St Barnabas Church is near the centre of Box village and is part of the Church of England Benefice of Minchinhampton with Box and Amberley. It holds regular services, and details of these and occasional additional services are published on the Church Notice Board.
The Reverend Helen Bailey was born on the North West Coast of Lancashire where she grew up in a family of regular Parish Churchgoers. For the last twenty years she has lived in North Yorkshire where at the age of 16 she felt called to serve the Anglican Ministry. In the next twenty years Helen obtained a Degree in English Language and Literatures at Hull University. She was also involved with Christian youth work on a difficult estate, probation and prison services, the homeless and those with mental illness. This experience involved paid youth work for a Methodist Church, and special needs in schools. After training as a Secondary School of English Helen became Acting Head of English and delivered workshops to English departments and students of Durham University.
Continuing work in local churches in suburbia in East Hull and small rural districts led to training for ordained ministry at Wescott House in 2007 and completion of a Theology Degree at Cambridge and a year at Yale University in the US. Helen’s Curacy at the busy thriving Christ Church in Harrogate was a profound experience, and involved a month working in Tanzania with AIDS orphans and widows. She is naturally delighted by the Parish link with Tanzania.
Getting to know everyone in the Benefice of Minchinhampton, Box and Amberley, and serving the community is a challenge that Helen is greatly looking forward to.