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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.

There is a video available on YouTube https://youtu.be/ynIgUeCHIFI A subtitled version is also available. Cottenham is a large village about five miles north of Cambridge. The Baptist Church building dates from 1856 although the church was founded in 1781. The current minister is the Revd Kate Lees who leads this small but active church of about 30 adults. Their aim as a church is to be a family in the heart of the community – people of different ages interacting and supporting each other as a family – and to communicate the love of God and make Jesus known. Church members are encouraged to live out their faith and the gospel wherever they are during the week. However, the church has a number of more…

Unprecedented times As a nation and as churches in the UK most of us have never lived through the isolating times we are currently facing. Even with the hardships of WWII, communities were able to gather together to support one another, to enjoy social interaction, to share laughter in the face of adversity. But here and now we are being advised to stay two metres away from one another, to socially isolate, as socially designed human beings this seems to be an anathema. As Christians (and other faith groups too) who have an understanding of humans as not only psychological and physical human beings but also as spiritual human beings, how do we uniquely respond in order to more strongly bind the spiritual together when…

Sitting on the ‘Essex Riviera’, the borough of Southend is known for being the driest town in the UK but also for its thriving assortment of Baptist churches. Avenue Baptist Church is one of the oldest, located in the suburb of Westcliff-on-Sea for almost 150 years. The seaside town has seen a steady stream of people moving from London, which has inevitably meant a change in demographics with a growing number of first generation migrants now calling Westcliff ‘home’. Avenue Baptist has sought to be a hospitable place for all people and therefore the church has welcomed those with a variety of backgrounds; from learning disabilities to those born in other countries and students from the local acting school. This has made Avenue a diverse…

Gorleston is located on the east coast just south of Great Yarmouth and is home to Cliff Park Community Church. It was established twenty years ago as an Anglican/Baptist church plant and has grown into a lively and vibrant church who meet in the Cliff Park Junior School each Sunday. There are usually about one hundred adults and thirty children attending the service. The minister for the past sixteen years is Rev Mike Simm. There are nine housegroups meeting each week and over 80% of the church attends one of them. And more than 60 people are in prayer partnerships meeting in pairs weekly to pray together. Without its own building for midweek activities CPCC is known as a resourcing church. Its members are involved…