Essex Baptist Association
About the EBA
The Eastern Baptist Association is a family of Baptist Churches situated throughout Norfolk, Suffolk, Cambridgeshire and Essex.
Our vision is “Growing healthy churches in relationship for God’s mission in the East of England.” See www.easternbaptist.org.uk for further information
Prayer Focus (Sunday 31st January 2021)
This week's EBA Prayer Focus is Clarence Road Baptist Church
Clarence Road is a town-centre church in Southend-on-Sea, with a history of pioneering social action, being sensitive to the needs of people in our diverse town. One of our strengths is our welcome and hospitality.
Our congregation is made up of people from quite different backgrounds, and we value our connections to the wider community; the building is used by lots of different community groups which offer support and friendship for those who are vulnerable in our town. We also host a pioneer Baptist Church, 57West, in part of our building, which works primarily with rough sleepers and those most in need in Southend.
As for us all, this year has been difficult for our church. Many of us have been self-isolating since the beginning of March. While we re-opened our building, we discovered that this only served to highlight our disconnection rather than bringing us together again. So, we have decided to worship online using YouTube, Facebook, and Zoom.
These times of fellowship have been meaningful, and we are adapting to this mix of technologies while also using more traditional communication methods – sending letters again! Each weekday evening, we meet for ‘Compline @Clarence,’ a daily time for quiet, contemplative reflection on the day, at 10pm using Facebook Live.
We have joined with other churches locally on various Christmas projects. And we have continued to meet on YouTube and Zoom Sunday mornings to worship and celebrate communion together. This pandemic has truly highlighted the importance of building meaningful relationships as a church family. We thank God for his continued care and guidance for our church.
For those most vulnerable in our church, that with a vaccine now on the horizon they will be able to connect in-person again
For the relationships and friendships of the church, both as a church and with local groups and projects
For new opportunities to connect with our community in a post-pandemic world, and wisdom to know where to put our energies!
For our finances – like many small churches, we have lost a large portion of our income. Please pray for wisdom and faithfulness in managing our resources