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East Kent network


Nothing this month!



East Sussex network

Victoria Baptist Church

Eldon Rd, EASTBOURNE, BN21 1UE
01323 737974
www.victoriabaptist.org.uk     Email
Minister: Revd Chris Short


the Victoria Baptist Church family


Victoria Baptist Church has seen a change in senior minister with Dr Ian White, who faithfully served for over 17 years, being succeeded by Chris Short in May 2018. During this change-over we have also introduced a new website and overhauled our house-style.

Over the last year a vibrant and thriving mums and toddler scene, active young peoples’ programme and energetic children’s ministry have amalgamated into Family Ministries, equipping, encouraging and resourcing all families. Our latest Advent and Lent resources were met with great enthusiasm.

At the other end of the age scale, the daytime Men’s Fellowship continues to thrive with a variety of guest speakers and a regular attendance of 30+. 

Within the last few months we have seen the development of a BSL café (British Sign Language get together) as well as running another Alpha course. The core leadership team has grown significantly and it is currently working on a solid vision statement that will take on the legacy left by those who have gone before. We have also endorsed the calling of one of our members for full-time Baptist ministry. Exciting times indeed.
Of course the best way to experience us is to pay us a visit, whenever you’re in Eastbourne – a warm welcome awaits you.

Prayer Points:

  • For deepening relationships with the local community
  • For the ever expanding work amongst families, space is a real issue
  • For a good balance of services and facilities across the ages

Praise Points:

  • The faithfulness of former ministers
  • The diversity of people, cultures and ages within our church family
  • The enthusiasm and unity of our core leadership team



Gatwick Network

Redhill Baptist Church

Hatchlands Road, REDHILL, RH1 6AE
01737 764065
www.redhillbaptist.org.uk     Email
Minister: Revd Graham McBain


the Redhill Baptist Church family



Redhill is a wonderfully diverse and vibrant town with great access to London, the countryside, motorways and airports. Our growing church reflects the kaleidoscopic community around us as we continue to welcome people of different ages, culture, gender and background.   Something that is reflected in the new Church leadership team that was appointed at the end of last year

Our year started with Baptisms and we have more in the pipeline for which we are grateful to God for. Our first Alpha course in a few years has been well received as people are belonging and integrating into community church life.

We have hosted our first Winter Night Shelter for the homeless. It was so good to use our premises in such a practical and helpful way by those on the margins of society.

We are delighted to welcome our new church manager Leigh McLean to the RBC team. Leigh joins us with a background in business and banking and considerable Baptist church experience. Already we are benefitting from his strategic thinking and leadership gifts.

Our community worker Miranda continues to strengthen our links with local community groups and is helping plan a local community party this summer on a nearby estate.

Our pastor Graham is leading the church into realising and owning a new vision for the church as we seek to stay relevant to our community and the church God wants us to be and the town needs us to be in 2019.

Please join us in praying for:

  • The developing partnership on the nearby Cromwell Road Estate
  • The sense of vision and calling on the church as we look at more opportunities to be active and present in our local community
  • The new leadership team and church manager



Mid Sussex Network

The Hub, Upper Beeding

The Hub, Upper Beeding
19 Church Lane, UPPER BEEDING, BN44 3HP
01903 815720
Website: www.thehubbeeding.org     Email hello@thehubbeeding.org
Minister: Revd Pete Butchers


The Hub, Upper Beeding - one of their Sunday services


Photo: one of our Sunday services

Ministry nestled in the south downs continues to be exciting and challenging as we work out together what it means to live as God's people in our villages and serve those around us witnessing to the goodness and grace of God.  We celebrated with five new Christians who were baptised on Easter Sunday as we enjoyed Easter Breakfast worship together.  We are in the middle of planning for a major refurbishment and had a gift day on 5 May which raised the necessary funds to make the cafe space and facilities all that we need them to be.

Our families and seniors work goes from strength to strength and we are now working alongside the area medical centre heading up their social prescribing scheme which is providing many opportunities to combat the isolation and loneliness that is so prevalent in our communities.  A recent Y course has involved more than twenty people and we have been excited to see how the Lord has been working in their lives.

Please pray with us for:

  • those who have been baptised and those with whom we are journeying together exploring the faith
  • for the building plans which we pray will enhance and not distract us from the work to which we are called.



North Downs network

The Church on the Heath

The Key, Elvetham Heath, FLEET, GU51 1HA
01252 400236
www.churchontheheath.org.uk     Email
Minister: Revd Patrick Butler
& Assistant Minister: Revd Betty Hayes

Easter Wall at The Church on the Heath


We have recently completed two courses that have brought blessing - 'Leading your Church into Growth' (LYCIG) and 'Wholeness'. LYCIG is designed for foster a mindset for growth in the congregation (spiritually, numerically and in service), and Wholeness to allow God to heal past hurts.

