Stradbroke is a village in Suffolk with a population of about 1,500 and serves as a hub for a number of local villages. Facilities include bakers, butchers, post-office, library, doctor’s surgery, sports centre, swimming pool along with two pubs and a number of local businesses. The village also has both a Primary School and a High School. The name J. C. Ryle is a well-known name to many. He began his ministry at the All Saints Church in 1861, leaving in 1880 to become the first Bishop of Liverpool.
Stradbroke Baptist Church, earlier this year, celebrated 201 years of ministry and service in the village. The current membership is 9 with a regular weekly attendance approaching 30. The recent Harvest Thanksgiving service and fellowship lunch was attended by 47 – a great blessing and encouragement for all.
Pastor Bruce Francis joined the fellowship at Stradbroke in April 2018, the first minister to serve this fellowship in 14 years. We give thanks and praise to God for the number of visitors that have begun regularly attending our Sunday services and the 35-40 villagers we minister to twice a month through a Lunch Club and a Soup n Sweet meal. The fellowship remains excited and thankful in what the Lord has been doing over the past few months and is expectant in what He will do among them, through them, and in them in the days ahead.
Stradbroke Baptist Church ask for your prayers in seeking God’s wisdom in knowing how best to minister, to come alongside their visitors and for better understanding in reaching out and interacting with the local community.
Please pray the Lord would add to the fellowship those able to minister through music.