Ministries

Ministries

Here at St Margaret’s we undertake a number of ministries, all of which can be found below.

Weddings

Welcome! Discover all you need to know about weddings and blessings at St Margaret’s. Marrying here is personal, meaningful, spiritual and beautiful, just as you want it to be. The church is so much more than simply a venue for your wedding. Unique and special things become part of your marriage, on the day itself and beyond. Why marry in church? A church wedding will add a spiritual dimension to your marriage. The ceremony includes God and looks to him for…

Funerals

With you every step of the way. We’ll always be here to help you through one of life’s most difficult times. A Church of England funeral is available to everyone, giving support before, during and after the service, for as long as it’s needed. A Service for Everyone From the moment you are in touch with us, throughout the funeral service and for as long as you need us afterwards, we’re here for you. Anyone can have a Church of…

Christening

First steps on an amazing journey. What happens at a Christening At a christening your child will be baptized with water. This is the heart of your child’s christening. There are several special moments in the service which can also be personalised: The vicar will pray for your child and for all those who will support them in their path of faith. You and the godparents will make some important promises for your child in the service. You can see…

Churchyard

St. Margaret’s Church has a large churchyard. This is maintained by a loyal team of volunteers who meet most Saturday mornings to mow the grass and trim and prune wherever needed. It is an important task which ensures the churchyard remains as a tranquil space for all in the heart of Rainham. If you would be interested in helping maintain this community space then please do get in touch with the church office.

Bell Ringing

St Margaret’s has a fine set of eight bells hung in a tower that was built in around 1470 and stands 100ft high. We have a dedicated team of ringers led by Sven Wraight who took over in 2017 from his father Tim who had been our Tower Captain for many years. The peal consists of eight bells of varying ages, six of which are very old, and the remaining two being quite ‘new boys’. The treble bells, Nos. 1…

Home Groups

Home Groups are at the heart of St Margaret’s church. They are smaller gatherings of people meeting throughout Rainham to build friendships, grow spiritually and transform the local communities in which they live and work. There are currently four house groups meeting at various days and times: Monday evening Fortnightly Tuesday evenings Fortnightly Thursday evenings Fortnightly If you are interested in joining a house group or would like more information, please contact the church office.

Messy Church

What is Messy Church? Messy Church is a way of being church for families that is found across the world. It is: is a way of being church for families involving fun is a church, not a craft club, that helps people encounter Jesus as Lord and Saviour is found across the world values are about being Christ-centred, for all ages, based on creativity, hospitality and celebration is part of The Bible Reading Fellowship which believes, with the historic churches, in one God,…

Prayer

Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God Philippians 4:6 Our daily lives are often very full. Full of things to do. Full of meetings and deadlines. Full of places to be. Full of people to meet. For some they may be full of time on our hands. Full of hopes we would like to fulfil. Full of things we don’t want to face. Where…

Exploring Ministry

Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, ‘Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?’ And I said, ‘Here am I. Send me! Isaiah 6:8 Our mission is to be a Christian presence in every community. There are a wide range of opportunities to serve Jesus. If you believe you’re called to ministry, please talk to one of the staff team as we would love to journey with you as you explore your vocation. Do pray…
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