St Barnabas is a diverse Anglican Church and we love welcoming newcomers and helping them to feel at home. Each week we celebrate God’s amazing welcome as we share in communion and so it’s natural for us to want to share that welcome to others. So why not join us at any of our regular weekly meeting times – you’ll find friendship and a community to share the journey of faith with.
In the movie ‘About a Boy’ the character Will (played by Hugh Grant) talked about being connected underneath like ‘island chains’ – we know all about that in Aotearoa! Anyway that’s what it’s like at St Barnabas. We’re all connected – part of a community of those who believe and follow Jesus Christ. God calls us to be connected with him and each other, to reach out and care for one another. We’re a work in progress but that’s what we’re striving to be. There’s lots of space for you to be part of our community too!
If you feel ready, you can put your roots down at St Barnabas, become established and begin to participate and contribute to what God is doing in our community. Involvement is the route to belonging – the more you give of your gifts, time and talents and invest in the community the stronger your sense of belonging. At St Barnabas there’s a place for everyone with lots of ways to contribute – from serving in some way during worship, leading a group, helping with children or youth and using your practical skill to support others. We’re a growing, serving community – with lots of options for involvement!
‘Welcome to St Barnabas’ - Rev Mark Chamberlain
Music, friendship and fun at Mainly Music
St Barnabas - a diverse family and a place for everyone
8am - Quiet traditional communion service
9.30am - Festive communion with choir twice a month
10am - 'Lifestreams' - contemporary service with band and children's ministry
12 Noon Tongan Service
5pm - Evensong/Night Prayer/Eucharist with the Parish Choir
7pm - 'Antioch' - contemporary service with band for youth, young adults - everyone welcome
Wednesday at 8.45am - quiet early morning communion - all welcome
Thursday at 10am - traditional communion with hymn
St Thomas Update: Last week Standing Committee agreed to the removal or demolition of St Thomas Church and demolition of the hall. Project Management firm RCP has agreed to manage this process on a pro bono basis and we are very grateful indeed for this. The Church will be offered to removal firms and if there is no interest St Thomas will be demolished. This will be a sad day for many of our parishioners because of the special place of worship and ministry it has been for about 100 years. There will be a special service of de-dedication that will take place before either removal or demolition. Thanks to Marcus Read and Don Mackenzie who are working on this project.
Growing Disciples: For some weeks now Jenny and I have been involved in a pilot group implementing the "Growing Disciples" material written by previous Diocesan Youth Coordinator Phil Trotter. The purpose of this resource is to help parishes develop their approach to disciple making. Jenny and I will be working with the Discipleship and Evangelism Team to implement some of these ideas in our parish. If you are interested in being part of this new development, please talk with us.
Staff Positions: Advertising for both Younger Persons Worker and Pastoral Care Coordinator has now closed. There has been some interest and it is hoped that interviews will take place soon. Continue to pray for this process and that the people of God's choice would be appointed. Both Phil Parkes and Watiri Maina have done great work and I am very keen that momentum be maintained and we continue to develop as a parish through these positions.
Arohanui, Canon Mark