We are a family of Baptist Churches seeking to encourage and pray for one another. The Northern Baptist Association consists of 53 Baptist churches serving about 3,000 members from Marske to Kirkby Stephen and from Northallerton to Berwick. As well as blogs we also post regular prayer bulletins from our churches and Association life.
the continued fresh life in the children that come each Sunday
the increased attendance at the 'New to the UK' group
We want to pray for God's blessing and guidance on:
the church away-day on June 8th
the deacons away-day on June 22nd
our 'Day of Prayer' on July 6th
We also would ask for you to pray with us for God's resolution of some issues that have arisen lately in both the 'New to the UK' group and the 'Nite Bite' outreach to those on the margins. We clearly need His wisdom and understanding at this time.
A year into an interregnum, give thanks for:the much valued support throughout from the NBA: from John Claydon as Team Leader, from John again and from Ray Richardson leading worship on a number of occasions, from John Singleton as our first Moderator and from the many, many churches who have expressed their loving concern for us;Rodney Breckon as our Moderator, but more like a Minister, instilling a sense of expectancy, hope and purpose. He is such a wonderful guy and we love him!those people who have started worshipping with us regularly during the past year.
Please pray:for God's continuing mission for us with the homeless and others at the fringes of our local, Darlington community of people;that our soon to be launched website will be an effective mission tool;that the autumn Alpha or Purpose Driven Life Course (we haven't decided which yet), aimed primarily at our existing congregation, will bring us all closer to Christ.
Easington Lane Independent Methodist Church (Houghton-le-Spring)
Thanks for: Answered prayer for one of our ministers, Syd Grey. Syd suffered a heart attack in January and also had problems with his kidneys. He has had stents put in his heart and is now on dialysis 3 days a week. But he is recovering and getting stronger and able to attend church services.
Pray for:Two new ventures we are starting:A midweek Friendship Group – an informal group meeting in the hall, to talk over a cup of tea and encourage people who don't normally attend the church to come along and enjoy the fellowship.A Parents and Toddlers Group - pray that this may encourage parents to bring their children into the church and, hopefully, reach them for the Lord.
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Youth Ministry in the NBA
Churches would continue to see the responsibility we have in investing in the lives of young people.
Churches would see a strengthening of young people's commitment in their relationship with God.Those committed to delivering youth work can be resourced, rested and grow in their relationship with God themselves, so they can empower and encourage young people to fall in love with Jesus.
Give Thanks forThe assurance of the risen and exalted Christ (Ascension Day last Thursday, 9th)For the service of Jonathan Edwards, the BU General Secretary for the past 7 years, and for the appointment of Lynn Green (Regional Minister in the Southern Counties Association) as the new General Secretary The recent national Baptist Assembly at Blackpool and the call for us to shine like stars in the darkness (Philippians 2:14-16) see http://likestars.org.uk/ The call of John Hodgkins to Berwick, whose induction was yesterday (11thMay)
Pray forThe renewing of God's Holy Spirit to be an experience amongst as we celebrate Pentecost next Sunday (19th)Jonathan and Lynn, as they move into new areas of serviceThe Association Assembly at Stockton Tabernacle on Saturday 18thMay, with Paul MaconochieThe embryonic Association Mission Strategy group meeting on the 16thThe development of our Association Partnership with Yorkshire and the North West – we have a Partnership meeting on 14thMay
Praise God for: the blessings of the Holiday Club held in the half term, with new boys and girls coming each day;the weekly Kidz Club which sees parents as well as children coming along;the Senior school youngsters who attend Bible Basix straight from school on a Tuesday to do Bible Study in a relaxed manner;the "Light into Darkness" service held on Maundy Thursday, with friends from the Methodist church joining us;the Coffee Drop in held with help from other churches in the town every other Monday afternoon. Good contacts are being made.
Pray for: those who lead our worship Sunday by Sunday;all the activities which are held in UEBC;the leadership team as they have weekly meetings to pray and plan for the way forward in the coming months.