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
Children’s Christmas Play
Sunday 11 December @ 10.30am in the hall
Wednesday 14 December - ring Kofe
Sunday 18 December @ 5pm and 7pm
5pm - Join us for a traditional service of 9 Lessons and Carols telling the story of Christmas with the combined St Barnabas and Schola Cantorum choirs followed by light refreshments.
7pm - Antioch – an informal service of Lessons and Carols telling God’s big story of redemption through the birth of our Saviour. Followed by supper.
Saturday 24 December @ 4pm
A special service for children and families re-enacting the Christmas story where children come dressed up as Angels, Shepherds, Wise Men, Mary or Joseph.
Each child receives a ‘Journey of Hope’ wristband and invited to submit a photo of themselves on holiday this summer. Winners acknowledged on Sunday 29 January.
A mixture of traditional and modern carols and all children will receive a Christingle.
11.15pm - Traditional Midnight Service with candle-lights and choir in the marquee – begins with carol singing. Formal service begins at 11.30pm.
11pm - Antioch Midnight Service in the hall – contemporary with band beginning with supper. Service itself begins at 11.30pm.
8am, 9am and 10.15am in the marquee – traditional Communion services with carols
10am Lifestreams in the hall – Family Christmas Communion with carols, contemporary songs and children’s talk. Children bring your Christmas presents!
Click this link for an information brochure so you can order tickets.
There is a steady flow of ticket bookings coming in to the office which is an early sign that demand for the four reopening events in February next year will be very high. I urge you to book your ticket now. Don’t forget this is a golden opportunity to invite a friend to St Barnabas and encourage them to become reconnected to our church family.
Some time ago I floated the idea that the 24-7 Youth Work service provided at Boys’ High be extended from two to three youth workers. Two weeks ago the school agreed to this and last week Vestry also approved of this plan. It will not involve extra cost for the parish. At the end of this year, after about 18 months in the role, Perry Vakameilalo will be stepping down – thank you Perry for your service to the parish and to Boys’ High! As a result we will be seeking to fill the quota of three workers by the beginning of term next year. Matt Meek continues to do an outstanding job as senior Youth Worker.
The Trust has received a considerable number of donations recently because of the obvious progress of the church repairs. The official total of donations and pledges is $1.334 million with a target of $1.6 million. Two weeks ago I submitted an application to the Rata Foundation for a grant of $100,000 for the hall repairs. Thanks to all those who have given so generously. We will all share in the joy of opening day!
M te Atua e manaaki, Mark