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Weekly Bulletin – 11 December 2022

St Andrews Baptist Church Weekly Bulletin

Sunday 11th December 2022

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)

This Sunday:
10:00:
“From riches to rags: Christ’s journey to earth” (2 Cor. 8). Clay Rowe will be preaching.

18:30: “Excited about God!” Paulus de Jong will be preaching. This service will include Communion. If you are joining us online, please have your juice/wine & bread ready.

This week’s diary:

Home Groups this week.

Today:
Rooted & Impact Youth Groups:
6:30–8:00PM. For more details & to sign up for Rooted (P7–62) contact Ethan & Tamara rooted@standrewsbaptist.org.uk, for Impact (S3–S6) contact Matthew at matthewjcgraham@gmail.com.

Monday:
Rooftop Ministry training session: 19:30 in the Fellowship Room

Wednesday:
OMF Prayer Meeting:
10:30

Deacons’ Meeting: 19:30

Thursday:
Hope @ the Hub:
13:30 in the St David’s Centre.

Postgrad & Young adults: 18:30 at the Rowe’s.

Awake Undergraduate Gathering: has finished for the term, we’ll look forward to resuming in 2023!

Friday:
Stitch & Blether:
10:00-12:00 in the Fellowship Room. All welcome to share in fellowship, tea, coffee, cakes & crafts.

Saturday:
Prayer Meeting:
09:00 on Zoom.

Next Sunday:

10:00: NATIVITY SERVICE: “The Lord has come” (Luke 2). Fiona Barnard will be preaching.

18:30: CAROLS BY CANDLELIGHT: “Excited about God!” Abi Ngunga will be preaching.

Notices:

Help needed to make background/props for the Nativity Play. Please contact Tiny if you can help: tiny@standrewsbaptist.org.uk

Ukrainian family (a mother, a son studying in S5, & a dog) is looking for a new host registered with “Homes for Ukraine” scheme, due to the change of circumstances of their previous host, with whom they’ve stayed since May 2022. Contact details of their previous host are available for reference. For further details, please contact Olexandr Konovalov at obk1@st-andrews.ac.uk 

Exam Prayer Timetables: one of the ways we love to support the students in our church is in prayer as they sit their examinations each term! If you would like to be prayed for, please email students@standrewsbaptist.org.uk with the dates & subjects of your final exams & assignments & we will add you to the calendar. Last year the document was viewed more than 150 times—that’s a lot of prayer!

Paid home helper required to help an elderly lady in St Andrews for an hour a day, five or seven days a week. Just to check on her well-being, that she’s warm & eating her meals & perhaps a small amount of light housekeeping. Contact Cath Carter, cath@pilgrimcare.org 

Energy bill discount: Over the winter many of us will receive a discount from the government to our energy bills. Some of us will need this help, & should accept it gratefully. Others may be able to afford the increased bills. In order to support those in our community facing hardship this winter, the church leadership would like to encourage those who do not need the discount to donate this amount to the Hardship Fund. If you feel called to support this ministry then please make a designated offering by the Offering Box or bank transfer, or speak to Matt (treasurer@standrewsbaptist.org.uk). 

Prayers for the week:

Today: Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good. His love endures for ever.

Monday: Give thanks to the LORD for all He has done through the Carol Singing in Town on Saturday & the services yesterday. Prayer for the growth of the seed planted in all those who heard the Good News through the words of the songs & written in the booklets given to them, the music, the sounds, & the conversations held.

Tuesday: Please pray for the diaconate as they meet today that the Lord will inspire & guide them in their discussion & decisions.

Wednesday: Pray for all the opportunities to reach out over this season of Advent, including our nativity services on Sunday morning & the carols by candlelight service in the evening. Pray for those who are being invited.

Thursday: Pray for the pastoral visitors’ team as they meet today for continue looking at ways of providing pastoral care to all. Give thanks to God that services at Balnacarron will be resuming a week from today.

Friday: Pray for all those who are struggling with various physical or mental illness, as well as those who are still grieving comfortlessly. Pray that the Lord continue to hold them fast.

Saturday: Pray for those who are feeling the pinch more than others of the rising cost of living. Pray for peace & God’s sustaining provision in their lives as we walk through this winter, that is already proving to be cold.

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 10:00, in-person & online, & includes creche & Beacons Kids’ provision. The evening service starts at 18:30.

items for the bulletin:

Items for the bulletin should be emailed to bulletin@standrewsbaptist.org.uk (or leave a message on the church answer machine, 01334 472285) (by Wednesday 18:00)

www.standrewsbaptist.org.uk
ST ANDREWS BAPTIST CHURCH
is a registered charity in Scotland, no. SC008794

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