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!
Corner Fendalton Road and Tui Street
Telephone: (03) 351 7064
Currently Hélène Wray and Angela Brown are providing interim leadership for this important parish ministry however we are seeking a person who feels called to the voluntary role of Mainly Music Coordinator. Mainly Music runs during term time on Friday mornings from 10am – 10.30am followed by morning team and fellowship. The team is well established and the programme functions very well. If you feel God may be calling you to this role please contact me.
Last week I wrote briefly about the implications of the Christchurch City Council’s Replacement District Plan for churches. The draft plan had removed any special recognition of churches within their communities. Furthermore there seemed to be little recognition of the wide variety of functions associated with church facilities, the value churches add to the social fabric of communities and the active role parish members play in the community. However some encouraging changes have been made which include the reinstatement of the recognition of ‘spiritual facilities’, recognition that although church land use is non-residential it is never-the-less vital for communities, that existing church sites can continue to be developed and the reinstatement of ‘schedules’ that protect existing church facilities. Please pray for Part Two of the plan.
Although we worship God every Sunday and through our whole lives, today we especially celebrate God the most holy Trinity – three persons yet undivided in unity, glory and power. Like two eyes but one vision or a musical chord with three notes but one harmonious sound. The doctrine of the Trinity is a mystery – more like an ocean to swim in rather than a wall to be climbed. The Trinity is not a riddle, but rather a reality that our human comprehension cannot fully grasp, but ultimately must know through worship, symbol, and faith.