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.
Our New Curate, Julie
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,
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.
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
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
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.
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
Vision at St Barnabas
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
may be interested in having a look at the new Diocesan
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 ...
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...
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
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...
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...