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

Proverbs 16 v 3

Secretary's Report

We look back once again over the past year reviewing some of the highlights in the lives of the believers in Bethany. There are some going through difficult circumstances, some enjoyable, through it all we continue to look to God as He supplies all that we need to keep and sustain us . We continue to trust in the Lord through it all seeking to give Him the honour and glory at all times.

We learned with sadness in July last year of the passing of our sister Irene McCaig after her time of illness that she endured with courage and dignity. She is greatly missed here in Bethany where she faithfully served her Lord for many years being involved in many of the activities of the assembly. In January this year Bill Gorrie passed away after a short time of illness. Bill had been in fellowship at Bethany since moving from Elderslie in 1994.

Thank you to all to who contribute in many ways in the activities in Bethany, especially the unseen duties. We do appreciate all that is done to make it possible to put on so many events and activities while we serve the Lord. Once again we express our appreciation to Malcolm and Steve for organising speakers for the Sunday services and also the Tuesday night Bible Study, especially taking on the book of Revelation. A worthwhile choice when you consider the interest shown by those who attend. We continue to pray for those who come along to the Family Service where they hear the gospel presented. The recording of the services for CD and particularly the internet downloads has proved to be a blessing to many once again.

In a practical but nonetheless important task the church was painted and new carpet laid that has been much appreciated, even remarked on by some of the visiting speakers. Our thanks go to all who made this possible by giving of their time and talent.

It is good to review a year past however we also need to look forward to serving God in the year ahead. The task of proclaiming the message of the cross of Christ in the locality that we are placed is a responsibility we must embrace wholeheartedly in the strength of the Lord. I would like to encourage all at Bethany to continue in our remembrance and service of the Lord, working together for the glory of God. There will be times of joy, days of discouragement but hopefully showers of blessing. We are in the place where we serve the Lord, let us do so by following His example of patience love and long suffering knowing that ultimately there is a reward waiting in heaven for the good and faithful servant.

Andy Wilson
Secretary

The Sunday Evening Teaching Service

Since taking over this task my objective has been to have a portion of the year devoted to a certain subject or subjects while the remainder is left to the minister's own choice.

This year the choice of ministry surrounding certain features of the Ancient Tabernacle took us from the Old to the New Testament and showed us how all is fulfilled in Christ. The majority of speakers were glad to take up a subject from the list given and the result was Christ exalting ministry ranging from such diverse subjects as the actual layout of the Tabernacle to the Breastplate of the High Priest.

We live in days where many question the value of the teaching service. Is it not perhaps time to question our knowledge of and interest in scripture? The Apostle Paul wrote:

“And that from a child you have known the Holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus. All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: that the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works.” 1st Timothy 3, 15-17.

From time to time I am asked why certain ministers are dropped from or not included in the list of those who come. The reasons are various: some become too old, or ill; some prove uninspiring, but are always given a couple of further chances to see if they improve; a few (sometimes at their own request) are given the chance to speak publicly on a few occasions only to "bring them on"; others can no longer come as their own church community is small and needs them to stay at home. The list is ever changing but as a general rule the standard has to be based on their faithfulness to the Lord as reflected in their faithful and true ministry.

Formal attendance at services alone cannot build up the Christian; but as we are open to receive solid teaching and apply it to ourselves, together with our own prayers and Bible study we will "grow, grow, grow."

MM

630 Club Report 2010 - 2011

The year at 6.30 Club was once again very enjoyable, however we were hampered on many occasions with school taking priority over the school let and also the severe weather.

Again we started well with big numbers but this settled down to a core group of children who attended virtually every week.

Leaders this year were Eunice & Lindsay, David & Mark Wilson, Wilson and Laura Crawford. David was with us up to Christmas then after his marriage moved to Johnstone. We have appreciated everything that he has done over many years and thank him for all that he has achieved with 6.30 Club.

We covered a few subjects again this year using the PowerPoint for the pictures to help tell the story. Once again it was good to see the children's attention during the stories. We covered the life of Hudson Taylor and were able to bring this up to date with the final chapter of his life.

It was encouraging to hear the children and a challenge for us to learn Ecclesiastes ch 3 vs 1-8 “There's a time for everything… ”

We are enjoying a well-earned rest but it will not be long until we are meeting again to discuss next year's programme and again serving the Lord. As many of you know the local council has recently revised all their prices for lets and in some cases are now charging £30 per hour ( we have been paying £4.40 per night ). They have also changed the working timetable of all the janitors - this gives us a dilemma in respect to where 6:30 Club sits next year.

