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
Do join us for this special service at the beginning of Lent. Once again we join with the people of Holy Trinity Catholic parish - this year we meet in the St Barnabas Hall. Father Chris Orr will preach and Rev Mark Chamberlain will lead the service. There will also be the opportunity to receive the Imposition of Ashes.
Recently parishioners have asked about sermons and articles that Sage has produced - please find below a sampling.
'Common Prayer' - The power and Function of Liturgy
'Liturgy and Worship' - What it is and what it does
'Prepare Ye the Way' - Sermon for 2nd Sunday in Advent
It was a real joy to gather with members of the Holy Trinity Catholic parish last Wednesday for our annual Ash Wednesday service. We all received the imposition of ashes as a tangible reminder of our human frailty and that we all stand in need of God’s grace. This simple ritual made me realise our solidarity together as human beings – Catholic, Anglican, rich, poor, men or women – we’re all frail and needy human beings, struggling with temptation, carrying wounds and sometimes troubled by dark secrets. Lent is a time to acknowledge and bring out into the open our frailty, to support each other in our journey and to realise that Jesus Christ struggled as we did and yet did not sin.
The Fun Day organising team are excited because the weather forecast is good for next weekend, there is a great line up of entertainers and all the preparations are coming together well. All we need is for parishioners to bring a picnic and really support this event! It’s a great opportunity to meet a whole range of people from our community on our own site and to share the love of God through practical friendship. So do support this community outreach. Special thanks to PC Guru, Ballantynes, Signtech, Brownies Mattress Direct and Bell Lamb and Trotter for helping to sponsor this event.
In previous years Dinners for Eight has been a great opportunity over the winter months to have a monthly meal out with other parishioners. It’s invariably an enjoyable time and presents a great opportunity to get to know other members of our Church family a little better. After organising Dinners for Eight for a number of years May Carrell and Robyn Gopperth have stepped down and as a result I am looking for two new people to organise it this year. Friday 24 June has been pencilled in as the first one. Please see me for more details if you feel you could help coordinating this event.