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
Music, friendship and fun at Mainly Music
St Barnabas - a diverse family and a place for everyone
You’re invited to tour a range of restored homes and gardens created following the Canterbury earthquakes. Support this Spring fundraiser and be inspired by the design, creativity and hard work of local home owners.
Rev Mark and Pip Chamberlain will speak about their recent visit to Jordan, Israel, Palestine and Turkey. This is an open meeting for the whole parish – all welcome.
A small milestone was passed this week with the installation of the replacement east gable cross – this was the replacement for the one that broke off and landed near my feet during an aftershock in 2011! The tradesmen have installed all the truss tie rods – these run from the roof trusses on the inside of the church and emerge at the top of the buttresses outside. They are also working on the north east window frame which collapsed when the tower settled. Tradesmen continue to install pins that run through the exterior stones, through the core and into the Oamaru stone interior facings. These pins tie all three layers together. All the cores that come out of the volcanic stone hole drilling are retained, crushed, mixed with an adhesive compound and used to plug the holes once the ties have been installed. The holes are virtually invisible! C Lund and Son and all their workers are doing a great job!
16 St Barnabas young people and their leaders have been at ‘Deeper Camp’ over the weekend. This is an annual Diocesan camp that is held at Waipara Adventure Centre near Amberley. It’s great to see that numbers are up from last year with our youth ministry under Harry’s able leadership in good heart. Please pray that they would meet friends, have a great time, bond as St Barnabas youth and encounter Jesus!
About 75 people braved the biting cold wind at Waimairi Beach last Sunday afternoon to support Innes and Clemency Johnstone on the occasion of their baptism. It was wonderful to hear their testimonies of growing up in a Christian home and coming to follow Jesus. The Antioch service that followed was also memorable with seven members in the band, heartfelt worship, multi-media clips and more testimonies of faith. God also continues to bless our two Young Adults Small Groups who are going on a retreat together in the next month. Arohanui, Mark