Keeping connected to God - Being connected to our world
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 again for regular services
The PCC has agreed with Neil that it is appropriate to re-open for public services from Good Friday and weekly Sunday services for the foreseeable future, as long as infection rates remain low. 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. We believe it is important to gather in person for mutual encouragement and sharing Holy Communion in as safe a manner as possible, but do not want anyone to feel undue pressure to attend until they are ready.
We will be adhering to the social distancing measures that we used previously (households to be sat in pews 3 book spaces apart) and unless leading/reading/leading prayers to wear masks. The length of our services will continue to be condensed to minimise any potential discomfort.
We are so thankful for your continued support and prayerful participation. More changes to guidance on music and singing may still come next week or later, we will adapt as and when we can.
We will continue to 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 still appear on Facebook and YouTube for those people who are unable to view our services live and wish to catch up later.
Anyone visiting our building is required to wear a face mask, to use hand sanitiser, to maintain an appropriate degree of social distancing and to follow the precautions agreed by the PCC and set out in the Risk Assessment.
We are required to keep a record of everyone who attends our church for 21 days in case we need to refer people on for contact tracing. If you are visiting our church for the first time you will be asked to provide contact details. Full details of our precautions are set out below with a letter from our Vicar, the Revd. Neil Coleman, a plan of the one-way system of moving around our building and a Risk Assessment agreed by our PCC.
St Barnabas Cray services - Letter from our Vicar St Barnabas - Building plan showing our one-way system
St Barnabas - Risk Assessment for re-opening Church of England - Coronavirus (COVID-19) guidance for churches
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.
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Website last updated on 6th April 2021