8am - Holy Communion

8am - Holy Communion

Our 8am Holy Communion service is a quiet, meditative service which takes place in the beautiful side-chapel inside St Barbara's Church. The service lasts about 40 minutes and is attended by between 10-15 people each week. People who come like...
11.30am - Midweek Service

11.30am - Midweek Service

This is a small, intimate communion service every Wednesday morning at 11.30am. It takes place in the beautiful side-chapel inside the church, and is attended by 5-10 people each week. The service follows the Book of Common Prayer, the words of...
10am - Family Communion

10am - Family Communion

This is our main Sunday service, attended by adults and children of all ages. We sing hymns and modern songs, led by an excellent choir, there is a thought-provoking talk, and time for prayer. Children are especially welcome, and we have groups that...
10am - All-age Worship

10am - All-age Worship

Our All Age Worship services are fun, lively and interactive services, that are for adults and children of all ages. They usually comprise a mixture of songs, drama, activities and prayers, and last no more than 45 minutes. There is a short talk which...
5pm - Buzz @ St B's Families Service

5pm - Buzz @ St B's Families Service

This is a fun, creative and interactive service for families. The service involves lively songs, craft, drama and other activities. It last 40 minutes and is followed by tea, with a delicious range of sandwiches and cakes. It is a great way to...
6:30pm - Soul Space

6:30pm - Soul Space

Based around the ancient monastic tradition of Compline, this is a very simple service of silence, meditation, prayer and reflection, a place to allow one's soul to breathe. The service takes place on the first Sunday evening of every month. ...
Care Home Services

Care Home Services

This will need some sort of schedule - enough information so that people know how to access the service.
A beginner's guide to church

A beginner's guide to church

Most activity happens in the church around services . These are regular meetings of the congregation, which are lead by a minister. Usually this is the Vicar, but other people at the church often help out. One 'holy communion' is very similar to the...
Talks

Talks

At many of our services we have a sermon: a talk based on the reading of the day. In this section you will find the full text of some of the recent talks.

A Dog’s Breakfast

Tenth Sunday after Trinity, Year A Sermon at 10am 20th August 2017 Ian Leitch Readings: Romans 11:1-2a , 29-32, Matthew 15:21-28 A Dog’s Breakfast When you feel in need of Divine help, do you sometimes hesitate because of the choir o...

A Letter to Northern Greece 1: Prayer and Joyful Living

1 Thessalonians 1:1-10; Matthew 22:34-46 20th Sunday after Trinity 29.10.17;  St Barbara’s  Rev Tulo Raistrick Over the next four weeks we will be thinking as a church about a letter that a man called Paul wrote to a church in Thessalonika in ...

A Letter to Northern Greece 2: Walking the Talk

1 Thessalonians 2:1-13; Matthew 23:1-12 3rd Sunday before Advent 06.11.17 St Barbara’s Rev Tulo Raistrick I don’t know about you, but I have found the news quite depressing of late. Not depressing in terms of the global crises of climate cha...

A Letter to Northern Greece 3: Faith, Hope & Love

1 Thessalonians 5:1-11; Matthew 25:14-30 2nd Sunday before Advent 19.11.17 St Barbara’s Rev Tulo Raistrick   When I was three my grandfather asked me to come and help him water his garden. I loved my grandfather. He could be slightly s...

A Soundtrack to our Lives

Zephaniah 3:14-20 5th Sunday after Easter: Choral Evensong St Barbara's 01.05.16 Rev Tulo Raistrick   Songs can bubble out of us in unexpected ways. A sign of happiness is when we find ourselves singing without thinking, maybe...

Advent Sunday 2015

Psalm 143; Jer 33:14-16; Luke 21:25-36 Advent Sunday St Barbara’s 29.11.15 Rev Tulo Raistrick   “I can’t wait!”, goes up the cry.   Most often at this time of year we hear children cry “I can’t wait for Christmas”.   Over stretched and...

All Saints Sunday 2015

Rev 21:1-6a; John 11:32-44 All Saints day St Barbara’s 01.11.15 Rev Tulo Raistrick     I wonder, who has been an inspirational figure to you in your life? Who have you looked up to and wanted to be like?   Maybe t...

Are you Ready?

Advent Sunday Mark 13: 24-end; Isaiah 64:1-9 St Barbara’s; 03.12.17 Rev Tulo Raistrick I have a friend whom you may call an “early adopter” - in other words, any electronic device or new invention, he will be one of the first people to tr...

