Sharing God’s Love

Below is a sample of the ways in which St Barnabas has served and continues to serve the community – showing that God’s love is real and helps us serve real people in real communities! You can also find some more of our care and support programs here

Aranui Christmas Hampers

For the last few years we’ve been supporting the Aranui-Wainoni parish by donating food for Christmas food hampers for needy families. This year we’re doing the same – donations to the office.

St Barnabas has a well stocked freezer full of nourishing meals that are offered to those who are ill, in need or would simply value a little help in getting a meal on the table. Various groups and individuals in the parish often bring in food to restock the freezer.

Frozen Meals

Food to the City Mission

Each week we collect donated food for the City Mission. Bring your gifts to church and place them in the blue bin at the back. All gifts are gratefully received and will make a big difference to those struggling in our city.

St Barnabas’ staff take services at the three Rest Homes in the parish – Fendalton Retirement Village (2nd and 4th Thursday at 10.30), Holly Lea (3rd Thursday at 11am) and St Winifred’s (1st Wednesday and 3rd Thursday).  These services are a great way for staff to keep in touch with St Barnabas parishioners and others who can’t make it on Sunday’s but want to stay in touch.

Rest Home Services

English Language Class

Every Thursday during the term, from 4pm – 6pm we run an English Language Class for immigrants. We have a great team of people who help with Olive Lawson as the Coordinator. Phone the Parish Office for more information.

In early March this year St Barnabas put on a free, fun day for the whole community. We were blessed to have hundreds of people from our community to take part. There was live music and entertainment, food, a Bouncy Castle, petting animal station, pony rides, all kinds of activities for the children and good, ol’ fashioned races on the front lawn of St Barnabas – like egg and spoon, wheelbarrow and sack races.

Community Fun Day

ELDER CARE GROUP

This is a seniors’ ministry for all parishioners and members of the wider community. It’s on Monday afternoons from 1.30pm through until 3pm. The group undertakes a programme of gentle exercises, games and activities. Our leaders are well trained and there is a team of volunteers who support the participants and the programme. Please contact the Parish Office on 351 7064 if you want to join.

If you know of anyone who would like to receive Home Communion, please let Kofé know. We have a dedicated team who make regular visits to those who are house-bound and cannot attend services. We would also welcome anyone who would like to join our Home Communions Team. This would be after consulting with the Vicar and receiving some training.

Home Communion

Community Van

With the help of the Fendalton-Waimairi Community Board we have a 12 seater community van which is available for the parish and community. It’s used by a huge variety of community groups. St Barnabas uses it to extend our caring ministries into the community in all kinds of ways for example regular outings for seniors and to transport young people and young adults to events.