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
Shaking it up at Mainly Music
St Barnabas - a diverse family, a place for everyone
Wednesday 24 December at 4pm
Come and celebrate the birth of our Saviour Jesus Christ this Christmas!
Corner Fendalton Road and Tui Street
Telephone: (03) 351 7064
Last Wednesday Vestry and Staff joined together for our annual Christmas Party. 43 of us squeezed in to the Vicarage and everyone had a marvellous time with wonderful food and a great sense of fellowship – thanks to the many people who contributed! As has been my custom I thanked the staff and Vestry for their time and commitment during what has been a demanding but successful year. It’s so important for us all to express gratitude. Jesus praised the one leper who returned to give thanks and out of gratitude Zacchaeus turned his life. Advent and Christmas provide a special reminder of the object of our gratitude; our God who sent his Son our Saviour. So let us give thanks!
I have increasingly sensed the guidance of God in my visits to parishioners recently. Sometimes I arrive when there’s a particular need that I can pray for and at other times folk are especially receptive to my encouragement. But whether life is calm and settled for us or whether we’re going through a crisis, I encourage people to place Christ at the very centre of our lives. The Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby once wrote ‘Crises strip from us everything that is false, or weak or not essential...the more I see of crises, the more I know that whether they come from great world events or small personal upheavals, the only rock and light that is always there is Jesus.’
Thanks to the many people who brought food into the office over the last month or so for the Christmas Hampers being distributed to families in need in the Aranui area. Kofe delivered the gifts last Thursday and the clergy team at Aranui expressed their gratitude to us. The quantity of food exceeded last year’s effort considerably! For example there were 25 frozen chickens, 12 Christmas puddings, 25 packets of frozen veges, 20 boxes of chocolates and lots more! Thank you all for making a difference to struggling families this year.