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’ - Canon 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
Everyone, but especially past parishioners, are invited to the De-Dedication Service of St Thomas’ Church in Strowan Rd on Sunday 25 August, 2019 at 3pm.
The service will be led by Bishop Peter Carrell. We will give thanks for the ministry, fellowship and mission that has taken place through St Thomas’ for over 100 years. The service will last for about 30 minutes - you may like to bring something to sit on.
The demolition of St Thomas’ Church and Hall will take place in the weeks following the service.
Half Time Position
St Barnabas is looking for a Young Adults Worker to join the staff team and carry forward our existing Young Adult’s Ministry. The person must have some experience working with young adults, an enthusiasm for the message of Jesus Christ and the ability to build a young adult community.
St Barnabas is a lively Anglican Parish in Christchurch with a strong community focus and a well established young adult ministry. The parish is made up of six Sunday congregations and a Thursday congregation meeting in the church building and parish hall.
A large number of parish groups exist and cater for a range of ages and interests and these include groups for children, youth, young adults, seniors, men and women as well as groups for those learning English, an after-school club, a play group, mainly music and Messy Church. The parish has strong links with both Medbury School and Christchurch Boys’ High.
Are you ready...
If you answer ‘yes’ to this challenge, then God may be calling you to join our team. To find out more email email@example.com for a copy of the Job Description and information about the parish.
Applications, which must include a CV, a response to the parish information of not more than two pages, and a statement about your faith and personal approach to ministry, are requested by Friday 30 August, 2019, and are to be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org. For an informal chat about the position please call Canon Mark Chamberlain on 0274327474 or for more information visit the parish website - www.stbarnabas.org.nz.
Matthew 25 Challenge: September is‘Missions Month’ and each year we seek to engage with some kind of mission project. This year we are getting involved in WorldVision’s ‘Matthew 25 Challenge’. This is away we can live sacrificially for a week living out the challenges based on Matthew 25:35-40. The Matthew 25 Challenge begins on Monday 9 September and ends with a celebration on Sunday 15 September. I will provide more information in the coming weeks – who is up for a challenge?
Becoming a Christian: Otago University academic Dr Lynne Taylor spoke at Laidlaw recently about the question ‘Why do some people become Christians from a non-Church background’? Her research revealed that converts had a positive perception of other Christians, and found that having faith helped them live full and authentic lives. The role of a local church offering a warm welcome and providing a sense of belonging and homecoming was also very important. It was also crucial for churches to be open and to give opportunities for people to wrestle with the difficult questions of life.
Boys' High 'Shout': Many thanks to those who made morning tea for the staff at Boys’ High on Thursday. It was very much appreciated and I had an opportunity to thank the teachers of Boys’ High for the work they do with students. I also introduced Joe Greenslade and Joshua Paul as new 24-7 Youth Workers. A number of teachers came up to me afterwards, thanking me for establishing the 24-7 Youth Work service and saying how much they value it. I pass the thanks on to you all as together we support this ministry.
Arohanui, Canon Mark