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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.

Colchester is Britain’s oldest recorded town and Colchester Baptist Church, located in the heart of the town, is one of the oldest Baptist churches in the country with roots dating back to the mid-17th century. This thriving and growing church with over 200 members is currently led by Revd Cole Maynard who has bought a new vision of ‘strong Christians rooted in Christ’ to the church since he joined in 2018. Since March the Sunday services have moved online benefitting from the recent technology upgrade in the church, and there have also been restricted numbers of 80 at socially-distanced services when these have been permitted. Online service require a lot more work and input from a wider team but provide new ways to reach more…

Gorleston is on the East coast of Norfolk, within the Borough of Great Yarmouth but with a separate identity, being ‘South of the River’.  Its sea-front recently featured as the setting for the Danny Boyle film ‘Yesterday’. It is a mixed area demographically.  This includes significant levels of deprivation, and one of the Church’s ministries is to those with basic needs including food-poverty.  A dedicated and experienced team of volunteers have excelled in helping meet the increased need during the pandemic. After several years of pastoral vacancy, a new minister, Mike Flynn, started in the autumn.  This promises to be an exciting new chapter in the life of the church, but of course the current focus is on getting through the on-going Covid crisis. There…

Church From Scratch are a pioneer Baptist church based in Southend-on-Sea. Their mission is simple: To bless our wider community and to share the love of Jesus. Ordinarily the church would meet in people’s houses around a meal, gathering together without a “public place of worship”. However the rules around social distancing has made this especially hard, and Southend’s move to Tier 4 has limited things further. Despite the difficulties created by Coronavirus, God has continued to bless the church and help them find ways of reaching out and supporting their community. As with many churches, Zoom has replaced midweek meetings, but the church has also been able to enjoy socially-distanced walks, garden hops and pier walks along the town’s famously long landmark. Natalie Hughes…

As we write this Prayer Focus for the Regional Team, I think we all agree that no one thought this last year would have turned out the way it has. Coronavirus has turned our world upside down and given us all challenges to deal with. This was no different for the Regional Team, the Regional Ministers who normally spend a lot of time travelling around the area meeting churches and ministers were confined to their homes and like so many of you had to get used to meeting with people electronically. We all had to adapt to new ways of working. As we looked back Beth, Nick and Graeme have fulfilled booked preaches in 63 different locations, have taken part in 9 inductions, some of…