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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

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St Barnabas - a diverse family and a place for everyone

Worship at St Barnabas


8am - Quiet traditional communion service

9.30am - Festive communion with choir twice a month

10am - 'Lifestreams' - contemporary service with band and children's ministry

12 Noon Tongan Service

5pm - Evensong/Night Prayer/Eucharist with the Parish Choir

7pm - 'Antioch' - contemporary service with band for youth, young adults - everyone welcome

Wednesday at 8.45am - quite early morning communion - all welcome

Thursday at 10am - traditional communion with hymn

Special Christmas Services in December


Sunday 16th

Service of 9 Lessons and Carols

5pm: Join us for a traditional service of 9 Lessons and Carols in the Church, telling the story of Christmas with the combined St Barnabas and Schola Cantorum choirs followed by light refreshments.

7pm: Antioch – an informal service of Lessons and Carols telling God’s big story of redemption through the birth of our Saviour followed by supper.

Christmas Eve Services

4pm: Christingle Service for children - we re-enact the Christmas story - children come dressed as shepherds and angels!

11.15pm: Traditional Midnight Service with candle-lights and choir in the church – begins with carol singing. Formal service begins at 11.30pm.

11pm: Antioch Midnight Service in the hall – contemporary with band beginning with supper. Service itself begins at 11.30pm.

Christmas Day Worship

8am, 9am and 10.15am: In the church – traditional Communion services with carols

10am: Lifestreams in the hall – Family Christmas Communion with carols, contemporary songs and children’s talk. Children bring your Christmas presents!


Corner Fendalton Road and Tui Street
Christchurch 8041
Telephone: (03) 351 7064

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Vestry and Staff Christmas Party:  On Tuesday we had our annual Vestry and Staff Christmas Party. It was a real joy to be able to celebrate an eventful and successful year together. We have a very committed and experienced staff who work tirelessly serving God and his church. Thanks also to Corinne and Carey Haines for hosting us.

Diocesan Appointments: During the week a number of key appointments were announced. Bishop elect Peter Carrell is beginning to form an excellent team and this is a promising sign of his episcopate. Rev Stephanie Robson has accepted the full time role of Ministry Educator and Kofe Havea has been appointed to a 0.5 position as curate at St Peter’s, Upper Riccarton-Yaldhurst. And finally Anglican Care has announced that Roger Sutton, previously head of CERA, has been appointed to the new role of Anglican Missioner to work alongside City Missioner Matthew Mark. Roger Sutton is also a member of CPT.

Thanks: During the last few weeks I have attended a number of ‘thank you’ morning teas and other kinds of functions. Christmas is such a great time to express our gratitude to the many people who serve our parish in so many ways. So I would like to take a moment to thank the thankers! Thank you for expressing appreciation to your teams and for supporting and encouraging them during the year. As Joseph of Cyprus earned the nick-name ‘Barnabas’ meaning ‘son of encouragement’ – so our parish has a reputation for encouragement. So thank you to our team leaders and all those who take responsibility for ministry – thank you for being so encouraging!

Arohanui, Mark