Monday, 16 December 2013

22nd December - NBA Prayers for Christmas

Praise God for:

And celebrate the birth of Jesus – the wonder of Christ: the Word made flesh.

The creativity of those who help us to celebrate Christmas and gain new insights into such familiar events.

The churches we have seen recent growth in youth work and for new appointments of workers.

The generosity shown by many who care for those in need – especially at this Christmas time.

Pray for:

Those who hear the message of Jesus, the Saviour of the world, this Christmas that they may come to trust Him as Lord and Saviour.

Those for whom Christmas bring sadness – perhaps because of past memories, fears for the future, or difficulties and hardships, homelessness and illness, etc.

Rachael Ezra, as she seeks to bring Paid Youth/Children's/Community workers together for an evening in the New Year.

Paul Revill, as he prepares to begin his ministry as a Regional Minister, and Stocksfield Baptist Church, as they seek God for their own future.

Provided by Rachael Ezra (Youth Specialist) and Rev John Claydon (Regional Minister, Team Leader)

Thursday, 12 December 2013

NBA Prayers for 15th December - Darlington Baptist Tabernacle and Grange Road Baptist Church

Recently, the two Darlington NBA churches have been exploring closer cooperation and working together. Give thanks for:

the willingness of the two congregations to embark upon this journey with an unknown destination;

a wonderful day last Sunday, spent worshipping together, lunching together and singing carols together in the local Sainsbury’s supermarket, in the process collecting £140 for the Philippines Disaster Appeal.

Pray for:

Linda Donaldson, the Minister in Training at the Tabernacle, and Rodney Breckon, the Moderator of Grange Road, as they explore the future for their churches and for themselves personally;

closer bonding as the people of the two churches continue to meet socially, share a forthcoming Lent Course – and sing again at Sainsbury’s next Christmas!

the Spirit’s guidance as to how the churches can make Darlington beat more strongly to the heartbeat of Jesus.

Wednesday, 4 December 2013

NBA Prayers for 8th December - Whitley Bay BC

This Autumn we followed a church-wide programme: "Begin the Journey into Emotionally Healthy Spirituality". This has taken us to new depths, both individually and corporately, and we pray that what we have begun will continue to motivate us and move us into a deeper devotion to the Lord Jesus Christ. "Begin the Journey" will lead, next year, to the working out of our fundamental "Rule of Life" (framework of commitments) that will support us in our life and mission as a Church. It is our hope that this will in turn lead to a renewed commitment to evangelistic and compassionate mission in a Year of Outreach in 2015.

We give thanks for the number of young families, with young children, who are part of the church. We thank God for the work of Laura Spanswick, our Team Leader for Young People's Work. Pray for Laura as she moves, before Easter, into a time of maternity leave. Pray also for the continuing vitality of our young people's work.

On November 17 we celebrated with our Filipino Congregation of seven years as they became the Filipino International Church, a member church of the NBA and BUGB. They are a fellowship of some 26 families and include 25 teenagers. Pray for them and for their pastor, Virgilio Pansacala, and Deacons. The Church Commissioning came just a week after the terrible events of Typhoon Haiyan. Pray with us for and support the relief effort in that country.

On Saturday 14 December WBBC is holding an Outreach & Community Day in the Centre of Whitley Bay, including the handing out of free mince pies and hot drinks, a Nativity Hunt around the shops and craft activities at the church. Pray for successful contacts to be made.

Senior Pastor: Rev Paul R Newman

Wednesday, 27 November 2013

NBA Prayers for 1st December - Heaton BC (Newcastle)

Thank God for our continued and growing links with people in the Community.

Please pray:

that our Christmas activities will be an opportunity to strengthen those links further into our community

for our leadership, staff team and volunteers in the busy festive period.

for those, from many European, Asian and other countries who are part of our English Classes and International Lifegroups that, through them, they may grow in both their understanding of our country and of what lies at the heart of our faith.

Senior Pastor: Rev Mark Elder

Wednesday, 20 November 2013

NBA Prayers for 24th November - Oxford Road BC (Hartlepool)

We give thanks for our pastor Richard Hetherington and the church leadership team as they continue to love, care for and oversee the fellowship and pray for them as they seek God's direction for the future.

Pray for the ongoing work of The ORB centre, our community centre, which offers a variety of services to local people during the week helping them to deal with practical aspects of their lives.

Pray for our Christmas programme of events and special services this December that these might present opportunities for us to reach out and share the good news with those who do not usually enter a church any other time of the year.

