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
What a fantastic time we had at the Community Fun Day last Sunday 22 Feb - great entertainment, food, running races, food and coffee!
Take your marks for the sack race!
Come to St Barnabas and join with us in the great days of Holy Week and Easter celebration -
Corner Fendalton Road and Tui Street
Telephone: (03) 351 7064
The new Parish Vestry met last Wednesday night for a meal and first formal meeting. We introduced ourselves and went on to brainstorm some of the values and principles we hope Vestry will uphold. The twelve ordinary Vestry members are as follows; Linda Adams, Cheryl Earl, Corinne Haines, Angela Moore, Laura Murray, Marcus Read, Becca Sewell, Chris Thomson, Patsy Wardell, Maurice Walker, Chris Wilson and Nigel Yeoh. Diocesan Synod Reps are Alison Tait, Moka Ritchie and Steve Wakefield and of course our new People’s Warden Wendy Kington and Vicar’s Warden Don Mackenzie.
Following the AGM a parishioner asked me what the link was between our Mission Statement (page 6) and the activities and ministries that were reported in our AGM booklet. And she asked ‘Are we carrying forward Christ’s mission in our parish and if so how?’ I responded by saying that over the last few years I have been deliberately developing our Ministry Oversight Teams – Worship, Prayer, Pastoral Care and Outreach, Social and Hospitality, Children, Youth and Young Adults and Discipleship and Evangelism. These six Teams are responsible for carrying forward the different aspects of our mission and taken together we are making real progress and becoming more missional in our outlook and actions. The six ministry areas are also reflected in our financial statements and our budget for the year to ensure that we are transparent with our spending and to put our ‘money where our mouth is’. There are of course other groups working and contributing to our mission such as the Wafer Room and AAW.
Next weekend is our first Messy Church event where we invite children and their families from Mainly Music, Playgroup, Friday Zone, baptisms etc to join us for fun, fellowship, faith and food! Please support this with your prayers, practical help and presence if you can!