The foundation stone of St. Barnabas' Church was laid on June 11th (St. Barnabas' Day) 1884 by Mrs. Mark Firth of Sheffield. The church opened for public worship during the following November. Firth School was at the time being used for meeting before the church was built but was becoming inadequate, so a separate church for New Whittington (at the time still part of the parish of St. Bartholomew's Old Whittington) was built. The Rev Clement Clover Ward was appointed Curate-in-Charge from 1882 onwards, and it was mainly due to his whole hearted efforts that the church of St. Barnabas was built.
Rev. L. P. Sayles was the first to reside in St. Barnabas House (now the current Vicarage) which was a gift from Maurice Deacon, Civil Engineer who was Managing Director of the Sheepbridge Coal and Iron Company Ltd.
The Consecration of the Church was on Wednesday 4th May 1927 by the Lord Bishop of Southwell (no Derby Diocese then).
The Induction of the new Vicar Rev. T. W. Thornber was on Thursday 28th July 1927. It was a "well attended service with a high spiritual tone" and was followed by "Tea in the New School". The New School was the old Church Hall opposite The Forge, it was built just before the Church was consecrated.
A list of Vicars to the present day follows:
W. T. Thornber 1927 - 1939
V. Genders 1940 - 1944
T. Jones 1945 - 1947
G.S. Howarth 1947 - 1955
W. A. Colley 1956 - 1958
P. H. Heath 1958 - 1966
G. Bromby 1967 - 1978
J. K. Rollinson 1978 - 1982
(held with St. Bartholomew’s, Old Whittington)
W. Wheeldon - 1983 - 1986
J. Pinder-Packard 1988 - 2004
J.V. Lewis 2004 - 2010 (also Rector of St. Bartholomew’s, Old Whittington)
J. Bebbington Babb 2010 - 2012.
J. Morris 2013 - present day
In 1919, following the First World War, a war memorial was erected in the church. After the Second World War the names of those killed in that conflict were also added to the memorial. The original pipe organ fell into disuse in 1977 and was eventually replaced in 1995 by an electronic creation housed within the original frame and pipes. In 2005, the wooden cupola was taken down, having found to be dangerous. The bell was repaired and prepared for rehanging (dependent upon funding) and currently is on display, within the Church, in front of the war memorial.
The old Church Hall was demolished in 1991 when the new Church Hall was built which was attached to the Church. The original stone arch from the Church door was erected over the new hall door.
In 2005, the hedging and lawn were removed and a concrete paved area was laid around the church, opening up the north and eastern sides. An impressive cross with “St Barnabas Church” was created in the pattern of the paving at the main entrance door.