News from the Networks
East Kent network
Birchington Baptist Church
Crescent Road, BIRCHINGTON, CT7 9DP
meets at the above address for Sunday evenings
& meets Sunday mornings at:
Station Road, BIRCHINGTON, CT7 9DJ
Minister: Revd Bob Goode
News & Prayers:
- Thank you for your prayers for us at Birchington Baptist. It has been a good year and we thank God for His faithfulness.
- Four baptisms in the sea earlier in the year led to (at present) two further baptisms, and a number of folk feeling God has called them to BBC, and into church membership.
- As we move into a new year we have before us an opportunity which would reshape what we do as a church. It would stretch our resources somewhat, but one thing we have learnt from God in recent times is that He supplies! It's still in the discussion stage, so please pray that we have wisdom in making the right decisions.
- So, it would be great if you could please pray that those who have come to call BBC their spiritual home may find where and how they can serve, and for wisdom as a church in taking the right decisions. Thank you.
Every blessing for Christmas and beyond
East Sussex network
St Leonards Baptist Church
Chapel Park Road, St LEONARDS, TN37 6HR
01424 01424 439272
Minister: Revd Janet Mardell
- St Leonards Baptist church faces many challenges but we still make an impact locally through the church and it’s community centre. Members continue to be active in all areas of church life and the wider community. We have no passengers!
- We have recently managed to secure grant funding to replace the ancient heating system, this will make the building more comfortable and significantly reduce our running costs. This work is scheduled to take place in March 2018 and is expected to take around six weeks to complete.
Please pray for:
- That we will grow in our relationship with Jesus
- Please pray that our heating replacement project will go smoothly.
- For the Snowflake night shelter for homeless people November - February
South Norwood Hill, LONDON, SE25 6DJ
Sector Minister: Revd Dr Antony D Rich BSc BA PhD HDipARE FRHistS
(Director of Postgraduate Studies and Tutor in NT Greek & Patristics)
- We rejoice in welcoming our new staff and Principal, Revd Prof. Philip McCormack, and all they will bring to the life of the college.
- The college is undergoing some significant work refreshing the buildings and grounds, making it all the more welcoming for study, retreats and special events.
Points for prayer:
- For all our students in their studies and various callings, and especially for those entering the settlement process.
- For staff as we develop our programmes following our quinquennial review with The University of Manchester.
- For discernment as we identify a new validating university for our doctoral programmes.
Mid Sussex Network
Downs Baptist Church
Church meets at:
Woodingdean Primary School, Warren Road, Woodingdean, BRIGHTON, BN2 6BB
Minister: Revd Malcolm Haines
News & Prayers:
- Our Thursday Fellowship are an important part of our church community, the photo shows them in their regular meeting place which is the church of England hall over the road from the school we use to meet on a Sunday morning. This group is evangelistic and I call on you to pray with us for success in mission among the senior generation. Since the photo was taken one of the ladies has gone to be with our Lord, she is missed here but we celebrate her new life.
- Meanwhile in the rest of the church life we have commenced a series of All Age services using material from the Messy Church family and can highly recommend it. Please pray for our witness in this messy way.
- We are a strong healthy small church please pray that all we do is done in the strength of the Lord. Christmas is coming and we pray for all the churches to make a good witness to the birth of the Saviour among our communities.
North Downs network
Milford Baptist Church
New Road, MILFORD, GU8 5BE
Minister: Revd Ian Forsyth
- As part of serving our community, we run a Friendship Club primarily for the elderly, which meets every other Tuesday for a freshly prepared, cooked lunch, fellowship, prayers and a short bible- based talk. We currently have 43 potential attendees, though recently a few of those have been too poorly to attend regularly. Only a small proportion of the people who come regularly attend the Sunday services. We aim to reach out to our community in love, friendship and service in Jesus’ name. As well as the regular meal, we have a special Christmas dinner and tea with festive fun, music, quizzes and carols; to be held on Dec 12th.
- Our Toddlers group, for children from 0 to 4 years old, meets each Thursday morning during school term-time and is bursting at the seams! Approximately 40 families attend each session. We have two or more new mums joining us each week and have lots of new babies... some brave mothers bringing their three or four week old along. This shows that there is a need for this kind of fellowship for the young Mums, (and one or two Dads, too).
Please pray for:
- Please pray for our work amongst young people, especially after our last youth worker left in July. Pray that our new pastor, Ian Forsyth, and the church leadership team receive wisdom from God as they consider what type of youth or children’s worker the church may need in the near future.
- The church supports a charity, called Mechanics for Africa, which was started by a couple from the church. It runs a training college in Zambia. The current CEO and his wife are due to return to the UK in April 2018 and the trustees are seeking to find a suitable replacement. Could this be you? Please pray that a new CEO may be found soon.
- Our Christmas services attract a number of people who do not normally come to the church. Please pray that they may not only receive a good welcome and our love, but also that they may come to understand how much God loves them and want to begin to follow Jesus.
North Kent network
Walderslade Baptist Church
Catkin Close, CHATHAM, ME5 9HP
Minister: Revd Stephen Roe
Photos of recent events attached: Youth Clubs Firework Night in November and Baptism this year.
