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July 2020
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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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June 2020
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New ethics tutor for Pastors’ Academy

The Pastors’ Academy in London has appointed its first Tutor in Christian Ethics, Revd Matthew Mason. Dr Garry Williams, director of the Academy, said ‘The frontlines of attrition and conflict for the church are increasingly ethical. They concern what it means for us to flourish as human beings, with the world vaunting the Sovereign…

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June 2020
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Manchester church marks 51st anniversary

On 5 January 1969 a group of 15 people made a covenant before God to form Droylsden Independent Church in a former Temperance Movement Hall in Tameside. Now 51 years on, the church celebrated the anniversary of this event. Walter Johnstone (Chorlton Evangelical Church) visited and preached a timely and well-received reminder of the…

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June 2020
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Inaugural TBS auxiliary meetings

Across Britain, several inaugural meetings of Trinitarian Bible Society auxiliaries took place in January and February. The first gathering of the South West branch occurred in January at Beacon Park Baptist Church, Plymouth. Over 40 TBS supporters from local churches in Cornwall and Devon attended. As with other inaugural meetings, the TBS’s Joe Sayers…

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June 2020
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Churches won’t reopen until July at the earliest

Places of worship in England won’t be advised to reopen until 4 July at the earliest, according to the government’s recovery strategy. An official document released by the Cabinet Office says it is the government’s ‘ambition’ to open ‘public places (such as places of worship)’ as part of the third step to recovery. The…

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May 2020
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Northeast Reformed Baptist conference

About thirty people gathered in February for the latest in the series of Northeast Reformed Baptist Studies which took the form of a day conference. Aycliffe Evangelical Church kindly loaned their building and facilities. The church was also generous enough to provide the welcome refreshments between sessions. A small bookstall was also available. Oliver…

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April 2020
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Edinburgh City Council deplatforms evangelist

Larry Stockstill, an American minister due to speak at the Surge conference in June, has been banned by Edinburgh’s local authority for his views on homosexuality. Stockstill was scheduled to deliver the keynote address at Edinburgh’s prestigious Usher Hall. The Surge conference is an annual, Charismatic gathering organised by Destiny Church in Glasgow. Gavin…

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March 2020
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Flint Evangelical Church – Induction

Ben Slater was recently inducted to the pastorate of Flint Evangelical Church in North Wales. The service was led by church elder David Roberts, and visiting speaker Stuart Olyott preached from Galatians 2:20 on starting out in ministry. Chris Thomas, another elder and the church secretary, recounted the history of Ben’s involvement with the…

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March 2020
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Wycliffe Bible Translators – New Regional Manager for Scotland

From February this year, Ruth McCaig was appointed the Regional Manager for Scotland for Wycliffe Bible Translators. Her role will involve developing Wycliffe’s engagement with churches in Scotland, particularly through overseeing Wycliffe’s volunteer programme. Ruth performed a similar role for Operation Christmas Child prior to joining Wycliffe, where she was Scottish and Faroe Islands…

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