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
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St Barnabas - a diverse family and a place for everyone
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The day has finally arrived when we reclaim our church building after almost exactly six years since the earthquakes forced us to leave. The repair and strengthening process has been very successful and the quality of workmanship has been superb. Evidence of the work is difficult to see, however the church itself has a cleaner and brighter look. Our grateful thanks to all those who worked so hard to bring us to this day. I pray that reopening St Barnabas for worship will help us to develop and extend our mission to the community. I pray that people would visit St Barnabas for the beauty and the historic significance but stay for the fellowship, the faith in God and the joy of participating as agents for goodness and love in our community and city.
We have all watched with horror this week as fires have raged throughout the Port Hills destroying forests, homes and livelihoods. Those of us who spent a lot of time running and walking the tracks of the Port Hills will be particularly devastated but all Cantabrians will feel a tremendous sense of loss as the scale of devastation becomes apparent in the coming weeks. Our hearts especially go out to the friends and family of Steve Askin who lost his life flying a helicopter fighting the blaze. We also sympathise with the 11 families whose homes were destroyed and now face the daunting prospect of rebuilding their lives from scratch. We give thanks to all those who fought the fires and pray that once more we as a community would rally around to support those who have suffered loss.
Arohanui, Rev Mark