News from the Networks
East Kent network
Queens Road Baptist Church
Queens Road, BROADSTAIRS, CT10 1NU
Ministers: Revd Stephen Cave & Revd Samuel Hearle
Photo: Summer Time at Queens Road Baptist Church, Broadstairs
- Like lots of churches summer time at QRBC is a fun filled busy time. Whatever happened to August being a time for a break? Kicking off with a holiday club at one of the local schools, followed quickly with people from the church supporting a SU two week event at a nearby seaside town; a trip to Uganda to work alongside our partners in helping to provide a secondary school for the most needy children in the North of the country alongside working with families with children with additional needs, a family day held at a local school in an area we are trying to see if God has something for us to support His presence there and rounded off by an inter-generational event which brought seniors from the community together with young people for a meal. Even as I write people are loading up for Soul Survivor. Would we change it? Not for a moment.
- Continuing to develop our family programme
- The building of a new school in Soroti, Uganda
- Pioneering events in the West Dumpton area of Ramsgate
East Sussex 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
Minister: Revd Jan Vidler
- Community Church Robertsbridge, CCR, continues as a “pop- up church” in the village as we hire our premises. We have continued to be blessed with the use of the Youth Centre for Sunday worship and the Village Hall for most other activities.
- The weekly coffee morning is growing relationships and is much appreciated. Last September we began a new “missional community” style of outreach, Craft Creations. Previously we had held occasional craft afternoons but this has grown into a very low key monthly craft church. A new craft is taught every month by church members or coffee morning friends with a thought for the day and a prayer box.
- CCR distributed a mission survey last year and 1 of the suggestions was that we host a “Shed Ministry”. At present we do not have land or premises to do that but as an alternative we have begun a link with Tools with a Mission. The first collection was successful and we met many new people in the village and broadened our link with the local primary school where the Pastor takes monthly assemblies.
- This year has been challenging as 2 of our 4 leaders have moved away but we have been blessed with 1 new leader and a new relationship with Battle BC. The Pastors there have highlighted our needs to their membership and some are coming to help occasionally. Another challenge was holding our 1st Funeral and Thanksgiving service in the Village Hall, which was very well attended, and making it a sacred space. Our home group has moved to the “Upper Room” in the Hall and we continue to have seasonal film shows in the main hall as well as our book/supplies stall at the monthly Village market.
- There are several potential opportunities for CCR in the future including a connection with a nearby Foodbank to distribute some parcels, a possible Allotment “missional community” and running a Bereavement course but much wisdom is needed as we are still a baby fellowship in age (3 years) and in numbers.
Prayers of Thanks:
- For the love gifts from Rye and Battle Baptist Churches
- For deepening relationships within the fellowship and the wider village
- For timely provision of what we have needed and the continuing support of Home Mission
- That CCR will know the Lord’s guidance and wisdom regarding our outreach and pastoral evangelism particularly in regard to Allotment Church, Foodbank and the Bereavement Course.
Any and every prayer is much appreciated!
Life Community Baptist Church
Church meets at: Business Enterprise Centre, The Forest School, Compton Lane, HORSHAM, RH13 5NT
Correspondence Address: c/o 1 Meadow Close, Horsham, West Sussex. RH12 4JS
Minister: Revd Julie Shimizu
- Our minister for 25 years is due to retire at the end of this year, so we are currently in a transitioning period. It feels like it’s an end of an era for us but starting a new one. Emotionally in many respects it’s going to be tough – our minister has been so faithful and is exceptionally talented and we will miss her - but as a church we will need to embrace changes. We are currently going through the process of trying to find a new minister and we are in conversation with a possible new minister at the moment. God is good
- In September 2018, for the second year running, we are looking forward to a church weekend retreat at Ashburnham. Our last one, in March 2017 was a special and memorable time.
