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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.

Shotgate is a residential area near Wickford in south Essex built from the 1930’s. Shotgate Baptist Church– which is now 90 years old — is the only church located there. The church has been without a minister for the past five years but is now looking into the prospect of appointing a Minister in Training. This was unanimously agreed by the church meeting and the process is already well underway. The church meets each Sunday with a regular congregation of about thirty. There are those in the fellowship who lead services, supported by visiting speakers from other Baptist churches in the area. Moderator Andy Drake is a real encouragement to the church. On alternate months there is currently cafechurch on a Sunday and this is…

Willingham is a village sitting just outside the Fens, around 12 miles northwest of Cambridge. The Baptist Church has a fairly small but active congregation, serving the community with a variety of activities throughout the week. Family events such as a weekly toddler group, kids club and youth group are all well attended, as are the coffee mornings and monthly men and women’s groups. The church is also at the heart of an effective ecumenical partnership through a joint Messy Church run with the Anglican church each month, and by hosting the Community Luncheon Club run by the Salvation Army. Creative ministry and outreach events are run to help the church realise its vision of ‘Making Jesus Visible’, with the most popular of these being…

Bury St Edmunds is a beautiful, historic market town in Suffolk. The town played a vital part in the drawing up of Magna Carta and the extensive Medieval Abbey was home to the shrine of King Edmund, making Bury an important place of pilgrimage, second only to Canterbury. Southgate Church serves the Nowton Neighbourhood, an area of mixed housing, local shops and amenities to the south of the town. It is a single congregation Local Ecumenical Partnership between the Church of England, The United Reformed Church and the Baptist Union of Great Britain. They are currently seeking a minister. The main hall in the community centre is home for Southgate’s Sunday morning worship, placing the church at the heart of the community, in a building…

Shoeburyness and Thorpe Bay are the two communities that form the eastern edge of the Borough of Southend. Shoeburyness is a former Garrison town and Thorpe Bay is a newer residential area. The church is made up of people from both communities, and beyond. The fellowship is served by Revd David Mayne who has been Lead Pastor since October 2011, and Revd Elizabeth Stoner, who is just completing her studies at Spurgeon’s College – she has, however, been part of the church for many years. STBBC also has a wider staff team covering areas like Children and Families work, Youth work, and Parish Nursing as well as admin, finance and premises. They are blessed with creative and wise Elders, and diligent, strategic trustees. STBBC is…

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