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
This Saturday from 3.30pm - 5.30pm.
Then come to the St Barnabas Messy Church - four times a year!
It's all about fun, faith, food and family craft activities for all the family - young and old!
Make sure to catch this conversation with Dave Andrews and Ibrahim Abdelhalim.
7.30 pm, Thursday 12 May
Delta Trust Café, 105 North Avon Road
Harry and I were at the annual Clergy Conference during the week at Pudding Hill near Methven. The weather was fantastic, the food was good, the fellowship was warm and the main speaker Bishop John Pritchard from the UK was spiritual, wise and inspirational. The theme was ‘Discipleship.’
“Discipleship is a kind of ‘waking up’ to the glory of God”
“When Christ calls a man he bids him come and die” – Dietrich Bonhoeffer
“Discipleship is the whole of life orientated toward God”
“Discipleship is not an orange which is in separate compartments but more like an apple which is consistent in all directions”
“Discipleship is a long obedience in the same direction” - Eugene Peterson
“Disciples of Jesus are not to be recruited simply for work in the Church but are supposed to be in the world as front line ministers”
“God is the interesting thing about religion, and people are hungry for God” – Evelyn Underhill, English 20th Century mystic.
“The development of Christian character is more important that events or busyness”
“There’s only one question God will ask us when we meet him after death: ‘Did you enjoy my creation” Rabbinical saying
“Discipleship is not the ‘bland following the bland’ but the ride of a lifetime!”
“Does your life show any evidence of an encounter with God?”
“We are called to get into the slipstream of God’s mission” Arohanui, Mark