The ways in which St Barnabas has served and continues to serve our community – showing that God’s love is real and helps us serve real people in real communities!

Christmas Support for our Neighbours

For the last few years we’ve been supporting the Linwood-Aranui parish by donating food for Christmas food hampers for needy families. This year we’re doing the same – donations of smaller size frozen chickens and frozen vegetables, or cash to purchase the same, to the parish office by Dec 5th please. 

Meal Support

Please let the Parish Office know 03 351 7064 if you know of anyone who might appreciate meal support at this time e.g. those who are ill or isolating, in need or would simply value a little help in getting a meal on the table. 

Contributions for our City Mission

Each week we collect donated food and hygiene items for the City Mission. Bring your gifts to church and place them in the City Mission baskets at the back of the church and hall. All gifts are gratefully received and will make a big difference to those struggling in our city.

We also donate new toys for Christmas distribution by the City Misson – please bring unwrapped toys e.g. sports equipment, Lego, books, infant & soft toys, games, art & craft sets, vouchers for Glassons, Hallensteins, Rebel Sports; to the parish office by Dec 5th. Thank you! 

Resthome Ministry

St Barnabas’ clergy take services at the three Rest Homes in the parish – Fendalton Retirement Village (2nd Thursday at 11.15am), Holly Lea (3rd Thursday at 11am) and Radius Hawthorne (1st and 4th Thursdays at 11.15am). These services are a great way for us to keep in touch with St Barnabas parishioners and others who can’t make it to church on Sundays but want to take part in a church service and stay in touch.

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 03 351 7064 from 9am-3pm for more information.

Community Fun Day

In early March for some years St Barnabas has put on a free, fun day for the whole community. We have been 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, and always an epic tug of war!

Elder Care Group

This is a seniors’ ministry for all parishioners and members of the wider community. It’s on every Monday afternoon from 1.00pm through until 3pm. The group has a creative 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 would like to join in. 

Home Communion

If you know of anyone who would like to receive Communion at home each month, please let the Parish office know 03 351 7064. We have a dedicated team who make monthly visits to those who are house-bound and cannot attend church services, offering worship and fellowship.  

Community Van

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 van outings for seniors and to transport our young people and young adults to events.

Petersgate Counselling Centre

St Barnabas was one of the founding churches of community counselling 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