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Barking Methodist Church


Sunday 14th July, 4.00 pm
Farewell Service 
Reverend Kido Baek
Goodmayes Methodist Church

Thursday 5th September, 7.00 pm
Welcome Service
Revd Jacqueline Jones
The Drive Methodist Church

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Minister's Monthly Message

Dear friends,


I am writing this, my last monthly message to you sitting at my desk in my study from which I wrote my first monthly message back in September 2017. (I know! Where has the time gone?)


As we embrace the warm and vibrant days of July, we are reminded of the beauty and abundance of God’s creation all around us.  The sun shines brightly, flowers bloom in their full glory, and we often find ourselves outdoors, marvelling at the wonders of nature.  This season serves as a powerful testament to the unchanging love of God in all seasons of life that, still in this month of saying goodbyes, God continues to bless us with his faithfulness.  Friends, our God is unchanging. Hebrews 13:8 reminds us, “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.”  No matter how much our circumstances shift, we can find peace in knowing God’s love, grace, and presence remain steadfast.  He is our anchor, providing stability and assurance when everything else seems to be in flux.






As we will enter the month of August, we will find ourselves in a season of transition. Summer will be gradually giving way to the approach of autumn, signalling a time of preparation and reflection. For many this will mean the final stretch of summer holidays, the anticipation of a new school and church year, and the return to routines that may have been relaxed during the warmer months. It is a time of both ending and beginning, filled with opportunities to reflect on our journey and to prepare for what lies ahead. This period of preparation can sometimes bring about feelings of anxiety or uncertainty. However, we can find comfort in the knowledge that God goes before us, preparing the way. In Deuteronomy 31:8, we are assured, “The Lord himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.” As we prepare for the new beginnings that August brings, let us trust in God’s presence and guidance.


As we say goodbye, our hearts are filled with gratitude and sorrow. Gratitude for the countless blessings and cherished memories we’ve shared, and sorrow for the parting of ways.  Serving as your minister and family has been one of the greatest privileges of our lives.  Your faith, support and love have deeply enriched our journey.  We are profoundly grateful for the moments of worship, the times of fellowship, and the opportunities to grow together in Christ.  We will carry these memories with us always.  Though our paths may diverge, please know that you will remain in our prayers and thoughts.


May God’s grace continue to guide and bless you abundantly.


With deep affection and gratitude,

Kido, Seunghee, Haim & Hana


Barking, Dagenham and Ilford Circuit

We are a friendly family of nine churches and one community centre: Barking, Ilford, Goodmayes, Gantshill, Barkingside, The Drive, Seven Kings, Beacontree Heath and Old Dagenham Methodist Churches and Grange Hill Methodist Church Project. We serve communities across Barking, Dagenham and Ilford with membership that spans all ages. Our members come from many different countries and backgrounds and we aim to help everyone feel at home. We are part of the wider Methodist Church in Britain and belong to London District of the Methodist Church. The Circuit oversees, supports and resources local churches in living out our mission and calling. Our Circuit office is located at Beacontree Heath Methodist Church. Methodist Circuits are also grouped into Districts, and this Circuit comes under the London District (headquarters in Westminster).

Our Vision

To be welcoming congregations where all (young, families and elderly) grow in the knowledge, love and service of Christ; speaking and living out a unified vision of God’s kingdom within the BDI Circuit in line with “our calling” in the Methodist Church. 

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Our Mission

To seek to enable its local churches to respond to the Gospel of God’s love in Christ and to live out its discipleship in worship and mission. The Circuit endeavours to realise this policy through managing its resources effectively, stimulating vision and encouraging mission initiatives. 

Growth in our Spiritual life through


Pastoral Care


Youth Work


Community Outreach

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Our Priorities

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