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SEBAEarlswood Baptist Church

 
EarlswoodChurchEarlswood Baptist Church is a small fellowship with a long history. Initially a children’s mission as part of the work of Redhill Baptist Church, planted in 1909, it became a Baptist Church in its own right in 1987.  With a new meeting room built in 1978 which was renovated in 2008 and a hall added in 1997, the church has been blessed by God in its mission to the community in Earlswood.
 
EarlswoodDuckHookWe praise God for:
  • The growth we have seen in our children’s work. This has happened in two ways: firstly through our weekly evening children’s club which has doubled in size in the last 12 months, and secondly through the introduction last September of a 'Messy Church' style monthly event in which we are seeing 12-15 children and their families.
  • Also, our outreach to the more senior members of our community.  Our Coffee club, launched 18 months ago, catering for the 55 plus age bracket, and from a small beginning (5 or 6 people) we are now welcoming 20 plus on a regular basis.
  • The success of our Queen's Birthday Garden Party, which saw a good number of guests come and spend the afternoon with us.
 
We continue to seek God for the following:
  • We have recently taken the decision to 'rest' Youth Club due to low attendance.  We are running two events per half term to keep in touch with the young people, and plan to relaunch the Youth Club in September 2017 with a fresh intake from our Children’s club.  Please pray for us during this time that we maintain meaningful relationships with the young people and that the Lord will give us imagination and creativity with regard to the relaunch.
  • Please pray for us as we plan our fifth annual holiday club in August.
  • Once a month we have a 'Messy Church'-style service called 'Family Fun @ 3'.  Please pray that we will continue to see good numbers and that the numbers will increase.  Please also pray that many will come to faith as a result.
  • A key area of need is that of worship leaders/musicians.  We currently worship mainly with the use of backing track videos, but would love to welcome guest worship leaders and musicians from other fellowships to help lead and develop our worship at Earlswood Baptist Church.  We currently have one person from Reigate Baptist who helps us once a month and are speaking with Redhill Baptist to see how they might help us.
  • Another area of need is that, as a small church, resources are precious, not least volunteers.  We are currently looking for new Deacons to join myself, the Secretary and the Treasurer on the leadership team.  Pray that the Lord will raise up the right people for this important part of church life.
  • We are looking forward to our Holiday club in August and we are considering whether to repeat the Autumn Fair we held last September.
 
JonathanAndFamilyWe are always thankful to God for the tremendous sense of fellowship and love at Earlswood Baptist Church.  There is a real desire in the fellowship to move things forward and to see the Kingdom of God increased.
 
The support of Home Mission has been tremendously enabling to Earlswood Baptist Church.  I personally am very grateful to the opportunity that Home Mission has afforded me to minister at Earlswood Baptist Church and feel blessed as a result.  I also believe that the church has developed and grown its role in the community as a direct result of the opportunities that Home Mission support has provided.
 
The Revd Jonathan Hardwick, Minister
 
 

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