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
Transformation is what the Christian faith is all about - of hearts and community. Join us this September to volunteer for a project small or large - local and overseas. Let's make a difference to others and extend God's love. Click on this link to find out more and to signup - join the revolution!
Five weeks ago I asked for feedback on the 9.30am service times we adopted following the reopening of the church in February. I received very little comment so would again like to invite everyone to tell me if this arrangement is working for you. Keep in mind that a majority favoured the time of 9.30am partly because it enabled us to more easily have a shared brunch – we’ve had two of these now. 9.30am also leaves us with time to spare before 12 noon and it enables both congregations to access Kidzone for their children or grandchildren. So I again ask for feedback - personally or by email.
This Tuesday our 24-7 Youth Workers at Boys’ High Matt Meek and Dave Bosma have arranged a morning tea ‘shout’ for the teaching staff. Corinne Haines and her team will supply a sumptuous morning tea for them! We are enjoying an excellent relationship with Nic Hill, and the staff and students of Boys’ High largely because of the great work that Matt and Dave are doing. We are hoping that Phil Parkes, our own youth worker, will join Matt and Dave at Boys’ High next year.
Last Wednesday night was the first session of the Marriage Course which will run for the next 7 weeks. There are seven couples doing the course – 3 from the parish and the rest who saw advertising and decided to sign up. Thanks to the team who are supplying tea, coffee and desert which is served each night and especially for Peter and Becky George who are facilitating the course. It’s wonderful to be able to help couples enrich their marriages. Please pray for them!