Baptisms

170312_Barnabas Baptisms_5771We had a fantastic time in the evening service, where we baptised four candidates with another student coming forward for a spontaneous baptism afterwards. Not only this but at the end of the service two students recommitted their lives to Jesus and have decided to be baptised on 4th June, our next baptism service, praise God! Part of the service was to hear testimony from the candidates about why they wanted to be baptised, and the difference Jesus has made to their lives. These are featured below:

“My path to Christ started when I went to church with my family as a child, and as I got more involved with the youth work I wanted to become a Christian. During school and Sixth Form I struggled as I was trying to separate my Christian life from “normal life” striving for success and popularity, yet I found trying to live like this wasn’t giving me life.
“I joined St Barnabas in 3rd year, and after being welcomed into the student community I found my identity again in Christ with boldness to witness to people. I have been challenged to live one life, rather than balancing many and am now fully confident in God’s love for me and not ashamed to show it”

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I have tried to carry my burdens on my own and built my walls up higher but God has never let me go. He showed me that my walls were just glass and he could see right through them, he also showed me that I don’t have to carry the weight of the world on my own. Most importantly He showed me that I am deserving of His love and its all through His mercy and grace, He loves me despite my flaws and He’s shown me how to love myself as well.

Tasha Bellamy

The testimony of how I came to know Jesus is rooted in finally understanding His Love. When I was younger I never thought I had anything to offer and if I did no one would want it. However, when I discovered how much Jesus loved me in spite of my insecurities and the mistakes of my past (that he died for me!), I knew that not only did I want to offer him my life in return but I also wanted to be able to share a declaration of that love, publicly. I grew up in a Christian home and although I was baptised as a child I never affirmed my baptism. St. Barnabas has been a home away from home and I am so proud to belong to this church who have welcomed me into the family of God”

Nina Grossfurthner

 
“The first time I heard God speak to me was during a sermon following a rugby match in 2015, it was a testimony about how someone had felt a void in their life that couldn’t be filled, until they met God, and then they felt that void disappear. This profoundly spoke to me and it was in that moment that I felt God reach out to me. Now I have a completely new perspective on life, God challenges me every day in my thoughts and actions and I often find myself praying for knowledge on how to deal with situations better. I am learning more and more, and appreciating all that God gives me, every single day in my new life as a Christian.”
Sophie Hunt

We are so excited about what God is doing, and it was a joy to celebrate with the baptism candidates all He has done in their lives. Please be praying for all five people who were baptised, and those who are going to be baptised in June!170312_Barnabas Baptisms_5946

Mill Road Winter Fair

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Mill Road winter Fair was brilliant, and this year we were able to give away 10,000 mince pies, 1600 hot drinks, and 2000 chocolates and balloons as a free gift to the thousands of people that attended the fair.
A huge thank you to everyone who helped on the day and in the run up to the fair.
It was so exciting to see so many red t-shirts in the street, sharing the goodness of God with everyone, and lots of people on the day told us how peaceful they felt in the church, and were amazed at the generosity of the free mince pies and hot drinks.
One lady said : “I’m not a church goer but I really get the sense of family and community (her words!) that there is in this church, I simply cannot believe that you are willing to give away that many things for free- it blows me away!”

Again, thank you to everyone who was involved. We are so grateful to God for what he is doing here in Cambridge, and can’t wait for next year’s Fair!

Harvest Sunday

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Sunday 2nd October was our Harvest Sunday and we took up an offering to be split between two organisations. Half of the offering is being given to Jimmy’s Cambridge. For over 20 years, Jimmy’s has been providing help for the homeless in Cambridge. They work with the local community, volunteers and partner agencies to deliver 24/7 emergency accommodation and supported housing for those who would otherwise be homeless or vulnerably housed. They offer an accommodation resettlement service, workshops and learning opportunities, laundry facilities, sports and leisure activities, computers and IT information points, guest advocacy and support, move-on houses and a comprehensive range of visiting support organisations, all designed to give their guests the best possible chance of moving on and breaking the cycle of homelessness.

The other half of the offering is being given to Tearfund’s Middle East Crisis Fund. In Iraq 3 million people have now fled their homes. Even for those who survive the terrifying brutality of Islamic State militants, life is sheer misery. Tearfund are working on the ground in Iraq and Syria to support families with water, shelter and vital essentials.

We’re delighted to let you know that £3900 was given on Harvest Sunday that will be split between these two organisations. A huge thank you to everyone!

New Staff for September

We are so pleased to have Fee Rich, Matt Jones and Jess Lynds joining the staff team in September.

Fee Rich, Student Intern Fee has been working as our student intern this year after graduating from Anglia Ruskin University in 2015. Fee will be joining the team as a part-time Student Worker, and Media and Communications coordinator.

 

Matt JonesMatt has been leading worship for 10 years and has just completed the Worship Central Academy. Previously he lived and worked in Oxford for five years, working predominantly in the charity sector. Matt will be joining the team as Worship Team Leader and Assistant Administrator.

 
18-JessJess is originally from Norwich and spent the last year in Cheltenham doing a church youth work internship with teaching on leadership and theology while serving in the youth group there. Jess will be joining the team as a part-time Youth Worker.

 

Introducing Our New Associate Vicar

We are so pleased to announce that Rev. James Neal has been appointed as our new Associate Vicar. His licensing Service will be held on Sunday 18th September at 7pm. James and his wife Emily will be moving to Cambridge at the end of the summer.

James and Emily currently live in South Manchester where James is a curate at St Mary Magdalene church in Sale. James is originally from Derbyshire and Emily is from Stockport and prior to curacy they lived in Bristol where James was training for ordination. They have been married for five years and are excited for the next season in Cambridge with St Barnabas.

