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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.

Bacton is a rural village in North East Norfolk and now home to a thriving family of Jesus-followers. The Beacon Church in Bacton was a church plant in 2009 in what was previously the Baptist church building. Today, under the joint leadership of husband and wife Jonathan and Paige Squirrell, its catchment area stretches beyond the local villages to some of the larger towns further away. There’s a strong emphasis on being a word and spirit-led church full of people open to journeying with a truly unpredictable, unlimited and awesome God. Morning prayer meetings Monday to Friday underline this commitment to discerning God’s will, and a recent encouragement has been the growing relationship with the local school and the potential for deepening relationships with pupils…

Norwich Central Baptist Church (NCBC) is a large and busy church located in the middle of Norfolk’s county town. It is currently led by pastor Revd Mark Fairweather-Tall and has a regular Sunday congregation of over 200 people. There is a lively programme of activities at the church including two parent and toddler groups, a lunch club, and a Saturday contact centre. The church is a distribution point for the local Foodbank, and is currently working with other churches on a night shelter project for rough sleepers in Norwich. This started last winter and is being run again this year, operating for three nights a week at NCBC. It is the only night shelter in Norwich, so meets a real and growing need. In the…

Woodbridge is a vibrant market town in East Suffolk on the banks of the River Deben. Woodbridge Quay Church is a growing and active church that is right in the heart of the town and serves a fellowship of 250 people. Our pastor is Revd Doug Waller who came to the church three years ago with his wife Charlie and they have three young daughters. The church is well known in the town for its Hand Sculpture that features the words ‘Et Teneo et Teneor,’ ‘I hold and am held.’ This sculpture is quite possibly the most photographed location in Woodbridge and it is through the reputation that the Church has accrued for being ‘The Church with the Hands’ that has given rise to our…

Witham is a growing commuter town just off the A12 between Chelmsford and Colchester. The town grew rapidly in the 1960’s and 1970’s and continues to expand. The town’s most well-known residents have included the author, Dorothy L Sayers and the singer, Olly Murrs. The town is the current home of Crittall Windows Ltd. Revd Michael Child has been the Pastor since the Church was formed in 1997 and is assisted in leading the church by two Deacons. Witham Baptist Church is a ‘small fellowship with a large heart.’ Sadly, the Church have no young people or children. They meet for their Services at the Royal British Legion Hall and have the use of other churches in the town for marriages, funerals and baptisms. Throughout…