Breachwood Green. A village in Hertfordshire, near to the perimeter of Luton Airport. It boasts a JMI school, the Red Lion, a Community Hall and the Baptist chapel – and people and houses, of course. Population ca 1.000 (2011 figures). The church is a C19th listed building, and the congregation’s roots are linked with the activities in the area of John Bunyan in C17th.
The chapel is one of the hubs in the community. It hosts a community library and regular coffee mornings. Harvest - with its distinctive straw plait decorations -, Christingle and Christmas are still community occasions. The chapel has good links with the local school and children usually take part in the special services.
Congregations usually number between 16 and 25 with a mix of ages. Café Church is a more recent occasional experiment, and Christingle and Toy Sunday services are shared with the local Anglicans. Members also take part in an ecumenical Bible study group. Stephen Copson acts as Moderator and occasional preacher.
Pray for the church as its shares in the life of the village. There are all the joys and the hurdles of a small and rural community. Pray that newcomers will feel welcome. Pray for the school, its staff, governors and children. And pray for the congregation as they witness to Jesus in this small rural neighbourhood.
Link for PowerPoint download Prayer-Focus 8 Breachwood Green BC