St Mary’s is a parish church in the heart of the community. Our life together is centred around our worship which takes place every Sunday and at other times of the week too. We are an Anglican Church which has witnessed to and served this community for over 800 years. Rooted in the love of God revealed to us in Jesus Christ, we value the Anglican traditions of thoughtful, exploring faith and building an inclusive community. We are young, old and middling and we hope that everyone will be able to draw closer to God by sharing in our church life.
We are an outward looking church that uses our church and its facilities for the enrichment of our community through a wide variety of cultural events.
We serve the community by supporting local charities with time and talents and we engage with the wider world by our connections in South Sudan and Zimbabwe.
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Revd Richard Sewell
Revd Ann Lynes
Bishop Richard Harries
Reader & PCC
Head of Sacristan Team
Director of Music
Church Office & Kitson Hall Manager
Chair, Friends of St Mary's
Tower Captain, Bellringers
Chair, Kitson Hall Committee
Hon Treasurer & PCC
Parochial Church Council
For the congregation of St Mary’s to celebrate the love of God openly and inclusively, and to grow in faith and numbers and in mission.
- Provide a range of worship which is vibrant and affirming. Underpinning this objective are our beliefs that:
– worship is the single most important role of the church, from which all else emanates;
– we are one worshipping community. Our three (very different) Sunday morning services are of equal importance
- Have a clear and vigorous programme for mission in our community and overseas, drawing on Joseph Ayok’s experience and support, and to which the congregation is committed
- Play a full part in the Barnes Anglican Team and Churches Together in Barnes
- Put St Mary’s on a secure financial and administrative footing, to ensure that our other objectives can be achieved
- Welcome and support people of all ages and Christian traditions, through:
a. Providing a supportive ethos for our established membership, including through education, nurture and pastoral support
b. Welcoming and encouraging newcomers and visitors
c. Establishing a professional and comprehensive programme of youth work to meet the needs of young people aged 14 to 18 in St Mary’s and the Barnes team
d. Expanding activities for children and the number of children enjoying them; and being well known in the diocese for provision of children’s work
The Rev’d Richard Sewell (Rector)
The Rev’d Ann Lynes
Mrs Patty Darke (Standing Committee)
Mr Paul Teverson (Standing Committee)
Mr Phil Bladen
Mrs Annie Sullivan
Mrs Judy Gowing (PCC secretary and Standing Committee)
Mr Tom Ridley
Mr Chris Hine
Ms Emma Powell
Mr Matthew Purser
Ms Francesca Wisdom
Retiring in 2017
Mrs Sue Boyd
Mrs Alison Collins (resigned Oct 15)
Mr William Heller
Retiring in 2018
Mr Peter Boyling (Vice Chairman and Standing Committee)
Ms Christine Butenuth
Miss Christabel Gairdner
Mr Paul Phillips
Mr Patrick Findlater (Hon Treasurer and Standing Committee)
Reports & Meetings
The Annual Reports are published for Annual Parochial Church Meetings and give detailed information on the day-to-day running of the church, its buildings, finances, and its involvement with other churches. They also provide a directory of our groups, explaining their role and giving contact details. Hard copies of the current booklet can be found at the back of the church.
The Annual Parochial Church Meeting is normally held in April each year. Draft minutes of the most recent meeting, along with earlier minutes, and annual reports can be viewed below.
We are extremely grateful to our organisers and members for all their work over the year, which contributes so much to the sense of fellowship which we enjoy at St Mary’s. Many of the groups have individual web pages so please explore the site and find out more of our work locally and within the broader church and community both at home and abroad.
Draft minutes – Annual Meetings 13 April 2014
Minutes of the Annual Meetings – 25 April 2013
Minutes of the Annual Meetings – 25 April 2012
Minutes of the Annual Meetings – 27 April 2011
Minutes of the Annual Meetings – 26 April 2010
Minutes of the Annual Meetings – 29 April 2009
Minutes of the Annual Meetings – 30 April 2008
Church & Room Hire
The church and its rooms can be available for hire for appropriate events, eg for concerts and classes.
St Mary’s Barnes is the oldest building in Barnes and a beautiful mix of ancient and modern architecture. It is a wonderful venue for musical, dramatic, literary or any type of public event. The seating and church furniture can be moved or altered to many different configurations. We have a Steinway grand piano (use at additional cost including tuning) and a professional sound system which can play CDs and connect to MP3 players. There is also a hearing loop. There are built-in lectern microphones and microphones with stands as well as free-roaming radio mics. A large projection screen is available for use. The church can seat 200 people with scope for additional seating for larger audiences.
The Melvill Room is a ground floor room to the left of the main church. It has a kitchen with tea and coffee making facilities, fridge, microwave oven, tables and seating. It is suitable for hire as a room on its own or as a reception/catering room for events taking place in the church. It has disabled access via its own outside door. There are nearby toilets with baby changing facilities. Church crockery, cutlery and glasses may be used upon request and for an additional fee.
The Ellerton Room is a first floor room accessed by a spiral staircase above the Melvill Room. It is very suitable as a meeting or classroom with excellent privacy as it can only be accessed via the staircase door. There are nearby toilets with baby changing facilities. Joint hiring of the Melvill Room and Ellerton Room can be very successful when a combination of hospitality and meeting privacy is needed for your event.
The Kitson Room is a first floor room located on the right of the main church. It is a large room used each week mainly for choir practice. It is an open room with no external door but is still suitable for meetings if confidentiality is not an issue. It has an electric keyboard which may be used upon request and for an additional fee.
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Timetable of regular users
|Main Church||Melvill Room (downstairs)||Ellerton Room|
|Monday||9.05 - 9.30am Morning Prayer||Sewing Group|
2.30pm - 4pm (except Bank Holidays)
Location varies. Please check with organiser in advance. Email
Proficiency 9.30am - 12pm
|Tuesday||9.05 - 9.30am Morning Prayer|
5pm Evening Prayer
|Tuesday AA Group|
(during July & August)
|Ali Gilling Yoga 8am - 9am||Potential Bookkeeping Session
4 - 7pm
|Wednesday||9.05 - 9.30am Morning Prayer|
Junior Choir & SMB Choir 6.15pm - 9pm
12.30 - 3pm
|Junior Choir & SMB Choir 6.15pm - 9pm|
|Thursday||9.05 - 9.30am Morning Prayer|
11.15am Quiet Time
12 - 12.30pm
|Potential Bookkeeping Session
4 - 7pm
|Friday||9.05 - 9.30am Morning Prayer|
Bellringers 6.30pm - 9.15pm
|Friday AA Group|
12.30 - 3pm
|Annie Sullivan Yoga|
9am - 10.15am
9.30am - 12.30pm
10.30 - 12 noon
|Annie Sullivan Yoga|
9am - 10.15am
|Sunday||Sunday AA Group|
7.30 - 10pm
Please note our cleaner comes on Tuesday mornings for 2 hours and Friday afternoon for 2 hours.
For information on hiring the Kitson Hall
St Mary’s coffee shop is open every Saturday morning from 10.30am to 12.15pm. Join us for home brewed coffee or a welcome cup of tea and a choice of delicious home made cakes. The coffee shop is in the Melvill Room on the left hand side of the main church. All are welcome and the room is easily accessible for those with mobility issues.
The coffee shop is run by a different team of volunteers each week who are raising funds for a charity of their choice. Should you wish to take a turn and raise money in this way for your favourite charity, please email Claire Boyling or ring her on 020 8878 3775.