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Only a few years ago the concept of hope was a strong force in our world. Barack Obama’s  book The Audacity Of Hope set the agenda for his presidency in the USA – a vision for justice in race-relations, access to health-care and much more. Here in Europe governments enthusiastically offered hope for reconciliation and integration of formerly divided peoples, for significantly reducing world poverty and ending modern-day slavery.

Rev Martin Hodson
Ministry Development Coordinator



Halloween is a challenging time of year for many Christians. It’s an event which has so many disturbing spiritual overtones, quite apart from the concerns about children going from door to strangers’ door at night? How do we respond to this increasingly normalised event in a positive way; a way that is Good News in our community?




Where is the Spirit blowing? What are the signs that this is the Spirit of God at work? What are the lessons God wants us to learn and share around?

These are the questions that the members of our Union’s Mission Initiative Group ask together. Aware and alert people, looking and listening, gather with National Team members at intervals through the year. Together, rehearsing and reviewing mission initiatives that are taking place among and beyond our churches, looking for convictions and practices that we all can learn from.

Effective mission is born when humble hearts seek the sovereign Saviour. Where prayerful cries of longing, to see lost souls saved, are matched with an attentiveness as to how the Holy Spirit would direct and enable us. The Mission Initiative Groups assists the National Team in looking to profile good practice, identifying initiatives that we can support and undertake together, using combined resources shared within our Union. The group also seeks to encourage missional thinking through occasional gatherings and conferences that report, encourage and develop initiatives in mission.

The chair of MIG is Glenn Innes (



November 5th



Saltcoats (South Beach) BC

We are refreshing our evening services by introducing a 4 weekly cycle; a time to learn – preaching & teaching; a time to celebrate – praise & worship; a time to reflect – communion and; a time to discuss – topical subjects. These changes are a result of our participation in LEAD Academy. We would value your prayers as we seek ways to be more responsive to a diverse age range within our fellowship.



Sanquhar (St Ninians) BC

Praise God for the new sense of closeness we all feel now that we have moved out of the church and into the hall. It is working wonderfully. Pray for Poppy as she seeks to teach the children at her mission, that she would continue to be inspired. Pray for Andy and his work among the homeless and the poor. Keep him safe from false accusations. Pray for me that a vacancy would soon materialise to enable me to live locally rather than travelling hundreds of miles each week-end. Thank God for all His goodness to us as we seek to do His will and preach His Word and praise His Name.



Selkirk Baptist Church

It feels like autumn outside! Families leaving the Borders…others moving in…changing demographics. Long-standing ministries under review…others at their sell by date. Pray for our discernment and boldness, and our renewed vision to connect our neighbour to Jesus. Meanwhile, faithful servants serve generously. Testimonies of all the Lord is doing, bless us. Shared gospel readings re-invigorate our faith. And we’re clear about God’s love for us and our neighbours!



Sheddocksley Baptist Church





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