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East Kent network

Birchington Baptist Church

Main Address: 31 Station Road, BIRCHINGTON, CT7 9DJ
also meets at: Crescent Road, BIRCHINGTON, CT7 9DP
(for Sunday evenings)
01843-845400
www.birchingtonbaptist.org
Minister: Revd Bob Goode


Birchington Baptist Church - The Loft


To cut a VERY long story short, around 10 years ago the church around the corner with whom we had worked over the years closed down, and very generously offered us their building and everything in it. The building included a 2nd floor flat which had been empty since the late 70’s, and which we came to believe God was calling us to dispose of. It was not until October 2017, however, that the flat was finally sold, by which time we were seriously considering employing a youth and families’ worker – with someone specific in mind. Starting in her role in March last year, Hannah’s dream was of a dedicated youth space within the church, and so, using funding from the sale of the flat, we have been able to create The Loft out of the upstairs hall in our original building in Crescent Road. Currently open two afternoons and early evenings a week, a small core of young teenagers are beginning to bring their friends to a space which they consider theirs, and in which they feel safe and valued. Alongside Hannah there is a small team of volunteers, including some from other churches in Birchington as it is important that this is not just a ‘Baptist thing’. The dream is to open every day, and at different times for different age groups, for which we need loads of volunteers! Removing the pews from the sanctuary in Crescent Road has also allowed us to hold occasional Family Fun Days there, free to the community, with various activities in the church, refreshments for sale in the downstairs hall and The Loft open for the older children.
God is doing much more amongst us too, with Mums and Tots, Storehouse (foodbank), Open Door and Coffee Bean, daily prayer meetings and our increasing involvement with 20\20 Vision Thanet, next year’s major evangelism push. To Him alone be the glory!

For praise:

  • God’s provision and perfect timing!
  • The young people coming to The Loft, and the meaningful conversations which are beginning to happen.
  • The Family Fun Days – seeing the sanctuary full of folk of all ages enjoying themselves is just brilliant.

For prayer:

  • More people to commit to working in The Loft, so the work can grow.
  • The annual Minnis Bay Holiday Club, 29th July to 9th August, under the banner of SU, and in which the Birchington churches have worked together for many years.
  • That we continue to walk in the direction that God intends for us.



East Sussex network

Rye Baptist Church

28 Cinque Port Street, RYE, TN31 7AN
07766 585503
www.ryebaptistchurch.co.uk
Minister: Revd Fiona Gill


Rye Baptist Church Coffee Plus


In June we celebrated the 269th Anniversary of Rye Baptist Church, having been founded in 1750.  Stuart Davison (who was minister here in the 1980s) came to preach at our Anniversary Gift Day Celebration service, and the celebrations culminated with a barbecue fellowship lunch.

We give thanks that our Gift Day offerings and another recent generous donation have enabled us to start some much needed repairs to the manse and church buildings.


Prayer:

  • We would appreciate prayer as we begin the process of becoming a CIO.
  • We give thanks for our flourishing Butterfly Club (Carers & Toddlers) and “Who Let The Dads Out” groups.   Please join us in praying for more families and younger people to become part of the church now.
  • We give thanks also for “Coffee Plus” – where we open the church on Thursday market days to sell hot drinks and home-made cakes, and at the same time to offer prayer, or a listening ear, for those who would like this.  On busy days we may see around 150 people coming in.  Previously, from this ministry, we have seen people coming to faith, and being baptised.  Please pray for further fruit from this initiative.



Gatwick Network

Brighton Road Baptist Church

Brighton Road, HORSHAM, RH13 5BD
01403-211150
www.brbc-horsham.org.uk
Minister: Revd Dr Tim Carter
Leader of Community Evangelism: Revd Michael Hogg


Brighton Boad Baptist Church - Michael and Graham juggling


We are delighted that this summer Revd Michael Hogg has joined Brighton Road as our Leader of Community Evangelism. He comes with a brief to equip, encourage and enable us all to engage in effective evangelism. We have also appointed a new church administrator, so we thank God for a new team working with Tim Carter, our senior minister.
This year has seen the launch of our Sixty Roads initiative – people in the church adopting one of sixty roads around the church, praying for them, delivering publicity and looking to build relationships with residents there.

The church wants, needs and is looking to grow through people discovering a personal faith in Christ. We are conscious that this will only be achieved as the Holy Spirit works through us. Please pray for openness, readiness and prayerfulness on our part for this to happen.
Please pray for the building of relationships of trust and effective cooperation between the leadership team, the church, the Holy Spirit and the community of Horsham.

