Prayer News January 2023
‘For this reason I remind you to fan into flame the gift of God’ – I Tim I: 6a
We step into 2023 with hope in our hearts. Even in the midst of a world in crisis, we have confidence in Jesus who walked on water and calmed the storms and who is the answer to the world’s needs. It was a joy to celebrate 200 years of Sannox Church last year. As much as we praise God for all that has passed, we praise Him for all that he is enabling as we step into the future.
We are custodians of a heritage that we want to nurture and pass on. We are passionate about our ministry to Arran, to Scotland, and to the Nations. To serve this, we seek to kindle that Celtic fire which lies at the heart of the church in these lands. There is no question that the church in our nation needs renewal by the Holy Spirit. It is our desire that Sannox Christian Centre’s ministry will play a part in stoking the fire – to fan into flame the gift of God which is within us for the sake of the Kingdom!
As we turn the corner into a new year, we want to celebrate and give thanks for Andy Hall, who has served as Chair of the SCC Trustees Board in recent years as he moves on to new things. We have valued Andy’s wisdom, prayerfulness and prophetic insight not only as Chair, but as a Trustee and Advisor through much of the journey of Sannox Christian Centre. Andy will continue in his role as an Advisor, and we pray God’s blessing as he develops his preaching and teaching ministry throughout Scotland and beyond.
We are thankful for the willingness of George Hazel who has agreed to step into the role as Chair as we take the work and ministries of SCC forward. In addition, we are delighted to welcome back the Rev Maggie Lane to our group of Advisors.
Thank you so much for being part of the journey of SCC. We give thanks for your partnership on the gospel and in the development of our ministries..
Lord, as we come into 2023, we give thanks for…
Please Pray For…
NEW!! Online Day Retreats
As we develop the ministry of SCC, we want to offer a new series of online ‘Zoom’ day retreats during the winter months at each end of the year. Here are the opportunities coming up soon:
Saturday 21st January – ‘Dachaigh: the spirituality of being ‘home’
The day will open at 9.15am for a 9.30am start, through until 3pm. There will be a mixture of online prayer and worship, teaching, group conversation and solo reflection offline as well as a break for lunch.
To book, and for more information, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. Suggested donation for the day: £20.
Saturday 18th February – ‘Lessons from the Desert: a pre-Lenten Retreat’
The day will open at 9.15am for a 9.30am start, through until 3pm. There will be a mixture of online prayer and worship, teaching, group conversation and solo reflection offline, as well as a break for lunch
To book and for more information please email email@example.com.
We will also have some in-person day retreats beginning in the Spring/Summer. Details to come. Keep an eye on our website for upcoming events.
The monthly Sannox Saturdays – special times of worship, prayer and teaching – continue on the first Saturday of each month up to the end of the year, normally from 2 pm in Sannox Church.
Our next Sannox Saturday is on the 7th January 2023. Andrew Clark will be speaking on ‘Kindling the Celtic Fire’ as we step into a year of seeking to understand our spiritual DNA and into all that God asks of us. As ever, we are so grateful to Jim for his leadership of worship.
Song of the Island
We are very pleased to tell you that one of our advisors, Francis McFaul has issued an album called ‘Song of the island’. It tells the story of 200 years of Christian witness at Sannox via songs and poetry.
The CD’s can be purchased direct from Sannox at a cost of £5 each, if collected or £6.15 if posted. To order email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please note that if ordered from Sannox the proceeds go directly into helping our finances.
January Prayer Gathering
Our next Friends of Sannox prayer gathering is at 8.00pm on Monday 9 January 2023 (NB not the usual ‘first Monday!). We look forward to praying and worshipping together with as many of you as possible. Prayer underpins all we seek to do for the advancement of God’s Kingdom – please join us if you can.
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The Sannox Prayer
“Today I choose to stand in this place you have called me to,
The Trustees of Sannox Christian Centre