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SEBAStrode Crescent Baptist Church, Sheerness

  • A church sustained by God through the challenges affecting church members

  • Continuing to support young mums and children through Nappichinos

  • Developing a ministry with the survivors of sexual abuse through 'Restore the Years'

  • A church grateful for Home Mission funding which has been a life-line to local mission and ministry

BePartHello to all the friends and prayer supporters of Strode!  So, what’s going on in the far-flung wilds of the Isle of Sheppey?

What are we up to?
To be brutally honest, life at Strode has been a little hard these past few months as we have many of our people with long term or acute conditions or illness.  Whilst they are still able to come on Sundays, they are now reaching a point in their lives where they are not able to be practically involved in front-line mission.  Sadly, this is starting to impact what we can do: there is so much we could do, but are not able to due to lack of workers. 

We are still engaged in our work among young mums with Nappichinos, the children who live in the same street as us, and our monthly Family Fun nights.  And, on Tuesday mornings, Ron and his team of helpers still serve breakfasts and coffee to a variety of people who drop by.  'Restore the Years', a charity set up by one of our church members and run from the church, is for survivors of sexual abuse.  This is very much a ministry given to Anthea and is growing and developing at a rate of knots, such is the demand for it in this this area. 

Our Easter celebrations consisted of a Tenebrae service on the evening of Maundy Thursday, joining with the other churches on the Island at Bunnybank on Good Friday and celebrating the anniversary of the most amazing day in history, here in the church with an Easter baptism!  Fiona has been coming along to Strode for about two months now, and has become a follower of Jesus in that time.

Points for Praise
  • We praise and thank God for the way he is sustaining us here, and enabling those who can, to keep working and just 'being' his people.
  • We thank God for the start of a new home group.
  • We praise God for the work of 'Restore the Years' and the work it is doing to empower the survivors of childhood sexual abuse.

Practical Needs
  • The outside of our two storey church building needs redecorating this year.  If we’re to pay to have it done, it would cost about £3,500 - money we just don’t have at the moment.  We need to find someone able to do it for us for less than this (we can provide scaffolding!)
  • When I started my ministry I felt God calling me to live in a caravan in a caravan site.  The church was up for this and bought a caravan and for the past year I have lived there very happily.  As a single person, (never married) I thought I was destined to stay that way until the sun set, in my lovely van with the ducks outside!  However, God had other thoughts, and I am now planning to marry Joe on 2 September.  He is very tall, and wouldn’t comfortably fit into my little home, so I am moving in with him.  This leaves the church with a caravan – and the need to recoup as much of the money we spent on it as possible!  If anyone is interested – please get in touch with June, our secretary.
  • More people to join the family who are passionate about Jesus and still active workers!!

Goals for the coming Year
  1. To teach the 'baby Christians' in the fellowship to help them develop into healthily, strong believers.
  2. To encourage those who are tired and to spur them on to deepen their lives of faith.
  3. To keep the work we are currently doing on top form and a good witness to Jesus.
  4. To see the work of 'Restore the Years' grow and develop as God leads.
Things in General
  • Our long-time caretaker and guitarist, Graham has been very poorly for a long time now, and last week was admitted to hospital quite severely unwell.  Please pray for him, that God’s best plans would be worked out in his life.
  • The shape of our morning services are forever changing and it is great to see how people are becoming more involved with what is going on on Sundays.  Whilst we don’t currently have a need for a children’s work, we occasionally have a couple of children who are encouraged to take part in the service as they are able.

StrodeCrescentTo some of you, giving to Home Mission may be something boring, or meaningless.  To us here at Strode, there have been times when Home Mission has been our life-line to ministry and we give you our heartfelt thanks.  We are based in a very poor community, and, due to the make-up of our church family only four people are in current employment - the rest are in receipt of benefits or pensions.  Like many places, we count every penny twice before we spend it, but are not scared to spend on mission.  Throughout the history of the church here, God has been faithful and, though things have sometimes looked bleak, we have always come through.  To him be the glory!!
Clare Atkin - Minister

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