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Changes for coronavirus
All public services and meetings at St Barnabas church have been suspended for the foreseeable future in accordance with Church of England guidelines.

For the latest details of virtual church activities, see: https://www.facebook.com/StBarnabasEmmerGreen/

For services from the Oxford diocese, see https://www.oxford.anglican.org/coronavirus-covid-19/livestream/. For other information and resources, see Letter from the vicar.


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Almighty and everlasting God,
who in your tender love towards the human race
sent your Son our Saviour Jesus Christ
to take upon him our flesh
and to suffer death upon the cross:
grant that we may follow the example of his patience and humility,
and also be made partakers of his resurrection;
through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord,
who is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.
Amen.
Palm Sunday Cross by Adara

Thank you Adara for your Palm Sunday cross! We were so pleased with it we wanted to share it with everyone. We also look forward to seeing you and your family, along with everyone else, at COGS and 3rd Space when we can.
Every prayer and blessing for Holy Week.

 

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Well done Adara, really lovely.

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Thank you everyone for your encouraging messages. Every blessing for this Holy Week. Derek

Thank you Derek, a calm voice to reassure us as usual. Rachel & Peach

Thank you Derek, good to be with you all.

Great to be with you and the Global Church

David and Wendy are with you all

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Derek thank you. Jim & I felt so connected to you & our faith as we listened, an oasis of calm reassurance. As soon as you finished Jim exclaimed “well done Derek, excellent!”

Tough times for us all so comforting words help us on this new and unknown journey. Go well.

Thank you Derek.An oasis of calm!

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I really enjoyed your service đŸ™đŸœ

Thank you Derek

Thank you Derek. Peace be with you đŸ™đŸ»

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Livestreamed Holy Week and Easter services from the Diocese of Oxford

Reflection for Palm Sunday

Easter is a special time for Christians.
It is different this year.

During this Coronavirus crisis our thoughts are with those who are ill and those who are suffering loss. This is a dreadful time.

But we can also be inspired by acts of heroism, and the sacrifices people are making to save others.
Our thoughts can also turn to our faith. Jesus made the ultimate sacrifice for us all.

As Christians, we remember that Jesus, the Son of God, who came to live among us as a human being, died for us. Jesus died to save us from our sins.

But this was not the end – Jesus rose from the dead on Easter Day.

The week leading up to Easter is often called Holy Week.
It starts with Palm Sunday.

On Palm Sunday Jesus rode on a donkey into Jerusalem.
It must have been amazing to have been there at the time.
In the distance you would have heard the commotion. It would get closer and closer. You would hear people cheering. And Jesus would have come into sight.

The atmosphere must have been electric

If you took part in the clapping on Thursday for the NHS and others who are giving their all for us all, then you may have experienced a rush of emotion. Being part of something greater than yourself.

It was like that when Jesus came down the road. People not only shouted and cheered, but wanted to do more as they were overcome with a need to cheer.

They didn’t bang pots and pans – that’s not what they did in their culture. As a sign of respect, some people took off their coats and laid them on the floor in front of Jesus. Others pulled off branches from palm trees and waved them as they shouted and cheered for Jesus.

As he passed people were convinced that something special was going to happen.
And something special did happen.

Let us pray that we can experience the joy of Jesus in these difficult times.

Mark Burton
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Reflection for Palm Sunday

Easter is a special time for Christians.
It is different this year.

During this Coronavirus crisis our thoughts are with those who are ill and those who are suffering loss. This is a dreadful time.

But we can also be inspired by acts of heroism, and the sacrifices people are making to save others.
Our thoughts can also turn to our faith. Jesus made the ultimate sacrifice for us all.

As Christians, we remember that Jesus, the Son of God, who came to live among us as a human being, died for us. Jesus died to save us from our sins.

But this was not the end – Jesus rose from the dead on Easter Day. 

The week leading up to Easter is often called Holy Week.
It starts with Palm Sunday.

On Palm Sunday Jesus rode on a donkey into Jerusalem. 
It must have been amazing to have been there at the time.
In the distance you would have heard the commotion. It would get closer and closer. You would hear people cheering. And Jesus would have come into sight.

The atmosphere must have been electric

If you took part in the clapping on Thursday for the NHS and others who are giving their all for us all, then you may have experienced a rush of emotion. Being part of something greater than yourself.

It was like that when Jesus came down the road. People not only shouted and cheered, but wanted to do more as they were overcome with a need to cheer.

They didn’t bang pots and pans – that’s not what they did in their culture. As a sign of respect, some people took off their coats and laid them on the floor in front of Jesus. Others pulled off branches from palm trees and waved them as they shouted and cheered for Jesus.

As he passed people were convinced that something special was going to happen.
And something special did happen.

Let us pray that we can experience the joy of Jesus in these difficult times.

Mark Burton

 

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Thank you Mark, much appreciated.

Palm Sunday & Holy Week 2020

Although our church building is currently closed, the St. Barnabas Church community is still active in other ways, like many other community and neighbourhood groups. Palm Sunday and Holy Week will be different this year, but this is still a special time for Christians.

Palm Sunday
If you have a Palm Cross from last year why not display it in your window during Holy Week? Or, if you have children you may like to create your own cross for Palm Sunday - more details from our Oxford Diocesan website at:
https://www.oxford.anglican.org/coronavirus-covid-19/livestream/palm-sunday/

While you are out walking you may like to see if you can spot our bear and donkey at St. Barnabas Church as part of the bear hunt that people are participating in everywhere - just click on this link from BBC Newsround:
https://www.bbc.co.uk/newsround/52124055

On Palm Sunday at 9.30am the Passion Narrative from Luke 23 will be read by Derek live on this page - please tune in if you can. Mark will be providing a written reflection for Palm Sunday, similar to the one for Passiontide last Sunday, and there will be more to follow from the ministry team during Holy Week.Image attachment
Most merciful God,
who by the death and resurrection of your Son Jesus Christ
delivered and saved the world:
grant that by faith in him who suffered on the cross
we may triumph in the power of his victory;
through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord,
who is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.
Amen.
Latest news and resources from the Church of England and the Diocese of Oxford:

On live streaming Palm Sunday service at 10am:
https://www.oxford.anglican.org/coronavirus-covid-19/livestream/

On Volunteering:
https://www.oxford.anglican.org/coronavirus-covid-19/volunteering/

On Mental Health  and Wellbeing Resources
(Church of England website): 
https://www.churchofengland.org/more/media-centre/news/new-mental-health-reflections-published-church-england
Gracious Father,
you gave up your Son
out of love for the world:
lead us to ponder the mysteries of his passion,
that we may know eternal peace
through the shedding of our Saviour’s blood,
Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen.
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Who was Barnabas?

Barnabas lived at the same time as Jesus and during the life of the early Christian Church he became instrumental in the spreading of the Christian gospel throughout the Mediterranean.  His name means ‘encourager’. Encouragement forms an integral part of our church community at the crossroads in Emmer Green.

Like Barnabas we want to encourage and support you. Also like Barnabas we believe we have a message we want to share with you, the good news of the gospel which opens up a whole new way of life.