Prayer Points and Latest News October 2018

November Prayer News

The November prayer gathering for SCC in Edinburgh will be held on Monday 5th November 2018 at the home of George and Fiona Hazel starting at 8 pm prompt. We will be joined in prayer by those on Arran, across the UK and abroad. George has made contact with people on Arran regarding having a regular, monthly prayer time for SCC and discussions are continuing.

“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”

We continue to say this prayer together so that the Father and His Son, Jesus Christ, might be glorified and His light, love, peace, forgiveness and power might sweep through the Isle of Arran, the rest of Scotland, the United Kingdom and the nations of the world.

Key Prayer Points:

1. Give thanks for excellent and productive Directors’ and Members’ meetings on Friday 26th October and Saturday 27th October.

2. The new structure for the management and operations of SCC was unanimously agreed by the Directors and endorsed by the Board Members. Pray for our Executive Director (ED) George as he implements the structure with the 5 team leaders and Heidi our administrator. Pray for a Team Leader to emerge for the SCC Ministries and Events team.

3. Pray for the negotiations with the contractor regarding the restoration of the church roof and bell-tower, church windows and the stripping out of the church and manse.

4. Pray for increased regular monthly giving to support the operational costs of SCC.

5. Pray for the Roy Searle Teaching Day on the 3rd of  November when 24 people will gather in Dundarroch Cottage and learn about rhythms of prayer. Pray for the team as they develop the teaching and activities programme for 2019.

6. Pray for our hosts as they consider dates in 2019 and for new hosts.

7. Give thanks for the Maintenance Working Group who achieved all the items on the “to do” list!  

8.  Pray for the building up of Christ’s community on Arran, especially for Barbara as she builds a network of people to deliver the Community Ministries on Arran.

 

SCC News:

1. Directors’ meeting – 26th October – 4 of the 5 Directors attended the meeting, Moira was taken ill at the last minute and couldn’t travel. This was an excellent and exciting meeting where a number of items were agreed:

a. The new operational management system was approved unanimously and George has been tasked with its introduction and development along with the 5 team leaders and Heidi our administrator. This is an important development as we move from the pioneering stage to the new season of growth at SCC. The structure is at the end of this prayer news for your information and prayers.

b. Tender for the Church roof and manse – The Directors agreed that it was important we start work on the church as soon as possible with the resources we have. George and DG Weir, a Board Member from Arran, are to meet the contractor to discuss the building programme and timetable. Please pray for this meeting and continue to pray for the release of finances to complete the restoration of the church roof and bell tower, remove the asbestos, restore the church windows and strip out the manse including removal of the rotting roof. We need to raise £25,000 or £50,000 (with the manse) through cash gifts or interest free loans, as we did for the purchase of SCC in 2012.

c. Please pray for Barbara as she develops the new Community Ministries team. Barbara is looking for people to work with her to develop further resources in partnership with Christians Against Poverty (CAP) and the local churches. She is initially looking for two people willing to attend training by CAP to deliver their Money Course. They would need to make themselves available to work on Arran from time to time to establish this service. She will be connecting with local church leaders and other Christians.

d. SCC Vision and Values – The Directors agreed to develop a framework based on the SCC vision and values that would give allow us to test any new ideas and ministries. This framework defines the culture of SCC and clarifies what SCC is about.

e. 2019 Programme of Activities – The Directors agreed to plan at least one event a month comprising teaching and other activities. Please pray as we plan the first three events in January, February and March.

f. Operational Finances – Please continue to pray for an increase of £2000 per month to cover our operational costs and to support our growing activities and ministries. To date we appear to have increased our monthly giving by about £250. Please pray for increased monthly giving either through new givers or existing supporters increasing their monthly donation.

g. New Board Members – Please pray for new Board Members with the right skills. Also pray for the involvement of younger people in all areas.

2. Board meeting – 27 October – There are eleven Members of the Board – five Directors and six Members. The Members are there to advise the Directors, to make sure they remain true to the vision and values of SCC and to challenge where necessary. The Board discussed finances, the building plans and tenders, the new operational structure, the role and responsibilities of Directors, the ED’s report, the 2019 Programme, fund raising ideas and new Board Members. There was also an interesting and valuable discussion on how we can serve and communicate better with the people who pray, donate and volunteer their services for SCC.

3. Continue to pray for the Teaching Programme for 2018. Our last event of 2018, will take place on the 3rd of November. It will be a Teaching Day in Dundarroch Cottage led by Roy Searle, the leader of the Northumbria Community on the importance of a Rhythm of Prayer. The event is fully booked, with 24 people attending, many from Arran. Please pray for Roy and those who will are attending.

4. Hosting at SCC – We continue to welcome our hosts to SCC and witness the blessing hosting is to our guests and visitors and to the hosts themselves. Hosting the presence of God is fundamental to what God is building at SCC and we want to have hosts on site all the time. If you are interested in hosting we need to hear from you. Please contact Heidi at admin@sannox.org.

5. Executive Director report – Please pray for George as he visits churches on and off the island. Last month he spoke at churches in Stevenston and Largs and is in discussions with churches in Ayr, Balfron and Dumfries. He is also meeting with the Ministers and others on Arran and has already met with the Minister of the Free Church and the Minister of Lamlash Church of Scotland.

 

 

6. Maintenance Working Group – A number of people came to help with maintenance jobs that needed to be done from the 20th of October to the 2nd of November. All jobs were successfully completed.

 

7. Lastly, please continue to pray for the building up of Christ’s community on Arran.

Pray for the churches and their Ministers and staff, and for all Christ’s people on the

island that they may experience a new and powerful blessing of His Spirit.

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