Foyer @ 4 Returns

Posted in: Events- Nov 08, 2011 No Comments

The annual St Barnabas Church Stoke ‘Foyer@4’ Concert Series kicked off on 23 October with Nelson’s La Vida String Quartet, followed by Miles Jackson on 30 October performing and launching his new CD ‘The music of Spain and South America’.

This week sees two concerts at St Barnabas. This Friday at 7.30pm features a café concert ‘Hedges and Ditches’ – early and traditional music for voice, lute, violin and accordion. Performers are Sophia Bidwell (accordion) ,Lois Johnston (soprano), Kat Lambarth (violin), Jonathan Le Cocq (lute & guitar). Described as ‘late Renaissance music for lute and voice, and Celtic airs and dances ancient and modern’ the music will appeal to both traditional and contemporary acoustic music lovers.

Christchurch musicians, Dr Roger Buckton and Kim Rockell will be performing Brazilian ballads, jazz standards and classics at 4.00pm this Sunday 13 November. With composers from Jobim to Poulenc and Reinhardt to Takacs they have put together an interesting and varied programme. Both Roger (flutes) and Kim, (guitars) perform regularly overseas in their own right but have joined to form ‘Black Orpheus’ to weave a tapestry of sound and colour as one. Kim’s vocals in Portuguese in some numbers add a different perspective and something quite unique and special. This is the final concert of a the Black Orpheus concert tour of Greymouth, Westport, Murchison and Stoke.

Further concerts are being planned, with the final concert of the series on Sunday 11 December, featuring Schola Cantorum Choir, a Canterbury University Choir led by Dr Roger Buckton.

All concerts are at St Barnabas, 523 Main Road Stoke. Door sales only $10.

The Inside Column 6/11

Posted in: The Inside Column- Nov 06, 2011 No Comments

Hi to all,

No doubt you will have heard of the plans to put on a bigger event this Christmas in place of the Carols on the Lawn. The catalyst for this was a very generous donation from one of our parishioners.

There are three main objectives:

· To put on a celebration for the community at Christmas to lift the profile and work of St Barnabas.

· To invite all the youth and families that are involved in House 44 to the church for a party.

· To invite all the rest homes in our community to celebrate Christmas with us.

I have no doubt that there will be many other benefits of putting on this event.

For this event to work we will all need to work together, there are signup sheets in the foyer with many different roles to fill. There will be a team leader who will take overall responsibility for part of the event.

Resources needed:

· Welcoming team: 8 people, led by Stephen Tanner. There will be three entry points on the night and we will be handing  out programmes and making people feel welcome.

· Hot food team: 6-8 people led by Koro Awarangi. We will be providing BBQ food, and Paella.

· Cakes and coffee: 4-6 people led by Anne Egan. Serving Coffee, tea, cakes in the foyer.

· Set up team: 4-6 people (leader required) be there one hour before, help set up

· Clean up team: 6-8 people (leader required) stay at the end and help clean up

· Bouncy Castle: 2 people (leader required) keep children from hurting each other, limit numbers.

We have come up with a name for the event, Shine @ St Barnabas. Posters, flyers and advertising are underway.

Event Details:

4.30pm Set up

5.30pm Open, food ready.

6.00pm Carols led with brass band, bible readings, children’s choir, sermon

7.00pm John Phillips lead songs

7.20pm City of Light band

8.00pm Peasants Band

9.00pm Clean up

I think this is a great opportunity for St Barnabas and I’m excited that we can bless the community in this way at Christmas and all work together.

Yours in Christ


Worsley Diary 11

Posted in: Worsley Diary- Oct 30, 2011 No Comments
Worsley Diary 11

Worsley Diary 11

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The Inside Column

Posted in: The Inside Column- Oct 30, 2011 No Comments

I hope you have all managed to see the fair photos on the website.  It was a superb day.

We have a number of events planned for December. It’s a watch this space exercise as we prepare for a range of church and community events.  I’m really looking forward to the planned community carols and party Shine on Friday 16 December.

The mission focus and witness of this event will, (if we have the same level of commitment and dedication we had for the fair), certainly be a day to remember.

La Vida Quartet played superbly last week at the Foyer @ 4.  The second concert is with Guitarist Miles Jackson, who plays today. Miles will be playing music of South America and Spain from his new CD which is being launched at the concert. The next concert is Black Orpheus, a light jazz duo who play here on 13 November.  While not a large series this year, the popularity of these  concerts is still there. More next year…

While we are thinking about next year and decisions that need to be made, we all know how tough it can be to make the right one sometimes. I pondered a little about decision making in the light of today’s readings and Paul’s conversion. We must often make decisions when God’s will is not clearly known. In times of uncertainty, we must pray fervently the Lord’s hand will direct and guide us in whatever we decide to do. We must pray we will always do what the Lord wants, even when we have no clear message from Him. We must remember God does have a will for us. God does have a design and plan for us to follow.

There are times in our life when we are hammered with frustrations, temptations, and stress tries to corrode our soul. Our desire for making successful decisions must be based upon our desire to please God and Him alone. As we desire to please God and not ourselves, God’s system/economy somehow takes over and works to our advantage.


St Barnabas Fair 2011 Video

Posted in: General- Oct 27, 2011 No Comments