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Commit to the Lord whatever you do, and your plans will succeed.

Proverbs 16 v 3

Secretary's Report

There are many highlights in the life of the church when we look back over the last year, with much that we should be giving thanks to God for his wonderful provision grace and strength he supplies to all at Bethany.

It has been greatly encouraging to welcome visitors to the church during the last year, particularly when we had a special gospel outreach evening last September with Dr Monty White from Answers in Genesis, which was widely publicised with invitations and gospel tracts given out. It is also important to have people come along to the Family service on a Sunday morning when the gospel is proclaimed. It is essential that we continue to pray for those who show an interest in the word of God and it would be our hope that they would come to know Jesus Christ as their Saviour.

It is wonderful occasion when a believer is obedient to the command of the Lord and is baptised. During the last year it was good to have Mark, Fraser, William, Gerry and Laura take this step and both events had many family and friends there to witness the event. It was also a great privilege to host a baptismal service for the believers from Dimity Street Church, who continue to serve the Lord well in Johnstone.

Once again we give a special thank you to Steve Moss and Malcolm McGookin for assisting in the Bible teaching programme, arranging speakers and leading the mid week Bible Study. Once again we appreciate everyone in Bethany who contributed in many ways, especially the unseen tasks, which make it possible to put on so many events.

During the year we had the passing away of a faithful servant of the Lord at Bethany, David Dick, we remember and miss him particularly his contribution at the Breaking of Bread.

Once again we continue in our service for the Lord looking for his continued help in our labours at Paisley and let us continue to meet together as the scriptures tell us, looking forward to his imminent return. There will always be a good days and difficult days, for some trying times, however throughout it all may we bring glory and honour to the name of the Lord Jesus Christ always.

Andy Wilson
Secretary

630 Club

Held at Brediland School, the 6.30 Club ran from September to March. The session flew bye, just like the hour we meet for on a Wednesday night. The leaders were -Eunice, Ruth, Lindsay, David, Wilson, Marc and William. Mark Wilson came along and will be involved next session.

The enthusiastic leaders pack a lot into each evening. Our weekly programme consists of singing chorus's, a fun game, memory verses, Bible story and illustration. Highlights throughout the session were - Bible character fancy dress night, Story of Christmas Party, Craft activity and our Prizegiving to conclude the session.

The children memorised John chapter 3 verses 16-21 over the session. Bible truths covered were - David, Saul, Jeremiah, Noah, The Woman at the well, Lazarus, the Christmas and Easter Story, Eric Liddell, his life and faith. There is always a happy atmosphere during the club and the children are most attentive. We trust that the children will remember and apply what they have learnt throughout their lives and respond to the clear message of salvation.

The leaders experienced answered prayer regarding attracting new club members and latterly our numbers averaged twelve regular attendees. Another matter for prayer which was answered was to be allowed to distribute leaflets through the school, promoting the club for next session.

As before our thanks goes to Harry the janitor who over the years has always given us a warm welcome and encourages us. Our thanks also to those of you who remember us in prayer. Please pray for this work, especially that we will meet the challenges ahead as we share the message of salvation.

Ruth Wilson

Bethany Buds

The Bethany Buds are now in their second year. We have 9 young girls who attend on a regular basis. The bible study chosen this year was on Moses. Have a look at Moses' life and see how the problems faced at that time are the same kind of problems we still face today.

The girls very much enjoy craft work and we tried many new activities this session. For Example - Baking, Rubber Stamping, Decoupage, working on decorating a wooden cross and many more.

For Christmas we had a DVD night in the Lounge with lots of treats to eat and the festive movie projected on to the "big screen" by Lindsay.

We only have a few nights left, finishing with a barbeque at the Crockett's.

Please pray for the girls :-

  • Erin, Katrina, Victoria, Melanie, Michaela & Jade who come from non-Christian families.
  • Hannah, Naomi & Rebecca who come from Christian homes.

Please pray that the faith in the Lord would be seen through each of their lives at home.

Eunice Crockett & Linda Vassie

Friends and Neighbours

Another six months have gone and we all had a very enjoyable time.

