We have created a YouTube and Spotify Playlist of some of the new songs we currently sing and will introduce soon.
Meet the MSP candidates in Clackmannanshire: 26 April @ 7:30 at Alva Baptist church on Brook Street, Alva.
Send in your questions for the candidates at email@example.com or #alvahustings2016 on Twitter.
The Mission Group would like to issue a monthly ‘Mission Challenge’ for all the church. We hope you enjoy trying different things in the knowledge that we are all trying it together.
We would especially like to hear the stories of how you get on with them (firstname.lastname@example.org).
So March’s challenge is:
‘… do something you like to do and invite someone to join you’
As people connect with God through prayer in different ways we hope to provide a range of opportunities and resources with something that will suit you.
catching the wave: prayer guide
TRY PRAYING have produced a resource to guide prayer over 40 Days starting on 9th February. This provides a daily Bible passage, a story and suggestions for prayer. It can be downloaded as a PDF at:
Paper copies will also be available at church. We hope that this will be a helpful resource to help inspire prayer.
As well as a Bible passage and a story to reflect on, the “catching the wave” prayer guide encourages us to pray for 3 things each day:
- YOUR BIG ISSUE
If there is one thing that you want God to do during these 40 Days, what is it?
- YOUR THREE FRIENDS
During these 40 Days you are encouraged to pray for people to become Christians.
- A NEW WAVE OF REVIVAL
Every day we are invited to pray for revival in this area.
More details of these 3 prayer focusses can be found in the extract of the “catching the wave” booklet.
To provide the opportunity for people to pray personally, the church building will be open during the 40 days. Ideas and resources will be available to help you pray.
Tuesday 10:00am- 1:00pm
Thursday 2:00pm – 4:00pm
Every week there are opportunities to come together with others and pray. The usual key times for praying together are:
IN SMALL GROUPS
WEDNESDAY EARLY PRAYER: 6:30am-7:30am at Church
SUNDAY MORNING PRAYER: 10:30am – 10:50am in the Annexe
Even if you don’t usually join these times to pray, please consider joining others in this 40 days.
sunday evening prayer 6:00pm – 7:00pm
Each Sunday evening there will be an opportunity to gather and pray with other people. Every week will have a different style so one of them will suit you.
14th Feb CORPORATE PRAYER:
gathering to pray for people and situations
21st Feb PRAYER and MINISTRY:
a time to listen to God and pray for one other person
28th Feb CREATIVE PRAYER:
a number of creative ways to pray and listen to God
6th Mar PRAYER WALK:
Walking in Tillicoultry and praying
13th Mar ALL AGE PRAYER:
young and older coming together to pray so all can join in
20th Mar PRAYER and PRAISE:
praise, worship, prayer and testimony to inspire and thank God
COMMIT to something TRY something new
With the range of things going on, we hope that you have found something that will suit you and help you to pray. There may be other things that are new to you.
Chose one, or a number of things that you like and commit to doing those things during this 40 days.
Also, why not choose something that you haven’t tried before or is a bit different and try it out, it could be really good for you.
We pray that through this month we will know God at work and celebrate that together.
Peter F works in the Annexe on Tuesday mornings 10:00-1:00. If you want to pop in any time to pray or just have a coffee, please do join him and whoever else may be there.
As a one off, the first Men’s Breakfast for 2016 will be on the second Saturday in January rather than the first.
So that will be at 7.30 am on Saturday 9th January.
This year we will be using our Christmas giving to bring some aid to refugees via two agencies (see below). So far the total is: £2,008.50.
TEARFUND MIDDLE EAST CRISIS APPEAL
Across the Middle East, millions of people are suffering. In Syria and Iraq millions have fled their homes to escape the terrifying brutality of Islamic
State (IS) militants. Despite security risks, Tearfund are at work on the ground supporting families who urgently need access to safe water, shelter and vital essentials. But we need to do so much more.
Tearfund is working with local partners in Syria, Lebanon, Jordan and Iraq among the 12 million people who have had to flee their homes due to conflict. www.tearfund.org/give
The Well provides advice and information for Asians and other individuals from ethnic minority communities on issues including immigration, housing, law, travel, benefits, employment, and family issues. Services offered are on a free, drop-in basis. The Well also delivers a number of community based services including: A weekly men’s computer class, A mother and toddler group, English classes…
The Well seeks to show Christ’s love to those who come along, to build bridges between people, cultures and communities and to provide a great service and welcome.
The Well is located in Govanhill which is the most ethnically diverse area of Scotland with at least 52 nationalities living locally. In 2014 the Well had 9533 enquiries for help and helped over 1000 people from 25 nationalities. All of this great work is done on a budget of just £100,000 per year, thanks to around 40 dedicated volunteers (including some YWAM colleagues of Frank and Becky and Jayne serving on their Board).
The Well is able to run itself for £100,000 a year and so even £10 goes a long way to provide essential help to people who have come to Scotland from many countries. www.thewell.org.uk
Giving envelopes are available from the front of the church (please sign the gift aid declaration if applicable), and watch the Christmas trees get decorated (each £10 will add a rosette).
163 High Street
Charity No: SC021255