- Parochial Church Council Latest:. Among the many routine matters discussed were the tenders from companies interested in securing the contract for the lighting and re-wiring, what to do about signage for the church, and how far we have got with the latest plans for the final roof repairs- a faculty application is being prepared by Karen Butti, our architect, at this very minute. The Pet Service was acclaimed to be a great success, with no Vicar of Dibley touches.
The liveliest discussions were about the plans to launch a questionnaire in the autumn to get parishioners opinions about church life and what they seek from belonging, so that we can look again together at our Gospel Vision ,and the current financial situation causing so many ripples across our diocese of Southwark. Ideas, insights and practical ways forward were abundant.
- St Barnabas and local schools. We continue to work closely with our local schools. Margaret Brett is very involved with helping out at Riversdale and Ian regularly takes assemblies there. Classes from the school also regularly visit St Barnabas to find out about its history and the life of the church. Southfields Community College has a special annual Remembrance Day Service and Harvest Service at the church and we are hoping this autumn to re-launch the mentoring scheme which we pioneered 4 years ago. St Cecilia’s now visit each term to experience worship of the liberal catholic style and strengthen their connection with us.
We are getting close again to the time when references are asked for by families seeking to apply for places in our local Church of England schools. Each one operates a slightly different system, which can be explored on the relevant school’s web-site. At St Barnabas we seek to operate a transparent and fair system, with every family being treated equally with strict principles of honesty being applied.
- Feasting on the Word: Learning for all. In the autumn we are intending to adopt a new educational programme to help all of us develop our faith. There will be new resources for our work with children, available over the Internet, and more sermons structured to encourage adult learning, shadowing the same programme.
If you are interested in finding out more about the materials and the principles behind them please go to www.feastingontheword.net