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
All are welcome to our Community Fun Day - something for all the family! 22 February 12 noon – 3pm on the Church lawn - free, fun-packed day with WateRatz, live music, great coffee, food and old fashioned running races. Bring a picnic and enjoy the day!
Corner Fendalton Road and Tui Street
Telephone: (03) 351 7064
Before Christmas we designed and printed welcome booklets to give to newcomers over the busy Christmas period. The tone of the booklet was chatty seeking to introduce people to the varied ministries and opportunities there are at St Barnabas. I would also like to suggest that every member of St Barnabas take a copy of the booklet and leave it on your coffee table at home. In this way family and friends may read it and find their interest in our Christian family and ultimately in God is stimulated. You may also pray for opportunities to talk about your own involvement at St Barnabas and your commitment to Christ.
This coming Thursday I begin a Marriage Preparation Course for a small number of couples and an individual. I will be using the Alpha based ‘The Marriage Preparation Course.’ It’s a marvellous course and covers relevant topics such as the importance of commitment, recognising differences, communication, nurturing friendship and conflict resolution. If you know of a couple who plans to be married this year and is looking for a marriage preparation course please let me know.
Many thanks to a parishioner who has offered us a beautiful home on Fendalton Rd for use by the our new Curate – Harry Newton and his wife Aimee. The house is perfect as it is just opposite the church and is available at just the right time. Thanks again to our Wardens and others who spent many hours researching properties. As is our custom we would like to provide both the Newton’s and the Burkes with a basket of food for their pantry and if anyone would like to donate toward this please bring it in to the office during the week. The official welcome for the Newtons and the Burkes will be on Sunday 8 February at all services.