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
What a fantastic time we had at the Community Fun Day last Sunday 22 Feb - great entertainment, food, running races, food and coffee!
Take your marks for the sack race!
Come to St Barnabas and join with us in the great days of Holy Week and Easter celebration -
Corner Fendalton Road and Tui Street
Telephone: (03) 351 7064
Today we celebrate the bounty of God’s creation and give thanks for our good land, those who work on the land and those who provide food in all its many forms for us. We especially give thanks to God’s grace in creation and God’s provision for our wellbeing. This is summed up in the promise from Genesis 8:22 ‘As long as the earth endures, seedtime and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter, day and night, shall not cease.’ It’s so easy to take for granted the food and drink we enjoy and so it’s entirely appropriate that we pause to express our thanks to God for all these gifts.
Just before Easter Angela Brown and her team put on the first Messy Church event for the year in the hall. It was a great success with lots of Baptism, Mainly Music, Play Group, Kidzone and community families attending – almost 70 people in total. Angela reported ‘Highlights were seeing youth and parents sharing the Easter message of the empty tomb with hollow chocolate eggs and the Easter Journey with Resurrection Egg sets, watching plastic eggs fly with a parachute, Mums and Dads being creative alongside their children, actions to the songs and games including donkeys and riders and saying the Lord’s Prayer with actions and watching 54 children and adults sharing dinner and the delight on their faces as they received their take-home eggs and Easter book.’ Please continue to pray for and support Messy Church!
Next Thursday a sub-group of Vestry will meet to plan a process of information sharing, discussion and visioning regarding the interior of St Barnabas Church. The group consists of Wendy Kington, Don Mackenzie, Marcus Read, Patsy Wardell and Angela Moore. You will be invited to share in this conversation in the coming weeks.
Easter Greetings, Mark