Barneys is a little local church with a big heart for our neighbours.
Jesus’ first recorded teaching is that ‘the kingdom of God has come near’ (Mark 1:15). Wherever Jesus, the King, goes, broken lives are transformed, and people come to trust and follow him.
Jesus calls his church to be an outpost of this Kingdom – to work alongside the poor and vulnerable around us to see transformation in our local community, and to share the good news of God’s love for all people in Jesus.
Many of us pursue this vision together on teams working with those in need, by multiplying smaller communities for people of all ages and backgrounds, or running courses for those who are curious about the life and teaching of Jesus.
Love Your Neighbour Teams
If your heart is for the vulnerable peoples in our city, then this would be a great group to join. We build relationships with the people living in social housing around Barneys and this involves afternoon picnics on the third Sunday of every month and meeting for prayer every fourth Sunday.
The Wentworth park team are exploring new ways to build friendships with rough sleepers in Wentworth park, and look for opportunities in through those friendships to help people in need.
Red Frogs Australia recognises that the culture of young people is dominated by alcohol. Barneys members partner with Red Frogs providing relief, safety and support to young people at Schoolies week on the Gold Coast and at university campuses around Barneys.
Mission in Community
St Barnabas Football Club
St Barnabas Football Club, home of The Flames, is based out of Barneys. In the 1930s, a man named Arthur Stace visited the church, and was so moved by the good news of Jesus that he chalked the word eternity all over Sydney for decades to come. We are driven as a club by the same good news of Jesus.
We are a club for everyone. As a club we prioritise the enjoyment of football as a gift from God, regardless of the result. We also pride ourselves on playing tough, competitive and fair football.
Find out more at stbarnabasfc.com
Thursday Beach Trips
Sydney is a coastal city, and whether you are studying or working here, plenty of us love to spend time at the beach. But public transport from the city and inner west isn’t always beach friendly.
So every Thursday morning at 6am (summer and winter!) we carpool to Clovelly for an early morning swim, returning in time for study or work. It’s simply the best way to start the day, and inclusive of church-goers and non-church-goers alike.
Petersham Park Soccer
On Monday evenings at 6pm Barneys members meet together at Petersham Park to play soccer and connect with others who live in Petersham and surrounding suburbs.
A number of Barneys members climb together on Saturday mornings at a local bouldering gym.
Exploring the Life and Teaching of Jesus
The Alpha Course
Alpha is a series of interactive sessions that create a safe and honest space, where people can explore life, faith and meaning.
Alpha is an environment for anyone and everyone who wants to explore life and the Christian faith, ask questions, and share their point of view. Alpha is free and everyone is welcome.
Explore the ancient faith of Christianity through the lens of Jesus’ life and teaching. Over 5 weeks, we’ll read through one of the earliest bios of Jesus, enjoy good food in great company, and discuss the big questions with thoughtfulness and respect. For those exploring Christianity for the first time, or seeking an adult understanding for childhood beliefs.