The Emersons

Pastor Graham Emerson and family

Church in the Barn is a Bible-believing independent church. We have been active in Penrith for 30 years, with a big youth and childrens ministry and host a wide variety of speakers in addition to our regular church activities.

We have unintentionally become a very international church and love to celebrate and support brothers and sisters from around the world, and love to incorporate aspects of their worship and culture within our church.

Our expanding childrens ministry enjoys activities during the morning service and the evening service if needed. Overseen by DBS checked members of the church, we tailor sessions in a creative manner to an age range from 0 to 11 with older ones free to join the service when they feel ready. Babies are welcome to stay in church but we have a creche facility available. We encourage all children to engage in worship and hear from God for themselves.

Through the week we have various House Group/Bible Study options, including Soul Disciple – our mid-week youth group, in addition we run an evangelistic football league in Penrith on Friday nights.

We are led by our pastor Graham and lots of volunteers; Deacons, support team, children’s workers, youth leaders, worship team and welcome team, to help make church happen.

We have links with other churches in Penrith, running evangelistic events, Christmas and lent activities and generally supporting each other. Our services are relaxed and informal, we take communion together most Sunday mornings.

Being in the Penrith and the Lake District we are an ideal central point for visitors passing through on their holidays and are often blessed to meet people from around the country. If you are passing through we would love to meet you and invite you to join us!

Services usually start with a time of worship, which tends towards the modern, but does not exclude the old! Our services usually last about an hour and a half and may include communion, testimonies, a message, worship and ministry. We do not believe that ministry is exclusive to the leadership team, encouraging the whole church to exercise spiritual gifts under their supervision and discernment.