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St Barnabas, Fendalton

St Barnabas Connect, Friday 15 October

Greetings from Canon Mark!

Heavy cloud of Covid

We come to the end of another week with the cloud of Covid hanging more heavily over our nation. It feels very much as if the health professionals and people of the upper North Island are fighting a kind of rear-guard action, trying to contain the spread of Covid, all the while trying to increase vaccination rates. We pray for the success of 'Super Saturday' and other initiatives that seek to increase the vaccination rates in our various regions so as to 'get ahead of the curve' and limit both the number of people infected and the stress on our health system.

Call to vaccination

This week I have sourced a number of articles on the importance of vaccination at this time. Especially read the sermon by our own Dean Lawrence but also the Stuff article where Rev Dr Graham O'Brien, Dean of Nelson Cathedral, speaks about loving our neighbour by getting vaccinated. Graham is a long time friend and has a PhD in Cellular and Molecular Biology. Graham is also co-chair of the InterChurch Bioethics Council.

Knowing the joy of Christ

Look also at two further articles that are intended to feed our hearts and minds during this pandemic. The short talk by Chris Goswami reminds us of the quintessential Christian quality of joy - that in spite of the challenges of Covid, we can find in Christ peace and joy that transcends our circumstances.

Keep Safe?

Famous biblical scholar Walter Brueggemann has also written a challenging piece engaging with the ubiquitous 'Keep Safe' slogan. Although he's supportive of all we can do to keep ourselves safe from Covid during this pandemic, he reminds us that following Christ has never been especially safe. He reminds us that "Risks must be run, generosity must be performed, forgiveness must be enacted, and hospitality must be embraced" and this can sometimes involve risk.

Tickets on sale

Just a reminder that tickets to the 'Beautiful Gardens of Fendalton' garden tour are now on sale. Click here to buy them on-line or find more information in a separate article. We are praying for good weather and no further restrictions! Thanks so much to the ten property owners who are working hard to have their gardens looking at their best. And special thanks to our major sponsor Harcourts and other sponsors Bell Lamb and Trotter, Ballantynes and Inside-Out Design. Sponsorship enables all the expenses to be covered so all ticket sales will be going to the Hall renovation project.

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Tickets for 20 Nov. Garden Tour available Sunday

by Mark Chamberlain

Tickets can be purchased after the 9.30am service on Sunday - look out for Shirley-Anne Collins!

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Pedal to Prayer this Sunday!

by Ian Wells

As part of Biketober parishioners are invited to ride their bikes to church!

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Parish Fire Drill next Sunday - 24 Oct.

by Mark Chamberlain

As part of our Health and Safety Policy there is to be a Fire Drill next Sunday at the 8am, 9.30am, 10am and 5pm services.

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Is the slogan 'Stay Safe' consistent with following Jesus?

by Walter Brueggemann

Leading Theologian Walter Brueggemann questions whether the slogan 'Stay Safe' is consistent with the inherent risks of being a follower of Jesus Christ.

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Open your eyes to Jesus Light of the World - at Messy Church!

by Mark Chamberlain

Everyone is invited to our next Messy Church tomorrow from 3.30pm - 5.30pm including a meal!

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How was Jesus remembered? All welcome to Christian Origins Seminar

by Mark Chamberlain

Canon Mark is to present a seminar on how the gospels of the New Testament came to be remembered, passed on and written down - Thursday 4 November at 7.30pm in St Barnabas Church.

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Video: Joy is the Story We Choose to Tell Ourselves

Joy - outdated idea in a Covid world or the very thing we need?

by Chris Goswami

The Bible presents a strange idea: that joy is not simply a gift or a feeling but a choice we can make for ourselves. But how?

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Dean Lawrence outlines benefits of vaccination

by Dean Lawrence Kimberley

In a sermon preached last Sunday, Dean Lawrence Kimberley outlines the case for Covid vaccination.

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God is working miracles and healing people in Wales – and I’ve got the PhD research to prove it!

by Chloe Swart

There are so many healings being reported in Wales that Chloe Swart has begun a PhD in order to academically document what’s going on. Here’s what she’s discovered so far.

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Christians can do more than pray over Covid-19: Vaccination encouraged

by Cherie Sivignon

Leaders of the Anglican Church in Nelson are encouraging Christians to trust the science and get vaccinated to protect others. The Dean of Nelson's Christ Church Cathedral the Very Reverend Dr Graham O'Brien said the Christian ethic has always been about community.

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During lockdown, religion goes online. Can it stay there?

by Shanti Mathias

Faith leaders in Aotearoa are experimenting with online services and prayer during the pandemic. In recent research Shanti Mathias explores the potential – and challenges – of the digital divine.

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