Ash Wednesday: Remember you are dust

Joel 2:1,2, 12-17; Matt 6:1-6, 16-21 Ash Wednesday St Barbara’s; 1.3.17 Rev Tulo Raistrick Our two Bible readings give us particular insight into this day of Ash Wednesday. Joel, speaking to the people of Judah at one of the darkest points o...

Buildings that Inspire

Ezra 3:1-13; Ephesians 2:11-22 4th Sunday of Easter Choral Evensong St Barbara’s 07.05.17 Rev Tulo Raistrick I had the great joy just after Easter of taking my parents and two brothers to Rome. My parents were wanting to go and were looking f...

Christ The King

Ian Leitch Sunday next before Advent, Year A Readings: Ephesians 1:15-23, Matthew 25:31-46 Today we celebrate the feast of Christ the King. It is a day set aside to express our faith that God's Kingdom will come and that all things will end in...

Christ the King

Eph 1:15-end; Mt 25:31-end Sun of Christ the king St Barbara’s 23.11.14   I wonder how you celebrate New Year’s Eve? For some, its the biggest night of the year. People hold huge parties; let off fireworks; pop champagne. For oth...

Christ the King 2015

John 18.33-37 Last Sunday before Advent: Christ the King St Barbara's 22.11.15 Rev Dr Richard Cooke   Jerusalem, the eve of Passover, AD33. The setting is the Roman Praetorium or headquarters. Two men face each other. One is...

Easter Sunday 2016

Luke 24:1-12 Easter Sunday St Barbara's; 27.03.16 Rev Tulo Raistrick Can I confess to you a slight disappointment? There are times when I feel that the Gospel writers missed a trick; there are times when I feel that I wish they could have...

Easter Sunday: Choices at Dawn

Matthew 28:1-15 Easter Sunday St Barbara’s 16.04.17 Rev Tulo Raistrick I wonder, have you ever experienced something in your life which is so jaw-droppingly amazing, staggering, that you are left speechless, trying to come to terms with w...

Easter Sunrise: Worth Getting Up For

Luke 24:1-12 Easter Sunday Sunrise Service St Barbara's; 27.03.16 Rev Tulo Raistrick What gets you up very early in the morning? Maybe its young children, clambering into bed, wide awake and wanting to chat. Maybe its worries and concerns...

Freedom & Temptation

Gen 2:15-17, 3:1-7; Matt 4:1-11 First Sunday of Lent St Barbara’s; 5.3.17 Rev Tulo Raistrick Just under thirty years ago I was sat in a chair in a small room at university having a conversation with a professor who was one of the leading e...

Give to Caesar what is Caesar's, and to God what is God's

by Ian Leitch Sunday, 6th November 2016 Readings: 2 Thessalonians 2:1-5, 13-end; Luke 20:19-26 It is one of the best known of all Jesus’ sayings – well known outside the Church as well as inside it. I once had a friend who was convinced that thi...

Good Friday Meditation 2016

John 18:1-19:42 Good Friday St Barbara's; 25.03.16 Rev Tulo Raistrick A few years ago a most unusual controversy arose: a dispute arose over the certificate grading for a film about the life of Christ. This was not because it was a modernist...

Growing Together

1 Peter 2:4:1-10; Luke 5:27-32 17th Sunday after Trinity: Dedication Sunday St Barbara's Church 27.09.15   Today is Dedication Sunday. We give thanks to God for his faithfulness to us as a church over the last 84 years. We thank him...

Handout: Praying and Reading with St Benedict

Reading the Bible (Lectio Divina) Step-by-Step Prepare . Find a place and time when you can read without too many interruptions or distractions. Pray . Slow yourself down; listen to your breathing. Ask God to meet you in your time with him....

Harvest 2015: Burundi

James 3:17-18; Matthew 8:5-10,13 19th Sunday after Trinity:  11.10.15 Rev Tulo Raistrick   Today as part of harvest we are focusing on Burundi.   Burundi is a tiny country in the centre of Africa, home to 8.5 million people. It i...

Harvest: Thanksgiving and Sharing

Deuteronomy 8:7-18; Luke 17:11-19 17th Sunday after Trinity: Harvest St Barbara's Church; 8.10.17 Rev Charles Higgins   In our Gospel reading today, Jesus is walking along a border. On one side there’s the region of Galilee – the...

Humility

Readings: Hebrews 1:1-4, 2:5-12; Mark 10:2-16 18th after Trinity,  4th October 2015 Preacher: Ian Leitch   Some years ago I used to worship in a church that had a quotation from the Psalms written around the outside of its east ...

