Monday, 19 November 2012

As Christmas approaches...

It's hard to believe that in only 5 weeks time it will be Christmas! Life is so busy and time seems to fly by.

Preparations are well under way for the Christmas Celebration on Saturday 22nd December at 7pm. The church choir are working hard, the children's choir are about to begin learning their songs and the all important scripts which will tell the good news of Jesus and His coming to earth are being written this week. We are praying that our Christmas celebration this year will once again point people to Jesus Christ; please pray with us.

Christianity Explored is also well under way. God is moving, and there are a number of unsaved attending each week. Please pray for the 15 or so unsaved/visitors that have come along so far; pray that they will feel welcome and that they will clearly see Jesus Christ, understanding all He has done for them and ultimately placing their trust in Him. Please continue to pray for the group leaders and all who are involved, we thank God for each one.

As we continue to do the work that God has called us to do here in Portadown, and as we approach another Christmas season, let's be encouraged, remembering all that God has done for us and remembering that the Lord our God will be with us wherever we go.

Monday, 8 October 2012

This weekend (12th-14th October) we will celebrate all that God gives to us in a special weekend of harvest celebrations. Please pray for Andrew Roycroft and he speaks from the word of God on Sunday and for Kirk Kirkland as he travels from the USA to lead praise and worship on both Friday night and at our services on Sunday.

Great is His faithfulness

Tuesday, 28 August 2012

A new season

September is nearly upon us.

Please pray for all the events planned in the coming weeks and months.

Wednesday, 8 August 2012

Update

I think it's fair to say we are all beginning to feel tired, but there is so much to do and the excitement of what God can do in the lives of the people we meet keeps us going.

So what's happened so far?

Sunday 
We had a great day! The church was full and the young people glorified God in all that was done.

Morning service: We brought our cardboard testimonies with us as we wanted to begin the week by telling those in the church how we have been changed by God. Chris Baird spoke to the boys and girls sharing the importance of being prepared to run the race with God, then we took the boys and girls out to Sunday school which was run by a few of the team. John introduced the activities for the week and encouraged the church to join in with all that was planned. Stephen then spoke from 2 Tim. 1:1-8.

Evening service: We have a wonderful night of praise and testimony. Sarah Potts and Andy Martin shared their experiences of growing up as Christian's. There was a real sense of God's help upon both Sarah and Andy. John closed with a short challenge from Acts 17 - 'The God you don't know, I have come to proclaim to you'.

During the evening service we met a lady who had come to church for the first time as a direct result of the leaflets we sent out a week before we arrived. She loved the service and said that she was really challenged by all that she heard. She said she would come to the fun-day (which she did) and she has arranged to meet one of the church members next Sunday morning as she wants to come back to church. Please pray for this lady, that God will save her.

Monday
Fun-day. Even while we were still setting up, people began to arrive for the Fun-day. We had bouncy castles, games, nail painting, face painting, treasure hunt, church tours and a BBQ. Many people turned up for the day and we had great conversations, establishing relationships with many who have nothing to do with the church at present.

Tuesday
Our activities for the next three days began today; Holiday Bible Club, Beach outreach and Xpression. Unfortunately the the weather was very bad and we were not able to go onto the beach. Despite this, three children turned up to play on the beach and we brought them to the Holiday Bible Club instead. The weather forecast for the next two days is dry so we hope to begin Beach outreach tomorrow.
the holiday Bible club was great. There were 15 children (which is not bad for England!) and all who were involved delivered brilliantly. Pray that more boys and girls will come along on Weds and Thurs but more than that, that God would help all who are involved to deliver the gospel to the boys and girls in a way which they understand.
Despite the rain, the Xpression team headed out! They washed a couple of cars and got 5 or 6 jobs lined up for Wednesday. They delivered 150 tracts and on the whole had a very successful first day. Please pray for safety as they are involved in practical work. Pray that God will give them the words to say when they are talking to those whom they are doing jobs for.

An unsaved, non-church going man came into the church this morning. He has a neighbour, a retired minister who (in this mans words) "needs to get to church - his life seems as though it's not worth living when he doesn't get to church". The retired minister is 90 and this neighbour is burdened to bring him to church. We introduced him to a man from the church here, and he is bringing his neighbour on Sunday. He said he would stay with his neighbour for the service for the first couple of weeks - please pray that this man will be saved through his desire to help his neighbour.


