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 welcome of us into his family when we share in communion and so it’s natural for us to be a welcoming community too. So why not join us at any of the weekly meeting times – you’ll find a warm welcome and lots of people 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
The Parish is seeking to appoint a Senior Youth Worker to oversee and develop all aspects of Youth Ministry in the parish as well as undertake the role of 24/7 Youth Worker in a local High School. This is a 30 hour a week position and the successful candidate would join our large staff team and work with an existing part-time Youth Worker and a group of volunteer leaders.
The Senior Youth Worker would take special responsibility for reaching out to young people in the community and enable them to grow in faith and service. The position has an emphasis on leading and coordinating the life of our youth community and creating an environment of encouragement and fun.
St Barnabas is a large and diverse Anglican parish whose vision is to ‘Follow Jesus and extend God’s love.’ A starting date is negotiable, ideally before the beginning of 2014. For a Person Specification, Ministry Description and Application Form please contact Rev. Mark Chamberlain: phone (03) 351 7064 or 027 432 7474 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Applications close on 29 November 2013.
Click here for a short summary of matters discussed and decided at the September, 2013 Synod.
In response to Christ's mandate to reach out with the gospel to the community (as well as a motion on Evangelism from the September Synod!) I have established a short term task group to explore ways and means for our parish to reach out with the gospel and grow. The group will comprise representatives from all our congregations as well as Wardens, myself and Staff reps and we will meet to pray, learn, brainstorm and develop recommendations for Vestry and Staff.
Matthew 28:19 contains a clear mandate for outreach - 'Go into all the world and preach the gospel...'
John 3:16 contains a principle for outreach - 'For God so loved the world that he gave his only son....'
Acts 2:42 contains a pattern for outreach from the earliest days of the Church - 'So those who welcomed his message were baptised, and that day about three thousand persons were added.'
This is the DNA of the Church from the first so please pray for those involved and think about the issues yourself from this Diocesan paper - Principles of Growth. Don't hesitate to email with your thoughts. Mark.
We prepare to welcome Sam and Kim Knight to the Parish in early February, 2014. Sam is our new Curate who will have special responsibility for Young Adults in the parish - Antioch and Tuesday Space as well as other general duties. Pray for Sam and Kim as Sam finishes his studies in Auckland and they prepare to travel back to Christchurch.
Sam chats with Rev Mark
Corner Fendalton Road and Tui Street
Telephone: (03) 351 7064
As I announced last week, we are in the process of entering into a partnership with Boy’s High to support a Youth Worker who will offer pastoral care and mentoring to students in 2014. The total project cost for two Youth Workers – one supported by Riccarton Community Church and the other supported by us – is $32,000. Funding from the community will meet half this cost($16,000) and has already been secured. One quarter ($8,000) will be funded by the school and each participating church is responsible for contributing one eighth each which is $4,000 for our parish. Please keep Boy’s High in your prayers as they begin a relationship with St Barnabas that is very new for them. Pray also for the appointment group as we interview a candidate during the week after next.
As I write this the windows of the hall have just been opened in anticipation of rising temperatures inside as Mainly Music gets underway. This is a fantastic image for our parish – throwing open our windows and doors this Christmas time to allow the Spirit of God to flow through us and into the world. Next year is the 200th anniversary year of the preaching of the gospel – in 1814 Rev Samuel Marsden preached to a gathering at Oihi Bay in the Bay of Islands with Chief Ruatara interpreting. The good news of Jesus Christ has been preached, talked about, lived out and passed on ever since. May we be a parish who celebrates the goodness of God in our worship, is transformed into his likeness and eager to allow his Spirit to flow through us into our community.
‘We thank God for the life of this wonderful man, and for his remarkable witness to reconciliation and for his contribution to the peace of South Africa and of the world. We pray for his family, and for his beloved South Africa. May Nelson Mandela rest in peace, and rise in glory and may light perpetual shine upon him. Archbishops Brown Turei, Philip Richardson and Winston Halapua.