News from the Networks
East Kent network
Whitstable Baptist Church
Middle Wall, WHITSTABLE, CT5 1BJ
Minister: Revd Paul Wilson
- Thanks for new folk who have been regularly attending over the past year or so. Some have already come into membership and another person is presently applying for membership
- Encouraging response to a call to prayer in October with good attendance at 5 specially convened prayer sessions: we focussed on praying for unity, spiritual vision & fresh resources
- Answers to prayer already for aspects of our children’s & youth work & for our Christmas plans
- We have commissioned a structural survey of our premises which we trust will inform our vision for the future as far as the church building & our location is concerned
- For more younger families to worship with us
- For more personnel resources to allow us to undertake new initiatives
- For our reaching out to our immediate neighbourhood in line with the fresh concern God has given us for surrounding residents
- For prospective new community uses of our premises
- For our preparations for our 150th Anniversary on Sunday 2nd June 2019
East Sussex network
Beulah Baptist Church
Corner of Buckhurst Road & Clifford Road,
BEXHILL-ON-SEA, TN40 1QA
Minister: Revd David Lockwood
Beulah Baptist continues to engage with the local community and current issues. In November we were the only church that laid a wreath alongside many of the other local organisations at the 100 year anniversary commemorating WWI. With Brexit at the forefront of national news, our local MP came along to give a talk about his own life before becoming an MP, local issues and answered any questions people had. As a church we have recently transitioned from Rev Graham Holliday retiring in April and the Associate Minister Rev David Lockwood was called to be the new Senior Pastor at the end of September.
- Discussions around the future role of a new team member
- We are currently going through planning permission of our site to be redeveloped
- Bold witness in the town as we continue in our role as the hub church in Bexhill with the Turning.
Reigate Baptist Church
Sycamore Walk, REIGATE, RH2 7LR
Minister: Revd Mike Williams
Photo: Scenes from our 2017 Christmas Nativity
News & Prayers:
2018 has been a year of increase for Reigate Baptist Church for which we give God all the glory and praise.
- We are currently busy preparing for our Christmas events which will commence with the Christmas Nativity on 2 December. Last year the children loved petting the live animals which will be returning this year (photo above).
- Toddlers has increased so much in numbers that we are now opening on two mornings a week and seeing 300 people per week from the community. Many are now attending Sunday services.
- 350 and people from our community attended our light party
- The Alpha Course which finished this week was a great success, lives saved, friendships made and a lot of good interaction. We will shortly be running an Alpha follow up course for those who attended.
- Our children’s work has exploded over 100 children and we now need to import some porta cabins for classrooms
- We have held 14 baptisms
- Due to demand, we are now running the Marriage Course twice a year.
- In June we had our second Community Fun Day with over 1,000 locals attending!
- Youth Drop In continues to draw young folk from Reigate School, who pop in after school once a week to play games, do craft and chill out together.
- Connect groups have increased in number over the course of the year and we are looking forward to a few more starting in the New Year.
- We have recently held a 10 week series on the Holy Spirit and the gifts of the Spirit and seem several healings, many released in new gifts and there is a tangible move of the Holy Spirit
We have an amazing team and are so grateful to the Lord for each and every one but increase brings with it challenges as well! We need more helpers in every department in the church and would value prayers to that end. Also prayers for wisdom as implement changes in the New Year.
Mid Sussex Network
Good News, Brighton
Evangelist: Revd Neil Hilton
Since the start of Good News Brighton 3 years ago, we have had the privilege of integrating into and making new friends on the Moulsecoomb housing estate in Brighton. Due to our commitment to and connections in Moulsecoomb, God has very naturally opened up a number of doors to start ministries alongside local people. It has been encouraging seeing people who attend our ministries finding a sense of connection, love and acceptance in the Good News Brighton community. We are grateful to God as some people are discovering Him for the first time, as we explore Jesus together.
Living and ministering in an area of need poses the challenge of balancing social action and Gospel proclamation. It has been a privilege to be able to walk alongside members of our community, discipling them and walking a road through the gritty things of life, doing theology on the ground and seeing God work to restore lives and call people back to Himself.
Since moving into Moulsecoomb 3 year ago it is amazing to see how things have grown and developed - we have a building in the centre of the estate from the council, that fell into our lap; we are accepted and loved by locals and other community groups; and our Good News Brighton community is growing. We are so thankful and excited to see what God is doing.
We can't wait to see what the next 3 years hold.
- Continued favour with the council and to be seen as a positive asset to the community
- As our church grows, we are in need of more people to join the core ministry team
- Wisdom to handle the many challenge
North Downs network
Nothing this month!
