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Ewhurst Baptist Church, nestling in the Surrey Hills, is a fellowship of 26 members with a typical Sunday morning gathering of 30-35.  The age of our congregation is mainly 50+ with a number faithful souls in their 80’s and 90’s.  Despite our limited resources, the church is finding a renewed heart for its village setting.  Our simple motto is 'Offering Christ to our villages' which we seek to do as we to witness to the gospel in creative and alternative ways, serving the community of which we are part.

Three things to praise God for:
  • Ewhurst1Following the acceptance of the church’s call for our Minister, he has now relocated into the village and is becoming increasingly integrated into village life.
  • For increasingly strong links to the village pre-school and infant school.
  • For the financial provision for the mission of the church which means that from this year we hope to become a net contributor to Home Mission, rather than a recipient. 
Three things to ask God for:
  • The vision and discernment to see where God by his Spirit wishes us to apply our limited resources in our situation.
  • Ecumenical unity, respecting diversity, which focuses on our shared foundation and local service.
  • For the Sunday morning breakfast café we are starting in May outreaching to the many walkers and cyclists we see in the village during the Summer months. 
Practical needs:
  • With an ageing congregation we can find ourselves struggling to undertake and staff the simplest of DIY tasks.
  • The availability of musicians for Sunday worship. 
Ewhurst2Specific church goals for the coming year:
  • To encourage a more participative approach to our church life, identifying and engaging better the gifts of those around us.
  • That we might offer the Gospel in creative and alternative ways to this community.
  • Going deeper in our discipleship.
How are things at the church generally?
We press on and endeavour to serve where we are, as we can, but we recognise we are still a largely elderly congregation and therefore hope that new families will feel called to come and enter into fellowship with us.

Thank you once again for your contribution to Home Mission which helps sustain our life of faith here.
You can find out more about us on our website. 
Simon Bodington (Minister)

Click here to read more stories about how the money you give to Home Mission is being used to bring the love of God to communities around the country.

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