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.
Sunday 26th September @ 4pm – Songs from St Barnabas
Please join us for an afternoon of worship songs for us all to join in with and sing, if we feel comfortable doing so, whether masked or not.
The musicians will include members of our youth groups.
Our church is open for regular services
Our church is open for regular services and we continue to gather weekly for worship together. 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 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 as we approach autumn and winter.
At St Barnabas we wish to maintain cautious care for our fellow Church family members & neighbours, but with some slight relaxing as follows:
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 still requested to wear a face mask, to use hand sanitiser and to maintain an appropriate degree of social distancing.
We will continue to keep a voluntary 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, though this is no longer a legal requirement.
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 5th September 2021