Barnabas Community Church, Shrewsbury

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Coordinates: 52°42′16″N 2°44′52″W / 52.7044°N 2.7478°W / 52.7044; -2.7478

Barnabas Church Centre,[1] a former territorial army centre now used by Barnabas Community Church

Barnabas Community Church is an independent, charismatic evangelical, Church in Shrewsbury, England, and is in many ways a product of the UK British New Church Movement. It is part of the Newfrontiers[2] family of churches and a member of the Evangelical Alliance.[3]


Barnabas Christian Fellowship was founded in 1983, after the Crowmoor Baptist Church outgrew its building at the time.[4] The initial group was about 80 strong. Restricted by only having limited capacity in meeting rooms above a pub, as the church grew, it separated into two congregations for a three-year period. In 1993, the two congregations reunited and began meeting together at the Wakeman School[5] with a clear sense that a new "home" was needed.

In 1996 Barnabas formally became part of Newfrontiers, an international family of similar churches.

In 1999 Barnabas formally adopted a cell group model for church life,[6] having been inspired by teaching from Ralph Neighbour[7] and organisations such as Cell UK.[8]

About the same time the Alpha Course was adopted and has been run twice a year since then.[9]

The Barnabas Centre[edit]

The Music Hall was one of several venues used while a permanent home was being found

Between 1983 and 1985 the church met in various public halls including the Music Hall[10] and the Gateway arts centre.[11] Between 1985 and 1996 the church rented a suite of rooms above the Lloyds pub in Shrewsbury town centre. In 1996 the church moved to the Longden Coleham Territorial Army Centre which it expanded and now uses as a permanent base.[12]

Community activities[edit]

The Barnabas Centre is now a multi-use church centre with many community agencies using the facilities, such as the Shrewsbury Senior Citizen's Forum[13] and the Community Council of Shropshire[14]

There are also community projects[15] such as a Debt Advice Centre,[16] senior citizen's activities[17] and youth activities [18]


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