Please continue to pray and thank you for all your prayer and support so far.

"...I am not ashamed..."

Friday, 3 August 2012

We're off!

Well it's finally arrived. In only five hours time we will be heading for Devon. We are all geared up, packed up and ready to serve God on this week of mission.

We don't know what God has in store for us but we trust Him in everything.

Please pray that doors will open and that God will be glorified.

We hope to bring you an update or two during the week but this is dependant on the availability of an internet connection; keep an eye on the blog.

"I am not ashamed..."

Monday, 9 July 2012

Prayer points for the summer


As many of you are aware, a number of our young people are going on mission trips this summer. Some have already been and returned, and they returned with amazing news of how God had blessed their time away. However, others are currently away and some are still gearing up to go so please pray for them:

- Matthew Lavery is currently serving with CEF in Jamaica (8th -26th July)
- Jason Jackson will be travelling to the USA on Wednesday 11th July and working in Canada with the  
  faith mission from 22nd - 29th July
- Henry Capper, Chris Baird and Chloe Bell will be working in Philadelphia from 12th - 28th July.

Please remember our young people in your prayers.

Mission Trip Devon 2012 is getting very close now! Most plans are in place and we ask that you pray for us in our last few weeks of preparation as well as while we are away (4th - 11th August). A team of 34 people will be undertaking all sorts of outreach in conjunction with Westward Ho! Baptist church on the North Coast of Devon.

Psalm 96
Sing praise to the Lord, praise his name; proclaim his salvation day after day. Declare his glory among the nations, his marvellous deeds among all peoples. For great is the Lord and most worthy of praise...

Tuesday, 15 May 2012

God's ways are not ours. (An extract from the book 'Radical' by David Platt)

Put yourself in Joshua's shoes as you hear these battle plans:

March around the city once with all the armed men. Do this for six days. Have seven priests carry trumpets of rams' horns in front of the ark. On the seventh day, march around the city seven times, with the priests blowing the trumpets. When you hear them sound a long blast on the trumpets, have all the people give a loud shout; then the wall of the city will collapse and the people will go up, every man straight in.


Let's be honest. That's weird. If you're Joshua, you're wanting a second opinion at this point. Why did God design this battle plan for taking the first city in the Promised Land? Don't miss what God was doing. He was divinely orchestrating the events of his people so that in the end only he could get the glory for what would happen. Read the rest of Joshua 6, and you will see them take the city of Jericho just as God has outlined. But notice carefully what you don't see. You don't see all the Israelites going up to the trumpet players and telling them what an incredible job they did that day. I can almost hear them now: "Abishai, I've never heard you play that well." "Nimrod, when you hit the high C, that was beautiful, man." No. Instead you see the people of Israel realising that only God could have done this.

This is how God works. He puts his people in positions where they are desperate for his power, and then he shows his provision in ways that display his greatness.

Monday, 23 April 2012

Will we allow the cross of Christ to stir us to action?

What response does the cross of Christ cause in our lives? On Sunday morning we were reminded that the cross of Christ should give us (among many other things) an incentive for mission as a church.

The community of believers (the church) are a people who have been set the task of 'proclaiming the excellencies of him who called [them] out of darkness and into his marvellous light' (1 Peter 2:9).

So as a church, are we doing this to our fullest potential? Are we happy to sit back when so many are headed for Hell? Do we rely on a team within the church to conduct evangelism on our behalf?

As a church we should be working TOGETHER to tell others about the incredible transformation's that have taken place in our lives through the death of Jesus on the cross - that is our purpose.

The incentive is surely there; without the knowledge of Jesus Christ many will go to Hell, lost for eternity. We MUST tell them about Jesus so that they might be brought from darkness into wonderful light.

So as a church let's take on the challenge, let's fulfil the purpose for which we were created, let's reach out into our community.

TOGETHER, let's proclaim the excellencies of him who called us out of darkness and into his marvellous light.

Please be encouraged to sign your name on the list which can be found on the church desk. This may make you feel nervous and uncomfortable, but TOGETHER we can bring glory to God.

(Recommended reading: RADICAL by David Platt)

Monday, 16 April 2012

Welcome to Portadown Baptist's new blog! Check this page over the next few days for our first blog.