Our Small Groups
Our Small Groups
Study and discussion
We have several small groups which meet for discussion, fellowship, study and prayer.These include house groups, Wednesday morning Bible Study, Friday Women’s Group, Men’s Group, a monthly contemplative prayer group, a monthly discussion group after the Sunday service, a bi-monthly teenage youth group, and regular and seasonal social events.
View Our Small Groups Calendar
For several years we held an annual programme of studies – wednesdays@stbarnabas – which provided an opportunity for 10 weeks of focused study together, during which some were preparing for confirmation. The evening began with a shared meal and those who attended were aged between 14 and 80.
A new initiative last year was the Open Forum – a series of open community based discussions, initiated by lay people in the congregation, with guest speakers on the theme of Wellbeing and Wholeness. This was very popular and attendance at each event varied from about 50 to over 100. The next series, currently underway, will be exploring questions of social and economic justice.
Find out more about the Open Forum Series
Beyond services at St Barnabas, the youth work is extremely lively and groups ( Headspace ) meet once or twice monthly on Sundays for fellowship and fun. We have held Children’s Fun Days, Holiday clubs and camps for the older children. After their Friday evening practice the children of the choir enjoy getting together for activities while the adults rehearse and socialise.
Care and faith in action
Our Work in the Community
As part of the church’s outreach, ‘Wednesday Friends’ was formed to provide social contact for the older members of the community. The group meets in the afternoon of the second Wednesday of the month in the St Barnabas Centre, and the meetings consist of either a talk or entertainment followed by tea and cakes. Transport is provided for those less mobile.
St Barnabas Religious Prisoners of Conscience Group
This group meets to pray and take up the cases of those persecuted for their faith. Their actions include writing letters to appropriate authorities and sending cards to those in prison. Members participate in prayers and readings in the annual Suffering Church Sunday service and maintain a notice board which highlights the situation for persecuted Christians in particular countries.
Social action and care for neighbours in need
This is an important part of our church life. Our practical support includes:
- Gifts and work with the Social Responsibility Network which is responsible for organising the Advent Appeal for the Homeless Service in conjunction with Churches Together in South Southwark to raise money and gifts in kind for the 10 homelessness projects that we support.
- Providing care and befriending for isolated older people through The Dulwich Helpline and Southwark Churches Care which was initiated from St. Barnabas.
- The Peckham Food Bank which we support with food donations via Pecan, to provide food for individuals and families in crisis.
- Support for the Church of England Children’s Society by holding the popular Christingle Service and an annual fundraising quiz, a highlight of the social calendar.
- A Traidcraft Stall and support for Fair Trade.
- Lent lunches to support charities as diverse as Christian Aid, Mercy Ships, Bridge2Aid,PECAN and a school in Kenya.