In June 2012 our new church building was opened and Barneys returned to Broadway after six years offsite. With space for a congregation of 600, and lots of spaces for everything from kids programs to our emergency relief centre, it is an incredible home for our growing community.
Beautiful and functional spaces
Feel free to drop by during one of our services to see our building in action
Award winning design
Designed by architects Francis-Jones Morehen Thorp, our building has been awarded two prestigious awards: a High Commendation (buildings of religion) at the 2013 World Architecture Festival in Singapore and the 2013 International Architecture Award.
Available for conferences, corporate events and weddings
The building has a number of beautiful modern spaces, excellent Audio Visual facilities, well appointed meeting rooms and a commercial kitchen. It is regularly hired for concerts, corporate conferences and weddings. For more information visit hire.barneys.org.au .
The fire and rebuilding
The original St Barnabas church building was destroyed by fire on May 10, 2006. Better known as Barneys, the church is famous for its duelling signboards and for ‘Mr Eternity’ (Arthur Stace) who came to Christ at Barneys.
As sixty firefighters battled the blaze, six hundred residents from neighbouring buildings had to be evacuated. Nothing could be done to save the 150-year-old building. The church’s historic pipe organ was also destroyed. This was a sad day for many who had celebrated baptisms, weddings, mourned loved ones, and worshipped God at Barneys. Congregation member Rowena Whittle said, “It was like losing the family home, all the memories and historical belongings lost in the fire.”