What sort of church are we?
We welcome everyone of all faiths and none to join us. We don’t judge and have a variety of services that aim to meet the needs of our community. You’ll find us singing modern worship songs alongside more traditional hymns.
Children are welcome at all services. Our Investigators group has special activities during term time except on first Sundays and is open to all children. There’s also a carpeted area with toys so that you can bring children to any service without worrying about how to entertain them.
When are the services?
Currently all services are being held online. For details, see Online services.
Normally you can join us for services at the following times:
- Wednesday 10am said communion service
- Sunday 8am said communion service
- Sunday 9.30am pattern of services with singing.
Sunday 9.30am worship:
- 1st Sunday COGS all-age service (usually under 45 minutes)
- 2nd Sunday parish communion service
- 3rd Sunday service of the word
- 4th Sunday parish communion service
- 5th Sunday joint services with Caversham Park (see the diary for details of the next service)
Also, on the last Sunday of every month, the 3rd space runs from 2-3pm in the Parish Centre.
Come and try us out
Most of our services are under an hour (said services are shorter) – so it doesn’t take long to find out whether you like what you find here.
What’s it like being new at St Barnabas?
I asked Hayley, the vicar’s wife, what it had been like getting to know the congregation at St Barnabas and this is her answer:
As the saying goes it is the people that make a place and this is true of St Barnabas. It can be daunting going into a building for the first time on your own and possibly even more so going into a church. You may have childhood memories attending services in old, chilly churches with dreary music and monotone sermons which seem to never come to an end.
Well you won’t find any of that at St Barnabas. No, I am not biased, just giving my personal opinion as I have experienced the St Barnabas Church family.
I have been warmly welcomed into the Sunday routine, never been pressurised to ‘make tea’ or been asked lots of heavy questions. Getting to know a church and the people within takes time and your involvement in making church a part of your life must be at a pace you are comfortable with. So if you are at a crossroads in your faith journey I would encourage you to take that first step, open your heart and mind to faith at St Barnabas.
A warm welcome awaits you.