Edwin and Anne Kibathi relocated to London from the Presbyterian Church of East Africa (PCEA) in Kenya in 2006 to reach out to and minister to the large East African expatriate community in the UK and begin a church planting ministry known as PCEA UK Outreach.
The church plant was established in the Stratford area of East London and has continued to grow since then. At present the congregation has over 100 adult members, with many more children and young people in the congregation. They meet for worship services every Sunday afternoon at 395 Barking Road in East London and offer a warm welcome to newcomers and visitors. In addition, the congregation has a Women’s Guild, Men’s Fellowship, Sunday School and youth group, each of which takes an active part in the church services during the year.
In recent years, two PCEA fellowship groups have started in Luton and Reading, with East African expatriates gathering each Sunday in Luton and one Sunday a month in Reading for worship and teaching.
Edwin and Anne also engage with the wider East African expatriate community in the UK and seek to support people pastorally.
Edwin and Anne have continued their work throughout the Covid-19 pandemic. Church services and meetings have been held online and they have been able to keep in good contact with church members and others either online or by phone.
For more information on the PCEA London go to PCEA UK Outreach Facebook.
General Prayer Points
- Give thanks for the vital and growing ministry of PCEA UK Outreach among Kenyans and other East African expatriates in London, Luton, Reading and in other parts of the UK.
- Pray for daily wisdom and strength for Edwin and Anne and those working with them, as they seek to reach out and share the love of Jesus Christ with the many who have practical needs or are facing hardship or difficulties of one kind or another.
- Pray especially for the ministry to children and young people, that they will grow in their understanding of the Christian faith and find spiritual guidance and encouragement, as they attend the various meetings arranged for them.
Edwin and Anne have recorded a short three minute film clip which can be downloaded and used in church services, prayer meetings or events to raise awareness and prayer for what God is doing across the world, as we seek to go deep and wide in global mission involvement.
(For previous Digital Dispatches video clips click here)
December 2023/January 2024
Greetings from London and hope you are well.
As reported in our last post, the events went on very well and we give God all the glory.
We finished last Sunday, the 3rd of December, with the church school Sunday, where the children led the worship services in all our congregations.
All our congregations apart from Birmingham will be holding their Christmas Dinner fellowships. This is an important event in that it is used to support many who are not able to join their families back home for this festive season.
It is also a moment to invite friends who don't attend any church. We have seen some deciding to join us after these events.
We have also carol services on the 17th December in all our congregations.
In the month of January, we hope to hold Church leaders elections to replace those who have left or retiring from their respective roles.
The training and induction of the new leaders will take place in the month of January and February.
Thank God for the events that took place between September and November.
Pray that the Christmas Dinner fellowship will bring the season's joy as members interact and celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ.
That those travelling to be with their families during this season will be granted journey mercies.
That the leaders elections and inductions will run smoothly to the glory of God.
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