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
12 Noon Tongan Service
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 - traditional communion with hymn
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Welcoming Jenny Wilkens: The day is fast approaching when Jenny Wilkens joins our staff as Senior Associate Priest. To mark the beginning of her ministry with us and to celebrate her return to St Barnabas I propose we have a combined parish lunch on Sunday 2 December beginning at 11.30am. Please come and let’s make sure we give Jenny a very warm welcome! Bring finger food to share. Initially Jenny will be living at 3a Browns Rd, St Albans – flatting with Mary Minson. It would be good to donate food for her pantry as well – please bring in your donations to the office.
Loving God with our affections: The Bible declares that the meaning of life is found in a relationship with God. Indeed that is what we were made for. This relationship is both experienced and expressed in different ways by different people. Spiritual writers of the last few centuries often referred to engaging with God through our ‘affections’ – that is our feelings of devotion and love. These feelings are very important – Jesus said we are to love God with our heart, soul, mind and strength. Personally I find that in prayer, worship through singing and receiving Holy Communion, these feelings of love for God are strengthened. So let us love God with our whole being especially cultivating the feelings of love toward God.
Sponsor a refugee family: Next year about 60 refugee families will be coming to Christchurch now that our city has been reinstated as a refugee settlement location. It has been proposed to me that our parish sponsor a family and I am very much in favour of this. Let me know your thoughts.