Gretton Baptist Church
Gretton is a village of around 2000 inhabitants in the Rockingham Forest area of north Northamptonshire, overlooking the Welland Valley. A couple of miles further north and you stand in historic Rutland. Gretton is the most northerly church in the Central Baptist Association.
Peter Lloyd has been at Gretton for several years, firstly as a minister-in-training with Regent’s Park College in Oxford and latterly as a part time minister. Central Baptist Association has allocated Home Mission funding to make this ministry possible.
The church enjoys good relationships with the local parish church of St James and jointly they run Lydia’s Coffee Shop as a village community project, offering food, chat and an indoor children’s playing area. There is also a prayer room available for quiet reflection.
'We are a growing church family in a village setting' writes Peter. 'We believe that God is at work here and we sense changes happening in the church and in the village. As a church we want to be involved in village life'.
The village already hosted a flower festival, a beer festival and a music festival. Three years ago, Gretton Baptist church decided to organise a Christian festival to energise local Christians in mission and raise the profile of the chapel. The event includes speakers and musicians who are able to explore the Christian message in a variety of media. This year’s line-up includes Kane Taylor, Jonah and the Whalers and the Revd Martyn Thorne.
Baptist churches in Northamptonshire are supporting the project through donations to Gretton as Church for the Year 2016 and it is hoped that the cash raised will allow the festival to have even better publicity and equipment to present the good news of Jesus in attractive and entertaining ways.
Please pray for Peter Lloyd and the members of the Gretton Baptist church congregation and pray especially for the effective witness of the Festival.
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