North Kent network
Riverview Park Baptist Church
Meets for worship at: The Christopher Centre, The Alma, River View Park, GRAVESEND
- Each year we hold a Strawberry Tea and Christmas Fayre and spring and autumn quizzes. These are held to bring in people from the estate and we get to know many who come to these events year after year. We also help local charities financially by giving them 50% of any excess income from these events. One of the Deacons spends his time in the local Library as a ‘computer buddy’ which we hope is another avenue to get to know the people on the estate.
- We are also involved with Churches Together and members of the congregation are helping with the joint projects of Street Pastors, School Pastors and the Sanctuary which is a venture to help the Homeless during the winter months to have somewhere to sleep, a hot meal and for their clothes to be washed.
- Since 30 September 2018 our current Leader retired and we would very much appreciate your prayers for a new Leader to be found and for us to know as a Church, God’s plan forward in this time of change. For the Deaconate to be guided by God in this time of extra responsibility.
- That we will build on a foundation of love to continue to care for those in the present family at RVP and be prepared so that we might be in a position to also care for those who God will bring in.
- That God will help us as a Fellowship to draw together and seek His face in prayer, to listen to Him and that we move forward in His way alone. Please pray that prayer within the Church continues to grow.
South Kent network
Brabourne Baptist Church
Plain Road, BRABOURNE, TN25 6QN
Minister in training: Paul Muir
- Bicentenary anniversary: On the 13th and 14th October we had an amazing weekend celebrating 200 years in the life of Brabourne Baptist Church The church was full on Saturday October 13th with ministers past and present, people from the local community, as well as the church family. We all gathered to enjoy an afternoon of praise and worship and to listen to our inspiring speaker the Revd. Prof Philip McCormack MBE, Principal of Spurgeon's College, London. It was great to hear the history of the church and see how important it has been to the community of Brabourne and Smeeth. The celebration continued into Sunday which was again very well attended, and Philip gave another inspiring sermon.
- Paul’s induction: The church was full again the following Saturday afternoon for the Induction Service of our new Minister in Training Paul Muir. Paul's family & friends, including friends from Canterbury Baptist Church, Paul’s sending church joined us for another celebratory service. The Revd. Paul Kerley, representing the BU of Great Britain and Regional Minister of SEBA led the service of Induction and the sermon was delivered by Revd. Andrew Fitzgerald, Minister of Canterbury Baptist Church. We welcome Paul and his wife Julie into our church and village, and look forward to Paul leading us into our third century! Exciting times lie ahead.
- Give thanks for the growth of Messy Church and please pray for more young people to be drawn to the church and for growing contact and friendship with the parents of the children and especially for opportunities to share our faith.
- Please pray for those who come to our “Café Wednesday” (our “drop in: café) and “Meeting Point” outreaches. Pray that that they would want to know more about the Lord and would come to faith.
- That as we enter this third century in the life of Brabourne Baptist Church and seek God’s will for the future that he will make clear the plans that he has for us as a church.
West Kent network
West Sussex network
Angmering Baptist Church
Station Road, ANGMERING, BN16 4HY
Minister: Revd David Barnes
News & Prayers:
- The Parable of the Vine teaches us to remain in Christ if we are to bear His fruit. The agricultural imagery employed suggests this can take time and will involve some pain. Jesus taught there that his words must ‘remain in us’; we have been working our way through Mark’s Gospel Sunday mornings and the life of Moses in the evenings this year. And we have been challenged to ‘remain in Him’ which encourages us in our personal walk with God and especially a deepening of our prayer lives. But it is only this last year the Lord has given us significant ‘fruit’ in terms of new people being added to us. So we thank Him for that.
- We would value prayer for our Carol Services. Particularly for a special Cub Scouts Carol Service being held on Wednesday evening 19th December. The first of these was a real highlight last year: to see the scouts perform what was in effect a nativity service, and the building filled with scouts and their parents. In addition I would value prayer because I will be conducting short Carol Services at two local Care Homes for the first time. Green Willow Care Home on Wednesday 19th December at 2.00pm, and at Darlington Court Care Home on Saturday 22nd December at 3.00pm.
- We would also value prayer for a planned Open Day to take place on Saturday 2nd February 2019. This is aimed at connecting with our community to welcome them and let them know what we are about.
- Please also pray for us when on Saturday 9th February 2019 we begin a ten week series of video presentations that will take place on Saturday mornings. These show how the Bible can be fully trusted about Creation/our origins, and that there is more scientific evidence for God as our Creator than ever before.