News In Brief

Meet Dr Ben Wood – ‘post postliberal’, ‘unsystematic’, public and political Quaker theologian at large

In an innovative collaboration, Ben has agreed to engage with St Barnabas as our Consultant Theologian. Based in Leeds, he will be joining us for online conversations designed to help us discern and grow a theology for our distinctive context, an active Southfields Theology.

Our first meeting with Ben is already on the calendar: on Wednesday, 22 September, 7.30-8.30pm he will invite us to imagine a meeting of minds between St Augustine and George Orwell on the theme of the meaning of our baptism (details TBC).

Ben comes to us with an impressive CV: BA, MA, and PhD in Theology and Religious Studies, all from Leeds University. He has lectured at Manchester, Chester, and Leeds Trinity Universities, covering everything from patristics to eco-theology. His publications are equally wide-ranging, offering insights on topics as diverse as the thought of Michel de Montaigne and the ethics of assisted dying.

Most recently, however, Ben has been thinking outside the academic box. Through social media, blogging, and online teaching at the Woodbrooke Quaker Study Centre, he has been taking theology to the wider public and bringing the wider public into dialogue with theology. His work with us will be part of this practical initiative to make collaborative theologizing a vital part of everyday civil society and political debate.

Let’s make the most of this unique relationship! Click here to dip into Ben’s blog; click here to follow him on Twitter.

Lent at St Barnabas: two journeys to challenge and inspire

Journey 1: 40 Days with God’s Creatures

This DAILY guide is offered by SARX, a Christian animal welfare group. It has been designed for use as a mobile app, but laptop users can access all content online.

Explore what it means to be a creature among others, all inter-related yet wondrously unique and beloved by their Creator.

Content for each day includes thoughts and questions, artwork and photography, prayers and challenges. These are augmented by reflections from guest bloggers, including one Revd Ian Tattum, Vicar of St Barnabas, Southfields and nature writer. To download the app or access the material online, click here. Be sure to watch the video trailer, which features St Barnabas and our Christmas crib.

Journey 2: A River through the Desert – A Lenten Pilgrimage

This WEEKLY series has been developed by the Very Revd Canon Richard Sewell, Dean of St George’s College Jerusalem and former member of the Barnes Team Ministry.

St Barnabas has been registered as a congregation for this 6-week virtual pilgrimage to the Holy Land, and a donation has been made on everyone’s behalf. If you are on our regular email distribution list, you will receive the materials each week.

Alternatively, you can register individually here. It’s free!

Fruit and Veg Fair. Saturday 30th between 3pm and 5pm.

Fruit and Veg Fair.

3pm- 5pm Saturday 30th May.

St Barnabas Church Garden.

Please enter from Merton Road.

Fresh produce at affordable prices for all.

Strawberries, blueberries, salad stuff and much more.

Working with SW Fruit & Veg. See their website.

More information available on our website. Follow us on Twitter @stbarnabasUK

A new project

I am delighted that we are now working with SW Fruit and Veg to support the community during the Covid 19 crisis.

We continue to appreciate the support we are getting from the local community to help us support vulnerable families during the crisis. We are continuing to work with Riversdale and other local schoos.

St Barnabas closes its doors but not its prayers

Following the latest guidance, all public worship at St Barnabas has been suspended. We had hoped to keep the Church open for private prayer and meditation, but regret that we must now close our doors until further notice.

At present, the garden remains open, however. All are welcome to visit, but please make sure to observe the guidelines for physical distancing and give one another 2 meters of personal space. The garden is a quiet haven for flowers and wildlife and is a good place to stretch your legs and enjoy nature.

Services and prayers are now being streamed and can be accessed via our Facebook ( and Twitter feeds ( .

If you would like to leave supplies for self-isolating people or for the Wandsworth area foodbanks, please put donations in the porch or email Ian on

New Director of Music

We are delighted that Greg Skidmore has taken over as our musical director. After a highly successful Carol service at Christmas, we are planning a regular evening choral service. We begin with a choral evensong at 6pm on February 2nd, to celebrate Candlemas.

Hall Bookings

Our halls are open for hire.

We are delighted to be welcoming back regular group activities, both for children and for adults.

As of April 23, 2022, we will have limited availability for party hire.  For the time being, we are prioritizing users who live in the parish of St Barnabas or are church members, as we want to support our local community as we come out of Covid restrictions.  Click here for details.

We run the halls as part of our commitment to the community.  Although they raise revenue for us, they are not profit making, so we ask all hirers to respect them and look after them so that they can be enjoyed by local residents for many years to come.

NB: all hall names are merely working titles, and all prices are open to revision!

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