St Barnabas moves to new home at Solar House after £12m investment
After more than a century of worship in its Edwardian Church on Holden Road, the congregation of St Barnabas Church North Finchley moved to its new home in Solar House on the North Finchley High Road on Sunday.
The move was celebrated with a procession from St Barnabas’ old home on Holden Road to its new home on the High Road. As they moved through North Finchley, parishioners of all ages joined in by waving flags in celebration of the beginning of a new era of worship at Solar House, the 1980s office block within which the new church centre is housed.
Once they arrived, the 500-strong congregation gathered outside of Solar House and Revd Henry Kendall, the Vicar of St Barnabas Church addressed the crowd and welcomed them to their new place of worship.
Parishioners were then invited to explore their new church centre, which opened after a £12m investment that upgraded the interior and now plans to create a 500-seat auditorium. The development also saw the creation of a dedicated youth space and an upgrading of facilities, including a commercial kitchen to help with St Barnabas’ weekly homeless lunches, and showers and a clothes bank to support those in the local community that are homeless.
Speaking after of the opening, the Vicar of St Barnabas Church North Finchley, the Revd Henry Kendall, said:
“It was thrilling to welcome over 500 people from across North London to our new home in Solar House, and to join with them in celebration of a new era at St Barnabas. The move to Solar House will give us an even greater springboard for mission – both into our local area, across north London and around the world.”