Nick Blair (Chaplain, Merchiston Castle School)
Bathgate Baptist Church
While we praise God for the safe arrival of 4 babies in Spring 2016, this has meant adjustments and experiments in our times and styles of meetings. We need to balance provision for young families, the needs and opportunities of the rapidly expanding towns of both Bathgate and Armadale, our youth work, input into 3 local High Schools as well as our youth club! To be effective this can no longer be sustained by a part-time ministry.
While we rejoice in a baptism and two new members, we regret the loss of 3 members who have moved out of the district, and pastor Harry remains the only member over the age of 40! Please pray that the Lord would add to us mature Christians as well as new converts.
Bearsden Baptist Church
Give thanks for our enlarged staff team that has brought Mairi Nasr to join us as our Family and Children’s Worker and John Burns as our Youth Pastor, as well as Michael Yeoman being appointed as our Worship Co-ordinator. We are also grateful for the number of young families that have come to join us in the past year of so and our new Bearsden Barista cafe which is open to the community very Wednesday afternoon.
Please pray for us as we explore how we can develop our site and building in ways that will benefit the church and the community, and as we consider re-energising our small group structure in the coming year as an aid to discipleship. Please pray also for our small leadership team and our staff team for on-going vision, unity and energy. Pray that God will help us to keep Jesus at the heart of all we do.
Bellshill Baptist Church
Give thanks for:
Our newly renovated roof, and the generosity that meant 75% of costs came as gifts.
For the encouragement of seeing God speaking his grace into lives, and bringing change
Please pray for:
Family services over Christmas and the New Year, and our holiday club – that God will bring in the children, and their parents;
The new year 7-week ‘Empowered Course’ after Morning Worship, to help equip us better for personal witness;
That God’s voice will continue to be heard address us in Worship, and the ministry; and bring life to us, and glory to him.