St Barnabas is the Anglican Parish Church serving east Sutton, Surrey. We are part of the Church of England and we fall within the area south of the River Thames known as the Diocese of Southwark. We are listed in "A church near you" at this page.
We work closely with the other two Anglican churches in Sutton, St Nicholas in the town centre and Christ Church further south. We are also in regular contact with the other Anglican churches in the London Borough of Sutton which are listed in churchinsutton.net.
During this time of enforced isolation we hope you are able to worship at home; you might like to look at:
The Church of England is following Government and Church of England advice which tells us to suspend public worship unless we can modify it to avoid spreading infection. We have resumed opening for private prayer at the new time of 10am to 12 noon on the first and third Wednesdays of each month. Communion services in the church building will resume with alterations from 2 August, but Solemn Evensong will remain an online service only until we are advised we can sing together safely. Details are shown on our re-opening poster. Service details are shown here, and see also the Privacy section concerning "Track and Trace".
We offer traditional Church of England baptism, wedding and funeral services; apply to the priest at email@example.com. Special restrictions apply at the moment to baptisms, weddings and funerals, due to Coronavirus precautions.
The Church of England provides on its web-site a "Life events" section which gives information about baptisms, weddings and funerals such as who is entitled to have them. To be eligible for these services you may need to live within our parish and be prepared by the ministers.
Another part of the Church of England website has a table of the statutory fees for the basic services. You can ask for "extras" for weddings and funerals in addition to the basic service, such as hiring an organist and making a video. There is also a special website section about wedding ceremonies.
We are required by church law to collect details in our registers of the people for whom we provide baptisms, marriages or funerals, and these records are kept securely for ever. We regret that we are not licensed for playing a recording or printing the words of songs or poems that are in copyright, that is, whose authors are alive or who died within the last 90 years.
The building was designed by Carpenter & Ingelow of Regent Street and constructed in phases between 1881 and 1884. The west porch was added in 1902–4 and the War Memorial Chapel in the early 1920s. We offer a virtual tour of the building here.
The building is fitted with an induction loop for hearing aid users, and worshippers may use the toilets in the halls behind the church building. The pipe organ is used regularly. Please take responsibility for the safety of any children or vulnerable adults that you bring into the church bulding, halls or grounds. We suggest you wear warm warm clothing when visiting in winter.
Our policy on data management is available here. During the virus pandemic we are obliged to record contact details of people who entered our premises and when they visited, retaining the records for 21 days. If it is discovered that somebody visited the premises who might have been infectious we will be obliged to pass these records to the NHS "Track and Trace" team, so that they can tell visitors who might have been infected.
Church leaders in Sutton including Revd David Billin have issued a joint statement which can be found here.
We take the safeguarding and care of children and vulnerable adults very seriously at St Barnabas. Our Safeguarding Policy is available here. If you are concerned that a child or adult has been harmed or may be at risk of harm, contact our Parish Safeguarding Officers listed here or our Churchwardens listed here. Help with child and adult safeguarding issues can be obtained from:
The Diocesan Safeguarding Team contact numbers are:
The current edition of the diocesan safeguarding policy A Safe Church is available at
If you have immediate concerns about the safety of someone, please contact the police and the local authority Children or Adults Services at
or the Sutton Social Services Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub ("MASH")
Sutton Civic Offices, St Nicholas Way, Sutton, SM1 1EA
Mobile:07736 338962 Phone 020 8770 6001
Some outside sources of help are listed below: