an eye on my blog and the Events calendar for the most up to date information.

 

FRIENDS OF ST BARNABAS

It is really good to hear that so many people are getting involved with the Friends. It is very early days yet but hopefully by working together on this we will strengthen the communal life of St Barnabas, at the  same time as raising funds for repairs to the church and reaching out more to the local community. Thanks to Tor and her team for their hard work.

 

A NEW RESOURCE FOR LEADING YOUNG WORSHIPPERS

From September  a  new aid to teaching at Young Worshippers is available. It is called Feasting  on the Word, and is an initiative launched in the USA. A group of skilled academics, teachers and pastors have produced a curriculum aimed at developing understanding of Christianity for all ages. Due to a very kind donation from an ex parishioner ,who appreciated Sunday school when he was a child ,we have been able to buy into the scheme for a year. Ian will let the leaders know how to log onto the web-site.


OTHER ACTIVITIES

The Monday club meets at 2pm most weeks and provides an opportunity for senior citizens to share refreshments and entertainment. The Under 3’s is a drop in group aimed at parents with small children. Coffee and biscuits are served in a welcoming and safe Christian environment. Singing is usually accompanied by Cyril Birkbeck on his trumpet!

ST BARNABAS BOOK CLUB

The next book to be read will be Rowan Williams' one about Narnia, The Lion's Book.

CHURCH OF ENGLAND SCHOOL PLACES

Please note that all of the local Church of England schools require evidence of attendance at church on at least 2 weeks every month for a number of years before the application date. They also require other evidence of involvement, such as long term committed support for the life of the church and its mission.

There is a signing in sheet at the back of the church on Sundays and you will also find some notes about the local schools and procedures for application and admissions criteria in the same area.

The Church of England Primary schools closest to us are St Michaels, Bishop Gilpin and St Anne’s in Wandsworth.

SINGING AND MUSIC AT ST BARNABAS

If you have an interest in getting involved with this side of parish life please do get in contact with Michael Parfett, our organist and director of music. Lavenham singers take on some challenging pieces- last year they performed parts of Vivaldi's Gloria during a Sunday morning service. We have a music group who play every 6 weeks or so and a spontaneous choir practices directly before the morning services on the occasions that they are available.