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January (nearly) done.

Life can sometimes feel more like an endurance test than really living – so congratulations we’ve almost made it to the end of January 2021! With so many hopes rested on the start of 2021 and jubilation when 2020 became history, this year feels painfully familiar as we approach our first lockdown anniversary and a … More January (nearly) done.

A New Year is coming…

What a year this has been! None of us knew what was going to be in store. And if we’re honest, we find ourselves still in the middle of this journey. The changing of one year to another is a moment to pause, reflect, and set our eyes straight for the new year ahead. That’s … More A New Year is coming…

Meet your Christmas Tree!

What does Christmas mean to you? This is an incredible time of year for hope and togetherness and joy. More than ever we need hope and we need each other….but we’re not allowed to gather…. That’s why we’ve been placing Street Christmas Trees all over Barking Riverside. These are there for us to decorate together. … More Meet your Christmas Tree!

For Others

We have been talking this month about our core value of being Passionate about People. Doesn’t that sound great? It might be because I’m a raving extrovert, but I LOVE this value. And it gets better as we dig into it. Being Passionate about People starts with a deep conviction that Each One of us … More For Others


By Urbain Yombe Christmas is approaching at full speed, people are thinking about the food we’re going to eat at and recipes are coming out the drawers. What is your favourite Christmas food? Do you know how it is made? Do you know the ingredients used to make it? Mince pies are one of the … More Together

Each One

Spoiler alert, Sam will stream this month’s vlog on Sunday@6pm, but we’re introducing it here first. This month we are looking at what it means to be Passionate about People. I think it’s fair to say that this is pretty uncontroversial, even Mr Grumpy (on a good day) would agree we love people. I love … More Each One

Shaped by the Word of God

“Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path”.  Psalm 119:105 Every where we go and in everything we do, we come across signs that remind us that we are in the midst of a pandemic. The C word has become our daily bread. It has invaded and affected almost … More Shaped by the Word of God

Here we go again…but where?

De ja vu anyone?  So it’s another lockdown.  How did you feel when you first heard that announcement?  Fear?  Frustration?  Deflated? Thankful that something is being done? Or something else? I’ve got to admit, when I first heard the news I just felt tired.  Tired of trying to keep up with what we can and … More Here we go again…but where?

To Pray or Not to Pray?

I painted my first wall in our new house this week. It’s black. Just a small section, not much more than a metre wide and up to the ceiling. I’ve been wanting to make a prayer wall for months, inspired by film the War Room and I finally got round to doing it last weekend. … More To Pray or Not to Pray?