Contact | St Barnabas' Church, Old Heath, Colchester


With effect from30th June Father Richard will retire as Vicar of Old Heath after nearly 20 years.

In future, if you need to contact St.Barnabas Church please call Mrs Jackie Twinn 01206 381946,

Mrs Daphne Slater-White 01206 513424 or Mr Trevor Hubbard. 01206 795925

If you need a priest (Vicar) urgently call Father Peter 01206 545192 (Please note that you should only call Fr Peter if you urgently need a priest)

For weddings and Christenings call the numbers above.


We are hoping that Christmas this year will be more like the past and intend the following:

Carols by Candlelight. 19th December 6pm

Christingle Friday 24th December 5pm (If numbers are restricted again this year-we may hold this service in the Vicarage Garden)

Midnight Mass Friday 24th 11.30pm

Christmas Day Mass 10am.

UPDATE: SERVICES (from 4th of March 2021).

Morning Prayer (Book of Common Prayer):

9 am daily (excluding Fridays and Sundays).


Tuesday 10am
Thursday 7pm
Sunday 10am.

Alas, until restrictions are lifted the Church cannot be left open all day. We regret this but it is necessary for hygiene and protect.

With my prayers,

Fr Richard


I regret that I am not now able to offer either Christingle or Carols in the Vicarage this year. There will be a Midnight Mass at 11.30pm on Christmas Eve and a Christmas Day Mass at 10am. I am sorry to disappoint you this year but I am nervous that I will not be able to guarantee safety in an open air service. Happy Christmas to you all.

Father Richard


Father Richard


My dear Friends,

Public Worship resumed at St Barnabas on 12th July.

If you wish to attend on Sunday morning please send a message to the Vicar in advance so a space can be reserved for you.

You do not need to book a place for the midweek services.


Tuesday 10am

Thursday 7pm.

fathercap@hotmail.com  should you need me. Baptisms and Last rites will still be offered.

Let us pray for a speedy deliverance from this dreadful virus and let us thank God for this wonderful world and the people whom we love.

May God bless you all.

Fr. Richard

Safe Guarding:

Our parish is mindful of the needs of vulnerable people and we are determined that all people who enter our church or attend church based activities should feel safe and protected. If you have any concerns about the welfare of people attending our church please either contact:-

The Parish Safeguarding Officer, Mrs Jackie Twinn: 01206 240313


The Diocesan Safeguarding Team.  safeguarding@chelmsford.anglican.org

The PCC has adopted the Church of England’s policies and best practice on safeguarding which may be found on the Church of England’s website.


Welcome to St.Barnabas Old Heath.

We are the Church of England Parish of the former village (now quite a large community) just to the east of Colchester. There has been a church here since 1870. We are a thriving ‘Anglo Catholic’ church. Our worship is traditional but very warm and welcoming. Come and join us for Sunday worship or any of the special events through the year. Call me if you would like Christenings, weddings or funerals conducted by me.

Fr Richard, the Vicar