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Pray for the Persecuted

31st January - 6th February

Each week until Easter, please join us in prayer for brothers and sisters living in the top 10 most dangerous places to be a Christian. We will focus our prayers each week on those living in different persecuted nations around the world. Across the globe, more than 340 million Christians - one in every eight believers - experience high levels of persecution, just for following Jesus. We ought not to be surprised when we are persecuted because Jesus said that it would happen. In fact, many brothers and sisters around the world count it a privilege to suffer for the name of Jesus - because they are following in the way of their Lord.

If you were of the world, the world would love you as its own; but because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, therefore the world hates you. Remember the word that I said to you: ‘A servant is not greater than his master.’ If they persecuted me, they will also persecute you. If they kept my word, they will also keep yours. But all these things they will do to you on account of my name, because they do not know him who sent me. (John 15:19-20)

2. Afghanistan

Persecution type: Clan and ethnic antagonism

Estimated number of Christians: Possibly hundreds

How Christians are suffering: It is impossible to live openly as a Christian in Afghanistan. Converts potentially face murder at the hands of relatives, zealous Muslims, or the Taliban which controls parts of the country. Both the constitution and laws of Afghanistan make being a Christian illegal. However, often it is not the courts or the Government unleashing the harshest punishments but the families of believers themselves. If a Christian’s family discovers they have converted, their family, clan or tribe has to save its ‘honour’ by disowning the believer, or even killing them. Christians from a Muslim background can also be sectioned in a psychiatric hospital, because leaving Islam is considered a sign of insanity. 

Since the war in Afghanistan, there have been many refugees who have sought asylum in other countries and many Afghan believers have fled to other countries. However, between 2015 and 2017, more than 9,000 Afghan asylum seekers, some of whom were Christians, have been deported back to Afghanistan from Europe.

Prayer: Lord, we confess that there are times when we do not openly let people know that we are Christians. Yet we cannot imagine what it is like to have to keep our faith a secret or face losing our lives. We cannot imagine the isolation that brothers and sisters face as they seek to follow Jesus in secret. We pray that despite their isolation, Afghan believers would be strengthened and encouraged in their faith. We pray they would find safe ways to access the Word of God and communicate with other believers , particularly through Christian radio and internet ministries. Lord, would you please shield Afghan believers wherever they are in the world. And would you work through ongoing peace talks to bring peace and greater safety for believers. Amen.

More information

Open Doors: https://www.opendoorsuk.org/persecution/world-watch-list/afghanistan/

Barnabas Fund: 
https://barnabasfund.org/countries/Afghanistan/

If you would like to pray as a family, then Open Doors have a free World Watch List pack for children and you can set off together on a journey of prayer through the year. Each week, children can colour in a flag in the prayer passport, pray for that country and put a sticker on that country on the map. These can be ordered from https://www.opendoorsuk.org/products/product/wwl-21-childrens-pack
 

This post is based on a very helpful blog post by Joe Carter, editor for The Gospel Coalition, entitled "The Countries Where It’s Most Dangerous to Be a Christian in 2021"
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Welcome! Whether you've just moved to the area, or have lived here all your life, we hope our website helps you to find out everything you want to know about our Church.

 

Some key information about the church...

 

Where & when does the church meet?

Our Church usually meets every Sunday at 10.30am and 7pm for our Sunday Services. Aim to arrive 10 minutes early to ensure you get a parking spot and seat in time for the service to start. You can park in either the car park behind the Church or the Hunter House car park next door to the Church.

We meet at:

Calderwood Baptist Church 
Maxwellton Road 
Calderwood
East Kilbride 
G74 3LW


You can see a map on our contact us page

 

What should I expect when I visit the church?

You will receive a very warm welcome particularly from our Welcome Team who will be able to answer your questions and direct you to where you need to go.

In our morning service, there will be around 45 minutes of worship with the whole Church family when there will be singing, prayer, and a children's message. At this point, the children will leave for their own Sunday Club. The Bible will then be read and one of our Pastors or leaders will preach from God's word. The service usually finishes around 12noon.

In our evening service, we usually spend about 20 minutes singing and praying before the Bible is read and preached. Our evening service usually finishes around 8pm.

Tea, coffee and biscuits are served after all of our services where there is plenty of time to meet new people and ask more questions.
 

What happens to the kids at church?

We have a fantastic programme for the kids at our Church. Children stay with their parents at the start of the service as we worship together for the first part of the morning. Someone will announce when the children need to go to their programme.

We have a very gifted team of Sunday Club teachers who lead a great curriculum for all ages. We have the following Sunday Club classes:

0-3 years:     Creche
3-5 years:     Pre-School Sunday Club 
P1 - P7:        Sunday Club
S1 - S3:        Bible Class
 
For more information about our Sunday Club please visit our Sunday Club page.
 

Is there a dress code?

No! Please just be yourself and come dressed in your 'normal' clothes.
 

Will I have to join in?

Not at all!
You are free to simply observe or participate as much as feels comfortable for you.
 

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