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Saffron Walden Baptist Church has been prominently placed on the High Street of this small market town in rural north Essex since 1774. It is a hub for community engagement, with several organisations using it throughout the week covering a range of needs from mental health and counselling to pilates and a day nursery. The congregation is experiencing a renewed confidence in Christ and learning how to fulfil their calling to be a welcoming and all-embracing community. Recent sermons by the minister, Revd John Goddard, have reflected this by addressing core issues revolving around the theme of inclusivity and reflecting upon Jesus’ challenge through the parable of the Prodigal Son to forgive, restore, welcome and embrace. Picnic Church was new for 2018 in an effort…

Romford, the east London town which gave the world Five Star and Jessie J, is tucked inside the M25 circle at about three o’clock, so it’s one of those places where you’re never quite sure if you’re in London or Essex. No matter, this place is home to Romford Baptist Church, a large, multi-ethnic church with more than 40 nations within its congregation, whose commanding physical presence is matched by its congregation’s commitment to ‘sharing what we have been blessed with.’ The Ministry team includes as team leader the EBA’s former regional minister for mission, Ian Bunce. To underline the church’s outreach ethos, the leadership team also includes a minister (Jan Loveard) with specific focus on community and social action and one (Vikki Bunce) with…

With a population of 5,000 the village of Waterbeach is situated six miles north of Cambridge; although with plans for a new town just north of the village about to become a reality, this Fen edge village will be seeing many changes. Of course along with this expansion comes opportunities for new outreach. The chapel (built in 1863) is on the ‘Spurgeon Trail’ as it is the site of C H Spurgeon’s first pastorate. Over the years, the fellowship at Waterbeach have had the privilege of welcoming many Christians from around the world who come in search of the heritage of the ‘Prince of Preachers’. Whilst the fellowship at Waterbeach celebrates its heritage, their worship has a contemporary feel. They look to engage with the…

Rushmere is a village on the north-east edge of Ipswich and Rushmere Baptist Church is at the heart of the community. Unusually the church has an all-female ministerial team led by Revd Heather Marsden and supported by Minister in Training Hazel Hunting and Youth Worker Beth Roberts. Together they lead a lively and growing church with well-over 100 members and a fellowship which encompasses people of every decade from zero to ninety! The church has a vision to be a hub for the local community and there is a busy programme of activities, meetings and events. Over 80% of those who attend the church are part of housegroups which meet throughout the week in homes and at church. The housegroups are in the evening and…

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