St Andrews Baptist Church Weekly Bulletin
Sunday 10th December 2023
A warm welcome to all who are worshipping with us this Sunday—whether you are with us in person, online or joining us over the telephone!
For Sunday service information, see below. You can access our services through our website (www.standrewsbaptist.org.uk; for access, see details at the bottom of this bulletin)
10am: Abi Ngunga will be preaching on “Good News: the coming glory” based on Romans 8:18-27.
6:30pm, Abi Ngunga will be preaching on “Waiting on God: just before the dawn”, based on Isaiah 8:16-22. This service will include Communion.
Rooted (P7–S2) and Impact (S3–S6) Youth Groups: 6:30–8pm. Christmas Party at the Grahams’ home! If you have not yet received details, please email Ethan (email@example.com) This is our final gathering until we resume in the new year on 21 January.
THIS WEEK’S DIARY:
Celtish Christmas Concert: 7:30pm in the Baptist Church. All welcome!
ABC Toddlers: 10-11:30am in the Fellowship Room.
Awake Undergraduate and Young Adult Group: Awake is now finished for the term! If you are in St Andrews for the break, please be in touch with Ethan and Tamara about joining our student WhatsApp thread to stay in touch and meet up between terms.
Postgrad and young adults: 6:30pm at the Rowes’.
Prayer Meeting: 9am on Zoom.
Carol Singing in Town: 1:50-3pm, outside Holy Trinity Church, South Street.
10am: David Harrison will be preaching as part of our Nativity Service.
6:30pm, Abi Ngunga will be preaching as part of our Carols by Candlelight Service.
Transport Ministry: If you are struggling to get to church, or to healthcare appointments, email firstname.lastname@example.org, and we will do our best to help.
Exam Prayer: Exams are continuing this week, please be sure to pray for our students! A prayer list can be found here: https://tinyurl.com/m43cpsat
Celtish Christmas Concert: Monday 11 December, 7:30pm, in the Baptist Church. After their Christmas concert last year, we’re delighted to welcome Celtish to St Andrews again. Entrance is free (with a love offering to cover costs). Celtish combine live and upbeat music styles with more reflective ones, and all with a strong Celtic style. Their combination of traditional and more contemporary Christmas songs makes this concert a refreshing addition to Christmas celebrations. All welcome! For more information see www.celtish.org.
CAROL SINGING IN TOWN! Please join with us for a time of carol singing on Saturday 16th December, 1.50-3.00pm, outside Holy Trinity Church, South Street. We will also be handing out Christmas goodie bags with Christian literature in them, while we chat with passersby.
Seasonal hospitality: Christmas and New Year are times of celebration, but can also be times of loneliness. If you would be willing to share your celebrations by inviting someone for a meal, please let us know by emailing email@example.com, or speak to Jane Harrison. If you know of someone who might appreciate an invitation, or you yourself would like to be invited, again, please email firstname.lastname@example.org, or speak to Jane Harrison.
Christmas presents! When you are thinking of what to buy your friends and family, please think about buying something from the Fairtrade range. Oxfam have a good range of Fairtrade goods and you will be supporting farmers and women in Africa as well as pleasing your family. While our church Fairtrade stall is having a break, I am still happy to order rice, jams, coffee or chocolate on an individual basis – please see me at church or email me at email@example.com. Thank you, Celia.
Awake Retreat 12–14 January 2023: Join us for a time of rest, refreshment, community, and a deep-dive into the book of Ruth! Sign up on our website under the “Connect” tab. Cost is £50, but help is available if need be — we don’t want anyone to miss out! Contact Ethan and Tamara at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
PRAYER ITEMS FOR DECEMBER:
Sunday: Please continue to pray for the peace of Jerusalem, hope and security for the entire region of the Middle-East. Pray that the Lord Jesus Christ be known by the Israelis and Palestinians so they can experience lives lived with one another in peace and freedom.
Monday: Give thanks to God for all the hostages (Israelis, Palestinians and others) who have been released and pray for healing from trauma. Pray for the release of the remaining hostages, and for the mediators and peace-makers.
Tuesday: Please continue to pray for peace between Ukraine and Russia.
Wednesday: Pray for God to comfort those who are (and will be) mourning the loss of their loved ones. This is even more difficult in the midst of the Christmas celebrations.
Thursday: Pray for those who will be alone over Christmas, as well as those who will be in hospital, and those who will be working to provide the necessary care needed for such people.
Friday: Pray for teachers in our church and our communities, for strength, protection, and wisdom, especially in the busyness of Christmas, as well as rest over the Christmas break.
Saturday: Pray that we be filled with God’s love, peace, light, joy, and hope as we celebrate Christmas and minister to others in various ways.
HOW TO CONNECT TO OUR SERVICES:
To join in church services & prayer meetings by telephone: Dial 0131 460 1196. When prompted for your Meeting ID, enter 726 034 6887 followed by the # key. You will be prompted for a Participant ID; just enter the # key again. When prompted for a password enter 777 followed by the # hash key. You will be connected to the meeting / service. (It is possible you will be given a different Meeting ID by the person arranging the meeting. If so, use the Meeting ID number you are given).
To join in online with video: Go to https://us04web.zoom.us/j/7260346887 & follow the instructions given to join Zoom & download the APP(lication).
The morning service starts at 10AM, in-person & online, & includes creche & Beacons Kids’ provision. The evening service starts at 6:30PM.
ITEMS FOR THE BULLETIN:
Items for the bulletin should be emailed to email@example.com (or leave a message on the church answer machine, 01334 472285) (by Wednesday 6PM)
ST ANDREWS BAPTIST CHURCH
is a registered charity in Scotland, no. SC008794