Barham Downs Churches

  • The Rectory
  • The Street, Barham
  • Canterbury
  • Kent
  • CT4 6PA

01227 668190
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Original Blessing

God saw everything that he had made, and indeed, it was very good. And there was evening and there was morning.  (Genesis 1:31)

 Throughout the centuries we have had a hang-up about the problem of original sin as advocated by St Augustine in the fourth century and endorsed by the Church in the sixteenth century, rendering  Adam and Eve forever tainted by their guilty action in Eden. Instead what we should be concentrating upon is the Original Blessing of God when in His creation he saw all that he had made culminating in sentient life as not just good, but ‘very good.’ God blesses all in creation; we bless each other and in return we also bless God.

During our Back to School Family Service on Sunday 2nd September 09.30am at Barham the service will culminate in the blessing of the children’s school bags in sending them on their way in to their new year of study, creativity and fun. It is where the blessing extends into the lives of our young ones and to remind us that to comprehend what the kingdom of heaven may be like we may have to glimpse it through the eyes of children. No matter what age across our Benefice I invite you all to come to have your bags blessed: older students and teachers too. Jesus said, ‘Let the little children come to me, and do not stop them; for it is to such as these that the kingdom of heaven belongs.’ (Matt. 19:14)