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
8am - Quiet traditional communion service
9.30am - Festive communion with choir twice a month
10am - 'Lifestreams' - contemporary service with band and children's ministry
5pm - Evensong/Night Prayer/Eucharist with the Parish Choir
7pm - 'Antioch' - contemporary service with band for youth, young adults - everyone welcome
Wednesday at 8.45am - quite early morning communion - all welcome
Thursday at 10am - tradition communion with hymn
Join us for an afternoon of fun for the whole family! Check out our event page on Facebook for all the details and updates you could need
Recently a Landscape Plan was produced for the parish site. It really is tremendous! You can view this here. Please peruse and give Don Mackenzie of the Vicar your feedback.
Click here to see a Christmas article entitled "Is Christmas too good to be true?"
Everyone is invited to join a Lent Study Group for six weeks beginning from 14 February. Contact any of the leaders listed below or call the parish office on 351 7064 if you would like help to select a group. Study Books $7 from office.
Anne Shave, 027 466 7199, Mondays at 10.15am, Holly Lea.
Brian Carrell, 352 9999, Mondays at 7.15pm, 46/488 Greers Rd – FULL SORRY!
Virginia Simmons, 027 255 1887, Mondays at 7.30pm, 47 Eastling St.
Liz & Nigel Yeoh, 027 4692 321, Mondays at 7pm, 91 Warren Cres – young adults
Anne Shave, 027 466 7199, Mondays at 7.30pm, 40 Tui St – Full SORRY!
Peter and Pam Chapman, 322 9409, Mondays at 7.30pm, 70 Milns Rd, Halswell.
Pip Chamberlain, 027 349 1506, Tuesdays at 9.30am, 7 Makora St – women’s group.
Matt Chamberlain, 027 348 5001, Tuesdays at 7pm, 132a Hamilton Ave – young adults.
Marcus Read, 021 750 466, Tuesdays, fortnightly, 11 Ilkley Pl.
Mary Minson & Phil Parkes, 022 0323663, Weds. 7pm, 37 Garreg rd– young adults.
Brendan and Kathryne McNeill, 351 6709, Wednesdays at 7.30pm, 143 Idris Rd.
Gavin & Raina Kingsley, 357 0040, 2nd and 4th Wednesdays at 7.15pm, 9 Banbury St.
Mary Minson, 315 7064, Thursdays at 11am, Parish Hall.
Rev Philip Robinson, 027 420 3504, Fridays at 9.45am in the church chapel.
Don Rowlands and Olive Lawson, 027 688 2061, Fri. at 7.30pm, 37 Puriri Street.
Last Wednesday Vestry decided to send $2,000 from the parish outreach Fund to All Saints Tonga to be used for recovery work following Cyclone Gita. Vestry also agree to add $1,000 to any donations that come from parishioners. This money will go to the Anglican Missions Board and will be used to assist the Tonga Episcopal Unit to support families in need. And so I call on parishioners to make a special donation to this Emergency Appeal. Please place your donation in a marked envelope and it will be sent away in the next couple of weeks.
After considerable discussion last Wednesday night, Vestry decided that we would not have a fair this year. However we decided that we wanted to explore the possibility of having a Book Fair in the middle of the year. If you would like to help with the Book Fair in any capacity, please let me know. One of the reasons we agreed not to have a Fair was that this year we wanted to concentrate on welcoming newcomers, strengthening our youth and pastoral care and implementing the Mission Acton Plan that will be published at the AGM.
Vestry are currently looking through the draft Mission Action Plan which was been developed after a lot of consultation and work last year. A further draft will be published to the parish next Sunday and I invite further reflection and comment. A final draft will be presented to the AGM for approval on 11 April. I believe this plan will give us a good nudge forward in our mission, offer clarity of purpose and release energy and enthusiasm!
Arohanui, Rev Mark