April 19, 2011

Welcome to the website of the churches of
St Michael’s and St Barnabas, Devonport.

We meet for worship every Sunday,
10.30am at St Michael’s.

For details of our social activities and all other meetings, see the side bar … together with links to our Facebook pages and all sorts of online resources.

For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. (John 3:16)


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January 21, 2018

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Prayer Party – report

January 17, 2018

On the second Thursday of each month, instead of the Vicarage small group, we gather at the church for a ‘prayer party’ … we share a meal together, and then spend time in prayer and praise.

Each month someone organises a simple meal for 6pm, and we aim to gather for prayer from 7pm, though it’s often a little later, since we enjoy our time together as we eat 🙂 This year our times of prayer will be focused on praying for revival, in our church and local community, in response to our verse of the year:

Unless the Lord builds the house,
it’s builders labour in vain.
Psalm 127:1

As we began our time of prayer this month, Revd Tim shared a few thoughts with us, saying how prayer begins with God and focuses on him throughout – his purpose, his character, his acts – and asked us to remember the 5 Cs …

Commit – decide to meet regularly to pray for the growth of the church

Connect – and pray for the wider community

Concentrate – on five people you want to find faith in Jesus

Communicate – be ready to share stories of what the Lord has done in your life, and in answer to prayer

Cover – all our worship, our Sunday services, small groups and other activities in prayer

He then shared four things to pray, each based on a verse from the Bible …

~for hearts that are ready to receive and obey God’s word (Luke 8:11-15)
~for eyes to be opened to the reality of Jesus (2 Corinthians 4:4)
~for ears to hear the word of God (Matthew 16:16)
~for mouths to confess Jesus as Lord (Romans 10:9)

We then spent some time in prayer and worship, each suggesting a song or reading a Bible passage as we thought appropriate … a very special time of fellowship together in God’s presence.

Our next Prayer Party will be on Thursday, February 8th, 6pm for food, 7pm for prayer … everyone is welcome, whether you are a member of a small group or not … come and join us as we share fellowship over a meal and pray for God to challenge and change our church and community through Christ.

Sunday’s sermon – Jeremiah #2

January 16, 2018

For 2018, as we post each Sunday’s sermon on our Ministry website, we will post a link here on our main site, along with a few short questions to help you apply the word of God to your life in practical ways.

Do post any comments, reactions or questions on this post … everyone is welcome to join in the discussion 🙂

Rev Tim’s sermon from Sunday 14th Jan, The Temple of the Lord, is now available here … if you weren’t able to come to church on Sunday, or if you would like to read through it again, do take a look.


  1. Why do you go to church?
  2. How does being at church help you follow Jesus?
  3. What distracts you from following Jesus?

All our teaching materials are available at stbarnacles2.wordpress.com


Craft Day

January 15, 2018

Our next Craft Day is on Thursday, January 18th, at St Michael’s Church from 10am – 4pm. All welcome – bring your craft and some lunch to share. The church is open all day, and the kettle is always on, so drop-ins welcome, too!

Our daytime small group will also be meeting from 1:30pm … why not come to lunch before joining the group? 🙂

Shared Lunch

January 13, 2018

Our next shared lunch follows the morning service this Sunday, January 14th … bring some food to share, and be prepared to help wash up! There will be plenty of food for everyone (Revd Tim will have some jacket potatoes in the oven during the service!) so do make newcomers welcome, too 🙂


CTiDS service, January 7th

January 11, 2018

If you weren’t able to join us for our united churches service last Sunday, January 7th, you can still read Tim’s input here … we had a good time together, hearing about the origins of Devonport Community Baptist Church, St Michael’s 175th anniversary, and sharing together the Methodist Covenant Prayer. Keep an eye out for details of future joint churches events 🙂

Praying around the World – Tuvalu

January 10, 2018

Tuvalu is one of the smallest and isolated countries in the world, located in the Pacific Ocean. It is a collection of low lying coral islands and could be the first nation to be lost entirely to rising sea levels. Pray for this nation as it faces such an uncertain future and for the believers there, and pray for those in power across the world will remember such countries as they debate global warming.

It was Christian missionaries from the local Cook Islands, through the London Missionary Society, who first brought the Gospel to the Tuvaluan islands. These missionaries established a church on every island – typically the most impressive building on the islands – and to this day churches are revered as holy places. Christianity is universally accepted, and the population is almost all protestant, with a skyrocketing charismatic population and an evangelical population that has more than tripled over the past 17 years. Yet, some syncretism with pre-Christian beliefs remains, and the Tuvalu Christian Church, to which eight out of every nine Tuvaluans belong, faces decline and nominalism. (Prayercast)

• Pray for preservation of Tuvaluan culture as the nation’s existence is challenged by rising seas.

• Pray for quality education for youth who have few career options outside of an unstable fishing industry.

• Pray for God to use these times of environmental and economic uncertainty to draw Christians into stronger relationships with Him.

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To catch up on previous countries, or to find information about topical or current world issues, visit Prayercast