The Body and the Bride

Uniting the Body and preparing the Bride for the coming of the Bridegroom King

Our Vision

Our vision is to see the Church become united as One, and to embrace her true identity and destiny as His radiant Bride. We want to see her passionately in love with Jesus, fully prepared, without spot or blemish. and looking for the return of Jesus, her Bridegroom King.

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Foundations For Farming
We are pleased to announce a working friendship with the amazing Foundations For Farming based in Zimbabwe

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About The Body and the Bride

What is The Body and the Bride? The Body and the Bride is part of a 'movement of God' which focuses on two urgent and essential needs in the Body of Christ today. 1) The unity and restoration of the much broken and divided Body. This comes about only through repentence for the deep seated competitive and critical attitudes held so frequently the leaders and ministers in His Church. 2) The awakening of the Church to understand and embrace Her Bridal identity and destiny. This is the day of the Bride and we are committed to see the Bride of Christ make herself ready for His coming, the coming of the Bridegroom King

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Team Members

Howard and Tricia Barnes

Howard is the overseer and administrator of this network ministry. He was born in England in 1944 to pastor parents. He is married to Tricia and has two lovely married children and four grandchildren. He was a school teacher and a pastor until 2003 but in 2009 became a team member of Time Out Mission International. Howard has an apostolic ministry and serves the body of Christ with a passion to see the church empowered through unity and bridal awareness. He has many years of missions experience and has a particular prophetic anointing to speak into nations for transformation.

Tricia is a gifted musican and woodwind teacher. She recently retired from the County Music Department in Cornwall, UK after many years of service and now is beginning to explore a ministry in caring for the elderly in her neighbpurhood with a UK organisation called Age Concern. She has been a supportive prayer partner in the ministry that God has given to Howard and looks forward to working closer together with him in The Body and the Bride ministry now that she has retired from teaching. She is a busy and loving grandmother and demonstrates wherever she is and to whomever she meets a generous and loving spirit.

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David and Jill Munby

David and Jill Munby have been leading St Georges Barnsley – a Charismatic, Evangelical Anglican Town Centre church- for over 25 years. During that time David has been seeking to encourage unity in prayer, friendship and mission among church leaders and congregations in Barnsley. He has led a number of conferences in Kenya on spiritual renewal, reconciliation and unity, some with Howard Barnes. In 2004 he was made a canon of Bungoma, Kenya. Jill has also been involved in speaking at conferences in India and Kenya and has been working on a Foundations for Farming project in Barnsley. They have 3 children who are all involved in church leadership, 2 of whom are married and the 3rd recently got engaged. We rejoice that grandchildren have started to arrive. We hope to be able to serve the Lord again in other nations in the future. Go to David's Page Go to Jill's Page

Bill Smith

“I was born and grew up in Liverpool. My parents were Christians and my earliest memories are of the Baptist church we attended. I received Jesus as Lord and Saviour as a 15 year old and soon became conscious of the call of God on my life for specific Christian ministry. This meant my dreams of professional football, treading the boards in the West End as an actor, singer, dancer, or managing a business from behind a large desk, all went out of the window! I went to Bible College in response to this call and became a Pastor within the Baptist denomination. However, mixing with people from different denominations and traditions was something I often found uncomfortable because having grown up in a family with an open Bible I was aware of its teaching about Unity as being high on God’s purposes for His people and it pained me that His Body seemed so divided. Today, I constantly live with a fiery passion for revival in the UK, planted in me as a new believer. I am convinced we will see widespread returning and turning to God in these coming days and that Unity will be part of the work as well as a product of it. Through the difficulties, challenges and what seems like failures in life, I have come to appreciate the grace of Abba Father in growing us, healing us, restoring us and revealing more of His extravagant love for us. This process has accelerated over recent years as He has revealed His heart more and more leading me to see the reality of church as the Bride of Christ Jesus. Oh the magnitude of God’s love, demonstrated in the sacrificial death of Jesus, that brings us into that amazing relationship with Father in which He chooses us as the beloved Bride for His Son, the reward of His suffering. As well as regular teaching and preaching in the UK, my wife and I have ministered in Malta, India and Mozambique, bringing salvation and healing, as well as encouragement to several hundred church leaders. Whilst in Mozambique I was lead to speak about the abundance of God’s provision for us, offered as a banquet in ‘His Banquet House’- a strange topic among the world’s poorest people. This message became the backbone of the book which has recently been published called ‘Feasting on the Father’. It’s a book about Abba Father’s love, about His heart for real unity in His Body, about the Bride, our intimacy with God and so much more. Being associated with The Body and the Bride Network Ministry is such a natural progression for us and our relationship with Howard Barnes, which God has forged over recent years. Our hearts beat with the same longings and burden in God and we are here to support, encourage and help to advance the message of Unity and the Bride across the nation and the nations. One day we will see the Bride in all her glorious beauty as we make ourselves ready for the great wedding to come. To this end we co-labour in His name to see…. His Kingdom come and His will done on the earth as it is in heaven.” For a more detailed version please see Bill’s blog on the website Go to Bill's Page

