St Barnabas Church and the surrounding area is a wonderful community to be part of. I have been the Church of England parish priest since 2015. Firstly on a very part-time basis as I used to be a primary school headteacher. In fact, I was the headteacher at St Barnabas CE Primary School next door to our church from January 1999-September 2003. So it is good to be back amongst a community and I know and love. In September 2017 took on the role of 'almost full-time' parish priest as we seek to grow the congregations and develop our outreach as we share the gospel message.
What does a parish priest do all day? Each day I say the Office of Morning and Evening Prayer at 8.30am and 5pm (although at the moment we are using zoom and saying it at 9.15am and 6pm). People are more than welcome to join me when I am in church. I spend some of my working week preparing various services, reading, writing a sermon, meeting with people, attending training and leading Collective Worship each Wednesday in church for the school. I also meet with people who have questions about life and faith as well as working with people who are discerning their call to the priesthood. Each week I run a community tea ([email protected]) where we welcome people from the local area or further afield. It's fun and social. There are of course many other things that take place in any one week, not forgetting all the administration.
During the pandemic we have been able to gather virtually using 'zoom'. Most services you can either attend in person or on zoom. Please see our 'zoom' page.
I always hope people feel welcomed when they come into the church.
The Revd John Pearson-Hicks