Jesus and Nicodemus

Reading: John 3:1-17 by Ian Leitch Nicodemus, the Pharisee in this morning’s reading, doesn’t conform to the stereotypical image of a Pharisee presented in the Gospels. Although some Pharisees were like the Gospel picture of them, the majority of ...

Jesus and the Woman at the Well

Exodus 17:1-7; John4:5-42 3rd Sunday in Lent St Barbara's Church; 19.3.17 Dan Rathbone Last week Ian spoke from John chapter 3 about the meeting between Jesus and Nicodemus the Pharisee. This man Nicodemus was the ultimate religious insider....

Jonah in the Whale

Jonah 2:1-10 16th Sunday after Trinity St Barbara's; 11.09.16 Rev Tulo Raistrick Last week, we began to look at one of the Bible’s best loved stories - that of Jonah and the whale. Its an amazing story, full of humour, adventure and honesty a...

Jonah's resentment & God's amazing grace

Jonah 3:1-4:10 17th Sunday after Trinity St Barbara's; 18.9.16 Rev Tulo Raistrick The Great British Bake Off has been much in the news this week. One could hardly imagine that a programme about baking could stir up so much controversy. The...

Jonah: A Reluctant Prophet

Jonah 1:1-17 15th Sunday after Trinity St Barbara's; 4.9.16 Rev Tulo Raistrick   “Are you sitting comfortably. Then I’ll begin…” We love stories, don’t we. From the earliest age, children delight in being read stories, in being ...

Living out faith - compassion and justice

Amos 8; Acts 3:1-10 Choral Evensong St Barbara’s; 5.2.17 Rev Tulo Raistrick As a young Christian I was once told by my new friends in church that faith and politics don’t mix, that the Christian faith was all about the soul and the...

Looking at life through the lens of Christ

2 Timothy 1:1-14; Luke 17:1-10 19th Sunday after Trinity St Barbara's; 02.10.16 Rev Tulo Raistrick The perspective from which we look at things can hugely influence how we see them. When we went on holiday in the summer the mountains that...

Maundy Thursday 2017

Tulo Raistrick April 13th 2017 Over the last few months I have had the privilege and the sorrow to be with one or two people in the final hours of their lives, gathered together with their families around the bedside. They have been very moving,...

Maundy Thursday: An Act, an Example & a Command

1 Cor 11:23-26; John 13:1-17;31-35 Maundy Thursday St Barbara’s 13.04.17 Rev Tulo Raistrick Over the last few months I have had the privilege and the sorrow to be with one or two people in the final hours of their lives, gathered together w...

Maundy Thursday: The Nature of Love

John 13:1-17, 31b-35 Maundy Thursday St Barbara's; 24.03.16 Rev Tulo Raistrick   Tap into google “the secret of happiness” and it will come up with over 27 million results. I didn’t research them all you’ll be pleased to know, b...

Mothering Sunday 2017

Colossians 3:12-17; Luke 2:33-35 Mothering Sunday St Barbara’s; 26.3.17 Rev Tulo Raistrick Mothering Sunday can be a joyful and special day, but for many it is not always an easy day. Indeed our Gospel reading is hardly a celebration o...

Old Testament Overview 1: The Beginnings of a People

Exodus 20:1-20 5th Sunday after Trinity St Barbara's; 26.06.16 Rev Tulo Raistrick The comedian and film-maker Woody Allen once told of how he went on a speed reading course. At the end of it he could read War and Peace in twenty minutes....

Old Testament Overview 2: Settling in the Promised Land

Judges 2:6-19 6th Sunday after Trinity St Barbara's; 3.7.16 Rev Tulo Raistrick   Last week, we began a series looking at an overview of the Old Testament. We began with  God calling a pastoral nomad called Abraham to become the ...

Old Testament Overview 3: The Story of Ruth

Ruth Ch 1-4 7th Sunday after Trinity St Barbara's Church; 10.7.16 Rev Tulo Raistrick Today we are continuing our series on the Old Testament with a wonderful short story about faith, loyalty, kindness and love. Its set in a time of chaos...

Old Testament Overview 4: United Kingdom

2 Samuel 5:1-5 6th Sunday after Trinity St Barbara's Church; 17.7.16 Rev Tulo Raistrick We are living in unusual and unpredictable times. When I began preparing this sermon at the beginning of the week, David Cameron was still Prime Minister,...

Old Testament Overview 5: Fall and Exile

Amos 8:1-12 9th Sunday after Trinity St Barbara's; 24.07.16 Rev Tulo Raistrick Last week we explored the highpoint of the Israelite nation, particularly in the reign of David. But from the middle of Solomon’s reign onwards we begin to s...

