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May 2018
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Church – New era for Partick

Partick Free Church (Continuing) has entered a new and exciting phase with the acquisition of a permanent place of worship. In June 2016, Partick United Free Church (UFC) entered into a rental agreement with Partick FC(C) to share the Partick UFC building, but by the end of November 2016 Partick UFC voted to close, due to declining attendances. The UFC congregation handed over their assets to the UFC trustees, who offered the buildings for sale to Partick FC(C). The result was that the Free Church of Scotland (Continuing) has now purchased the building. Rev. Andrew Allan, minister of Partick, commented: ‘It is remarkable the way things have worked out and progressed. When we...

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Church – Youth work and Ofsted
May 2018
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Church – Youth work and Ofsted

Churches will not be inspected as part of government attempts to counter extremism, the Department for Education has confirmed. Under the approach first mooted by David Cameron, any setting which provided instruction to children for more than six hours a week could have been inspected by Ofsted. But amid strong concerns from groups including The Christian Institute, and critical consultation responses, the government has confirmed it has dropped the plans. Some 18,000 people responded to the call for evidence, expressing doubts about Ofsted’s ability to inspect settings such as churches and questioning the vague ‘British values’ definition. According to the official consultation report, 75 per cent of...

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April 2018
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Church news – New home for Cromer Baptist Church

When the Lord answers prayer after five or six years of looking to him for guidance and clear pathways, it is a time of gratitude and gladness.  The congregation of Cromer Baptist Church in Norfolk are rejoicing that they are now worshipping in a different, more suitable building, thanks to the help of the local Methodist circuit. The building used by the Methodist Church in East Runton until last summer and owned by them, was closed in August. Through unexpected avenues, Cromer Baptist Church was alerted to its availability, and being shown great help, kindness and consideration by the local circuit, with a good deal...

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April 2018
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Church news – Induction at Westgate Chapel, Bury St Edmunds

150 people joined the members of Westgate Chapel, Bury St Edmunds, to celebrate and praise God at the induction service for Gareth Russell on Saturday 27 January. Gareth was called to the ministry at Westgate after training at Oak Hill College and serving as assistant pastor of Trinity Road Chapel (TRC) in Wandsworth Common. Moving to Bury St Edmunds is something of a homecoming for Gareth, as he grew up in Suffolk, but didn’t come to faith in Christ until he was a university student. Having grown up without the gospel, Gareth feels a deep desire to be back in his home county to minister...

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April 2018
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Church news – Induction at Eastney Evangelical Church

After more than three years without a pastor, Eastney Evangelical Church (EEC), Portsmouth, has welcomed Chris Thomas to the pastorate. He served as an officer in the Royal Navy for nearly 22 years, spending some time based at the nearby Eastney Barracks. His naval background is highly relevant in the historic naval city of Portsmouth. He became a Christian early in his career, and in 1983 Eastney Evangelical was the first church he ever attended. Chris says he became ‘increasingly aware of a call to gospel ministry’ and retired early from the Navy. He completed a course of ministerial training at London Theological Seminary and...

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April 2018
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Church news – Interim pastor for Caergwrle

Stuart Olyott, long-term friend and supporter of Evangelical Times, has accepted a unanimous invitation to be a part-time interim pastor at Caergwrle Evangelical Church. The little fellowship is situated in a village of about 1,700 people, situated almost six miles west of Wrexham, near the villages of Hope and Abermorddu. According to Mr Olyott, the church has been ‘a faithful witness to the gospel for decades, but has more recently had some difficulties. It has been on my heart for quite a long time’. God willing, Mr Olyott will start his ministry there on Easter Sunday, 1 April. The plan is that every week he...

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April 2018
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Church news – Edward Connor legal service

Legal help for evangelical churches will be given a fillip this year after the Fellowship of Independent Evangelical Churches (FIEC) launches its Edward Connor organisation. Named after the founder of the FIEC, Edward Joshua Poole-Connor (EJPC), the organisation will be a separate charity, although linked to the FIEC in its governance. The FIEC is currently recruiting a team of qualified Christian solicitors who will provide legal services, not just to FIEC churches but also to other Christian groups who share the gospel aims and ethos. According to Gemma Adam, practical service director at the FIEC, writing in the organisation’s spring newsletter, although the FIEC’s practical...

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April 2018
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Anglicanism – Church Society in three-way merger

The Church Society Council, the Reform Council, and the trustees of the Fellowship of Word and Spirit (FWS) have agreed to a three-way merger. In a joint statement issued by the Church Society, the decision was made because of the challenges being presented to Reformed evangelical Anglicans at this time. The statement said: ‘It is in the light of our shared biblical, Reformed, Anglican faith and common goals that we have decided the challenges of the present time require us to unite our efforts so we are better placed to harness the energies of evangelicals in contending for the gospel’. The statement acknowledged that, although...

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