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 - tradition communion with hymn
All parishioners are invited to attend the parish AGM on Wednesday 11 April beginning at 7pm in the hall. The reports of the various groups and ministries of the parish will be presented and People's Warden, Synod Representatives and Vestry members will be voted on. Please find the reports here.
We currently have two staff vacancies - a Pastoral Care Coordinator and a 24-7 Youth Worker. If you think God may be calling you to either of these positions please read the advertisements below for further information and what to do next.
Pastoral Care Coordinator - click here for a copy of the advertisement.
24-7 Youth Worker - click here for a copy of the advertisement.
AGM: Thanks to those who braved the inclement weather on Wednesday night to attend our Annual General Meeting. A tremendous group of lay leaders were appointed to the various offices required and I am heartened that we will have a very effective Vestry team indeed. The names of those elected to positions can be found on page 4 of this pewsheet. Special thanks for those who served supper and for Corinne Haines for taking the minutes. These will be available in due course.
Final Donation to Tonga: On Friday the final donations to the Cyclone Gita Appeal for Tonga were sent off to the Anglican Missions Board. Donations from parishioners totalled $3,250. Vestry also donated $1,000 from our Outreach Fund and $2,000 went directly to All Saints parish with whom we have a special relationship. Thank you to all those who gave a little or a lot. It is a privilege to support Christians in Tonga as they continue to recover from a major natural disaster.
Deficit Budget: Last Wednesday night the AGM adopted a $43,000 deficit budget for this current year. Maurice Walker spoke urging all parishioners to support the ministry and mission of our parish financially because currently we are eroding our reserves and this cannot continue. Vestry will be discussing a number of fundraising initiatives for this year. Funds raised would not go to the buildings trust but would contribute directly to supporting our ministry. It is increasingly likely that we will have a Garden Tour fundraiser at the end of the year – please consider helping with this if you can.