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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’ - Canon Mark Chamberlain

Music, friendship and fun at Mainly Music

St Barnabas - a diverse family and a place for everyone

Worship at St Barnabas


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

All welcome to a Science and Faith Discussion Group

Are science and faith in conflict? Come and air your views and learn from others.

Tuesday 24 September in the St Barnabas Vicarage, 7 Makora St beginning at 7.30pm. Finishes at 9.15pm.

Email Canon Mark on to receive pre-reading material. All welcome to this discussion - no knowledge or experience necessary - only an enquiring mind!


Young Adults Worker

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...

  • a person with ministry experience who is looking for a fresh challenge?
  • a committed Christian with proven leadership skills?
  • a team player who loves working in and building teams?

Are you ready...

  • to lead and help grow our young adult community?
  • to work with and empower our existing group of young leaders?
  • to develop this ministry area so more young adults can be reached with the good news of Jesus?

If you answer ‘yes’ to this challenge, then God may be calling you to join our team. To find out more email 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 For an informal chat about the position please call Canon Mark Chamberlain on 0274327474 or for more information visit the parish website -

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

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Relocation of Parish Office: As I said last week, the Parish Office is to be relocated from the beginning of next month to make way for the re-levelling of the Admin Building. The entire ground floor must be completely cleared. Vestry have agreed to hire a Portabuild unit to be set up in the north west corner of the carpark and this will be used as our Parish Office. Marion and Greg will work from there. We're looking for volunteers to assist in emptying the ground floor and moving desks and equipment into the Portabuild unit. This will take place from Monday 23 Sept. Marion is having surgery on Tuesday 24 Sept so we will appreciate all the support offered.

St Thomas: About a week ago I received an offer from a person wanting to purchase the St Thomas organ. The person wants to install it in her new private home and use it for concerts. The person has made a good offer which Vestry will consider on Wednesday. This is great news as we can be assured the organ will be loved and played regularly! The very valuable Philip Trusttum windows are currently being stored at Stewart Stained Glass. Vestry are considering a range of ideas as to how we can incorporate these windows into one of our existing buildings.

Matthew 25 Challenge: During the week a number of parishioners participated in the Matthew 25 Challenge. Speaking for myself, I found not having coffee for 24 hours and sleeping on the floor was difficult – but the daily text messages reminded me of those in the world who are in need. This has been a great initiative and I hope we will do it again next year with more involved!

Arohanui, Canon Mark