Covid-19, News, Links, Prayers and Videos

Re-opening Procedures 10/7/20

July 09, 2020

please click on the link for our re-opening procedures.

Service 5/7/2020

July 04, 2020

Service 28/6/2020

June 27, 2020

Service 14/6/2020

June 13, 2020

Service 7/6/2020

June 06, 2020

Service 31/5/2020

May 30, 2020

Service 24/5/2020

May 23, 2020

Service 17/5/2020

May 16, 2020

Service 10/5/2020

May 09, 2020

Service 3/5/2020

May 02, 2020

Service 26/4/2020

April 25, 2020

Service 19/4/2020

April 18, 2020

Easter Sunday 12/4/2020

April 11, 2020

Our Easter Sunday Service

Maundy Thursday 9/4/2020

April 08, 2020

Maundy Thursday Sermon

Sermon 5/4/2020 Palm Sunday

April 04, 2020

Sunday 5th April 2020

Palm Sunday

Financial Support Still Needed 31.3.20

March 30, 2020

Dear All

 

firstly may i thank all of you who have contacted either myself or John to enquire about how to financially support the church at this time!

 

Although the doors of the church are locked, the majority of our costs remain!  We have taken a couple of steps to reduce these, such as

 

1) Turning off the heating in the church

 

2) The PCC have agreed to reduce our parish share by 25% for the next three months.

 

3) Postponing the publication of the Barming Link.

 

The challenge now for us as a church is balancing the remaining funds we have.  With the suspension of weddings and the Dioceses new policy on funeral fees (Jan 2020) our source of income from the occasional offices has been drastically reduced.

 

Our other main source of income, the open plate on a Sunday has also ceased for the foreseeable future, which means we are predominantly surviving on our reserves.

 

If you are able to, and would like to continue financially supporting the church throughout the crisis, there are several ways of doing this.

 

1) For those of you who give by the green envelope scheme, even though you are not attending the church building, you could still put an envelope aside each week.  

 

2) For those of you with online or telephone banking you can support the church electronically either by setting up a regular payment or one off donations.

 

if you would like our bank details please email me, we have not published them for security reasons.  - We are also working on online giving and will keep you updated.

 

3) Create a jar at home, which you put loose change in, and then when the church is reopen you can bring your jars along.

 

Finally we appreciate, that for many in our community the crisis will have drastically effected their income.  So please do not feel guilty if you are in that camp and cannot give during this season.

 

Yours in Christ

 

Wil

Community News Letter 31.3.20

March 30, 2020

In response to the government’s stringent recommendations about isolation, St Margaret’s church set up various initiatives to support the community.

 

Phone Buddies

In an attempt to combat isolation and to ensure that urgent needs are being met, we set up a phone buddy system.  As a church we are now phoning over 150 people every week to enquire how they are , what support they have and importantly where we can help as a church, whether that be in a spiritual or practical way.

 

As a result of those calls from our volunteers last week, St Margaret’s has supported many in our community with food and help getting prescriptions, and will continue to do so.

 

If you are not getting a call and would like to be on a weekly call list or indeed have a need, please drop us a line at   infostmargaretbarming@gmail.com.

 

What has been hugely encouraging from those phone calls, is to hear about the great community spirit here in Barming, with help coming from family, friends and neighbours, and we pray that this fellowship of looking after each other continues.

 

Online Services

As well as this support, and even though our lovely church building is closed, St Margaret’s continues to post online sermons (search St Margaret’s Barming on YouTube) and reflections, our groups continue to meet virtually on-line, and our church continues to pray.

 

As a community we are the church and we plan other ways for us all to keep in touch, to be able to support one another. Even in these trying times our vision and mission are the same as they have always been.

 

Our Vision

To be a church at the heart of the parish, inspiring and serving the community, to bring about transformation.

 

Our Mission

To enable people of all ages to connect with Jesus, so that they may grow in their knowledge and love of God and learn to love as God loves us

Sermon 29/3/20

March 29, 2020

Dear All

 

i continue to pray for you and our community during these challenging times.  I know many of you find it frustrating that the Arch Bishops took the decision to lock our churches.  They did not do so lightly, but felt it was important that the church led the way, in supporting the governments policy to stay safe, and stay in doors.

 

Below is the link for this weeks sermon.  Next Sunday for Palm Sunday it is my intention to use video conferencing technology to lead a simple service.  If you would like to be emailed the link just let me know.  Those of you who have already expressed an interest in this, do not need to email me again, your names are already yon the list.



Yours in Christ

 

Wil

Sermon 22/3/20

March 22, 2020

Sermon 22.3.20

In this time of social distancing, and the fact that we cannot meet as we would wish, we are doing all we can at St Margaret’s, to keep in touch with you all.
Even though we were unable to meet together this morning, worship does not stop, so please find below the first of two links for today. The first is our Sunday sermon for 22nd March

Communion 22/3/20

March 22, 2020

Communion 22.3.20

In this time of social distancing, and the fact that we cannot meet as we would wish, we are doing all we can at St Margaret’s, to keep in touch with you all.
Even though we were unable to meet together this morning, worship does not stop, so please find below the second of our two links for today. Communion for 22nd March

Mothers Day Intercessions

March 22, 2020

Mothering Sunday Intercessions

Loving God, we thank you for Jesus who taught us of your all-encompassing parents’ love; We thank you that we are your children, called by name, called even before we were formed in our mother’s womb, called into your world-wide family, where there is such diversity, such individuality, such creativity, such beauty.

Remembering the world wide family we are so much part of, we pray first of all for own country as we go through this virus. Protect us daily and help us as we go forward into this season of lockdown,which will mean different things for all of us. Also inspire and motivate us to reach out individually and as church to those who are vulnerable through age, illness or pregnancy and unable to get out for shopping and do things for themselves .
We also pray for China, Europe and all countries in this world. Help doctors, nurses as they care for others and protect them from this virus. We also pray for our leaders and all the Royal Family, asking you to give them wisdom in all the decisions they make.

We give you thanks for our own families, remembering especially our own mothers or those who stood in her place who took care of us, who met our needs, not only nurturing our bodies, but also in love and security. For the love of those who are still with us and those who are no longer with us or who are unwell.

For mothers at the start of the adventure of motherhood that you will give them all they need especially at this time. For mothers or single parents who are stretched in patience and love, who find things hard, with too much to do and not enough time to it, with babies who don’t sleep. Help them and supply all their needs.

Loving God, in You we find life, health, and strength. Protect us as we go through this period of uncertainty and show each of us how we can help people in our families and the community of Barming both physically and spiritually,reaching out to them with our personal prayers. In Jesus’ Name, Amen

Be aware of scammers

March 18, 2020

Please take care the are local scammers in the area. Follow the link for advice.

All Public Church Services Suspended

March 17, 2020

The Church of England have cancelled all public services until further notice.

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