Below is a sample of the ways in which St Barnabas has served and continues to serve the community – showing that God's love is real and helps us serve real people in real communities!
For the last few years we've been supporting the Aranui-Wainoni parish by donating food for Christmas food hampers for needy families. This year we're doing the same - donations to the office.
St Barnabas has a well stocked freezer full of nourishing meals that are offered to those who are ill, in need or would simply value a little help in getting a meal on the table. Various groups and individuals in the parish often bring in food to restock the freezer.
Just recently St Barnabas parishioners have been collecting 'past expiry date' food from Fendalton New World to take it to the City Mission. The CM values this nourishing food and the team who deliver it. As a parish we also give a monthly donation to support the amazing work of the CM.
St Barnabas' staff take services at the three Rest Homes in the parish - Fendalton Retirement Village (2nd and 4th Thursday at 10.30), Holly Lea (3rd Thursday at 11am) and St Winifred's (1st Wednesday and 3rd Thursday). These services are a great way for staff to keep in touch with St Barnabas parishioners and others who can't make it on Sunday's but want to stay in touch.
Every Thursday during the term, from 4pm - 6pm we run English Language classes for immigrants. We have a great team of people who help with Olive Lawson as the Coordinator. Phone the Parish Office for more information.
Each week we collect donated food for the City Mission. Bring your gifts to church and place them in the blue bin at the back. All gifts are gratefully received and will make a big difference to those struggling in our city.
In late February next year St Barnabas will put on a free, fun day for the whole community. We expect hundreds of people from our community to take part. There was live music and entertainment, food, a Bouncy Castle, all kinds of activities for the children and good, ol’ fashioned races on the front lawn of St Barnabas – like egg and spoon, wheelbarrow etc.
Tug 'o war - always a favourite!
This is a seniors’ ministry for all parishioners and members of the wider community. It’s about Friendship, Fun and Fellowship! CAMEO stands for Come And Meet Each Other and is on every Thursday in the Hall from 1.30pm to 3.30pm. Phone Philip or Kofé on 351 7064 for more information or if you’d like transport.
Fun and Friendship at CAMEO
If you know of anyone who would like to receive Home Communion, please let Kofé know. We have a dedicated team who make regular visits to those who are house-bound and cannot attend services. We would also welcome anyone who would like to join our Home Communions Team. This would be after consulting with the Vicar and receiving some training.
With the help of the Fendalton-Waimairi Community Board we have a 12 seater community van which is available for the parish and community. It's used by a huge variety of community groups. St Barnabas uses it to extend our caring ministries into the community in all kinds of ways for example regular outings for seniors and to transport young people and young adults to events.