Old Testament Overview 6: The Psalms

Psalm 42 10th Sunday after Trinity St Barbara's; 31.07.16 Rev Tulo Raistrick   Today marks the end of our sermon series on the Old Testament, and we finish with the Psalms. The Psalms  are an extraordinary collection of 150 songs ...

Ordinary and Extraordinary Greetings

Matthew 28:1-15 Easter Sunrise Service St Barbara’s 16.04.17 Rev Tulo Raistrick Of all the Gospel accounts of the resurrection, Matthew’s account is perhaps the most dramatic. It is just the kind of reading we need at this time in the mor...

Palm Sunday - A Different Kind of King

Mark 11:1-11; John ch 18 & 19 Palm Sunday St Barbara’s 09.04.17 Rev Tulo Raistrick The juxtaposition of our Palm Gospel reading and our Passion reading leave us with mixed emotions. The crowds arriving in Jerusalem for the great r...

Parables of the Kingdom

Matthew 13:31-33, 44-52 6th Sunday after Trinity 30.7.17  St Barbara's Julie Watkins-Wollner   Bonjour, Guten Morgan, Buenos días (Spanish ), bore da (Welsh) , Buongiorno, Dzień dobry (Polish) and Dobre Utra ( Dough-bray-oo tr...

Paul 2: Galatians - Free by Grace

Galatians 5:1-14 2nd Sunday after Trinity 25.6.17 St Barbara’s Rev Tulo Raistrick Imagine if Christianity was a faith that for the last two thousand years had been simply a faith of Jewish people and a few non-Jewish people who had become J...

Paul 3: Philemon - Letter of Reconciliation

Philemon 1:1-25 3rd Sunday after Trinity 02.7.17 St Barbara’s Rev Tulo Raistrick This is the shortest of Paul’s letters but it is one full of love and challenge. As was common with letters in the ancient world, he begins with saying who...

Paul 4: 1 Corinthians - Living Distinctive Lives

1 Corinthians 1:10-18 4th Sunday after Trinity 09.7.17 St Barbara’s Rev Tulo Raistrick   Today is the 4th in our series on Paul. We started with an overview of his extraordinary life and travels - he covered over 10,000 miles on f...

Paul 5: Colossians - Recognising Christ's Uniqueness

Colossians 2:1-10 5th Sunday after Trinity 16.7.17 St Barbara’s Rev Tulo Raistrick Today we are looking at Paul’s letter to the church in Colossae. Colossae was a relatively small and unimportant town about 100 miles inland from Ephesus. Pau...

Paul 6: Romans - Building the Foundations of Faith

Romans 5:1-11 6th Sunday after Trinity 23.7.17 St Barbara’s Rev Tulo Raistrick Today we conclude our series on the writings of Paul by looking at his longest letter, the letter to the church in Rome. It is a letter that has had a huge i...

Paul: Life of the Free Spirit

Acts 14:1-7 1st Sunday after Trinity 18.6.17 St Barbara’s Rev Tulo Raistrick Today we turn our attention to one of the most important figures in world history, and after Christ, probably the most important person in the history of the c...

Pentecost Sunday: Come, Holy Spirit

Acts 2:1-13, 42-47 Pentecost Sunday St Barbara's; 15.06.16 Rev Tulo Raistrick   Two years ago, shortly after arriving in Earlsdon, I remember being struck by the close juxtaposition between the Earlsdon Festival and the events of...

Prayer

1 Kings 19:8b-15a; Luke 6:12-16 14th Sunday after Trinity St Barbara’s 06.09.15   Have you ever tried to learn a new language? I confess I’ve made a few attempts. My French lessons didn’t go particularly well. We had a teacher who w...

Praying and Reading the Bible with St Benedict

Isaiah 58:1-9a; Mark 1:29-39 4th Sunday before Lent St Barbara’s; 5.2.17 Rev Tulo Raistrick We begin a series today for four weeks up to the beginning of Lent. It is a series that I hope will inspire you and give you practical suggestions o...

Praying and reading the Bible with St Ignatius

Mark 2:1-10; 1 Sam 7:10-13 3rd Sunday before Lent  St Barbara’s; 12.2.17 Rev Tulo Raistrick Today we are thinking about St Ignatius, a Spanish man who lived 500 years ago, and was the founder of the Society of Jesus (the Jesuits). At th...

Praying Together

Phil 1:1-11; Luke 11:1-13 16th Sunday after Trinity St Barbara’s 20.09.15 I wonder what your experiences of praying together with others have been like? We all have experience of it, as we have all prayed together as part of our service already t...

