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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

ANZAC Service

Join us this Friday for a commemorative ANZAC service in the Hall.

We invite you to bring children and family to this community-focused service. Please note the children's colouring-in competition winners will be announced, too.


Dinners for Eight

These fantastic dinners encourage fellowship and enable new people to get to know others. They run between June and October, consisting of a monthly meal with other parishioners. You could even invite a friend who is not currently involved at St Barnabas!

Please sign up through the parish office by the end of May. For more information contact the coordinators Robyn Gopperth 351 8097 or Pamela Chapman 322 9409.

Dinners for Eight

Bridge Tournament

This fundraiser is to be held on Friday 16 May at Crockfords Bridge Club, 218 Riccarton Road, at 10am. Tea and coffee will be served for a 10.30am start. Table Fee $25.

‘Happy Bridge; Delicious Food; Raffles and Great Prizes!’

RSVP to Sally 351 7557 or Toni 351 9737 by Monday 9 May for catering purposes.


Corner Fendalton Road and Tui Street
Christchurch 8041
Telephone: (03) 351 7064
Email: office@stbarnabas.org.nz


Vicar’s Sabbatical Leave

Every seven or so years clergy in full time positions are entitled to take about three months sabbatical leave. This is for the purposes of spiritual growth, learning and refreshment. I am due to take sabbatical leave this year and will be away from the parish for the months of July, August and September. Pip and I will be travelling to Vancouver so that I can attend a Summer School at Regent College and then we will spend two weeks with our oldest son and his wife in Victoria. When we get home we will be attending a retreat and I will undertake some self directed library study. The Wardens and I are in the process of securing a locum priest who will work half time undertaking pastoral care. Philip will be Priest in Charge in my absence.

General Synod Coming Up

In May, General Synod/Te Hinota Whanui meets in Waitangi. General Synod meets every two years and this year it will be considering the findings of the ‘Ma Whea?’ Commission on Same Gender Relationships, Ordinations and Blessings. You can access a copy of the report from the Dio. website. The issues at stake are fundamental to our understanding of personhood and sexuality. I encourage us all to pray for our General Synod representatives as well as General Synod itself as it meets at Waitangi – not so very far away from the place that Samuel Marsden preached the Christian gospel for the first time in this land at Oihi Bay. Let us pray for wisdom in the debate, the unity of our Church and the carrying forward of our mission of sharing the good news of Jesus.

CPT Calls Meeting

On Wednesday 30 April clergy, lay members of General Synod and Wardens have been invited to a meeting at St Peter’s to hear from CPT about the finances, Trusts, property and the global insurance settlement. This is an important meeting and I hope we will learn more about the apportionment process and the way forward for us as we look toward the repair of our church.

Arohanui, Mark