Pastor: Rev Richard Hetherington

Wednesday, 13 November 2013

NBA Prayers for 17th November - Crosby Garrett United Chapel

We are still finding it quite hard, with only four members attending each week. We give praise for their faithfulness and pray for our eldest member who does not get out to worship in the winter, as she finds it too difficult then.

We were greatly encouraged during the summer when our student was home for the summer from Oxford Brookes University. He gives us great encouragement when he tells us what he does at the Christian Union connected to Uni and also how he has grown in faith at the church he attends in Oxford. He is in his final year doing a Masters Degree. Pray with us that he can get a job and carry on being a witness for Jesus.

Ministers: Rev Keith Hopper and Mr Donald Marston

Wednesday, 30 October 2013

NBA Prayers for 3rd November - New Silksworth Independent Methodist Church (Sunderland)

Give Thanks for:
God's faithfulness and goodness to us.
On going links with Local Schools through assemblies and school harvest festival service held in the Church.
Answers to prayer for the health issues of the membership.

Pray For:
Church – its leadership and direction for the future.
Christmas outreach initiatives and possibilities that this will bring.
Church Membership – particularly those with health issues and concerns.
For the Church as it considers use of the premises for "Community groups" and opportunities to serve in this way.

Ministers: Alan Bickle & Bill Sewell

Monday, 7 October 2013

NBA Prayers for 27th October - Lakeside BC (Sunderland)

We are truly grateful to the Lord that Ian Wren and his wife Maureen (Independent Methodists from Hetton-le-Hole) have accepted our 100% unanimous call to be our new Pastor. Ian will begin his ministry among us in January 2014. No date has been set yet for Ian's Induction Service. With Ian and Maureen's coming we are convinced that the best days of the Church lie before us.
We give thanks to the Lord for the ministry of Mike Cross our present Pastor who will be serving until the end of the year, after 8 years of service at Lakeside BC.

That the Lord will prepare us for Ian and Maureen's coming as we work together in this new and exciting chapter in the life of Lakeside BC.
That the Lord will raise up workers for the children's work so that the baton can be passed on to others by those who have served long and faithfully in this ministry.
For the change in timing of the Bible Study and Prayer Meeting to Tuesday evening, that more will feel that they can take advantage of this opportunity to come together in this way.
For those in the Fellowship who are feeling the weight of their years, that the Lord will sustain them and continue to make them a blessing to us.

Pastor: Mike Cross

NBA Prayers for 20th October - Alnwick BC

Giving thanks

Two marriages within the church over the last few months and a baptism planned for the end of October.
An encouraging recent weekend with a team from New Wine, looking at the prophetic and healing gifts.

Prayer for wisdom and guidance
The church is considering how to become more effective as a missional community. This may mean new ways of doing church - please pray for guidance, wisdom and unity as we consider how to move forward.
We are appointing a new manager for our CAP centre, starting later this year. Please give thanks for Bill, who is retiring from this post, and pray for John as he gets ready to start in the role.

Prayer for people
A number of people within the church are facing ongoing challenging situations of poor health, bereavement or other problems - please pray for Christ's love and power to be poured out among us.

Pastor: Rev David Archer

NBA Prayers for 13th October

Give thanks for:
God's faithfulness – especially as we have celebrated it in Harvest services.
The opportunities we have to work together and encourage one another.
The encouraging giving of our churches to support God's work through Home Mission.
The good opportunities that opened up for Darrel and Faith Grice (from Texas) as they ministered in Lithuania as a further expression of our link with Baptists in that country.

Pray for:
The Association's Assembly 'Hope in the Word' on 19th October at Bethany Christian Centre with Lina Andronoviene.
Those who returned to our churches through Back to Church Sunday / The Big Welcome.
New ministers coming into the area: Simon Burin to Enon in Sunderland and Glen Cormack to New Life in Northallerton.
Those serving in the Association Team – especially a newly appointed Regional Minister (hopefully to be announced soon) and Elaine Joy, a P.A to support John.

supplied by Rev John Claydon (Regional Minister, Team Leader & Pastoral)

Wednesday, 2 October 2013

NBA Prayers for 6th October - Grange Road Baptist Church (Jarrow)

Praise God for:

  • Those attending our ALPHA course
  • The willingness of those prepared to undertake new areas of responsibility within the Church.
  • The forthcoming year of 2014, which will commemorate 150 years of Baptist Witness in Jarrow.

