West Rotorua

West Rotorua
A thriving Local Shared Ministry Parish with nearly 20 years' experience in working as an effective team encouraging the development of the congregation's gifts. An Anglican Care retirement village next door to the church complex extends the ministry offered by the parish.  Worship, while grounded in the Anglican tradition is always stimulating and varied.

Contact:
Office: Ph 07 357-2107,
Address: School Road, Ngongotaha
Postal: PO Box 176, Ngongotaha
Email: stbarnabaschurch@vodafone.co.nz

Administrator, Elaine Wood
Ph 07 349-4228
Email: Johnelainewood@xtra.co.nz
 

Worship: Relaxed traditional Eucharist on Sunday; some Te Reo used.  Meditative half hour Holy Communion on Thursday. All services begin at 9.45am.

Ethos: All welcome, with opportunities for all ages to be nurtured and encouraged to grow in faith and love.

Children: Seen as extremely important. They are included in all aspects of worship and their ministry is recognised.
 
Pastoral Care: Team of seven led by a coordinator provides comprehensive, structured support network that includes all parishioners, especially the frail elderly.

Social: Refreshments and fellowship after every service; games afternoons and evenings; frequent parish lunches, occasional dinner with guest speaker. Any excuse for celebration and fun together!

Training: Forum/training after fourth Sunday service; two home groups; growing Bible study group on Thursdays; parishioners assisted to attend training seminars.

Outreach:  “Music and Movement” for pre-schoolers; support for Churches Education Commission programmes in schools; school "helpers" in primary school next door; activities with St Barnabas Close retirement; Op Shop; ecumenical focus - supporting Presbyterian community centre outreach in Ngongotaha; support for ‘Progress Ngongotaha’ (community committee) activities; support for social justice initiatives.
 
Overseas Missions: Very active support for Anglican and other missions, with frequent fundraising events.

Highlights: Christmas, Easter and Pentecost and St Barnabas Day; Maundy Thursday dinner with Holy Communion; annual missions' lunch with guest speaker.