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
10am: Children’s Christmas Pageant
Service of 9 Lessons and Carols
5pm: Join us for a traditional service of 9 Lessons and Carols in the Church, telling the story of Christmas with the combined St Barnabas and Schola Cantorum choirs followed by light refreshments.
7pm: Antioch – an informal service of Lessons and Carols telling God’s big story of redemption through the birth of our Saviour followed by supper.
4pm: Christingle Service for children - we re-enact the Christmas story - children come dressed as shepherds and angels!
11.15pm: Traditional Midnight Service with candle-lights and choir in the church – begins with carol singing. Formal service begins at 11.30pm.
11pm: Antioch Midnight Service in the hall – contemporary with band beginning with supper. Service itself begins at 11.30pm.
8am, 9am and 10.15am: In the church – traditional Communion services with carols
10am: Lifestreams in the hall – Family Christmas Communion with carols, contemporary songs and children’s talk. Children bring your Christmas presents!
Christian World Service: Each year we support the CWS Christmas appeal and this year it is entitled ‘Be the Lifeline.’ CWS is a global coalition of churches that work to provide humanitarian assistance, advocacy and development in over 100 countries. Their vision is to see all people have sufficient food, water, dignity, justice and lives free of violence. I commend CWS to you and ask that we support it financially this Christmas using the envelopes provided. As we rejoice in the gift of God’s Son whom we celebrate at Christmas, let’s be mindful of giving gifts ourselves to those in need around the world.
Thanks to Children’s Workers: On our Pageant Sunday it is very appropriate to thank the many people involved in Children’s Ministry throughout the year. We will have the opportunity to acknowledge their great work and to pray for them. The programmes that are offered include Playgroup, Mainly Music, Bible in Schools, Fridayzone, Kidzone and Messy Church. Each group has great leaders and helpers and together touch the lives of hundreds of children every year. We are blessed to have so many people willing to volunteer in the children’s ministry area. And let’s pray that the gospel seeds planted will grow and flourish!
Thank you!: I would like to formally thank the firms that supported our House and Garden Tour this year by making donations to the raffle; Fendalton New World, Jenny Burtt Florist, Fendalton Pharmacy, The Warehouse and McKenzie and Willis. We especially thank Richard Dowson of Harcourts for his generous donation.