Below the window is the High Altar. It consists of a wooden table which is covered by a cloth of the seasonal colour, shown here in the green used for ordinary time. On it is a brass cross flanked by two brass candlesticks. It is a key part of the building because here bread and wine are consecrated by the priest to feed the spiritual life of the faithful.
Behind the altar is a picture of angels with another scripture quotation “Holy, Holy, Holy, Lord God of hosts” (based on Isaiah 6:3).
In front of the altar are the communion rails, where worshippers can kneel to receive the sanctified bread and wine during a communion service. The area beyond the rails is called the Sanctuary, and it is surrounded by wooden panelling in which are set statues of four saints:
• St Barnabas, carrying a staff and a Bible, because he was a travelling missionary;
• St Paul, who at first violently persecuted the church but became an influential Christian, carrying a sword and a Bible;
• St Peter, carrying a key because Jesus said "And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it" (Matthew 16:18)
They all look weary!