St. Barnabas Church Klang, Selangor


Although history records that the first Anglican services in Klang began as early as 1879, the Parish of Selangor was officially inaugurated in 1892 with Rev. F. W. Haines as its first Chaplain. Services were originally held at the Raja Mahadi Fort and then at the Klang Club - both walking distances from the present church.

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The Church of St. Barnabas the Apostle was consecrated on 19th February 1906 by the Rt. Rev. George Frederick, Bishop of Singapore, Labuan and Sarawak. It was originally a simple, black, wooden structure in the centre of Klang town. However, it was more than just a place for worship for during the Second World War (1939-1945), St. Barnabas served as a sanctuary of refuge for the local British community.

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In the 1960s, during the ministry of Rev. Kenneth J. Perry, St. Barnabas became a Parish and was responsible for the missionary work around Klang and Kuala Selangor. In 1965 the first local Asian priest, Rev. A.C.Caldwell was appointed as Priest-in-charge. The congregation outgrew the old building and a new, concrete building was consecrated by the Rt. Rev. Tan Sri J.G. Savarimuthu on 22 September 1973.

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                                                                         Newly Constructed Church                                                            Consecration of the new church building by                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Bishop Savarimuthu.(22 September 1973)

In addition to mission work, St. Barnabas was also well known for its welfare and social ministries. Its main social ministry was a Drug Rehabilitation and Hostel Centre in the 1970s. Now, St. Barnabas runs a Home for destitute children, works closely with the Migrant Ministry of Klang and provides free hot breakfasts every week to the poor.
Today the missionary efforts of St. Barnabas Church have impacted the surrounding townships of Banting, Carey Island, TPG, Batang Berjuntai, Kapar, Shah Alam, Port Klang and Kuala Selangor.

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Youth Fellowship with Rev. & Mrs. Perry (1962)                                          Carolers (1959) led by Mr. Paul Asirvatham                                               The Sunday School in Sungai Renggam (1963) Rev. Philemon with Mrs. Sither