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St Barnabas, Fendalton

St Barnabas Connect - Friday, 5 August 2022

August at last! How encouraging it is to get to August and to see some sunshine at last, and the first daffodils popping up along Harper Ave!

There were good numbers at Thursday 10am Communion in the sunny Tui Room —some are finding it easier to get there at 10am than at 8am or 9am on Sunday, and that’s fine too!

Transfiguration and Peace Sunday: We welcome Rev Bosco Peters as guest preacher this Sunday 7th as he reveals the glory of the transfiguration of Jesus in the light of our so fragile world situation where peace seems so elusive. Our prayers are with Bosco as he begins as Interim Priest at St Michael & All Angels in Oxford Tce next week.

Lambeth Conference: Things have been rather fragile at the Lambeth Conference of Bishops this week as discussions on human dignity and sexuality threatened to further divide those present. But Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby managed to hold the ‘via media’ line such that diverse understandings of sexuality and marriage within the Anglican Communion are at least acknowledged. Do continue to pray for the conference which ends on August 7th, for the 650 Bishops returning home to their countries, and for relationships begun to be nurtured and sustained in partnership across God’s world.

Youth Group and Antioch: Fruitful and positive discussions were held last week, and we are very grateful to youth group parents for stepping up to support assistant youth leaders such that we can offer a full weekly youth group programme this term. An Antioch leadership team will be working with Rev John Shoaf this term to plan their weekly programme, including 2 worship and communion services per month.

I will be taking the 4 House services at Medbury School this term, with keen competition between the Houses!

Thank you: to Tania Wright who finishes in her Communications Specialist role this week to take up more hours at Marian College. Tania has been able to work with us in streamlining our communications across a number of formats and we appreciate her input. I’m grateful to Jo Cotton, Roberta Smith and John Shoaf who all help with our “Comms”.   Arohanui, Rev Jenny


Kiwi Bishops' selfie at Lambeth

by Jenny Wilkens

Six Bishops of Tikanga Pakeha take a selfie in the crypt of Canterbury Cathedral while waiting for the opening service of the Lambeth Conference.

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Van Outing heads East!

by Jo Cotton

Check out the newly renovated and reopened Te Waka Aroha / St Faith's New Brighton Church

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An evening to enjoy!

by Jenny Wilkens

Tickets from Avonside office 3896948 or phone St Barnabas Office 351 7064 & we can arrange for tickets to be delivered.

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Messy Church - New Date Sat 3 Sept.

by Tania Wright

Join us for fun, food, faith, and crafts as we explore the Bible story of Noah - God's Friend.

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Fancy being a student again? (Aug 16)

by Jenny Wilkens

Now's your chance to have a look around College House with its great collection of NZ artworks.

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Meet the first female bishop to preach at the opening of the Lambeth Conference

by Episcopal News Service

When Rt. Rev. Vicentia Refiloe Kgabe received an invitation to preach at the opening of the Lambeth Conference, she thought it was a joke.

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Help SBYG reach their World Vision fundraising goals

by St Barnabas Youth Group

Our St Barnabas Youth Group recently led a lifestreams/nga puna waiora service over the weekend of the World Vision 40 hour fundraiser. They told us what they were fundraising for.

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Video: The why and how of putting our good environmental intentions into practice

The why and how of putting our good environmental intentions into practice

by Mark Chamberlain

Archdeacon Mark Chamberlain and Bishop Peter Carrell discuss why Christians should care about the environment.

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Well done, good and faithful servant - Owen Jones

by Rev Jenny Wilkens

Owen Jones died recently at the age of 95 years and we honour Owen’s faithful contributions to the life of this parish over many decades, especially at our daughter church of St Thomas’, Strowan Road.

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Thank you from Mark and Pip

by Mark Chamberlain

Former St Barnabas vicar Mark Chamberlain shares what they bought with the farewell gift given to them by the parish.

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