Woodham Ferrers is a small village south of Chelmsford, Essex. The chapel was built around 1835 and a village school room was added later in the nineteenth century. The numbers attending this Congregational chapel had become very small and a few years ago it was decided to sell some adjacent land and use the money to refurbish the buildings and call a community pastor. Baptist Lay Pastor Emma Hunnable joined in 2015 in a part-time capacity as part of the ministry team alongside Revd Eric Fenwick, and with this new lease of life The Schoolroom became one of the most recent churches to join our Association.
The work centres around the School Room Cafe which is open two days a week and attracts lots of different local people with excellent cakes and food. This is a time to build relationships, to chat, to be a space to share and make new friends. It was good that the first baptism took place at Easter.
And there is an ongoing stream of other activities and initiatives that reach out to the whole community, which include soft play sessions, a drop in for mums and tots, film mornings, craft sessions, a lunch club in school holidays, and a hot chocolate café after school in the autumn. Emma has contact with so many different people and groups across the year and there is an ever changing programme of events, some reflecting the seasons like the Easter craft trail and the summer holiday at home.
The evolving activities reach out to all parts of the community and Emma says “you never know what is going to happen as God leads and reveals his ever-changing mission to us”.
Please pray for:
• All the ongoing relationships that are being built across the community
• That there will be a deepening of these relationships and more people will come to faith
• That the church will continue to be open to God’s vision and the continuing change
• Thanks for all the volunteers, those who bake cakes for the café, and all the gifts and skills that are emerging