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 - quite early morning communion - all welcome
Thursday at 10am - traditional communion with hymn
St Ambrose Letter: I received a thank you letter from the parish of St Ambrose who run the Christmas Hamper ministry each year on the east side of our city. Rev Anne Russell-Brighty said ‘Thank you for our greatly valued support of our food bank and our Christmas Hamper project...we put together 42 Christmas hampers which were individually prepared to meet the specific needs of people we have had regular contact with over the year…I wish you could experience, as we do, the delight and appreciation of the recipients when we deliver the hampers.’ So thank you to all those who contributed food gifts to this project late last year.
Grant Applications: Vestry have indicated that there will be a greater emphasis on grant applications this year to ensure our ministries are well supported financially. I am looking for a person who would be willing to work with me to undertake some research regarding community funding providers. The person would need their own computer and internet access. This could be a short term project for an interested parishioner or could become longer term. Please see me if this interests you.
Ordination of Peter Carrell: I have been informed that our parish has been allocated further tickets to Peter’s ordination as our next bishop. This is a very important occasion for us all as we support Peter and offer him our prayers and best wishes. If anyone else would like to attend this service at Boys’ High at 11am on Sat. 9 February please contact the parish office.
Fabulous Holiday: Pip and I enjoyed an excellent holiday down south this year. We spent time at Taieri Mouth, the Catlins and walked the Rakiura Track with two of our sons and daughter-in-law. It was a thoroughly enjoyable time – however we’re very glad to be back!