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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.

Bury St Edmunds is a historic market town in Suffolk. Garland Street Baptist Church is located in an 1834 Grade II listed building in the town centre and in the Elven Centre just over the road. The minister is Revd Robert Green who has been at the church for ten years. Garland Street is a busy church with lots of activities taking place during the week. There is a Bowls Club, Table Tennis Club, Cameo Craft activity and Friendship Club for the older folks, and thriving uniformed groups of Boys’ Brigade and Girls Aspire on Friday evenings for children and young people. There is a brand new venture this autumn too: a Bike riding group who meet monthly on a Sunday afternoon to enjoy an…

The bustling town of Harlow, situated on the Essex/Hertfordshire border, has been the home of Harlow Baptist Church since the late 1600s. The chapel building is mid-19th Century and repairs are a continual work in progress. Revd Tony Mayes has been the minister at the church since January 2011. The church has a growing youth and children’s work, with ‘Kidz Church’, creche and a youth group. Partnerships with local traders have helped the church reach into the community with events and activities such as the summer ‘Kidz Klub’. There is a strong focus on connecting with the community through a weekly coffee club and toddler groups. These have provided opportunities for the church to foster relationships with those who would otherwise be unfamiliar with Christianity….

Preaching has not been without its risks in King’s Lynn. In the 16th century the protestant martyr John Hullier was burnt at the stake for preaching there. The current prayer focus for the Baptist church and its minister, Kevan Crane (Pastor Kev) suggests that, thankfully, attitudes towards the church have moved on and the local population has come to appreciate the Baptist church’s desire to serve the local population in specific and relevant ways. The congregation’s stated vision is to be a Community Hub committed to the people of King’s Lynn and provide a safe meeting place, in an area bereft of Café`s and Pubs etc.. This is clearly demonstrated through their outreach and mission projects. These include close liaison with King’s Lynn Foodbank, a…

Gamlingay is a village in rural west Cambridgeshire where there has been a Baptist witness since the Old Meeting House was built in 1670. Gamlingay Baptist Church is a small, caring and welcoming church that wants to be at the heart of its local community. Revd Adrian Semerene became the pastor in October 2016. In the past year there has been an increase in membership and a phenomenal growth in the Sunday morning congregation. The church is very active in the community, connecting and engaging with many of the local residents through messy church, craft mornings and sharing lots of coffee. The church takes part in the annual village show with a stall and this year a professional musician who is a church member also…

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