Diocese of Swansea and Brecon Read more about the history of our village St Barnabas Church Learn more about Saint Barnabas, our church patron saint
Jesus on the Cross - Stained glass window above the altar at St Barnabas Church
 
  Sunday:  8:30am Holy Eucharist  
    10:00am Family Communion  
  1st Sun. only  6:00pm Informal Worship  
  Wednesday: 10:30am Holy Eucharist  
         
         
 

Voice of the Dove CD

 
  Voice of the Dove CDA selection of songs and
hymns for meditation and
adoration. Listen to samples
of the tracks available on the
CD and find out how to obtain
a copy for yourself.

 
 
   
   

Confirmation Service

The Bishop of Brecon and Swansea presided over a joyful confirmation service on Sunday 17th November, 2013. Visit the gallery page for photos of our candidates and members of the congregation after the service.

 

Welcome to Our New Curate, Julie 

“Base Camp”.  That’s what it felt like on Sunday 30th June, my first morning in St Barnabas Church as Assistant Curate.  My ordination as Deacon the day before in Brecon Cathedral was a wonderful occasion and followed the most amazing retreat, led by Rev. Philip Roderick, at Llangasty. 

I was spoilt rotten by everybody, enjoyed a sumptuous tea back at St Barnabas with lots of lovely cards and presents – including a beautiful stole. 

I am so grateful to each and every one not only for all their efforts and good wishes on Saturday but for their love, support, encouragement and patience during the past three years.  

So why does it feel like base camp?  Well it has been a long trek to get this far – spending 20 years messing about in the foothills didn’t help – but now the real ascent begins and I am setting out with all the emotions you would expect. 

So again, a big thank you to everybody – to Ian for encouraging me to put my climbing boots on and affirming each step and to all the sherpas who have got me this far – I think the expression I am looking for now is ‘onwards & upwards’ . 

My aim is to live in God’s presence and please him, to reflect Jesus in every thought, word and deed and that the fruits of the Holy Spirit will ripen in my life ..........

 

Parish Report

The Parish Report has been prepared and published and is available to download and view as a PDF document. Click the following link to view the report: Download 2013 Parish Report.

 

Latest Pew Sheet with News & Events

Our weekly Pew Sheet includes all the info you need for the coming week, including service and events, as well as keeping up to date with news from St Barnabas... [Download Notices]

 

God's Vision at St Barnabas

The Swansea & Brecon Diocesan Prayer for mission has now become familiar to us all and all the PCCs in the diocese were asked by Bishop John to arrange an ‘away day’ in an attempt to discover what the vision for (in our case) St Barnabas’ future mission may be – and to think about ways of achieving this.

So successful was the meeting that the first thing that was decided was that ‘vision/mission’ meetings should take place separately from the usual PCC business meetings.  The first of these took place last Friday.

It was decided that the first and most important thing we need to do is to pray – to find out what it is that God wants from us and that this process needs to be embraced by the whole body of the church.  This rediscovery of our purpose to be ‘Good News’ to those around us really applies to the church throughout the land (see the ‘Bishop’s Charge which will be copied for everyone next week) – but we need to begin where we are, here in Waunarlwydd.  

Meanwhile .............

We have come up with one or two practical things, such as sending out invitations to special events (e.g. those taking place around St Barnabas Day) to those who have been married, baptised, or to families of those whose funerals have been held in the church.

We would also like to pop a Welcome pack through the letter box of any newcomer to the village ...... and again this needs to be something everybody is involved in because the only way we will get to know when somebody new moves in near you is if you let us know.

You may be interested in having a look at the new Diocesan Vision website  www.gatheringgrowinggoing.com

 

An Online Retreat from the Worship Leaders

There may be times in our lives when we feel the need to withdraw from the treadmill of every day living; to take a step back, catch our breath and focus our minds on what is really important in our life – to retreat. As a team of worship leaders, we have felt blessed by the experiences of meeting together, researching materials and constructing a ‘very small retreat’. We offer it here for you to explore in your own time, in your own homes and always in: solitude, silence, simplicity and surrender, the four elements that form the essence of a good retreat ... [download retreat]

 

New Stained Glass Window for St Barnabas

A new commission of St Barnabas in stained glass has been unveiled at St Barnabas Church. Find out more about the story about its concept and development, as well as some photographs of the design phase and the all important final article... [more]

 

Richard Britton Seascape Auction

The Vicar and congregation of a Swansea church have had a major boost to their church and church hall community restoration fund raising program thanks to a world renowned landscape and wildlife artist.

St. Barnabas Church, Waunarlwydd, have raised almost £100,000 to meet the cost of the restoration and refurbishment of both buildings and are now reaching the end of the project... [more]

 

A Journey Through Holy Week

A collection of photographs have been published from Holy Week at St Barnabas. Find out what went on and experience the sparseness of the church on Good Friday and the burst of colour of the church decorated in thousands of flowers for Easter Day... [more]

 
       
  View the photo gallery and explore this tranquil and peaceful 19th century church. All photographs are available for sale through our online Gift Shop.  
       
  Would you like to learn more about who Jesus is? The best place to learn is from the Bible. To help you, we have put together material about the Son of God, the Messiah: Jesus Christ.  
     
  Our online store will have
photographs, CDs and
a range of products to
help support our church.
 
 

 
     
  Sermons are delivered at
St. Barnabas every week
and they form part of our
worship and praise. You can 'take part' in our services at home by accessing our library of past sermons.
 
     

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