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 are welcome to our Community Fun Day - something for all the family! 22 February 12 noon – 3pm on the Church lawn - free, fun-packed day with WateRatz, live music, great coffee, food and old fashioned running races. Bring a picnic and enjoy the day!
Corner Fendalton Road and Tui Street
Telephone: (03) 351 7064
During the week Vestry decided to contribute $1,000 from our Outreach Fund to support Syrian refugees who have fled to Lebanon. It was reported in the Press during the week than 11 million Syrians have now fled their homes with 1.5 million living in makeshift camps in Lebanon alone. This is the largest mass migration of people since World War II. The vast majority live in tents and are suffering under extreme winter conditions. If you would like to add your donation to Vestry’s, drop it in to the office during the week or place it in next week’s offertory and we will send the total sum on Monday 9 February.
A few days ago we received an update from CPT on the church repair process. The invasive investigation work on ten locations around the exterior of the church revealed that the concrete layer between the basalt stone exterior and the Oamaru stone interior was found to be quite irregular with large voids in places and filled with limestone offcuts in others. The tower however was found to have a much more regular and robust layer. Initial reports from engineering designers Aurecon indicate that the impact of the poor condition of the core may not be as serious as first thought.
Last May Vestry decided to support the work of the City Mission from the Outreach Fund for 12 months and are currently donating $500/month. During the week I received a letter from City Missioner Michael Gorman and he said ‘I have just been told that you make ongoing donations to the Mission. Thank you for the time and trouble you take to do this. We appreciate your generosity. We love and value all you do for us. Warmest regards, Michael.’ St Barnabas also makes weekly food donations to the Mission. So I pass on this thanks to all those who support the charitable work of the City Mission in any way.
Grace and peace, Mark