St Barnabas is a diverse Anglican Church and we love welcoming newcomers and helping them to feel at home. Each week we celebrate God’s amazing welcome as we share in communion and so it’s natural for us to want to share that welcome to others. So why not join us at any of our regular weekly meeting times – you’ll find friendship and a community to share the journey of faith with.
In the movie ‘About a Boy’ the character Will (played by Hugh Grant) talked about being connected underneath like ‘island chains’ – we know all about that in Aotearoa! Anyway that’s what it’s like at St Barnabas. We’re all connected – part of a community of those who believe and follow Jesus Christ. God calls us to be connected with him and each other, to reach out and care for one another. We’re a work in progress but that’s what we’re striving to be. There’s lots of space for you to be part of our community too!
If you feel ready, you can put your roots down at St Barnabas, become established and begin to participate and contribute to what God is doing in our community. Involvement is the route to belonging – the more you give of your gifts, time and talents and invest in the community the stronger your sense of belonging. At St Barnabas there’s a place for everyone with lots of ways to contribute – from serving in some way during worship, leading a group, helping with children or youth and using your practical skill to support others. We’re a growing, serving community – with lots of options for involvement!
‘Welcome to St Barnabas’ - Rev Mark Chamberlain
Music, friendship and fun at Mainly Music
St Barnabas - a diverse family and a place for everyone
Parishioners braved a cold easterly wind on the afternoon of the Site Blessing Service on Sunday 17 July. The Bishop led the service sprinkling the site with holy water. Sophie Smith, who regularly attends Lifestreams with her Mum Karen and brother Sam, was asked to carry the bowl of water while the Bishop used a branch of rosemary to sprinkle water both outside and inside St Barnabas.
She prayed “Gracious God, encircle this church building with your protection. May your holy angels watch over those who work on this site. May it be a safe place for all. We pray in the name of Christ our Lord. Amen.”
Some followed her into the church to witness the beautiful interior of St Barnabas without the pews in place! The service concluded with Barry Brinson playing the wonderful hymn ‘All People That on Earth do Dwell.’
All members of the Lifestreams congregation are invited to read the attached feedback form and express your preference for moving into the church when it's repaired or to remain in the hall. The Lifestreams Oversight Team will consider responses so please have them in the hands of the Vicar by Thursday 4 August.
As most will know by now Pip and I fly out to the Holy Land on Sunday afternoon. We are part of a tour group led by Mike Hawke, visiting the holy sites of Israel and the occupied territories of Palestine. We also visit Jordan and Turkey. It will be like a spiritual pilgrimage! In my absence Rev Mary Minson will be Priest in Charge and she will lead Staff meetings and meet weekly with the Wardens for support and prayer. This is a once in a life time opportunity for us made possible by the generosity of a parishioner – we are extremely grateful. We arrive back on Sunday 4 September.
Please continue to pray for Matt Meek and Perry Vakameilalo who are our 24-7 Youth Workers at Boy’s High. Find below some prayer topics;
1/ Matt has just completed training in using ‘Strengths Finder’ in mentoring and coaching. Pray that there may be opportunities to use this tool at CBHS among both staff and students.
2/ Next week year 9 ski trips are planned. Pray for good relationship building.
3/ Pray for grace and encouragement for both Matt and Perry as they seek to serve the students at Boy’s High through genuine Christian pastoral care and leadership.
It is with sadness that I report that Pip’s mother, Margaret Edith Sheaf, died at 11.40pm on Thursday night. She died peacefully with a number of family members gathered around her. She was 96 and had lived a very full and interesting life. Margaret had been a nurse at St Thomas Hospital in London when it was bombed during the Blitz. She served as a missionary in South Africa before coming to New Zealand to marry John Sheaf. They farmed in the Nelson region and raised 5 children. Margaret was a very faithful Christian who was an inspiration to all she met with her insightful questions and firm opinions. She was a very much loved mother, grandmother and great grandmother. We give thanks for her life and know that she is now with her Lord.