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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

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 - tradition communion with hymn



Draft Mission Action Plan

All parishioners are invited to thoughtfully and prayerfully read this draft Mission Action Plan. It suggests a number of ministry areas we could develop so as to strengthen and grow our parish. Please give your feedback to the Vicar by emailing

Staff Vacancies

We currently have two staff vacancies - a Pastoral Care Coordinator and a 24-7 Youth Worker. If you think God may be calling you to either of these positions please read the advertisements below for further information and what to do next.

Pastoral Care Coordinator - click here for a copy of the advertisement.

24-7 Youth Worker - click here for a copy of the advertisement.

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

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Eye Glasses for Prisoners Ma

Recently Vestry learned of an initiative proposed by Jolyon White of Anglican Advocacy. It involved the provision of reading glasses for inmates in our prisons. We were informed that prisoners are able to have their eyes tested but there is no provision to purchase prescription glasses. Vestry have donated $900 for 3 pairs of glasses with a further donation from a parishioner for a further pair. With good glasses prisoner will be able to read – that’s got to be good!

Fun Day Success

During the week I met with the team who organised the Fun Day on 3 March to debrief on the successes and learnings. It was agreed that the Fun Day was the best one so far with large numbers of families and children enjoying the food, drink, music, activities and running races. We have made detailed templates of the various areas like Food Court, Entertainment, Promotion etc so that it is easier to organise next time. This really has become an important outreach event where we are seeking to be a blessing to our community with a substantially free day for children and families.

Devotional Guide

Recently Anne Shave produced a devotional and spiritual guide for the interior of St Barnabas originally for her small group. It contains inspirational thoughts, readings and prayers and is ideally suited to help people grow in faith by spending a meditative time in the church. It will complement our other brochure that explains the historic features of the interior of St Barnabas. Thank you Anne for this gift that we can all benefit from! It will be available for us soon.

Arohanui, Mark