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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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Our Church Is Open for Private Prayer on Sunday Afternoon

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 contact tracing.

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 June 2020

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.

Letter to Parents on re-opening of pre-school

Pre-school Risk Assessment (Coronavirus)


Coronavirus COVID-19

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 week.

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 authority. 

In the meantime, we want to remain connected with you either online or on the phone. 

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 service.

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 Barnabas)


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


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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.