Due to illness the attendance had fallen to around thirty seven most Thursdays. We enjoyed gospel messages in word and in song, not forgetting the cups of tea and cakes.

Our thanks go to all who made the meetings a success all willing workers. The chauffeurs did a wonderful job, conveying our friends to the meeting.

The Christmas Dinner was once again another success held at 'Travellers' Neilston. The weather was pleasant, the food excellent and fellowship enjoyed by all.

We were sorry to hear of the passing of David Dick who enjoyed the Thursday afternoons. We are indebted to the Dick Family for their kind thought and gesture in giving us a memorial dinner at the 'Glynhill Hotel'. When thirty eight people enjoyed a lovely three course dinner which was beautifully served. Mel Coogan (David's friend) gave the blessing for the food.

Our sincere thanks once again to all who made the Friend and Neighbours a success and continue to pray for future blessings in the will of God.

Hugh and Margaret
Camp Leaders

Growing Christians

Last year it was reported that we had just started a new Emmaus course on 'Basic Bible Doctrines'.

On Thursday 15th May 2008 we completed the final examination paper of the course, the subject of this exam was Eschatology which is the study of the last things.

It's been quite a journey through the whole array of Christian Doctrine, all of the subjects studied in depth and detail, encouraging many difficult questions on the controversial subjects that have taxed the best Christian minds through Church history. Our contribution would be modest.

Most of the subjects have highfalutin sounding titles and subsections so we have had to develop a glossary of Theological terms. During one of the sessions William Hedderwick invented a new Theological term that describes how awesome our God is. If you want to know this term William will only to happy to share it with you.

The main thing about these subjects though is that they teach us more about God, Jesus, The Holy Spirit, the plan of salvation and ourselves, deepening our relationship with The Lord, his Word, and building up our faith.

Our laddish company took on added and welcome glamour when we were joined, during our study of the Holy Spirit, by Laura Bell. She has proven to be a stellar student, a credit to herself and an example to the rest of us by her application and presence.

Now that we have finished 'Basic Bible Doctrines' we will be looking forward to commencing another Emmaus course, possibly on a Bible book or character studies.

Whatever we choose we would value your prayerful support that we will learn and continue to grow.

Hopefully there may be opportunities for the group to share their hard won knowledge on a Sunday evening in the future

We continue to be grateful for the valuable support of Ruth, Rebecca and Linda during our sessions and wish to express our appreciation for all their help.

Thanking you all once again for your fellowship in prayer.

Steve and Andy
Leaders

Incy Wincy Parent and Toddler Group

In September we started our group with 15 adults and twelve children. Some went to nursery and others arrived and at present we have 13 adults and 11 children.

We had again decided not to advertise incase the group became too big for us to manage. As before our staff was Irene, Eunice and Lynn but sadly Irene left us at Christmas due to her health. She is missed by all of us at the group and we appreciate all her help over the last few years.

Thankfully two of the Grans have been helping in the kitchen and on door duty. One of them travels by bus from Johnstone each week and as her grandchildren are no longer at our group we really appreciate her effort. We are not certain if either of these ladies will be able to join us when we resume in September. Please pray that another church member might feel led to join us to help in the kitchen or elsewhere!

Please also pray for the remainder of this session. It can be difficult for Eunice and Lynn as they struggle at times with illness and family pressures that can suddenly arrive on a Thursday! We are thankful, however, to Liz McKinnon who has been willing to step in at short notice and it would be helpful if others were willing to assist in this way.

A big THANK YOU too to all those on our list who have supported our work by providing bought and home baking. The ladies love the variety of food on offer each week and make our group a little different from the rest.

The big difference, of course, is that we are trying to win them for Christ! Despite being short staffed the smaller numbers have given us the opportunity to get to know the adults and share our faith with them. Each week the gospel is presented at our Bible story time both in word and in song. Many are hearing the stories for the first time and indeed some have heard the story of salvation for the first time too.

Christian literature is always available including Our Daily Bread devotional notes thanks to Margaret Goudie.

Please pray for our closing event and prizegiving next month and also for guidance as we think of our next session in September. Thank you all for your prayers so far!

