Midweek meetings

by Struthers Cumbernauld


Newmains

Our small hall was packed on Wednesday night. The tables were spread with the usual fantastic supper and we were delighted to have 5 new folks at our outreach meeting.

We began with supper and getting to know our new friends before having a short meeting.

Diana and Mark took a time of singing before Kayleigh gave an excellent testimony to how she found Christ as a teenager, encountered difficult years of moving house and having a new family, falling away through peer pressure and finally returning home to Christ. She has never felt so happy, content and more like herself.

Diana spoke briefly about the purposes of God to win lives and where the Newmains work was heading, inviting others to come on board with us. One lady at the end mentioned she would like to bring her family next Wednesday night.

Many thanks to the team of ladies who organised the supper and cleared up at the end. We couldn't do it without you! It was a great night.

 

 Airdrie

A very encouraging evening at Airdrie this week. John led some great singing then we had some very good up to date reports.  Rae then spoke from 1Tim 6:11 "But thou o man/woman of God,... follow steadfastness."  Steadfastness being endurance under persecution. God has been speaking to many of us, both collectively and individually, to encourage us to move forward in Him.  He would have us anchored firmly and securely in Christ Jesus. One of the strategic lessons we must learn is to endure under persecution, whether that be in the form of ill health, weariness, lack of strength or disappointment. We must learn to trust that Christ will keep our soul steadfast and immovable. When we walk through the waters He will be with us. We walk by faith not by sight.

There followed a short time of prayer and worship before we ended with a wee chat and cup of tea.

 

 


Toddlers Blog

by Struthers Cumbernauld


A quieter morning today as 21 children and 21 adults joined us for our session. After free play we all gathered together for a time of singing taken by Laura.

We then enjoyed a Teddy Bears' picnic in the coffee shop.

Brian then completed the morning with a session of noisy games and bubbles.


Friday youth work

by Struthers Cumbernauld


We had just under 30 children at our Friday club this week. Tiffies began with some singing with help from Hannah and Lauren. She then spoke about putting God first, using a jar of rice with bouncy balls as an illustration. When the bouncy balls were placed in the jar, the rice fitted in perfectly, but when the rice went first the bouncy balls did not fit. She made the point that when we put Jesus first in our lives, other things begin to fit into place. We had a short time of worship before Scott closed in prayer. Debbie and Marianne used a similar theme with the P1/2 group. We then had arts and crafts organised by Stacy and games organised by Davy, Scott and Shev.


In our student zone it was very nice to have a few people that we have not seen in while. Mel began with some games before the meeting part. Scott opened with prayer before Laura gave a very good testimony. Tiffies rounded up by speaking about the need to find Jesus at the Cross, but when we mess up it doesn't need to be the end of our journey. We can find forgiveness again and strength and help for the journey ahead. We had a time of worship and singing before Laura closed in prayer for us. We finished the evening with another game. It was great having everyone involved and there was a very happy atmosphere at the end.


Midweek meetings

by Struthers Cumbernauld


 Airdrie

Another good evening this week at the Airdrie meeting. After John took some very good singing he spoke from  1John 4:19 and Matthew 6:14,15. We were reminded that regardless of the atrocities going on around us, or even if others have treated us  badly, God asks us to forgive those who trespass against us that He may also forgive us our sins.  We need to be careful in this. Failure to do so results in our hearts growing hard and cold and a decline in our spiritual lives. Vengeance belongs to God. Our job is to keep ourselves right with Him in all and every eventuality. After all has He not already forgiven us for all the wrong we have done? Who are we to judge? There followed a quiet time of waiting before God in prayer then worship before fellowship over a cup of tea.

 

 Newmains

After a short time of singing led by Mark and Tiffies, Emily gave her testimony to salvation and baptism in the Holy Spirit. She spoke of her love for Christ, it was very moving. Pauline then preached on the verse Rev 3:8 'I have set before you a door open that no man can shut.' She explained that this door into the presence of God should open more fully to us on our Christian journey until it is wide open when we go to heaven. Diana then continued the theme by speaking briefly on the fact that Paul consulted no man when he was saved despite the fact he had turned from Judaism to Christianity. She encouraged us to find our answers in God and make decisions to stand ground without necessarily consulting everyone who crossed our path. The words dovetailed nicely. We closed with a rich time of worship and prayer. It was nice to have 3 new folks with us for the evening. We are hoping to see them again.

Next week is a Supper Evening and will be geared for visitors. Please feel free to come along and bring a friend.

 

Coatbridge 

We began our meeting as usual with a time of up to date reports  from everyone. Most people commented on how they had been blessed and encouraged by the Saturday morning prayer meeting and felt a new sense of fire and vision.

 

Carol then spoke from Zechariah 3  about clarity  and how we need to live in that  place.  She reminded us that our own thoughts "are but the dust of the earth  and can  hinder the word of God".

Carol also shared with us a revelation that she had received this week and really encouraged us to believe that God can give us all authority. 

She ended with a beautiful verse from Psalm 65:11.

 

We had a very rich time of prayer and fellowship to end the evening .