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SBLPA Devotionals - Chariots of Fire

Scotland is, as you know, gearing up for and preparing to welcome the world to the 2014 Commonwealth Games which commence on 23 July
 
Each day in July, dovetailing in with the Commonwealth Games, members of the Scottish Baptist Lay Preachers' Association will pick up on the athletic theme under the title of 'Chariots of Fire'.  The Bible is full of athletic imagery which likens faith and our discipleship to running in a race. Paul, who was no stranger to Athens, uses such imagery to encourage those to whom he was writing to "run with perseverance the race marked out for them". As Eric Liddell in the Chariots of Fire film itself reminds us, "it's hard - it requires concentration of will, energy of soul". 
 
Each devotional will be different - some will focus on a particular 'athletic' text, either from one of Paul's letters or elsewhere, others might be crafted on part of the 'Chariots of Fire' film, whereas others might unpack the 'inspiring a generation', 'lasting legacy' or 'running the race' theme. 
 

Check in each day on our website atwww.sblpa.co.uk to read, to be inspired and to be challenged!

July 'Connect' Now Available

July Connect - catch up with Sports Day and other encouraging news!

Sports Day 2014 - another glorious day!

Sports Day 2014 was held at the wonderful facilities at Stirling University Sports campus on Saturday 31st May. The sun was shining on the 400 plus young people from the 21 churches involved in the events.

The campus became a hive of activity as the young people competed in various sports: Athletics (track and field), Football, Badminton, Table Tennis, Netball, Swimming  and Dance Mat. It was a great day of fun, fellowship and faith and was rounded-off with the Awards Ceremony and a powerful gospel message given by Dave Hampton from Christians in Sport.

The Overall Winners Shield was presented to Kirkintilloch this year, with the Ronnie McLure Trophy going to Stirling as the Runners-up. The John Leitch Memorial Trophy for the 4 X 400m relay was received by Kirkintilloch.

A great day was had by all and we are very grateful to all the volunteers who made sure the day ran smoothly. In particular our thanks goes to Christians in Sport for providing the speaker as well as a number of referees and umpires. The young people competed with great sportsmanship and there was a great atmosphere Below is the Top Ten Placing list for Sports Day 2014:

1. Kirkintilloch

2. Stirling

3. Bearsden

4. Dundee Central

5. Pitlochry

6. South Beach

7. Southside

8. Denny

9. Drumchapel

10. Broughty Ferry

 

Model Church Constitution

For some time now our trustees and law agent have been working with OSCR to produce a model constitution for Baptist Churches in Scotland. This is designed to help congregations who realise that their constitution is out of date and requires modernisation.

     The task of updating a constitution is a challenging one and will require the engagement of the church in a variety of decisions that need to be made along the way. We hope that this model will provide a good starting place and framework for that process. If you require further support in changing your constitution please feel free to contact us at the Union offices

Model Church Constitution

 

What Could YOUR Church do With £2,000..?

In an effort to make it as easy as possible for the local church to help those people most at need in the community, the Cinnamon Network is offering grants of £2,000 to churches, or groups of local churches, to help with the start-up costs of one of 25 recognised church-based community projects . It is able to help churches to get started, work together, choose a project and
access funding.

You can find out more about the church-based community projects and the £2,000 Micro-Grants by
participating in one of the forthcoming events:

 

Aberdeen
Tuesday 20th May 10am-12:30pm @ Sheddocksley Baptist Church, Eday Walk, Aberdeen AB15 6LN. Tel: 01224 317430

 

Glasgow
Tuesday 20th May 7-9:30pm @ Findlay Memorial Church, St George’s Cross, Glasgow G20 7PZ. Tel: 0141 332 9870
 

Edinburgh

Wednesday 21st May 7-9:30pm @ Central Hall, 2 West Tollcross, Edinburgh EH3 9BP. Tel: 0131 447 9787

To secure your FREE place please register now at www.cinnamonnetwork.co.uk