Even though we invited every child in the school, there was only one child from Brediland attended this year.

We value your prayers again for this outreach as the leaders meet to discuss what the next step for 6:30Club is - do we move from Brediland down to the church ? Do we canvass the local area (i.e. across the road in the flats)?

We really need the Lord's guidance in this matter.

On behalf of the 6:30 Club leaders
Eunice & Lindsay Crockett

Incy Wincy Parent and Toddler Group

Our group started in September with only 6 adults and 7 children returning from the June session. We were not too discouraged by the small numbers as this has been the pattern of previous years. Sure enough, the Lord has now blessed us with 13 adults and 16 children who attend regularly each week.

We were also thrilled and thankful to have the return of our "ex-member helpers". Please pray for them and their interest in spiritual things. One has been bringing her children to the 6:30 Club and another has become more involved in her church since her involvement with us. Please also pray for one of our long standing members who has been using the church on occasion for times of prayer and reflection during the busy mornings.

Our song/story time has continued at 10:15 to obtain maximum attendance and is the main focus of our time together. We have systematically worked through the Children's Bible over the year and Eunice has fitted the craft around the story so that the children take home a reminder each week of what they ( and their carers ! ) have heard. Some of our younger mums are hearing these Bible stories for the first time and the Grans relieve their early Sunday School days with our choruses. Our purpose is to try and present a clear and simple gospel message and Christian literature is always made available.

Please pray for our closing event next month where suitable children's Christian books will be awarded and Bibles given to those likely to leave this year.

Please also pray as we prepare for our new session in September.

Thanking all who support the group with their home baking and financial help and to all who remember us in their prayers. It is much appreciated and we couldn't do it without you.

Eunice Crockett and Lynn Moss

Sunday School

It is a great privilege to teach the word of God to children, it is also a responsibility to be taken seriously by all who are called to this ministry. This has never been more important than teaching the truth of the scriptures to the generation of youngsters in 2011. Those involved in the work this session were Ruth, Marc, Andy and Mark, Lynn and Steve, Laura and Wilson.

How different it is now when we look back to previous generations and the interest and involvement of children and families in Christianity. Not only God fearing but coming along to church, Sunday school and children's meetings. In the past perhaps but still a reminder for those with good recall of what God can do. It is still the children who are most attracted in the gospel and more likely to come along to church. So be encouraged that we are still involved in teaching the Bible to children.

We aim to cover the scriptures systematically using age appropriate resources to aid us in the work. Over this session we have mainly used material from BES (Bible Educational Services) known by many as the Postal Sunday school. This resource is free, available online to download and print, for which we are very grateful.

Christmas is hectic time for everyone but we had a party for the children as usual in the centre, an event enjoyed by everyone who attended. This is a good way to celebrate Christmas.

Continue to pray that God would bless the special family services at Christmas, Easter and Prizegiving, occasions that we can use to invite parents, family members and friends of the children to attend, to hear the message of the gospel and hopefully find faith in the Lord Jesus. These services provide an opportunity to have a chat with the visitors, when we have a time of refreshment in the café.

Pray for the work and the workers. It is a big task demanding energy as well as enthusiasm from all involved. Jesus taught that children should come to Him and do not hinder them. We are encouraged by the children who come along every Sunday and as we present the claims of Christ on their young lives, remember the encouragement of Paul when speaking to the Galations, “Let us not become weary in going good for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.” So continue to pray for all the children and also their family circle that the Holy Spirit will move in their lives that they may come to know the Lord Jesus as Saviour.

A Wilson

Growing Christians 2010 - 2011

Our last report stated that we were just starting an Emmaus course called “Win the battle for your Mind”; it's hard to believe that this is the only study book we have looked at for the last year, the book has only 122 pages and 12 chapters, but it has proved to be the most intense of all the study books we have used.

The book concentrates upon the development of a biblical mind-set, using scripture to mould our minds and mental habits so that we are less susceptible to the attacks of all the strategies that our enemy Satan would use to influence our thinking and bad thoughts lead to bad actions and behaviour.

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Sample chapter titles will give you an idea of the method of the book.

  • The Enemy of the Mind
  • The Mind of Christ
  • The Mind Screen. Philippians 4 vs 8
  • A Willing Mind
  • Moulding the Mind

Psychology may not be everybody's favourite subject but it perhaps undervalued in the context of the need to develop and strengthen the Christian Mind.

