News from the Networks
East Kent network
Herne Bay Baptist Church
105 High Street, HERNE BAY, CT6 5LA
Minister: Revd Darren Blaney
Herne Bay Baptist Church is a lively, evangelical, 80-member church situated in the town High Street. (picture of outside)
We Give Thanks For:
- The marriage in January of our pastor, to Tracey, one of our church members. (picture of Darren an Tracey along with Kay who registered the marriage and Ray who conducted the wedding)
- The continued flourishing of our Messy Church, ably led by our Children's and Youth Worker Linda Cornelius.
- The recent addition of new members after a period when we had lost some people.
- Our worship group and organist, allowing us to enjoy a blended approach of traditional and contemporary worship. (picture of band)
We Ask for Prayer:
- How to break through the 'God Barrier'. We run a number of clubs and activities that attract a good number of unchurched people. However getting them interested in God, church or faith is an entirely different matter!!
- To see more people in their 20's and 30's joining. (picture of congregation)
- How to move forward in their faith and commitment those who come to Messy Church.
East Sussex network
information to follow
Crossways Community Baptist Church
Junction Road, DORKING, RH4 3HB
Minister: Revd Paul Gough
- We've just started an outreach initiative pre-worship on Sunday mornings called Church Outdoors in which a small group go out to bless the town with things like litter picking, tidying gardens etc.
- We celebrate in June the 10th anniversary of Praise Club our ministry to people with learning difficulties.
- For continued unity and love amongst us.
- For more and more of the Holy Spirit at work in our lives and in our worship.
- For us to be known as a church for everyone.
Mid Sussex Network
Holland Road Baptist Church
65-71 Holland Road, HOVE, BN3 1JN
Minister: Pastor David Treneer
- The local student population has been busy with the CU's mission week at Sussex just finished and Brighton Uni starting soon.
- We have had the opportunity to prune some activities so that we have room for others to grow.
- The church's participation in missional activities is highly anticipated with trips to Wales, various parts of Africa, and more.
- As we finish our sermon series on the Exodus, we look forward to seeing God move in us as a church
- We are investigating an adoption-merger with another local congregation and ask that folks pray that the negotiations and decisions to be made on both sides be God-honouring.
- Please be in prayer for our new Children's and Youth work team as they look to finish out their first year together strong.
- Our bi-annual Alpha course is on currently and there is a lot of spiritual battle surrounding this one.
North Downs network
New Life Church (Guildford)
Church meets at: Queen Elizabeth Park Centre, Railton Road, GUILDFORD, GU2 9LX
Minister: Revd Steve Godfrey
Minister in Training: Kate Whiting
- Our community café ‘Refresh’ has now been open for a year and is proving to be very successful as a place to build relationships with people in the local community. We also use the café space to host social events such as monthly quiz nights, craft nights and board games evenings.
- A community Christmas lunch was attended by fifty people including folk from Syria, Nigeria and China. It was a good opportunity to be able to explain the real meaning of Christmas over lunch.
- Please pray for opportunities to share the gospel with the parents who attend our two very busy toddler groups. At the moment we are exploring the possibility of a day time alpha course and a monthly ‘Messy Church’.
- Please pray for our partnership with the local residents’ association as we work with them to run regular community events – in particular that we would find creative ways of sharing the gospel with the folk who come to these events.
- Please pray for volunteers to work in our community café. Although we have a paid café manager and two deputy managers, business is now so brisk that we need three members of staff to serve in the café each day.
North Kent network
Yalding Baptist Church
Vicarage Road, YALDING, ME18 6DP
Minister: pastoral vacancy
- Our Sunday attendance is gradually growing (we now average 18 each week to a Sunday service!) and we are excited about two applications for baptism and an additional membership application recently received!
- We are embracing modern technology as we now use power point in Sunday services! The new projector means we also have the potential for showing dvds in services and/or junior church and any events.
