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Trinitarian Bible Society – Bibles needed and provided
July 2018
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Trinitarian Bible Society – Bibles needed and provided

Dr David Allen of the Trinitarian Bible Society visited the Presbyterian Reformed Church, Stockton-on-Tees on Tuesday 22 May. Folk attended from six local churches including the host church. Dr Allen preached from Romans 1:16-17 where Paul affirms that he is ‘not ashamed’ of the gospel of Christ. We were reminded that Peter was three times ashamed to confess Christ and that we need to be on our guard. The text provides six reasons for not being ashamed. They are as follows: (i) the gospel is ‘the gospel of Christ’, God’s only begotten Son; (ii) the gospel as the power of God is ‘dynamic’ according to...

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July 2018
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Church – Tebbit shuns canon

Former Conservative party chairman Norman Tebbit came under fire in May after saying he would not be attending services in St Edmundsbury Cathedral, in Bury St Edmunds, conducted by the newly-appointed Rev. Canon Joe Hawes, who is gay. Canon Hawes, 52, who will be installed in post as the new dean at the Suffolk town’s cathedral this month, is in a civil partnership with Rev. Chris Eyden, vicar of All Saints in Putney. Lord Tebbit, 87, who, with his wife Margaret, has attended the cathedral for nine years, told the Ipswich Star that he disapproved of the decision taken by the cathedral but would not...

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July 2018
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Church – Christians donate time

The value of the time given by the UK Church to the community each year is worth more than £3 billion, according to the Cinnamon Network, which researched the impact of churches on the health and well-being of communities. ‘The church’s impact on health and care’ findings, released in May 2018, reveal that faith organisations and the church have a lot to offer to fill the ever-increasing NHS gaps in health and social care. The findings also discuss how key community projects provided by church groups provide a lot of value-for-money in sectors that would otherwise cost state agencies a lot of money. Cinnamon Network...

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Church – Berean Baptist Church Formed
July 2018
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Church – Berean Baptist Church Formed

On Saturday 12 May, Berean Baptist Church in Harrogate, North Yorkshire was formally constituted.  The service was conducted by Pastor Chuck Hunt of Pleasant View Baptist Church in Bromley, Kentucky, USA. He along with his wife were in attendance for this special event as were about 25 friends from churches in the area.  The service was held at the Cairn Hotel in Harrogate, which is where the work has met for the past five years and where it will continue to meet. The service was made up of public worship through hymns, Scripture reading, a meeting held to form the church, prayer and a charge. ...

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July 2018
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Church – Church Society annual meeting

There was overwhelming support for the merger of Church Society with Reform and the Fellowship of Word & Spirit (FWS) at the Church Society AGM. At a packed meeting, former chairman of Reform, Bishop Rod Thomas, was elected President of Church Society to succeed Wallace Benn. A new council was elected, unopposed, with members from both FWS and Reform amongst their number, including Rob Munro, the chairman of FWS and Mark Burkill, the chairman of Reform. The constitutional amendments needed to enable the merger to go ahead were passed with overwhelming majorities as members of Church Society met for their annual meeting at Oak Hill...

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June 2018
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Church – Cornwall gets a new church

The opening service of Carrick Free Baptist Church in Falmouth took place on 4 February, when Mike Lynch and Tom Hill were recognised as elders. A small group of believers in the Lord Jesus Christ have covenanted to walk and work together, to be a witness to the power of the Holy Spirit, and bring honour to our Father God. We meet at the Bosvale Community Centre, TR11 4HQ, at 10.45am on Lord’s day mornings and in the evenings at 6.30pm. Tom Hill 

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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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