NEW YEAR CONFERENCE 2018
31st December - 1st January in Greenock Church
Sunday 31st December 7.30 pm and 11.00 pm
Monday 1st January 3.30 pm and 7.30pm
All the branch churches of Struthers Memorial Fellowship gather in Greenock for our New Year Conference. All are welcome to join us at any of our New Year services in our church at 33 West Stewart Street, Greenock. Refreshments will be available in the coffee shop between the services. The New Year Word for 2018 will be given during this conference.
We had 80 folks at our meeting in Bray, near Dublin, on Friday the 9th September.
Gavin began our meeting with welcoming folks and had a time of song. Kathy followed by giving a very good testimony to salvation, baptism in the Holy Spirit and deliverance. Following this, I brought a word from Romans 8 on the 'overwhelming victory of Christ.' Between 30-40 came for prayer at the end of the service. There was one who came to Christ, seven baptisms in the Holy Spirit and many who received help and some deliverance from various fears and bondages.
The ministry team were tired but very happy with the evening's labours and 'went on their way rejoicing.' We are very grateful to God for His rich anointing that gives us boundless energies for His work.
We also had an excellent time in Wales on the weekend of 24th September.
We began with a Saturday morning meeting in Merthyr Tydfil. Around 50 gathered in the community centre. Helen led a time of singing after Gareth made his introductions. He referred to various verses from Nehemiah which had been used in our Cumbernauld Sunday night service the previous week.
Gavin from Merthyr sang a solo about the Cross before Jheena gave a very moving testimony to salvation, baptism in the Holy Spirit and a time when she had suffered the loss of a child. She described how heart broken she was and yet it led to a turning point in her life where she began to find Christ more deeply.
I then brought a word from Ephesians 3:16-17. I spoke of the unlimited resources of God and how He wants to make His home in our hearts.
There were a good number who responded to the call for ministry and came to the front for prayer. We were very pleased that one life came to Christ and another young man received his baptism in the Holy Spirit amongst this number.
On Saturday evening we had a tarry meeting. A number gathered from Neath and Merthyr Tydfil. We spent the hour in prayer, seeking a deeper knowledge of the Living God. There came a wonderful presence of God amongst us. We were very pleased that the lady who came to Christ in the morning got her baptism in the Holy Spirit at night. There was quite a lot of personal ministry during this meeting. One lady told me at the end it was the first time she had found peace and the presence of God in 3 years. We were very satisfied with His goodness.
On Sunday morning over 50 folks gathered for the communion service. Helen began the meeting with a time of worship. I preached from the verse:
Matthew 26:27 'And He took the cup and gave thanks, and gave it to them, saying, “Drink ye all of it."'
There followed a beautiful time of worship before we shared the bread and wine together. After the meeting was over another gentlemen came and gave his heart to Christ. We were delighted for him.
Overall, it was a very good weekend. We give thanks to God for His wonderful presence that was with us.
Struthers Memorial Church, Cumbernauld
By Diana Rutherford
Minister of Struthers Memorial Church, Cumbernauld
I have had the pleasure and privilege to visit some of our branch churches and contacts recently. I thought perhaps that folks would be interested in a wee report.
My first visit was to Aylesbury in early September. I was able to attend both the Saturday night and Sunday morning services.
The Saturday night was attended by a number of folks, many whom I had never met before. We had a good service. Alan began by taking the singing before I shared my testimony and preached for a little while. We turned to prayer at the end and there came a nice atmosphere as we sang and prayed together.
On the Sunday morning the numbers were smaller but I felt very at home and there came that wonderful, intimate presence of Christ that we associate with our communion services. We were really able to relax and feed deeply in the presence of God. A lady gave her life to Christ at the end of the meeting and also received her baptism in the Holy Spirit whilst a second came for prayer and was also baptised in the Spirit.
The second visit was to South Wales in late September. Our first meeting was in Merthyr Tydfil on the Saturday morning. There were about 50 folks at the meeting with around 13 people we hadn't met before. Gareth and Helen took the first part of the meeting. We had a testimony from Laura from our Cumbernauld Church to salvation and baptism in the Holy Spirit before I preached on the freedom Christ brings. Around 10 people responded for prayer. Many received help. One young man came to Christ whilst another two were baptised in the Holy Spirit.
We had another two meetings scheduled for the Saturday evening and Sunday morning in Neath. The Saturday evening service was lovely;
a family from Malta joined us for the weekend and were greatly encouraged with the blessing they received. Again the Sunday morning was beautiful. There came a rich presence of God. As Helen led the worship, Graham and I ministered to folks. We were delighted to see another person baptised in the Holy Spirit before the end of the weekend.
Our third visit was to Dublin in October. One of our Teen Challenge contacts had organised a meeting and asked me to go over and preach. We had a fabulous time!
Around 50 gathered at the meeting. Mark Rodgers led a lively time of singing before Gavin gave a very good testimony. I preached afterwards on the cleansing power of the blood of Christ. Between 35-40 responded for prayer. It was a late night! We were very pleased to see one man come to Christ and another seven baptised in the Holy Spirit before the night was through. There were many others who received help and left strengthened.
The latest visit was once again to Aylesbury, this time for our yearly conference. Due to circumstances I was only able to attend for the Saturday. There were around 40-50 present that day. Pauline and Mark took a lively meeting in the afternoon. In the evening I preached on the fact that Christ took our place and protects us from the power of the wicked one. During the prayer time at the end, Graham and Pauline both ministered and I was delighted to learn that someone received their baptism in the Holy Spirit.
There is only one further visit planned for this year and that is to Merthyr Tydfil and Neath in late November. I look forward to this with great anticipation.
Please continue to pray for the work of God across our churches and connections.