Saint Barnabas Church

Sutton New Town

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About St Barnabas Church

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.

Our Christian faith is described in the Church of England web site.  Further information about symbols of faith that can be seen in our building can be found in our welcome leaflet (440 kB pdf). Our services are listed here.

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

If you need spiritual or practical which the church might be able to meet, please contact the parish priest Revd David phone: 0794 660 9387 email

During this time of pandemic restrictions you might like to look at:

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Avoiding Virus Infections

In view of the virus pandemic all our services are available online via Zoom, and only Sunday morning worship is regularly held in the church building. We look forward to welcoming you; for details please contact Revd Dave by email to or phone to 0794 660 9387.

Our policy for safe use of our halls, and advice to halls users, is available here.

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Baptisms, Weddings and Funerals

We offer traditional Church of England baptism, wedding and funeral services; apply to the priest at 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.

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The Church Building

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.

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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.

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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:

  • NSPCC Child Protection Helpline:
    0808 800 5000 (lines free and open 24 hours). Phone if you are worried about a child.
  • Child-line:
    0800 1111 (lines free and open 24 hours). Phone if you are a child or young person and are worried about anything.
  • National Domestic Violence Helpline:
    0808 2000 247 (lines free and open 24 hours). Phone if you are experiencing domestic abuse.
  • Samaritans Helpline:
    116 123 (open 24 hours). Phone if you feel you are struggling to cope and need someone to talk to.
  • Action on Elder Abuse Helpline:
    080 8808 8141 (free phone Monday to Friday 9–5pm).

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

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Sources of help

Some outside sources of help are listed below:

And these free online links are particularly relevant to the mental health of young people:
We have selected the sources above on the basis of their reputation and the services they advertise, but we cannot endorse them from direct experience.
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