St Barnabas has a number of vibrant groups for women – all women are welcome to attend – simply phone the leader to find out the details.
Women at the Well: If you're interested in a weekly Bible Study group then this is for you! This group meets at 10am on Tuesday mornings in the hall – there is a crèche for children.
Inbetweens: This is an evening group meeting on the third Tuesday of the month in the parish hall. Each time there is a stimulating speaker, sales table, warm fellowship and supper. Contact is Trish Carrick-Leslie ph 351 5179
Mary Mills thanked for 3 years as Leader of In-Betweens
Afternoon Group: This for those who prefer a day time group and meets in the Tui Room each month. Contact is Madeleine Price on 354 4299. Both the Inbetweens and the Afternoon Group are affiliated to the Association of Anglican Women.
All aboard for a trip to Diamond Harbour
The men of the parish get together on the second Tuesday of each month at The Rose and Thistle, 24 Main North Rd, Papanui for a quiet beer and to relax in good company. Call Paul Straubel on 351 0610 for information.
There are also Men's Breakfasts with a stimulating speaker about three times a year. Contact the office on 351 7064 for more information.
Once a year we will also have a Men's Dinner – this is a bit more formal with a catered meal and after dinner speaker. Again it's a great opportunity for the men of the parish to mix and mingle, enjoy fellowship and grow in faith and fellowship.
Each year, over the winter months, we get together in each others homes for wine, a great meal and a great time. We call this ‘Dinners for Eight’ and it’s all about helping people get to know others and actively building the relationships and fellowship of our parish. Each month, for four months, about 10 or 12 couples host three other couples in their home. You don’t know who you will be with until the week before when you’re contacted and asked to provide a part something for the meal. It’s always exciting, surprising and the company is always stimulating! At the very end we have a banquet in the hall where everyone gets together and enjoys a big night out together – with entertainment!
The original St Barnabas had the nickname of ‘Encourager’ and we want to continue that tradition. Each year we celebrate our patron saint and his encouraging nature by having a party to celebrate who we are! It’s really just an old fashioned local variety concert with everyone contributing an item of entertainment.
Cooking up a laugh at the Patronal Party!