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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.

Pilgrims Hatch Baptist Church is a small congregation immersed in its local community of a housing estate on the edge of Brentwood, Essex. The pastor is Revd Neil Bywater. The church was planted in 1990 by nearby Brentwood Baptist Church with the express intention of introducing the love of Jesus to the increasingly diverse community. This is done in a variety of ways, from meeting at the local primary school on Sundays, to running a small charity called ‘Moses Basket’. This outreach work recycles and distributes baby clothing and equipment to families in need. A strong relationship has also been forged with the local nursing home, where services are held regularly for residents. A monthly all-age craft service is held in a local community hall…

Orchard Baptist Church is located in the south of Colchester, surrounded by several housing estates; these include a mix of ex-council, private and social housing. There are two Primary and one Secondary school in the area, which the church has contact with. The fellowship draws on the local community and the wider area. Sunday morning services are lively and creative, often using multi-media presentations and attracting 40-60 people. Revd Graeme Ross was, until recently, the minister at Orchard Baptist Church before becoming a Regional Minister with the Eastern Baptist Association. The fellowship at Orchard are beginning the process of seeking a new minister. Orchard is a missional fellowship with their annual free Community Fun Day attended by up to 300 people. In school holidays there…

Dagenham is just eleven miles east of central London in the London Borough of Barking and Dagenham and was well-known for the Ford car factory located there. Oxlow Lane Baptist Church was founded in 1938 and is one of four EBA member churches in Dagenham. Oxlow Lane has a multi-national congregation which reflects the current cultural diversity of the local population of the area, so there are members from many different parts of the world. The church is blessed with lots of families, a Sunday school and a good group of teenagers. The church has been without a minister for over three years and is actively engaged in the lengthy search for a new pastor. In the meantime they are blessed with three lay preachers…

The historic market town of Swaffham is nestled in north Norfolk, a short distance from Kings Lynn. Reputedly a favourite of Lord Nelson, a Baptist presence has served the town for over 200 years. Today Swaffham Baptist Church is a fairly small fellowship in a very large building. Despite the congregation being predominantly older folk, a number of younger people have joined in recent years, helping the church to reach out to its community. Several groups use the church hall, including the popular monthly craft club, social evenings and regular fellowship meals. In August the church hosts ‘Holiday @ Home’ for those who may not be able to get away, and this has proven very popular. A number of speakers regularly come to share God’s…

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