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St Barnabas, Fendalton

St Barnabas Connect 30 April 2021

Anzac Service: A warm thank you to all who contributed to our Anzac service last Sunday. It was inspiring to see a full church with those of all generations from babies to nonagenarians together remembering, giving thanks, praying and committing ourselves to be peacemakers and peacekeepers in God’s world. Many were challenged by the speeches of Henry, Letitia and Thomas from local schools as they wondered aloud what Anzac servicemen and women might say to us today. There was warm appreciation of Rose Light’s sensitive violin playing before the service and her poignant rendition of the Last Post and Reveille. The children’s book I read was The Anzac Violin by Jennifer Beck, and it was lovely to find Alexander Aitken the violinist was a relative of Marjorie Smart! Thank you too to Carol Stewart and team for the beautiful floral arrangements of poppies and white crosses; and to Denis and the choir for leading our worship in inspiring hymns and ‘In Flanders Fields’ anthem.  Bill Black went beyond the call of duty to deliver his reading – owing to a thunderstorm, his plane was diverted from Christchurch back to Wellington, and he had to get a very early Sunday morning flight to be here at church on time – well done, Bill, for your faithfulness.

Pastoral and Funeral Ministry: I am very grateful to Shirley-Anne Collins and team who have catered for 3 funerals over the last week, with grace and care, whether a funeral be large or small. Theirs is a pastoral ministry, much appreciated by family members, and the spirit with which it is offered is truly a ministry of the Holy Spirit, the Comforter – thank you.

As winter approaches, do keep in touch with one another, and let us know if you hear of someone who is housebound, unwell or in hospital, and we will do our best to be in contact with them. Please don’t just assume that we know, as sometimes family are too preoccupied to contact us. We’d rather hear sooner than later. Thanks for your care. Arohanui, Revd Jenny (Wilkens)             

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Anzac Day at St Barnabas

Anzac Day at St Barnabas

by Jenny Wilkens

Anzac day fell this year on a Sunday and so with a full church and full hearts we remembered those who gave their lives in war that we might live in peace and freedom.

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Vicar's Update - Tramping the Tongariro Northern Circuit

by Mark Chamberlain

Pip and I have now completed our two weeks tramping and have settled in to our accommodation at St John's College Auckland - in the next few weeks we'll share some photos of our experiences.

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Stillpoint

by Jo Cotton

A lovely, still reflective prayer service.

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IT Assistance

by Jo Cotton

Are you struggling with your phone, laptop, or another device? Or do you know someone who is and needs a helping hand?

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God's Body - the Resurrection of the Body?

by Jenny Wilkens

A sermon from Jenny Wilkens: I’ve come across a novel with an intriguing title that I think I’d like to read – it’s called Towing Jehovah, by James Morrow. Apparently in this story God has died of unknown causes, and his body has fallen from heaven into the Atlantic Ocean, just south of the Equator...

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Zooming through a Pastoral Care Course

by Jo Cotton

Last week I attended a week-long Pastoral Transformation Course run by Mind Health. It is the first of a three-block course.

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Poem: Whatever Happens to Me in Life

by Jo Cotton

A poem by Edwina Gateley

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Film Review: “The Father”

by Justine Tremewan

Anthony Hopkins just won best actor for his role in The Father at the Oscars, at the age of 83. Justine Tremewan tells us what she thought of the movie.

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Life Explored: How To Get The Most Out Of Life

by Jo Cotton

Happiness is the new currency; we are all looking for it and we all want it. But why is lasting happiness so hard to find and are we searching for it in the right place?

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Come and Join Us For Dinner!

by Mark Chamberlain

You are invited to 'Dinners for Eight' which is a programme whereby parishioners attend a monthly meal over the winter months - get to know others with great food and fellowship!

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Great Start Toward $600,000 Fundraising Target for Hall

by Mark Chamberlain

The St Barnabas Fendalton Trust is receiving donations for the Hall Strengthening and Refurbishment Project - recent donations have been encouraging!

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