- Fun fireworks night with our two youth clubs (years 7-8 meet Fridays 7.00-8.30pm, years 9+ meet Fridays 8.00-9.30pm)
- Rev Stephen Roe (WBC Minister) recently appointed deputy Chaplain at Medway Secure Training Centre, a local young offenders prison for vulnerable young people aged 12-18, to support full time CoE Chaplain Rev Nick Ash. Also two Church members fully cleared and visiting young people who do not get visits on a one-to-one basis.
Please pray for:
- Christmas opportunities for witness through weekly outreach organisations as well as Sunday special events during Advent.
- Our continued Prison ministry in Medway Secure Training Centre and growth of the Chaplaincy team there. We currently run monthly services there with a team of Church members and two members are vetted for one-to-one visits with young people who do not get visits.
- An increase in the commitment of all and joy of full discipleship.
South Kent network
Headcorn Baptist Church
1 Station Road, Headcorn, ASHFORD, TN27 9SB www.headcornbaptist.org.uk
Ministry - shared
Church Secretary: Revd David Doonan 01622-890159 Email
Photos: Dedication of baby Jeremy & Singing on the High Street
- We had a dedication of baby Jeremy recently, the son of a new family moved into the village and now worshipping with us. This is the first dedication for some time and we hope the arrival of this small family might be the beginning of more families with children coming to our church family.
- We are looking forward to Carols on the High Street in December and a SEBA MAD Mission to be held in Headcorn next October. We trust that this mission will bring a new impetus to our outreach in the village and encourage us to expect God to do great things among us in the future.
Please pray for:
- That other families will join us and that more children will bring a new dimension to, our church family.
- For the planning of the MAD Mission and for those who will join the team for October 2018.
- For the outreach to men and women through the Men’s Breakfasts and the Men’s Lunches and Women’s lunches now being held each month in the Village Tea Rooms, that some of these friends will come to know Jesus as Saviour and Lord.
West Kent network
sited at Tunbridge Wells Baptist Church, 12 Upper Grosvenor Road, TUNBRIDGE WELLS, TN1 2EP.
Sector Minister: Revd Jonathan Trumper
- Responding to a variety of circumstances Good Neighbours launched their Falls Prevention Programme under their own banner this year, which are proving to be very successful.
- A very popular tea party was held at the local Theatre for housebound clients. For many, this is their only outing of the year and so it is a real highlight in their diary. Entertainment was provided by a local Primary school and was much appreciated.
- Giving thanks for a successful Senior Cinema club, launched in partnership with the local Theatre in January which has been steadily gaining popularity.
- Continued demand for Good Neighbours’ Befriending / Falls Prevention services.
Please pray for:
- Good Neighbours as we seek to raise its profile in the locality through networking with GP’s and Health Providers.
- More volunteers for both BeFriending and Falls Prevention.
- God’s wisdom and continued provision as we commence planning for next year’s programme.
West Sussex network
Chichester Baptist Church
Sherborne Road, CHICHESTER, PO19 3AW
Ministers: Revd Ken Benjamin & Revd Ellen Wild
- The overhead picture was taken from near the top of Chichester Cathedral looking towards the estate where our physical buildings are situated… unlike the Cathedral, we don’t have a spire and our physical buildings don’t stand out from around the houses and it needs an arrow on the photo to show where we are located! Of course our desire as a church is that we do “stand out” at the heart of our local community in the way we seek to reach out and share God’s love in many ways. But we recognise that for many people, no matter what we put on for them in our buildings here, they are not going to come through the door of this or any other church in our city so we need to go to where they are. So we continue to run a variety of different groups each Sunday morning away from our buildings and out in our community. We call these “alternative gatherings” and they range from going out for a local walk, playing golf, mountain biking, needlecraft, visiting lonely and isolated people in our community, family sports at a local Sports Centre, taking services in local care homes and providing Sunday lunch for the homeless. All these different gatherings all have a Christian element to them such as someone sharing a testimony or a brief thought. We continue to be encouraged and challenged to invite our friends and families to these gatherings and for us all to be more intentional in our conversations and relationships and sharing our faith through words and actions. This term we have also been running 2 Alpha Courses, held a prayer weekend as part of the National Prayer weekend and during the months of October and November we have set ourselves the challenge of reading the New Testament in 60 days. Already, we have been greatly encouraged by the number of people taking up this challenging and it has been exciting to see and hear how God has been speaking to us as we read His word. We are also in the process of appointing a new post of part time Worship Ministry Leader.
- Our Senior Minister, Ken Benjamin has just been unanimously nominated by our church to stand for the position of BU President of Great Britain for 2019/20, SEBA are nominating Ken and the election will be held in early 2018.
Please pray for:
- All our different Alternative Gatherings that meet away from our buildings on Sundays. Please do join us in praying that many more people would want to find out more about the difference that knowing Jesus can make to their lives and for more people to experience God’s grace & forgiveness.
- Our Christmas Services as we share the true message of Christmas to the literally hundreds of people who will come through our doors at our Carol and Crib Services.
- We give thanks for those families who regularly come to our weekly parent & toddler group, Acorns, and who have started joining us on Sundays or at one of our alternative gatherings. Please pray for those people attending our Alpha Courses this term that some may truly experience for themselves the power of the Gospel to change their lives.