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 within the fellowship who lead Sunday services along with the regular support of visiting speakers from nearby Romford Baptist Church and other local churches. There is a lot to be positive about and give thanks for. Sunday morning services are well-attended with around 80 adults and up to 25 youngsters. Sunday evening services are smaller in number.
There is an active church programme with Bible study groups meeting on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays each week, regular prayer meetings, and a Friday meeting for teenagers which includes a ‘meal with a message’ once a month. There is also a Tiny Teddies mother and toddler group which reaches out to the non-churched. And Oxlow Lane is involved with other local churches in the Hope 4 Barking and Dagenham Night Shelter providing accommodation for the local homeless.
• For the calling of a new minister, that the right person will be identified after a long search.
• Give praise for the encouragement of all the activities and people at the church.
• Give thanks for those who preach and lead the Sunday services and pray that this will continue until a new minister is appointed.