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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

Music, friendship and fun at Mainly Music

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

Support from St Barnabas

Greetings members of the parish,
May God give us all strength and grace in these most trying days. I offer the following means of support in the aftermath of the events of last Friday.

  • Click here for a resource prepared by Dr Kathleen Liberty of Canterbury University on how to support children and adolescents in the aftermath of Friday's shooting.
  • I  reiterate my earlier offer of pastoral care for you, your children, young people and seniors - our parish staff is here to help. Please ring the parish number - 3517064.
  • Everyone is invited to a Prayer Vigil to be held in Latimer Square tomorrow, 21 March at 6pm.

Blessings in Christ,
Canon Mark

Parish AGM

All are invited to attend the Parish AGM on Wednesday 27 March at 7pm in the Parish Hall.

Click here for a copy of the AGM booklet with reports.

 Bishop's Mini Conference Notes

Click here for a copy of Bishop Peter's notes that formed the basis of the recent Mini Conference that took place on Friday 8 and Tuesday 12 March, 2019 at All Souls Merivale.

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

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Terrorist Attack: It is now over a week since a lone gunman took the lives of 50 people in two Mosques in our city. It was a cowardly and heinous act as men, women and children were murdered during a time of prayer. Our hearts and prayers go out to these innocent victims and their families. I was privileged to be with other Christians in Latimer Square on Thursday night as we prayed for the Muslim community, sang the 23rd Psalm, heard from Muslim leaders and placed palm fronds in remembrance and hope. Younger members of our parish family, Amber Brown and Phil and Emma Parkes sang and played at the "March for Love" at North Hagley Park yesterday– well done Amber, Phil and Emma for supporting our city in this way. 

Baptism & Confirmation: On Sunday 7 we will be having the 8am service as usual
but Lifestreams and the 9.30am service will combine in the church at 10am as we welcome our new Bishop Peter and celebrate with baptism and confirmation candidates. Please continue to pray for those being prepared for baptism (Ally Demarchi, Jo Douglass, Sam Gibson and Dawn Papuni) and confirmation (Keenan Aubrey, Meg Elliott, Kathryn Fee, Braeden McInnes and Lucy Webster).

Prayer for Sally Morgan: I invite anyone interested to join with me on the 1st and 3rd Thursdays of the month from 5pm – 5.30pm in the Prayer Room to pray for Sally Morgan who will be in the Solomon Islands undertaking her Mission Internship. This will run from April to July. It is very important that we support Sally in prayer. Please let me know if you are available to pray with me at these times. 

Arohanui, Mark