Many people would like to help in some way within the Church but aren’t sure what opportunities there are for serving. To help you explore what you could do within the Church, here is a list of different opportunities there are at present.
Prayer Support Group
The Prayer Support Group works proactively to ensure that prayer is at the centre of what the Church does and to inspire the prayer life of the Church. The prayer life of the Church is varied and takes place in many of the groups in the fellowship, at Sunday services and also by individuals. The fellowship is informed of prayer needs in a variety of ways, through the bulletin, monthly prayer diary, at Sunday services and through the prayer email chain.
Each Sunday, there is an offer prayer to anyone who so desires for any reason following our Sunday worship. Members of the prayer ministry team can be identified from their Prayer Ministry badge.
We believe that the role of the AV team is to ensure that everyone can hear, see and participate in praise. Those operating the Audio and Visual equipment are aiming to enable the congregation to fully hear the musicians, singers, those who lead the service, offer prayer and teach us and to see words for the hymns and songs, Bible readings, and other visuals to help facilitate our learning. We would love to have more people on the AV team, so if this is a way in which you think you could serve, please contact Alistair McKinlay.
As a group of singers and musicians, the band seeks to serve God in helping our friends (those within the congregation and those listening to the CDs at home) to lift their hearts and voices to Him in praise and worship. We meet in the Sanctuary on Thursday evenings from 7.30- 8.45pm. After a short time of prayer we practise the songs and hymns for the following Sunday. It would be great to have more members. If you are interested in joining the band as a musician or singer, please contact Fiona McCulloch.
BMS World Mission
The Baptist Missionary Society works in a considerable number of countries in the world. The Church has link missionaries in Mozambique, France and other parts of the world. We pray for them on a regular basis in the World Mission Prayer Meeting, have regular updates on their situation and also enjoy visits from them when they are at home. We have also enjoyed working with BMS Action Teams, young people who spend part of their year in one of the areas that BMS serve. These teams then come back to the UK and share what they have been doing during their time abroad.
In addition, linked to BMS, there are ways that we can support them financially.
The BMS Birthday Card Scheme is run through the Baptist Missionary Society. This money helps support all the valuable work BMS and its local partners do in poorer countries and its ability to provide relief for those caught up in natural disasters. The BMS “Globes” can be used as containers for all your small change. All donations received from these are sent to BMS twice a year to finance their work overseas. New members are always welcome for both kinds of fund-raising. To join either scheme, or to find out more, just ask Gillian Hall – or pick up a leaflet from the noticeboard in the Hall. You will receive a box or a card (hopefully in time for your birthday) and then it is up to you – all donations are kept private – although taxpayers can sign Gift Aid forms to enable BMS to reclaim an additional 25% of the donation from your tax – at no extra cost to you.
Vision Romania has built up strong relationships with active Christian partners in and around the City of Hunedoara to deliver an ambitious programme of support to underprivileged young people and people with disabilities. In addition to weekly Good News groups taking place in the rural outskirts of the City, children from an orphanage are taken out for trips and treats. The Charity supports a local initiative working with children with Autism and also enables a monthly food drop to a small community of around 20 families living in shacks which lack even basic amenities.
Vision Romania teams from Scotland work with Romanian partners to deliver two week long residential respite camps every year: one for Young adults with disabilities and the other for children.
The charity organises a shoe box appeal with around 2000 boxes per annum being sent to young people for Christmas and a small Vision Romania Team has the joy of putting the boxes in their hands.
Please look online at https://www.visionromania.org/ to find out more about the work and how you might be able to help.
Africa Inland Mission is an organisation which aims at reaching the unreached people groups in Africa. Georgette Short has been serving with them for over 10 years, firstly in Kenya and now at Tilsley College in Motherwell.
Mission at Home
Abbotsford Care Home
A small team of 4/5 members of Viewfield take a short service of approximately 30 minutes at Abbotsford Care Home, Headwell Street, Dunfermline, generally on the second Thursday of each month. The service includes mostly traditional hymns, prayers, stories and a short message. The service is followed by a time of chat with the residents in attendance. At present we have no musical accompaniment, so we are on the lookout for this help.