Praying with John Wesley

2 Tim 3:10-4:5; Matthew 17:1-9 Last Sunday before Lent St Barbara’s; 26.2.17 Rev Tulo Raistrick Our series on learning from Christians from the past finishes today with a most remarkable individual, John Wesley. John Wesley was born t...

Praying with the Orthodox Church

Luke 18:9-14; Romans 8:18-27 2nd Sunday before Lent St Barbara's Church; 19.2.17 Rev Tulo Raistrick A few months ago I went to hear a talk given by an Eastern Orthodox priest about prayer. It was a talk that profoundly moved me. My experience...

Remembrance Sunday 2015

Micah 4:1-4; Phil 4:6-9 Remembrance Sunday St Barbara’s 08.11.15 Rev Tulo Raistrick     The day after the Coventry bombings, which had left the medieval cathedral in ruins, the Cathedral’s stone mason took from the deb...

Remembrance Sunday 2017

Isaiah 2:1-5; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18 3rd Sunday before Advent 12.11.17; St Barbara's Rev Charles Higgins   I wonder how you remember on a day like today?   It could be said that there are two types of silence. One type...

Remembrance Sunday Sermon

Psalm 98; Luke 21:5-19 Remembrance Sunday St Barbara's; 13.11.16 Rev Tulo Raistrick The last few days, indeed, the last few months have been tumultuous ones. Few would have thought at the beginning of the year we would be seeing a vote...

Revelation on the Road to Emmaus

Acts 2:14a, 36-41; Luke 24:13-35 3rd Sunday of Easter St Barbara’s 30.04.17 Rev Tulo Raistrick   Walks and meals are two of the best ways of getting to know someone. They provide the space, the time, the lack of distractions, t...

Revelation Series 1: The Seven Churches

Revelation 3:7-22 Advent Sunday St Barbara's; 27.11.16 Rev Tulo Raistrick What do you first think of when you think of the book of Revelation? Apocalyptic images of dragons and serpents The four riders of the apocalypse meting out God’s j...

Revelation Series 2: Confronting Evil

Revelation 13:1-17 3rd Sunday in Advent St Barbara's; 11.12.16 Rev Tulo Raistrick I mentioned a couple of weeks ago when we began our series of three sermons on Revelation that it was a book that could be both baffling and disturbing in...

Revelation Series 3: A Glimpse of Heaven

Revelation 21:1-7 4th Sunday of Advent St Barbara's; 18.12.16 Rev Tulo Raistrick When you think of heaven, what do you think of? White fluffy clouds? A choir of thousands of winged angels? Our imagination of what heaven is like is often...

Seeing Salvation

Isaiah 49:1-7; John 1:29-42 2nd Sunday after Epiphany St Barbara's Church; 15.01.17 Rev Tulo Raistrick Back in the year 2000, to mark the new millennium, the National Gallery put on an exhibition entitled “Seeing Salvation”. Some of you...

Stewardship Sunday

Hebrews 5:1-10; Mark 10:35-45 20th Sunday after Trinity: Stewardship Sunday St Barbara’s 18.10.15 Rev Tulo Raistrick     This time last year we encouraged everyone in the church to review financial giving. Many of you r...

Stewardship Sunday: A Calling to Give

Philippians 4:1-9; Matthew 22:1-14 18th Sunday after Trinity 15.10.17 St Barbara’s Rev Tulo Raistrick Today’s Gospel reading is one of those awkward, uncomfortable readings that it would be much more convenient to simply skip over. It fee...

Stewardship Sunday: Giving

Luke 18:18-30 21st Sunday after Trinity St Barbara's; 16.10.16 Rev Tulo Raistrick Our Gospel reading tells the challenging story of the rich young ruler who wanted to follow Jesus. Jesus asks him to give away his wealth and then he would...

The Baptism of Jesus

Matthew 3:13-17 1st Sunday after Epiphany St Barbara's; 8.1.17 Rev Tulo Raistrick Last summer as a family we were fortunate enough to go to the Alps in Slovenia for a holiday. We had a great holiday with many memorable moments, and when...

The Beatitudes 1: Humility and Sorrow

Galatians 5:22-26; Matthew 5:1-12 12th Sunday after Trinity 03.9.17 St Barbara’s Rev Tulo Raistrick If I was to ask the average person in Earlsdon Street what they knew about the sermon on the mount they would more than likely look at m...

The Beatitudes 2: Compassion, Justice & Patience

Amos 5:21-24; Matthew 5:1-12 12th Sunday after Trinity 10.9.17 St Barbara’s 8am Service Rev Tulo Raistrick Last week we began a series on the beatitudes, these eight great statements about Christian living. We looked at blessed are t...