- We would appreciate your prayers for us to be hearing from God to fulfill His will for the future of our church as we seek a new minister and consider the way forward. Please pray that God’s will be done in the life of this person and for the life of this church
- We are also eager to see a breakthrough into our local community, to share the Gospel Good News of Jesus and be effective and fruitful witnesses
- Please pray for our current Minister, Julie as she prepares for her retirement that God will bless her and she will be fruitful for what God has called her for her next period of ministry
Mid Sussex Network
New Life Christian Church (Hove)
2 Rutland Road, HOVE, BN3 5FF
www.inewlife.info Email email@example.com
Pastor: Kendall Mason (Minister in Training)
- We are a community of believers that are based in Hove, right next to the seaside and the popular beach destination of Brighton.
- The biggest news was the sending of our former Pastors Mario and Sam Otero as missionaries to Spain. We had a commissioning service to send them as a seed from our church to bless the nation of Spain and it was an emotional, but beautiful time in the Lord.
- With this also meant, the promotion of Kendall Mason to lead Pastor of New Life Christian Church, which has been an incredible joy and honour to have take place and we know that God’s blessing will be on him in this time.
- We, a few months ago, closed the doors to the church and all went to have church with our wider community of believers at Big Church Day Out. It was a wonderful opportunity to bless our community by deciding as a church to pay for all that wanted to go. It was an incredible time of worship, fellowship, and new relationships formed! Plus the music was amazing!
- We have also partnered with many local churches in hosting a praise and worship night called Burn 24/7, which is a global worship movement dedicated to prayer and worship!! We have hosted it the last 2 months and it’s been incredible blessing to our whole community of believers. We have also had many unbelievers come through the door and come to know Jesus through just hearing the sound of worship!
- We have a Baptism coming up on 9 September as well for someone that has been attending for only the last 5 weeks, but is feeling the confirmation of wanting to live a completely changed life. So that’s very exciting! .
- Lastly, we have also been reaching out through street evangelism and through something called Prayer Chair. It’s an opportunity for people to have prayer voluntarily and we have been seeing some incredible fruit from that! Many people that have come to faith and been healed as the result of prayer in Jesus name.
- There are many other things we could say, but it’s exciting to share the good news of what’s happening here in Brighton and Hove.
- Please be praying for God to continue to draw unbelievers by His Spirit.
- Pray that God will open the hearts of those that we outreach towards and that they would have hearts to receive.
- Pray for Kendall and all the leaders at New Life in this fresh new season He’s bringing us into.
- Pray for those that are already in our community to grow, mature and develop in their walk with the Lord.
North Downs network
Godalming Baptist Church
Queen Street, GODALMING, GU7 1BA
Minister: pastoral vacancy
- Our church congregation has 122 members, many of whom are in the 60+ bracket and we are currently without a pastor. Since last September we have been trialling both a traditional and contemporary service to encourage younger families to join our church.
- At the end of July, the pastoral worker and team hosted a two-day Holiday at Home for those of senior age in the community. The theme this year was ‘The Great British Sea-side Holiday’ and many guests arrived transported by voluntary drivers, for a fun-filled two days. The rooms were decorated with a seaside theme and the tables were adorned with arrangements of flowers. Guests were entertained with various seaside activities and even a donkey came to visit. All of this would not be possible without the team of volunteers who set up, cooked, created, hosted, joined in the activities, washed-up, cleared-up and all with a smile on their faces! We are also so grateful to the Round Table who supported us financially.
- 22 of our young people from our midweek children’s group aged 7 – 12 years, went to a ‘Getaway’ camp organised by the children and family’s worker with a dedicated team of volunteers. The children were able to try climbing walls, caving, adventure trails and other activities. They also had a time together each morning and evening, looking at how Gods word shows our young people that we shouldn't get our self-esteem from what we look like or our abilities etc. but in the knowledge that God loves us, thinks we're beautiful and is more concerned about our character. This was not only shown through the word and demonstrations but in drama, a catwalk modelling session, and brilliant worship led by two musicians.
- Please pray for our church leadership team for wisdom and discernment as we search for a new pastor.
- Pray for our church to continue to listen to God in appealing to younger families in the community.
