How it all began
The 8th of April 2012 was a significant date for the village of Mintlaw, for this was the day that Mintlaw Community Church established itself at the heart of Buchan.
The fellowship is part of the network of Christian churches known as ‘The Assemblies of God’ (AOG) who have churches throughout the north-east of Scotland.
The birth of a church in Mintlaw was due to the combined efforts of Fraserburgh AOG and Rotherham AOG. It is from the latter that Pastor Stuart Watt has come to the village. Along with the help of his wife Elisha, Stuart is responsible for leading the fellowship.
Whilst these are exciting times for the family of five, Stuart acknowledges that they wouldn’t have this opportunity if it weren’t for God’s help and the willingness of other Christians in supporting the initiative.
He said; “I’m thankful for great friends and for life itself. But more than anything I’m thankful for the day I became a Christian. In a supernatural moment I was able to understand some amazing stuff; the fact that Jesus took the punishment for my sin was the main thing. And since that night in 1997 I’ve done whatever I’ve felt God wanted me to do with my life.
There was a time in my life that I was heading downhill fast! But through God’s mercy I received forgiveness and the privilege of being able to live for Him. The world is filled with folks who are struggling in some way or another, even more who don’t know what it is to be loved. My responsibility is to help people realise how much God loves them. When you come to this understanding yourself you just want everyone else to do the same!”
“Give every man, woman and child the opportunity of understanding the gospel and to provide a church where they can grow in ministry for the glory of God.”
Send people into their own particular mission field, whether that be local or international so that together we might play our part in fulfilling the Great Commission.
What we believe: Our Statement of Faith
God: We believe in one eternal God who is the Creator of all things. He exists in three Persons: God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit. He is totally loving and completely holy.
The Bible: We believe that the Bible is God’s Word. It is accurate, authoritative and applicable to our every day lives.
Sin: We believe that all have sinned, and sin has separated each of us from God and His purpose for our lives.
Jesus: We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ as both God and man is the only One who can reconcile us to God. He lived a sinless and exemplary life, died on the cross in our place, and rose again to prove His victory and empower us for life.
Salvation:We believe that in order to receive forgiveness and the ‘new birth’ we must repent of our sins, believe in the Lord Jesus Christ, and submit to His will for our lives.
Baptism: We believe that in order to live the holy and fruitful lives that God intends for us, we need to be baptised in water and be filled with the power of the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit enables us to use spiritual gifts, including speaking in tongues.
Gifting: We believe that God has individually equipped us so that we can successfully achieve His purpose for our lives which is to worship God, fulfil our role in the Church and serve the community in which we live.
Healing: We believe that God wants to heal and transform us so that we can live healthy and prosperous lives in order to help others more effectively.
Eternity: We believe that our eternal destination of either Heaven or hell is determined by our response to the Lord Jesus Christ.
Return: We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ is coming back again as He promised.
• The Assemblies of God Statements of Faith can be found at: http://www.aog.org.uk