All Saints' Church BarrowAbout our Parish
The church is the largest of the five in the benefice. Its notable features include a beautiful stained glass east window, two Norman windows in the nave, a medieval wall painting depicting dancers and a splendid tomb monument beside the main altar. The tower houses six bells. Our bell ringers ring regularly and often host visiting bell teams. We have a small but committed robed choir who sing at every service. The flower arrangers are noted for their tasteful and beautiful arrangements and the cleaners keep a tidy and welcoming building. The church is open during daylight hours most days of the year. The churchyard is closed but the village cemetery is near by.
The regular Sunday services are Holy Communion (BCP and CW) with Morning Prayer and a Family Service. The children’s Kina Choir sings regularly at the Family Service, often accompanied by instrumentalists from the congregation.
All Saints has the highest number of weddings, baptisms and funerals within the benefice and holds special services on feast days and festivals such as Christmas, Harvest Festival, Remembrance Sunday and Eastertide, which are always well attended. Our two Christmas services, children’s crib with a ‘living nativity’ and a carol service are particularly well attended, often leaving standing room only for the congregation.
The church is supported by a dedicated PCC with a mix of male and female members aged from 30 something to 70 something, so most groups are represented. This ensures a strong link with the community and the many varied organisations and activities happening within the village. In particular there is a strong and affectionate relationship with Barrow Church of England primary school and two nurseries. The “Open the Book” team visits these schools weekly during term time and Junior Church meets at the primary school on Tuesday afternoon. Numerous fundraising events are held throughout the year, which include a Flower Festival, Harvest Supper in the village hall and Christmas Bazaar.
All Saints has recently had installed a new organ at the back of the nave. With its good acoustic quality the church is often used for fundraising concerts. We have also installed a ‘green loo’ behind the church making life a bit more comfortable for people that may have had to travel a distance. A sound system with a hearing loop is to be added to church’s fabric in 2012.
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