Welcome to All Saints Barrington which is part of a group of five churches that make up the Benefice of Orwell in South Cambridgeshire. All five churches are here to serve you, whether you are a regular church attender or not. As rural parishes, many of our congregations have members of various traditions who all worship together, be they Baptist, Methodist, Roman Catholic, or whatever, and all are welcome. After all we all worship the same one God.
All of the church buildings in the group are listed, three of them being grade 1 including Barrington which makes them of national importance. It also means worship and spiritual development has been going on amongst the parishes for at least a thousand years if not more, even if the buildings have changed. This does not mean we fossilise, and as social changes occur around us we endeavour to respond to the challenges that are presented to us (see 'About us' for details of the development of the church).
All Saints Barrington is perhaps the largest church in the group and was conceived more as a town church than a village church. Its particular character is its site, at the end of what is claimed by some, to be one of the largest village greens in England. Its interior is also rather grand with medieval carving throughout the Nave and its aisles, and late wall painting of the 'Three Dead' can be seen on the south arcade. The 'Three Dead' are normally complemented by the 'Three Living'. but they are not visible if they do exist just like some black letter texts on the north arcade that are not visible. The Three Dead and the Three Living is about how we cannot escape our ageing and our death in this world - its a medieval moral tale.
Our church building is beginning to open for public worship and it is open during the day for private prayer. During the Covid-19 pandemic the Benefice moved its services on-line using both YouTube and Zoom™ and these currently continue alongside the churches that are open. The benefice is also finding ways to continue bible study and Messy Church on line.
This is also a difficult time for many people who suddenly find themselves with less resources through no fault of their own. There is a Foodbox in our church which all who need it are welcome to use, there is no need to ask, simply help yourself to what you need.
The parish of Barrington: All Saints is committed to the safeguarding of children, young people and adults. We follow the House of Bishops guidance and policies and have our own Parish Safeguarding Officer(s), PSOs. The Diocese of Ely’s safeguarding pages contain vital links and information including contacts for the Diocesan Safeguarding Advisor (DSA) who advise our PSOs. If you are concerned that a child or adult has been harmed or may be at risk of harm please contact the DSA. If you have immediate concerns about the safety of someone, please contact the police and your local authority Children or Adults Services.