Hawkwell Baptist Church is located in Hawkwell, part of Rochford in Essex. It is a community-minded church and its pastor is Rev Richard Iles who introduces the church’s ministry to the local neighbourhood in a video which is on the EBA YouTube channel at https://youtu.be/vOHpRV0p_e0
Since the lockdowns the church has proceeded with projects in Hedingham Place, a parade of shops a short distance from the church. They have run a charity shop called Faith Hope and Charity for over twenty years here but more recently extended the shop to include a cafe and bookstore. They are currently converting another unit into a Resource Centre to provide counselling and support services to the local community.
The church runs a number of other missional activities that benefit both community and church. There is a Nostalgia group for older people to share memories, Girl’s Brigade, a Men’s Shed group that have done a lot of work on the new cafe, and there is a Knitted Together group where those who come can knit and natter.
The church also takes opportunities to reach out with special activities such as their All Saints Sausage Sizzle, held on Halloween, offering hot dogs and burgers to passers-by. They contacted over 200 people in this way 2021.
All these activities are a challenge and Richard asks us to pray the following for the church: