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Weekly Bulletin – 3 December 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: 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.
Rooted (P7–S2) and Impact (S3–S6) Youth Groups: 6:30-8pm every Sunday evening. Parents email rooted@standrewsbaptist.org.uk or impact@cornerstonestandrews.org for details and to sign up!

THIS WEEK’S DIARY:
TUESDAY:
Joint Elders and Deacons meeting:
7:30pm

WEDNESDAY:
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: Christmas and end of year celebration at Ethan and Tamara’s, 6:30–8:30pm. Feel free to join for as much or as little as you like in the midst of exams, there will be food!

THURSDAY:
Postgrad and young adults:
6:30pm at the Rowes’.

SATURDAY:
Prayer Meeting:
9am on Zoom.

NEXT SUNDAY:
10am:
Abi Ngunga will be preaching on “Good News: the coming glory” based on Romans 8:18-27.
6:30pm, Abi Ngunga will be preaching on “Waiting on God: just before the dawn”, based on Isaiah 8:16-22. This service will include Communion.

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.

Exam Prayer: Exams are starting this week, please be sure to pray for our students! A prayer list can be found here: https://tinyurl.com/m43cpsat

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.

CAROL SINGING IN TOWN! Please join with us for a time of carol singing on Saturday 16th December, 1.50-3.00pm, outside Holy Trinity Church, South Street. We will also be handing out Christmas goodie bags with Christian literature in them, while we chat with passersby.

Seasonal hospitality: Christmas and New Year are times of celebration, but can also be times of loneliness. If you would be willing to share your celebrations by inviting someone for a meal, please let us know by emailing pastoralcare@standrewsbaptist.org.uk, or speak to Jane Harrison. If you know of someone who might appreciate an invitation, or you yourself would like to be invited, again, please email pastoralcare@standrewsbaptist.org.uk, or speak to Jane Harrison.

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 contact Celia Sprot.

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:
Sunday: Please continue to pray for the peace of Jerusalem, hope and security for the entire region of the Middle-East. Pray that the Lord Jesus Christ be known by the Israelis and Palestinians so they can experience lives lived with one another in peace and freedom.
Monday:
Give thanks to God for all the hostages (Israelis, Palestinians and others) who have been released and pray for healing from trauma. Pray for the release of the remaining hostages, and for the mediators and peace-makers.
Tuesday: Please continue to pray for peace between Ukraine and Russia.
Wednesday: Pray for God to comfort those who are (and will be) mourning the loss of their loved ones. This is even more difficult in the midst of the Christmas celebrations.
Thursday: Pray for those who will be alone over Christmas, as well as those who will be in the hospital, and those who will be working to provide the necessary care needed for such people.
Friday:
Pray for teachers in our church and our communities, for strength, protection, and wisdom, especially in the busyness of Christmas, as well as rest over the Christmas break.
Saturday:
Pray that we be filled with God’s love, peace, light, joy, and hope as we celebrate Christmas and minister to others in various ways. 

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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