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December 2020
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New pastor for Thornton Heath

Under the title ‘The pastor’s last exhortation’, Gordon Bull delivered his last sermon to the congregation of Thornton Heath Evangelical Church (THEC) as pastor. Mr Bull has taken up the gospel call to mission work. Together with his wife Sandra and children Joel and Rachel, he is heading off with Operation Mobilisation (OM) after…

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November 2020
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French pastor dies in climbing accident

Édouard Nelson, a US-born French pastor, Vice-President of the National Council of Evangelicals of France (CNEF), and father of four, has died aged 45 following a tragic climbing accident. In August he was holidaying with his wife, Laura, and children in Chamonix, southern France. They went rock climbing at the cliffs of nearby Les…

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November 2020
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Burghead Free Church induction

In late July, members of Burghead Free Church (BFC), Morayshire, gathered online to witness the ordination of their new minister, Peter Turnbull. The service was led by Revd Calum Iain Macleod who very appropriately preached from Mark 1:1-15 on beginning a new ministry. Ordinarily, this would be celebrated by the gathered church family and…

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October 2020
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Affinity calls on the government to relax church lockdown rules

The director of Affinity – a network of about 1,200 churches and Christian agencies across the UK – has written to the government to ask for lockdown restrictions to be relaxed. Graham Nicholls sent the letter to Lord Greenhalgh who is the government minister responsible for regulations regarding churches meeting in the post-lockdown period.…

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October 2020
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Attacks against churches rise in Northern Ireland

There have been more than 600 attacks on places of worship in Northern Ireland in the last five years, prompting renewed calls for action to protect churches and other religious buildings. According to a Freedom of Information request to the Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI), charity CARE NI revealed that, since 2014/15, there…

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August 2020
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Edinburgh Youth Conference

In March a large group of young people gathered at Grace Baptist Church, Edinburgh for the biannual SALT youth conference, organised by Grace Baptist Partnership (Scotland). The theme was ‘Understanding contemporary issues from God’s revealed Word.’ Kev Wong (elder at the host church) led the conference. He was due to be assisted by Andrew…

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August 2020
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Memory verse rally

The Essex Protestant Council has for many years arranged an annual Memory Verse Rally, aimed at fostering a love and knowledge of the Bible among young people. The venue is usually in Essex, but Sunday schools from neighbouring counties take part. Due to the growing coronavirus pandemic, fewer children than normal attended this year.…

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August 2020
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Edinburgh youth conference looks at contemporary issues

In March a large group of young people gathered at Grace Baptist Church, Edinburgh, for the biannual SALT youth conference, organised by Grace Baptist Partnership (Scotland). The theme was ‘Understanding contemporary issues from God’s revealed Word’. Due to the coronavirus starting to strike, Kev Wong (elder at the host church) led the conference single-handedly,…

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July 2020
News > Church news > News in brief

Commendation for SASRA evangelist

A SASRA Scripture Reader based at MOD Lyneham, Wiltshire has received an official commendation for his Christian outreach work among servicemen and women. Army Scripture Reader Tiaan de Klerk, originally from South Africa but moving to England in 1999, was awarded the citation by Colonel ERB Heal, Commandant of the Defence School of Electronic…

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July 2020
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New Timothy Dudley-Smith hymn for SASRA

Acclaimed hymn-writer Timothy Dudley-Smith OBE has written a new composition inspired by the work of the Soldiers’ and Airmen’s Scripture Readers Association. Timothy is former Bishop of Thetford and former President of the Evangelical Alliance. The 93-year-old is no stranger to hymns, having penned over 200, including ‘Tell out my soul’, ‘Name of all…

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June 2020
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Obituary: Rev Dr John F Brencher (1936-2020)

John F Brencher was born in London on 10 April 1936 and died in York on 3 March 2020. Educated at Hornsey College of Art, London Bible College and the universities of Leicester, York and Sheffield, he was converted in 1949 and baptised at Stroud Green Baptist Church, north London. He served in the…

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June 2020
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Hope Chapel, Haslemere, reopens for church plant

Hope Chapel in Haslemere was home to a Strict Baptist church in Surrey for 156 years until 2018 when its doors had to close. However, in March this year the empty building was granted a fresh lease of life. The trustees decided to reopen the chapel for use by another fellowship: Grace Church Guildford.…

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