St Barnabas Church

St Barnabas Church Easterton
St Barnabas is the only church in the village.  Built in 1875, it is a small Victorian red brick church, sympathetically extended in 1981 with a parish room.  It is a focal point in the village surrounded by a well-kept churchyard with an attractive lych-gate opening on to a path, lined with lime trees, leading to the church porch.  Recently the local cub scout troop has funded a small memorial garden, a seat and a flagpole.

Inside St Barnabas there is modern comfortable seating, lighting and heating.  Of note there is a new nave altar as well as the chancel altar, a simple organ, a millennium wall hanging sewn by villagers, brass plaques engraved with the names of those lost in the two world wars and some notable framed plaster artworks.  The parish room has a kitchenette and toilet facilities.  The church, with these facilities, is available for meetings, small concerts and exhibitions and can seat 100 comfortably. 

St Barnabas is one of the five churches in a Benefice that covers the Lavingtons, Cheverells and Easterton.  The priest for all five parishes is the Rev Marion Harrison, who lives in the vicarage at 25 White Street, West Lavington, and who took up the post in February 2017.  She is contactable on 01380 816963 or lavingtonrector@gmail.com about any parish matter including baptisms, weddings and funerals.  St Barnabas’ Churchwarden is Pat Morrison (01380 812357) supported by a Parochial Church Council of five.  We also have the services of a retired priest, the Rev Ann Cocking, who lives in Easterton.

Details of the services at St Barnabas are listed in the church porch, and are published in the monthly parish magazine ‘Church and Community News’, and the monthly ‘Easterton Echoes’, which goes to all households in Easterton and Eastcott.  There is a regular Parish Communion service at 11 a.m. on the fourth Sunday of every month.  A Benefice Communion Service is held on the first Sunday of the month, which rotates in order around the five churches.  On the second Sunday of the month, there is an ecumenical combined service with the United Reformed Church and St Mary’s, the Anglican church in Market Lavington, and this rotates in turn around the three churches, so is held in St Barnabas every third month.   At special times of the year, there are extra services – at Christmas, Easter, Harvest time, and on Remembrance Sunday. 

Although a small church, the congregation offers a warm welcome to all visitors.  The church is opened every day for all who would like to sit in a quiet place for prayer and reflection.