Greetings in Christ's name. We have now come to the end of the long process of raising $1.6 million for the repair and strengthening of our church and other buildings. Thanks so much to everyone who has contributed! Although the church is now restored, in 2019 we plan to repair, strengthen and improve our Hall and Admin Building. Fortunately, because of the generosity of the parish and whole community we have money in the bank to achieve this.
Yours in Christ
Rev Mark Chamberlain
We have not undertaken a stewardship programme for about three years now but in 2019 want to give all parishioners an opportunity to review their giving to the parish. Find below some of the activities and ministries offered by the parish - we need your financial commitment to enable these to happen.
Worship Services: The weekly worship services held at St Barnabas are the most public expression of parish life and there are six distinct opportunities to join with others to worship God and receive communion and Christian teaching. These services are on Sundays at 8am, 9.30am (Eucharist with choir on 2nd and 4th Sunday), 10am (Lifestreams - contemporary with children's and young people's programmes), 5pm (with choir), 7pm Antioch (contemporary with band) and Thursdays at 10am. Clergy also take services at Medbury 3 or 4 times each term.
Fridayzone: Angela Brown and her helpers offer an inspiring after-school programme for children and their families on Friday afternoons. It is based on craft, activities and Christian teaching with a meal together as well! A great expression of Christian care and fellowship.
Mainly Music: This is a very successful ministry to parents and their pre-school children. The programme is professionally run with very engaging music and movement - it's a hit with both mums and children. Around 50 children and their parents participate in this programme with lots of time for free play and socializing.
St Barnabas Play Group: This takes place in the hall with around twenty family groups present. The programme consists of Bible stories, craft, singing and free play in a warm and welcoming atmosphere with trained leaders and volunteer helpers.
Youth Group: Each Friday night large numbers of young people gather in the hall for fun, games and Christian teaching. Both church based and community young people form this dynamic St Barnabas Youth Community.
Association of Anglican Women: The AAW is a large and lively women's organisation at St Barnabas and provides many opportunities for fellowship and service both within the parish and beyond. About 200 women are involved in two main groups.
St Barnabas Men: The men of the parish get together each month at the Rose and Thistle in Papanui, for informal fellowship - all are most welcome. We also organise a Men's Breakfast twice a year as well as a more formal Dinner - with a guest speaker each time.
Community Outreach: Practical help and support to the community is expressed through Bible in Schools, Freezer meals to those in need, Hospital Visiting, Pastoral Visits, Rest Home Services and Home Communions.
Ongoing Ministry Developments
Because of the generosity of parishioners through financial giving, we have been able to extend God's love in a number of new ways involving volunteers and paid staff.
24-7 Youth Work: The parish, alongside Riccarton Community Church, has three youth workers who offer pastoral care and leadership development to the students at Boy's High. This ministry is into its third year and this partnership with Boy's High has been very positive indeed. Matt Robb alongside two other youth workers spend 10 hours a week each in the school and they have become well known and accepted by both boys and staff.
Selwyn Centre: This ministry is offered to seniors in the community who are seeking to meet others and be part of a stimulating friendship group. Each week there is a different theme but there is always an emphasis on friendship, mental stimulation, pastoral care and wellbeing.
Young Adults and Antioch: Most of the young adults in the parish get together at Antioch each week at 7pm on Sunday nights as well as meeting during the week in two small groups.
Please find below a list of alternative ways you can participate in the mission of St Barnabas through financial giving.
Whatever your method, please know that all financial gifts, whether large or small, are much appreciated. Giving is a way of expressing out commitment and love for God and it is something done in a spirit of prayer and generosity.
‘For you know the generous act of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, so that by his poverty you might become rich.’ 2 Corinthians 8:9