- Pray for God to continue to provide our church with willing volunteers and the financial resources to continue and even to increase our outreach to the community.
North Kent network
Strood Gospel Mission Church
Brompton Lane, STROOD, ME2 3BQ
Interim Minister: Revd David Bousfield
- The last eighteen months has been a time of seeking God and consolidation for the Church following the departure of its previous minister, youth worker and the appointment of an Interim Minister. During this time the Church has prayerfully come together to discern God’s will for the next chapter for Strood Gospel Mission and the appointment of a new minister. It has continued to work out its vision to be committed to Christ, His Word and to the surrounding community. Maintenance issues with a collapsing toilet floor, a falling ceiling and roof leaks have not deflected us from seeking His vision for us at Strood.
- The Church continued to be involved in the Medway Winter Night Shelter Project, joining together with Churches across Medway to provide overnight accommodation for the homeless. Participating this year proved more challenging than last year. Nevertheless much was achieved, not least providing shelter, food and warmth during one of the coldest periods over the winter. The Shelter Project supported many of its guests into longer-term accommodation. Sadly, a local Community Project that the church has supported for several years together with two other local churches, closed during the year due to the difficult financial climate for small charities. The fellowship continues to be involved with supporting Medway Foodbank.
- More recently, numbers attending our Toddler Group have increased significantly along with an increase in those attending our J Group (youth group for 6-11 year olds). A Christingle service before Christmas and an Easter Party were well attended by many of these families and opportunities for fun, friendship and sharing Christ.
Please pray for:
- Please pray for the church as it seeks God’s will and guidance in appointing a new minister. Pray that the Lord would bring the right person to lead the church forward in its future ministry.
- Please pray for the Church and its ongoing ministry to be fruitful and see lives changed in the local community.
- Please pray for the young peoples’ ministry to bear fruit and be sustainable in the longer term.
South Kent network
Nothing this month - come back next month
West Kent network
Dormansland Baptist Church
7 High Street, Dormansland, LINGFIELD, RH7 6PU
Interim Pastor: Revd Judy McKenzie Dunn
Minister in Training: Andy Ayre
- As the picture implies…we are enjoying our fellowship together as a church, in spite of the trials and tribulations some of us have gone through.
- Our new website is now up and running, and we are very much looking forward to the arrival of the Eyre family in September.
- Andy is our new Minister in Training joining our leadership team from his church in Norwich, and studying at Spurgeon's.
- We should also mention that our Urban Saints group won the Dormansland Carnival Float competition for the second year running!!
Please pray for:
- Please pray for Andy and family as they come to join us, especially for more places to become available at the local school.
- We have made many friends in the community but we long to see them becoming disciples of Jesus. Pray for breakthrough.
- Pray for continued unity and joy, and for our protection. There have been a few arrows flying lately!
West Sussex network
Opengate - Bognor Regis Baptist Church
73 Victoria Drive, BOGNOR REGIS, PO21 2TD
Ministers: Revd Jamie Fredricks & Revd Nick Drury
- We’re delighted to welcome our new Associate Minister Nick Drury, who will be starting at the church this month. Nick has just been ordained after completing training at Northern Baptist College and has already moved down to Bognor with his wife Hannah. Nick will be involved in all aspects of ministry, but will be focussing on our work with young adults and on developing discipleship amongst our youth.
- This Autumn we will be launching a new program of Life Groups, which will be short term groups engaging with people in all sorts of ways: socially, in devotion and study, missionally, for community action and so on. We hope that this will bless and equip our congregation, and also open new ways to connect with our community.
Please pray for:
- Please pray for our leadership team who are facing all manner of challenges at the moment. Please specifically pray for our worship team leader Tom Mills, his wife and two young daughters, as Tom has just been diagnosed with cancer.
- Please Pray for Nick and Hannah as they settle in the area and into the church, that they will feel at home here and that God will bless their ministry and Hannah’s new job in a school in Worthing.
- Please pray for wisdom and guidance as we seek to follow Jesus faithfully, and become the church that he is calling us to be in our community.