St Barnabas, originally Joseph, and born a Cypriot Jew, was one of the earliest to convert to Christianity. He was born and died in Salamis, Cyprus. He is mentioned in the Acts of the Apostles (4: 36) as selling land he owed and giving it to the early church. When the newly converted Paul came to Jerusalem, most of the disciples wanted nothing to do with him, knowing his record of persecuting Christians. However, Barnabas was willing to give Paul a chance, and the rest as they say, is history..... His name means 'son of encouragement'. We will pray today for all churches dedicated to St Barnabas and give thanks for his witness.
Church of England Diocese of Chelmsford St. Michael and All Angels, Walthamstow