About Us

St Barnabas’ Church is the only place of worship in Burnmoor (also spelled Bournmoor).

St Barnabas is a church in the central tradition of the Church of England, with a heart for serving the local community. There is a good congregation, who would be more than pleased to welcome anyone who visits.


Services

Sunday morning 11.00am 

Fifth Sunday of the month Holy Communion 10.00am on a rota of our Parish Churches.

 

Children and Young People

Baby & Toddler Group runs on Monday and Friday mornings. (term time) Drop in and ask about spaces.

Tiny Tweeties sessions, please check their website for next sessions and booking information.

Durham Area Youth run a Youth Club in the Church hall on Wednesdays for 9 - 16 year olds. 


Baptisms, Marriages, Banns and any other enquiries

Contact our Churchwarden, Eileen Bishop on 0789 9003831, e-mail [email protected] or visit us in the church hall, after the Sunday Service over coffee at 12pm.  NB: Services on the 5th Sunday of the month are held an hour earlier and not always at our Church. 


Church hall

We have a large hall, small room and kitchen available for hire.

Please be assured that you are very welcome to get in touch for any information you may require, and every effort will be made to give you the support you need. Parish hall bookings and information: [email protected]

We often have private parties or advertised events on in the hall. 

Our weekly activities are for the Community and everyone is welcome

Coffee and refreshments after the Sunday Church service.

Craft Class on a Tuesday in the hall. Bring your own craft project.

Community Choir on a Tuesday evening. A relaxed singing session.

Community coffee morning on Wednesday morning. Call in for a chat and a cuppa.

Mothers Union: meet every month on a Monday in the afternoon.

Ladies Group: meet monthly on a Thursday evening. 


Our history

This nineteenth century parish church, built a century ago, is a worthy and seemly house for the worship of God, and finds a warm place in the hearts of  not only the inhabitants of the village, but also of church goers in many surrounding districts.  It does not possess any ancient history, nor does it aspire to anything but what it is, a homely house of God, and as such is loved by all who worship there.

The church is dedicated to St Barnabas, and was built by Johnson and Hicks between 1867 and 1868, at the sole charge of George Frederick D’Arcy Lambton, whose wife, Beatrix Frances, Countess of Durham, laid the foundation stone on 3rd May 1867.

Major renovation to the building was carried out in 2001, when the north aisle roof, the priest’s vestry roof and north windows were renovated. The north aisle roof has been completely renewed in stainless steel.   As part of the roof work, new guttering has been installed, complete with five new downcomers and  hoppers.  Remedial work has been done to the roof beams and window  lintels.  Remedial work has also been carried out to the nave roof beams.

More recent work has included a complete overhall of the organ in 2014 as well as a new carpet and pew cushions, installation of a toilet in 2013, redecoration of the nave and south aisle ceiling and the installation of a new lighting scheme in 2008.Major renovation to the building was carried out in 2001, when the north aisle roof, the priest’s vestry roof and north windows were renovated. The north aisle roof has been completely renewed in stainless steel.   As part of the roof work, new guttering has been installed, complete with five new downcomers and  hoppers.  Remedial work has been done to the roof beams and window  lintels.  Remedial work has also been carried out to the nave roof beams.

ANGEL OF VICTORY

An outstanding feature in the north aisle is the Angel of Victory, a large statue of white Italian marble on a blue-grey pedestal. At the rear of the octagonal pedestal is the Greek word ‘Nikh’, meaning victory.  At the front of the pedestal can be seen the Lambton crest. 

The statue had been in Lambton Castle since 1894.  The story goes that it was brought from Italy in the ballast of a ship, and brought on a cart from Fence Houses Station by Adam Brown. The marble was brought from Carrara, in Italy. 

CHANCEL, SOUTH SIDE, EAST MOST WINDOW (1919)

This is a Morris window.  It is dedicated to the Glory of God and to the memory of the Honourable Geoffrey Lambton, Coldstream Guards, killed in action near Villers Cotterets in France on 1st September 1914.