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
All children are invited to enter our annual ANZAC Day Colouring Competition. Click here for an entry form or pick one up from the foyer of the hall or the Parish Office. Entries must be in by 3pm Friday 22 April. This is a great holiday project so come on kids and show us your artistic skills! Prizes awarded at the St Barnabas ANZAC Day service at 10am on Monday 25 April.
All welcome to the St Barnabas ANZAC Day service on Monday 25 April at 10am.
On Friday I sent in an application to the Rata Foundation for a $20,000 grant for our 24-7 Youth Work service at Boy’s High. Both headmaster Nic Hill and Bishop Victoria wrote excellent letters of support. Nic Hill said [24-7 Youth Work] has been active at Christchurch Boys’ High School for two years and the work of the young mentors is having an impact on our students and the positive and inclusive culture of school. The youth workers consistently go above and beyond and they have made a difference to the lives of individual students.’ What a fantastic endorsement for the work that Perry Vakameilalo and Matt Meek are doing. Please continue to pray for them both!
I popped in to the St Barnabas Play Group on Wednesday to lead the children in some singing and socialise with parents. I do so appreciate the ongoing commitment of time and energy the leaders of our many children, youth and young adults groups offer. I had the privilege of meeting two new mothers and it was fantastic getting to know them, encouraging them and showing that the church really does care about them!
On Monday Kofe transported the food donations that were received on Sunday to the City Mission. Thanks so much to all those who gave generously – ‘God loves a cheerful giver’ 2 Cor 9:7. It is good to be an agent of God’s generosity!
Alleluia Christ is Risen! He is risen indeed Alleluia! Mark