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Weekly Prayer Focus

Each week the Eastern Baptist Association will produce a Weekly Prayer Focus for a different member church across the region. We hope you will be able to use the article and accompanying PowerPoint and PDF to encourage you and your churches in prayers for others in the association.

Elmswell is a rapidly developing village just off the A14 in central Suffolk and home to Elmswell Baptist Church which is a small but very lively fellowship with a busy programme of activities as the pre-COVID photos show. In October Stephen Spurgeon stepped back from leadership after eighteen years and recently retired Baptist minister Revd Norman Tharby took on the role of church moderator in November 2020 and currently leads Sunday services twice a month.  At the moment all services are taking place on Zoom and it is encouraging that some new people have joined in.  For those who do not use the technology, there is regular contact to keep in touch. A midweek Zoom coffee morning that started out as a chat and catch-up…

Cranham is a largely residential area on the London/Essex border, just a stone’s throw from the M25. Cranham Baptist Church is ideally placed within a large housing estate and next to a primary school and is led by its Minister, Revd Claire Blatchford. Since ‘Lockdown 1’ in March last year, the church’s focus has been not only reaching and supporting the existing congregation, but also ‘being church in the community’. This has involved inventive ways of continuing the Girls’ and Boys’ Brigade Groups via Zoom, with children tasked with creating craft items and engaging in lively games from their homes. The well-established disability-friendly group, Oasis, has only been able to meet a few times. Oasis meetings are informal, interactive with eager participation in singing, instruments and dancing…

Bordering on the Cambridgeshire Fens, located in one of the larger villages is the fellowship of Haddenham Baptist Church.  Like many similar fellowships, Haddenham has faced a steady decline over the past twenty years.  This has, however, spurred the fellowship on in mission to reach their community for Christ. Tudor Parsons has been their Pastor for the past two and a half years whilst also completing his Theological Studies at Spurgeon’s College. Prior to the pandemic, nearly fifty people were attending the monthly café-style services from across the village. Now, there are four thriving home groups, men’s breakfast mornings, a group set up to bless those in need across the surrounding villages, monthly quiz nights, and they are in the process of finishing the new…

Earls Colne is a beautiful, large and thriving Essex village in the Colne Valley situated between Stansted and Colchester. The present Baptist Church building was built in 1896 to seat 750 people. At that time it was the largest in the county. We currently have 20 members, many of whom are actively involved in the church. A large majority of our members live in the village and the nearby town of Halstead, with others travelling from further afield. We aim to be a friendly and accepting church community, depending on God and each other as we navigate life’s struggles, recognising that we are all works in progress and all saved by grace. We currently connect on Sundays via a YouTube playlist made up of three links…