Brief history of St Barnabas and its Community Project

Timeline: the Church

2018    We installed a new meeting room in the Hall

2017    We installed new toilets in the Church

2017    We installed a new Church kitchen

2016    We installed a new heating system in the Church

2015    We installed a new heating system in the hall

2013    We started renovating the Church building and hall

2010    We started our first youth club

1961    The hall burnt down, and a new one completed three years later

1932    St Barnabas became a Parish Church; and a new hall was built

1911    The first Barnabas Church was completed

1870    St Barnabas Mission Church started as classes for the poor, in Back Marsh Street (near today’s Lees Road)


In the beginning

The first activity to kick-start our programme of community engagement was our Youth Club, which started in November 2010.

A new project

We formally started the Barnabas Community Project in mid-2011.

Its aims were to:

● Enhance wellbeing and wholeness

● Promote better chances in life and build a stronger community.



Timeline: Community Project

2019 We started the third pilot of our food pantry, and will enhance it following building work in the late spring.

2018 We installed toilets in the Church, enabling more projects to occur in that end of the community centre.

2017 Significant plans were made for creating a Food Pantry

2016 We installed a new kitchen in the Community Centre

2016 We started our Youth Breakfast

2016 We appointed our second Community Worker, Duane Kenneally

2015 We appointed the Project Administrator

2015 We relocated the food bank to the Church

2015 We started our Job Club

2015 We started our Community Café

2014 We started our first food bank, from the Vicarage

2013 We appointed our first Community Worker, Sam Ecclestone

2012 We started our children’s holiday club

2011 We formally started the Community Project

2010 We started our youth club

Related links

Early history of the Church

The very first wedding in the Church



Page posted 21 February 2019