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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Pasifica Weekend: It is with pleasure that I’m able to announce that on the weekend of the 4 and 5 of May next year, the St Andrews High School Brass Band will be visiting our parish. St Andrews is the only Anglican High School in Tonga. This is a fundraising trip for the band so that new brass instruments can be purchased. There will be a combined service on the Sunday morning with our Tongan congregation featuring the band and many other Pacifica features. I will be planning this weekend with Rev Leni Havea and others – I hope we can all get behind this project financially and in other ways. It is a worthy cause and strengthens our relationship with the Anglican Church in Tonga.
Adiaphora: One of the principles established by the English Reformers of the 16th century was that not every church practice necessarily had to have a mandate from scripture. This was the principle of ‘adiaphora’ is roughly translated – ‘things indifferent’ – that is neither prohibited nor mandated by scripture. As a result of this principle Anglicanism retained candles, robes, organs, certain rituals and the adornment of churches and established the ‘middle way’ between the more radical Christian groups and the Roman Catholic Church. ‘Adiaphora’ honours the authority of scripture but saves us from restrictive literalism.
Associate Priest: The interview team interviewed a candidate for this position on Sunday afternoon and it went very well. The process of appointment is now being followed through and all going well, an announcement will be made next Sunday 28 October.