As we look to restructure our youth and children’s work in the coming year, please pray that we would get this right, so that we can make good provision for the children, young people and their families who are associated with Brighton Road.

Thank you for partnering with us in prayer.



Mid Sussex Network

One Church Brighton

Sunday Service at: Florence Road Baptist Church
Florence Road, BRIGHTON, BN1 6DL
Other mid-week meetings at Florence Road &
Gloucester Place Baptist Church
Gloucester Place, BRIGHTON, BN1 4AA
www.onechurchbrighton.org
Minister: Revd David Steell


One Church Brighton


In the eight years since Florence Road and Gloucester Place Baptist Churches came together to become One Church Brighton, we have amazed at how God has used us to impact lives in our city. From our holiday hunger CHOMP clubs (grown from one club to nine venues across the city), to the growth of our Baristas training scheme enabling some of our most vulnerable young people to gain employability skills and confidence and countless other initiatives and conversations, we have also experienced growth in our ‘church’ community and are taking time in this season to equip the church for the next.


In January, our 30-year-old boiler broke down at our Gloucester Place building. This is where much of our city facing work takes place and it was very cold. We were overwhelmed by the response to a crowd funder which raised half of the costs towards a new boiler but also how many people shared the appeal and commented on the work we do across the city.

On Mothering Sunday, we were up early to broadcast to the nation for the Radio 4 morning service. Despite the clocks going forward so having to be at church at 7.30am (new time) and it being a very different type of service for us, we thank God for the positive reception this broadcast received and the subsequent conversations that have come from it.

Last May bank holiday many of our young people again attended May Camp at Plumpton, organised by the Diocese of Chichester. Worship, Bible Study, Games and generally a fun time had by all. We thank God for deepened relationships between the young people and more openness to God’s love.


Please pray:

  • We are in a recruiting season, so we are praying for the right people to apply and be appointed as our new Operations Manager. We’re also looking for a Children's Worker to help our team of volunteers for this growing area particularly of our Sunday life. We’ve also got some funding for someone to lead our CHOMP project and to take this work forward as it spreads throughout our city.
  • Work of CHOMP over the summer. Hundreds of families who experience holiday hunger will make contact. Pray for those families who really struggle to feed their children over the 6 weeks of summer. Pray that many of them will find a CHOMP club not just for the meal but also the fun of activities and company for often isolated parents.
  • Plans for our therapeutic community in West Sussex are moving ahead with pace. Please prayer that the final pieces of the Buncton jigsaw will fall into place, especially for the funding to launch the project and the right people to host the community.



North Downs network

Knaphill Baptist Church

High Street, WOKING, GU21 2PZ
01483 474083
www.knaphillbaptist.org.uk
Pastoral vacancy

Knaphill Baptist Church


Knaphill Baptist Church, the small Church with a big heart. Many people miss us as we nestle between 2 groups of houses on the end of the high street, but what we lack in size we make up for in zeal. Often fielding more volunteers at any event than the larger nearby churches (who we are blessed to have close links to), and on a Sunday when we raise our voices to sing it is a joyous sound.

Right now it’s a time of change at KBC, with our minister leaving us last year we have taken some time out to pray on where God wants us to go next before putting our profile up for consideration. We have been blessed with a succession of excellent preachers and our moderator who have supported us. However we are now working to bring things together and start looking in earnest for a minister to come with us on our journey.

We have learn't the need to be malleable, so God can form us into what He needs. We have a great starting point, with a strong (if small) team, a building and stable finances. Surrounded by other Churches which are also starting to look out, not in.

Where we will be in a year we don’t know, we have many thoughts, on providing mental health support, a drop in shop, café spaces and others, but we remain open to the leading of the spirit. Recent prayer has shown us the importance of His timing, one thing we will be doing is continuing to meet in prayer as we look to see who He is sending to come alongside us.


Prayer Points:

For clarity on His plans for us, specifically:

  • Our planned open discussion at the Knaphill Show with the community
  • On when and who our next minister will be
    From our prayers as to what He would have us do for His kingdom

Praise Points:

  • That we remain financially stable, able to meet, pray and share fellowship
  • For our leadership and the support we have had from our Baptist family
  • For the growth we have seen in our church despite our uncertainty on what He has planned for us.



North Kent network

Walderslade Baptist Church

Catkin Close, CHATHAM, ME5 9HP
01634 687571
www.waldersladebaptist.org.uk
Minister: Revd Stephen Roe


Walderslade Baptist Church front elevation


Our Pre-school has successfully transitioned from retirement of long-serving Supervisor to new promoted Supervisor, and successful Ofsted too - praise the Lord!

