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Weekly Bulletin – 26 November 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: Angus Ross will be preaching on “Good News: struggle and victory” based on Romans 7:1-8:4. This service will include Communion. If you are joining us online, have you bread and wine/juice ready.
6:30pm, Abi Ngunga will be preaching at our “Praise and Prayer Service”.
Rooted (P7–S2) and Impact (S3–S6) Youth Groups: will both meet at the Baptist Church this week and join for the Praise and Prayer service! Same time as normal, 6:30-8pm.

THIS WEEK’S DIARY:
WEDNESDAY:

ABC Toddlers: 10-11:30am in the Fellowship Room.
Staff meeting: 1pm in the Fellowship Room.
Awake Undergraduate and Young Adult Group: There will be no Bible study this week, but there will be SOUP, ROLLS, and an opportunity to CHAT in the fellowship room at 6:30pm (prompt). All are welcome to join the annual church meeting at 7:30pm. Please remember to sign up for the weekend away.
Annual Church Meeting: 7:30pm in the Fellowship Room.

THURSDAY:
Pastoral Visitors meeting: 2:15pm
Postgrad and young adults:
6:30pm at the Rowes’.

FRIDAY:
Stitch and Blether: 10am-12 noon in the Fellowship Room. All welcome to share in fellowship, tea, coffee, cakes and crafts.
Family Home Group: 4:30pm in the Fellowship Room. Contact the de Jong’s for more info.

SATURDAY:
Prayer Meeting:
9am on Zoom.

NEXT SUNDAY:
10am:
Fiona Barnard will be preaching on “Good News: new life in the spirit” based on Romans 8:5-17.
6:30pm, Abi Ngunga will be preaching on “Waiting on God: in times of darkness”, based on Micah 7:7-20.

NOTICES:
Transport Ministry: If you are struggling to get to church, or to healthcare appointments, email pastoralcare@standrewsbaptist.org.uk, and we will do our best to help.

Annual Church Meeting: this year’s Annual Church Meeting is on Wednesday 29th November at 7:30pm in the Fellowship Room. The papers for the meeting have been sent out by email and are also available in the Church. The following nominations for Deacons and Elders have been received for the (re)election to be held at the ACM on Wednesday, 29th November 2023 at 7.30PM. Deacons: Margo Sproson, Benjy Wang (currently co-opted), Les Beech. Elders: Angus Ross (re-election). If you can’t make it to the meeting, please send apologies to David Harrison on secretary@standrewsbaptist.org.uk.

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 or call Paul Grinyer on 07988695600.

Exam Prayer: We love to support students in prayer as they sit their exams! If you would like the church to pray for you, email Ethan and Tamara at students@standrewsbaptist.org.uk with the dates and subjects of your exams and final assignments and we will add you to the list!

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 celiasprot@hotmail.co.uk. Thank you, Celia.

Families First Christmas Appeal: Christmas can be a very challenging time for some families, particularly with the continuing cost of living crisis. Every year Families First relies on the local community to help provide gifts for the children they support, and this year they are hoping to provide Christmas presents for 126 children and young people from across North East Fife! Any donations of new gifts and toys for children aged 5-16, or gift cards, will be gratefully received! You can also make a financial contribution via their website (www.familiesfirststandrews.org.uk). Please hand in any donations to their office before 8 December. You can find them at 2 Rose Lane, C/O 132 South Street, St Andrews, KY16 9EW (weekdays 9am–3pm, 01334 208086).

PRAYER ITEMS FOR NOVEMBER:
Focused on the Conflict in the Middle-East.
Sunday: Pray for the peace of Jerusalem, hope and security for the entire region of the Middle-East, that the Lord Jesus Christ be known and for the Israelis and Palestinians to experience life lived in peace and freedom with one another.
Monday:
Pray for the God of all comfort to be with those who are grieving the loss of their loved ones both in our midst as well as in regions with conflicts and wars.
Tuesday: Pray for those who have been, and are being, wounded during the conflicts and for those providing medical assistance to them.
Wednesday: Give thanks to God for the hostages who have been released and pray for their healing from trauma. Also pray for the release of the remaining hostages and pray for mediators and peace-makers.
Thursday: Pray that Christians from around the world will unite in both prayer for peace in all the regions affected by conflicts and wars, as well as in demonstrating the love of Christ to all peoples.
Friday:
Pray God to use us His church here in St Andrews as effective witness in and around our communities during this challenging time, through the power of the Holy Spirit and all for His glory in the Church and in Christ Jesus.
Saturday:
Join the Spirit and cry out in prayer saying: “Marana tha” (Come, O Lord!)

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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