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
Saturday 2 July 3.30pm - 5.30pm.
Then come to St Barnabas Messy Church
It's all about fun, faith, food and family craft activities for all the family - young and old!
“Urban Vision is a monastic movement open to men and women; single and married Christian disciples who 'follow Jesus on the margins'. My time with them reminded me of what I have been hearing regularly from our Mission Team. They tell me that in the present age the church must be focused on and dedicated to making disciples. Where there are disciples there will be a church but not every church has disciples. This articulated need for conscious, careful and challenging discipling of new Christians arises out of a culture where Jesus is not known. Thus to come alongside and assist in the formation of someone slowly growing up into the full stature of Christ is to help grow the Kingdom. Equally important is teaching every disciple how to make new disciples, so that more and more people come to know and love our Lord.”
Vestry confirmed the decision to purchase a Defibrillator otherwise known as an External Automated Defibrillator. Given the large numbers of people using our parish facilities, it is important that we are well prepared especially if someone has a cardiac arrest. This is also part of our responsibility under the new Health and Safety legislation. We will be applying for a community grant to cover part of the $3,500 cost but additional donations from parishioners would be gratefully received.
One of the insights that St Ignatius (1491-1556) offered had to do with the gaze of God – that God gazes upon us with infinite love. Being aware of God’s loving gaze is fundamental to our Christian faith – knowing that we are profoundly loved by God and nothing can shake that. As Romans 8 says ‘Nothing can separate us from the love of God.’ Even the most competent and confident person, in their heart of hearts, has a deep longing to be loved by God – this is the nature of our humanity. And we as Christians are invited to, more and more, “know the love of God that surpasses knowledge” (Eph 3:9). Arohanui, Mark