Barham Downs Churches

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  • The Street, Barham
  • Canterbury
  • Kent
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Collective Worship & MISSION

May 2023

Queens Green Canopy & Coronation of HM King Charles III

QGC 2023

The official opening of the Queen's Green Canopy at Brickfield Road Recreation Ground by Vice Lord Lt of Kent and by Barham CEP Eco-Warriors. Prayers and blessing followed.
“Let all the trees of the forest sing for joy.” Psalm 96:12 


Both Adisham and Barham CEPs explored what takes place during the Coronation especially with 'The Oath' and 'The Anointing' and how in the Bible King David and King Solomon anointed by Samuel and Zadok

April 2023

Remembering Jesus as we go into Easter as the Great Shepherd

Easter CW

March 2023

Celebrating Mothering Sunday with our children in school and services

Mothering 2023

February 2023

Celebrating Christingles at Candlemas and learning about Ash Weds as the beginning of Lent

Christingle with RevT   Lent Ash

December 2022

Celebrating the coming Christ

During the Advent Season and with Term 2 drawing to an end our wonderful schools produced several nativity and carol services at St John's and Holy Innocents, plus students joining in out crib service on Christmas Eve


November 2022

Remembering those who died for our nation

They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old; 
age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning,
 we will remember them. sunset poppy field
Where do we remember them?
At the Cenotaph in London but also war memorials
and churches in our villages.

October 2022

Knowing a good and faithful friend no matter the circumstance

Ruth & Naomi

A Friend Loves At All Times (Proverbs 17:17)

September 2022

Celebrating the Harvest

sunny wheatfield

The Joys of the seasons and in thankfulness from the first seed, water, nurture, care, harvesting, packing, sending and for us to buy

Jesus said: God's kingdom is like what happens when a farmer scatters seed in a field The farmer sleeps at night and is up and around during the day. Yet the seeds keep sprouting and growing, and he doesn't understand how. 

APRIL 2022

Is seeing always believing? Exploring the question in relation to Thomas the disciple who at first doubts the Risen Jesus, unless...


March 2022

Ashing on Ash Wednesday

Ash Weds Children 2022

We welcomed Year 6's from Barham CEP to St-John-the-Baptist for a short service for Ash Wednesday. Also KS2 students of Adisham CEP held their service in school. At both services we explored the origins of Ash Weds and Lent. Students were given the option to recieve the sign of the cross (either on their forehead or on the back of their hand) with ashes from last year Palm Sunday Crosses.

February 2022
Celebrating Christingle on Candlemas Day

Christingle Barham CEP 2022

We welcomed Year 3's from Barham CEP to St-John-the-Baptist in a service of word, prayer and song and in putting together the Christingles which were lit during the service. We heard a reading from Luke 2 of Simeon and Anna greeting Jesus as Saviour of the world and there was good singing... and munching!

January 2022

Celebrating Christingle in the run up to Candlemas

Christingle Adisham CEP 2022

We welcomed Foxgloves (Yr5/6) from Adisham CEP  to Holy Innocents where we heard about Jesus being presented in the Temple and well read by Brook. Great fun in making and lighting our Christingles in reminding us of Christ as the Light of the World.

December 2021

Barham & Adisham Carol Services were held behind closed doors due to the increase of Covid infections, so the Church came to them to help celebrate the Christmas Message

July 2021
How does an Image inspire us?

Survey & Pilgrimage

3 Preachers

photo: permission given by parents

On the 2nd July we had a wonderful day with Years 5&6 from Adisham Primary and Year 3 from Barham Primary exploring the church and churchyards of Holy Innocents and St John the Baptist in discovering not just the ecology of flora and fauna but of historical detail including medieval graffiti!
Year 4 from Barham Primary were on pilgrimage to St Giles and St Mary-the-Virgin exploring the churches and the tombs and vaults around them. 

May 2021

Trinity Sunday (30th May)

How do we think of God as the Father, God as the Son and God the Holy Spirit?

Some times we just need to let our imaginations meet with the mystery of God our Creator, Jesus who Saves Us and the Holy Spirit who sustains us - but always God.

Trinity Hupla

Pentecost (23rd May)
Then they saw what looked like tongues of fire which spread out and touched each person. Can fire and winds remind us of the Holy Spirit within and around us?

Some of our imagery used

CW1 Pentecost 2021  CW2 Pentecost 2021

CW3 Pentecost 2021  CW4 Pentecost 2021

Ascension Day (13th May)

Our helium balloon became our prayer vehicle to heaven with students from Adisham CEP able to write their prayers to our Ascended Lord.

Ascension Balloon


March 2021

They said nothing to anyone. Have you ever tried to keep a secret when you really wanted to tell for joy? Looking at the Easter Garden.

February 2021

Jesus is the Light of the World. Light is so important for us!
Mark 9:2-9 The Transfiguration of Jesus - brighter than bright!

A message of hope from Canterbury Christian Schools' Work Trust and to give thanks for their Collective Worship in our Primary schools

December 2020

Christmas 'is-a-coming' as we listen to the shepherds' tale and ponder what it must have been like that cold dark night on Bethlehem Downs before....

What is Advent?
Exploring the Season of Preparing and Waiting for Christmas

November 2020

The Act of Remembering at a Remembrance Sunday service

October 2020

 Looking to All Hallows Eve, All Saints & All Souls

Recorded at St Margaret's Womenswold

September 2020

A new school year to look forward to.Welcome to our Reception
Class students and welcome back to all of you.