Children and Families

The St Barnabas Community is passionate about offering midweek and Sunday experiences for children and families to play, learn and wonder about God together.


This is the greatest place for children to be at the 10.00am Lifestreams service in the Hall! It is safe, secure and a great environment for age-appropriate learning!

  • ‘Bubbles’       Babies – 0-3 in our new Bubbles room off the Hall
  • ‘Splash’          4 – 7 year olds
  • ‘Xstream’      8 – 11 year olds

For more information ring the Parish Office on 351 7064.


The St Barnabas Play Group is for pre-schoolers and their caregivers and they enjoy Bible stories, craft, singing and play. It takes place every Wednesday during term time from 9.15 – 11.30am in the St Barnabas Hall. The suggested koha is $3 per family. Contact Helen Wakefield on 021307878 for more information.

Mainly Music

Mainly Music is a fun program for parents/primary caregivers and preschoolers (ages 0-5) to enjoy music and movement together. Mainly Music also provides opportunities to nurture the relationship between parent/caregiver and their children, to celebrate the important role of being a parent/caregiver, and to develop friendships with other adults in the same life stage. Mainly Music was founded in 1990 here in New Zealand and is now popular throughout Europe and the US.

Each session includes 30 minutes of music, rhyme, movement, listening and more… finger puppets, balls, parachutes, instruments, etc. After the music portion of the morning, children are given a snack and adults are treated to a special coffee/tea break. Snack time is followed by a short toy time, where the children free play in the same room, allowing the adults to continue to talk with one another. The music session lasts for about half an hour and morning tea and chat about another 30 minutes.

Contact Liz Yeoh by emailing if you would like to register your interest in joining this group, Friday mornings in term-time 10am-11am.

Messy Church

Imagine a place to come and gather families of all forms, shapes and sizes to have food, fun, faith, family craft and meal together. A place Playgroup, Mainly Music, community, family and friends can come to hear about the Love of God – this is Messy Church! Contact the Parish Office if you want to come or help!

Messy Church is run on selected Saturdays, usually 4-6 times per year, 3.30pm – 5.30pm in the St Barnabas Hall.

2023 dates:

Saturday 1 April Easter Courage – Easter theme

Saturday 27 May Stronger Together – Pentecost theme

Saturday 24 June Miracle

Saturday 12 August Keys to the Kingdom

Saturday 28 October Blinding Light

Saturday 2 December  Chosen – Christmas Theme