Pray for:

  • Our continuing seeking of God's will in regard to the future leadership of the church.
  • Our plans to hold a series of special events to commemorate 150 years of Baptist Witness in Jarrow in 2014.

Minister: Rev Roy Merrin

Wednesday, 25 September 2013

NBA Prayers for 29th September - Rowley Baptist Church (near Consett)

It is not always easy filling preaching appointments Sunday by Sunday. We give thanks to God for all that are willing to help in this way and also that we are still able to hold both morning and evening services.

We thank God for the number of people that attended a Songs of Praise service, organised by the local churches together, in the village hall as part of Castleside's 150th Birthday Celebrations.

Please pray for our children's club on a Tuesday evening and also our "Castle-Siders" outreach, this is aimed at children and parents.

Please pray for those who carry out homes visits and school assemblies and also for those homes being visited.

Please pray for an increase in people attending Church services and also membership.

Wednesday, 18 September 2013

NBA Prayers for 22nd September: Portrack BC (Stockton-on-Tees)

Thanks for what God did through the Kairos youth camp; a brilliant rebirth of a Harvest style festival - Kairos 14 here we come!

Thanks for how God keeps bringing Christian and other faith asylum seekers to our Friday DROP-IN and some into Sunday worship.

Pray for a greater sense of fellowship and pastoral care as we seek God's guidance during this period of pastoral transition.

Pray that God will rebuild our worship team and that there'll be an increase in our monthly giving, especially as we embark on some building alterations.

Ministers: Mr Pete Spence; Rev Jim Wright

Wednesday, 11 September 2013

NBA Prayers for 15th September - Durham Road BC, Gateshead

At Durham Road we have been blessed with a wonderful ministry from different speakers since our minister moved on - give thanks for those who lead our worship and also for the future that God has already prepared for us.
We are just embarking on some Youth Work with a view to helping local schools with assemblies and RE lessons, which in turn will help with Discovery Church which we hold once a month with the aim of contacting parents and children. Pray that both doors and hearts may open through these initiatives.
We are also starting regular Prayer Breakfasts. Pray that food and fellowship at the beginning of the day will lead to a daily life with Christ for those attending.
Harvest will be celebrated on 6th October followed by lunch and our annual Thankoffering. Pray for new and ripening fruit at Durham Road in the year ahead.

Wednesday, 4 September 2013

NBA Prayers for 8th September - Boldon Independent Methodist Church (South Tyneside)

Thanks for:

the increased use of the church premises by community groups since the beginning of the year
the success of the drop-in after-school sessions over the past year
the upholding of members and their families who have been severely challenged by health and relationship problems

that the faith of the fellowship will be deepened and strengthened through greater commitment to prayer and appropriate Bible study
that the message of the Gospel will be more effectively preached through the witness of our own lives
that God will provide what is necessary to extend the outreach work in local schools and the community and particularly for a fruitful outcome of our planned refurbishment project

Wednesday, 28 August 2013

NBA Association Prayers for 1st September

Give thanks:For the rest and refreshment of the summer

For outreach activities such as Holiday at Home, Holiday Clubs, and other summer mission activities

The Kairos youth weekend
Pray for:
A fresh outpouring of God's Spirit as churches restart their regular programmes and engage in activities such as Harvest Festivals and The Big Welcome / Back to Church Sunday (29th September)

The appointment of a new Regional Minister: Mission Enabler – interviews are scheduled for 10th October

Simon Burin and Glen Cormack as, this autumn, they move to ministries at Enon and Northallerton respectively

The Association Assembly with Lina Andronoviene on 19th October

Courses in Mission and Safeguarding being run in the Association
Provided by Rev John Claydon (Regional Minister, Team Leader & Pastoral)

NBA Website:

Wednesday, 21 August 2013

NBA Prayers for 25th August - Durham City Baptist Church

For Thanksgiving:
The church ran three youth nights earlier in the holidays which were very encouraging.
Our Holiday club, which we are in the middle of, has good numbers attending and all is going well.
In recent weeks we have had a dedication service and a request for baptism others have asked to become church members.
God's gracious working amongst and through us.
The twice monthly Drop in Coffee Mornings which are drawing in people from around the church.

For prayer:
The Alpha course we are planning for, which will commence in September.
God's guidance as we pray and think through the Springboard report.
God's equipping and empowering as we seek to serve him where he has placed us.

