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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’ - Canon 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

Sermon From Te Pouhere Sunday

Celebrating the Constitution of the Anglican Church in Aotearoa, New Zealand and Polynesia.

23 June 2019.

Click here for the script of the sermon by Canon Mark Chamberlain.


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

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Hall and Admin Building Update: During the week Corinne Haines and I met with Lewis and Barrow and Ruamoko engineers who are preparing strengthening proposals for the Hall and Admin Buildings. Chris Wilson also joined us for the Lewis and Barrow meeting. We discussed specific strengthening proposals to lift both buildings to at least 67% of New Building Standard. We are now working as quickly as possible to feed our own plans for improvements to these two buildings into the process. The momentum is now picking up on these two projects.

Lock Down and Emergency Plans: Last week Greg Brown and I attended a Security Awareness Seminar for church leaders. It helped me better understand our obligations to have well developed plans and policies in place in the case of a range of emergencies. I presented a paper to Vestry on Wednesday night on this and I will be asking the Police to give feedback on our proposals. Once they have been adopted we will need to have drills about twice a year. I will keep you informed about this.

 Young Adults Retreat: This weekend a group of 35 young adults from the parish went on retreat to Hanmer Springs. Their Retreat Leader is Rev Joshua Taylor who is the Vicar of St John’s Highfield in Timaru. Josh is a young and very able priest who I know will be an inspiration for our young adults. Please pray that this retreat goes well and is a means by which those attending will grow in faith and commitment to Christ.

Arohanui, Canon Mark