Come Have Fun!

The St Barnabas Community is passionate about offering midweek and Sunday experiences for children and families to play, learn and wonder about God together. We understand that children have ways of showing faith that can enlarge the experience of adults too. We celebrate generations together and opportunities to explore faith in the extended family model.


This is the greatest place for children to be at the 10am Lifestreams service! It is safe, secure and a great environment for age-appropriate learning!

  • ‘Bubbles’       Babies – 0-3
  • ‘Splash’          4 – 7 year olds
  • ‘Xstream’      8 – 11 year olds

For more information ring the Parish Office on 351 7064.

The St Barnabas Play Group is for pre-schoolers and their caregivers and they enjoy Bible stories, craft, singing and play. It takes place every Wednesday during term time from 9.15 – 11.30am in the Church Hall. The suggested koha is $3 per family. Contact Helen Wakefield on 021307878 for more information.



A Christian after-school club for children and families in the Messy Church style – filled with fun, friendship, faith and an optional family dinner! Ages 5 – 10 years and pre-schoolers with a caregiver are welcome. Fridays 3pm to 5:30pm during term time in the Hall. Contact: Angela Brown 027 335 0105.

Mainly Music is a fun program for parents/primary caregivers and preschoolers (ages 0-5) to enjoy music and movement together. Mainly Music also provides opportunities to nurture the relationship between parent/caregiver and their children, to celebrate the important role of being a parent/caregiver, and to develop friendships with other adults in the same life stage. Mainly Music was founded in 1990 here in New Zealand and is now popular throughout Europe and the US.

Each session includes 30 minutes of music, rhyme, movement, listening and more… finger puppets, balls, parachutes, instruments, etc. After the music portion of the morning, children are given a snack and adults are treated to a special coffee/tea break. Snack time is followed by a short toy time, where the children free play in the same room, allowing the adults to continue to talk with one another. The music session lasts for about half an hour and morning tea and chat about another 30 minutes.

Contact Pip Chamberlain by emailing if you would like to register your interest in joining this group.

Mainly Music

Messy Church

Imagine a place to come and gather families of all forms, shapes and sizes to have food, fun, faith, family craft and meal together. A place Playgroup, Mainly Music, community, family and friends can come to hear about the Love of God – this is Messy Church! Contact the Parish Office if you want to come or help!

Messy Church is run on selected Saturdays, usually 4-6 times per year, 3.30pm – 5.30pm in the Hall.