Occasional Offices, schools work and Ministry to Care Homes
In the last year there have been 7 Baptisms, and 9 Funerals. 1 member of St Barnabas was confirmed at the 2017 Deanery Confirmation service.
We already have baptisms and at least one wedding booked for 2019 and we are enthusiastic about this growing ministry. We would like to learn how to better maintain links with these families and how to bring them through to confirmation. Funeral ministry has grown substantially in recent years. We are working with other parishes in the Deanery who are involved with marriage preparation and wedding fairs, which are being run collaboratively with neighbouring churches.
There are two primary schools in the parish: Napier Primary and Barnsole Primary. They both come into church occasionally and we would very much like to see our new Priest-in-Charge forging greater links with them. Napier Primary in particular is keen to see this relationship grow. They use the church as a venue for Christmas services and also as their emergency evacuation point. In addition there is a private school, based outside the parish, that uses our church each year for their large events with parents.
We would also like to foster links with the large secondary school within the parish – Robert Napier school (Robert Napier was a significant character in Gillingham’s history!).
Our ordinand regularly takes Home Communion to members of our congregation who are housebound or unwell, and also on request into the residential care homes within our parish. There are three significant homes: Pembroke House run by the Royal Navy Benevolent Fund, Park View Care Home which specialises in dementia care and Greenford House, a small home quite near to church. We regularly visit some of these, offering services and singing at Harvest, Easter and Christmas.