September Prayer Link

Sunday 1st
 

David Middlemiss: Army Chaplain.
 

Chris Withers: Chaplain to 1Rifles. Please
pray for continued wisdom and discernment in
dealing with varied pastoral issues specific to
armed forces; for fruitfulness in the Wednesday
evening Bible study for soldiers and for growing
opportunities in ministering to families. Praise
God for His faithfulness too, as He blesses Mary
and the boys in my absence.

Sunday 8th
 

Bridge of Don: Rev Jarod Meenan. This year
our church agreed to focus on being a Missional
Church. Pray that we continue to commit
ourselves to God's desire to bring the good news
of Christ to all whom our lives touch, including
one another. We thank God for many increased
opportunities to share with others in the local
community and beyond.
     Preparations are beginning in earnest for the
Aberdeen Passion 2014 to be held over the Easter
Weekend. The writer/director is a member of our
church and we have been greatly encouraged by
how our own and an increasing number of other
Aberdeen and Shire churches have supported this
ministry. (Around 2,200 people attended three
performances the first time it was staged, in 2012.)
Pray that God will provide creativity, strength,
and deep unity of purpose for all involved and
draw both Christians and others to the
performances. Then all will see more clearly how
the Lord Jesus achieved our salvation. Pray that
our church will be encouraged by this dynamic
focus to faithfully live out other ongoing aspects
of our fellowship's missional way of life.
In seeking to be more Missional as a church, we
are in the process of calling a second Pastor to
work alongside Jarod Meenan and have a strong
focus on Discipleship and Bible teaching, helping
us become more equipped to live out God's
mission in Bridge of Don and beyond. Pray that
we and the new Pastor will experience God's clear
leading. For the glory of our great God!


Bristo, Edinburgh.

Sunday 15th

Broughty Ferry Rev. Brian Talbot. We give
praise for the appointment jointly, with our
neighbour St James Church of Scotland with
whom we work closely on youth ministry, of
Gary Torbet as youth-worker; for high numbers
attending our outreach activities to pre-schoolers
and their families; for the blessing of good numbers
of children and young people in our Sunday
School and JAM (Bible Class) age-groups and in
our Girls’ Brigade company; for regular
Christianity Explored courses; for a number of
people coming forward for baptism; for good
opportunities to participate in local school
chaplaincy teams and for encouraging ministry
opportunities in local care homes.

     Please pray for God’s guidance as we seek to
clarify our vision and so be more effective in
setting priorities for future mission and ministry;
for planning for some redevelopment of our
premises; for the working group exploring how to
implement a more thorough Christian discipleship
model within the Church family; for the launch of
a Christians Against Poverty project by a group of
churches in Dundee, in which we are participants;
for sufficient staffing for the wide range of
ministries in the church for the next church year.


Broxburn: Rev Frank Murray. We appreciate
the prayers and thoughts of the Baptist family in
Scotland and ask you to join with us in praising
God for what he has done, is doing and can do in
Broxburn. In particular please remember:
v the children who attended the Holiday Club
and the parents who joined us on Sunday for a
family service and barbecue.
v children who attend our weekly BBC KIDZ,
that they might respond to the gospel message
v the teens group, that we may see the nonchurch
young folk in the group coming to faith
v the monthly P7-S2 games night, that this
brings opportunities to discuss our faith.
v the work of the Pastor in the local schools
v the monthly Coffee@BBC, that those who
attend regularly might enjoy the fellowship and
want to find out more about what motivates us
v the monthly Cafe Church – no preaching,
praying or singing but still church, aimed at nonchurch
folk but enjoyed by all who come
v the Food Bank running in cooperation with
other local folk – church and non-church – but
operated from our building 2 afternoons per week
v the Pastor and deacons. May they provide
positive leadership in a challenging situation as we
fully grasp that ‘We have a God who can!’


Sunday 22nd

Buckhaven: Rev Peter Carr. The fellowship is
in good heart. With the recommencement of the
school term the Children's work, for which much
prayer is requested in this needy area, has begun.
Weekly Sunday and Tuesday clubs draw a good
number of children with the monthly Messy
Church proving a very valuable outreach tool as
all ages enter the premises.
During the coming weeks our Women's work
will commence and prayer is requested for the
salvation of souls in this department.
We are currently planning the annual calendar
distribution when 1000 homes will be presented
with a scripture verse calendar and the Services
offered by the Fellowship.
     Pray for Peter and Shirley Carr who have been
accepted to adopt 3 children and, over the next
months, Peter will be on Adoption leave.
As we look to the Lord to provide our every
need we thank you for your prayers.


Buckie. Give thanks for the ministry of Vincent
MacDougall and his wife Sadie, who retired at
the beginning of June after blessing us with their
ministry for seven years. Give thanks too for the
encouraging and challenging speakers leading our
worship since then: we are being blessed even
during this time of vacancy.
     Outreach work to the community continues at
The Well, despite difficulties earlier this year when
a non-church voluntary organisation we worked
with was wound-up. We are encouraged by good
attendances at both weekly services: we ran out of
communion glasses one morning recently!
Please pray that we would continue to work
together as a fellowship of believers, aware of
God's leading as we seek a new pastor and that,
as we begin another session in all the church
organisations, we would be aware of God's
protection surrounding us.
     We give thanks for very good numbers at our
fortnightly T-time meetings for older folk over
previous years and for good attendances too at
our Women's Fellowship. Please pray that we
will see a further increase in those becoming
involved in the work and witness of the church
family in our community and for those who feel
weak through age and infirmity, that they might
know God's blessing even in their weakness. And
please pray for the ongoing work at The Well.


Sunday 29th
 

Burra Isle: Rev Derek Conabeer. We give
thanks to God for our Soccer School run for the
4th year this summer. 16 'coaches' from various
churches on the mainland assisted in the running of
the school, teaching 'football skills' and leading
sessions from the Bible and discussion groups.
Almost 80 children enrolled from Burra & other
parts of Shetland. Pray for us as we follow up
family contacts made through the Club. It is just
over a year since the renovation of our Church
Hall in Hamnavoe. Please pray that the Lord will
continue to guide us as we seek to use it for the
benefit of the Church and the community.


Calderwood, East Kilbride: Rev John
Mackinnon.
Pray for the ministry opportunities
that our Coffee Shop, Conference Room and
Counselling room are creating within our
community. As a busy season of ministry begins,
pray for the work amongst the families of our
community, a thriving Carers and Toddlers Group,
midweek children’s ministries and discipleship
work through small groups. We are also launching
a series of new initiatives including Mainly Music,
The God Question, an Evangelistic monthly
proclamation event titled First Wednesday and our
ever popular Acoustic Coffee events which take
place monthly.