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
What a fantastic time we had at the Community Fun Day last Sunday 22 Feb - great entertainment, food, running races, food and coffee!
Take your marks for the sack race!
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Today it is my pleasure to welcome Rev Dr Pauline Stewart to the St Barnabas Staff Team. Pauline was ordained in the Dunedin Diocese and served in the parish of All Saints Invercargill as Assistant Priest. She has now returned to Christchurch where she grew up and has received a ‘Permission to Officiate’ from the Bishop. Pauline has a background in Education, Counselling and Psychology. She will be in a non-stipendiary role and contribute to our parish in a range of ways. In the mean time it is a privilege to welcome Pauline on this Pentecost Sunday.
During the week Vestry was given an update on this year’s Stewardship Programme by Maurice Walker. Some members of the parish will be approached in the next week by a member of Vestry and asked to become a Stewardship Visitor. Training will be offered for this task later in June and we hope that over 300 parishioners will be visited by the team in July. An information brochure will be produced that will outline the ways we are seeking to fulfil our vision of ‘following Jesus and extending God’s love’ through our range of ministries and services. Those being invited to become Stewardship Visitors will receive a letter from me in the next two days and then you will be contacted by a member of Vestry. Please give this request your sincere consideration as we all seek to support the mission of God through St Barnabas.
The Church Property Trustees made a submission to the Replacement District Plan recently because of concerns that churches would only be tolerated as an’ out-of-zone’ activity rather than being valued and recognized as playing an important role in the social well-being and connectedness of communities. Recovery Manager Suzanne Price reported to me that ‘we have had some success to date and a good response to our concerns from the panel.’