Love Your Neighbour

Because of Jesus Christ, we are a church in the city, for the city. God has blessed us with so much, and we rejoice in the opportunities we have to overflow with the love of God. We believe those who follow Christ are called to make a difference, wherever we are in the world. This is our task, and we invite you to join us.

In order to fulfil Jesus’ commandment to love our neighbours as ourselves, Barneys is developing new ways in which get to connect with and serve our neighbours. Barneys Love Your Neighbour (LYN) booklet is an exploration of the Broadway neighbourhood. The LYN team walked the local streets at different times of the day and week to gain a better understanding of the character of Barneys neighbourhood. The booklet describes the six suburbs of Glebe, Broadway, Ultimo, Chippendale, Darlington and Pyrmont in Barneys Parish and provides maps and potential connection points in each area. Download the Barneys Love Your Neighbour Booklet here

Partner with our local public schools

We’re a church that God has richly blessed with education, and though education isn’t everything, good literacy and numeracy skills open doors to life. We love helping children learn better, at whatever stage they’re at, modelling a love of learning and a love of the kids. If you feel the same, come and join us and volunteer in a local primary school!

Being involved in Serving Our Local Schools could look like reading with a child, helping with general classroom activities, tutoring primary maths or even joining the lunchtime chess club.
Commitment:

One hour per week during school terms (some schools like more if you can give it!)
Minimum commitment period is 2 terms.
Requirements:

Must not be a prohibited person in respect of working with children (appropriate forms will need to be filled out)
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Join the Barneys Love Your Neighbour Planning Team

The Barneys Love Your Neighbour Team have been developing ways for the Barneys family to love and serve our local neighbourhood.

The LYN team meets monthly over a meal to pray, brainstorm and develop ways of connecting with and organising community activities in our neighbourhood. We need ideas people with a heart for bringing Christ’s love to our neighbourhood.

Commitment:
Monthly dinner meetings and participation in community activities as they arise.

Requirement:
Passion for Jesus and serving our neighbours

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Community Playgroups

We have two Playgroups that run every Tuesday morning 10-11.30am and 12-1.30pm during school terms. Volunteers activities include: setting up toys and equipment; playing with children (ie. sing songs, hand out craft supplies, shake a parachute, mop up spills, read stories, get hands dirty with slime, push cars around); chatting with parents and carers; serving tea/coffee; pack up.

Commitment:
Tuesday mornings every fortnight from 9.30-11.45am or 11.30am-2pm for at least 2 school terms (6 months)

Requirement:
Must not be a prohibited person in respect of working with children (appropriate forms will need to be filled out)

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Anglicare Emergency Relief Support Team

This team helps Barneys members love our neighbours by greeting and sharing time with those in need who come to the ‘Anglicare Sustainable Living Program’ for emergency relief based at Barneys downstairs on Mondays.

Commitment:

Volunteer on a monthly roster for 2 hours – Mondays either AM (9.30-11.30) OR PM (1.30-3.30)
Where possible, assist in organising our client lunches on first Monday of the month – 2 hours (11.30-1.30)

Requirements:

Be a friendly face who opens the door
Make tea/coffee and help our friends feel at home
Ability to be good listeners and show compassion

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Volunteer at a Saturday night men’s shelter

We partner with our good friends at Christchurch St Laurence, just up the road, to provide Saturday night accommodation for men referred by the City of Sydney’s Homeless Persons Information Centre (02 9265 9087). We open at 8 pm, feed the men a simple meal, give them a bed (well, a mattress) overnight, and close by 8 am on Sunday morning. We aim to give them not only those essential basics but also a warm and accepting welcome in accordance with gospel precept.

Commitment:

8pm Sat-8am Sunday, one Sunday every 8 weeks.
Requirements:

Must be male and over 18 years old
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The Macarthur team

The Macarthur team are learning about Jesus’ love and forgiveness and relationships with others. We believe that building relationships with people in the local community are important and part of Gods plan. We want to love our neighbours and develop long term relationships with people who live in the social housing close to Barneys (Mountain/Macarthur Streets) so that we can share their life’s experiences, learn from them, and build and contribute to community. We expect that this will change our lives, their lives, the Barney’s community, and God will be glorified.

Commitment:
2 hourly visits every third Sunday of the month – 3.30-5.30pm; minimum commitment 6 months and preferably 1 year.

Role:
To doorknock & get to know the residents; pray with residents on a needs basis; participate in community building events;  learn how we at Barneys can support and enable the residents to develop their God given potential.

Requirements:
A passion to serve Christ in the local neighbourhood and love the widow, the orphan, the lonely & those who are different to yourself; a flexible nature and ability to respond calmly to unusual situations. Must be over 16 years old or in the company of a parent or guardian.

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Volunteer for the Viaducts Team

The Viaducts team are exploring new ways to build friendships with those sleeping rough under the Wentworth Park Viaduct, and look for opportunities in that friendship to help. Join the Viaducts team to shine the love of Jesus to people in real need, only 5min walk from Barneys.

Commitment:

2hr visit once per fortnight
Monthly 2hr planning meeting
Minimum commitment: 6 months
Requirements:

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Have an idea to start a new project?

If you see a need in the local neighbourhood we aren’t meeting, or have an idea for a way we can connect with our local neighbourhood, we’d love to hear about it! We believe in treading sensitively in our neighbourhood, and beginning well thought out projects in collaboration with local people or organisations. Please fill in the following form so we can discuss your ideas and support you in them.

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