Minister: Rev Ronnie Wynd

Thursday, 15 August 2013

NBA Prayer Concerns for 18th August - Westoe Road Baptist Church (South Shields)

Thank God for those who have recently made a decision to be Baptised

That God will be with our recently appointed Pastor in Training – Julie Price as she works with us.· 

For those in our local community that we might be a Christian Witness· 

For students who attend our local college and Worship with us each Sunday· 

That God will give us a clear vision as we continue to seek his purpose.

Pastor in Training: Julie Price

Wednesday, 7 August 2013

NBA Prayers for 11th August - Whitley Lodge Baptist Church (Whitley Bay)

Our pastor George Mackenzie and his wife Gail have been with us since October 2007. They are moving on (George's last service as our Pastor is today) and George is taking up a pastoral role at Hawick Baptist Church.

Thanks for:
1. George's time with us, his tremendous ability to connect with people, and for his being the first ever minister of Whitley Lodge Baptist - a title he will never lose.
2. An invitation by the local school to host a coffee morning for the parents and grandparents who have just dropped their kids off at the school.
3. An exciting baptism in the sea, where a number became Christians.

Pray for:
1. George and Gail as they start their new work.
2. For the church as a whole and the elder and deacons in particular as we pray and consider the next chapter.
3. And pray that we will pray!


Wednesday, 31 July 2013

NBA Prayers for 4th August - Spennymoor Jubilee IM Church (near Durham)

  • The Sunday Morning Kingdom Kids, that they may continue their witness and that during the Summer Holidays attendances may continue.
  • The Youth Club, that when it commences again after the holidays that attendances will improve.
  • The Friday Drop-in, that as attendances have increased and it is a huge success in reaching out, a seed to know more about Jesus may be planted in some of the hearts of those who attend.
  • Pray for Bob and Madge Thompson who are now well into their 90's and find it impossible to attend, that God will bless them.
  • Pray for our work in Churches Together, that we may have an effective witness in the community.
  • Pray for our services on Sunday Evenings, that God may move upon us and that we might see an increase in attendance of those who are searching for something more meaningful in life.

    Minister: Mr George Eales

Wednesday, 24 July 2013

NBA Prayers for 28th July - East Cleveland Baptist Church (Redcar)

Thanks for...

Raising over £8,000 at our recent gift day for our CAP Centre (Christian Against Poverty), to keep it going for another year
For the lady who has become a Christian through CAP and for those who have been release
d from debt
For the beginning of our Foodbank outreach with Churches Together and for the 3 distribution centres that are now up and running

Please pray for...
Volunteers for our youth and children's workNic, one of our Leadership Team, who is fighting cancer; please pray for healing and for all his family at this difficult time.
Hannah, one of our young people, going to Thailand in September with the BMS Action Teams

Minister: Rev Phil Dixon

Wednesday, 17 July 2013

NBA Prayers for 21st July - Stocksfied Baptist Church (Tyne valley)

Give thanks for recent baptisms of new believers, especially for two Iranian young men on Easter Sunday.
Thank God for many signs of the life of the Holy Spirit amongst us: a new format for all-age worship which has been well received (by most!), a new inter-generational house group, a Chris Duffett-style 'Big Hearted' evangelism outreach, new members and new faces in the congregation on Sundays.

We are hosting and running a children's holiday club this week, from 22nd – 26th July, in partnership with other local churches. May God work powerfully through the programme and through it bring people to faith or into closer contact with him.
We are raising funds to undertake work on the church building, renovating toilets and providing better disabled access. Pray for generous giving and for the improved facilities to stimulate more mission opportunities.
We still face a great challenge to become more missional and to disciple one another well. Pray for the church, that we will embrace these challenges wholeheartedly.

Minister: Rev Paul Revill

Thursday, 11 July 2013

NBA Prayers for 14th July - New Life Baptist Church (Northallerton)

Thank God for:
  • The Spirit's leading and work in us as a body over recent months.
  • For the Lord's guiding and calling as we have been searching for a new Senior Pastor, and for the recent decision of the church to call someone to the post.
  • A steady stream of baptisms of people of all ages and backgrounds; and of new Partners (members) joining the church.
  • The continued work of the Jubilee Debt Advice Centre. We give thanks for Susan Robinson, who has ably managed our Debt Advice Centre for 10 years and is now standing down; and we're grateful to God for calling Betty Mattison to take over the role later in the summer.
Pray for:
  • The Lord's continuing guidance and leading with regard to both the new Senior Pastor appointment; and also in the recruitment of a new Youth Leader.
  • Northallerton Town Carnival today (14th July): Churches Together have been invited by the town council again to lead an act of worship to open the carnival. Praise God for the opportunity to proclaim the Lord's name on our High Street; and pray for good weather, and that all runs smoothly!
  • A family fun day taking place on Sunday 21st July, and our Summer Holiday Club, Space Academy, running from 19 -23 August. Pray for good weather and for many to come and be touched by the Lord's love.
  • Our New Life for Romania appeal, which will have been running for 20 years this autumn. Pray for guidance with regard to our future direction and for on-going support for the team.

