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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.

Holland-on-Sea is a lovely quiet seaside town in east Essex, where you will find the small and loving fellowship of Holland-on-Sea Baptist Church which has been led by Rev Chris Collict for the past six years. The church sits in a central location in the town and has good, modern premises that are well-used. The church congregation reflects the large retired population but has been busy during lockdown, serving sixty meals at lunchtime to the surrounding community. Since opening up again after lockdown the church has had seven new members, new regular attendees, with baptisms this month, and is very excited about a new Alpha course that just began in the new year. The church has a regular programme of weekday activities with a lunch…

For some, this is just another prayer focus. But for our feature church this week, it comes as a confirmation of where God is focusing their attentions in 2022. Hutton and Shenfield Union Church is a Baptist/URC local ecumenical partnership situated on a private estate in a popular south Essex commuter hub. The church recently held an away day (that was neither ‘away’ nor lasted a whole day!) During their time together they examined their strengths and weaknesses, recognising the positives in the way they practice fellowship and eating together, but felt there was not enough prayer together, so decided to make prayer the church’s focus for the new year. There is a sense of excitement and encouragement that the EBA will be helping them…

Stalham is a small Norfolk market town, situated 15 miles from Norwich and is surrounded by a number of villages. It is part of the Norfolk Broads. The fellowship at Stalham Baptist Church is served by two pastors.  Rev Ron Skivington has led the Church for over thirty years and Rev Jerry Otieno who joined in 2016. Sunday’s services are regularly led by the pastors or one of a group of worship leaders, supported by various musicians. They are also blessed by a number of guest speakers. The churches logo states, “Jesus at the Centre” and their work always has that in mind. Whilst many programs had to be put on hold during lockdown, the Foodbank continued to operate.  In September, a Community Fridge was…

Histon Baptist Church (HBC), like many churches, has been on quite a journey over the last few years. We said farewell to our previous pastor, Ron Day, who retired in 2020, having been with us for 19 years and seeing the church grow in this time. We were then hit by the pandemic and a period without a minister. Thankfully God had a plan, and in September 2021 we welcomed Chris Farmer as our new pastor. Chris was known to many in the church and village as he had been the youth worker at HBC from 2009-16 before moving to Braintree to lead the church there whilst training at Spurgeon’s. The arrival of Chris and Kate and their three children has brought a much-welcomed boost…