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Weekly bulletin – 27 August 2023

St Andrews Baptist Church Weekly Bulletin

Sunday 27th August 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,Learning to pray from Paul’s prayers”, based on Philemon 1-7. Abi Ngunga will be preaching. This service will include Communion.

A Special Offering will also be collected for the work of BMS World Mission (focusing on Genesis Acaye, Uganda).

6:30pm, “God at work in the world”. Lindy Johnson will be preaching.

Rooted & Impact youth groups: have finished for the summer and will resume in September. If you would like information about summer youth events, email rooted@standrewsbaptist.org.uk

THIS WEEK’S DIARY:

MONDAY:

Ladies’ Bible study: contact Judy Wray for more information.

WEDNESDAY:

ABC Toddlers: 10-11:30am in the Fellowship Room.

Balnacarron service: 2:30pm.

Prayer meeting: 7:30pm in the Fellowship Room.

THURSDAY:

Postgrad and young adults: finished for the summer holidays.

SATURDAY:

Prayer Meeting: 9am on Zoom.

NEXT SUNDAY:

10am,Good News: introduction”, based on Romans 1:1-17. Abi Ngunga will be preaching.

3:30pm, at the EAST SANDS. Join us for a Baptism service. Tamara Knudson will be preaching.

NOTICES:

The next Quarterly Church Meeting (QCM) is on WEDNESDAY 6th SEPTEMBER, 7:30pm in the Fellowship Room. Papers have been sent out with the weekend email but are also available in the church today.

Student Welcome Lunch and Hospitality Pairings: This year we would like to relaunch student hospitality pairings. If you would like to host a small group of students for lunch on 17 September as part of our student welcome or host students for meals on a semesterly basis (or both!), please contact Ethan at students@standrewsbaptist.org.uk

Student Accommodation Requests: During the summer we often receive requests from students regarding accommodation. If you are aware of any available flats or receive an accommodation request, please email students@standrewsbaptist.org.uk

LOCAL LINK: if you could meet a couple of international students for coffee, meals or outings 2-3 times each semester, please contact Fiona (fiona.barnard@friendsinternational.uk). They are unlikely to be church goers, but keen to meet locals and understand a little about life in Scotland. It is a lovely opportunity to extend a welcome to those far from home.

Transport Ministry: It is sometimes difficult to get to health care appointments, and this can bring added stress when facing health concerns. Help may be found within the church family – did you know that we have a list of drivers who are willing to be asked to help out? So, if you are anticipating an appointment and are unsure how to get there, we may be able to help you. Contact the coordinator through pastoralcare@standrewsbaptist.org.uk. If you are a driver who is willing to be contacted by the coordinator (without obligation), please speak to Jane Harrison or email pastoralcare@standrewsbaptist.org.uk. **Please note that this is not a taxi service, nor an ambulance service, but simply a way of helping to match those in need with church friends and family who may be able to assist with transport**

Chalmers Learning Community is back with 2 courses starting soon. This is a great opportunity to gather with Christians from all walks of life who share a desire to learn and grow in order to be better equipped for discipleship and mission. The in-person St Andrews group will be considering Christian Spirituality through the Ages. We will be coming alongside Christians through history (from St Benedict to Calvin, Wesley to Bonhoffer and others) to learn from their faith and the practices that sustained them. The online Reading and Discussion Group will be considering Theological Anthropology – what does it mean to be human and how do humans flourish? More details can be found at www.chalmersinstitute.org/learning-community/

PRAYER ITEMS FOR AUGUST:

A few Sundays ago, we were truly blessed and challenged by what Caro shared at an evening service about her journey and life in Columbia. The first few prayer points focus on continuing praying for her and Columbia.

Sunday: Pray for reconciliatory narratives/speeches instead of so much polarization in Columbia.

Monday: For church unity in Columbia, especially churches in main cities and those in little villages affected by the conflict.

Tuesday: For resilience and endurance for the communities within Columbia, churches, secular organizations, etc. that are in the middle of conflict and in general.

Wednesday: Pray for Caro, her studies here in St Andrews and her family back in Columbia.

Thursday: Pray for the children of our church (including those being formed in the wombs of their mothers), that they grow in wisdom and stature, and in favour with God and everyone.

Friday: Pray for the returning and new students as they prepare to return or join St Andrews for their studies. Pray that they may meet, learn and/or know Christ better during their time here besides their aim to get a good education.

Saturday: Pray for those in our Fellowship who are becoming/looking after someone who is becoming frail, and/or struggling with health issues of any kind. Pray for patience, protection, strength, grace and healing.

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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