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SEBACommunity Church Robertsbridge

Community Church, Robertsbridge (CCR) is a new church based in the village of Robertsbridge, near to the Kent/Sussex border.  We are praying to be a community of God’s people that reaches out to bless the wider community in the village.  Since July 2015 we meet every Sunday morning in the Youth Centre for our all-age worship service.  On 31 January 2016, we had a special service and 11 people became Founding Members of CCR.

Approximately 20 people meet on Sunday; some are from the former URC church and some from other denominations.  We are learning to be a pop-up church particularly with the sound and projection equipment.  CCR also rent a small shop (The Hub – see picture below) which is our face and our base on the High Street for our activities in the week.  In the last few months, we have linked with Ashburnham Christian Trust and we now stock Christian bibles, books, cards and toys as part of our outreach.  We also sell craft items produced by residents at Kenward Trust who are recovering from addictions.

RobertsbridgeThe Hub has a weekly coffee morning on Thursdays which welcomes about 20 people most weeks.  We have very good relationships with the local Bruderhof community and the local Anglican Church (St Mary's Salehurst) and some members of the Bruderhof help with the coffee morning.  There have been puzzling afternoons run in conjunction with St Mary's.  One of the ladies from the coffee morning has led two successful craft afternoons which we hope will continue.  There is a prayer meeting on Fridays and we have just started a Mums and Toddlers afternoon on Wednesdays which is enabling us to meet more families.  On our first week, we welcomed four mums with seven children, including two sets of twins.  The Street Pastors used the Hub as a base for prayer and refreshments during the village Bonfire parade and we were able to give out 50 Why Christmas booklets and children’s Nativity books at the Christmas capers evening, as well as welcoming many people into the Hub while the High Street was closed.

CCR has linked with Salehurst C of E school and is currently helping with two assemblies each month.  The Revd Jan Vidler has been seconded to CCR from Hawkhurst Baptist Church to Pastor the new Church.

Prayers of thanks
  • For the creation of a new church
  • For the use of the Youth Centre and the Hub
  • For a love gift from Battle Baptist Church that has enabled us to buy an electric piano

Prayer requests
  • That the church would have wisdom regarding the use of the Hub
  • That more people would be called to come – we can be short of personnel for some activities
  • Need for a church computer and projector as we are currently using someone’s personal equipment

Future goals
We would like to open the Hub on a Saturday morning as a bookshop and are currently discussing this along with using the Hub for some of our Easter reflections and outreach.

CCR would like to thank all the SEBA churches who support Home Mission Fund.  A grant from Home Mission is currently funding our part-time pastor, and this, together with the support of SEBA Regional Ministers and team, has enabled the new church to begin.  Thank you everyone!
The Revd Jan Vidler - Pastor

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