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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

Worship at St Barnabas


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

Assistant Children's Worker

We are seeking to appoint an Assistant Children’s Worker for 5 hrs/week to take responsibly for the Sunday Children’s Ministry we call ‘Kidzone.’ A further role of Small Group Coordinator may also be considered for a further 5 hrs/week.

Applicants are encouraged to look at this website for more information about the parish. Applications must include a CV, a written response to this advertisement and a statement about your personal approach to children’s ministry. Please email your application to by 5pm on Friday 20 July. Phone the Vicar on 0274327474 if you would like to discuss the position further.

Click here for a copy of the Job Description


Corner Fendalton Road and Tui Street
Christchurch 8041
Telephone: (03) 351 7064

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New Keyboard: During the week Vestry agreed to sell the Korg keyboard which the parish has owned for about 7 years. This is in order to purchase a Nord keyboard which is deemed to be more suitable for the Lifestreams and Antioch band. I’m very grateful for two generous donations that we received during the week to make this purchase possible. It is important that we encourage our musicians and ensure they have the instruments they need to lead our worship.

Guitar Concert: Our next fundraiser for the year is a concert in the church on Sat. 29 September. Performers are the Gothenburg Combo - two classical guitarists from Sweden who are touring the world. “Their combination of showmanship, breathtaking ensemble-playing, highly innovative way of using their guitars, warm sense of humour and deeply soulful musical performances have made their concerts unique in today's contemporary music world.” This concert in St Barnabas represents considerable fundraising potential and I would like to think we can fill the church. Please consider forming a group, purchasing tickets and coming to this exceptional concert. Tickets available from the office soon.

Vestry-Staff Planning: Members of Vestry and our Parish Staff will be meeting this afternoon to undertake our annual planning and visioning process. I and a number of others will share our vision for the future about what God is doing and wants to do through our parish to reach people with the gospel and to serve our community. Having a burning vision directs our energies and brings unity – please pray for our leadership group.

Arohanui, Mark