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.
For information on the church repairs go to barnyblog.wordpress.com
This is the name of an initiative developed by a number of parish groups to help us more intentionally bear witness to Christ over the coming months. ‘Journey of Hope’ has echoes of Mary and Joseph’s journey to Bethlehem, our parish journey towards the church reopening, our personal journey of faith and the journey we hope people will make towards Christ this Christmas. ‘Journey of Hope’ is based on three simple actions – Pray, Serve and Invite. Everyone is encouraged to pray for a friend in November, to deliberately do something to serve others in Advent and to invite a friend to do Alpha next year. This initiative gives a clear and practical way we can all reach out to others. Please begin thinking about who you might pray for, serve with and invite.
Main contractor C Lund and Son, continues to make good progress and our Heritage Architect Dave Pearson who signs off all completed work is very pleased with the quality of work. Betterment works are ongoing with questions currently being raised about work required on the roof, the need to replace electrical wiring, placement of heaters, AV equipment and extra work required on the tower stonework. Don Mackenzie as Parish Project Manager is working to progress these issues and to clarify the cost implications for the parish. Please pray for Don and Greg at this demanding time.
During the week the tenth property was signed up for the tour – this was the number we had had hoped to secure from the very beginning. The tour will be fantastic – it’s been very well planned by an energetic group. All that needs to happen now is for people, both parishioners and members of the wider community, to decide to come and purchase a ticket. You can do so at the parish office, Ballantynes or at Eventfina.co.nz. Let’s all pull together to make this a great success!