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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.

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Closure of St Barnabas' Pre-school

It is with sadness and regret that we have taken the very difficult decision to close our Pre-school, after 30 years of caring for children in our community. 

We are so grateful for the pioneering leaders from our Church who provided a safe, fun and educational environment for so many little ones over those years. It was the dedication and faithful service of various Staff members, amidst changing times, that enabled us to satisfy the Ofsted requirements and be rated as GOOD. We are sorry to say goodbye to such dedicated staff who gave over and beyond their time and duties. Sadly, the recent challenges over austere funding, lower numbers and employer's liabilities have led us to the point where our Pre-school was no longer financially viable.  We are mindful of the need to prioritise the generous donations of our Church worshipper's, that we steward, into other areas of ministry that are thriving.



Our church is open for regular services and we continue to gather weekly for worship together. We will be delighted if you can join us in Church physically, but if not then you are still able join us in worship from home via Facebook or Zoom.

As the Church of England guidance on music, singing and social distancing has now permitted changes to the way we have been conducting our services over the last few months. The latest Church of England guidance can be accessed online using the following link:    Church of England - Coronavirus (COVID-19) guidance for churches  It gives individual churches much more freedom to decide how they wish to continue keeping their congregations safe. 

At St Barnabas we wish to maintain cautious care for our fellow Church family members & neighbours:

  • We will continue to ensure good ventilation with fresh air circulation.
  • We will continue with a degree of social distancing (including sharing the peace only from afar) whilst indoors.
  • Our musicians will continue to be socially distanced and will minimise sharing of materials.
  • We will continue to distribute wafers only during Communion for now.
  • It is no longer obligatory to wear a mask when in the building, but you may wish to continue doing so.

We still offer the possibility of joining our online services each Sunday and the service will be available on Zoom and on Facebook Live. Recorded services will appear on Facebook and YouTube for those people who are unable to view our services live and wish to catch up later. 


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Website last updated on 2nd August 2022
The site is updated at least twice a month, please let us know if you spot anything out-of-date.