News from the Networks
East Kent network
Aylesham Baptist Church
Dorman Avenue South, AYLESHAM, CT3 3AE
Minister: Revd Laura Moncaster
Photo: from Aylesham Mental Fight Club
- New families joining the church.
- New heaters in the church.
- The positive start of Aylesham Mental Fight Club and that people from the community are coming.
- The children in the church who are learning more about Jesus.
- A growing sense of unity and purpose within the church fellowship
Please pray for:
- The continuation of delivery welcome gifts to the people moving into the new houses.
- The steady build up of Aylesham Mental Fight Club
- For the seeds that have been sown over the last 4 years would bear fruit.
- For interest in an exploring Christianity course
- Our Christmas events that more seeds would be shown and people would see the light of Jesus.
East Sussex network
Rye Baptist Church
28 Cinque Port Street, RYE, TN31 7AN
Minister: Revd Fiona Gill
- This year at Rye Baptist Church, an exciting addition to our facilities has been our new hot drinks and food servery in the foyer. This has made life much easier for the Coffee Plus team, who open up the church on Thursday market days to serve reasonably priced hot drinks and home-made cakes. (Prayer and a listening ear is also offered where needed.) The new servery has also enabled us to serve hot drinks in the foyer on Sunday mornings before our services – which has been much appreciated by regular attenders and newcomers, and has even been used by passers-by, mistaking us for a regular café, but appreciating our welcome and free drinks!
- Last month we started “Who Let the Dads Out?” - a monthly Saturday morning outreach initiative for dads and small children, where we provide a comfortable chill-out area with breakfast and papers for the dads, and toys, videos etc. for the children. We were delighted to welcome 3 dads and 9 children on the first session and are hoping this will grow over the winter.
Please pray for:
- Please pray for “Who Let the Dads Out?” - for growth in numbers attending, for a building of relationships with those who attend, and for opportunities to show God's love and share our faith. Please pray also for good relationships to be built and kingdom seeds planted through all our other outreach initiatives – Coffee Plus; Butterfly Carer and Toddler group; Engage (for men); the Well ( for ladies); Rye Foodbank and Rye Street Pastors, (these last two both being initiatives of Churches Together in Rye & District, run from our premises).
- November brings the biggest night of the year for Rye when 10,000 people often fill the streets for the Bonfire procession and fireworks. Rye Street Pastors will be on duty and RBC gives away doughnuts and bottles of water along with evangelistic leaflets about why we do this. Please pray for useful conversations and safety on the streets that night.
- We are excited about the possibilities of the Turning mission coming to East Sussex next year and so have recently started an ecumenical monthly prayer breakfast to pray for blessings on our community, and also to 'prepare the ground' . Please pray for fruit from this and for a good turnout from all the Rye churches.
Merstham Baptist Church
Weldon Way, MERSTHAM, RH1 3QB
Interim Minister: Revd Bryan Pickard
- We have recently enjoyed a Summer Fun Day where we had lots of games and activities and engaged with families in our local community.
Please pray for:
- For the children who come along to our weekly After School's club; that they grow in faith and for the club to grow in numbers.
- We are actively seeking God's direction re our buildings and the way forward we are praying for unity vision and clarity as we step out in faith.
- We have been blessed to have completed the "freedom in Christ "course as a fellowship
And will be starting "if you want to walk on water you have to get out of the boat" in the coming weeks.
- We have recently been blessed with so many answers to pray namely David being granted permission to join his wife and daughter - PTL!
- We are a small fellowship but our Hearts are huge to do God's calling here in Merstham.
- We are blessed to have Bryan Packard as our Pastor and also many visiting speakers supporting us as well.
- Joanna has just commenced year 2 on DNA. a huge step of faith.
We thank you all for your love and prayers.
Mid Sussex Network
Oasis Christian Fellowship
Hangleton Way, HOVE, BN3 8EQ
Minister: Revd Andrew Edwards
- We are soon (end Oct/ beg. Nov) to vote on a proposed merger with a larger church in our city – Holland Road Baptist Church - who are also voting on a proposal to adopt us and re-seed our future work here at Oasis.
- We recently took all our kids and youth as well as some of their parents on a camp for the weekend. It was a wonderful time together where we all got to know each other better with plenty of opportunities for informal and formal chats with the kids about the church and God.
Please pray for:
- Our pastor Andrew Edwards has recently been diagnosed with an aggressive brain tumour and has been given a matter of months to live. Please pray for him and his wife Isobel and his children and grandchildren.
- Please pray that the right youth worker would come along for our church. Since our last one retired at the end of December we have been waiting for the right person to apply and they are desperately needed.
- Please pray for the future of the church – with regards to the possible merger and also as we are without our pastor at the moment.
North Downs network
Fleet Baptist Church
115 Clarence Road, FLEET, GU51 3RS
Senior Pastor: Christopher J Bird Associate Pastor: Nic D Arkley
Photo: from the recent Heidi Baker event they hosted
Growing and Resourcing
- Fleet Baptist Church continues to grow and last year having outgrown our premises in Clarence Road for Sunday Morning worship, we started services at All Saints Junior School, which we hire. This involved till recently, a moving team early each Sunday, to transport equipment and set up for the two morning services. We now have a container sited at the school and enough equipment enabling us to run evening services and events at the church as well. However, we have now outgrown the school and are once again looking for a new home. We are looking at restructuring our leadership and looking at a different membership process as our response to church growth.
