From Coast to Coast!

The Prayer Baton continues its travels across Scotland at various gatherings and events. This month it has been in Dunoon, Greenock and St Andrews.

The Argyll Gathering – The churches in Argyll gathered together on Saturday 17th August for a time of worship and prayer as part of our 150th anniversary celebrations. Around 45 people gathered in Dunoon Baptist Church with representatives from Dunoon Baptist, Ardbeg Baptist in Rothesay, Oban Baptist and Lochgilphead Baptist. Jim Purves attended the gathering with the Prayer Baton, as it continues its travels across the country. It was a lovely day of fellowship together for the Argyll churches.

The Renfrewshire Gathering – On the evening of Sunday 18th August the seven Baptist churches from Renfrewshire & Inverclyde celebrated the Baptist Union of Scotland’s 150th anniversary. Gathering in the wonderful new premises of the Greenock Baptist Church we worshipped with songs and stories that reflected the vision, faithfulness and commitment of our people through the years.

While a large part of the evening was centred on historical reflection there was also a strong call to face the challenges of the present and the future with openness and expectation, in the address of Alan Donaldson, in the signing of the baton scroll by a teenager, and in the newly crafted worship song of the Greenock church.

Prayer Baton at the SBWF Conference in St Andrews – Over eighty ladies gathered in St Andrews from 23rd to 25th August for Refresh, the annual conference organised by Scottish Baptist Women’s Fellowship. The event is for all ladies and our ages ranged from 18 to 91. We enjoyed times of teaching, worship, reflection and refreshment. Our speaker had to cancel due to illness, but the Lord provided two fantastic speakers to step in, and there was a clear sense of His leading throughout the weekend. Particular highlights were Communion, and the time of reflection on Sunday afternoon where ladies shared what they had learned over the weekend. We hosted the BUS prayer baton for the duration of the weekend and the document inside was signed by our oldest and youngest attendees to reflect that like the Union, SBWF is for all ladies. As one younger lady reflected, we are privileged to be able to share and learn from those who have already experienced things in life and able to learn from each other.