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April 2005

From the editor: Character Studies in the Assembly (2)
J Grant

Jacob’s Gift to the Ruler of all Egypt (4)
T Ratcliffe

Poetry: The Burial
Ian Campbell

Follow Me (6)
M Wilkie

Book Review

Words from the Cross (4)
C Jones

Question Box

The Call to Serve
W Hoste

Be not ignorant (2)
R Catchpole

Notebook: A Chronology of the life of the Apostle Paul
J Grant

The First Epistle of John (11)
S Whitmore

Abimelech the Ambitious
J Gibson

Whose faith follow: Hawthorne Baillie (Called home 1964)
J G Hutchinson

With Christ

The Lord’s Work & Workers


The Lord’s Work & Workers

SCOTLAND Forthcoming


Glengarnock: Hebron Hall, Annual Conference at 3.00pm. B Martin, M Brown, J Grant. Mr Grant continues in ministry on Lord’s Day at 3.00pm and Monday to Thursday at 7.30pm.

Kirkconnel: Gospel Hall. Conference at 3.00pm in Memorial Hall. B Stapley, T Wilson, W Banks.

Laurieston: Cotton Lane Gospel Hall at 7.00pm. B Martin.

Motherwell: Shields Road Gospel Hall. Conference at 3.30pm. J Hay, J Stubbs, J Dunlop.

Perth: Gospel Hall at 7.00pm. S Grant.

Stranraer: Lewis Street Gospel Hall at 7.00pm. G Dunbar.


Aberdeen: Holburn Gospel Hall at 7.30pm. J Stubbs. Mr Stubbs continues in ministry Monday to Thursday at 7.30pm.

Kilmarnock: Elim Hall at 6.45pm. S MacDonald, W Hannay.

Laurieston: Cotton Lane Gospel Hall at 7.00pm. C Hutchison.

Mayfield: Gospel Hall, Stone Avenue at 6.30pm. D Cameron, F Reid.


Barrhead: Gospel Hall. Conference in Cross Arthurlie Primary School, Fern Drive at 3.00pm. JR Baker, J Harrison, B Martin.

Dundee: Christian Assembly Hall, Liff Road. Conference at 3.00pm. J McMaster, A Gamble, J Grant.

Dunfermline: Gospel Hall. Conference in Dunfermline High School at 3.00pm. J Hay, J Buchanan, D Lind. Lord’s Day at 2.00pm and 6.30pm. J Hay, J Buchanan. Mr Hay continues in ministry Monday to Thursday at 7.30pm.

Laurieston: Cotton Lane Gospel Hall. Friday at 7.30pm, Report Meeting. Saturday at 7.00pm. D Locke.

Lossiemouth: Conference in Town Hall, High Street at 3.00pm. B Foreshew, P Harding, A McLean.


Aberdeen: Fountain Hall, Woodside. Annual Conference in Woodside School, Clifton Road at 3.00pm. J Allen, S Grant, A Sinclair. Mr Sinclair will minister on Lord’s Day at 3.00pm and Mr Allen continues Monday to Thursday at 8.00pm.

Kilbarchan: Memorial Hall. Conference weekend. Friday, Bible Reading at 7.30pm (Isaiah 52.13-53.12). JR Baker. Saturday, Conference at 3.30pm. JR Baker, W Banks, J Stubbs. Lord’s Day at 3.30pm and 6.30pm. JR Baker.

Laurieston: Cotton Lane Gospel Hall at 7.00pm. R Miller.


Ballingry: Gospel Hall at 7.00pm. Ministering brethren expected.

Laurieston: Cotton Lane Gospel Hall at 7.00pm. J Hay.


Dreghorn: Annual Conference in Greenwood Academy at 3.00pm. P Coulson, J Stubbs, M Radcliffe.

Lanark: Gospel Hall, Smyllum Road. Conference at 3.30pm. R Cameron, N Hamilton, S Jennings. Mr Jennings continues Monday to Thursday at 7.45pm.

Perth: Gospel Hall at 7.00pm. J Dunlop.

N. IRELAND Forthcoming


Ahoghill: Gospel Hall. Annual Missionary Conference at 7.30pm. J Currie (Japan), B Howden (Angola), C Logan (Botswana).


Ardmore: Gospel Hall. Missionary Conference at 7.00pm. C Logan (Botswana), J Finnegan (Malawi), JG Hutchinson (N. Ireland).


