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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 our focus is on Burlington Baptist Church. This large congregation meets just outside the centre of Ipswich and have just resumed meeting together for Sunday worship services following lockdown. In ‘normal’ times the church runs a busy seven-day schedule of activities for all ages, including a toddler group, lunch club and community outreach groups that offer hot food and drinks on the streets. They are all part of ‘Burlington Communities’; groups of people – like extended families – seeking to love God, to love one another and to love the people around them. They are designed to be communities of discipleship and mission that take the church beyond the four walls of a building and into neighbourhoods, workplaces and networks. The church is led by Revd Simon…

This week would have seen the EBA Annual Gathering happening on Saturday. Like so many events this year this has had to adapt and change. Back in May the EBA team facilitated some Zoom discussions with about 50 of our ministers entitled “What do we think God is saying” and out of those discussions have come five themes, one for each day this week. On our website you will find resources for each day which will include a Biblical reflection, prayer points and an interview to promote further thought and discussion around each of the topics.  We invite you to join us each day as together we pray into each theme. EBA Prayer Zoom Meeting  Time: 9.30am To join Zoom Meeting: Please email secretary@easternbaptist.org.uk or…

On the north bank of the River Crouch is the town of Burnham on Crouch.  Famed for yachting, Burnham has a very strong community feel.  The Baptist Church is located in the south of the town, on the High Street The fellowship at Burnham has been served by Karen Smilley since 2018.  Karen is a Minister in Training since 2018, which means that she has to balance ministry with her studies at Spurgeon’s College. When the restrictions due to the pandemic came into place, Burnham on Crouch Baptist Church moved to online services.  As the restrictions have begun to ease, they have introduced the idea of “Garden Services”.  Members value the opportunity to meet and worship together, in small groups, in each other’s gardens.  For…

Framlingham is a small market town in Suffolk, which most recently found fame as the subject of Ed Sheeran’s 2017 hit single of ‘Castle on the Hill’. Why? Because Framlingham has a castle and as it’s his home town, Sheeran chose to pen a song about it. Now it’s the Baptist church’s turn to hit the headlines, as our prayer focus for this week. The church, which was the founder of the Greenbelt Festival in 1974, lays its cards on the table in its name – Framlingham Community Baptist Church – underlining the small yet dedicated fellowship’s commitment to being an outreaching church. It works in union with the other churches in the town to ensure that this happens. Reduced activities throughout the summer have…