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St Barnabas Gillingham
St Barnabas Church was built in 1890 and for 125 years has served its parish in Gillingham. Over this time, many of those who have come through the door have found the atmosphere we offer so inviting they have continued coming for many years. Many say they could not think of going anywhere else such is the welcome and community spirit present in this church.
The church is a good example of spectacular Victorian Architecture and this combined with the recently restored Stained Glass Windows makes it a large and beautiful venue which is the perfect backdrop for Weddings, Baptisms and School Events.
A Tea and Coffee Afternoon held weekly on a Wednesday provides much needed outreach to the older people in our community and the numbers attending have gradually increased as this proves popular.
St Barnabas also benefits from a large hall which is available for hire for children's parties, or for regular group bookings at very reasonable rates. Please contact us for more details.
No, we're not closing!
Thank you for your support with the campaign to keep St Barnabas Church open! A massive 600 pages of representations, with more than 500 signatures on our petitions and many, many letters of objection were considered. On 8th May the Church Commissioners listened to all the objections and referred the closure scheme back to the Bishop of Rochester for re-consideration. THANK YOU!
What does this mean for us all?
It means that:
- As a PCC, we have to make sure the Church is used as much as it can be, not only for Church activities but also for community activities.
- As parishioners, you need to make St Barnabas your Church of Choice when you want to attend church for regular or occasional worship, and also for family baptisms, weddings etc.
- You need to tell us what you want us to help facilitate for the benefit of all in our community and especially the isolated, marginalised and vulnerable.
- The idea that we receive money from the "vast coffers" of the Church of England is quite untrue! In fact, we have to contribute to Rochester Diocese for the work of the Church in Kent and further afield.
- We need to find ways to finance our Church (a £2 a month standing order from each petitioner would raise enough to pay towards at least a part-time Vicar), We have to rely on the generosity of parishioners and volunteers in terms of their enthusiasm, time and talents. HOW CAN YOU HELP?