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 - tradition communion with hymn
All parishioners are invited to attend the parish AGM on Wednesday 11 April beginning at 7pm in the hall. The reports of the various groups and ministries of the parish will be presented and People's Warden, Synod Representatives and Vestry members will be voted on. Please find the reports here.
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.
Staff Positions: Applications have been received for the positions of Pastoral Care Coordinator and 24-7 Youth Worker. Interview teams were appointed at Vestry last Wednesday and interviews will take place in the next week or so. Please pray that these interview teams and the candidates themselves correctly discern God’s will so that positive appointments can be made. We continue to thank Anne Shave and Lynette Crestani for undertaking important ministry for us in the interim.
Financial News: Thanks to all who generously support our parish financially. We have had a very positive first quarter for the year with offertories up $11,804 on budget and expenses $9,067 below budget. This has meant that we achieved a surplus of $8,788 instead of a budget deficit of $15,790. This first quarter result is especially pleasing since it did not contain any five Sunday months nor did it include income from the Easter period.
A Big Thank You!: Thanks to two separate donations, which were substantial, a new computer server and six new computers have been installed for our staff. Braden Ramsell has organised this entire upgrade from beginning to end and we thank him most sincerely! We can now move forward with greater confidence in the reliability and security of parish data.
Retreat: I commend the parish retreat coming up on Saturday 12 May. It will be at Te Waiora, set in the beautiful Canterbury countryside and ably led by Angela Moore and Rev Philip Robinson. This will be a wonderful opportunity to slow down and drink in the presence and renewal of God.