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
You’re invited to tour a range of restored homes and gardens created following the Canterbury earthquakes. Support this Spring fundraiser and be inspired by the design, creativity and hard work of local home owners.
Rev Mark and Pip Chamberlain will speak about their recent visit to Jordan, Israel, Palestine and Turkey. This is an open meeting for the whole parish – all welcome.
Instead of bringing in an outside speaker to mark our Mission Month this year, members of the team who went to Tonga recently, will be speaking at each of our services today. We will hear about the work that was undertaken at All Saints in Tonga, as well as the way the trip impacted the lives of team members. The team will be thanked and prayed for as a way of ‘closing off’ their journey and to give thanks for all that God did through the team. Everyone is welcome to attend this lunch following Lifestreams at about 12 noon.
Each parish was encouraged at Synod this year, to develop a Legacy Programme. This would involve encouraging parishioners to leave a portion of their estate to the church in their will for its future mission. Such legacies would be a tangible investment in the future of the church and would enable the mission of the church to continue and to reach out to children, youth and a whole range of people. Maurice Walker and the Stewardship Team have been considering this for some time and in the near future want to produce a pamphlet with information so that you are able to, with the minimum of fuss, leave a bequest to the parish in your will for future generations.
During the week Vestry encouraged the Communications Team to continue exploring an initiative called ‘Ground Breaking Signs’. It consists of a series of professionally made, thought-provoking signs, erected on our site so that passersby and motorists can read them. The primary aim is to ‘break up the ground’ for the Christian message with the hope that conversations would be stimulated by these signs and ‘put God on the agenda.’ The Communications Team will be looking into the practical and compliance issues so that these signs can appear in the near future. Vestry members were shown examples of these signs.