Having just finished the 'Mind' study book we have commenced a shorter Emmaus course by William MacDonald on the letters of John. This is just 40 pages long and should take us to the summer break. The book is an exposition of the meaning and terms of fellowship.

As before we are grateful for all of the support we receive from Ruth, Andy and the girls for providing transport, refreshments and 'Craic'.

Steve and Andy
Leaders

Growing Christians Younger Group

By the end of the session the younger group may have completed two Emmaus courses focusing on Gods Word, the Bible. The first course completed was “The Bible - What's in it for you” which is an introduction to the Bible, how it came into being, its contents, main characters and events. The second course attempted is “What the Bible Teaches” focusing on how we can have a personal relationship with God.

Our group has changed over the last year, the age group ranging from thirteen to sixteen. Some of the group are believers, others are not and have little knowledge of the Bible, hence the course subjects this year.

As before the younger group assist by serving the refreshments at the beginning of the session and tidying up afterwards before commencing their Bible study.

Please pray for the group that those who do not know Christ as Saviour will respond to the message of Salvation, and those who are Believers will grow spiritually.

Ruth Wilson
Leader

Prayer Chain Report

Another year has gone by since our last report. Many things have happened and many prayers requested on behalf of friends and family. We also lost one of our much loved prayer partners, Irene McCaig who was called home to be with her Lord. We still miss her and continue to pray for Robert and all the family.

Things have been a lot more difficult for myself since the end of last year. I cannot see so well to write and Jim has problems deciphering my notes each week, [as he will with this report].

I will turn the tables now and ask for your prayers for us, to continue this work God willing.

Do you have need of God's help? Ask for our help in prayer and we will bring your problems to the Throne of Grace on your behalf.

Ask the Saviour to help you, Comfort,
strengthen and keep you, He is willing to
aid you, He will carry you through.

Thank you once again to all of our faithful Prayer Partners.

Janette Cunningham
Prayer Chain Co-ordinator
May 2011

Bethany Buds

Another good year at Bethany Buds, we had eight girls this year. We missed a few nights during the winter months due to the extreme weather.

The girls very much enjoyed the craft work organised by Linda and we tried different activities this session. For Example - sewing, pixel art, card making, and the girls enjoyed the pixel art but not so much the sewing !!

We also changed our snacks and made simple suppers which went down very well with all.

For our Bible study we looked at Prayer and the importance of reading the bible, trying to encourage the girls the importance of praying. We all had a note book and asked the girls for prayer requests. At the start of the year we had a few each week and by the end of the session we were filling one page in our note books and all the girls were bringing prayer requests. Each week we also spoke about the previous weeks prayers and the girls saw a lot of answered prayer. At the end of the night the girls took it in turns to close in prayer.

We pray the girls will continue to pray and see their prayers answered during the summer break.

It was good to see many of the parents at the Christmas service where the Bethany Buds were taking part.

Our final night was held in the Lounge with sweets and a games night with the Wii - where the girls beat the adults at most of the games.

Please pray for Bethany Buds as we again look to the Lord for guidance for next year.

What subjects will we do?
How do we keep it relevant for the girls who come?
Topics for the Bible Studies.

Pray that the girl's faith would be kept strong and that they would want to continue coming along to Bethany Buds.

Thank you for your support once again.

Eunice Crockett and Linda Vassie

Paisley & District Christian Youth Camp

“This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us.”

1st John Ch 3 verse 16

Once again the camp went back to Whittaugh Park with a return also from Ian Cunningham as the speaker and we were again able to have around 100 people at camp.

There were a number of activities throughout the week enjoyed by the campers, with morning activities including swimming, crafts, football and dancing, while afternoon activities were led by Whittaugh Park who provided high ropes, archery, mountain biking and gorge walking for the campers. While the weather was not always perfect for all of the evening activities, we were still able to make the best of the facilities we had.

Of course the most important aspect of camp is the services, at which Ian presented the gospel message clearly to the campers. Stories centred on the disciple John and the memory verses came from the 1st letter of John.

Events such as the Camp Day Out and Camp Coffee Night are important for campers and parents to get an idea of what Camp is like before it finally begins in July. Your prayers for the camp, both during camp and also throughout the rest of the year when the preparation and planning for camp is being done are much needed and appreciated.

For this year's camp we will be once again be returning to Whittaugh Park, with Alistair Young coming along as the speaker for the week. The leaders would again ask you to pray that God would bless the week at camp and work in the lives of the campers, both by seeing campers saved, while also seeing those who have already been saved, growing spiritually and leaving camp with their faith having been strengthened.

Mark Wilson