The Beatitudes 3: Mercy and Peace

Ephesians 2:14-18; Matthew 18:21-35 14th Sunday after Trinity 17.9.17 St Barbara’s Rev Tulo Raistrick Today is our third week in our series of four on the Beatitudes, those eight statements of Jesus that provide us with a summary of how t...

The Beatitudes 4: Integrity & Courage

Philippians 1:21-end; Matthew 5:43-48 14th Sunday after Trinity: Dedication Sunday 24.9.17 St Barbara’s  Rev Tulo Raistrick 86 years ago this week this church was consecrated for worship. Today we celebrate that for all those years worship ha...

The Conversion of Saul

Acts 9:1-20 2nd Sunday after Easter St Barbara's Church; 10.04.16 Rev Tulo Raistrick   Think of someone unpleasant, unlikeable, indeed pretty obnoxious. They may be a colleague at work, or someone down the road, or they may be someone...

The Good Shepherd

4th after Easter Readings: Acts 2:42-end ; John 10:1-10 by Ian Leitch Did you notice the story the press in last month claiming that the average human attention span has shortened to less than that of a goldfish? The Canadian team that conducted...

The Gospel for All People

Acts 11:1-18 4th Sunday after Easter St Barbara's 24.04.16 Rev Tulo Raistrick I wonder how important your national identity is to you? How important is it that you are British, or maybe how important is it that you are English, or Welsh,...

The Greatness of Christ

Colossians 1:11-20; Luke 23:33-43 Christ the King Sunday St Barbara's; 20.11.16 Rev Tulo Raistrick Can you think of a moment of mouth-dropping, eye-popping wonder? One of those moments when the world stood still, when you could hardly...

The Journey into Faith Readings: Hebrews 11:1-3, 8-16, Luke 12:32-40

11th after Trinity, Year C Sermon at the Eucharist 7th August 2016 By Ian Leitch The Olympic Games in Rio have begun. We’ve seen the spectacular opening ceremony; competition has started and the first medals have been awarded. For the next tw...

The Lord's Prayer - Part 1

Luke 11:1-4 2nd Sunday in Lent St Barbara's Church; 21.02.16 Rev Tulo Raistrick Long ago, when Christians were first learning about the faith, people would prepare for baptism as adults over two or three years. The final part of their journey...

The Lord's Prayer - Part 2

Matthew 6:5-15 3rd Sunday in Lent St Barbara's Church; 28.02.16 Rev Tulo Raistrick Last week we began a two-week series looking at the Lord’s Prayer. We saw how the first part of the Lord’s Prayer was all about God - about who he is,...

The Martyrdom of Stephen

Acts 6:8-15, 7:54-8:1a 3rd Sunday after Easter St Barbara's Church; 17.04.16 Rev Tulo Raistrick   Some moments, no matter how small, can remain etched in one’s memory. I remember as clearly as if it was yesterday as a child watching o...

The Pentecost Manifesto

Acts 2:1-21; John 20:19-23 Pentecost Sunday 4.6.17 St Barbara’s Rev Tulo Raistrick This week will see a new government voted into power. It is an important point in our country’s history. For the first time in years, the policies being off...

The Philippian Jailer

Acts 16:16-34 6th Sunday after Easter St Barbara's 08.05.16 Rev Tulo Raistrick   For those of you who were here last week, you will recall that Paul, Silas and Timothy have made the momentous journey into northern Greece, and there...

The Raising of Lazarus

Ezekiel 37:1-14; John 11:1-45 Fifth Sunday of Lent St Barbara’s; 2.4.17 Rev Tulo Raistrick If you go to the cinema, you normally have to sit through several minutes of trailers for other films before your own film begins, normally accompanied b...

The Road to Philippi

Acts 16:6-15 5th Sunday after Easter St Barbara's; 01.05.16 Rev Tulo Raistrick   A couple of months ago my wife and I had dropped the children off with grandparents and were heading for a couple of days walking in the Yorkshire Dales....

The Ten Lepers

Luke 17:11-19 20th Sunday after Trinity St Barbara's 8am Service; 9.10.16 Rev Tulo Raistrick In recent years we’ve seen a huge growth in what could be termed the “health industry”. Gyms have sprung up on every highstreet. Healthy eating cafes...

The Three Tenses of Advent

Isaiah 10:1-11; Matthew 3:1-12 2nd Sunday of Advent St Barbara's; 4.12.16 Rev Tulo Raistrick At school you may remember being taught grammar and having to learn your different tenses. For some of us, just the thought may cause us to come...

