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
If you would like to make a charitable donation to support the ongoing ministry and outreach of the parish or contribute to our Buildings Trust to repair our earthquake damaged buildings use either of the following bank accounts;
Parish Ministry - ANZ 01 0819 0003971 00
Buildings Trust - ANZ 01 0819 0455281 00
On Wednesday 16 August we begin an Alpha Marriage Course. This is a 7 week course for couples who are seeking to enrich their marriage. Peter and Becky George and the Discipleship and Evangelism Team have agreed to coordinate and Corinne Haines and her team will provide the refreshments. I am seeking additional volunteers to help with tasks such as setting up, welcoming and serving. If you think this is something you could get involved with, please let me or Peter George (021 274 1572) know.
Greg and Angela Brown fly out this coming Friday for a two month holiday overseas. They go with our blessings and love and we trust that God would lead them, keep them safe and make them a blessing to those they meet. Christine Fokkens is undertaking 5 hours of paid work per week to cover some of Angela’s duties and volunteers are also helping out in a variety of ways. We have a great team of volunteers covering Greg’s duties with the facilities and grounds. Thanks to all who are helping in any way.
I am planning a Forum on Sunday 27 August to discuss matters that will come before Synod which meets from 7 – 9 September. One issue will of course be the future of the Cathedral in the Square. I will provide information closer to the time so that you know what will be on Synod’s agenda. Everyone will be able to listen and make comment. Information on the cathedral can be found at cathedralconversations.co.nz.