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
8am - Quiet traditional communion service
9.30am - Festive communion with choir twice a month
10am - 'Lifestreams' - contemporary service with band and children's ministry
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 - quite early morning communion - all welcome
Thursday at 10am - tradition communion with hymn
If you have received a red God's Amazing Grace' band over the Christmas season you will know about our photo competition where we want you to take a photo of something that reminds you of God's Grace - making sure the band is in the photo, of course.
Photo submissions are due on the 24th of January and we will show the best photos at our 10 am lifestreams service on Sunday the 28th.
To submit your photo or to find out more, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Recently a Landscape Plan was produced for the parish site. It really is tremendous! You can view this here. Please peruse and give Don Mackenzie of the Vicar your feedback.
Click here to see a Christmas article entitled "Is Christmas too good to be true?"
Everyone is invited to join a Lent Study Group for six weeks beginning from 14 February. Contact any of the leaders listed below or call the parish office on 351 7064 if you would like help to select a group. Study Books $6 from office.
Anne Shave, 027 466 7199, Mondays at 10.15am, Holly Lea.
Brian Carrell, 352 9999, Mondays at 7.15pm, 46/488 Greers Rd – FULL SORRY!
Virginia Simmons, 027 255 1887, Mondays at 7.30pm, 47 Eastling St.
Liz & Nigel Yeoh, 027 4692 321, Mondays at 7pm, 91 Warren Cres – young adults
Anne Shave, 027 466 7199, Mondays at 7.30pm, 40 Tui St – Full SORRY!
Peter and Pam Chapman, 322 9409, Mondays at 7.30pm, 70 Milns Rd, Halswell.
Pip Chamberlain, 027 349 1506, Tuesdays at 9.30am, 7 Makora St – women’s group.
Matt Chamberlain, 027 348 5001, Tuesdays at 7pm, 132a Hamilton Ave – young adults.
Marcus Read, 021 750 466, Tuesdays, fortnightly, 11 Ilkley Pl.
Mary Minson & Phil Parkes, 428 6926, Weds. 7.30pm, 25a Plynlimon Rd – young adults.
Brendan and Kathryne McNeill, 351 6709, Wednesdays at 7.30pm, 143 Idris Rd.
Gavin Kingsley, 021 394 880, 2nd and 4th Wednesdays at 7.15pm, 9 Banbury St.
Mary Minson, 315 7064, Thursdays at 11am, Parish Hall.
Rev Philip Robinson, 027 420 3504, Fridays at 9.45am in the church chapel.
Don Rowlands and Olive Lawson, 027 688 2061, Fri. at 7.30pm, 37 Puriri Street.
Many thanks to Anne Shave who has agreed to do some pastoral visiting on behalf of the parish in the coming weeks. Anne worships at the 5pm congregation and is well known to many in the parish. She will also lead Kofe’s Lent Study Group next month. We have also been blessed by Lynette Crestani coming in to work in the office on Wednesdays which Kofe used to do. Lynette is a member of the Lifestreams congregation and has admin experience. Thanks very much Anne and Lynette for helping us through this transitional period while Vestry considers our future staffing needs.
It was with great sadness that I learned that recently ordained Catholic Priest Graeme Blackburn was killed in a motorcycle accident on Monday. I knew Graeme through the North West Christchurch Ministers Association. He had only been ordained Priest for 6 months and was working at Our Lady of Victories Catholic Parish at Sockburn. Let us pray for the Christchurch Catholic community who will be grieving Graeme’s tragic death.
Our Parish Strategy Team met last week and reviewed an early draft of our Mission Action Plan. This will be received by Vestry at the end of the month and then published to the parish for your comments. It will be presented at our AGM on Wednesday 4 April. This plan will really help us clarify our direction as a parish and give focus to our mission. So look out for the publication of the draft in early February and be ready to offer feedback. It takes a whole parish to work together for growth so we need everyone to be involved