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CHILDREN


In the Kilsyth Chronicle on 12 June 1897 it talks about meetings in the Westport Hall, primarily for miners and their families and children who weren’t connected to established churches. Within 3 years, 300 children were in the Sunday School. Friends that’s an incredible ministry and the history of the Church of God is all about children, and how it impacted the children in our community. Children are one of the greatest and often overlooked potential mission field. And the future of the church, never mind our nation, all hinges on our efforts on our passion to reach the children of our nation. According to statistics 85% of people who receive Christ as Saviour do so between the ages of 5-14. Also in a recent survey about people coming to and being established in church, at 4th place was children being well looked after. The elders recently met with Yolanda Preston and asked her to have a look at and to develop our Sunday morning children’s ministry. We already have a fantastic midweek outreach into the community and we now want to see our Sunday ministry developing and growing, Will you join with me in prayer this year, to pray for the children in our church and our town, that God will move mightily upon them and that they will come to know Christ as their personal Saviour, be baptised in the Holy Spirit and move in the things of God.


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MUSIC


Many groups have come out of the church over the years—Westport Quartet, Ross Brothers, Kingsway Singers. Choirs, groups and individuals have sang and ministered all over the country. It is a command that we use music and worship in order to build each other up and to worship the Lord (Colossians 3:16). Various passages in the Bible highlight how music and worship brings the presence of God. Music itself can be used in a great way to present the gospel message and sing about God’s richness and love and grace. In Psalm 40:3 we read He has given me a new song to sing, a hymn of praise to our God. We are encouraging our musicians and singers to write new songs. This morning we sang an old hymn to a new tune that one of them had written. Many are penning lyrics and beginning to put music to them. Let’s encourage them and journey together to explore what the Holy Spirit is inputting to our church through music and worship.


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