- Please pray for the baptism candidates as they do their classes, and for all the arrangements for borrowing a baptism pool and the service itself- may it be an opportunity for the good news of Jesus to be shared with friends and family
- Please pray for opportunities to talk about Jesus at our regular coffee and craft mornings and lunch club
- Please pray for the fledgling idea (calling?) of starting a youth club (there are no activities, apart from Scouts, in the village for teenagers) - that God would guide us and provide people (including local Christians) to help run it, as well as the ongoing need to develop/refurbish the toilets and building in general to facilitate this and other community groups
South Kent network
Community Church Robertsbridge
Sunday meeting at: the rear of the Youth Centre
George Hill, ROBERTSBRIDGE, TN32 5AP (opposite the George Hotel)
Weekday meeting at: Robertsbridge Village Hall
Station Road, ROBERTSBRIDGE, TN32 5DG
Correspondence address 18 Northbridge St, Robertsbridge TN32 5NY01580-880818
Minister: Revd Jan Vidler
Please note: Community Church Roberstbridge have now moved to the East Sussex network - but were a part of the South Kent network (when they partnered Hawkhurst Baptist Church)
- CCR celebrated its first birthday in 2016 and were welcomed into SEBA at the celebration in October. In August, the church called their first Minister, Revd Jan Vidler, with the support of Home Mission. CCR has moved from renting a shop for its midweek activities to hiring the village hall which has enabled us to expand our outreach. We had our first family fun day there and approx. 70 people enjoyed a sunny afternoon with a bouncy castle, Christian magician and other activities. We have a table at the monthly village market at the hall which we use as a contact point to “meet the Pastor” and sell books and products in partnership with Ashburnham Christian Trust. There is an ever growing coffee morning at the hall and we are about to finish our first lunchtime Y course. CCR has also started showing films there at Christmas and Easter.
- The church has, with joyful thanks, received a love gift from Headcorn BC that has enabled us to buy a laptop and projector as well as a love gift from Battle BC that has helped fund our Y course outreach.
- We continue to pray that we will reach out to the wider community in the village with God’s love and that God will call more people to be part of CCR.
- The church is still learning to be a “pop up church” and have a need for a couple of new radio mics to aid our services.
- We continue to seek wisdom from God for CCR particularly in regard to possible new types of outreach that will enable us to share the Gospel in more accessible ways.
West Kent network
Vine Baptist Church
Park Lane, SEVENOAKS, TN13 3UP
Minister: Revd James Crockett
- During last year a new children’s club was started by our new Youth Worker, Stefan and is running very successfully each Friday evening with at least 36 children on the books. It is hoped that as a result of this club that Stefan will be able to visit a local primary school to reach out to children there.
- Our Minister, Revd Jim Crockett is now returned from his sabbatical and we are challenged by the way the Lord has led him.
- Praise for new families attending the church and for babies born recently and prayer for them that they will find a loving place with us to get to know more about the love of Christ.
- With the success of our Friday youth outreach programme, please pray for the necessary leaders to help and for fruit from this endeavour.
- Our church building is old and whilst we are grateful to God for some financial provision, nevertheless, it is an ongoing problem of how to preserve the building and use our finances wisely.
West Sussex network
Durrington Community Centre LEP Church
2 Romany Road, DURRINGTON. BN13 3FJ
Minister: Revd Margaret Ashby
News & Prayers:
- Durrington Community Centre Church is an ecumenical Church which began life in 1984 and currently our members have roots in five denominations. The people you can see in the photograph form the nucleus of our Church, which is now very small. Despite that we are cheerfully looking forward to the future and asking God to show us the next step.
- We have always known that our mission is mainly to the elderly people of the area and in the last few years our pastoral care has had to change somewhat. It is no longer undertaken by pastoral visitors as such but by most of the congregation who take a share in visiting a number of members and friends who have become housebound. We also keep in touch by putting Orders of Service and copies of the sermon (where this has been requested, which is not always!) through front doors or when visiting.
- We need your prayers, please, for all our visitors that they may be given the right words when necessary and that, as far as the future is concerned, we may hear more clearly what God is saying to us. We have been praying that our numbers start to grow and have recently been very encouraged by the fact that someone new has begun to come both to Church and to our House Group, which is very good news.
- As well as a Prayer Group and the House Group we have a tea-party once a month in the home of one of the members, and several people who do not come to Church are regulars there. As it is one of our main outreach projects please join us in praying, not only that new friends join us, but also that we understand better how to help them make the transition to Sunday worship with us.
- Although small we are not giving up and we simply keep going with God.
Thank you for your prayers.