The Wedding of Cana

John 2:1-12; 1 Cor 12:1-12 2nd Sunday after Epiphany St Barbara's Church; 17.1.16 Rev Tulo Raistrick   Have you ever been to a party and the food ran out, or the CD player stopped working, the band failed to show up, or the venue...

The Wise Men: Stages on the Journey

Matthew 2:1-12 Epiphany St Barbara's Church 3.1.2016 Rev Tulo Raistrick   Journeys are a common theme at this time of year.   It may be the journeys that we made to see family or friends over the Christmas season.   It...

Three Generations

Luke 2:22-40; 1 Corinthians 13 4th Sunday of Epiphany - Candlemas St Barbara's Church; 31.1.2016 Rev Tulo Raistrick   I think one of the great things about church is the opportunity to mix with people of all different ages. There...

Travelling the whole journey this Easter

John12:1-8; Phil 3:4b-14 5th Sunday of Lent St Barbara's Church 13.03.16 Rev Tulo Raistrick Are you ever tempted to jump from the beginning to the end of a book? You’ve found out who the main characters are, you can get a rough sense of t...

We Belong to God

Isaiah 45:1-7; Matthew 22:15-22 19th Sunday after Trinity St Barbara's; 22.10.17 Rev Charles Higgins So did you manage to spend your old pound coins this week? This Monday just gone, apart from a very few companies and charities that...

What is God like?

Philippians 2:1-13; Matthew 21:23-32 15th Sunday after Trinity 1.10.17; St Barbara's Church Rev Charles Higgins   I wonder if you’ve ever been caught off-guard by an expected question. It might be something completely innocuous –...

Zacchaeus

Luke 19:1-10; Ephesians 1:11-end 4th Sunday before Advent St Barbara's; 30.10.16 Rev Tulo Raistrick When I was 12, a new kid arrived in our class. Our class got on pretty well with each other; there was the occasional teasing and falling...

Ephesians 1

Ephesians 1:1-14 6th Sunday after Trinity St Barbara's 12.7.15 Rev Tulo Raistrick If you are anything like me, life can tend to pull us down. We can become worried, anxious. We can feel overwhelmed by how much there is to do, and how little t...

Ephesians 3

Ephesians 3:14-21 8th Sunday after Trinity St Barbara's 26.7.15 Ian Leitch Every day for twenty years I used to travel from my home in Harrow into the centre of London and back. The crowded train was always jam-packed both ways. If I could ...

Ephesians 1:1-14

Ephesians 1:1-14 St Barbara’s 8am Communion 12.07.15 If you are anything like me, life can tend to pull us down. We can become worried, anxious. We can feel overwhelmed by how much there is to do, and how little time there is to do it. We m...

Ephesians 4

Ephesians 4:1-16 9th Sunday after Trinity St Barbara's 2.8.15 Rev Tulo Raistrick   Something I’m beginning to discover, and I know what many of you with grown-up children know too well, is that childhood does not last forever. Our c...

Communion 4 - Baptism and Communion

Acts 2:41-47; Mt 28:16-20 4th Sunday after Trinity - Baptism St Barbara’s 28.06.15 Today is a wonderful day as we have welcomed three children into the family of the church. Its also a day when we have made promises to help them to grow up t...

Communion 3 - Children and Communion

1 Sam 3:1-10; Mark 10:13-16 3rd Sunday after Trinity St Barbara’s 21.06.15 I wonder, when did you last hear deeply moving, spiritually enriching, words - words that left a profound impact on you? And when did you last meet someone who just r...

Communion 2 - Celebrating the Meal: Past, Present, Future

Some traditions that we celebrate might seem odd to someone not in the know. Imagine trying to explain a birthday party to someone who has never come across the concept before. Not only do you have to explain the funny hats, the giving of presents,...

Communion 1 - Understanding its significance

1 Cor 11:23-33; Luke 24:13-33a 1st Sunday after Trinity St Barbara’s 07.06.15   If I was to walk down Earlsdon high street miming as though I was playing a flute, people may rightly look at me and stare, but I would be unlikely to cause a...
Praying in the In-Between Times

Praying in the In-Between Times

Acts 1:15-17, 21-26; John 17:6-19 Sunday after Ascension St Barbara’s 17.05.15   Do you know that feeling of being in an in-between time, a time of waiting for something to happen, of uncertainty, of not being quite sure what to do? For a...

The Good Shepherd

John 10:11-18; 1 John 3:16-24 4th Sunday of Easter: Baptism Service St Barbara’s 26.04.15   Its a wonderful joy to be baptising Isla and Jess and Max today. And I know for Lisa and David, Jonathan and Michelle, and David and Fay, their c...