In May a group of eight men from the church and the community will travel to Romania to build a playground in a holiday home for disadvantaged children. This will be our third visit to Casa Valentin (the previous two were to run holiday clubs).

For Prayer:

  • We long for growth to come primarily through new believers rather than transfer. Please pray that we would see more come to Christ and be baptised.
  • We give thanks for two new initiatives: Messy Church and Pit Stop. Pit stop is a breakfast meeting for dads with their children (some of these men are going to Romania). Please pray that these would bear fruit for God's kingdom.
  • For the appointment of a Children and Families worker. With around sixty children attending each Sunday our volunteer team now needs a paid leader to support and further develop this ministry. Please pray that we would step out in faith as we look to fund this new post.




North Kent network

West Kingsdown Baptist Church

Fawkham Road, WEST KINGSDOWN, TN15 6JP
01474 852054
www.wkbaptist.org.uk
Minister: pastoral vacancy


West Kingsdown Baptist Church


We had a very encouraging Mothering Day service when we had a lot of visitors.
Our Toast Club (after school, fortnightly) where numbers have risen and we've had good conversations with parents and children. Also encouraging is Catch Up (carers and toddlers) and our weekly prayer meeting set up a year ago when our minister had to suddenly leave.
 
For Prayer:

  • For the church, that the Lord will give us direction as we seek a new part-time minister.
  • For strength for over-stretched leaders, Sunday School staff etc., and for more workers to join them.
  • For contacts with children and their parents - that they will see Jesus in us and will want to know Him.



South Kent network

Folkestone Baptist Church

Hill Road, FOLKESTONE, CT19 6LY
01303 252259
www.folkestonebaptistchurch.org     Email
Minister: Revd Chris & Katy Ruddle


Folkestone Baptist Church (today and 60 years ago)


This month we are celebrating 60 years of work at Hill Road (the church itself being 269 years old and Hill Rd our fifth meeting place!).

At Folkestone Baptist Church, we face many challenges and rejoice in many blessings. It feels a bit like the ‘changing of the guard’ at the moment. We have several new deacons and two new elders. We have a new Church Administrator, Finance Officer and Facilities Manager in post. It’s great to have such a team, though two of the three posts have had to be paid positions. We have recently had two baptisms and there are two to follow on Easter Sunday.

Our youth worker is currently away with youth on an Alpha Course ‘Holy Spirit’ Weekend. We pray for conversions. There are 28 youth on the course all together and fifteen have made it to the residential.

We have had 8 people on a pilot project of relaxation & Christian meditation. Initial signs are that it is being very well received by people who are not so engaged in a noisy, band-led form of worship. This course forms the centre of what we hope will be a new creative church plant near new building work happening in the Harbour area.

We have had some success reaching out to local families. We will be praying for a vision of how to link up the various children’s clubs, pre-school and schools work - so that we can better serve and minister to local families, and introduce them to Jesus.

Finances are a little stretched. We’ve had an expensive year. Extra costs were needed because the pastors have been ill, and a leaky roof that needed fixing urgently, have meant that reserves are running rather low. However, we had a gift day in May, and the church rose magnificently to the challenge and now things are more secure, although we are still having to be careful to keep running costs under control.


Through all this, and our regular work, we know God’s guidance and his grace. Relationships are good. Our ministers’ health is more stable. In short our prayer needs:

  • The ‘new’ leadership team. For wisdom and the right skills to lead effectively.
  • Youth work & the youth alpha course (& follow up).
  • New creative church plant in the Harbour area.
  • Local families. To come to know Christ.
  • Church finances to continue in a healthier position.



West Kent network

Paddock Wood Baptist Church

Church meets at: Paddock Wood Primary School
Old Kent Road, PADDOCK WOOD, TN12 6JE
www.pwbc.org.uk    Email
Lay Pastor: Steve Collingwood


Paddock Wood Baptist Church logo


We are planning our focus for the Kent War & Peace Revival, and hoping to put together a few interesting ideas for later in the year, including a 'goth' service around Halloween!

We are also supporting a couple of our number who are facing cancer treatment - in both cases it is major treatment; please join with us in lifting them and their families in prayer.


West Sussex network

New Life Church, Durrington

10 Greenland Road, Durrington, WORTHING, BN13 2RR
01903 262313
www.newlifeworthing.com     Email
Minister: Revd Philip Amos


New Life Church, Durrington - new building


We are presently enjoying a great Alpha Course with at least 12 guests who are clearly loving the course and some have also attended church sometimes.  We celebrated with a Baptismal Service on Palm Sunday.  It was especially lovely for us to baptise someone in their senior years, who had also attended our previous Alpha Course and now wants to come into membership.

Items for Prayer:

  • That we can successfully sell our current land and buildings to enable us to progress our project to build a new church.
  • That alongside this sale and the ongoing generosity of church members, God will release to us the considerable additional finances needed to fund the new church building.
  • That the visitors we are welcoming to the church week by week will clearly know if God would have them settle here with as and become part of our church family.

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