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Westcliff is a suburb of Southend-on-Sea located on the north shore of the Thames estuary. Westcliff Baptist Church, situated on the main London Road, was founded in 1896 and currently has about 60 members. Pastor Revd John Western is moving on after Christmas to lead a new pioneering opportunity in Strood, Kent funded by the South Eastern Baptist Association: a cafe and bakery church using John’s passion for baking bread. Westcliff has recently appointed a Minister in Training – Andrew Marshall – from within the fellowship and he began his studies in Cardiff in September and will also work part-time for the church. There is an active programme of activities. These include a Cameo social group which is good for building bridges into the local…

Burwell is a village tucked just inside the Cambridgeshire-Suffolk border to the north-west of Newmarket. Notable Burwell people include actor John Louis Mansi – Engelbert von Smallhausen in ‘Allo ‘Allo. The minister at Burwell Baptist Church is Revd Chris Johnson, supported by a leadership team of elders and deacons, and a strong congregation committed to living out their church mission statement – building a loving, worshipping, learning, evangelistic, and Spirit-filled fellowship – and responding to God’s call to go out into the community. This is demonstrated in several ways. The church holds some of the small group meetings in local pubs, runs part of its Holiday At Home over-60s events in the Day Centre, and serves tea, coffee and cakes at the monthly Farmers’ Market….

Whepstead Baptist Church is located in the village of Whepstead, four miles south of Bury St Edmunds. The village has no shop or school but a very thriving community spirit. The Church is very much part of the village and support the Community Association at various events throughout the year. The fellowship is a mix of all ages and is drawn from the surrounding area. They do not have a minister but they are very grateful for those who visit to lead worship. The Church is led by their four deacons who are praying for more people to come alongside and join the work. New houses near to the church have seen an increase in the young people’s work. 7Teens (for children age 7-12) and…

This Prayer Focus has a video with it on YouTube at https://youtu.be/B85StZH_4yc . West Leigh is in the borough of Southend and WLBC is a large church (300+) that is missionally active in its community. Its Senior Minister is Revd Jon Stannard and the church recently appointed an Associate Minister, Jeff Jacobson, who heads up children’s, youth and community ministry. The church has a staff of 14 full and part-time staff and the facilities are well used during the week. The church has grown significantly in recent years and there are two services on a Sunday morning. There is a vision for the church to continue to grow to over 400 members, through developing multiple congregations, and to plant a new kind of church. There…

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