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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

Please Note Our New Service Times from Sunday 26 February

Sundays – St Barnabas Church
  • 8am Quiet Communion
  • 9.30am Sung Eucharist
  • 5pm with Choir. Evensong (1st and 3rd Sundays), Night Prayer (2nd Sunday) and Eucharist (4th Sunday).
Sundays – Parish Hall
  • 9.30am Lifestreams – children’s and youth programme.
  • 7pm Antioch for young adults, everyone welcome.
Thursday – St Barnabas Church
  • 10am Communion with hymn


Article on Science and Faith by Dr John Lennox

Click here for a copy of the article mentioned on Sunday. 

Minutes of the 142nd Annual General Meeting

Click here to read the provisional AGM minutes. These will be confirmed at the 2017/2018 parish AGM.

Younger Persons Worker

St Barnabas is seeking to engage an experienced Youth and Young Adult Worker to join our team and to build on the current progress that has been made in this area.

Are you...

  • an experienced Youth or Young Adult's Worker who is looking for a fresh challenge?
  • a committed Christian with proven leadership skills?
  • a team player who loves working in and building teams?

Are you ready...

  • to lead and help grow our existing Youth and Young Adult ministries?
  • to work with and empower an existing group of young adult leaders?
  • to develop these ministries to reach more young people in our community?

Email for a copy of the Job Description and information about the parish.

Applications, which must include a CV, a response to the parish information of not more than two pages, and a statement about your faith and personal approach to ministry, are requested by Friday 2 June, 2017, and are to be sent to

For an informal chat about the position please call Rev Mark on 027 432 7474.

Thanks For Your Generosity!

If you would like to make a charitable donation to support the ongoing ministry and outreach of the parish or contribute to our Buildings Trust to repair our earthquake damaged buildings use either of the following bank accounts;

Parish Ministry - ANZ 01 0819 0003971 00

Buildings Trust - ANZ  01 0819 0455281 00

Corner Fendalton Road and Tui Street
Christchurch 8041
Telephone: (03) 351 7064

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Rev Mary, Harry, Leni and I had an excellent time at the annual Clergy Conference which took place at Pudding Hill Lodge near Methven. The presentation that challenged me most was one by PhD student Carolyn Robertson who spoke about Consumerism and the Gospel. She invited us to take a deeper and more critical look at our consumer culture. She urged us to ask the following kinds of questions; Where are our products made and under what circumstances? How can we show love of God and neighbour in our purchases? Where do our products go after we’ve finished with them? What are the ways we can live more simply? How influenced are we by branding and subtle forms of persuasion? To what extent are we influenced by our consumer society?

Parish Strategy Team

This new group meets for the first time this Wednesday night. It consists of Wendy Kington, Marcus Read, Steve Wakefield, Corinne Haines, Maurice Walker, myself and one other. One of our tasks will be deciding how we might develop a Mission Action Plan to provide clarity of mission and impetus for growth.


Parish Income to the end of April was $160,478 which was just $816 below budget but $3,799 ahead of the same period last year. Because expenses are currently under budget we are running a surplus of $18,523 compared to a budgeted deficient of $3,502. However both Envelope and Direct Credit giving are both below budget. It is hoped that the Stewardship Team will meet soon and plan a strategy for this year. 

Christ is risen indeed. Alleluia! Mark