November Prayer Link

Sunday 3rd

Rev Cliff Jackson, Chaplain, MHA Auchlochan Garden Village. We really value the prayers of the Scottish Baptist family.   Auchlochan’s chaplains work amongst 360 residents and over 300 staff in one of Britain’s largest retirement communities.  

It is an exciting and, at times, demanding setting in which to serve. Please pray for Ian White, Denis Watt, David Vogan and myself as we establish meaningful relationships across the site and minister to residents, relatives and staff during periods of great joy and deep distress.

Over 60 of our independent residents now meet regularly in home groups for Bible study, fellowship and prayer. Communion takes place in four locations and there is a full programme of evening meetings, afternoon activities and concerts.  Please pray that chaplains are given inspiration and energy to facilitate these events.

Rev Nick Blair: Chaplain, Merchiston Castle School.
Please give thanks for our 10th year of this strategic ministry with 470+ boys and 100+ staff; pray for wisdom in these times when the role of Chaplains in Schools has been much in the press - while our role is different than in public schools the same cautions apply.   

 The Student Christian group continues to go well with 30-40 across the school attending.

 Pray too for my wife Fi, and children Joanna 11, Jonny 9 and William 4. Pray that in the midst of pressure - physical, emotional and spiritual - we would stay strong. Please pray for me, especially in my 10th year, for freshness and the time to seek freshness and refreshment. We do so appreciate your prayers.

Sunday 10th

Castlemilk, Glasgow: Rev Gordon Joyce.
Please pray for continued blessing in our 'Furniture Ministry' - a ministry that is growing and empowering people in all sorts of ways: Christians who come and volunteer to help with the ministry as part of their secular learning, church members and Christians from other church backgrounds who give their time to foster a sense of Christian unity, while allowing the less well off a sense of worth and dignity, through supplying furniture.

In much the same vein we would value prayer for wisdom in helping local church groups in the distribution of food. We currently act as a storage facility for donated food while these groups grapple with how best to organise and run a food bank. Pray for oneness of vision and mind for those establishing this ministry, and for our Father’s blessing on their efforts to meet the need.

Cathcart, Glasgow: Rev Derrick Watson. This month we are marking 90 years of the ministry of Cathcart Baptist Church. This begins a path of exploring hopes, of trusting, of letting go, of building, of dreaming, of following, which is being planned through towards our 100th year.

This path is being fed by the book 4 Psalms, ranging from Psalm 90 through to 100, and is being defined around 'book 4...' images.

Within this developing work we are enabling 'curacy-streams', ministries to grow through our setting, with Frances Bloomfield in detailed pastoral care operating across a number of fields & contexts and Dave Murray beginning to set out missional work through sport, health & wellbeing models. The church building is also a part of this movement, with plans underway towards its redevelopment across the next 5 years, linked with the growing community work of our adjoining Gateway building.

We give thanks for all this and the strong links with our partner churches in Cathcart; Trinity Church of Scotland & Cathcart United Free. Prayer into this partnership would be particularly valued as our joint youth worker, employed through Cathcart Youth Ministries Partnership, is about to go on  maternity leave, and a new support team is set to build this work over the next six months.

Sunday 17th

Central, Edinburgh: Rev Karl Martin. We are encouraged as we continue to focus on making disciples who make disciples. In September we met to look back and give thanks. We believe that one season has ended and a new one has begun. We are now into year two of a five year vision. We have been stretched over the last year, which has been preparation for all that is to come in the new season. We are grateful for the increase in stories of what God is doing in us and through us. We look forward to being part of Kingdom growth as God leads and we discern opportunities.

Cleland. We would value your prayers for God’s leading and direction as we seek to find the way forward for the fellowship.

Sunday 24th

Coastline Community Church, East Neuk: Pastor Daniel Pollin  Praise the Lord! It's great to be back in our own building again after nearly 6 years of rented rooms. We thank the Lord for these lovely premises in which we now feel 'at home'! We are already blessed with a steadily growing congregation and a new part-time Youth Pastor.

Along with the encouragements we also need prayer for our youth work, that these young folk may really come to know the Lord. One 17-year old was saved recently and is growing in the Lord.

Please pray for guidance as we seek to use the building for various types of community outreach. Yesterday, we started a Craft afternoon for the ladies. Our Midweek Bible Study/Prayer Meeting is a source of blessing.

Please pray that the remaining issues regarding planning permission for a biomass boiler may be resolved quickly. Winter is coming! We also pray for the neighbours - not everyone is happy to have a new church on their doorstep.

We rejoice that the building is almost paid for - we now need to create some income from its use in order to meet the requirements of our work.

Coatbridge: Rev Gilmour Callander. As a church we are experiencing a real sense of God’s presence. We give thanks for the Alpha Course with the fellowship, discussion and building of relationships. We have already seen one person come to faith in Christ. Please pray that Christ would become real to the others who attend.

We thank God too for the people he has brought into our fellowship over the last few weeks, people who firmly believe that God has led them to Coatbridge. We continue to pray for those who will join them in the future.

Pray for the work of chaplaincy in Coatbridge High School, in which we are involved; pray for the Christian teachers in the school who meet each week to pray for the school community.

Pray for us and the other churches in the town as we seek to be Christ to our community, for we believe that, as we respond to the guiding of the Holy Spirit, we will be.