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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.

This week’s feature church is Rayleigh Baptist; a lively fellowship rooted in the heart of this popular Essex town. The church is led by a ministry team headed by Revd Scott Williamson and includes Revd Ricky Rew and Revd Jonathan Blake. Together they oversee a wide variety of activities and groups designed to help people discover the love of Jesus. This includes several age-specific groups, as well as opportunities to share Bible stories in several primary schools through Open The Book and services in a local Care Home. Further events and ‘alternative’ services are being developed under the premise of needing ‘a technicolour church to connect with a technicolour culture’. The church is also connected with supporting the work of Christ globally. In February a…

Eye is a market town in Suffolk, 17.5 miles north of Ipswich, with a population of just over 2,000. Don’t let a lack of numbers fool you, though – The Tourist Trail guide to Eye says: ‘There’s not much you can’t find in this little town!’ The Vine Church also punches above its weight, with most of its outreach and community service events grouped together as The Dove Project. Under that umbrella you’ll find the Dove Social Club for over-18s, Dove Luncheon Club for all local ‘young at heart’ people, Dove Memory Lane for those with memory loss to keep up an active social life, a parents and toddlers’ group and Open The Book – all this in addition to regular church worship and midweek…

RENEW Church, meets for its main weekly worship service in Bottisham Community Primary School. Bottisham is a village about seven miles North of Cambridge. They also have their own chapel in the neighbouring village of Lode. Lode chapel is used every day of the week for community events and activities. It is a popular retreat venue. The Pastor at RENEW Church is Revd Alan Brand who has been with the fellowship for over four years. RENEW Church is a growing family that seeks to introduce people to Jesus so that Jesus can win their hearts. They are currently focussing on discerning gifts and giving opportunities for people to exercise their gifts within the life of the church. They are expanding their team of people who…

Ramsden Bellhouse is an affluent village located between Billericay and Wickford in southern Essex and for 92 years has been home to Ramsden Bellhouse Baptist Church. It is a small church with about 20 members and is led part-time by retired minister Revd Jim Hamilton. Jim has been at the church for five years and usually leads the Sunday service. There is an older congregation of about thirty who come from an area much wider than the village itself but there are currently no children or teenagers. This is a very loving fellowship with a real concern and care for each other. The church is very active and has a modern hall which is well-used for a variety of events and meetings throughout the week….

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