Below is a sample of the ways in which St Barnabas has served and continues to serve the community.
Aranui Christmas Hampers
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.
Rest Home Services
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.
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.
Food to the City Mission
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.
English Language Class
Every Thursday during the term, from 4pm – 6pm we run an English Language Class for immigrants. We have a great team of people who help with Olive Lawson as the Coordinator. Phone the Parish Office for more information.
Elder Care Group
This is a seniors’ ministry for all parishioners and members of the wider community. It’s on Monday afternoons from 1.30pm through until 3pm. The group undertakes a programme of gentle exercises, games and activities. Our leaders are well trained and there is a team of volunteers who support the participants and the programme. Please contact the Parish Office on 351 7064 if you want to join.
Community Fun Day
In early March this year St Barnabas put on a free, fun day for the whole community. We were blessed to have hundreds of people from our community to take part. There was live music and entertainment, food, a Bouncy Castle, petting animal station, pony rides, all kinds of activities for the children and good, ol’ fashioned races on the front lawn of St Barnabas – like egg and spoon, wheelbarrow and sack races.
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.
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.
St Barnabas was one of the founding churches of community counseling agency Petersgate. Last year Petersgate offered counselling to 1,009 individuals and 101 families totalling 6,723 counselling sessions. This contributed considerably to the health, wellbeing and participation in the community of these individuals and families. For further information click HERE