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March 2018
News > Church news

Faithful ministry

Evangelical churches in the UK currently face the challenge of maintaining gospel proclamation, as well as defending scriptural principles and teaching against attacks from all sides. According to evangelical organisations and gospel partnerships, traditional, Bible-believing congregations across the UK are not just facing the ongoing challenge ‘to do the work of an evangelist’, but also to be wise apologists and defenders of the faith, and to take a principled stand against counter-biblical policy. With increasing pressure, politically and socially, clamping down on Christianity, coupled with the rising influence of Islam and the lack of solid biblical teaching, sadly in many churches, Bible-believing churches must rise...

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March 2018
News > Society

British pensioners face starvation and loneliness

With approximately one million pensioners isolated from human company, a new government minister might help provide support for later life services. Labour MP Frank Field has revealed as many as one million older people are starving in their homes because of loneliness and isolation. His recent report to Parliament cites a woman in her 80s whose husband went into a care home with dementia. The district nurse who’d been visiting her husband to help with food stopped coming and, with no one else visiting, the woman did not eat a proper meal for nine weeks. She went unnoticed until a neighbour came two months later....

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March 2018
News > Induction

Induction – Otford welcomes new minister

On 27 January, approximately 250 people from 38 different churches and organisations met at St Nicholas Church, Sevenoaks, Kent, to celebrate the induction of Kevin Bracken as pastor of Otford Evangelical Free Church (OEFC) and give thanks to God. Rodney Lissenden, church secretary and a deacon of OEFC, introduced proceedings by thanking all the preachers who have faithfully supported the church during ten years without a pastor. Thanks were particularly given to Hayes Lane Baptist Church (HLBC), Bromley, for their ongoing support. Special gratitude was also expressed to St Nicholas Church for hosting the event (due to a lack of seating space at OEFC). Eddie...

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March 2018
News > Mission

Mission – Foundations laid at Fortrose

Fortrose Free Church has begun its long-awaited building project with the laying of its foundation. The new building, due for completion by this autumn, is expected to cost around £750,000, most of which has already been raised by the congregation themselves. To help reach their target, the congregation held an open day in December, with fellowship and food, raising £325. A carol service raised another £230. At the beginning of this month, the Sunday school baked and held a coffee afternoon, raising a further £306.50. This purpose-built church will replace the old one on the same site. The latter had been used for over a...

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March 2018
News > Mission

Mission – Glasgow church plant

In January 2018, Grace Baptist minister Daniel Funke and his wife Monet were sent as church planters to Govan in Glasgow, Scotland, where a Reformed Baptist church was threatened with closure. Starting again, the building provides a base to reach the 10,000 homes, for whose occupants this is the nearest evangelical church. The church meets 11.00am on Sundays. Daniel and Monet were commissioned by Grace Baptist Church, West Edinburgh, to lead this new congregation. They recently moved to Govan and are pleased to be involved in the life and work of this new church. After serving in the military, Mr Funke studied theology at Aberdeen...

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March 2018
News > Mission

Mission – CWI anniversary

Christian Witness to Israel (CWI), one of the oldest missions bringing the good news of Jesus to Jewish people, has marked its 175th anniversary. The special anniversary event, held at St Aldates in Oxford on 27 January, featured several of CWI’s international team of missionaries. These included Igal Vender, who works with Jewish homeless and drug addicts; and Aviel Sela, talking about his work with Holocaust survivors. They, and others, showed how their work is making a difference to the lives Jewish people. Rev. Joseph Steinberg, chief executive of CWI, stated: ‘For more than 175 years we in Christian Witness to Israel have remained resolute...

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March 2018
News > Mission

Mission – Riverboat launch for OM

Lelystad in the Netherlands witnessed the launch of Operation Mobilisation’s first riverboat, as it sailed to the Netherlands. The highly anticipated voyage was realised after more than two years of planning and groundwork, since mid-2015. Robert-Jan Sterk, project director of the Riverboat, has been working hard to realise the dream of a Riverboat ministry in OM and believes strongly in its mission. He said: ‘We are so thankful for the crew and staff onboard, which is made up of about 80 people — people who are passionate about Jesus and reaching out to others. We are seeing breakthroughs daily, and we are so excited about...

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March 2018
News > Mission

Mission – Binscombe challenge

How would you raise £100 in a month? Why would you bother? Members of Binscombe Church in Surrey have a good reason and some great ideas. They’re raising money for a new church building, fit for the purpose of reaching the local community with the gospel. Binscombe, just north of Godalming, is a housing estate with areas of severe deprivation that lacks community space where people can meet in a relaxed atmosphere. This is exactly what Binscombe Church provides and, in recent years, the church has increased the number of church and community activities to meet local needs. But there’s a problem: the current building,...

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