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
On 19 and 26 October Rev Mark delivered two sermons on his vision for the parish following his sabbatical. Click here for a copy of the first one and here for the second one. Allow this material to stimulate discussion about the shape of our Christian community and our mission together. And don't forget to feed back to the Vicar your comments and aspirations! There will be a one-off discussion group on Wednesday at 7pm in the Tui Room to discuss this material - all welcome.
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This Advent I thought we could become more proactive in making this four week season more meaningful as we prepare for Christmas – remember that ‘we need Advent to keep us from having Christmas too soon.’ As a result I have arranged for ‘Advent in Art’ cards to be made available – produced by World Vision. They are for personal, devotional use and consist of artwork by He Qi, a reading, a reflection and a ritual. There are limited sets available so I pray they will be well used and be of real spiritual benefit to us all.
It is my pleasure to announce that Rev Harry Newton will be joining our staff team next year as a Curate in Training. Harry will be ordained deacon in Auckland next Saturday and will be shifting to Christchurch at the end of January. Harry is in his late 20s and is married to Aimee and they have a one year old child. He has a degree in Environmental Science and is just finishing his BTheol degree. Harry has also served in the Territorial Force of the NZDF. At about the same time Sage Burke will be joining our parish. Sage is married to Jazz and he will be finishing his Theological degree next year as well as gaining experience in aspects of ministry. The bishop believes that St Barnabas is an excellent training parish and so is delighted to be able to make these placements. Sam will be continuing at St Barnabas in 2015 focussing on our Young Adult ministry.
Thanks to all those who have been praying this month for God’s guidance for our parish in 2015 and beyond. I feel there is a real momentum of prayer building throughout the parish at this time. I am also beginning to feel the impact of our prayers in the way the parish is growing with new developments in outreach and pastoral care as well as new contacts that God is leading us to make. Prayer really does undergird our mission as a parish!