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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.

Barton is a small village south-west of Cambridge, close to both the M11 and The Mullard Radio Astronomy Observatory. Barton Baptist Church is a small fellowship of about a dozen regulars, led by a leadership team. Unable to support a minister, they are reliant mainly on visiting speakers and their own resources within. During lockdown people have been keeping in touch by phone and accessing services either on television or by viewing other churches’ online services. When regular worship resumes, the church is looking forward to once again hosting its very popular men’s breakfasts, which are available to any men in the village, tea and chat for over-55s, and midweek prayer meetings and Bible study. The church is also a foodbank drop-off point, but with…

Fakenham is a popular, growing market town in Norfolk. Meeting in the Fakenham Community Centre is the Fakenham Baptist Community Church. The fellowship took the decision to leave their old church building in January 2016. Building has begun on a new church in an area of new and developing housing. The minister left in 2017. Now led by a team of 6, long standing members, with the support of a minister from another church the congregation comes from Fakenham and surrounding villages. Although they have faced many challenges along the way, the fellowship rejoices in the faithfulness of God. They trust that they will be enabled to share the love of Jesus with community of Fakenham and the surrounding area. Despite the current lockdown, Fakenham…

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…