Latest Members

Gill Chapman Gill Chapman
United Kingdom
1 Mar 15

Deeply loved, richly blessed, highly favoured and eagerly anticpating our Bridegroom Jesus, soon return.

Juny Juny
United Kingdom
24 Jan 15

I am of mature years, married to Jim and a Mother, and Grandmother. My husband Jim and I are currently house sitters, where we literally look after other peoples houses and pets if there are any...

emmanuel navarro emmanuel navarro
14 Jan 15

I am a disciple of Jesus Christ and available to his service.

blcrv16 blcrv16
7 Jan 15

Dear Beloved Sister and Brother in Jesus Christ,

Greetings to you in the Holy Name of Jesus Christ, thanks to God to meet you through this e-mail for the first time by the Love of Jesus, I...

Pastor Ashfaq Gill Pastor Ashfaq Gill
26 Dec 14

i am here Pastor and vice president The World Mission o Christ Ministries International Pakistan.

Disciple Disciple
17 Dec 14

I am a Christian man of 50. I love to serve God. I always seek mercy of God. I trust and believe in Jesus Christ. He is donor of salvation.

solomon123 solomon123
5 Dec 14

I am Solomon Raja from Tamil Nadu, India
I involved in Church Planting MinistryaQeWA

Qaisar Anwar Qaisar Anwar
23 Oct 14

A servant of the Lord working in the civil service in Toba but ministering for Jesus at every opportunity. Serving with Patricia and Chanda Children's Charity Foundation for deprived children....

anjum shahzad anjum shahzad
17 Oct 14

I have been a follower of Jesus as lonf as I can remeMber. I am married and have four children, two sons and two daughters.

archie-ayeng archie-ayeng
27 Sep 14

a Pastor's wife, blessed by God with 2 kids... my present ministry overseing our children's ministry, administering our women's ministry... and assisting to my husband leading the church.

Archbishop Vsevolod Malakhov Archbishop Vsev...
27 Sep 14

archbishop Bexonist International Ministries and Church. Member World Congress of Faiths . Association of Clergy International (AOCI). National Association of Christian Ministers . Chief editor of...

JasmynMaria JasmynMaria
United States
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divinegrace divinegrace
United Kingdom
6 Sep 14

Redeemed by faith!

Gantepogu samuel Gantepogu samuel
6 Sep 14

My name is pastor G.samuel from india. i am working among tribal area.

John Boafo John Boafo
3 Sep 14

I am the founder and head pastor of word of faith Christian center in Koforidua, Ghana, west Africa

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Member Blogs

howard barnes The latest report from Nepal Sunday 23rd February 2014 submitted by Pastor Bishwa Dev Khadka Nepal & Tibet Border

23 Feb 14
 "Proclaiming Christ,Training Peoples, Making Disciples , Raising Godly leaders & Planting...
Bill Smith A personal biography by Bill international ministry team member of The Body and the Bride

13 Jan 14
“I was born and grew up in Liverpool. My parents were Christians and my earliest memories are of...
Bill Smith Faithful God

22 Dec 12
"If you hold on to Me for dear life" says God, "Ill get you out of any trouble, I'll give you the...
Bill Smith Pleasure in the family

1 Dec 12
Hi, This is a section of a chapter  from the new book I am writing. It looks at how Christians...

11 Oct 12
 - 2 Sam. 1 : 25 "Staying up is far more demanding than going up." "Might" does not prevent a...
apostle A White Stone for the Apostle Sam c. Ojukwu from T.O.M. Nigeria on Sunday August 19th, 2012

19 Aug 12
   "To him that overcometh will I give ........a white stone, and in the stone a new name...
Pst Precious c Shedrack DOES GOD LOVES ME

29 Jul 12
As you cry out does God really love me and allow me to suffer,because you feel unable to know God's...
DeborahButt He is my Bridegroom. I am His Bride by Deborah Butt TOM Friend UK Written 2011 -2012

24 May 12
    In January of 2011, I journalled a few prophetic thoughts that Holy Spirit had me...
Globalfaithcoalition THE MAN GOD USES!!!

