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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’ - Canon 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 - quiet early morning communion - all welcome

Thursday at 10am - traditional communion with hymn

Sermon From Te Pouhere Sunday

Celebrating the Constitution of the Anglican Church in Aotearoa, New Zealand and Polynesia.

23 June 2019.

Click here for the script of the sermon by Canon Mark Chamberlain.


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

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Refreshed Website: Last Wednesday Vestry agreed to update our parish website – the current one has served us well for over 7 years. Good numbers of people use our website in a variety of ways and of course newcomers use it to find out what our parish is like and where we are located. Andrew Wright has very kindly offered to undertake this work in conjunction with the Communications Team. We hope to have an improved appearance and new features. Thanks to Andrew for undertaking this work for us and for Richard Gardiner and the Comms Team for their support. 

St Thomas De-Dedication: The de-dedication service for St Thomas’ Church will take place on Sunday 25 August at 3pm. Our Bishop Peter will lead the service as we give thanks for all that St Thomas’ has meant to so many people for over 100 years. Ashes from the ashplot are being relocated and the chattels will have been removed as well as the stained glass windows. The removal or demolition of the church and the demolition of the hall will take place shortly after this.

Mentoring: Last Sunday I spoke to a person wanting to explore Christian faith and I recommended that she meet regularly with a mentor to pray, ask questions and explore what it means to be a Christian. Mentoring has been an important means of faith transmission through the centuries. Jesus himself was the master mentor! I believe that we should be more intentionally developing this ministry in our parish. There are many who are new to faith and who need this kind of encouragement. Could you become a mentor?  

Arohanui, Canon Mark