Jesus Appears to his Disciples

Luke 24:36-48 3rd Sunday of Easter St Barbara’s 19.04.15   I hope over the last couple of weeks many of you have managed to have an Easter break. Holidays, rest periods, can be enormously important, can’t they. I remember after a p...

Easter Sunday - Mark 16

Mark 16:1-8 Easter Sunday St Barbara’s 05.04.15   In the 1980s film, Sliding Doors, a woman played by Gwyneth Paltrow, having just been fired from her job, is rushing for a tube. In one scene, she just gets onto the train as the doors a...

Easter Sunrise Service - Mark 16

Mark 16:1-8 Easter Sunrise Service St Barbara’s 05.04.15   Early mornings. Some of you may love early mornings, starting the day before the rest of the world is awake. Others of you may hate early mornings. Your brain refuses to e...

Good Friday - John 19

  John 19:25-30 Good Friday St Barbara’s 03.04.15   During Lent, a group meeting at the vicarage, has been reflecting on the last words of Jesus, spoken from the cross, and it seems right to return to some of those words again n...

Maundy Thursday - John 13

John 13:1-15 Maundy Thursday St Barbara’s 02.04.15   Jesus was known for his meals and his love of parties. John introduces the beginning of Jesus’ ministry with a feast - the wedding of Cana. Many of Jesus’ encounters happen in peopl...

Palm Sunday - Mark 11

Mark 11:1-11; Mark 15:1-39 Palm Sunday St Barbara’s 29.03.15   Our Gospel readings this morning have taken us from the highs of Palm Sunday, and Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem to the lows of his trial and crucifixion. It is a journey in m...

Jesus predicts his death - John12

Heb 5:5-10; John 12:20-33 5th Sunday of Lent St Barbara’s 22.03.15   One of the joys of autumn every year are the chestnuts that fall to the ground. As a child, and still as an adult, I love picking them up, collecting them, cleaning t...

Stewardship Sunday

Phil 4:10-20 17th Sun after Trinity St Barbara’s 19.10.14   Over the last three Sundays we have been looking at different aspects of giving. Two Sundays ago, at our Dedication Service, we gave thanks to God for the gift of this c...

Clearing the Temple - John 2

John 2: 13-22 3rd Sunday of Lent St Barbara’s 08.03.15   I wonder if you can think of buildings that dominate the skyline, that dwarf all those around it. For many years, St Paul’s cathedral in London dominated the skyline, though les...

The Temptations in the Wilderness

Mark 1:9-15 1st Sunday of Lent St Barbara’s 22.02.15   Hold up dumb-bells Despite their colour, these are not fashion accessories to dangle from ones ears. Nor, despite their ability to roll, are they a new form of bowling ball. They h...

The Transfiguration

Mark 9:2-9 Last Sunday before Lent St Barbara’s 15.02.15   Seeing things for the first time can be quite a revelation. I remember coming out of the opticians as a 13 year old and marvelling that I could read the road signs. Everything t...

The Wise men

Matt 2:1-12 Epiphany St Barbara’s 04.01.15   I wonder what presents you got for Christmas? Did you get ones that you had been hoping for? Did you get ones that caused a squeal of excitement and surprise? Did you get ones that were a...

Waiting with Mary

Luke 1:26-38 4th Sun of Advent St Barbara’s 21.12.14   Well the waiting is almost over, but not quite yet. A few more days to go before the preparation and seriousness of Advent bursts out into the joyful and exuberant celebration o...

The Parable of the Talents

Mt 25:14-30 2nd Sun before Advent St Barbara’s 16.11.14   A couple of weeks ago, Ian began his sermon by referring to The Apprentice. This week’s Gospel reading also seems to lend itself well to this theme. A wealthy business entrepreneur giv...

The Gift of Reconciliation

1 Tim 2:1-7 Remembrance Sunday St Barbara’s 9.11.14   For numbers of you here, you have lived through wars that have directly affected your lives. For some of you, you have fought in wars. The nearest I’ve experienced to living in a w...

Imitating Christ’s Humility

Phil 2:1-13 15th Sun after Trinity St Barbara’s 28.09.14   Last week, we began looking at the letter Paul wrote to the church in Philippi. In prison, facing a very uncertain future which would more than likely end in violent death, w...

To live is Christ, to die is gain

Phil 1:21-30 St Barbara’s 14.09.14 Rev Tulo Raistrick   Imagine the situation. You are in prison, awaiting trial. You’ve been there months already, and you have no idea how much longer you will have to wait. You are under constant sur...