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Posted in: The Inside Column- Mar 26, 2018 No Comments

Hi and good morning from the Vicar. If you are visiting us today we hope you feel welcomed and encouraged as you encounter God’s presence with us and hang out with our whanau. Feel free to stick around afterwards for a coffee and to get to know some of our people.

I hope you all have had some time off, and have spent some time with family and friends, that you feel refreshed and excited about the New Year. A big thank you to all the people that keep the church going over the holidays. It is great to have such a great and talented group of people to take charge, thank you all very much.

On Wednesday 14 February (Ash Wednesday) our diocese is holding  a day of prayer and fasting to begin Lent. In the past when we have had a day of prayer and fasting across the diocese, we rostered each parish from around the diocese (half an hour each) to ensure the day was soaked in prayer.

This year we are holding a Day of Prayer and Fasting at the Cathedral. Here is the programme for the day:

  7.00am  Morning Prayer and imposition of ashes for those who wish.

  8.00am  Prayer on the hour. (Short prayers led  by lay people. This will be the pattern each hour).

  9.00am  Prayer on the hour

10.00am  Eucharist  and imposition of ashes

11.00am  Prayer on the hour

12.00pm. Eucharist with +Richard and imposition of ashes.

  1.00pm  Prayer on the hour    (Continues on the hour until 7.00pm)

  7.00pm  Combined service with the Roman Catholics with the imposition of ashes. (The service will conclude with tea and biscuits).

9.00pm   The evening of prayer will conclude with Night Prayer at 9.00pm.

We are looking for volunteers to assist throughout the day. Sign up sheet in the foyer.

Convergence Camp is only 3 weeks away starting on Friday 16 February through to Sunday 18 February at Bethany Park, Kaiteriteri. There is still time to register before the closing date of Monday 12 February. Forms are in the foyer.

On Sunday 18 February we are holding a combined service at 9.30am as many of our church family will be at Convergence Camp.

Saturday 3 March is the date for our annual Banquet in the Garden mission fundraiser for our mission partners Bright Hope World. Last year we raised $2800 to help towards a women’s empowerment project in Northern India. Get a group of friends together and come along for a great evening of food, live music and fun. Book at the office.

Yours in Christ



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Posted in: The Inside Column- Mar 26, 2018 No Comments

Hi and good morning. If you are visiting us today we hope you feel welcome. Feel free to stay after the service for a coffee and to get to know some of our people.

A reminder that next week we are having a combined Easter Day Service, starting at 9.30am. At this stage it looks like we will be in the hall, but will play it by ear. We also have a Good Friday service, also at 9.30 am this will be followed by a morning tea with the other Stoke Churches that will be finishing the walking of the cross around Stock.

Motion 29 Update…

A couple of weeks ago we had a one-day Synod Nelson/Marlborough/West Coast/ Waimea wide meeting of all clergy and church reps. The St Barnabas reps are Matthew MacDonald, David Featherstone and Angela Galbraith. On the table for discussion and vote was something called Motion 29. Motion 29 includes a whole bunch of recommendations to try and broker a way forward for the Anglican Church in New Zealand in an effort to avoid a complete split between the evangelical bloc and the so called liberal bloc. The issue centers around same gender blessings and Motion 29, in effect, tries to untether various parts of the New Zealand Anglican Church from each other, allowing for more autonomy on this issue in each Diocese.

For some, Motion 29 is too much of a compromise so the vote was ‘No’ .For others it was a more pragmatic ‘Yes’ to keep unity in some form and so we can just get on and do what we need to do here and, in time, to reform the wider church. The final vote was to support Motion 29 – 57 for, 40 against.

It’s also worth knowing that in the discussion it was made clear by all that this was a line in the sand (albeit in a slightly different place for those who voted against) that we could not step beyond. It means that if the recommendations of Motion 29 are not accepted at the New Zealand wide General Synod this coming May and instead there are moves again towards redefining marriage itself (known as Motion 30), Nelson would not be able to accept it. Such a line in the sand as this may have major consequences down the track – we wait and see for the time being.

Please pray for the General Synod Reps and the Bishop going from this Diocese to the NZ wide meeting in May – they have to navigate through this and seek to stand up and be a voice for truth when often so many are pushing against them. Pray for those affected by these decisions – that we can continue to show the love that God has for all in Christ and that we can always point people to the transforming power of the Holy Spirit. Please let me know if you want to talk about this further or have any concerns.

Yours in Christ



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Posted in: The Inside Column- Mar 19, 2018 No Comments

Hi and good morning. If you are visiting us today we hope you feel welcome. Feel free to stay after the service for a coffee and to get to know some of our people.

Introducing our Youth Leader…

My name is Georgia Allen, I’m 21 and I’m super excited to be taking on the role of Youth Worker here at St Barnabas!

I grew up in Australia in a Christian family, with my Dad as the Pastor of our local Baptist Church. I started in Youth ministry when I was 17 and also lead a small Bible study for young girls aged 9-13. So ministry has been a big part of my life.

After graduating from school in 2014 I moved to Wee Jasper NSW, where I did an internship at a Christian campsite called Mountain Trails Adventure School. This camp had 9000 acres of land with loads of trails through the bush that we explored whilst hiking, mountain biking, dirt biking and horse riding. Other activities there included high and low ropes, archery, whip-cracking, rock climbing, caving, canoeing and more. I learnt to run these activities, and also did a lot of cabin leading, camp speaking (gospel talks) etc.

After completing a 12 month internship there, I worked there for another 8 months before accepting a job at Bridge Valley Adventure Centre in Wakefield, NZ, and worked there from September 2016 – May 2017.

