Welcome to the St
Barnabas' Church website!
St Barnabas' is a friendly Church of England parish church
on Rushet Road (just off Cotmandene Crescent) in St Paul's Cray,
Orpington, Kent BR5 2PU. Although the distinctive green roof is clearly
visible from a distance, it becomes more difficult to find our church the closer
you get and you may wish to consult the map.
Our aim is to keep connected to God
through prayer, worship and teaching to enable us to be connected to our
world, responding to the needs of our community and sharing God's love in a
way that transforms lives.
We try to provide a warm welcome to all
our visitors: if you're local to us, or visiting the area, we
would be pleased to see you at one of our services or social events. Wherever you're from, we hope you
find something of interest on (or through) this site or one of our
social media feeds.
Our Church Is Open for Private Prayer on Sunday
Recent changes to Government and Church of England
guidance have given us the option of opening our church building for private
prayer if we are able to ensure that visitors to the building maintain social
distancing. Our church will be open from 2:00 - 3:30pm on a Sunday
afternoon from 21st June to give visitors this option. There will be
clear instructions on how to maintain the required social distance in our
building and hand sanitiser will be freely available. Please bring your own pen
to sign in and provide contact details, should we need to refer people on for
Our Sunday worship will continue to be online at
10:30am via our Facebook page until further changes are made to the guidance
from the Church of England.
Pre-school re-opened on Monday 22nd
Our Pre-school re-opened
on Monday 22nd June following the recent changes to Government
guidance which relaxed the restrictions on Early Years education provision.
Please see the letter from Sarah Bodle about the re-opening and our Risk
Assessment using the links below.
to Parents on re-opening of pre-school
Risk Assessment (Coronavirus)
We take the health and welfare of our church community very seriously and
will be following the Church of England guidance on the COVID-19 epidemic.
"In light of the Government guidance around non-essential contact,
the Archbishops of Canterbury and York have issued advice that public worship is
suspended until further notice."
If you would like some prayer resources to use at home there are Bible
readings for Morning Prayer listed, as always, on our Midweek Services
page as well as a link to Daily Prayer page of the Church of England
website. Alternatively you may like to use this
compilation of Morning and Night Prayer with readings for each day of the
We are sad that St Barnabas Church services and all groups will not be
happening to alleviate the spread of Coronavirus in our community and beyond.
Whilst this means our Pre-school, Tots Club, children's & youth groups, Messy Church, Morning Prayer
& Sunday services will not be on from now on, let's pray for God's love
& power to heal, help & comfort all those affected and for those in
In the meantime, we want to remain connected with you either online or on the
Don't forget to look in on our Facebook
page where you will find live-streamed 'Time to Pray' at 8:00am on Tuesday,
Wednesday and Friday mornings and our 10:30am Sunday morning
If you know of vulnerable or isolated people that we might be able to
help please do let us know.
I am still working from home and happy to chat,
email or message.
Watch this space for further updates, God bless - Neil Coleman (Vicar of St
The Healing on the Streets team from Churches Together in the Crays have
cancelled their monthly sessions in Cotmandene Crescent until further notice,
but will resume again as soon as government guidance permits.
However, at a time of social crisis it is more important than ever for us to
pray for people in their different situations and their wide range of hopes,
fears and needs. If you would like the team to pray for you, or someone you
know, we are happy to do so if you get in touch with us either by email or
phone. Please let us know who it is that you would like prayer for and why. You
can request a call back to you, if you include your phone number in the email.
As always, anything you discuss is confidential within the team and several
members of the team will pray for you and your concerns.
Phone: 01689 831597
On this site you can find:
What do you think?
We welcome your comments on this site. Please contact
us with your comments or if you would like any other
information about the church.
Web-site last updated on 27th June 2020
The site is updated at least twice a month, please let us know if you spot anything out-of-date.