Approximately seven years ago a chance visit to Mt. Shasta by the Assisting Priest of All Saints’ Church, Beckingham, Lincolnshire, England – the Rev. Canon Valerie Rampton – led to the creation of a “sister church” relationship between St. Barnabas and All Saints’.
The two congregations pray for each other, share news of church activities and support each other in various other ways. In 2011, a group of St. Barnabas members made a pilgrimage to Beckingham, where they were hosted by village families and shared in worship with the Beckingham congregation, bringing with them the gift of a silver chalice and paten that had been used at the installation of the Rev. Larry Holben as St. Barnabas’s Priest-in-Charge.
Beckingham is an English country village situated near Nottingham. All Saints’ Church is a beautiful 12th century stone building which includes one door thought to go back to Norman times. Despite restorations in 1857, 1888 and 1900, the fabric of the building is under threat.
All Saints’ was closed in 1998, with the intention of it being declared “redundant.” Subsequently, however, the decision was reversed and the church was later featured in the 2006 BBC Restoration television series. Restoration continues and the parish church is once again the center of much village life.