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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

Ministry Opportunities at St Barnabas

Lifestreams Band Coordinator - 8 hrs

We are looking for a musician who will lead our worship band at our Lifestreams service at 10am on Sunday mornings. We are looking for an enthusiastic musician who can help us grow this ministry, develop new musicians and contribute positively to a fantastic Christian community. Click here for the Job Description. Email the Vicar on for more information and to apply.

Pastoral Care Coordinator - 25 hrs

This position will be vacant from July or August and we are seeking another person who will lead all our pastoral care in 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.


Responding to Terrorism

Click here for a copy of the Vicar's paper on 'Responding to Terrorism from a Christian Perspective.'

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

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Christ is risen! He is risen indeed!: The Easter season is a time of emotional contrasts. We move from the austerity of Lent, the exuberance of Palm Sunday, the deepening darkness of Holy Week, the desolation of Good Friday, the hollow ache of Holy Saturday and finally the unbridled joy of Easter Day. It’s like riding an emotional roller coaster!

Now think of the state of despair the disciples were in following the crucifixion of Jesus. They had pinned all their hopes on Jesus. They had left everything to follow him and he’d promised so much. They had begun to believe that he would deliver Israel from the oppressive rule of Rome and lead the nation into a golden age when all the nations would flock to Jerusalem and be taught about the God of Israel.

But their hopes were shattered with the hard nails and rough wooden cross of Jesus’ crucifixion. Their hopes died with Jesus.

The disciples must have felt utterly naïve to think that their little band could overcome the irresistible force of Rome. What were they thinking? Jesus’ betrayal, arrest, torture and ruthless execution must have left them reeling. So cynical – so clinical.

But then the sun rose on the third day and rumours began swirling that Jesus was alive and again the mood changed from the darkness of despair to the re-emergence of hope. Then the disciples met the risen Jesus for themselves – they spoke with him, ate with him and walked with him.

At this Easter time, let us remember that the risen Jesus Christ walks with us in all the seasons, challenges and emotions of life. Christ is risen! He is risen indeed!


Canon Mark