The Inside Column 19/02

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Good morning and a warm welcome to you all. What a great last weekend we had with Resurgence, Mike Pivalachi  and the Church picnic. A big thank you to Koro and his team for the picnic setup and  running the BBQ.

The Marriage Course

Greta and I attended the Marriage course introduction evening on Tuesday and had a fantastic night. There are six couples signed up for the course starting this week, and it is still not too late to sign up for the coming course. I have to say as I reflected on the course, what a huge privilege it is to run something like this, to see people excited about the course and the real privilege it is to have input into people’s marriages. I am really proud of the team too, they are doing an amazing job. If anyone is interested in helping with the course please contact the office.

Ash Wednesday

This will be an Ecumenical Service here at St Barnabas at  7:00pm to mark the beginning of Lent. You are all welcome to gather and worship with folk from St Francis of Assisi and Stoke Methodist.


Doug Johns our finance chairperson has been working on developing robust  financial controls and the finance committee have been charged with ensuring that the procedures are implemented. This includes closer monitoring of expenditure, weekly reporting on income and expenditure and monthly forecasting of financial performance. This has been put into place as a result of ending 2011 with a deficit.

Yours in Christ



From The Finance Committee

The AGM is set for the 22 of March. The Annual Accounts for 2011 are presently being finalised. From September  of last year, the financial position of the Church changed somewhat.  We will provide full details of these changes at the Annual General Meeting and will also have available the 2011 Financial Report for you by  mid-March.

As we look to more closely manage our finances, in an environment of rising costs and easing in giving, you will see a few changes being  made with the objective of balancing our budget.

These actions include: returning to biscuits for morning teas, minimal use of colour photocopying, reducing the Parish Administrators hours and more… We are also seeking volunteer help for a number of  important functions relating to property maintenance and it’s cleaning. If we all do a little then no-one will have to do a lot!

David Cowdrey would be delighted to hear from you or perhaps your home group, to assist in these areas.


Thank you for your support.

Doug Johns (Finance Chairperson)

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