Christmas Message from the Vicar

Posted in: General- Dec 24, 2011 No Comments

May the Peace and Joy of the Lord be with you this Christmas and throughout the coming year.

As the Holiday Season is upon us, I find myself reflecting on the past year and on those who have helped us to continue our work in Stoke in a most significant way. We would not be where we are today without your contribution to our mission. I wish you a very happy Holiday Season and a New Year filled with peace and joy.

Edrick Corban-Banks
Vicar, St Barnabas

Christmas Service Times

Posted in: General- Dec 24, 2011 No Comments

Saturday 24 December

6.00pm Christmas Eve Family Carol Service

11.00pm Christmas Eve Candlelight Carol Service

Sunday 25 December

9.00am Informal Family Christmas Day Service

Preacher: Edrick Corban-Banks

Theme: Fulfillment

Cancellation of Shine Friday 16 December

Posted in: General- Dec 18, 2011 No Comments

After weeks of preparation for the new “Carols on the Lawn” event we were very excited and anticipating a great night out for the Stoke Community. Unfortunately a once in 50 years rainstorm ravaged Nelson, resulting in major disruption across the region. Despite the weather clearing on the morning of Friday 18 December, it was decided to cancel Shine as further rain forecasted for Friday evening. (It did rain during the time Shine would have been held).

We are planning another community event in the New Year. Watch this space…

The Inside Column 18/12

Posted in: The Inside Column- Dec 18, 2011 No Comments

Good morning and a very warm welcome to all this morning.

If you are visiting for the Christingle service, an extra special welcome, we hope you feel at home.

With Christmas nearly upon us I would like to say a massive thank-you to everyone that has contributed to the life of the Church this year. So many people have contributed in so many different ways. St Barnabas is the great place it is, because of all the help and the dedication shown by so many of you. A sincere thank you, you are all very much appreciated.

We have three different Christmas services next weekend. On Saturday at 6.00pm there is something for the whole family, with carols, a Christmas skit and video at the Family Christmas Eve Service. Later on Saturday at 11.00pm we are holding our traditional Christmas Eve Service. This is a candlelight carol service with communion. At 9.00am Sunday (Christmas Day), we are holding a short Family communion.

We would love to see you and celebrate Christmas with you at one of the services.

Don’t forget the Christmas appeal through tear fund, Appeal envelopes in the  foyer.

If this is your last Sunday with us before you go away for the holidays,  we hope you have a great time away with family and friends, and pray that God will bless you this Christmas.


Yours in Christ


The Inside Column 11/12

Posted in: The Inside Column- Dec 11, 2011 No Comments

Hi Church.

It is amazing how fast this year has passed, and what a year it has been. A year of moving forward and new things.

University has finished now for me and I have completed my Bachelor of Music. Next year is still amiss for me as at the moment I am thinking and praying about what God wants me to do.

This year has been a great year and I have thoroughly enjoyed the internship offered to me by St Barnabas and           Canterbury University.

Heading up the worship team was such a great role, working with such amazing, talented, God loving and fun people! The music wouldn’t be where it is at without each member of our awesome team.

I would also like to thank each one of you. The support of the whole church in making the changes to the sound system and throughout the year has been incredible! To all the staff in the offices. David your support and help and          information has been greatly appreciated and was always a joy hearing you trying to put on your country music in the      office.

Phil, all the advice, scriptural insight and ideas for next year have really helped me through this year and accomplish my role.

Last but not least, Edrick thank you for taking the opportunity of letting this internship be a university first, also thanks  for all your guidance, advice, and supportiveness.

This year has been an amazing year and a very successful one, as it draws to a close I will be trying to find work, but will still be maintaining the worship team and music at St. Barnabas.

Thank you all and big blessings!


Jared Altments