All posts by Mark Bentham

Powerpoint Prefences

If you were in church on Sunday 7th Sept am, you will have heard Harry ask for your preference about the use of the powerpoint in the sermon.

Do you like it the way it is?

Would you like more detail on individual slides?

Any other tips for making the powerpoint more useful?

“Fit for a King”

“The Lord really blessed us this week with an average of 25 children every day at the holiday club. 

They have such a hunger for the word and they were happy to learn their memory verses.  Many of the parents came in and were willing to sit and chat with us. Most of them were given new testaments to take away with them . 

I was delighted to see the church so busy on the Sunday night and we heard about Jesus, the King of Kings.  Please continue to pray for these children and their parents and how we can continue to serve them in this community. 

God is very much at work in our church and we must catch the vision knowing that He will bless the work that we do. 

Thanks again for all the prayers and the hard work that the team put into place to make it a wonderful week.
God bless you all as we work for the Master.”


“Only a boy named David, only a little sling . . .”


On the 30th June, 16 children, 4 young helpers and 5 adults made their way to Sunny Saltcoats on Scotland’s west coast.  They set up camp in South Beach Baptist Church in Saltcoats (even the name makes you want to go there!)

The children had a fantastic time enjoying a huge range of activities – some loved the bungee jumping – brave souls – neither love nor money would get me to even try a bungee jump.  For others their highlight was going down the colourful water slides – with some of our campers managing around 100 times!   Sandcastle competitions, ice-skating and ten pin bowling were all enjoyed by the children (and adults . . . . even if some of them admitted to not being very good at the bowling.)

As ever the food was fab, and we all enjoyed seeing the various bracelets and necklaces that the children made.

There weren’t any complaints of homesicknesses nor sleepless nights – which is always a good sign.

At camp this year we were delighted to have some of our previous campers coming as young helpers – it’s thrilling to see them growing in their faith, and beginning to be involved themselves. One of them told us that she discovered “it was very stressful” being a young helper! (I wonder does she now have sympathy for the oldies who have been running camp for years?!)

Food, Fun, Games, Crafts, Competitions, Swimming, Bowling, Ice-skating – sounds like a very full week, and yet there was more! So much more – as one of the leaders said “It’s all about Jesus.”

The centre  of camp was the Bible teaching on the life of David – a young man whose heart was right with God, and who God used. Others saw him as a shepherd, God saw him as King.  In the daily “Happy Hour” the songs, the teaching, the prayers – everything, was a way of showing the children that God is real and has a plan and purpose for their lives.

In the group quiet times the campers had the opportunity to discuss what it means to be a Christian, to learn for themselves the importance of reading their Bibles and praying, and how to live for God – even when others don’t care about Him.

We were so privileged in church to hear some of the campers and young leaders report on their week in camp, to see the joy in their faces – they’d had a chance to catch up on their sleep! But the greatest privilege of all was hearing a young boy tell of how he had made his heart right with God during the week, and was able to truly sing “The Lord is MY Shepherd.”

And so camp is finished for another year, a huge thank you to Anne and the team who invested their time, so that the young people of Pollok Baptist could have not just fun, but learn about the greatest gift of all.


Getting ready for camp

On Monday 30th June a group of around sixteen children, who regularly attend our mid week children’s meeting, along with some young helpers and leaders will set off on their annual summer camp, for a week, to South Beach Baptist Church in Saltcoats. There they will take part in all the things youngsters enjoy doing while on holiday including playing on the beach, swimming, ice skating and ten pin bowling.

There will also be time for lots of indoor fun. As well as having a good time together the main purpose of the holiday is to introduce the children to Jesus and to teach them from the Bible. To this end they have a very short Quiet Time each morning and a meeting each evening with singing, quizzes and a Bible story. These times away together have always been very much enjoyed by both youngsters and leaders alike and we trust and pray that this year is no exception.

Feast or Famine!

Due to a technical hitch we’ve had a bit of a backlog uploading the recent sermons – apologies to our members who depend on this link to be able to be a part of the church family.

The sermons from the past two weeks are now uploaded – so it really is a feast or a famine!

You will notice that the four sermons from Haggai are numbered, as they are not in the right order on the page.



Bibles in Church

In our modern age of technology many churches no longer provide pew Bibles, nor do people bring their own Bible to church – we have become accustomed to having the scripture reading on the screen.

This evening, the Bible reading was not available on the screen & we were asked to consider if perhaps it would be better for people to return to the practice of bringing their own Bible to church & having pew Bibles for those who don’t have one.

What do you think?  Has modern technology robbed us of something precious – people handling and reading the Word of God together?