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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 - quiet early morning communion - all welcome

Thursday at 10am - traditional communion with hymn

Ministry Opportunities at St Barnabas

Pastoral Care Coordinator - 25 hrs

This position will be vacant from July or August and we are seeking another person who will lead our Pastoral Care ministries within the parish. If you have pastoral care experience and a desire to serve the local church and to develop this ministry this may be an opportunity for you. Click here for the Job Description. Email the Vicar on for more information and to register your interest.

Younger Persons Worker - Full Time

We are seeking to engage an experienced youth and young adult worker to join our team and carry forward this work.

Are you...

  • an experienced youth or young adult’s worker who is looking for a fresh challenge?
  • a committed Christian with proven leadership skills?
  • a team player who loves working in and building teams?

Are you ready...

  • to lead and help grow our existing youth and young adult ministries?
  • to work with and empower an existing group of young adult leaders?
  • to develop these ministries to reach more young people in our community?

Email for a copy of the Job Description and information about the parish.

Applications, which must include a CV, a response to the parish information of not more than two pages, and a statement about your faith and personal approach to ministry, are requested by Friday 14 June, 2019, and are to be sent to For an informal chat about the position please call Canon Mark Chamberlain on 0274 327474 or find the information on this website. 

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Christchurch 8041
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Pasifika Sunday: This morning we have the privilege of gathering three of our congregations together at 10am for a combined service celebrating the link we have with Tikanga Pasifika – especially the Kingdom of Tonga. The gospel of Christ transcends age, race and gender – we are all welcomed as equals into God's kingdom. We also want to use this opportunity to reach out to St Andrew's High School in Tonga. The school's brass band was to have been here in New Zealand at this time but because of financial constraints the trip was cancelled. As a result, all cash offerings taken today, at all services, will be donated to the school and $1,500 from the parish‟s Outreach Fund will also be added.

Pastoral Care: A number of people from our parish are facing health issues or family crises at the moment so please keep them in your prayers. We give thanks for a strong pastoral care team led by Watiri Maina who reaches out in many ways to support those in need. I know that lots of informal caring also happens. We're reminded of the scripture that says “By this everyone will know that you are my disciples if you love one another” John 13:35. Advertising has begun for a replacement for Watiri when she leaves at the end of July.

Newcomers Coordinator: Last week Vestry established a new voluntary staff position entitled 'Newcomers Coordinator.' I am seeking a person to join our staff team working say 4 or 5 hours a week to visit newcomers, organise newcomers events and help them integrate into parish life. I am looking for an enthusiastic 'people person' for this role. See me if you are interested.

Canon Mark