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St Andrews Day Prayer for Parliament

When The StAnd team first got together, we agreed that any centrally-organised St Andrews’ Day prayer event should take place whenever 30 November fell, and that is what we have done since 2011.


This year, appreciating that St Andrews’ Day falls on a Sunday and that 30 November is for some churches the first Sunday in Advent, we have decided not to hold any major prayer gathering, to avoid clashing with church events that day. 


Instead we are suggesting that every church include some prayer for the nation in its Sunday services on 30 November.  There are some suggested prayer points below, which may also be used by individuals or groups who wish to pray at other times in that day for Scotland.   If you are a church leader – would you consider including some prayer for the nation in your service?  If you are a church member – would you ask your minister/leader if this could be done?


For those in the Edinburgh area, there will be a gathering at the Scottish Parliament for an hour on the Sunday afternoon – see separate article.  If you can join us there, you will be very welcome!


Thank you for continuing to pray for this nation!


Alistair Barton

On behalf of the StAnd team


Suggested prayer points


Give thanks that St Andrew is known as the disciple who ‘brought people to Jesus’.  Pray God’s blessing on the many and varied outreach activities taking place all over Scotland, that they would touch many lives and ‘bring many to Jesus’. 


 Pray that more churches will become active in reaching out to their communities, and that once again Scotland will be known for its missionary work, both at home and overseas.


Continue to pray for the Smith Commission on further devolution powers.  St Andrew’s Day is due to be the first ‘milestone’ in the programme set out by the UK party leaders, with the publication by the Commission of their ‘Heads of Agreement’ – the basis on which drafting of legislation will proceed. 


Pray that the Commission’s proposals will not ‘re-open old wounds’ but will bring a measure of healing and reconciliation to those on both sides of the independence debate.   Pray also that the ongoing debate will be conducted in a healthy and wholesome way, with respect and understanding of opposing views.


Pray for Nicola Sturgeon as she steps into her new roles as leader of the SNP and Scotland’s First Minister, and for the new depute SNP leader, Stuart Hosie – for God’s wisdom and plans to prevail in their lives and all their decisions and activities (1 Tim 2:1-2).  Pray for whoever Nicola appoints as her depute First Minister.


Pray for more Christians to become actively involved in the political life of this nation and to stand for election to the Scottish Parliament, so that the Christian presence and influence in the Parliament and Government would increase. 


Continue to intercede for Scotland – that ‘Your kingdom come, Your will be done’ in our nation.


To sign up, please follow the details on the link. /sites/default/files/files/Prayer%20at%20Parliament.pdf

Cinnamon Network

An evening event to help folk find out how to access thousands of pounds of cash for their communituies is due to take place in Glasgow

The Cinnamon Network is inviting you to Findlay Memorial to come hear about 24 recognised church-based community
projects, how to access a £2,000 micro grant, and how to undertake a Cinnamon Faith Action Audit.

Any Baptist Churches that do give will have their funding matched by the Baptist Union of Scotland.

It takes place Wednesday 3rd December, 7:00 pm.

While it is free, you stil need to click the following link to book online.

Forging the Future Stories Booklet

It's been over a week since assembly.

The common feedback and vision was an encouragement to us all.

If you were there you would have received a booklet on how some churches have been working to get the gospel out to their comnmunities. See the links to the PDF and Kindle version.


A morning with Andy Hawthorne

We are excited about having Andy Hawthorne coming to our Baptist Assembly this year.

Andy is an excellent evangelist and communicator, being involved in youth work for many years.

He’s the Founder and Chief Executive of The Message Trust which exists to share the Christian message with some of the hardest to reach young people in a variety of ways.

In 2011 he received an OBE for his services to youth.

Some of the older ones may remember him as one of the members of the World Wide Message Tribe rap group in the 80s and 90s - click the link to see you wearing clothes you regret owning!

At our Assembly this year we’re really keen to set aside time for youth leaders, youth workers and trainee/young leaders to be able to hear from Andy, ask questions and discuss together.

This is planned for Saturday morning and we want to invite you to come along!

Please click the link below for more info and to reserve your place.

Time to get Messy!

A family event that breaks the formalities of  the Assembly programme is to be put on.

Messy Church, gets it's name because of the heavy use of your hands for lots of arts and crafts.

It's an all age event that allows parents and their kids to explore Christ-centred, all-age fresh expression of church, involving creativity, hospitality, celebration and fun.

Running in paralel to the Saturday morning session, this year's theme is Kingdom families.

The whole thing is completetely free and takes place in Motherwell Elim.

In order to come along you will need to get a ticket off event brite.

To do so and find our more, click on the link below.