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Welcoming

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. 

Community

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!

Involvement

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

Worship at St Barnabas

Sundays

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

Alpha is coming on July 12!

Want to explore the big questions of life and faith? Come to an Alpha Course at St
Barnabas. Run all over the globe, Alpha is designed to engage and inspire
conversation and discussion. Everyone is welcome.

The course runs for 11 weeks and each week there is a 30 minute talk followed by
discussion in a group. Topics include the big issues of faith and the basics of
Christianity. The questions discussed range from Who is Jesus? and How can we
have faith? to Why and how do I pray? and How does God guide us?

The most important part is the chance to share thoughts and ideas on the topic and
to hear from the experience of others. There's no obligation to say anything and
there is no question that is out of bounds (seriously!). It's an opportunity to hear from
others and contribute your own perspective in an honest, friendly and open
environment.

Sign up by emailing office@stbarnabas.org.nz or phoning the parish office on 351 7064.

Senior Assistant Priest

Following Mary Minson's plans to move into Hospital Chaplaincy, we have a vacancy for a Senior Assistant Priest to join the parish team. Please click on this link for more information. If you have any questions please don't hesitate to contact the Vicar.

Corner Fendalton Road and Tui Street
Fendalton
Christchurch 8041
Telephone: (03) 351 7064
Email: office@stbarnabas.org.nz

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Staffing Update: Advertising for our Senior Assistant Priest closes this coming Friday 22 June. Please continue to pray that we have some good applicants to interview and that we are guided by God to secure an excellent candidate. Watiri Maina begins work as our Pastoral Care Coordinator on Tuesday 7 August and will be formally welcomed at all services on the following Sunday – the 12 August. Matt Robb our new 24-7 Youth Worker will begin in early October.

Shade Sails Project: Some months ago Vestry decided to support the St Barnabas’ Playgroup idea to fund some shade sails to protect children from the sun playing in our playground. This is a sensible improvement to our facilities. Playgroup and Vestry are jointly funding the shade sails, however if anyone would like to make a donation to this worthy project I encourage you to do so. Any donation will have the effect of supporting our children’s ministry and easing what is a tight budget for this year.

Alpha: Last week the Alpha team had their first training session and we’re excited that on the 12 July Alpha will begin in the parish with an introductory dinner in the hall. Alpha is for anyone who wants to explore the Chirstian faith in a friendly, open structured way. It’s for those who are wanting to ask the deeper questions of life, who want to be refreshed in faith or want to support a friend’s exploration. We have an excellent team who will lead the group discussions – all we need is for you to invite a friend or colleague to Alpha! Printed invitations are now available to help – please pray about who you might invite.

Arohanui, Mark