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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.

Clarence Road is a town-centre church in Southend-on-Sea, with a history of pioneering social action, being sensitive to the needs of people in our diverse town. One of our strengths is our welcome and hospitality. Our congregation is made up of people from quite different backgrounds, and we value our connections to the wider community; the building is used by lots of different community groups which offer support and friendship for those who are vulnerable in our town. We also host a pioneer Baptist Church, 57West, in part of our building, which works primarily with rough sleepers and those most in need in Southend. As for us all, this year has been difficult for our church. Many of us have been self-isolating since the beginning…

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…