Emily loves earl grey tea, flowers, Netflix boxsets, a good book and people. James loves Derby County FC, coffee, beer brewing, laughter and chocolate.

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Baptisms at the evening service

It was wonderful on Pentecost Sunday to baptise 4 candidates as part of the evening service. Below are testimonies from two of the candidates:

 

My journey started with my A-level results, they went badly, and a friend simply said to me ‘He’s got a plan’. This comment planted a seed that grew for the next year and a half! I finally took action when I met Rachel, and joined UNITE. I felt so welcome and knew I was in the right place immediately.

 

“Since then I’ve grown massively in my faith and as a person. I’ve learnt to trust that He does have a plan for me, and even if that deviates from mine, He knows what He’s doing. Without these changes to my plan I’d never have come to Cambridge, found St. Barnabas, and become part of this amazing church family. I will be forever grateful to God for knowing what I need better than I ever could.”

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“I recently came to faith two years ago during my first year of A-levels. Since the age of 14 I thought my identity was made up of all the bad decisions I’d made; especially taking drugs. This made me feel worthless and I felt tied down by my past.

 

When I first started going to church I was overwhelmed at how God was able to break the chains which I thought were unbreakable. Today I am constantly reminded that it’s not about what I’ve done, but about what Jesus has already done for me.”

 

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Life. Testimony

Last month we gave thanks for all that happened over the Life. Weekend. Since then we have received many stories of thanksgiving about what God did. Below are a few of those testimonies:

 

First, I thank and praise God for giving us great opportunity to spend some time in God’s presence. I had peace and felt His presence very much during praise and worship. I learnt life is to live in the grace of God and intentionally serve God as we have one life. Also thank God for speaking to me as He is preparing me to be fruitful by abiding in Him. God directly spoke to me that I should keep on forgiving people to receive His forgiveness and peace and the good news of “All things are possible to Him”.”

 

The freedom in worship and prophetic words were great. God spoke very powerfully to me on the Saturday night, healing some stuff that had needed healing for many years.”

 

“Seeing the whole church family have fun on the ultimate challenge was brilliant. Then seeing the whole church engage in prayer on the Saturday night was powerful, showing we were a family together on mission for our city”

 

It was great to be able to connect with God in the extended times of worship where God really ministered into some painful areas of my life, about his sovereignty and me having to trust him even when I don’t understand. Also, giving people the opportunity to share prophetic words and respond and pray into them on Saturday night had a lasting impact. I found the teaching about two hands of invitation and challenge really helpful, reflecting on myself, my interactions, our marriage and our BC. The afternoon seminar with Christoffer was inspiring plus it was encouraging to hear stories folk shared about what family on mission could look like. Also, it was a great opportunity to get to know people more and have leisurely time to chat over food, a real gift.”

 

“God has led me to learning a lot of new things that I may have not known before and making friends with new people.”

 

We are so thankful for all that God did throughout that weekend and has continued to do with us as a church as well as individuals!

Life Weekend

In the final weekend of February we held our Life. Church Weekend, a weekend of worship teaching, ministry as well as lots of fun for all ages. The heart behind this weekend was to share life with each other, receive life from God and to be empowered to do life with those in our networks, neighbourhoods and work places.

Our guests over the weekend were our main speaker Keld Dahlmann, Christoffer Højlund leading a seminar, Pete James who led worship over the weekend and Nick Jackson who, together with Powerpack ministries, led the kids work over the weekend.

This was a fantastic weekend for the church who were empowered and encouraged by the Holy Spirit. To listen again to the teaching please email the office for the files. Below is one testimony of what    God did over the weekend:

“We had an amazing weekend at Life!  We really appreciated the freedom in worship, and the time carved out of busy lives to soak ourselves in God’s presence.  I was particularly stuck by Keld’s inspired teaching on the ‘Forgiveness’ and ‘Transformational’ aspects of God’s goodness, which is already influencing how I think of Him and how I in turn respond to other people around me. “

We want to give glory to God for the wonderful things that happened over the weekend and to thank everyone who came and served throughout, special thanks to our guest speakers and leaders and to Rachel Cresswell who was in charge of the logistics throughout.

Student Weekend Away

At the end of January, 14 of the UNITE students who represent both Cambridge University and Anglia Ruskin University, as well as a team of student leaders travelled to Horstead, Norwich for their annual weekend away.

Jon Lindsay-Scott, formerly an ordinand at St Barnabas, spoke on identity from Ephesians, especially around the subject of being a beloved child of God.

There were significant times of ministry as people invested their identity in God and the students left with a hunger to share God’s good news with their universities.

The students have already started to do water bottle outreach outside night clubs in the early hours of the morning. Please be praying for them as they share this simple act of kindness with their fellow students.

Associate Vicar Vacancy

On Sunday we said goodbye to Tom and Clarissa Finnemore and family and gave thanks for the fantastic and lasting contribution they have given to St Barnabas – Tom as Associate Vicar and Clarissa as Hospitality Coordinator. We celebrated the Finnemores with gifts and a bring and share lunch together where we gave words of thanks as well as both Tom and Clarissa sharing a few final thoughts . It was a very special day and we are praying for them as they head to Sheffield for Tom’s post as Associate Rector.

This means that we now have a vacancy for Associate Vicar here at St Barnabas,

For all the details visit www.stbs.org.uk/associate-vicar-vacancy/

Deadline for Applications is Monday 15th February 2016

If you know of people who may be interested then please pass this exciting job opportunity.