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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.

Located in North Essex approximately a 20-minute drive from Stanstead Airport, is the town of Braintree.  These days, it is perhaps better known for the Braintree Village (formerly Freeport) Shopping centre than it is for its historic links to the wool and silk trade. Braintree Baptist Church is in a central location of the town.  Revd Chris Farmer originally came to the fellowship as a Minister in Training in September 2016, becoming Co-Pastor alongside Rev Barry Cheeseman whilst studying at Spurgeons College.  Chris remained with the fellowship when his training was completed, becoming the sole Pastor in September 2019. Lockdown and the current situation has not stopped the church from continuing to reach out to its community and beyond.  The Pastoral Care Team and Diaconate,…

Foulsham is near Fakenham in Norfolk, and Foulsham Baptist Church has been part of the village for more than 200 years. In normal times, as well as Sunday services, the church has a weekly toddler group and a Wednesday lunch open to anyone, as well as regular Bible studies. Having been without a minister for some time the church is very excited that their new minister, Nick Mitchell, his wife Crystal and two young boys will be moving to the village soon, and the fellowship is in the process of renovating the manse ready for them. During lockdown there have been short telephone conference services every Sunday morning, which have been a wonderful way to continue to worship together and keep in touch with each…

Billericay Baptist is a large, thriving church in the Essex commuter town made famous by the sitcom Gavin and Stacey. A varied programme ensures there is something for everyone, from the ‘Sunny Days’ drop in for senior citizens, to a thriving baby and toddler group.  The five-person ministry team is headed by Revd Ian Smith, who joined the church in 2016. In ‘normal’ times, a variety of services are held on Sundays in three different venues. This has enabled a greater variety of content and worship styles to be appreciated by the diverse membership.  Just before lockdown the Boys Brigade celebrated their 50th anniversary with a special service (see photo) and the church enjoys strong relationships with other community groups including Street Pastors and Billericay…

The village of Bildeston is a lovely rural community in central Suffolk and Bildeston Baptist Church has been at the centre of village life since it was formed in 1737 — the first Baptist Church in Suffolk!  The current building has been used to worship God since 1844. This small church currently has a predominantly older congregation, but one that is still very active.  Every Monday (weather permitting) the Strollers & Striders group depart from the church. It is a friendly group of church and non-church friends who enjoy walking and having fun as they walk. There is a popular monthly lunch club and a really thriving and well-attended Coffee Morning each Friday which is a good place to meet and attracts lots of people…