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
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
Most will know by now that many countries in East Africa including Ethiopia, South Sudan and Somalia are in the grip of the worst famine in over 30 years. 16 million are on the brink of starvation and desperately in need of food, water and medical treatment. Last Wednesday, Vestry agreed to match dollar for dollar, up to $1,000, any donations that came in using the ‘Mission Boxes’ which will be available in September. In the meantime however, I invite immediate donations to this urgent need and I will ask Vestry to support this using our Outreach Fund.
A working group consisting of myself, Don Mackenzie (Chair), Bert Govan, Madeleine Price and Chris Wilson (Linda Adams was absent) met during the week to discuss a range of options for the St Thomas’ land and buildings. We are very aware of the need to consult with church members who were part of St Thomas’ and that is why Madeleine has been included in the group. We are also aware of the precious items within St Thomas like the Trusttum stained glass windows that need to be protected and preserved. Wider consultation will take place once Vestry has received this report.
It is my hope that in the third term we undertake an Alpha Course to introduce the basics of the Christian faith to anyone who is interested. Please give thought to whom you might invite along to this highly regarded course and begin praying for them. The Discipleship and Evangelism Team are looking for helpers.