March 05, 2019

March 2019

March 01, 2019

What are Your Priorities?

I love watching detective programmes, especially murder mysteries.  I like watching how the detectives gather their evidence and piece together a profile of both the victim and assailant.  But what if someone, was to scrutinise your life, what picture would they draw.  What would your spending habits, and the way you use your time reveal to them?


When asked what the greatest commandment was Jesus replied, ‘To love the Lord your God, with all your heart, and with all your soul and with all your mind’ (Matthew 22 v37)


As the detectives poured over the evidence of your life, would they reach the conclusion, that you loved the Lord your God with all your heart?


When Jesus said ‘where your treasure is, there your heart will also be.’  He was saying that we invest in the things that are important to us.  Where we invest our time, our energy our money, says a lot about our priorities.


So in this year during Lent we are running a stewardship campaign in St Margaret’s, where we are simply asking our members to review their priorities.  Asking does our giving of time, talents and finance, reflect what Christ and His Church means to us.


Barming is blessed to have a beautiful 12th Century (Norman) church building in good condition.  But we only have that, because of the generosity of volunteers giving their time, talents and money, to keep the church open and her ministries alive!


The reality is, we need more help in all three areas if the church is to maintain its current repair and work in the community.


Last year our annual expenditure was £113 392, which translates as £310 per day to keep St Margaret’s open.  Where possible we keep our costs down, by volunteers taking on the cleaning, smaller maintenance jobs and the gardening as well as fulfilling ministry roles.


We manged to raise that money, through the generosity of those who donate to the church (and claiming gift aid on those sums), fund raising and fees (weddings and funerals).  But we rely too heavily on fees and fundraising.  Our hope as a church, is to be able to cover our regular expenditure, through regular voluntary donations to the church.  


If you think you might have the time or the talents to help maintain the church please do get in touch.


Alternatively you might feel able to support the church financially.  There are numerous ways to do this, and the church treasurer John Goldsmith would be only too happy to talk to you.  His email address is


Alternatively come have a chat with me, about how you might get involved in supporting your local church.



20 But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal.

21 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.

Matthew 6 v20-21

February 2019

January 01, 2020

The other day I was chatting to someone about the role of the local church.  During our discussion I suggested that the church is a bit like Maidstone hospital.  People are pleased that it’s there, in case they need it, but they don’t want to visit it too often!  My comment was not intended to be critical, just a reflection of how modern society views the role of the church.


According to the 2011 Census, 60% of English people claimed to be Christian, whilst a poll carried out by the Church of England in 2017 suggested that only 6% of the British public are practicing Christians!


To put those figures into context, 8000 people live in the Parish of Barming.  According to the 2011 census that would mean, 4’800 residents are Christian and 480 are practicing Christians!  As much as St Margaret’s is a vibrant church, we certainly don’t see 480 people in church each Sunday.


So what do people mean when they say they are a Christian or a practicing Christian?


Is it even possible to be Christian without practicing?


If you were to meet someone who claimed to be a footballer, but then they admitted they don’t actually play football anymore, or maybe never have played, you might question, ‘in what way then are they are footballer?’


Years ago I did some charity work in Nepal.  Whilst there some children asked me ‘do you play football?’ I innocently answered ‘yes’, to which they then responded ‘so you must know Beckham!’  

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