Upminster nestles just inside the M25 as you travel east out of Central London, and Upminster Baptist Church is an outward-looking group of people who put mission at the heart of their service to God. The minister, Revd Mark Davison, is currently on sabbatical.
As you might expect in an area once home to England and Spurs ace goal-scorer Jimmy Greaves, football features in the church activities, and Upminster Baptist Football is a weekly community-based football activity for boys and girls of primary school age which has been running for 20 years.
Other midweek activities include the social group First Wednesday, a luncheon club and Men’s Shed, which meets twice a week and is literally a shed equipped with tools and materials donated by the public and the local Rotary groups. Parents and toddlers are also catered for, as well as people who might want to meet for a meal and friendship.
Community groups using the church’s facilities include a blood cancer support group for anyone affected by lymphoma, myeloma or leukaemia, the local AA group, a well-being group and majorettes troupe also meet there, as well as Cubs, Beavers and Scouts.
The church’s mission focus sees people make regular visits to a residential home, and there is regular contact with and support for mission workers in other countries. The church responds promptly to appeals for help from areas needing emergency relief.
• Please pray and support the work of our missionaries working across the world via Turkic Belt Ministries, BMS World Mission, Stand By Me and Arab World Ministries.
• Pray for Mark on his sabbatical.
• Pray for our continued enthusiasm and commitment to serving God through the various activities we host and facilitate