Kingsmills: Gospel Hall at 8.00pm. Ministry, S Ferguson.


Bellaghy: Gospel Hall. Annual Conference at 12 noon.


Limavady: Gospel Hall. Annual Conference at 11.30am.

ENGLAND & WALES Forthcoming


Corby: Gospel Hall, Rockingham Road at 7.00pm. N Osborne.

Cwmbran: Gospel Hall, Oakfield Road at 7.15pm. C Cann.

Deri: Gospel Hall at 7.00pm. J Hall.

Derby: Gospel Hall, Brunswick Street. Missionary Conference at 3.00pm and 5.45pm. B Howden (Angola), S Clegg (Prison work).

Great Yarmouth: Gospel Hall, Kitchener Road at 7.30pm. P Coulson. Mr Coulson continues Monday and Tuesday.

Higham Ferrers: Gospel Hall at 7.30pm. R Catchpole.

Luton: Selbourne Gospel Hall at 6.30pm. T Proffitt.

New Bradwell: Milton Keynes, Gospel Hall at 7.30pm. A Maunder.

Tonbridge: Gospel Hall at 7.00pm. R Plant.

West Mersea: Assembly Hall, East Road at 4.00pm and 6.15pm. T Ledger.

Wimborne: Emmanuel Gospel Hall, Welland Road at 7.00pm. I Jackson.


Birmingham: Charlton Road Gospel Hall at 7.00pm. G McIntyre.

Butt Lane: Ebenezer Gospel Hall, Banbury Street at 7.00pm. C Lancashire.

Carmarthen: Ebenezer Gospel Hall at 7.15pm. D Hands.

Cheshunt: Mill Lane Chapel at 7.00pm. C Roberts.

Coventry: Gospel Hall, Church Street at 7.30pm. J McMaster.

Ely: Gospel Hall, Ship Lane at 7.00pm. C Lacey.

Northampton: Osborne Road Gospel Hall at 7.30pm. P Scarsbrook. Mr Scarsbrook continues on Lord’s Day at 4.00pm.

Tooting: Gospel Hall, 146 Longley Road at 7.00pm. J Lee.

Warrington: Hope Hall at 7.00pm. T Ledger.

Westcliff-on-Sea: Carlton Avenue Gospel Hall. Conference at 3.30pm and 6.00pm. E Hughes, J Hay. Mr Hay continues in ministry Monday to Thursday at 7.30pm.

Winshill: Burton-on-Trent, Gospel Hall, Missionary Conference at 6.00pm. G Payne, W Downes.


Cheltenham: Bethany Gospel Hall at 7.30pm. G Payne.

Crewe: Bethany Gospel Hall, Lime Tree Avenue. Conference at 3.00pm and 6.00pm. E Parmenter, J Bennett.

Dereham: Toftwood Gospel Hall, Shipdham Road at 7.00pm. J Scarsbrook.

Eastbourne: Marine Hall at 7.00pm. A Wiseman.

Harrow: Belmont Hall at 7.15pm. E Hughes.

London: Bermondsey Gospel Hall at 6.30pm. R Dawes.

Luton: Onslow Road Gospel Hall at 6.30pm. E Griffiths.

Mitcham Junction: Gospel Hall. Bible Reading at 7.00pm (Hebrews 5.1-14). M Hall.

Portsmouth: Copnor Gospel Hall at 7.00pm. A Maunder.

Solihull: Gospel Hall at 7.30pm. C Hutchison. Mr Hutchison continues in ministry on Monday at 8.00pm.


Coltishall: Bethany Gospel Hall, Rectory Road at 7.30pm. N Patel.

Coventry: Gospel Hall, Upper Hill Street at 7.30pm. D Hands.

Hanworth: Gospel Hall at 7.00pm. R Catchpole.

Helions Bumpstead: Gospel Hall at 7.00pm. J Grant.

Leicester: York Street Gospel Hall at 7.30pm. M Hayward.

Northampton: Gospel Hall, Spencer Bridge Road at 7.30pm. K Totton.


Chickerell: Gospel Hall. Annual Conference in the Willowbed Hall, Putton Lane, Chickerell at 3.30pm and 6.00pm. M Penfold.

Derby: Meeting Room, Curzon Street at 7.15pm. J Grant.

