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
Recently I have preached on Inclusive Language and the Bible, Environmental Restoration and The Doctrine of the Trinity. There was a lot of encouraging discussion as a result - please follow the links for a copy of the three scripts.
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Next weekend Harry and our team of youth leaders will be taking about 14 young people on camp to Hibburt Park. The camp is entitled ‘Getting Dirty For God’ and its focus is on growing spiritually by putting faith into action. The young people will be involved in painting, mowing lawns, making fences, baking for the City Mission and cleaning up a native reserve and perhaps even planting some trees!
Vestry is going through a process of risk assessment at present gathering information on the ways, as a parish, we may mitigate risks that are present in today’s world. However it’s also important to keep in mind that we are a spiritual body, called into being by God himself and called to a spiritual work. This involves seeking God’s will and as s result stretching out beyond the limits of our human capabilities and resources sometimes and doing things that common sense may suggest is too ‘risky’. We are called to maintain a delicate balance between prudence and taking a holy risk for God. A great question for us as a church is to ask ‘Where are the growing edges of our church and where is our sometimes ‘dangerous’ God leading us?’
During the week Pip and I sat down and reassessed our financial giving to the parish and filled out the pledge form at the back of the Stewardship Brochure. We tried to do this in a prayerful manner thinking about God’s guidance, our need to express generosity as a spiritual discipline, the financial needs of the parish and the joy of participating in what God is doing in our community. There really are many reasons to give generously to God’s work! I hope you will also approach the parish Stewardship Programme in a similar way – deliberately, prayerfully and joyfully! You may return you pledge form any time to the office or wait until July 19 and 26 for the Thanksgiving Sunday.
Ma te Atua e manaaki, Mark