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Weekly Bulletin – 12 March 2023

St Andrews Baptist Church Weekly Bulletin

Sunday 12th March 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)

This Sunday: 10AM,Prayer: addressing God as King”, based on Psalm 20. Abi Ngunga will be preaching.

6:30PM,Eating with the Lord”, based on Samuel 21:1-6. Steve Holmes will be preaching. This service will include Communion

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

This week’s diary:

Monday:
Ladies Bible Study Group:
Studying the life of Moses. Contact Judy Wray for more info.

Tuesday:
Deacons Meeting: 7:30PM

Wednesday:
Quarterly Church Meeting: 7:30PM in the Fellowship Room.

Thursday:
Hope @ the Hub: 1:30PM at the St David’s Centre.

Postgrad and Young adults: 6:30PM at the Rowe’s.

Awake Undergraduate Gathering: 6:30–8:30PM at the Baptist Church. Join us for dinner and small group study in the Psalms! For any questions, contact students@standrewsbaptist.org.uk.

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

Saturday:
Prayer Meeting:
9AM on Zoom.

Next Sunday:

10AM,Prayer: looking to both past and future glories”, based on Psalm 21. Abi Ngunga will be preaching.

6:30PM, this will be a Praise and Prayer evening.

Notices:

Soup Bowl Fridays! A free soup lunch & warm space for all ages has been set up in St Mark’s Church. Everyone is welcome on Fridays 11:30-2PM. Come along with others to chat, eat, bring a book, game or craft if you want! This initiative has been set up by the 3 Church of Scotland congregations in the town and is open to all.

Increase prayer intensive with theBaptist Union of Scotland
Please join on Zoom and connect together twice each day at 8am and 1pm for 3 days (March 21st -23rd 2023) to pray together for up to 30 minutes each session.

The Zoom link for all daytime sessions:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87131753445

On the Wednesday evening (March 22nd) at 8pm there will be an online National Prayer Gathering.  There will be a different zoom link which we shall make available nearer the time.
We would love you to join for any or all of these times of prayer as we trust that God will honour his word in 2 Chron 7:14 “If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land”.

From the treasurer: If you are a UK tax payer, then giving by Gift Aid allows SABC to claim an additional 25p from the HMRC for every £1 you donate. Last year, Gift Aid additional claims made up approximately 15% of StABC’s income. If you are a higher rate taxpayer then you will also be able to reclaim income tax personally on your gift. The process is very easy and you do not have to decide in advance how much you want to give. For more information, please contact Matt treasurer@standrewsbaptist.org.uk or speak to a Deacon who can arrange a form for you.

Sanctuary Mental Health Course: This eight week course was much enjoyed by those who attended in 2022 and we hope to run it again in early spring. If you would like to participate, or would like more information, please speak to Jane Harrison or email jane@standrewsbaptist.org.uk

The next Quarterly Church Meeting (QCM) is on Wednesday 15th March, 7:30PM in the Fellowship Room, Papers for the meeting are now available and have also been sent out by email.

Fairtrade Fortnight 2023 February 27th to March 12th: You might like to use this fortnight to start a habit of buying Fairtrade goods or expand the range you normally buy. Check out the products in the Fellowship Room and seek out the logo at the supermarket. Know that the extra cost reflects the farmers receiving a guaranteed minimum price and the Fairtrade Premium with which to benefit their community and adapt to the effects of climate change. Speaking at COP27, Ghanaian Fairtade ambassador Deborah Osei-Mensah said that shoppers across the world can help. “For consumers, I want each and every one to be more conscious of the products we buy. Together, let’s make the future fair.”

Prayers for March:

Monday: Pray for the Quarterly Church Meeting (QCM) on the 15th March. Pray for the Lord’s direction as we discern the will of God in matters of the life and witness of our Church. Pray for decisions taken (and any follow up) as we continue to seek to live for the King of kings.

Tuesday:Pray for conversion of those who hear the Good News and who have not yet come to faith. Pray that we may continue see people come to faith and decide to be baptised as followers of Jesus Christ.

Wednesday: Please continue to pray during Lent period,that we may be drawn closer to the Lord as we follow Him, listening closely to His word and being obedient to do what He says.

Thursday: Pray for the work of BMS world Mission, in particular for the work of Genesis in Uganda. Pray for him and his family as they serve the Lord faithfully. Pray for the “planting of trees” project, to which he has been giving so much thought and time.

Friday: Pray for the process of appointing a new First Minister. Please make intercessions for “all those in authority”, especially for all our Christians sisters/brothers in Christ who are serving or seeking to serve, and bless the wider society through participation in politics.

Saturday: Pray for peace in the ongoing war in Ukraine. Pray for all the churches, particularly those on the ground who are demonstrating the love of Jesus in many practical ways. Pray for those who are contributing to relief aid and supporting refugees in our nation and across Europe. 

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 bulletin@standrewsbaptist.org.uk (or leave a message on the church answer machine, 01334 472285) (by Wednesday 6PM)

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

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