This Sunday, we’re delighted to be welcoming Mark Fleming to St. Andrew’s Church. Mark is a minister in his own right – having led a church in Kilsyth – but is now serving full time with the organisation Sports Chaplaincy UK. Mark heads up the Scottish side of the operation and is doing a fantastic job in building up the ministry. Primarily, his role is to recruit and support a network of chaplains – people who will go into sports clubs and groups and exercise a ministry of presence, just like workplace chaplains or military chaplains.
But Mark is so good at what he is doing because of his own infectious personality and his love for serving people and sharing his faith. The skills he himself employs as a chaplain are transferrable – all of us have something to learn when it comes to witnessing to the love of God in Jesus. This is an 11am service NOT TO BE MISSED! See you on Sunday.
What a fantastic day we enjoyed yesterday with our guests, John and Kirsty Wilson. Their sincere faith and joy was contagious and not a single person left the church after service anything other than hugely uplifted! John shared something of his own story and together we reflected on the miracle of grace that has seen him come from being a lost and broken addict to the fully-alive and transformed human being that he is today. And more than that; his gift as a preacher is evident for all to see! His theme was ‘Faith without works is dead’ and the power and passion with which he spoke was truly remarkable.
In the evening, Kirsty shared with us concerning her work with ‘City Hearts,’ an organisation committed to supporting people who have been saved after having been trafficked into the UK. As with John, Kirsty’s passion for Jesus and for the people she now works with was obvious for all to see.
We wish John and Kirsty well in their future work and will pray God’s blessing on them in the days ahead.
Our Havilah work is among the most challenging of our programmes – mainly because there are lots of disappointments to be endured along the way. Sometimes, it seems as though great progress is being made only for the person concerned to slip back. This is the way it is when working in the field of drug addiction.
It means that when ‘successes’ are recorded, there is great rejoicing. Each one is hard won. Recently, one of our guys – who’s been with us for years, usually struggling – has made the breakthrough. He’s stayed the course in rehab, has got himself clean and is now engaged to be married and in paid employment for the first time in over a decade. (more…)