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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

St Barnabas Fair

Bring all the family to our Parish Fair!

Saturday 10 October, 9am - 1pm.

Arts and Crafts, Cakes, Sweets, Jams, Preserves, White Elephant, Kitchen items, Recycled Gifts, Plants, Books, Designer Clothes Shoes and Handbags, Jewellery, Linen, Children’s Toys

Together with

Bouncy Castle, Face Painting, Clown, Balloon Animals, Children’s Games Arcade,


Food Court and on-stage live Entertainment,

 Winter Concert Series


Corner Fendalton Road and Tui Street
Christchurch 8041
Telephone: (03) 351 7064


Thanksgiving Sunday

Today we celebrate the end of our Stewardship Programme with a day of thanksgiving. I want to express my thanks for all those who support our parish in a multitude of ways but especially those parishioners who give financially to St Barnabas. At the time of writing Marion had received 73 Pledge Forms including forms from 4 new givers. This represented an increase of $33/week for Envelope givers, $287.40 for Direct Credit givers, $44.44 for Periodical givers and one off donations. This is an increase of $364.84/week or almost $19,000 per annum. I will give a final figure in a week or two. Thank you for sharing in our vision of following Jesus and extending God’s love.

Philip’s Successor

Advertising is well underway for a successor to Philip as Priest Assistant in the parish and the closing date is 31 July. At this stage advertising has mainly been within the Diocese and some interest has been expressed. The Bishop leads the process although a group from Vestry will help with the interviews. Please pray that a suitable candidate be appointed who will quickly gain the trust of parishioners, fit in with our staff team and contribute to our ministry and mission.

Confirmation Exploration

There is to be a Confirmation Exploration meeting on 9 August at 3pm in the Dorothy Cooper Room. Confirmation meets a number of pastoral needs and many who have been confirmed report that it is a formative experience. It gives those who have been baptised as infants an opportunity to personally and publically declare their faith; it is a commissioning for service; and it is a way for those who have come from other denominations to declare their commitment to the Anglican Church. The preparation course will be about nine weeks long and the Confirmation Service itself is planned for Sunday 18 October. Please see me if you have any questions.

Ma te Atua e manaaki, Mark