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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

Shaking it up at Mainly Music

St Barnabas - a diverse family, a place for everyone

St Barnabas Fair

Bring all the family to our Community Fair!

Saturday 10 October, 9am - 1pm.

Arts and Crafts, Cakes, Sweets, Jams, Preserves, White Elephant, Kitchen items, Recycled Gifts, Plants, Books, Designer Clothes Shoes and Handbags, Jewellery, Linen, Children’s Toys

Together with

Bouncy Castle, Face Painting, Clown, Balloon Animals, Children’s Games Arcade,


Food Court and on-stage live Entertainment,



Corner Fendalton Road and Tui Street
Christchurch 8041
Telephone: (03) 351 7064


Church Walk Through

I received permission during the week to arrange a ‘Walk Through’ of the church building next Sunday 11 October. From 8.45am through till about 12.15pm the church will be open for anyone to walk through to refresh memories of our beautiful church and for those who have joined our parish since then to see it for the first time. This is especially relevant as we think about the ways we may improve the interior at the time of the repairs. Recovery Programme Manager Suzanne Price has said that it is perfectly safe but stipulates that only 20 people can be inside at any one time.

Pet Service

Next Sunday we will be having a Pet Service at the 10.30am Lifestreams service. It will be an All Age service and everyone is invited to bring their pets to celebrate their companionship and the many ways they enrich our lives. We will also pray for our pets and ask for God’s blessing upon them.

Transition from Philip

Many will be wondering what arrangements are being made to appoint a successor for Philip and what is required to cover the ‘hole’ he leaves behind. Fortunately, once his exams are over, Sage Burke our Seminarian Intern, will be available to cover some ministry areas until the end of the year and Pauline Stewart and the rest of our clergy team will also take on some new responsibilities. Sage will also support CAMEO and the Wafer Room team and undertake pastoral care visiting. Sam and Harry will get involved with more pastoral care and funerals as they come up and Sam and Harry will lead more rest home services. This week I completed the clergy roster through till the end of January and I’m confident that we’ll cope reasonably well. However I do ask that you would continue praying for the staff team and of course for another Priest Assistant who will contribute well to our parish’s mission and fit in with our Staff Team.

Grace and peace, Mark