We have been fairly quiet the past two months. Partly to give ourselves a much needed break and also because we have been quietly working away on some things behind the scenes.
We are now delighted to share with you that 24-7 Prayer Scotland is now its own Scottish charity!
We have finally been granted charitable status by OSCR!
This is largely due to the hard work of some fantastic people that we will introduce to you here in a minute, as well as the wonderful support of 24-7 Prayer GB director Carla Harding, 24-7 International Prayer Director Brian Heasley and the 24-7 Prayer International trustees.
This event deeply excites us for many reasons. However, the greatest point of excitement for us is that this means we are more firmly rooted in Scotland, for Scotland! It will help us to establish and develop 24-7 Prayer Scotland in a way that makes us more sustainable as well as more contextualised for Scotland.
It also means that for those of you who would like to give financially towards the work of 24-7 Prayer, specifically within Scotland, you can now do so more easily and with the confidence that you are truly investing in your own nation. We love this and hope you do too!
We will be sharing more with you in the very near future around our vision, hopes and plans for 24-7 Prayer in Scotland; but for now we just wanted to share the celebratory news and introduce you to our fabulous board!
Watch this space for more to come!
Now, meet the 24-7 Prayer Scotland Board:
Thomas Dean – Co-Chair
Thomas leads Stenhouse Baptist Church in Edinburgh alongside his wife Claudia and some other friends.
They love sharing their lives and faith with their neighbours in Stenhouse, and they love 24-7 Prayer Scotland too!
Debbie Meehan – Co-Chair
Debbie lives in Ayr, where she serves on the leadership team at Southside Church.
She began the 24-7 Prayer Scotland team in 2010, carrying the leadership of it and Prayer Spaces in Schools in Scotland for six years.
She has recently retired from teaching maths but keeps busy alongside her husband Stevan babysitting (playing with) their grandchildren. She has recently developed an interest in gardening – though her first love will always be a good book!
Kenny Roy – Treasurer
Kenny is a qualified Accountant, previously worked in business and latterly full time for a large church in Edinburgh where he lives with his wife Tricia. He now runs his own practice mainly supporting charities in Scotland.
He was an active member of his children’s secondary school board and charitable trust and part of a group from his church that intentionally sought to pray for and serve the staff, pupils and parents of their local school in practical ways.
Andrew Rooney – Secretary
Andrew is Minister of Kirkmuirhill Parish Church in Lanarkshire where he lives with his wife Steph and dog Bluebell.
Andrew first got involved with 24-7 Prayer after reading Red Moon Rising and Gatecrashing, which he read via streetlight on a bus in Germany. He and Steph then met the 24-7 Prayer Scotland team while in Geneva for the 24-7 Prayer EuroGathering.
He has since continued to attend the gatherings, was on the 24-7 Scotland team for a while and is now excited to help the work of 24-7 Prayer Scotland continue to grow and flourish!
Phil leads the Prayer Spaces in Schools teams, as well as the Anglican Diocese of Durham’sPrayer Project.
He’s worked in a wide range of Youth and Community settings and also served at 24-7’s UK Director for 7 years.
Phil lives by the North Coast of England with his wife, daughters and dogs Jack & Ollie.
Pam is one of Scotland’s most experienced commercial mediators. Previously part of another mediation service, she has since December 2014 been operating as an independent, full time mediator, coach & facilitator and was named Mediator of the Year (Scotland) 2014 by Lawyer Monthly. She also leads training courses in mediation & negotiation and is a regular contributor at conferences.
She and her husband live in Edinburgh where they are part of the Central Church family.