In June 2017 I flew to Canada to live and work at a Christian campsite there called Birch Bay Ranch where I spent most of my time horse riding (which I am missing terribly!) or up the 20-25 metre high ropes course! In October I flew back to NZ (via a quick mission trip in Thailand) and worked back at Bridge Valley until Christmas. In February I was made aware that St Barnabas Church was looking for a youth worker – I was keen for a break from camping, and happened to be looking for a youth work job! The rest is history.

I am currently working 10 hours/week as the Youth Leader for St Barnabas, 10 hours per week doing 24/7 youth work at Waimea College, and 20 hours/week doing a Bachelor of Theology by distance, through Ridley Theological College in Melbourne.

My favourite things include beach walks, dogs (esp golden Labradors), chocolate, horse riding, caving, climbing, soccer, music, playing guitar and singing.

In Youth Group his year I want to focus on getting to know each of the youth on a personal level, creating a team atmosphere where each teen feels supported by their fellow youths and church family, and especially to help them to grow deeper in their relationship with God.

Ways that you will see these things implemented will be:

  • On a larger scale: events such as camps or combined youth group hangouts with the other local youth groups in Nelson area.
  • On a medium scale: Hangouts just within our group such as youth group every Sunday morning, or boys nights/ girls night, lunch at Isle Park etc.
  • And on a small scale: One on one mentoring (I will only meet one on one with girls, this will look a little different for the boys).

Thank you for warmly welcoming me into your church family!



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Posted in: The Inside Column- Mar 12, 2018 No Comments

Hi and good morning from the Vicar. If you are visiting us today we hope you feel welcomed and encouraged as you encounter God’s presence with us. Feel free to stay after the service for a coffee and to get to know some of our people.

This week work will start on the Church roof. This will mean a little bit of moving things around over the next couple of weeks. We will be running services in the church hall until the work is done. We are hoping to be back in the church for Easter but we will have to just see how the work goes. We are a little short in the funding for the roof and will need a small loan from the Diocese to cover the work. We would of course like to keep this loan as small as possible, or not need one at all. If you would like to donate to the roof you can still do so and it would be much appreciated.

Easter is nearly here and will be sending some of our youth down to Christchurch for camp. Georgia will be heading along with a group from All Saint plus others youth from around the Diocese. This has been a really important event for our young people in the past as they get to encounter thousands of other Christians that are on fire for Jesus and to be a part of something much bigger than themselves than what they might have experienced in the past. If you would like to make a donation towards the cost of getting these young people down to camp they would be very thankful, mark your donation Easter Camp.

Today we will be back to looking at the Heroes of Faith from Hebrews 11. Today it is Moses. By God’s providence, Moses – the child of a Hebrew slave – was found and adopted by an Egyptian princess, the daughter of the Pharaoh himself. He was raised in the royal court as a prince of the Egyptians:

And Moses was learned in all the wisdom of the Egyptians, and was mighty in words and deeds                                           - Acts 7:22 

At the same time the Lord determined that Moses should be taught in his earliest years by his own mother. This meant that he was founded in the faith of his fathers, although he was reared as an Egyptian (Exodus 2:1-10). When he was 40 years old, Moses became angry at an Egyptian taskmaster who was beating a Hebrew slave; he killed the Egyptian and buried him in the sand (Exodus 2:12). When this became known, however, he feared for his own life and fled from Egypt to the desert land of Midian where he married a daughter of Jethro in agreement to tend Jethro’s flocks.

After about 40 more years, God spoke to Moses from a bush that was on fire but didn’t burn. God sent Moses back to Egypt to lead the Hebrews out of slavery, and into the land promised to Abraham. Moses after leading Gods people and receiving the Law, never made it to the Promised Land.

Yours in Christ



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Posted in: The Inside Column- Mar 05, 2018 No Comments

Hi and good morning from the Vicar. If you are visiting us today we hope you feel welcomed and encouraged as you encounter God’s presence with us. Feel free to stay after the service for a coffee and to get to know some of our people.

Last night we had our yearly Banquet in the garden mission fundraiser. that I am sure was a great night ! (As I write this the weather does not look good). This event has over the years been a great inspiration for many, to see a small group of mums with busy lives and young children give their time and skills to raise money for these good causes around the world, that change real people’s lives, as Luke said last week “This is putting faith into action” Well done to everybody involved you are amazing.

This morning we have Fraser Scott— Executive Director from Bright hope world with as to share the vision and stories behind what make BHW tick. Bright Hope World works mainly through key Christians and indigenous churches who understand their community and who can deliver holistic, unconditional compassion to all people, regardless of their gender, religion, race or ethnicity.

The strategies for helping the poorest of the poor come from exceptional local people already based in and working effectively in these communities. Their partners know the issues and culture, are extremely motivated and dedicated in working to meet the physical and spiritual needs of the poor. In order to fulfil their mission, Bright Hope World focuses on building partnerships with local people and churches that have a compelling vision to develop their communities so that relief can be delivered in the short and medium term while training, job creation and sustainable development can be implemented.

The work on the church roof will be starting tomorrow, Monday 5 March. The church, foyer and crèche , will be out of use from the Monday 12 March. We hope that the work will be finished by Easter, but it is weather dependent. This means we will have to use the Church Hall, Offices and Youth Lounge for a couple of weeks. There are some logistical challenges  and of course there will be  some inconvenience as we try to accommodate everyone’s needs. We are going to need a small loan from the Diocese to meet the roof cost at this stage. If you would like to contribute financially to this work you can still do so. Please make donations noted clearly for Church roof.

It is great to welcome Georgia on to the team to work with the youth. Please say hi and make her feel welcome.

Remember the Ambient tonight at 7.30pm

Yours in Christ