St Barnabas is a diverse Christian community with five worship communities meeting on Sundays and one on Thursdays. You will find different expressions of faith but we find a common allegiance to our Lord Jesus Christ – the one Mooring Post – ko te Karaiti te pou herenga waka.
At 8am – for the hardy souls! – there is a traditional service without singing but with toast, marmalade, tea and coffee at the end!
At 9.30am in the Church we have a contemporary liturgical service with organ, hymns and choral Eucharist. It takes time to learn the tunes but it’s worth it! Within the formal Anglican structure there is a sense of deep rootedness in Christian history as well as the lively engagement of people with the living God.
Lifestreams meets at 10am in the Hall and it has an informal, contemporary style that’s accessible to people of all ages. A crèche is offered as well as children and youth programmes. The worship is led by a contemporary band and there is communion each week. It’s distinguished by the happy noise of a vibrant Christian community seeking to follow Jesus and extend God’s love to one another and beyond!
St Barnabas Organist Denis Guyan
At 5pm on the first and third Sundays of the month a traditional Evensong service is held. On the second Sunday there is Night Prayer and the fourth Sunday a communion service. The Parish Choir, under the baton of Denis Guyan, leads the service. The Psalm is sung as well as some wonderful hymns and an anthem. All three kinds of services are quiet and reflective and are a fitting end for the day.
At 7pm the hall is transformed for ‘Antioch’ which includes awesome contemporary worship with great preaching and supper. The congregation is made up mostly of young people and young adults although people of all ages have found a spiritual home there.
Mark speaking with the children on Easter Day
At 10am on Thursday morning there is yet another Christian community gathering at St Barnabas! The service involves weekly communion followed by morning tea – the preaching is relaxed and informal. The worship itself has a formal structure but the life of God among the people keeps bubbling to the surface. On the first Thursday of the month the ‘In-Betweens’ women’s group swells the numbers and prayer for healing is also offered on that day.
A formal liturgy in the context of a friendly, open, community of faith
The Church of St Thomas was a daughter church of St Barnabas, built just over 100 years ago on Strowan Rd. It was damaged by the earthquakes and the congregation has since joined with St Barnabas. On the first Sunday night of each month, at 5pm, there is a special service for the St Thomas' congregation and this is followed by a light meal - all are welcome! Vestry will consider the future of the St Thomas' land and buildings in the future once progress has been made with the repair of St Barnabas.
Light meal following St Thomas' Evensong