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
Bring all the family to our Community Fair!
Saturday 10 October, 9am - 1pm.
Arts and Crafts, Cakes, Sweets, Jams, Preserves, White Elephant, Kitchen items, Recycled Gifts, Plants, Books, Designer Clothes Shoes and Handbags, Jewellery, Linen, Children’s Toys
Bouncy Castle, Face Painting, Clown, Balloon Animals, Children’s Games Arcade,
Food Court and on-stage live Entertainment,
All invited to the 3rd of our Winter Concert Series - come and enjoy the great music of the....
piano duets, violin duets, xylophone, singing and jazz
Sunday 23 August at 1pm at the Rangi Ruru Theatre
Tickets $20 from the Parish Office.
Please find below a Master PDF containing background information pertaining to our discussion of how we might develop the interior of the St Barnabas Church Building at the time of the repair and strengthening. We need to consider our present and future mission and ministry needs. This document will help us in our prayers and deliberations. All parishioners will have a chance to contribute to the discussion.
Corner Fendalton Road and Tui Street
Telephone: (03) 351 7064
Thanks so much to all those who have read the Background Information about the Church Interior, prayed and given your feedback. The group sessions have been going very well with lots of ideas and a clear desire to see our parish grow in the future with the church building offering a functional and flexible space for a wide range of events and ministries. I urge us all to continue to commit this process to prayer – we want to develop a common vision and to move forward in unity. Please give this matter a high priority in prayer in the coming weeks.
The Communications Team has been working hard behind the scenes for some months now to improve the way we understand and promote our vision as a parish. You will notice a series of posters that have been produced to refresh our sense of vocation as a parish – special thanks to Richard Gardiner for this. We will be producing further posters inviting people to get involved in aspects of mission. You will also notice new tear drop banners to help newcomers see where the entrance of the hall is and to provide a sense of welcome and life.
I have been encouraged in recent months by the way God has been moving through my prayers. I continue to notice that good things happen when I pray. Sometimes I bump into a person whom I need to see; I’m sometimes given insights through conversations with others or by myself out running; I sometimes contact people who are in need at just the right moment. Prayer is an exercise of faith – it cannot be reduced to a simple cause and effect relationship. Prayer is mysterious. Remember what William Temple famously said about prayer – “When I pray, coincidences happen, and when I don't pray, they don't.” Let us continue to exercise faith and believe that God hears us and in the mystery of his will answers our prayers.