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
On 19 and 26 October Rev Mark delivered two sermons on his vision for the parish following his sabbatical. Click here for a copy of the first one and here for the second one. Allow this material to stimulate discussion about the shape of our Christian community and our mission together. And don't forget to feed back to the Vicar your comments and aspirations! There will be a one-off discussion group on Wednesday at 7pm in the Tui Room to discuss this material - all welcome.
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One of the learnings from my Sabbatical is the central importance of prayer in our lives and the fact that we accomplish more in prayer than we can know. Because the church repairs may begin next year and this will affect the events and ministries that can take place on our site, I believe that it is vital that we come together as a parish and pray for God’s guidance before we make too many decisions. The main topics will include what ministry and mission initiatives should take place and what fundraising events to have. I will let you know more about this soon - in the meantime pray for it!
Just last week Cam Moore indicated to me that he wished to step down as chair of the Fundraising Team. Cam took up this new role at my invitation three years ago and, along with the other team members, has been coordinating our fundraising efforts ever since. The total raised by the parish during that time is in excess of $130,000. I extend my grateful thanks to Cam for responding at a critical time and serving Christ in this way. He will continue to be part of the team. However I have pleasure in announcing that the new chair of the Fundraising Team is to be Laura Murray - thank you Laura!
Our parish governance group we Anglicans call ‘Vestry’ met during the week and in spite of a long meeting I really enjoyed being back with this group after a three month absence. I give thanks to God for the wisdom, support, commitment and fellowship of our Vestry – they really serve God and the parish faithfully. There is much work that goes on behind the scenes that ensures that the mission of our parish is well resourced – this includes financial stewardship, maintenance and development of buildings, employment matters, interfacing with CPT over our building repairs and of course ministry accountability. I invite you to pray regularly for our Vestry and give thanks for them all.