St Barnabas Church 
An original drawing of the church when it  was opened in 1992 (© Roger Waites)

The Church @ St Barnabas Church, Swanland

St Barnabas is an Anglican (Church of England) church, located on Main Street in Swanland.
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We are CofE, Bible-based, Spirit-led and small group focussed - sometimes summarised as "an evangelical charismatic Anglican cell-church". Put simply this means that we are an active church where we want people to know that Jesus Christ is alive and present by his Holy Spirit! About half of our 200 or so active members live in our lovely village or the neighbouring village of North Ferriby, others come from the surrounding suburban location, just a few miles from the great city of Hull and close to major transport networks.

We also have a thriving children's and youth work with a number of groups for different ages, including cell-based youth groups. In the course of the year many of the children and young people from the area (including uniformed groups) are regularly involved with us. We also help support a charity which leads schools work at South Hunsley School. The church is a member of the Evangelical Alliance, and the clergy are long-standing members of the New Wine network of church leaders.


Vicar - Francis Scott (Rev)
Francis has been Vicar at St Barnabas since October 2009, following ten years as a vicar in a parish just outside York. His wife Fiona is a GP Principal in the Orchard Park/ Kingswood parts of Hull and a GP Training Programme Director for the area. They have a son in higher education, a married son working locally, and two adult daughters (with two clergy sons-in-law!). Francis' passion is to see people of all ages come alive in Jesus through applying God's word to their lives in the power of the Holy Spirit.

At the heart of his call to Swanland is his belief that the local church is the hope of the world. His vision is to see St Barnabas continue to develop as a 7-day-a-week church, open to serve the community in a wide variety of ways, from coffee mornings to health advice and from prayer for individual needs to regional gatherings and celebrations. He is of course also a committed member of the church's regular ministry of prayer, worship, teaching and pastoral care (including, for example, funerals, school assemblies, village events and visiting parishioners).

Francis is also keen to work with other Christians in the area and to release St Barnabas' leadership team to support other churches (eg those without a vicar). He has helped with the training of church leaders, most recently as an honorary tutor of ordinands at Yorkshire's St Hild College, and has a long-standing commitment to overseas mission. From 1994-1997 his family lived in Uganda where Francis taught ordinands and clergy at Bishop Barham University College, Kabale and Fiona was doctor to the local clinic.




Robin Shelley (Rev)
• Robin is a retired Anglican vicar who trained at St Johns Nottingham following a career in management and was ordained in 1987
• He leads regularly at St Barnabas, and occasionally officiates at funerals or serves at other local churches; he and his wife Elaine are also keenly involved in various village activities
• Has been active with “Camps Farthest Out” in UK and internationally
• Was a trustee of ‘There is Hope’ based in Hull, encouraging united prayer and evangelism in the region.

At St Barnabas we believe that the church exists by outreach in the same way that a fire exists by burning* - i.e. mission and outreach is essential to the life of the local church.

Each year we organise a number of regular initiatives in the village, including numerous events and gatherings at St Barnabas, which aim at drawing in those who are not yet Christians and introducing them to God's love shown in Jesus Christ. These have included the world-famous Alpha course, large-scale invitation meals (harvest suppers, curry nights, etc.), invitation services, music and drama events, and so on. In 1984 part of the church's vision was to be "a place with which the whole community can identify", and this inspired those who raised up the new church building 8 years later. 25 years on from then, that vision continues to motivate us today.

The St Barnabas team is complemented by two part-time 'RPAs' (Recognised Parish Assistants), Kathy and Bev, who assist in pastoral ministry and worship leading.

*a phrase first coined by theologian Emil Brunner

Music, Sound and Vision

dave.jpgThe St Barnabas Music team is led by David Cooper, assisted by our RPA (Recognised Parish Assistant) Bev Gray.

St Barnabas' is blessed in having a number of committed worship leaders and musicians encompassing a variety of styles, both traditional and modern.

This includes younger people who often join with the other musicians on Sunday mornings. In the main, worship at 10.30am is led  by a small group of two to four musicians, but on occasion those smaller groups join together to form larger bands. At other services music may be led from the organ or keyboard.

We also have a dedicated technical support team that allows us to utilise music and multi-media resources for in our worship or in outreach settings.

We are committed to discovering and developing the gifts/talents of all people from youngest to oldest.


Small Groups

At St. Barnabas, all adults including teenagers and 'tweens' are encouraged to join a small group. These groups meet in homes or church, usually weekly, supported by 2 leaders.

The groups are encouraged to be more than just a Bible study group. Aided by notes provided by the preacher from the preceding Sunday, the groups try to hear what God is saying to them and encourage each other to live lives that reflect the life of Jesus. A key emphasis of these groups is to be outward-looking and to equip us to share the gospel with friends, family, neighbours and colleagues.

All small groups (including fortnightly ones and youth cells) are grouped into 'clusters', mostly according to the day when they meet. There is a Cluster Leaders’ Group which works with the Vicar in coordinating and supporting the cell groups. Cluster leaders consult regularly with the cell group leaders in their cluster; occasionally cells meet together with any or all of the cells in their cluster for a wider fellowship or social event; and sometimes these evenings are organised to bring the whole church together, eg for a half-night of prayer, or for a special 'gathering' for the whole church, with a special focus or perhaps an invited speaker.

Office posted the article on Wednesday, 26th May 2004 at 1:39pm
Article updated on tuesday, 1st october 2019 at 11:22am