What to expect at church - Barneys Church Sydney
What to expect at church - Barneys Church Sydney

I'm new here

Don't worry, you're not alone.

Barneys is an inner-city church full of people who are new not only to Barneys, but to Sydney, and to Christianity itself.

The good news is that because we are expecting you (and everyone else new to church), we know it's our job to make things as simple, clear, and friendly as we can.

How do I get there?

We've got a page dedicated to how to find us. Hope you find everything you need! If not, contact our office beforehand, and we'd love to give you some extra help.

Our church is on the corner of Mountain St and Broadway. It's pretty hard to miss - it's big and white and modern, with a huge cross on the front (Broadway) facade. There are wheelchair accessible entrances at street level on both Broadway (up a gentle ramp) and Mountain St. Either is fine for church!

Parking underneath the church is available on request for disabled guests or families with very young children. Contact the office during the week on 9211 3496.

What time should I arrive?

Barneys gathers for services at 10am (with an amazing children's programme), at 4:30pm (in English and Mandarin), and at 6:30pm.

We recommend arriving 5-10mins early. We'll welcome you, show you where the bathrooms are and help you find a good seat.

What will church be like?

The service will run for about 90mins. There will be some great music and enthusiastic singing. The bible will be read and explained, and different people will lead the church in prayer.

It's a lot of fun, and you're more than welcome just to sit and watch - but we think you'll enjoy it more if you try it on and join in!

You won't be asked for money.

How should I dress?

Church is a celebration, like a family party.  But, of course, each culture has a different way of dressing for parties.  Some people will wear shorts or jeans and thongs.  Others prefer a dress, or a good shirt.  You’ll find both of these, and a whole lot more, at Barneys.

Since Jesus welcomes all cultures, so do we.  So dress how you like – honestly, no one will notice.  

But I'm not a Christian/Anglican/baptised/middle-class believer.

We won't tell if you don't. ;-)

Seriously, though, Barneys is full of people from all sorts of faith traditions and non-traditions, all exploring the claims of Jesus. Church is the right place for people of all backgrounds to be!