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December 2018
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Church – Pioneers for London

The Bishop of London is backing the identifying and training of new pioneer leaders in order to birth ‘new churches, for new people in new places’, across London. In a joint venture between the Centre for Church Planting and Growth and Church Mission Society, the School of Pioneers will, for the first time, allow the diocese of London to offer formal training to lay pioneers. This move, the centre said, testifies to the growing importance of ‘pioneering’ in the Church’s strategy to reach a generation who have grown up in a post-Christian culture. The 2017 electoral roll figures for London showed a 13 per cent...

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December 2018
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Church – Church Society Council

Church Society’s Council met in October to discuss the ‘memorandum of agreement’ made between Church Society, Reform and the Fellowship of Word and Spirit, made prior to a recent merger between these groups. The items discussed by the council were: relationships with other Anglican bodies; Church Society’s commitment to contending for the true gospel; the appointment of additional staff; and a review of the new group’s name and branding. Dr Ros Clarke, associate director of Church Society, said in a newsletter: ‘Praise God for our partnership in the gospel, expressed in our prayers, and bearing fruit in our discussions. We are moving forward in all the...

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December 2018
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Church – Respected Bible teacher John L. Mackay dies

Professor John L. Mackay, lecturer and author of numerous Bible commentaries, has died aged 70. Prof. Mackay was formerly Principal and Professor of Old Testament Studies at the Free Church of Scotland College in Edinburgh (now Edinburgh Theological Seminary). He passed away peacefully at home on 25 October and is survived by his wife Mary and their children John and Fiona. Prof. Mackay was a well-respected author of many Old Testament commentaries, including on Ezekiel, Jeremiah and Hosea. The Free Church described him as a man of ‘immense intellect’, who was a ‘much sought after lecturer’. Originally ordained and inducted as minister of Rosskeen Free...

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November 2018
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Church – Churches merge

Two Wigan churches, Jireh Baptist Church and Pemberton Evangelical Church (EC), joined together to become Pemberton Free Grace Church on 15 September 2018, following two years of discussions and planning. Former members of both churches, who are now members of the new church, were joined in the celebrations by friends and supporters, mostly from fellow churches of the West Lancashire Reformed Baptist Fellowship. Pastor Jon Davies of Cromer Baptist Church, a long-time friend of Jireh Baptist, brought the Word of God from 2 Peter 1.  Matthew Gray, formerly pastor of Jireh and now pastor of the new church, led the service, welcoming everyone.  Jim Mollitt,...

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November 2018
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Churches – Church votes to quit Scottish Episcopal Church

St Thomas, one of the largest churches in Edinburgh, has voted to quit the Scottish Episcopal Church (SEC) over its decision to be the UK’s first Anglican body to endorse same-sex marriage. Rev. David McCarthy, rector at St Thomas, said the decision had been a ‘very painful’ one. ‘We have not done it easily. We have had many tears and many sleepless nights. It is a tragic necessity’, he told the Sunday Telegraph. ‘But it is the Episcopal Church who are leaving us. They are leaving orthodoxy’. The decision among St Thomas evangelical congregation saw around one-fifth leave since a vote confirmed the decision in May. Other churches...

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August 2018
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Church – Christian Concern welcomes GAFCON letter

Delegates at the Global Anglican Future Conference (GAFCON) in Jerusalem have agreed to a ‘Letter to the Churches’ that calls on the Anglican communion to hold fast to biblical teaching. The conference, which was attended by 1,950 representatives, agreed to call on the Archbishop of Canterbury, as leader of the Anglican communion, to reaffirm the clear teaching of the Bible in line with historical Anglican orthodoxy. The letter stated the uniqueness of Christ and the need for repentance from sins, and pointed out the attacks on the gospel from other religions and on secularism. It also criticised the softening approach by other denominations over matters...

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August 2018
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Church – PCI under fire

Biblical teaching on morality encourages Christians to imitate Jesus Christ even when culture is going a different way, a leading Presbyterian Church in Ireland (PCI) figure has said. The Very Rev. Dr Stafford Carson spoke out in the Belfast Telegraph, following criticism of the Church’s decision about who it allows to be full members. He is quoted as saying: ‘As everyday disciples of Jesus, we affirm that our commitment to Christ means that we honour him in everything. It is not an easy road to travel’. This follows the PCI’s general assembly in June, in which delegates decided that those who wanted to be communicant...

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August 2018
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Church – Denominations part company

The Presbyterian Church in Ireland (PCI) has broken off formal ties with the Church of Scotland (CofS) over the latter’s moves towards same-sex marriage. In its general assembly in Belfast, ministers and elders in the PCI voted 255 to 171 to cut ties. The PCI affirms the authority of Scripture, with its teaching that marriage is strictly between a man and a woman. The divergence marks the end of a centuries-old kinship between the two Presbyterian churches. Writing in the Belfast newsletter, commentator Billy Kennedy said: ‘Presbyterianism was founded in Ulster by 17th century Scots’ army chaplains, and for centuries, worshippers in meeting houses here...

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Trinitarian Bible Society – Bibles needed and provided

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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

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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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