Lynn Moss

Prayer Chain Reports

Another year has passed since my last report to the Church but things have been going on faithfully as before. Many requests have been taken to the Lord and many of them have been answered; not always as we would like but always in God's time and in His own way.

Do you have worries or problems? We may not be able to do much for you but we can always PRAY. Just tell us, Our God always listens to the feeblest cry of His saints.

Recently we have been praying earnestly for two of our Prayer Chain Group, namely Irene McCaig and Jean Dick.

They have prayed with us for many years on behalf of others, and still do, now they need us. I want to ask you to join with us as we ask God to be with them, strengthening them as they face each day as it comes.

One of my favourite hymns is 269 in M.P. The chorus reads;-

I know who holds
the future, and He'll
guide me with His
hand; with God
things don't just
happen, everything
by Him is planned.
So as I face to
-morrow, with its
problems large and
small, I'll trust the
God of miracles,
give to Him my all.

Don't give up, as Jesus never gives up on you.

My thanks once again for the ladies for their faithfulness during the past year.

Janette Cunningham
Prayer Chain Co-ordinator

Sunday School

We proclaim the word of God to a generation that appears indifferent to the claims of God on their lives therefore teaching the Bible today to children is a different challenge than it was to previous generations. Over the last ten to twenty years there has been a rapid decline in Bible knowledge. Despite this however God is helping us and giving blessing, as we rejoice in those children who have came along regularly each Sunday and in particular those who have put their trust in the Lord Jesus over the last year. Pray for them along with others who are growing in their faith, God is faithful and indeed has blessed us in abundance.

It is great privilege as well as a challenge to be involved in the teaching of the word of God to the children, but also a great encouragement when they are interested, enthusiastic and receptive in learning about the Bible, so it is therefore vital that this task is undertaken appropriately. The teachers who have been involved this session were Ruth and Mark, Lynn and Steve, Marc and Wilson, Andy and Laura, and help from David when needed.

We continue to use the Christian Focus publications in the groups for the younger children as they are age appropriate materials which systematically work through the scriptures. Time is also allocated to teach the important events in the Christian calendar, the Christmas story as well as the Easter story being included in the programme. The older age group have been using the Answers in Genesis teaching course 'It all begins in Genesis' which covers the book of Genesis, particularly the first eleven chapters, the foundations of the rest of the Bible.

We had a successful outing to Blantyre to the David Livingston Centre which is now run by the National Trust for Scotland. The children enjoyed an action packed programme of Victorian games, which were very energetic, followed by a very enlightening guided tour of the house where David Livingstone was brought up. They also learned of his faith in the Lord Jesus and his travels in Africa. A very appropriate visit especially as it was the Sunday school children of Scotland who helped open the house in 1929.

We continue to have a party at Christmas time for the children in the centre and although a busy time of year, an enjoyable occasion.

The special family services at Christmas, Easter and Prizegiving have been well supported by family and friends of the children. Please continue to pray that parents, family members and friends will be challenged by the word of God and find faith in the Lord Jesus and that we can take the opportunity to have a conversation with the adults after the service at the coffee time.

A. Wilson

Paisley & District Christian Youth Camp

"Salvation is found in no-one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved" Acts 4v 12

Last years camp was again held at Whittaugh Park with Iain Cunningham as the speaker and for the first time in a number of years there were over 100 people at camp. There was a varied programme for the week, including activities such as swimming, crafts and most importantly the services, at which Iain presented a clear gospel message. Unfortunately the weather was not as good as it had been the previous year, however we managed to adapt the events we had planned so that we were able to do them despite the weather.

For this years camp we will be returning to Whittaugh Park, with Douglas Young coming as the speaker for the week. We would pray that God would use the week at camp to work in the lives of the campers and to bring those who do not yet trust in him to do so, and that those who have already made a commitment would be able to learn more from God's word and would leave camp with their faith having been strengthened.

We value your prayers for the camp, both during the week that the camp is being held and also throughout the rest of the year when the preparation and planning for camp is being done.

Thank you for all your support for camp.

David Wilson