December Prayer Link

Sunday 1st

Collydean, Glenrothes. Rev John MacSporran. John is already into his final year of ministry before retirement in September 2014 and the church has set up a ‘Search Group’ for his successor. We ask you to beseech the Lord to undertake for us and send the right person, with vision and drive, to fulfil the potential that is in Collydean.
     The Church  has recently started a new church Youth Club and attendance is good - but it is all boys. Please pray that some local girls will soon join us.
     Pray too for the continued effectiveness of our online ministry where our services are watched by many worldwide.

Mary Anne Burgoyne: Stirling City Centre Chaplain.

Sunday 8th

Colonsay. Please pray for the church after the sudden death, in November, of Church Secretary Mrs Eleanor McNeill.  For many years, Eleanor organised pulpit supply for the church - which has no permanent minister - and leaves a huge gap in its administration, as well as in the lives of those who knew her. Remember her family and the members and friends of Colonsay Baptist Church as they come to terms with their loss.
     This year the church celebrated 200 years of Baptist witness on the Island. Rev Bob Gemmell, who has been involved with the work for around 40 years, conducted a celebration in May to mark the occasion. Give thanks for the many folks who have helped keep the work going and pray for guidance for the future of the church, that God would raise up others to carry on the work in His will.  

Cornton, Stirling: Rev Hamish Wishart. We give thanks to God for the many and varied ministries that continue to thrive within the church: ministries that serve the young people within and around the church, sharing Jesus with them, remain at the heart of our calling.  We are grateful for open doors in local schools and are excited by recent developments within the local prison that allow us to partner there.  God has increased our number in recent months, and we rejoice as new folks have settled with us. Pray for us as we continue to seek to serve each other and the community around us, demonstrating God's love in action.

Sunday 15th

Cowal: Mrs Margaret Millar.

Cowdenbeath: Rev Graham Kinloch. Please give thanks for our youth work which continues to grow and develop.  We recently had a visit from the Scottish Bible Society’s Bibleworld, which was a great success, and off the back of that we have restarted the Scripture Union group in the local high school - which is being well attended.
     We have also seen a few new faces on Sunday mornings recently, including some seeking to join the church, which is tremendously encouraging.
     Please pray for us as we start planning for the new year, particularly as we restart Christianity Explored and Discipleship Explored.  Through these courses and the other organisations in the church, such as Monday Toddlers and the Women’s Fellowship, we have some great opportunities to get alongside those who live in the town, care for them, support them and ultimately share the gospel with them.  Please pray that we might have the wisdom and courage to make the most of these opportunities as we seek to make Christ known in Cowdenbeath.

Sunday 22nd

Crieff: Rev Jim Newell.  We are grateful to God for his goodness and kindness shown to us over many years. This year has been no exception. Our pastor Jim Newell has been in post for just over a year and we are excited where God may lead us in the future. This year we witnessed the baptism of 8 people and thank the Lord for each of them. We would ask you to pray for us as we continue to do his work in the town and beyond, using our talents and gifts he has given us. Although we are small in number, our prayer would be to be focused on him alone.

Crookston, Glasgow. We would appreciate prayers for Crookston Baptist as we search for a Pastor to lead our fellowship.  Pray that our Vacancy team will know God's guidance and wisdom in our search;  pray for those who faithfully bring God's word to us each Sunday while we have no Pastor and for our Outreach team as they visit the community every Wednesday morning giving out tracts and inviting people to come to church to meet with God.
     Give thanks to God for His goodness to us over the past three years, and for all the new souls who have come to join us in our witness for Him.
 
Sunday 29th

Crown Terrace, Aberdeen: Rev Gary Smith.  Give thanks for the ordination on 24th November for our pastor Gary Smith, who completed his studies at the Baptist College earlier this year.  Folk came from surrounding congregations and organisations for a day of sharing and celebrating together.
     Give thanks with us for several new families who have started attending - a real answer to specific prayer!  Pray for more families to come, and for a resurgence in our work with children; also for volunteers to work with the children and teenagers.
      We are thankful for opportunities to reach out to the local community.  Pray for more volunteers to help in this work - particularly at our Monday night Café B, and at the Drop-In for residents of local homeless shelters, hosted jointly with Bethany Christian Trust.
     We thank God for several enquiries from local groups about renting the church premises. This too is an answer to specific prayer to use the building as part of our mission "to be the visible presence of Christ in the city centre". Pray for wisdom in managing this part of the work; that we might be welcoming to all, yet wise in our stewardship.

Culduthel Christian Fellowship: Rev Bill Slack. Give thanks with us for new people attending the church and becoming part of the church family; for all the families at Culduthel and the recent "baby boom"; for increasing numbers of children at church and in our Kidzone and Good News Club programmes; for our many young people now away studying at different Universities and Colleges; for our CAP and Centre Manager, Allan Dunbar, and those who have come to faith recently through our CAP ministry.  
     Pray with us for our Discipleship Team, who lead Christianity Explored and Discipleship Explored courses;  for contacts made through our evangelistic outreach and special Christmas events; for our Pastor, Bill Slack, and his wife Vivienne, as they retire at the end of January 2014; for our Pastor Search Group who are in process of seeking a new pastor.