London: Hope Hall, 222 Kilburn Lane at 7.00pm. J Wright. Mr Wright continues in ministry Tuesday to Thursday at 8.00pm.


Derby: Meeting Room, Curzon Street. Annual Conference at 2.45pm and 6.00pm. J Grant, W Stevely. Mr Grant continues in ministry Tuesday to Thursday at 7.30pm.

Eastbourne: Marine Hall. Conference at 3.00pm and 6.00pm. S Grant, D West. Mr Grant continues in ministry on Tuesday at 7.30pm.

Great Yarmouth: Gospel Hall, Kitchener Road. Conference at 3.00pm and 6.15pm. J Coltman, K Totten.

London: Bermondsey Gospel Hall. Mayday Convention at 4.30pm. I Steeds, A Wiseman.

Ludlow: Cleeview Gospel Hall at 7.00pm. J Hall.

Wallingford: Gospel Hall, Atwell Close. Conference at 3.00pm and 6.00pm. J Baker, A Carew. Mr Baker continues in ministry Tuesday to Thursday at 7.45pm.


Birmingham, Northfield: Gospel Hall, Quarry Lane. Annual Conference at 3.00pm and 6.00pm. C Roberts, J Holifield.

Corby: Gospel Hall, Rockingham Road at 7.00pm. J Ramsey.

Coventry: Gospel Hall, Church Street at 7.30pm. P Brandon.

Luton: Selbourne Gospel Hall. Annual Conference at 3.15pm and 6.15pm. R Dawes, W Banks.

New Bradwell: Milton Keynes, Gospel Hall. Annual Conference at 3.00pm and 6.15pm. D Richards, I Steeds. Mr Richards continues in ministry until Thursday.

Stoke: Gospel Hall, Fletcher Road at 7.00pm. H Barnes.

Westcliff-on-Sea: Carlton Avenue Gospel Hall at 7.30pm. T Ledger.

Wimborne: Emmanuel Gospel Hall, Welland Road at 7.00pm. J Riddle.



During February, Ian Jackson held a two-week gospel series at Culloden. A good number of unsaved people attended, many having never heard the gospel preached before. Neighbours, colleagues and family members were brought along by the believers and some came through receiving the printed invitations. Several spoke of having been impressed by the messages. It was thrilling to hear the gospel simply and powerfully preached and the assembly members were greatly encouraged, still looking to the Lord to bless His Word to those who attended.

At the Cullen assembly, monthly gospel meetings in the neighbouring town of Portknockie have been well attended, following up the "Focus on Fishing" meetings and the October - November gospel campaign. A week long series on Basic Truths for Christian Living was conducted by Jack Hay at the end of February, aimed at younger folks and believers who have been attending these meetings in Portknockie. Four believers have been baptised, and prayer is certainly valued for the further progress of these efforts.

The Peterhead assembly was greatly encouraged by the response to the Bible Exhibition, which was set up in York Street Hall during the last week in February. Over 1,000 people visited, 740 of these were children in P5, P6 and P7 from various schools in the area, accompanied by around 90 teachers and classroom assistants. The remainder were adults, mainly Christians, who came in during the evening sessions. Ian Jackson is expected for three weeks in the gospel commencing 3rd April, DV; prayer is requested for these meetings.


The assembly at Perth was really encouraged by a two week visit from Stephen Grant in November. The main focus was the building up of the children’s work, but there was a good response from adults also. 17 primary schools were visited with the help of local brethren, 20 assemblies were taken and over 3,300 children and staff heard the Word of God. A Children’s Bible Club resulted in several children coming to the regular Sunday School. Five special talks on subjects such as "Can I know peace with God?" were held in public venues, providing contacts with a further 50 adults who would not normally come to the Gospel Hall. Several have been attending the gospel meetings since. During December, three residential homes were visited, and Jack Hay had a good opportunity to preach the Gospel.

The assembly at Galston have just concluded three weeks of gospel meetings with Roland Pickering (N. Ireland) and Raymond Banks (Galston). Over twenty different unsaved attended over the three weeks, mainly brought by believers. The gospel was preached faithfully and solemnly every night. Please pray for those who heard the gospel and for the homes visited by our brother Roland.

N. IRELAND Reports


Ballymena (Harryville): Gospel meetings continue into March (6th week), having been well supported by surrounding assemblies, with their unsaved families in attendance nightly. Most local people seem uninterested.