    Assistant Pastors: Steve Cowie and Elisabeth Jordan

Wednesday, 3 July 2013

NBA Prayers for 7th July - Morpeth Baptist Church

We ask for your prayers:

1 Pray for the Church Meeting this Tuesday, 9th July, when we will vote upon the proposed leadership structure of the church.
2 Pray for the interim period whilst the church seeks to establish its future.
3 Pray for the outreach programme with Christians Against Poverty.
4 Pray for leaders to be raised up for our Youth Department.


Sunday, 30 June 2013

NBA Prayers for Westgate Baptist Church (Newcastle upon Tyne)

Praise and Thanks for –

· A fresh move of the Holy Spirit's life and power – including the recent baptisms of two young people.
· An increasing sense of being one family in our huge diversity.
· The Lord's leading into our current season of '40 Days Of Rest'.
Please pray for –
· The integration of new people into the Church.
· The Lord's provision of people and power for our Sunday children's ministry.
· The homeless and poor who come our way and for us as we give care and show mercy to them.

Minister: Rev Paul Merton

Sunday, 16 June 2013

NBA Prayers for Berwick Hills BC (Middlesbrough)

Berwick Hills Baptist Church (Middlesbrough)

Thanks for God's help and provision during a difficult start to the year with many significant challenges in the life of the church, families and individuals. Prayer that we see God at work in relationships, many health matters and the church's life and witness.
Thanks for good numbers attending Parent and Toddler group on Friday mornings. Prayer for meaningful relationship to be established.
Thanks for the faithfulness of members, the encouragement of new friends worshipping with us and good relationships with local schools. Prayer as we seek God's will for the future regarding leadership, outreach and face practical challenges associated with the building.

Minister: Rev Alan Reed

Sunday, 9 June 2013

NBA Prayers for Enon BC (Sunderland)

Enon Baptist Church (Monkwearmouth, Sunderland)

Give thanks for:The appointment of a new minister after only a year of not having one3 wonderful baptisms on Easter SundayA group of Iranians who meet every week for Bible Study and who are growing in their faithA celebration weekend for the 50th anniversary of our current building, with special events on 15th and 16th June.

Please pray for:Our new minister, Simon, and his family as they prepare for the move north. This will be Simon's first full pastorate. Pray that we as a church would support him and we will all move forward togetherMembers of our congregation who are battling serious illness, for healing and for peace for them and their familiesOur young people as they sit exams and some plan to head off to University in the autumnTwo of our young people are going to Kenya for the summer as part of a volunteer project. 

Please pray for their time away, for health and safety and for the people they will come into contact with during their time thereNader, as he gives up his time and energy to teach the Iranian guys. For strength for him and his family and for the guys as they continue to grow in their faithGrowing relationships with the community around our church and the various groups that use our church building.

Wednesday, 5 June 2013

Social media for churches and church leaders

Baptist social media expert Steve Fogg from Australia will be running a social media for churches and church leader’s seminar in Sunderland on June 8th.

Run in association with the Northern Baptist Association the seminar is a must attend day if you want to learn how your church can leverage social media as an highly effective communication channel to engage and reach out to your community

Steve has been in the creative and communications industry for over 20 years and heads up communications at Crossway Baptist Church, the largest Baptist church in Australia.

There will be practical tips and sessions for the novice and intermediate. If your church has never used social media and wants to learn this seminar is a great place to start. There will be also practical tips for church leaders on how you can also use social media to get your message out more effectively.

Numbers are limited so early booking is essential. You can book now using the link below.

Saturday 8th June 9:30am - 2:30pm
Enon Baptist Church, Williamson Terrace, St Peter’s View, Sunderland SR6 0AG

Wednesday, 29 May 2013

NBA Prayers for 2nd June - Whitley Bay BC (Tyneside)

2nd June 2013
North Shields Baptist Church (Tyneside)

We want to thank God for:
  • two baptisms so far this year
  • 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.

Minister: Rev Liz EdwardsWebsite:

Thursday, 23 May 2013

NBA Prayers for 26th May - Grange Road BC, Darlington

26th May 2013
Grange Road Baptist Church (Darlington)

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.

