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 welcome of us into his family when we share in communion and so it’s natural for us to be a welcoming community too. So why not join us at any of the weekly meeting times – you’ll find a warm welcome and lots of people 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
The Parish is seeking to appoint a Senior Youth Worker to oversee and develop all aspects of Youth Ministry in the parish as well as undertake the role of 24/7 Youth Worker in a local High School. This is a 30 hour a week position and the successful candidate would join our large staff team and work with an existing part-time Youth Worker and a group of volunteer leaders.
The Senior Youth Worker would take special responsibility for reaching out to young people in the community and enable them to grow in faith and service. The position has an emphasis on leading and coordinating the life of our youth community and creating an environment of encouragement and fun.
St Barnabas is a large and diverse Anglican parish whose vision is to ‘Follow Jesus and extend God’s love.’ A starting date is negotiable, ideally before the beginning of 2014. For a Person Specification, Ministry Description and Application Form please contact Rev. Mark Chamberlain: phone (03) 351 7064 or 027 432 7474 or email email@example.com. Applications close on 29 November 2013.
Click here for a short summary of matters discussed and decided at the September, 2013 Synod.
In response to Christ's mandate to reach out with the gospel to the community (as well as a motion on Evangelism from the September Synod!) I have established a short term task group to explore ways and means for our parish to reach out with the gospel and grow. The group will comprise representatives from all our congregations as well as Wardens, myself and Staff reps and we will meet to pray, learn, brainstorm and develop recommendations for Vestry and Staff.
Matthew 28:19 contains a clear mandate for outreach - 'Go into all the world and preach the gospel...'
John 3:16 contains a principle for outreach - 'For God so loved the world that he gave his only son....'
Acts 2:42 contains a pattern for outreach from the earliest days of the Church - 'So those who welcomed his message were baptised, and that day about three thousand persons were added.'
This is the DNA of the Church from the first so please pray for those involved and think about the issues yourself from this Diocesan paper - Principles of Growth. Don't hesitate to email with your thoughts. Mark.
We prepare to welcome Sam and Kim Knight to the Parish in early February, 2014. Sam is our new Curate who will have special responsibility for Young Adults in the parish - Antioch and Tuesday Space as well as other general duties. Pray for Sam and Kim as Sam finishes his studies in Auckland and they prepare to travel back to Christchurch.
Sam chats with Rev Mark
Corner Fendalton Road and Tui Street
Telephone: (03) 351 7064
During the week the Headmaster of Boy’s High Nic Hill confirmed the school’s desire to partner with St Barnabas over the placement of a youth worker in the school, for 10 hours a week. This person would offer pastoral care and mentoring to the boys. There are currently over 50 such church sponsored youth workers in the majority of Christchurch High Schools – Burnside alone has 6 workers. You can find out more by Googling 24/7 Youth Work. This is a way we can partner with our nearest high school and work together to support and care for the boys of our community. In addition to working in the school the worker would undertaken 20 hours youth work in the parish alongside Lynda Davies. Vestry has approved the finance for this and established this new youth position. I will explain the financial arrangements next week but I do ask for your prayers as we seek a suitably qualified youth worker for this role.
Because of the success of the Community Fun Day earlier this year, we plan to organize another one for Sunday 23 February. Don Mackenzie, Peter Hill, Becky George, Corinne Haines, Christine Fokkens and Mary Cropp are helping to organize this and we had an excellent meeting last week. If anyone else would like to help please contact me. Again this will be a free event and a great way to connect with and serve our community – another topic for our prayers!
During the week Vestry signed off on a contents claim offer that has been presented to us by the Church Property Trustees. This principally covers the cost of repairs to the St Barnabas Organ and St Thomas’ Organ although it also includes the cost of conservation of some items in St Barnabas. CPT are seeking to deal with all parish contents claims together as a kind of ‘global settlement.’ This appears to be a preliminary process to our material damages claim.