Our vision

Seeing lives and communities transformed

We're people who are passionate about making a difference through the Christian faith, and we want to see lives and communities transformed as a result.

We offer creative programmes and resources for individuals, churches and schools, and our work resources Christian growth and understanding of the Bible by people of all ages, churches for outreach in the local community, the teaching of Christianity within primary schools and children’s and family ministry in churches.

We believe in...

A welcome for all

The church is a place where people of every age and stage of faith should be welcomed in; where both young and old are seen as a blessing, not a burden or inconvenience. Through Messy Church and The Gift of Years we're helping churches to grow relationships with people in their communities.

Embracing breadth

Our communities and churches work best when they recognise, affirm and encourage the different gifts and talents that people bring. Whether we look at the BRF staff team or a local Messy Church leadership team, each person is an asset and plays a part in the whole.

Steady and thoughtful study

Both individual Christians and the church as a whole are encouraged to be rooted in God's word so that we can be more fruitful. The church should be a place where people come together to explore the Bible, pray and grow as disciples of Jesus Christ. Our story began with people coming together and exploring faith with each other - we are meant to walk the journey of faith together.

Asking questions without fear

Life is a journey of exploration. Letting children ask their own questions is key to our work with schools and this is particularly reflected in our Barnabas RE Days. Seeking understanding by asking questions is also key to seeking to live in community with those who are different from ourselves. Any exploration, including Bible study, begins with asking questions. Questions give us an opportunity to grow - we need not fear them.

 

Strengthening relationships

Strong relationships are essential to healthy communities and homes, yet the demands of life tend to make our time pressured and less focused. Who Let The Dads Out? gives churches the tools to support local fathers and children, and our work resourcing children's and family ministry continues to help strengthen families as they explore faith together.

Generosity, humility and gratitude

Our work is only possible because of the prayer and financial support of those who share our vision. Every week we see how what we offer is making a difference to individual lives and communities. Could you help support our work in the years to come? Please see how you can get involved.

Blessed is the one... whose delight is in the law of the Lord, and who meditates on his law day and night. That person is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither – whatever they do prospers.
Psalm 1:1-3 (NIV, abridged)

Image acknowledgements

Silver highway © Nick Mealey licensed under CC 2.0 / transformed, darkened and blurred