We took a little break from this series last week to share details about United Breaks Out – we hope you enjoyed their amazing sessions as much as we did :). This week we are introducing Jeorgina Soares & the Williamsons, who have been involved with the church from the very beginning. Jeorgina Soares I’m a mother of 4 wonderful boys, Prince (23) Jermaine (16) Kimani (13) and Marcanthony (11). I’m originally from Angola hence a Portuguese and English speaker. I graduated in Human Resource Management, am qualified as a community coordinator… Read More
This weekend would normally see many of us trekking to the East of England showground to camp in a field. Each summer thousands of people from across the country come together to have a week with nothing else to do but worship Jesus, have fun together and learn more about God, at United, the summer conference of New Wine network of churches. This year we will be camping at home, me in my bed, the boys possibly in the garden. But there is still a range of content that we can all… Read More
Let us be clear: racism is an affront to God. It is born out of ignorance, and must be eradicated. We all bear the responsibility and must play our part to eliminate this scourge on humanity. From the Joint Statement by Archbishops of Canterbury and York: bit.ly/2XWVPJ8 Sitting to write today, honestly, I don’t know if I have the words but I know we need and want to say something – it is not time for silence. I am grateful for other people’s words in which I find my voice. For myself… Read More
Can I share something personal with you?
Last post I shared some of my journey in recent years of learning how to be dependent on God and unlearning my decades of trying to be an independent woman. And about how being dependent on God and others, not independent, has actually felt more free. But it also tiring not feeling in control. Right now, we are in a huge moment of seeing our dependence on God. With the global pandemic and sharp recession, the scientists, the governments, the economists, the medics, the experts, no-one knows how this will end or… Read More
If you share our passion to see Barking Riverside thriving with Jesus at the heart and want to be part of making that happen, look below. As our community grows we are putting things in place behind the scenes to help it function and thrive. We’re looking for someone to join our team and take on the part-time role of Administrator and Communications Lead. If you… Are you great at bringing order and creating simple processes Have excellent coordination and people skills Are an experienced communicator using social media We would love… Read More
Title Church Administrator and Communications Lead Reports to Church Leader Location Office at IG11 0FJ is to be confirmed, though some home working will be required Salary £22,000 pro rata £8,800 per annum FTE/Hours 15 hours (0.4FTE), days to be agreed with post-holder, some flexible working required Contract Fixed term one year with potential to extend (two-month probation) DBS Yes Role Context The Church of England are planting a new worshipping community in Barking Riverside, East London. This is an exciting time to be part of the team as we shape and… Read More
We are pretty obsessed with being independent. I grew up throwing my hands in the air to Destiny’s Child, ‘Independent Women’. We are encouraged to be independent as we grow as young people, independent of our homes, to be emotionally independent in our relationships, (co-dependency is not healthy), to be financially independent, buy and own our own stuff, and even as organisations to be financially independent is highly prized. Reliant on no-one so we can command our own destiny. This isn’t all bad. Yet in my life as a Christian I have… Read More
Hope does not immediately change the situation, but hope does immediately change us in that situation. That is why encouragement is one of the greatest gifts we can give each other.
5 weeks into lockdown, aware of the pain that has been caused, facing the reality of longer term impact and a slow return to normality…where do we find our hope? I used my exercise today to take you down to one of my favourite places in this community I’ve grown to love. It’s an intersection of the different phases and stages of Barking Riverside – a vibrant ‘Welcome’ sign into the heart of Phase 1 that’s already built and full of residents; on the opposite side you can see the new train… Read More