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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.

Benfleet is a residential town in Essex on the north side of the River Thames mid-way between Basildon and Southend. Benfleet Baptist Church has been proclaiming the gospel here for almost 100 years since it was founded in 1923. The church has a mainly older congregation of about 30 who meet on Sunday mornings and evenings for traditional style services. During the nine years the church has been without a pastor it has been served by dedicated visiting preachers who faithfully bring God’s Word each week. In normal times the weekday programme of activities includes a ladies meeting, a mother and toddler group and a prayer and Bible study meeting. Once a month a service is held at a local residential care home for the…

The market town of Chatteris is set in the heart of The Fens, north of Cambridge. Emmanuel Church is a three-denominational LEP who have just celebrated their 30th anniversary at Easter. As with all churches at this unusual time, a rethink has been required in just about every area. For recently-appointed minister Charlie Radburn and his wife, Sandy, it has made for an especially eventful first year at the church! Yet the work of God continues, and the church have opted to utilise ‘phone conferencing’ to allow the greatest number of individuals to participate in worship, home groups and prayer meetings. While the challenges of Covid-19 remain, there have been a number of notable blessings that the church are thankful for. These include an increase…

Located on the north-eastern fringe of Cambridge is the very active fellowship of Barnwell Baptist Church. Rev Stuart Wood has been the minister of this fellowship since moving here in 2004. He was joined by a group of adults and children, from St Andrews Street Baptist Church in Cambridge, to replant the church at Barnwell. Since then the Church has grown and now has a big reach into the local community. Resources remain an ongoing matter for prayer. Before the lockdown began, the Church was in the process of agreeing a Church profile with a view to appointing a second Minister to the team. This will enable Stuart to go and plant a congregation on a new housing development a mile up the road. The…

Belle Vue Baptist Church is a church on the outskirts of Southend town centre in an area called Southchurch. There are about 80 members and a church community of about 140, a fact which minister Andy Goodliff says he only discovered through getting all the names of everyone to go on chairs during the first Sunday of lockdown (see image). Before COVID-19 the church ran a toddler group, a large Boys’ Brigade company, monthly afternoon tea, art group, weekly bible studies as well as being a key member of Southend Foodbank, which is based at the church premises. Monthly Messy Church helps to reach a wider community of families. During lockdown the church has said that worship doesn’t stop, mission isn’t on a break, pastoral…