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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.

Carleton Rode Baptist Church is situated in rural South Norfolk, standing between the villages of Carleton Rode and Bunwell. The nearest small town is Attleborough, which is five miles away, whilst Norwich is 17 miles away. The fellowship at Carleton Rode have been described as a “shining light in rural Norfolk”. Drawing its congregation from the surrounding area, Carleton Rode Baptist Church meets twice on a Sunday for worship and during the week for Bible Study, prayer and fellowship. Although the church is currently in interregnum, it is supported by its Moderator, Neil Walker, and the fellowship are grateful for his help and support. Whilst the building may be Grade II listed, the fellowship has a real vision for using its location to share God’s…

Westcliff is a suburb of Southend-on-Sea located on the north shore of the Thames estuary. Westcliff Baptist Church, situated on the main London Road, was founded in 1896 and currently has about 60 members. Pastor Revd John Western is moving on after Christmas to lead a new pioneering opportunity in Strood, Kent funded by the South Eastern Baptist Association: a cafe and bakery church using John’s passion for baking bread. Westcliff has recently appointed a Minister in Training – Andrew Marshall – from within the fellowship and he began his studies in Cardiff in September and will also work part-time for the church. There is an active programme of activities. These include a Cameo social group which is good for building bridges into the local…

Burwell is a village tucked just inside the Cambridgeshire-Suffolk border to the north-west of Newmarket. Notable Burwell people include actor John Louis Mansi – Engelbert von Smallhausen in ‘Allo ‘Allo. The minister at Burwell Baptist Church is Revd Chris Johnson, supported by a leadership team of elders and deacons, and a strong congregation committed to living out their church mission statement – building a loving, worshipping, learning, evangelistic, and Spirit-filled fellowship – and responding to God’s call to go out into the community. This is demonstrated in several ways. The church holds some of the small group meetings in local pubs, runs part of its Holiday At Home over-60s events in the Day Centre, and serves tea, coffee and cakes at the monthly Farmers’ Market….

Whepstead Baptist Church is located in the village of Whepstead, four miles south of Bury St Edmunds. The village has no shop or school but a very thriving community spirit. The Church is very much part of the village and support the Community Association at various events throughout the year. The fellowship is a mix of all ages and is drawn from the surrounding area. They do not have a minister but they are very grateful for those who visit to lead worship. The Church is led by their four deacons who are praying for more people to come alongside and join the work. New houses near to the church have seen an increase in the young people’s work. 7Teens (for children age 7-12) and…

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