Ballywatermoy: D McGarvey and R Reynolds have been getting encouraging numbers, including locals, in this rural area, and are continuing into March (5th week). All have had joy with blessing in salvation, and a good interest is being maintained.

Bushmills: A portable hall has been erected on the outskirts of the village on the site originally used as a station for electric trains enroute to Giant’s Causeway. The meetings are conducted by W Fenton and M McKillen and are well attended with good numbers of locals, and there has been blessing.

Crosskeys: The assembly here have had a portable hall erected in their area, and are glad to have brother Joe Baxter once again for gospel meetings. He has done much visiting in the area, distributing gospel literature, and has been well received. Encouraging numbers are attending, including locals.


Annaghmore: J Martin and his son W Martin are preaching the gospel in a portable hall, with good attendance. They have been greatly encouraged to know of one lady in middle age professing salvation.

Ahorey: T Wallace had two weeks of gospel meetings in mid February when good numbers came including locals, and there was joy in knowing of one man professing faith in Christ.

Newtownhamilton: T Wright and B Currie hope to commence gospel meetings here in April.


Erryroe: Gospel meetings continue into the end of February in this very difficult border location. A number of strangers from the locality have come. The assembly is small and would very much value prayer. Preachers are B Glendinning and A Redpath.


Ballyhay: S Ferguson and W Boyd have had a number of weeks of well attended gospel meetings, and were happy to see local people coming. The Word has been faithfully declared.

Gransha: T Meekin and J Bingham concluded seven weeks of very well attended meetings, and were encouraged to know of at least one young man being saved.


Currien: D McGarvey and N Woods are expected, God willing, in mid April for gospel meetings. The assembly is small. Prayer would be valued for blessing.


Fintona: N Coulter and T Wright have commenced a gospel series in this country area.

Tullycoll: A Aiken and J Rogers are in a portable hall. Good attendance, with some locals showing interest in salvation.


Castledawson: A Colgan and L Craig have commenced gospel meetings in a portable hall (end of February).

Coleraine: S Grant was with the assembly for one week of ministry. Each meeting was preceded by a well attended children’s meeting.

Killykergan: B Currie gave one week of ministry on doctrinal truths with a practical application.


Glenburn: C Law and T Topley have had the joy of seeing the hand of the Lord in salvation, with interest building. The meetings are continuing into the fifth week at beginning of March. During the meetings two young people who were saved earlier were baptised, causing much thanksgiving.

Parkgate: R McKeown concluded five weeks of gospel preaching at the end of February. More local people attended than at previous series. The Word was faithfully preached.



Birmingham, Aston: S McKenzie spent a long weekend with the saints at Park Lane, ministering the Word and encouraging them. His visit was appreciated.

Broadwas on Teme: Beside the Friday Focus Bible Teaching series, the assembly continues with its monthly Saturday evening ministry meetings. M Hall and J Griffith have given help in recent months.

Redditch, Batchley Estate: The ministry from 2 Timothy was enjoyed by the saints when A Gamble spent some time with the assembly in mid February.

Solihull: K Rudge and D West have recently ministered the Word for the profit of the saints at Lode Lane.

Ludlow: In 1991 the Lord reduced the assembly at Ludlow to just three in fellowship - one sister living 9 miles north of the town and two 12 miles south, all in their 70’s and with physical limitations. By meeting for the Breaking of Bread in the afternoon, and having tea in the hall followed by the preaching of the gospel, it was possible for the visiting preacher to join us for both meetings, so maintaining the testimony. The active outreach was undertaken by John Skingley, who with his wife Jean, and helped at times by Frank Lonney, carried out the seed sowing. Using the Gospel Courier, John’s aim was to put a copy into every house in Ludlow at least once a year. He had a large town plan and marked off every street as it was visited. Many contacts at the doors resulted and John became quite well known . Three schools opened their doors to him and he was able to take many school assemblies. Having been a teacher, he was frequently asked to take R.E. classes and he told us that he always received a warm welcome in the staff rooms. Two of the schools were only five minutes walk from the hall and for a full week in most of the winter months John held children’s meetings in the hall - this led to many more contacts with parents. In further service, John endeavoured to get a copy of the Via magazine into every home in South Shropshire. He and Jean walked many, many miles. John’s home call is a great loss to the assembly at Ludlow, both as a very faithful servant of the Lord and as a dear friend. There is now a considerable gap in the life of the assembly.


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