Moderator: Rev Rodney Breckon

Wednesday, 15 May 2013

NBA Prayers for Pentecost - Easington Lane IMC + Youth Ministry

Pentecost (19th May 2013)
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.

Rachael Ezra (NBA Youth Specialist)

Wednesday, 8 May 2013

NBA Prayers for 12th May

12th May 2013
NBA Prayers
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
The call of John Hodgkins to Berwick, whose induction was yesterday (11th May)

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 18th May, 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 14th May

provided by Rev John Claydon (Regional Minister)Website:

Wednesday, 1 May 2013

NBA Prayer Concerns for 5th May - Upper Eden BC (Kirkby Stephen)

5th May 2013
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. 

Monday, 22 April 2013

Walking with God: an introduction to Spirituality

Come and join us as we take time to reflect on and deepen our spiritual journeys.

This short course provides opportunity to explore and experience different expressions of Christian spirituality, including - 
Celtic, Ignatian, Evangelical, Contemplation. 
We will be hosted at two ecumenical homes of spirituality, St Antony’s Priory in Durham and the Northumbria Community’s mother house near Felton, and will be lead by people from them along with our usual tutor team.  
This is a great opportunity to find out about the breadth of Christian spirituality and to resource your own walk with God.  
Places are limited. For further details and to book please contact Linda Hopkins by Monday 20th May. 
Tel: 01695 228317

Saturday 8th June 2013
St Antony’s Priory, Durham
Saturday 15th June 2013
Northumbria Community

10am - 4pm

Prayer Points for 28th April

MID-DURHAM GROUP (Bishop Auckland BC and Hamsterley BC)

Thanks for:
Our Pastor/Moderator, Ray Richardson who has served us so well for almost three years.Our many visiting preachers who bless us with their varied styles of ministry.Friendship and fellowship between the two churches.Continued fellowship with our Anglican and Methodist friends in Hamsterley.

Pray for
Those within the fellowship suffering illness or undergoing radical medical treatments.The deacons as they take on extra work.A way forward as we anticipate the departure of our highly valued Pastor/ Moderator and for Regional Minister, John Claydon, as he helps and advises us.Ray and his wife Kathleen as they consider how the Lord may be leading them.Still some concern at Hamsterley over small numbers at Bible Studies.(partly due to ill health of regulars).The need to continue to encourage and support each other.The communities in which we are placed, that they come to value this time together.

Moderator: Rev Ray Richardson

Wednesday, 17 April 2013

Prayer Points for 21st April

MIDDLESBROUGH BAPTIST CHURCH (Cambridge Road, Middlesbrough)

We offer praise for....
The recent visit of Chris Duffett, President of BUGB and for his inspiring workshop on evangelism. Please pray that this would bear fruit within our community several of our friends who have asked about church membership or baptism the joyous baptisms we hosted for the Middlesbrough Malayalam fellowship the establishment of new prayer and house group gatherings

We pray for....
those in our midst who are recently bereaved, or who face ongoing health concerns 
Nigel's imminent NBA trip to Lithuania, that this would encourage Baptists there and foster lasting relationships 
Stuart's forthcoming BMS gap year 
Continuing meetings with various groups wishing to use our premises, that God's will might be done.

Minister: Rev Nigel Riley

Wednesday, 10 April 2013

Prayer Points 14th April 2013


At Beacon Lough we rejoice in the faithfulness of God and give thanks for a real sense of oneness as we walk together on the journey towards calling a full time minister.
Please pray for:The Deacons and the church in general, as we seek God's leading for the church.God's blessing on our links with the Low Fell Churches Together.Members of the fellowship who are involved in the Gateshead Foodbank and Newcastle Street Pastors.


Saturday, 6 April 2013

Prayer Points 7th April 2013


We rejoice over the Easter services, welcoming two people into membership on Easter Sunday morning.Our new Church Secretary is taking up her new responsibilities, please pray for her as she does so.
Pray for our Sunday Children's work, as the work is picking up, that more children might come in, especially if their families came too.
Pray that there would be new people coming into the church, and staying.

Minister: Rev Graham White
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JOAN BURKE of Simonside Mission Church
Prayers have been asked over a period of time for Joan, a Deacon of the church, who had a leg amputated last year. Joan has had to give up her own home, but has moved to a very comfortable residential home in Boldon Colliery. She is not very mobile and struggles to get around without help, but is settled. Your prayers for Joan have been much valued – thank you.