Prayer Link for May
Rev Graham Bell, Chaplain, Glenochil Prison. As well as his work at the prison, Graham also co-pastors, along with Rev Mo Gibbs, St Ninian’s Community Church, Stirling. Please pray for him with this challenging workload.
Rev Nick Blair, Chaplain, Merchiston Castle School, Edinburgh. I’m now drawing towards the end of a very busy term during which there have been some encouragements. 110 boys and staff signed up for a Lent Challenge, reading a portion of Mark's gospel every day through Lent. They got an e-mail every day with a word of explanation, some thoughts and a prayer.
Numbers at our SU group remain strong. Many staff are very sympathetic to faith and supportive too. Pray for the ability to remain fresh and juggle a full-time teaching role with Chaplaincy (and, of course, being a husband, and a Dad to three!)
I also have a role as Officiating Chaplain to the Military with the 3rd Rifles for a couple of hours a week. They are being deployed in Afghanistan until October so prayer will be especially appreciated.
Granton, Edinburgh: Revs Ian Dickie and Garry Ketchen. We are encouraged by our work with the local community around us as we seek to be a Church for the community. We have made great strides in connecting with our community and building relationships through events, our internet cafe and our ever growing work with the children in the area.
Our prayer focus has been and is that we see fruit coming from these relationships in conversions and the building up of His church. Please pray with us. Pray for us also as we seek to connect with a new housing development being built on our doorstep.
Grantown on Spey: Rev. Rick Moeller. Pastor Moeller is now into a second year of ministry here and God continues to bless the church and its people. Praise God for:-
- two recent baptisms and new members during the past year.
- answered prayer regarding the health of members of our congregation.
- financial blessings.
Please pray for:
- the wife and family of the minister..
- the weekly 'Road to recovery' meeting.
- our ability to take God's word into the local community.
Greenock: Rev Paul Coventry. Greenock Baptist Church is very much in a state of evolution, earnestly seeking the Lord’s will for our future. As a result, I believe that our most urgent prayer requests would be:-
Pray that the Lord will clearly guide us to the place where He would have us serve in Christ’s name. Pray that the Lord will provide the building from which He would have us serve. Pray that the Pastor, deacons, members and friends will come together to earnestly seek the Lord’s will with regards to the future for our church. Pray that in the Lord’s grace we may be privileged to see souls saved in Greenock and added to the church.
Hamilton: Rev Derek Hutchinson. Join with us as we give thanks to our Father in heaven for a real sense of moving out and moving forward as a church family. From this month, May, we will be ‘off-site’ from our Church building for at least four months. Refurbishments, which have been long planned for and prayed for, are now taking place in our Kemp Street premises. This has given us opportunity to develop new relationships within our own congregation and forge new links with our immediate sister churches at Motherwell and Larkhall. Pray that we will experience fresh new vision of our calling to be salt and light in Hamilton and beyond.
Pray for our Associate Pastor, Graham Shearer, as he and Sarah and family move to Musselburgh later in the summer. We will greatly miss them. Give thanks that, under their care, we have been provided with a growing network of young men and women with a sincere desire to live for God. Please pray that the vacuum left will not only be filled but will be filled to overflowing with even more vigorous growth.
In this vein we give thanks for recent baptisms and conversions. Pray for the continuing growth of our church leadership team, and the church family as a whole, particularly as we seek to re-vitalise team ministry throughout the church. Pray also for an outreach week to be held in August based at our ‘Exodus’ premises in Hamilton.
Harestanes, Kirkintilloch: Please pray for the church and its pastor, Rev David Vogan.
Hawick Baptist: Bob Baxter, Interim Pastor (part time), Mike Mcleister, Community Pastor (part time) Thank God for the way our outreach work continues to grow. Pray for the work of our recently appointed P/T Comunity Pastor who sees so many opportunities, open doors to school etc., and does not have the time to follow them all up. Pray that in the right time God will guide us to the right man or woman to take over as pastor of our church. Pray too for the students from the Scottish Baptist College who are filling our pulpit at the moment and for us as we prepare to take 16 children and young people for a weekend to Spree in the Borders.