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
Shaking it up at Mainly Music
St Barnabas - a diverse family, a place for everyone
This year we have produced an Advent Calendar for use by individuals or families during the four weeks before Christmas. It's about the coming of Christ into the world while at the same time encouraging us to keep a right perspective about this busy time of year. These are available from the parish office but everyone who receives a Parish Magazine will get a free one in late November! Preview the Advent Calendar here! If other parishes would like to use this resource please contact the parish office on (03) 351 7064.
Please pray for Rev Harry and Aimee Newton as they have a lot going on in their lives at the moment. Their baby is due in very early December and of course this Sunday Harry is to be priested at the Transitional Cathedral at 3pm. One of our roles as a training parish for Harry is to support both Harry and Aimee and this is especially relevant with a new baby to care for along with Josiah. I recall the support Pip and I received from the Church of the Nativity in Blenheim when our youngest son was born – we will never forget the practice care the people of the parish offered us in what was a very challenging time. So let us support the Newton family at this busy time.
In the last few weeks the Managers of Holly Lea, our Retirement Village neighbour, agreed to the proposal of appointing a Lay Chaplain who would visit parishioners at Holly Lea as well as others who would like to receive a pastoral call. They received the idea very warmly and as a result Louise Hewson has been appointed to the position of Lay Pastoral Visitor and she will spend a couple of hours each week undertaking this ministry. Please support Louise as this ministry is established.
White Ribbon Day is the campaign against violence toward women and is held on November 25 each year. During the week Sam and I were involved in the White Ribbon Day rally in Cathedral Square making and giving away hamburgers and bacon butties. The whole campaign focuses on the pledge for men ‘never to commit, condone or remain silent about violence towards women.’ Its overarching goal is to support respectful relations between men and women based on equality, the effective use of non-violent communication and respectful sexual relationships. Domestic violence also includes emotional manipulation, verbal abuse or neglect and continues to be a stain on our otherwise peaceful and prosperous society. Let us become more aware of these issues and stand against violence of any kind.