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
Corner Fendalton Road and Tui Street
Telephone: (03) 351 7064
As you will know David Page stepped down as Parish Treasurer some months ago due to ill health and Marion and Cheryl Earl took up much of the work David did with support from Maurice Walker and the Finance Team. However we have been looking for a person to become our next Parish Treasurer and Alistair Sheard has agreed to this role. Alistair has undertaken the role of Financial Reviewer for us for some years working closely with David Page and so is familiar with our parish finances. Furthermore this week Howard Le Couteur agreed to become our new Financial Reviewer. I would like to express my sincere thanks to both Alistair and Howard.
At its last meeting Vestry was presented with a new ministry initiative called Fresh Perspective. This is a mentoring ministry whereby a person with life experience offers a parent under stress an hour or so a week for a set period, to talk through issues and receive encouragement. Fresh Perspective is an off shoot of the Open Home Foundation. The Pastoral Care and Outreach Team have also caught a vision for this ministry. A training session will be organised in February for potential mentors. Please let me know if this sounds like something you could get involved in.
This year the Fun Day will take place on Sunday 22 February. We’ve had marvellous Fun Days in the past with hundreds of members of our local community coming onto our site to enjoy games, entertainment, activities, food and drink. It’s a chance for families to enjoy a really great day together in the summer sun! However we need three more keen people to help take responsibility for an aspect of the day and attend the three meetings we need to pull the whole thing together. So if you would like to help on this short term project please let me know. Part of our parish vision is to become a spiritual centre for the community and we have found the Fun Day is a marvellous way we can do this.