Faith
Alpha, House Groups, Prayer

Exploring ways to deepen your faith and improve your connection with God.

[St Barnabas Church]

Alpha

[Alpha Logo]

Alpha is an opportunity for anyone to explore the Christian faith.

It is relaxed, low key, friendly and fun. It's a place where people can come and ask questions, delve into issues and look for answers together.

It consists of a series of 15 films looking at topics such as “Who is Jesus?” and “Why and How do I pray?”. After each film we have a small group discussion and all questions are allowed.

It’s free to attend, it’s run all over the world, and everyone’s welcome!

Courses are run over 11 weeks and are usually held in the evening.

House Groups

House Groups are groups of up to around twelve people that meet usually once a fortnight in someone's home to discuss the bible in more depth than is possible in a sermon or talk.

Some House Groups are now meeting in person, and some are continuing to meet via Zoom.

What happens at a House Group meeting?

We have a time of worship, perhaps with some music, either listening or singing. We then look at the Bible together and discover how to apply it to our daily lives, before bringing one another’s needs to God in prayer. Meetings last around two hours and include time to catch up socially.

Why join a House Group?

  • To get to know other church members in a more informal setting. This enables us to form strong and genuine friendships with other Christians.
  • To look at God’s word in more depth with more time for discussion. We can learn how to apply God’s word to our lives, and freely and openly ask questions.
  • To help us grow in our Christian lives and deepen our relationship with God. We can discover and use our spiritual gifts and seek to understand God’s will for our lives.
  • To pray for each other, the church, our neighbourhood and the world and to be encouraged as we see prayers answered.
  • To build each other up, support and care for each other and grow in faith together.

Prayer

Pray without ceasing.

Prayer is an important part of who we are as Christians as we seek to spend time in God’s presence and allow him to shape us, as well as bringing before him the needs of our world, community, and church.

There are many opportunities to pray – here are a few.

Daily Prayer 10:00am Online and in person

Daily prayer at 10:00am is on Facebook Monday – Saturday. On Saturdays you can join in-person at St Barnabas.

The services use the Ffald-y-Brenin form of Morning Prayer.

These prayer videos remain available for you to access later via on our YouTube Channel.

Recent Prayer Videos

Prayer Chains – Prayer Requests

If you need prayer or wish to support others in prayer, we have an email prayer chain where many people from the church agree to pray for people's ongoing needs.

If you have any prayer requests for them please contact the clergy.

If you are happy for these to be mentioned in our daily online prayers as well, they can be.

Seeking the Spirit

Weekly at 4:00pm on a Thursday at St Barnabas we are starting a new time of quiet and space where we seek to allow the Holy Spirit to meet with us and ask him to guide and shape our community. All are welcome to join us.

Prayer down my Street

We have created a giant map of the parish of St Barnabas. We ask everyone to commit to praying every week for two streets.

If you live in the parish, one of these is your own. The other is another which no one else has yet committed to praying for. If you don't live in the parish, then we'd ask you to commit to 2 streets which no one else is praying for. If you are fit enough, perhaps you could go and visit the street you are committing to pray for, and prayer walk it. But if not then the act of praying from home for the people, buildings and communities represented by that street is a key indicator to God that we are serious about asking him to bless every person in our area with his love.

Praying for each street once a week or more frequently will also, we pray, open up opportunities in these areas for God to act. Everyone can do this, so please do sign up and we will give you something to help remind you of your commitment to pray.

10 in 10,000

Alongside praying for our community, we also want to ask you to commit to praying for our Churches.

Did you know that there are 10,080 minutes in a week? I'm asking you to commit 10 of them (or 0.1%!) to pray specifically for your church.

Our churches face huge pressures at the moment. In human terms we have neither the volunteers, the resources, nor the financial capacity to carry on functioning in the short to medium term. To be able to carry out our core mission of sharing the Good News of Jesus through word and action to those in our parishes, we need God to guide us and to step in with his resources to help us. Regular committed prayer for our churches for 10 minutes each week is a way that every single person, regardless of physical ability, can help.

We will commit as a benefice leadership team to send out a list each month of the particular things or areas that we want prayer for, and wherever possible let you know how and when God answers our prayers and the signs of hope we see. Everyone can do this, so please do sign up and we will give you something to help remind you of your commitment to pray.

New Wine

New Wine is a week-long summer conference giving us an opportunity to be part of a huge celebration of God's generosity and grace. It is a time for people of every age to:

  • encounter God in heartfelt worship,
  • learn from his Word and his Spirit,
  • be transformed in body, mind and spirit,
  • get equipped to serve him in new ways,
  • gain fresh vision from what he is doing elsewhere in the world and
  • be part of something that is bigger than the local church.

Who is New Wine aimed at?

It is aimed at both grown-ups - and the not-so-grown-ups!

For adults, mornings begin with wonderful Spirit-filled worship and inspirational teaching followed by a huge selection of relevant seminars which continue into the afternoon. In the evening there is more live worship and a different guest speaker each day. After each talk there is prayer ministry for those who would like it and we have found this prayer transformative. Then for the night owls there is after-hours entertainment as well!

There is a packed programme for children and youth with top quality teaching, worship, games, craft and sport.

Where and when does New Wine take place?

It is held over 6 days in July/August at the East of England Showground, Peterborough.

Spring Harvest

Spring Harvest is a week-long holiday and conference. Through vibrant worship and inspirational Bible teaching, it offers you a truly refreshing break. It brings together:

  • In depth bible teaching
  • Spirit filled, vibrant worship
  • Practical seminars and workshops
  • Relevant age-streamed programmes for our children and youth and
  • an amazing range of leisure activities and late night entertainment too!

Who is Spring Harvest aimed at?

It's for people of all ages and church backgrounds. It's about one thing: deepening your walk with God, so you return home inspired to impact your community and your friends, for Jesus.

Where and when does Spring Harvest take place?

Spring Harvest is held at Butlins resorts over five days during the school Easter holidays.

How much does Spring Harvest cost?

There are different standards of accommodation all of which can be with self catering or half board.