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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.

http://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/messy-church-baptist-assembly-in-scotland-...

Important Info for the Assembly

Assembly is less than a month away and here at the Union we are getting the final touches in place. The final deadline for signing up was last Friday, and we have a good number signed up for what's going to be a really important time together. Before we as a Union descend upon Motherwelll, you can do some reading in advance. Below are the links to the Handbook and accounts that you will get in printed form. Happy reading.

 

Assembly Handbook 2014

Baptist Union of Scotland Accounts 2014

To all MPs in regarding military engagement in the Middle East

See the link below for the full letter addressed to the Right Hon Douglas Alexander.

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October Connect

In this month's issue Alan Donaldson considers reflects on the referendum campaign and what the church's role in Scotland. Members and congregations are encouraged to take a second look of the source everyday items. Mo Gibbs gets excited about this years' Step Out team, with an early plug for next year. And Central, Edinburgh are running their latest round of Missional Communities Seminars. All this and more. Click on the image below to have a look.

The challenge of illness

There’s a reason that major illnesses are known as ‘life-changing’. Every aspect of life is affected; finance, family, relationships, career, hobbies, church life, ministry and even spiritual well-being. Loss, pain and low confidence naturally follow along from these changes.

 

These issues are not addressed in the average Sunday service, even supposing the person is well enough to attend. As ordinary life falls away and new pressures crowd in, even the most enthusiastic Christian can find their faith wilting. I know, because it happened to me. When a mystery illness knocked me flat I was a young mum, juggling two small children with my work as a doctor.

 

Over many years of illness and disability, I struggled every day with painful symptoms on the outside and harsh pressures on the inside. My friends and family tried their best but it seemed that nobody really understood how to help me.

 

I longed to find resources that would teach me about symptom management, personal loss, figuring out newly-strained relationships and how to keep my faith alive. How was I  to live out my dreams and gifts now that everything was different? What about healing, anyway? Did God still love me as I waited for His touch? What was going on there? I felt like I was carrying a great big question mark, just like the Alpha cartoon.

 

After twenty years of this, I gave up waiting and started to write a book about these issues. I gathered wisdom and war stories from a range of sick believers. I dipped into my own story to reveal the sneaky pitfalls of illness and how I dug my way out again. I posed thoughtful questions to ponder along the way. And I looked for quotes, jokes and cartoons to lighten up the endless treadmill of ill health.

 

As I searched the Bible for hope and comfort, I found new strength in the story of Joseph. His efforts to overcome loss, disappointment, suffering, rejection and imprisonment strike a powerful chord with me. I’m encouraged to find that nothing could prevent Joseph from reaching his God-given destiny, because he chose to walk with God. I chose Joseph to be my Bible hero for the sick. With him alongside, a disaster begins to look more like an adventure. Now there’s an interesting thought.

 

My vision for the book is to offer sick people simple, healthy ways to fight back against their situation, to survive and thrive despite the pressures of illness. It’s useful as a gift for any sick person and perhaps also to inform those who look on with concern but don’t know what to say.

 

As a Scottish author, I am particularly pleased to partner with a new Scottish Christian publishing house called Muddy Pearl. Their office is on the premises of my church, Central. The couple who run Muddy Pearl also attend Central, which is of course good old Morningside Baptist Church with a new name. A new Scottish publisher with a vision for equipping the Body of Christ through excellent books strikes me as cause for celebration.

 

‘The Amazing Technicolour Pyjama Therapy’ by Emily Ackerman, with foreword by Pablo Martinez, is published by Muddy Pearl, ISBN 978-1-910012-12-3, price £9.99. Buy it post free from www.muddypearl.com or from your local bookshop.