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!
Last winter we received a large number of woolly hats knitted by a group of generous women in Queenstown. Our team delivered these hats to schools and churches in the eastern suburbs.
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.
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 February St Barnabas organised a free, fun day for the whole community – and hundreds of people came! 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. It was an awesome day and we want to make this an annual event.
Hanging out with friends at the Fun Day
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 bought a 12 seater community van! It's being used to extend our caring ministries into the community in all kinds of ways. For example we’ll be able to transport seniors to CAMEO and young people on outings. Thanks to the Christchurch City Council for approving this grant – this is a vote of confidence in the way St Barnabas engages and supports our community in many ways.
Just recently the parish women’s group the In-betweens put on a beautiful afternoon tea for around 70 members of Age Concern. Entertainment was provided by the Japanese Choir. This is just one example of the way the various groups within the parish reach out to the community with compassion and care.