The Parish of Barking is a historically significant area which has a multicultural present and a future that includes major regeneration projects. It is an area with significant challenges and opportunities for mission and ministry. Behind the church is a new development which promises to house over 500 flats with planned completion within a year. This development offers a great opportunity for evangelism and ministry. St Margaret's church is at the center of this development.
In interactive history of the Barking Abbey and St Margaret's Church significant historical locations include:
Barking Abbey, situated alongside St. Margaret’s Church, it is one of the most important religious archaeological sites in Europe today. The great Barking Abbey grounds beside our church attracts hundreds of visitors and tourists who are welcome in St Margaret's Church centre to see and experience more of the movement of God in England.
One of the money flower decorations by Carol Brabender celebrating the many community groups who are a part of St Margaret's community influence
The celebration of the 800th year of the Church was a marked year long event that brought many positive development in St Margaret's Church and the surrounding community.
Dedication of the Abbey Church history situated around the abbey grounds
Eastbury Manor House is a listed mansion house built in the reign of Elizabeth I and is located in the neighboring parish of St. Patrick’s Church.
A historic artist rendition of the barking Abbey (the Abbey Church) St. Margaret's Church) can be seem at the top left)
Barking’s fishing heritage is celebrated with several memorials in St. Margaret’s Church and at the restored Town Quay.
The ancient Bull Public House, situated across the road, would probably have visitors residing there on pilgrimages
Barking Town Hall was opened in 1958 when Barking was a borough in its own right. St. Margaret’s Church has recently become custodians of the Coat of Arms for the former London Borough of Barking.
A part of the Abbey grounds
The Parish covers most, but not all, of two local authority wards (Abbey and Gascoigne). With the highest 0 - 19 years growth in England this area generally has more young people and less elderly people in the borough and a community in need of Christian fellowship and outreach.
The area is ethnically diverse reflecting over 60 different languages and communities in St Margaret's Church Barking.
A Sikh Gurdwara is based within the Parish while a Muslim Mosque is just outside the Parish boundary in Ilford. These communities are frequent visitors welcome to the use and rental of the church centre facilities.