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
Come and experience a night to remember with the classical guitar sounds of the Gothenburg Duo filling St Barnabas Church. Sat. 29 Sept. Tickets $30, Students $20. Drinks and nibbles at 7pm, concert begins at 7.30pm.
Spring Flowers: Spring Flower Sunday is one of my faviourite Sundays! Not only do we enjoy the beauty, light and energy of Spring but we have the privilege of reaching out in love to a whole range of people with a posy of spring flowers. This is a small act of kindness that we can all be part of. A small act but emblematic of the love and care of God and of God’s Church. I do hope you’re able to take a posy and deliver it to a parishioner who has had a bereavement, can’t get to church or suffered ill-health during the year.
Youth Work: During the week I had the pleasure of attending a Youth Worker and Minister’s meeting organised by Canterbury Youth Services. I was amazed at the number of youth workers present who are working around our city doing extraordinary work with young people. It reminded me that the Church is so much bigger than our local expression of it and that God is doing a great work in so many of our communities. I came away encouraged that through Phil and our other youth workers we are giving hope and the message of Christ to a large number of young people.
Generosity: I continue to be amazed at the generosity of the people of our parish! During the week I received a cheque for $2,000 to help with the shade sail for the children’s playground and previously had received two donations totalling $1,500 to help with the purchase of a new keyboard for the Lifestreams and Antioch band. These donations make a tremendous difference – not only to our ‘bottom line’ but because of the expression of generosity and the commitment to our mission as a church – thank you!