Once again, four representatives from Tiree Baptist Church attended the annual Assembly of the Scottish Baptist churches. This year the gathering was held in the Rothes Halls, Glenrothes on Thursday 27th and Friday 28th of October 2016. The theme of the Assembly was ‘Gazing on God’s Glory’. Far from being remote from daily living, the two days were inspiring, refreshing and renewing. ‘You came away feeling encouraged – that you had met with God and brothers and sisters.’
When worship was expressed with music and song this was led by Amie Aitken of Kirkstyle Baptist Church and musicians from Kirkintilloch Baptist Church. Coming from Tiree, it was most uplifting to be part of much larger community – a gathering of several hundred Christians.
The morning Bible studies, led by Roy Searle, of the Northumbria Community, were full of insight and practical application for living as a disciple of Jesus Christ in today’s Scotland.
On the Thursday evening Didi Oprenova spoke to the Assembly. Born in Sofia, in communist Bulgaria. She spent her childhood there with the privilege of being part of the Sofia Baptist Church which at that time was the only Baptist Church in the city. At present she is serving in a team ministry together with her husband in pastoring the Sofia Baptist Church.
Alan Donaldson spoke to the Assembly at the final celebration on the Friday evening. He opened up God’s Word at John 12 and spoke out of experience for experience. His and other key talks are available online – here.
As for the journey home – it took us through the Kingdom of Fife, through Perthshire and onwards to Oban. The drive through the Perthshire Highlands with the autumn colours is a treasured memory. Next year, God willing, the Asembly is once again in Motherwell.