Latest News & Prayer Points – Nov 2019

The Sannox Prayer

“Today I choose to stand in this place you have called me to,
And I declare that You are a Mighty God, the Creator of Heaven and Earth.
Your Kingdom shall endure and will never be shaken.
Open the windows of Heaven and pour out Your promised blessings in this generation.
Revive us, restore us and heal our land.
Thank you for going before us to open the way and remove all obstacles.
Increase our Faith, stir up Hope and keep us grounded and walking in Love.
Thank you that You are creating a dwelling place for God and man here; in Sannox, on Arran, for the nations.
Amen”

Dear Friends of Sannox,

Prayer Points:

 

1. Prayer Gatherings

In Edinburgh we will gather on Monday 2 December 2019 at the home of Moira and Gordon Shirreff, starting at 8 pm promptPlease note the change of venue. We will be joined by folks on Arran and across the UK and abroad. Join with us in prayer and thanksgiving for what God is doing at Sannox.

 

2. Restoration of the church and manse

·         Stewardship Loan – We think we have now completed all that is required by Stewardship and their lawyers and are hopeful that the loan will be released very soon. Continue to pray that all goes smoothly in this final stage.
·         ​Completion of the Church Refurbishment – There is no change from last month. We are still in discussions regarding the final costs for phase 1 of the church refurbishment. Once that is agreed, between our QS/Architect and the contractor, we will know how much money we have left to complete the interior of the church. Pray for an agreed price for phase 1 and sufficient resources to complete the interior of the church by Easter 2020.
·         Finances – Please continue to pray for increased monthly giving to cover the monthly cost of the loan.​

 

3. Events

 

Easter Open Day and Rededication of the church – 10 to 12 April 2020

We continue to work out the details of the weekend but it will include starting with a period of 24/7 worship, then on Saturday an open day for visitors from on and off the island. On Easter Sunday a dawn service on Sannox beach and an afternoon service of celebration. An invitation will be sent to local ministers and their teams from the island and from North Ayrshire and of course to our Friends of Sannox and the people of Arran. Please put this in your diary, come to the event and bring others. The Directors are meeting on the 21 December, so please pray for us as we meet and plan this important event.

 

Worship and Prayer at Sannox – 2 November 2019

We had a wonderful time of prayer and worship with people coming from the island and the mainland. Give thanks to God for these times and for growing prayer support.

 

Hosting Open Day – Saturday 15 February 2020

We are so blessed by the hosts we have and want to thank and honour them and build on their foundation. So, we are holding another Hosting Open Day. This is for existing hosts to come and give us feedback and to pass on their experiences and expertise and for those who are interested in hosting. Our aim is to have hosts on site all year round, so please come to the event and learn more about hosting. Details will be sent out in the near future but put the date in your diary. We want as many hosts as possible to attend and lots of new hosts. It will be a time of celebration, thanksgiving and information. The event last year was a great day. It will be held at the Lighthouse Church in Troon.

 

Future Events

Continue to pray for the development of these themes:

• Alpha weekends, hosted by SCC or self-hosted.
• Christian leaders and workers retreats, offered 3 or 4 times a year as mid-week events.
•  “Blessing Weeks” – teaching on blessing, as this is part of SCC values.
• Weekend events of worship, rest and restoration.

 

4. Building a Sannox Community on Arran

It is interesting to note the number of Christian people who have felt called to come to Arran to live and are attracted to SCC. We have met a number of people who want to get involved and we know of others who are thinking about coming to live on Arran, perhaps next year. These people and some local Christians have expressed a desire to form a support group around SCC and its development on the island. This group could meet regularly for prayer and worship. Please pray as we talk about this as Directors, and to the people on the island, that we will discern God’s will for the future.

 

5. Marketing SCC

The good news is that more and more people are coming to SCC. The number of bed nights is rising year on year. Please continue to spread the word about SCC to your networks and friends. It is so encouraging to see new Friends of Sannox signed up to our network. You are our ambassadors. We want to strengthen links with other organisations, such as SU and Pray for Scotland. We are also keen to forge links with churches, so if you are interested in a link with SCC and/or want one of the team to come to your church to tell the story of Sannox then please email Heidi on admin@sannox.org.

 

6. Pray for the building up of Christ’s community on Arran

Pray for the Christian community on the island and for the ministers of the churches that they may know a fresh outpouring of His power and presence.

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 what remains of 2019 and in 2020.

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