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Stephen Ford is pastor of Lordshill Baptist Church, Snailbeach, Shropshire.

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January 2017
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Gideon Ouseley (3)

My interest in Gideon Ouseley was first aroused when I came across this incident in his biography, written by John Hughes (1876). (Hughes later became a Methodist minister). ‘On a raw November evening Ouseley preached at the corner of the street where we lived at Portarlington. After preaching, he came into our house for…

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December 2016
Evangelistic

50 years on

I was born in Nottingham in 1949. My family was respectable, but with no serious interest in God. Church was only for family occasions like christenings and weddings. 50 years ago this month, I trusted in Jesus Christ to be my Saviour and Lord, and my life changed direction. Superficially, that change seemed to…

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Events – Stanton Lees Chapel anniversary

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November 2016
News

Events – Stanton Lees Chapel anniversary

Stanton Lees anniversary and Bible School is one of those engagements that go on our calendar first — I think this was our 45th year! So, on the last Saturday of August, we drove again along the narrow lane, up the one-in-seven Derbyshire hill, to the chapel balanced precariously on the hillside. So did…

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November 2016
Articles > Historical

Gideon Ouseley (2)

Continued from Gideon Ouseley (1) 1798 was the year of the Irish rebellion against English rule, with Ireland in the grip of violence. When Gideon was away on his gospel travels, Harriet was left at home; and it may have been the thought of danger to her that caused them to move to Sligo,…

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October 2016
Articles > Historical

Gideon Ouseley (1)

Who was Gideon Ouseley? He was an early nineteenth century evangelist in Ireland, given a roving commission by the Irish Methodist conference. He had a particular calling to preach the gospel in the Irish Gaelic language, to a predominantly Roman Catholic peasant population. As a Methodist, he was of course Arminian — sometimes belligerently…

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Stanton Lees Bible School

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November 2015
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Stanton Lees Bible School

This August’s anniversary and Bible School at Stanton Lees, Derbyshire, took place only a few days after the funeral of former pastor and elder Peter Hulland. While this had a sobering influence, strangely it seemed to enhance, rather than detract, from the impressiveness of the meetings. David Gayton, from Dudley Baptist Church, brought four…

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November 2014
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Stanton Lees 50th anniversary

On August bank holiday the 50th anniversary of the Stanton Lees Bible School was celebrated. Back in 1964, Mr Laurie Cook was a member at Stanton Lees Wesleyan Reform Chapel, tucked away in the Derbyshire hills. Troubled by the evident decline in the knowledge of scriptural doctrine, he conceived the idea of a series…

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