Arran holds many happy memories for me. I first came with my grandfather and parents, and last year, history repeated itself, only this time I’m the grandparent. My wife and I spent our courting days on the island and in recent years I’ve sailed past the island in the Clyde en route to Ireland. I’m delighted to be involved in a supportive way with this challenging, daunting and exciting venture. Whatever metaphor you choose, from walking the ancient paths, repairing the broken altars, re-opening the wells, there is no doubt some spiritual connectivity with what God has done at Sannox and on the Isle of Arran in the past. It has been for many years a “thin” place, a spiritual place, a place of encounter with the living God. In an age of major decline in church attendance and a drift away from the Judeo Christian tradition that has shaped so much of Western culture, Christians face many challenges but also opportunities in a new post-Christendom age. Sannox, for me, provides a place of inspiration and hope amidst these challenges and opportunities; a place of seeking God, worship, prayer, hospitality and creativity. A place that, rooted in Christ, reaches out across denominations and to people beyond the “walls of the church”. Celtic monks, who were the first Christians to bring the gospel to the island, brought with them a love of God and a way for living that established Christianity throughout Scotland and beyond. Whilst faith has waned and the church declined in the ensuing centuries, nevertheless there has been periods of life and growth, seasons of blessing and periods of revival. Sannox has been part of this history and has witnessed signs of God’s Spirit among individuals, congregations, inhabitants and visitors. It was famously involved in the Clearances that saw people uprooted and forcibly emigrated, notably to Canada, in the 19th Century. I do believe that God’s hand has been upon Sannox and that his loving purposes for the place remains today. I first met George in the prayer garden of Nether Springs and was impressed by his openness to God and his obedience in carrying the vision for such a centre in Scotland for many years.
In helping to establish Sannox and supporting its ministry, I pray that it will serve the renewal and re-imagining of church and be a meeting place, a telling place, that will bless all who come. I pray that within its boundaries there may be many encounters with the living God and from Sannox, His blessing may spread, bringing hope and peace, light and life to many on the island, through the nation of Scotland and beyond.
Andy serves on the leadership team at The Lighthouse in Troon. Originally from London he’s married to Yvonne they have two grown up daughters and live on the Ayrshire coast. After graduating from London Bible College in 1986 Andy worked with Youth With A Mission (YWAM) for 21 years; serving in evangelism, church planting and training projects all over the UK.
They have lived in Scotland since 2001 when Andy was appointed as National Director for the work of YWAM in the nation. In 2007 he left YWAM to concentrate on a full time teaching and preaching ministry along side churches and their leadership teams to encourage revival and evangelism. He travels widely in the UK and internationally in this role. Andy is also the chairman of Leaders Together for Scotland – a gathering of key Charismatic & Pentecostal leaders in Scotland. Along with Yvonne he serves as Scottish Coordinator for Love After Marriage a new ministry to strengthen Christian Marriages that has come out of Bethel Church in Redding California
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Francis and Jacqui McFaul are ordained ministers who serve on the pastoral team of Redemption Church Wishaw. They have lead responsibility for worship in this setting. Francis also leads the worship at a monthly Teen Challenge event in Stoneyburn near Livingstone. Francis and Jacqui have a heart to see churches discover their own sound, especially when this links to a Celtic prevalence in worship. They are keen to see the ancient pathways open up once again as a highway of worship throughout this land. Francis is also enthusiastic about raising up worship teams in other settings and travels extensively, with what some have described as an apostolic calling to equip other worshippers. To this end both he and Jacqui are members of an organisation called European Apostolic Leaders. This had led to them ministering in countries such as Norway on more than one occasion. Many years ago Francis and Jacqui, while ministering on Arran, visited Sannox and sang in the church there. They are delighted that now many years on they are involved wholeheartedly with the ongoing development of Sannox Christian Centre. In recent years due to health dilemmas Francis has retired from secular work and now serves the Lord on a full time basis. Jacqui works as a Support for Learning Assistant with disabled children. Francis and Jacqui have five children and five grandchildren.
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