Latest News and further details:
1. Next Phase of Building Works – Continue to pray for our architects Stuart and Allan Carr and our Clerk of Works, Stuart Yates, as they plan the next phase of building. We are waiting for the breakdown of costs from the Quantity Surveyor. Once we have these we will send the tender documents to three contractors on the island. Please continue to pray that God will release the remaining £75,000 of the £125,000 we need to complete the next phase of building; ie completion of the church, bell tower and vestibule, stripping out of the manse and building the temporary kitchen and toilets to service the church. We are still looking for a person to help us with grant applications so continue to pray for the right person.
2. Maintenance Programme – There are a number of things that need to be done to maintain the quality of SCC. We have a list of tasks and George is talking to Stuart Yates and Stuart Carr about organising work parties with our volunteers to do this work over the next few months. This includes, painting, joinery work, electrical work and general DIY. If you have building/DIY skills please contact us at email@example.com. These times are always productive and great fun. Thanks to those who have responded. Stuart and George will be in touch about this in the near future.
3. Events at Sannox:
a. Teaching Programme 2018 – Andy Hall is continuing to make good progress developing the teaching programme for 2018. Please pray for Andy as he finalises the programme. Once this is completed and approved by the Trustees we will be circulating the details.
b. Hosts’ Day 2018 – Saturday, 24 February 2018. The day will be a celebration of what God has done this past year through our hosting programme, a sharing of experiences and hosts talking to those who are interested in hosting. We will worship together, relax and have lunch together and those who have hosted will take people on a tour of the centre explaining what is entailed in being a host. The day will start at 11.15 am to allow people to get the 09.45 am ferry and end around 4 pm to allow people to get the 4.40 pm ferry. The day is for those who have hosted, those who have said they are willing to host but have not yet hosted and those who are interested in becoming hosts. Please pray for the planning of this event. If you intend to come to this event please email Heidi on firstname.lastname@example.org as soon as you can so we know how many people are attending. It has been great to see our hosts at Sannox this year and our aim is to be able to have hosts at Sannox all the time during the 2018 season from March to October. We believe that this is an important part of God’s plan for Sannox, building community and hosting the Presence of God so please consider being a host.
c. Rest and Restoration Weekend – with worship and creative arts. Pray for Moira as she plans this event in Spring 2018.
d. Worship and music events – Jim Farrell and George met together to pray and plan worship through music in 2018. Neither Chris Barton (Burn 24/7) nor Francis McFaul could make it. Chris was at another event and Francis has not been well. We intend to meet together with Chris and others to discuss the thoughts that Jim and George had and will let you know our plans as soon as we can. Please pray for Francis and Jacqui at this time.
4. We would like to increase our Friends of Sannox prayer and support base so if there are people you know who may be interested in joining as a Friend of Sannox, would you ask them and, if appropriate, direct them to the Sannox web site at www.sannox.org where they can download a Friends of Sannox form. You can also print a form from the web site and give it to the person. If you need help with this please email John Jackson at email@example.com. This will increase our prayer base, give more people the opportunity to hear about SCC and potentially increase our regular giving to enable us to continue delivering the plans for SCC.
5. Lastly, please continue to pray for the building of Christ’s community on Arran. Pray for the churches and their ministers and for all Christ’s people on the island that they may experience a new and powerful blessing of His Spirit.
We bless you, in the name of Jesus, to receive all that the Father has for you and thank you for your continuing support of His work at SCC. May we see more and more people being rested, restored and revived at Sannox in 2018.