- As part of our calling of being a resourcing church, we have been privileged to have visits from some anointed speakers, including Heidi Baker (Iris Ministries), Dan Slade (Partners in Harvest), Duncan and Kate Smith (Catch the Fire). We would love to welcome you to these events, and will continually update our website with further details for you. The next series to which you are warmly invited to are when Marc Dupont (Mantle Praise Ministries) is visiting us. On Sunday, 26th November to speak at an Encounter evening at 6pm. On the Monday and Tuesday evenings, 27th & 28th November, he will be leading open 'Healing Meetings' at the Clarence Road building at 7.30pm. During the day on Tuesday 28th November from 10am-3pm at the Clarence Road building, Marc Dupont will be leading a day conference investing in Leaders and if you are interested in coming to this, the cost is just £10 and you can sign up via our website www.fleetbaptist.org.uk
We ask you all to pray into the following points as we step forward into all God has for us:
- Pray for God’s provision for a new permanent home for us.
- Pray for us as we reach out into the community, that God may bless our current missions especially Alpha, Healing on the Streets, Treasure Hunting and Cafechurch.
- Pray for God’s wisdom as we seek his plans for our leadership structure and membership process.
North Kent network
West Kingsdown Baptist Church
Fawkham Road, WEST KINGSDOWN, TN15 6JP
Minister: Revd Dr Anne Clements
- A few years ago our Women's Fellowship, which had been meeting for many years on a Thursday afternoon, had dropped to 5 older ladies. We wondered whether to continue but felt that each individual person is important to Jesus and therefore to us - whatever age or state of health. so we continued. Now our numbers are up to 15 (if all attend) and rising. Mostly they are widowed ladies in their 80s and 90s who look forward to an afternoon out once a week. We have an activity (this afternoon we have a lady coming to demonstrate her wool spinning and talk about Jesus our Good Shepherd). We finish with a cuppa and cake followed by prayers. It is a simple format but one that works in a non threatening environment where everyone can share their aches and pains and know others will understand. We always have fun and laugh together!
- We are grateful for the generous giving of others and a recent legacy and gift have enabled us to renew our lighting in the hall and church and purchase new mics so now every one can see and hear.
Please pray for:
- Pray that Sunday by Sunday we all might see and hear spiritually as well as physically!
- At Christmas every year we have a lot of non churched folk into our nativity service and our cafe church carols by candlelight service, please pray that people will sense the presence of God and be open to His voice speaking to them as they come into our church.
- Please pray for the ladies who come on Thursdays, some of whom now attend church on Sundays, that at the dusk of their lives they will find Jesus to be a living Lord and friend.
South Kent network
Folkestone Baptist Church
Hill Road, FOLKESTONE, CT19 6LY
Ministers: Revds Chris & Katie Ruddle
- Folkestone Baptist Church has heard the call to reach out in mission to a new area of town. This pioneer work begins with running a Wellbeing Café in Folkestone Mind two sessions a week, a regular prayer session & developing chaplaincies to the various businesses and creative arts groups in the area. The hope is that these outreaches might take shape into a new community centre base in a year or so, as a large swathe of new housing goes up, but we will see how the Lord leads.
- Our pre-school had a significant expansion 18 months ago, with a £100k building development funded by KCC allowing them to go full time. This has doubled the intake of local children and deepened our connection with the local community. There are plans to increase this further by building a log cabin in 'the woods' at the back of the church.
Please pray for:
- We are delighted to have had six baptisms in the last twelve months or so, with another this Sunday and three folk considering baptism at the moment. Please pray for those who are new Christians, that they last the course and stick as lifelong disciples of Jesus.
- If they all came at once, we would have 20 teenagers on a Sunday morning. Please pray that we have wisdom in how best to use the limited space, for our youth worker Mung, and how best to help these teens to be lifelong followers of Jesus.
- Both pastors, Chris & Katy Ruddle have had periods of ill health in the last seven months. Chris has had a heart attack and is back but trying to figure out how to work at a different pace. Katy has been off sick for three months following planned surgery and is still not completely recovered. Please pray for a full restoration of health. Pray also for the great team at Folkestone Baptist Church who give glory to God as they serve the community in Jesus' name. They truly live up to our church motto for the year, Colossians 3:17. "Whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him."
West Kent network
The Eden Centre, Bray Way, Four Elms Road, EDENBRIDGE, TN8 6AD
Minister: Revd Melanie Commandeur
Praise the Lord for:
- Recently The Eden Church set up a group for seniors called 'cameo' come and meet each other. A promising start has been made.
- We launched our first two midweek 'life-group' prototypes this month. We'd love to see more developing as we go along.
- Our Parish Nurse project has been adopted by our local 'churches together' network and we have undertaken the financial responsibilities together. We are delighted with this act of faith and unity.
Please pray for:
- We are doing a joint Light Party for children with one of our partner churches in the town. Prayer for a wonderful event would be welcome.
- We need to raise hefty funds for repairs to make our old Chapel safe as it is the venue for our town's youth work. Ancient heating and a wobbly wall in a conservation area- not a great combination!
- We need to make decisions about how to go forward with our youth and kids ministry in 2018. Please pray for clear direction for all involved.
West Sussex network
New Life Church (Durrington)
10 Greenland Road, Durrington, WORTHING, BN13 2RR
Ministers: Revd Philip Amos & Pastor Paul Hammond
- We are as a church looking forward in the near future (The next couple of years) to see our new church building being built. We are at the end of October applying for planning permission to build both a new church and the demolish the old church (see photo above) and build houses on the site to part fund the new church building. So it’s all go here!
- We are also starting to organise the next Worthing town wide prayer meeting, which we host. The vision is to bring all the churches and all the Christians in Worthing together to pray for our town. Our next prayer meeting is 16th November.
Please pray for:
- Please could you pray that we get planning permission for the new church building and permission to build on the old church site.
- We would value prayer for the church leadership as we seek to steer the church through a £4,000,000 building project.
- Please pray that the churches in Worthing will catch the vision for praying for their town.