St Andrews Baptist Church Weekly Bulletin
Sunday 29th October 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, “The Prayer of the Saints”, based on Revelation 5:1-10. Malcolm Lyon will be preaching.
Baptist Football: 3pm. Chat to Benjamin Wang or Kevin Chow for more details!
6:30pm, Praise and Prayer Service. Abi Ngunga will be preaching.
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:
ABC Toddlers: 10-11:30am in the Fellowship Room.
Lunchtime Communion Service: 12:30pm in the Fellowship Room, followed by soup and rolls.
Awake Undergraduate and Young Adult Group: 18:30-20:30 at the Knudsons’ home. Speak to Ethan or Tamara or email email@example.com for more details!
Postgrad and young adults: 6:30pm at the Rowes’.
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 Jongs for more info.
Prayer Meeting: 9am on Zoom.
10am, “Good News: alive in Christ”, based on Romans 6:1-11. Abi Ngunga will be preaching.
6:30pm, “Waiting on God: forgiving”, based on Matt. 18:21-35 and Psalm 86:5-6. David Harrison will be preaching.
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.
Church family art project: Well done to everyone who braved the weather last Saturday to attend the art workshop. We have made a great start on our project with some imaginative and creative “arms“. For those of you unable to be at that event, don’t worry…there’s still time to be involved! Please bring your contributions to church, or get them to Ruth, by next Sunday 5th November if you can. Paper will be available in the fellowship room this week for anyone who may need it. Further information contact Ruth Jeavons.
Call for Deacon nominations: in preparation for the Annual Church Meeting on Wednesday 29th November 2023, please note that Benjy Wang (the recently Co-opted Deacon and Treasurer) is eligible for election. Please send any nominations after seeking agreement from the Candidate to Church Secretary by 12th November 2023. Eldership: Jane Harrison has completed 9years service and will retire at the ACM. Clayton Rowe has resigned eldership due to other responsibilities. Angus Ross has served 6 years and is eligible for re-election to a further 3 year term. Please note that only elders may nominate individuals as candidates for eldership.
We are very grateful to Ethan and Tamara Knudson for the huge contribution they make to student and young people’s work in and through the church. When they started, they had a goal of organising the ministry so that it would be able to continue mostly with volunteers rather than depend on salaried staff. Tamara has already moved from the staff team to work with Bible Project, and Ethan has now decided to step back from the staff team too, at the end of October. This reflects their success in setting up a robust foundation for the work. We are immensely thankful that both Tamara and Ethan will continue to lead Awake for the upcoming year: Awake has made an excellent start. Ethan and Tamara will also lead Rooted for the remainder of the year, providing input into wider young people’s work. Please pray with thanksgiving for Tamara’s and Ethan’s service and pray too for guidance as they discern God’s will for their future.
Church Keys: Would anyone who still has one of the old keys for the church, please return it to Ian Docherty. Thank you.
Romania: Clothes and Items: There will be one final shipment of items to Mihai’s charity. Allyson has items stored from earlier this year and if anyone has good quality and clean, unstained items which they would like to send with the last shipment please deliver them to the car port at Allyson’s by the end of Oct. and they will be included. Thank you to everyone, including extended family and friendship groups who have been so faithful in giving over the years.
“For the beauty of the earth, for the beauty of the skies”: this is the season when we particularly give thanks for creation and all good things around us! To celebrate, the St Andrews Churches Eco Network (STACEN) invites you to send them your photos of nature in all its glory at this time of year! They can be snapshots taken on your phone of anything which has inspired you or lifted your spirit! Please email Lorna Hutcheon: email@example.com with contributions which will then be posted anonymously onto our St Andrews Churches Eco Network Facebook page. Children’s contributions, or photos which children have helped with, are welcome to be sent via parents’ email, adding a caption and child’s age if you wish. They look forward to receiving your pictures and hope you enjoy getting out and about to take them!
PRAYER ITEMS FOR OCTOBER:
Sunday: Give thanks for the Lord’s presence with you in hard times, and pray for those going through the storms of life right now.
Monday: Pray for the ministry of Friends International in general and in St Andrews in particular as they engage in building friendship, evangelism, discipleship and mission. Pray for their leaders here.
Tuesday: Pray for the work of other Christian organisations (CU, UCCF, Fusion, etc.) that seek to reach out or equip churches for reaching out to Students.
Wednesday: Pray for justice for those detained in oppressive regimes across the world today for the sake of the Gospel, perhaps without charge or proper legal representation, and for those with authority over them. Pray that truth would prevail and the gospel flourish through the faithful witness of the people of God.
Thursday: Pray for Malcolm and Carrie and their ministry with Arab World Media that seeks to see mature, multiplying churches among all Muslim peoples of the Arab world. Pray for God to continue to work as they connect people with the gospel, engage them personally and disciple them to depend on God.
Friday: Pray for the growth of the Church in St Andrews, both spiritually and numerically.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org (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