Introducing Mrs Barbara Verga - Lay Director

I was born and raised in Erith and was part of a very happy family of six having two brothers and one sister; my Father was a schoolmaster and my Mother a housewife.


I was encouraged to attend Sunday school from a very early age and was a very keen member of The Girl’s Brigade for many years. On leaving school I trained as a Nursery Nurse at Erith College of Technology and on completion of my training I worked as a Nanny in this country and also in New York. On my return from the USA back in the eighties I decided to have a career change and went to work in the accounts department of a travel agents in Bond Street, London. After a couple of years the opportunity arose for me to work for a bank in Luxembourg and there I stayed for a couple of years. It was there that I had my first encounter with the Holy Spirit and gave my life to Jesus in the solitude of my own bedroom having listened to a cassette recording of a service from a church in Cardiff that my sister had sent me to help me in my Christian walk.


On my return to England I got married and had two wonderful sons who are and always will be a blessing to me. My church attendance was mainly in the more Evangelical stream and I attended a Pentecostal church in Belvedere for many years. As a family we moved to Southfleet in 1988 and whilst living there we all attended the Baptist Church in Gravesend.


In 1998 we moved to Harrietsham to a house with an annexe as my mother in law was not in good health and she lived happily with us until her passing in 2003. It is with sadness and regret that my marriage broke down and in April 2005 my husband and I parted company.


I had already moved to the Anglican Church in Harrietsham and in November 2005 with some trepidation, I attended my Cursillo weekend.


As a result of this wonderful experience I became even more active in the church I attended in Harrietsham and for a while I headed up the Sunday School and Kingsquad in the local school and I am also on the PCC, the deanery synod and treasurer for the wedding and funeral fees for the four churches in our benefice, including the returns to CDBF. I have helped to run a Start course and for anyone who knew me before that is something I would never have had the confidence to do. I now help to lead a Tuesday evening Bible Study group that is challenging but enormous fun.


Such is my passion for Cursillo that I have been on the secretariat for seven years, I have also staffed on 6 weekends one of which I had the privilege to lead in May 2012. It is my honour to have been chosen as Lay Director and my commissioning in the Cathedral at our Eucharist service preceding the AGM in February was an event that will live in my memory always. Part of my remit along with Spiritual Director Canon Toby will be to try and spread Cursillo more widely in the diocese and into our neighbouring diocese, Rochester. I would like to help people understand that it is not a “private club” but a way of deepening our faith and knowledge of Jesus Christ that anyone can participate in.