Christian Aid work with local churches increased collaboration this year - local collection raised £5,290, which was great.
 
Prayers:

  • New outreach into second local youth prison working with free church Chaplain beginning this month, taking service with about 15 boys aged 16-18.
  • That a number of people/families on the edge of Church will be drawn into full Church life.
  • Camp with non-Christian YP from Youth Club this summer.



South Kent network

Headcorn Baptist Church

1 Station Road, Headcorn, ASHFORD, TN27 9SB
01622 891309
www.headcornbaptist.org.uk
Shared Ministry


Headcorn Baptist Church


We had the blessing of a MAD (Make a Difference) Mission in October 2018 with a team from SEBA. Maeve Whitchurch and her team inspired the church in outreach into the village which was greatly blessed and made an impact in the community.

Since the MAD Mission the church has built on contacts made.  At Christmas 2018 special gift cards were distributed to over 200 homes and our Carols-by-Candlelight service had the biggest attendance the church has seen for many a year. At Easter more homes were visited and gift cards delivered. We are now planning our own version of a MAD Mission for October 2019.

Having received a large financial gift to be used in local ministry, the church has authorised the Deacons to explore the possibility of having a Pastor and SEBA support is being received for this process.


Prayer:

  • That the church will rise to the challenge of the October Half-Term MAD Mission opportunities and again Make a Difference in the village.
  • For the Deacons and the Church as we begin to explore the possibility of having a Pastor for the first time in over 20 years.
  • For the deacons who, in the absence of a Minister, have found the responsibility of leading the church in reaching out to the community, preaching and administering quite challenging.



West Kent network

Bessels Green Baptist Church

Bessels Green Road, BESSELS GREEN, TN13 2PS
01732 454921
www.bgbc.co.uk
Ministers: Revd Charlie Ingram & Revd Andy Potter


Bessels Green Baptist Church


On the evening of Thursday 14th September 1769, 15 men and 19 women gathered together to form a new Baptist fellowship in Bessels Green. On that day, 250 years ago, Bessels Green Baptist Church was born.

From those 34 original members we have grown into a community with a membership of just under 200 and a monthly attendance of around 300, across 3 services of worship, and with 3 distinct congregations. BGBC is reaching out to many others across Sevenoaks and the surrounding villages through sport, art, children’s work and our seniors lunch club.


Please pray for us as we celebrate out 250th anniversary. We are hosting a village funday on Saturday the 14th of September and celebration worship service the following day on the Sunday 15th. All are welcome...




West Sussex network

Chichester Baptist Church

124 Sherborne Road, CHICHESTER, PO19 3AW
01243 782582
www.chichesterbaptist.org.uk
Ministers: Revd Ken Benjamin & Revd Ellen Wild


Chichester Baptist Church fun day


This picture was taken on our local green a few weeks ago when together with our friends at St Wilfrid’s Church down the road from us, we hosted a free fun day for our local community. A great time was had by all, on a beautifully warm, sunny day! – We served around 500 free burgers and hot dogs and families came and took part in lots of fun and games, we repaired bicycles, gave away free plants and much more besides. We also visited a number of properties to help collect and remove rubbish that they were not able to dispose of.  We were  so warmly received and old and new relationships established. Many of the local families come to our Parents/Carers toddlers group. Please do join us in praying for these many families that they would not just be friends of the church but become friends of Jesus.  A few of the local mums have attended an Alpha Course in one of our leaders’ homes and a couple are wanting to get married in church which is a real cause of celebration!

Our Senior Minister, Ken is now President of the Baptist Union for 2019-20 and will be away for much of this time, travelling up and down the country with his message of “Where do we grow from here?” with its application both personally and for all of our churches.  Of course that question applies equally to us here at Chichester Baptist Church as to any other church in the country! Please do pray for us as we prayerfully consider  and  discern  God’s will  and look to take some bold steps  with the aim of reaching more people  with the Gospel

Last autumn, we were delighted to welcome Calvin Hollingworth as our new Worship Ministry Leader. We are already seeing the benefits of Calvin as he overseas this vital aspect of our church life.


Please pray for:

  • More in our community to become friends of Jesus!
  • Our plans for a new gathering in the  area
  • For Ken, during his presidential year, for protection for Ken and Sue and for their  message they are sharing across the Country,  and for our church leaders here, with increased responsibilities and for continuing unity in our church family.

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