We had a wonderful evening on Wednesday 4th September for the receiving of the baton from Martin Hodson.
Some of the churches in the north Edinburgh came together, with people from Abbeyhill, Bristo, Granton, Leith, Portobello and South Leith. There were over one hundred people in attendance from the various congregations involved, who sat down to an amazing fellowship meal provided by Leith Baptist Church, the hosts for the evening.
After the meal we moved upstairs to the Sanctuary, the recently inducted Pastor at Abbeyhill, Simon Schofield, led the evening and Pastor Andre Barbosa from Leith Baptist lead sung worship with a band compromising of members from gathered churches. After this, Martin spoke into the theme and verse that had been given to the leadership of the Scottish Baptist Union throughout the 150th anniversary year, the story of Caleb’s daughter who has been given the dry Land of the Negev as her birth right. The Land is barren due to its dryness, and she asks her father for a gracious blessing of springs of water to irrigate the whole Land. He spoke on the challenge faced by congregations in this day and age, and the encouragement that had been found in different ways of doing church, before praying over the gathering with pastors ‘taking hold’ of the baton.
Afterwards, the represented Pastors from the gathered congregations shared their church visions and prayer points, and those present split up into groups for a time of open prayer. The evening ending with some more sung worship. What a wonderful way for our fraternal to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the union. It has encouraged many of those who gathered to seek to come together in worship and prayer sometime in the future!