What can I expect if I come to a Sunday gathering?

If you’re thinking about visiting St Barnabas on a Sunday you might have some questions about what to expect. You might even feel a bit nervous. Please don’t 🙂 We want to make our gatherings as welcoming and accessible as possible.

Hopefully this page answers your questions. If not, please get in contact and we’d love to help.

What should I wear?

Wear some clothes! There’s no dress-code so wear whatever you’re comfortable in. People who come to St Barnabas wear anything from shorts and t-shirts to shirt and jacket.

Can I park?

Yes. There’s plenty of street parking in William Street and Elizabeth Street, adjacent to the church building.

What time should I arrive?

If you’re coming to the 8.30 service, aim to get there at 8.20am so that there is time to say hello and pick up a service sheet and prayer book.

If you’re coming to the 10am gathering, we often don’t start until a few minutes after 10. But do come early if you can. There’ll be someone on the coffee machine from 9.30am and there’s usually some morning tea to enjoy as well.

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How do I know when to stand or sit?

The leader will make that clear. We usually stand for songs and hymns (it’s easier to sing that way), and usually sit for most other things. Just look around and see what other people are doing if you’re not sure 😉

Can I bring my children?

Yes! Children are very welcome – at any age.

What if my child makes a noise?

Your child probably will make a noise, and that’s fine – we’d rather have the noise and your child than peace and quiet! There’s always a healthy burble of children at our 10am gathering. We’re happy for you to get up and move around if it helps you to comfort your child. There’s also a crèche which you can use at any time and crèche helpers who would be happy to look after your child if you’d like to try leaving them.

When do the children go to Sunday School?

After a few songs and what we call an “appetiser” slot, the children go out to one of the back rooms for Sunday School. We regularly have kids from 3 to 12 years old. Your children can either go on their own with the other kids, or you’re welcome to take them out and stay with them while they settle in.  At the end of the service all the kids will come back in to join the adults.

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Do you have toilets?

Yes.

Do I have to bring some money for the offertory?

We’re not after your money! And we don’t have a collection at our Sunday gatherings. At the 8.30 service there is a bowl for cash offerings but there is no expectation that visitors will give anything. All the members of the 10am gathering give electronically. Find out more about giving to St Barnabas.

What happens after the service?

People stick around and chat and usually eat some food. We love food at St Barnabas! We have morning tea from 9.30am-10am and lunch from 12pm. Feel free to leave straight away if you need to but we’d love to get to know you if you can stay for a while. Please introduce yourself to any of the regulars. They’d love to help.

Any other questions? Just ask us…