Churches from the Central Belt of Scotland gathered on 23 June to celebrate ‘150 Years of Union’ at the Albert Halls in Stirling. Several hundred worshippers gathered together to express our thankfulness to God for the effectiveness of baptistic witness to the Gospel of Jesus Christ in Scotland, particularly since establishing the Baptist Union of Scotland 150 years ago.
Our MC for the night was Rev. Brian Gooding from Callander. Worship was facilitated by the Falkirk Baptist worship group. Alloa’s Rev. Jimmy King introduced Rev. Dr. Brian Talbot of Broughty Ferry, who shared insight into the historic record of evangelism and discipleship by Baptist churches, both before and after union. Rev. David Fraser from Alva interviewed Julie Love, regarding how her life was transformed recently, since responding to Christ’s call to faith. Julie shared about witness: at work, in the public square, through personal relationships, discipleship in a fellowship locally, and the in steps she has personally taken to bear witness to the work of Christ internationally, in Ethiopia. Rev. Dr. Jim Purves, our Mission and Ministry Advisor to the Union offered perspectives on the work of the Holy Spirit expressed through our Declarations of Principle. Rev. Dr. Alasdair Black presided over the evening’s collection; and on behalf of SBC, provided a copy of the Booklet “Made New: What Baptists Believe”, by Professor David Bebbington of the University of Stirling. The evening was closed in prayer by Rev Alistair Cuthbert from Falkirk. We were united in our faith and declaration that God is good!