2 May 12
And he goeth up into a mountain, and calleth unto him whom he would: and they came unto him. And he...
howard barnes ‘Walking with God’ ....."And Enoch walked with God and was not"...Gen 5 v 24

23 Apr 12
Introductory statement Enoch, the God pleaser extraordinary! Enoch was a man who walked so closely...

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We are a missionary based ministry and are open to travel anywhere in the world where the Lord opens a door. We have no outside funding or support and therefore all of work is done with a total dependency upon God for the provision of finances. Because the ministry has grown significantly it has been necessary to adopt a specific policy on how mission trips should be arranged, and it is important for anyone wanting to arrange a visit from the apostolic team to be aware of the steps involved. We have therefore put together a simple outline explaining what to do.

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You have reached the growing family and online community of The Body and the Bride Network. By providing this social network it is our hope and prayer to encourage the development of new relationships, mission partners, prayer forums, events calendar, and much more. The social network aspect of our website is brand new and still under development, although it is fully functional, and we invite you to get involved by creating or joining groups, participate in onlne discussions and communities. There is also the facility for your own photo galleries, blogs and other content.
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Word for the Week

Poetic Thought for the Day (by David Barnes)

5 Mar 15
Matt 6 v 34 and 32   " Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself......For your heavenly Father knows"    Live one day at a time. That is enough. Do not look back and grieve. Do not turn around. The past has gone. Do not be troubled. The future you can leave. For it has yet to come. Live in the present. Tomorrow is never promised to you or me. So make today beautiful where you can. So beautiful that it is worth remembering, and see, Peace and fulfilment is a journey, just as Life itself. God purchased this very more ...

Word for the Week Posts

Poetic Thought for the Day (by David Barnes)
5 Mar 15
Matt 6 v 34 and 32   " Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself......For your heavenly Father knows"    Live one day at...
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Christianity is all about exchange!
5 Mar 15
“For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.” (2 Corinthians 5:21 NKJV)  CHRISTIANITY IS ALL ABOUT EXCHANGE ...
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Apologies and correction
4 Mar 15
Dear Friends of the BBN A few days ago I sent out a message regarding our BBN European Conference which is being held in Barnsley, Yorkshire, in the UK this coming September 2015. I said that Pastor...
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New Facebook Ministry Page
2 Mar 15
We at the BBN International Office here in the UK send our warmest love to everyone of you in the 60 or so nations where you live and who receive these messages. God bless you all so much. This is...
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Poetic thought for the day..... I hope it make you laugh too! Much love from Howard and Tricia Barnes
28 Feb 15
"Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand.".....Eph 6 v 13 'The boys boots'...
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Poetic thought for the day by my dear brother David Barnes
27 Feb 15
"When the enemy comes in like a flood, the Lord will raise a standard against him!" Isaiah 59 v 19   Father God, Help me to understand the very nature of the current cloud burst that I face,...
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Thought for today
23 Feb 15
Good morning everyone and God bless you An old Cherokee Indian told his grandson, "My son, there is a battle between two wolves inside all of us. One is Evil. It is anger, jealousy, greed, resentment...
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A few thought for the Day
19 Feb 15
Psalms 137 contains three great issues about what the writer dreams, cries and sings. It challenges us all.1. What do you dream about ?The psalmist remembered Zion. He longed to live again in his...
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A few thought for the Day
19 Feb 15
Psalms 137 contains three great issues about what the writer dreams, cries and sings. It challenges us all.1. What do you dream about ?The psalmist remembered Zion. He longed to live again in his...
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18 Feb 15
Greeting in the name of Jesus to all BBN friends around the world This encouraging word was just received here in the UK Office. It is written by our dear friend and brother Dr Medad  Birungi...
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Howard Barnes