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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.

Godmanchester in Cambridgeshire is located where the A14 trunk road crosses the River Great Ouse and is home to the busy and active Godmanchester Baptist Church. Lead Pastor Revd Daniel Beckett oversees a thriving church of almost 400 adults and 300 children and young people across various congregations and community activities.  The church has a very high level of internet accessibility among the fellowship and has moved many activities online. The main worship area has been transformed into a recording studio for broadcasting Sunday services each week, including live music from the worship bands. Services are on Youtube at youtube.com/godmanchesterbaptistchurch.  It is hoped that next spring will allow outdoor gatherings for everyone to meet together in person. In addition there is a more traditional monthly…

Harold Hill is a large city-edge estate of around 30,000 people, close to Romford on the edge of London. Church 1v23 was planted in 2009 and has been led since its inception by Revd Richard Shorter.   There had been a Baptist Church in Harold Hill, but that closed a few years ago and Romford Baptist Church, Urban Expression and the EBA worked together to establish Church 1v23. The Harold Hill estate is an area of high deprivation with many of the associated social issues and the church has sought to engage with local people, particularly with families in a number of ways: through a parenting course (with the local authority) out of which came a weekly community meal which included communion, working with families in…

Christ Church is a welcoming, inclusive community based in Ipswich. Formed in 1978, this United Reformed Church and Baptist LEP aims to be a church that shares the love of God love with others, cares for each other and challenges injustice whenever we can. The church is led by Revd Neil Coulson and meets in a beautiful 19th Century building on the edge of the town centre. The last few months have inevitably affected the way the church worships and lives together as a church family. After lockdown began in March, they adjusted to new ways of worshipping and supporting one another until meetings resumed in the sanctuary in mid-September. Thankfully this has been an enjoyable experience, even with the various restrictions, although sadly, a…

The small market town of Coggeshall, lies just off the old Roman Road between Colchester and Braintree.  It is the home of the fellowship of Christ Church.  The Church came into being at Pentecost in 1989 as a Local Ecumenical Partnership.  It brought together Baptist, Methodist and URC in a united witness to the town of Coggeshall. The fellowship at Christ Church have been described as a small but industrious and committed fellowship.  Their mission statement, “Here to seek God, share Jesus and serve our communities” is one they continue to work to fulfil.  Christ Church has been a hub for many activities and initiatives within the community. The current Minister, Revd John Prothero, has been with the fellowship since September 2017.  In the past…