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
This Saturday from 3.30pm - 5.30pm.
Then come to the St Barnabas Messy Church - four times a year!
It's all about fun, faith, food and family craft activities for all the family - young and old!
Make sure to catch this conversation with Dave Andrews and Ibrahim Abdelhalim.
7.30 pm, Thursday 12 May
Delta Trust Café, 105 North Avon Road
Pip and I travelled down to Dunedin on Friday to attend the graduation of our youngest son David. He graduated with a BCom majoring in Finance. Graduations are such proud occasions! They represent the culmination of many years of sacrifice and hard academic work. Graduations also represent a transition from one stage of life to another. David secured a very good position with Westpac in Auckland and shifted there in Feb.
During the week Vestry established two task groups that relate to the opening of the church when all the repairs are complete. The first group will be responsible for organising the opening celebrations as well as arranging for some new interior decorations including perhaps new banners etc. The second task group will be responsible for consulting the parish over the worship places and times for the various congregations as well as putting a ministry plan into place to encourage new people to regularly attend church and become part of our church family. If anyone would like to join either of these groups to help please contact me.
Following the Vestry and Staff Planning day, Vestry appointed a short-term group to evaluate and refine the ideas that were produced. One of the main themes was the need for greater intentionality over introducing people to Christ and helping them to grow as disciples. One might assume that in today’s climate of religious decline that new people coming to faith must be a rare or non-existent phenomena. However in my experience new people continue to see in Jesus Christ a model of life and behaviour as well as the true Saviour and Lord of all. In fact a young man very recently asked about baptism because he was seriously evaluating what it means to follow Christ. So we need to be full of hope and trust in God and do all we can as a parish to commend the Christian faith to all those who would enquire. Are you able to commend the faith to others?