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
If you would like to make a charitable donation to support the ongoing ministry and outreach of the parish or contribute to our Buildings Trust to repair our earthquake damaged buildings use either of the following bank accounts;
Parish Ministry - ANZ 01 0819 0003971 00
Buildings Trust - ANZ 01 0819 0455281 00
On the afternoon of Sunday 29 October we undertake a Mission Action Planning process whereby we dream and plan for the future of our parish.
All members of the parish are warmly invited to attend - everyone's voice and prayers are important.
Rev Stephanie Robson will be facilitating the afternoon which will run from 1.30pm to 3.30pm followed by refreshments. Please read the following document in preparation for the afternoon.
Next Sunday we commission a new Young Adults Small group which will begin meeting on Wednesday nights from the 25th. Both existing Young Adults groups have been growing to the extent that a new group is needed. Phil Parkes and Mary Minson will lead the new group and some members from the other two groups will join them. Almost 40 young adults are now involved in Small Group ministry.
The Heritage Week team put a lot of effort into producing an attractive brochure for visitors or anyone who is interested in the stories behind the heritage features of our church building. The production of the brochure was substantially paid for by generous donations from parishioners – thank you. It would be great if existing parishioners could take a copy and become more familiar with the interesting historical features of our church. A gold coin donation to cover the cost shortfall is suggested.
The Alpha Marriage Course has now come to an end after seven sessions in the hall. Seven couples were involved – three parishioner couples and four other couples who had seen the advertisement on the Alpha website or heard about it through a friend. It was very successful indeed. Many thanks to Peter and Becky George for running the course so ably. Special thanks to those who supplied dessert – they were Corinne Haines, Marion Cook, Shirley-Anne Collins, Christine Philpot, Wendy Kington and Eleanor Horne. Marion Ward also supported the course in a variety of ways. It’s tremendous being able to support couples in such a positive way.
Arohanui, Rev Mark