Welcome to Saint Barnabas. We hope to welcome you at our beautiful church in the near future. We are a friendly, multi-cultural bunch of people committed to sharing God's love with all. We worship in the catholic tradition of the Church of England. Our relaxed style means that people of various ages and church backgrounds feel at home here. We are thoroughly engaged with our local neighbourhood, with London Citizens and have international links, not least with the Philippines. We are an inclusive church which welcomes the ministry of women priests and women bishops, and with specialist ministries of welcome to migrants and LGBT people. I hope you will find this website useful. We really look forward to meeting you soon."   


We are committed to Safeguarding Children, Young People, Victims/perpetrators of Domestic Abuse and Vulnerable Adults. 

The PCC has adopted the Church of England’s policies and best practice on safeguarding which may be found on the Church of England’s website.             https://www.churchofengland.org/more/safeguarding

Our Parish Safeguarding Officer is Averil Pooten-Watan, who may be contacted at church or by email <[email protected]>.

Past news stories 

The St Barnabas Arms Pop- Up Pub was a great success and is coming again on 5/6/7th July 2019.

E17 Art Trail

We hosted some amazing work as part of the E17 Art Trail, including Emma Scutt's portraits of three FGM survivors. See http://www.littleangelsmurals.co.uk/page2.htm

Street Party

Our community street party took place in and around the church on 14th June. See the QBC website for details.

St Barnabas Day

Our St Barnabas Festival Mass was on 11th June, 8pm. Guest preacher was Canon Richard Hancock.

St Barnabas takes a lead in the formation of the Walthamstow Migrants' Action Group www.walthamstowmigrantsaction.org.uk

Watch the video at youtube.com/watch?v=kFCHcWS7qEE

St Barnabas shares in Street Party

Check out the pics of an amazing day at


Congregation member Elaine Bayley, Mayor's Consort, meets the Archbishop of Canterbury at Whipps Cross Hindu Temple

Queens Road Community Walk identifies potential "Safe Havens" in the process of Markhouse Ward becoming Walthamstow's first CitySafe Zone!

Confirmation mass with Bishop David at St Barnabas!

An evening with our MP at the House of Commons

St Barnabas attend the TELCO Assembly

The Inter-faith Friendship Walk stops by St Barnabas

See the photo-video of this beautiful event at http://bit.ly/oUk6My

St James Day Feast followed by one-to-one relationship building in the hall

Welcoming Muslim brothers and sisters to St Barnabas

Licensing of Cyril as our Reader - a joyous day!


Parish Pilgrimage to Canterbury

We had a fabulous day-out to Canterbury, visiting the Franciscans, havin mass in St Peter's, exploring the city and then meeting the Archbishop after Evensong!

Our Betty meets the Archbishop of Canterbury!

E17 ART TRAIL @ St Barnabas

We have 10 artists and 3 events here as part of the Art Trail, including an interactive video display by the Cineclub.

Opening times are Fri 3rd (Noon-4pm), Sat 4th (10am-4pm), Sun 5th (Noon-4pm), Thurs 9th (7pm-10pm), Fri 10th (Noon-4pm), Sat 11th (10am-4pm) and Sun 12th (Noon-4pm).

Events - discussion on one of the art works - Sun 5th - Noon; Singing event - Sun 12th - Noon; Dancing event - Sun 12th - 5pm-7pm.

Bible Studies

are taking place on Tuesday evening from 7pm-8.30pm in the vicarage.

Cultural Event

Our much anticipated cultural event (St Barnabas's Got Talent) was a great success, a real celebration of our wonderfully multi-cultural church!

Children's Work Launch - "Turnaround Tuesday"

We launched our children's work (Sunday School) on Shrove Tuesday (16th February) with a Pancake Party and Children's activity afternoon led by Deanery Jean (from 3pm-6pm) in the Foster Hall. It was a tremendous success. The children chose from a number of potential names to call the new Sunday School "The Barnabarians!". The group begins on Sunday 21st February, with the children leaving for the group from church after the start of the 10am mass.

Go to the Facebook group to see and comment on suggested names for the Sunday School!

Carol singing in the parish

Bell rings for climate justice

St Barnabas Church, Walthamstow will be taking part in a bell-ringing campaign across the country on Sunday the 13th December. This is the Sunday in the middle of the UN Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen , which runs from the 7th to the 18th December.

Lee Lovelock-Jemmott, a politics student who attends St Barnabas Church, will be in Copenhagen for the Conference, as part of a youth delegation from the Church of England Diocese of Chelmsford.

An international service is being held in Copenhagen Cathedral at which the preacher will be the Archbishop of Canterbury. The World Council of Churches invites churches around the world to use their bells to call people to prayer and action in the face of climate change.

It is suggested that bells be rung 350 times – to symbolise the 350 parts per million that mark the safe upper limit for CO2 in the atmosphere according to many scientists.

Father Steven Saxby, Parish Priest of St Barnabas, said, "We will be ringing our church bell to mark our support for action on climate change as we pray for those at the Copenhagen Conference and all those currently affected by the negative consequences of global warming in some of the poorest countries of our world."

Further information may be obtained at www.bellringing350.org .

Walsingham Pilgrimage - a great blessing!

75 members of St Barnabas made a pilgrimage to Walthamstow. We were joined by our former parish priest, Fr Anthony Couchman, and were richly blessed by the worship, beautiful surrondings and our co-pilgrims. Thanks be to God! Photos are on the Facebook group.

Facebook group launched 

We are now on Facebook with a "Friends of Saint Barnabas, Walthamstow" group. Do feel free to join us!

Temporary Art at St Barnabas till end of Sept 09

We are exhibiting 19 paintings by Henry Shelton.

Opening Times - after services or by appointment with Fr Steven

See these links for more information http://networkedblogs.com/p10893841?a=share&ref=nf


Our new parish priest, Father Steven Saxby, arrived on 15th July 2009. Read this blog for a description of the licensing: