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
What a fantastic time we had at the Community Fun Day last Sunday 22 Feb - great entertainment, food, running races, food and coffee!
Take your marks for the sack race!
Come to St Barnabas and join with us in the great days of Holy Week and Easter celebration -
Corner Fendalton Road and Tui Street
Telephone: (03) 351 7064
The parish staff spent most of Tuesday and Wednesday last week on retreat at Te Waiora just out of Hororata. Te Wairoa was established as a retreat centre in 1986 but the main building was damaged by the September 2010 earthquake and was demolished. What has been built in its place is fantastic – a modern, 10 bed facility with an excellent kitchen, meeting room, library and chapel. We had a tremendous time with a mixture of worship, team building, silence and planning. It was particularly useful for newer members of staff to spend unhurried time together.
The Selwyn Centre and CAMEO continue to provide an important ministry focus for seniors in our parish. CAMEO has had a number of leadership changes this year but has settled down and is going very well under Philip’s able leadership. The Selwyn Centre has grown tremendously with about 25 people on the roll. Ruth Harwood and her team are doing an excellent job – this ministry is a partnership with St Mary’s.
At our Staff Retreat we were challenged to think about disciple making as a core process in our parish. As followers of Jesus we share the same role as the early disciples – they spent time with Jesus, listened to Jesus, learned from him, modelled their lives on him and accepted the cost of following him. This is a good definition of ‘discipleship’. At St Barnabas we need to be clear and intentional about growing as disciples ourselves and helping others to become disciples of Jesus. Our Lent groups offer a practical way of encouraging this to happen and it’s very encouraging that over 120 people are in Lent groups this year. In the second term we will be running some Alpha Courses so that we can invite those who are seeking to find out more and perhaps become disciples themselves.