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 the 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
Rev Sam is our new Curate who will have special responsibility for Young Adults in the parish as well as Small Groups and other general duties. Pray for Sam and Kim as they settle in to the parish, get to know people and begin ministry.
Water balloon target practice at Fun Day!
The sun shone, the music played, the coffee smelt great and the kids had a ball at the 2014 St Barnabas Community Fun Day. About 400 people came and 200 children climbed into the Water Ratz spheres and spun around in the water! Thanks to all those groups and individuals who made our Fun Day possible. Check out our Facebook page for lots of great photos - other photos will appear on this website soon.
Old fashioned races - always a great feature!
All parishioners are urged to attend our Annual General meeting to hear reports of the previous year's ministry and plans for the future. We require one or two new Vestry members. Click here for the AGM documents.
Corner Fendalton Road and Tui Street
Telephone: (03) 351 7064
Our parish AGM is coming up on Wednesday 12 March and I invite all parishioners to try and attend this meeting. Its purpose is of course to reflect on the past year offering our thanks to God for his blessings and to thank those who have contributed to parish life. It’s also a chance to critically assess our common life and mission, be accountable to one another and to be inspired for the future. There is a need for two or more people to stand for Vestry and if you think this could be a way for your to serve, don’t hesitate to discuss it with me or simply arrange for a person to nominate you.
Last week the Fundraising Team agreed to promote the Christchurch Marathon as a sponsored event to raise funds for the repair of our buildings. There are a number of ways that will enable a wide range of people to participate. For children (up to 6 years) there is a 1km ‘MaraFun’ or for children from 7 – 15 there is a 3km ‘MaraFun.’ For adults you can run or walk 10km or run a Half Marathon (21.1km) or a full Marathon (42.2km). All you have to do is pick up a sponsor sheet and begin gathering sponsors and of course begin training – the event is on Sunday 1 June. It’s also important that you register with Marion in the office so that we know who is involved.
Te Raranga is the Christchurch ecumenical organization coordinating a range of ministries across our city since the earthquake. They have initiated a ‘Good Neighbour’ campaign whereby Christians are encouraged to visit their neighbours on the 29-30 March to meet them and offer a piece of cake or slice or invite them over for a cup of tea. It’s about fostering connectedness and simply sharing the love of God in a low key way. The majority of churches will be involved and special introductory postcards will be available soon.