Activities for Children and their Families


This is the greatest place for children to be at the 9.30 Lifestreams service! It is safe, secure and a great environment for age-appropriate learning!

  • 'Bubbles'       Babies - 0-3
  • 'Splash'          4 – 7 year olds
  • 'Xstream'      8 – 11 year olds

Contact: Angela Brown 351 3442 or 027 335 0105.

Play Group

The St Barnabas Play Group is for pre-schoolers and their caregivers and they enjoy Bible stories, craft, singing and play. It takes place every Wednesday during term time from 9.15 – 11.30am in the Church Hall. The suggested koha is $3 per family.

Messy Church

Imagine a place to come and gather families of all forms, shapes and sizes to have food, fun, faith, family craft and meal together. A place Playgroup, mainly music, community, family and friends can come to hear about the Love of God – this is Messy Church! Contact the Parish Office if you want to come or help!

Dates for 2018 Messy Church Events are as follows - the times are always 3.30pm - 5.30pm:

  • Saturday 24 March: God makes a way
  • Saturday 19 May: God’s Transformer
  • Saturday 30 June: Lost and Found
  • Saturday 4 August: Pit to Palace
  • Saturday 22 September: Miracle in the Middle
  • Saturday 27 October: Light for the Path
  • Saturday 1 December: Joy to the World

 Messy Church - learning about God has never been this much fun for all the family!

Friday Zone

A Christian after-school club for your children – filled with fun, friendship, faith and an optional family dinner! Ages 5 – 10 years and pre-schoolers with a caregiver are welcome. Fridays 3:30pm to 5:30pm during term time in the Hall. Contact: Angela Brown 351 3442 or 027 335 0105.

 Music, movement and lots of cuddles at Mainly Music!

Mainly Music

Mainly Music is a fun program for parents/primary caregivers and preschoolers (ages 0-5) to enjoy music and movement together. Mainly Music also provides opportunities to nurture the relationship between parent/caregiver and their children, to celebrate the important role of being a parent/caregiver, and to develop friendships with other adults in the same life stage. Mainly Music was founded in 1990 here in New Zealand and is now popular throughout Europe and the US.

Each session includes 30 minutes of music, rhyme, movement, listening and more... finger puppets, balls, parachutes, instruments, etc. After the music portion of the morning, children are given a snack and adults are treated to a special coffee/tea break. Snack time is followed by a short toy time, where the children free play in the same room, allowing the adults to continue to talk with one another. The music session lasts for about half an hour and morning tea and chat about another 30 minutes.

Contact Pip Chamberlain by emailing if you would like to register your interest in joining this group.