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January 2021
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Walk for Zambia

Last September 42 people turned up for a sponsored walk around Bewl Water, a reservoir southwest of Tunbridge Wells. The event was organised by Proclamation Zambia, a ministry training and equipping church leaders through Kitwe Bible College in Zambia. Both before and during the walk, measures were carefully taken to be ‘covid-secure’, such as…

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January 2021
News > Obituaries

David Winch (1934–2020)

‘Show me, Lord, the purpose for which I was born, that I may try to achieve it in the strength that you supply and for your glory!’ These words, written in David’s characteristic hand under the Greek of the text he was expounding, appear in the introductory pages of his commentary on John. He…

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January 2021
News > Conferences

Newcastle conference on evangelism

It was a crisis that prompted Westminster Presbyterian Seminary, Newcastle, to host a conference on evangelism this October. Conference speaker Andy Young summed up that crisis: ‘Europe is the only continent in the world where the church is receding.’ With mortality standing at 100%, the challenge remains for Christians to help others spiritually prepare…

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January 2021
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Rob Childs ordained at Droylsden Independent Church, Manchester

Revd Rob Childs was ordained and inducted to the pastorate of Droylsden Independent Church, Manchester, in October. Droylsden’s former pastor, Revd Ian Densham, led the ordination. Revd Dr Thomas Brand (Director of the Evangelical Fellowship of Congregational Churches) and Revd Jackie Brown (People’s Hall Evangelical Church, Bridgnorth) also officiated. Ian addressed Rob with seven…

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January 2021
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Revd Thomas Buchanan ordained in Sutherland

In September Revd Thomas Buchanan was ordained by the Free Church of Scotland (Continuing) and inducted to the pastoral charge of the Brora congregation near Golspie in the far North East of Scotland. The event was conducted at Tarbat FCS(C) in Portmahomack. Attendance in person was limited to 50, but many more connected to…

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January 2021
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Lockdown handover at West Street Evangelical Church

Covid-19 prevented a personal handover at West Street Evangelical Church in 2020, but the harvest thanksgiving service was a perfect opportunity to thank God for his provision of a new pastor. Nigel Croxford and his wife Margaret have retired from the pastorship of West Street after more than eight years serving the Carshalton-based congregation.…

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January 2021
News > Conferences

Trinitarian Bible Society holds annual meeting

In September the Trinitarian Bible Society held its 189th AGM. Due to Covid-19 restrictions, only a small number were present at the head office in South London. Others joined online, and the Society was greatly encouraged by the large number who viewed the meeting, including those across the world normally unable to travel to…

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January 2021
News > Church news

Associate pastor for Welcome Hall Evangelical Church

In September around 60 socially-distanced people gathered at Welcome Hall Evangelical Church (WHEC) in Bromsgrove, Worcestershire, for the induction of Gordon Robbins as Associate Pastor. Pastor Jeremy Brooks led the service, which was also broadcast online. He preached from Mark 10, emphasising how ministry is all about Christ rather than us. Gordon is married…

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January 2021
News > International

Canada: Euthanasia for woman who couldn’t face Christmas lockdown

An elderly Canadian woman was euthanised to avoid a second Covid-19 lockdown over the Christmas period, according to news reports. Canadian TV station CTV reported that 90-year old Nancy Russell, who was neither chronically ill nor dying, was allowed to die by elective lethal injection to avoid going through another lockdown. While she was…

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January 2021
News > International

North Korea: More people are seeing Bibles despite increased persecution

More people in North Korea are seeing Bibles even though persecution has worsened in the country, according to a new report. The findings are published in the ‘White Paper on Religious Freedom in North Korea’ written by the Database Center for North Korean Human Rights. Twenty years ago, only 16 North Korean defectors claimed…

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January 2021
News > International

US: Supreme Court blocks limits on worshipers in New York State

The US Supreme Court has ruled against the imposition of ‘severe restrictions’ on public worship in New York State during the Covid-19 pandemic. Governor Cuomo wanted to limit the number of worshippers to as few as ten people in the worst affected regions of the State. But in a 5-4 majority verdict, the court…

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January 2021
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Global: Christians are being targeted ‘in plain sight’

Christian organisations galvanised believers across the UK and elsewhere to pray for persecuted believers around the world. In November last year, the Evangelical Alliance, Christian Solidarity Worldwide, Open Doors and Release International mobilised people for the 24th International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church (IDOP), as reports of rising persecution showed Christians were…

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