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November 2017
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Event – Brixton Tabernacle 150th anniversary

On 24 June many people gathered to help us celebrate this special anniversary. We had a lovely day, including seeing some faces that we hadn’t seen at the chapel for some time. Many had travelled great distances to be there. The services themselves were truly special. It was good to sing hymns which we often sang and loved in former days, including ones by David Denham and James Wells, who compiled the hymn books used by the church until more recent years. We also sang original hymns composed by the first and present pastor, and two by former organists — one of which was composed...

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November 2017
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Event – Farewell at Hanney

It was a bitter-sweet weekend for members of Hanney Chapel, Oxfordshire, when they moved into their newly extended and refurbished building in September. It was also the occasion of a farewell tea in honour of Bob and Gwyn Pritchard, a couple who have played a key part in the transformation of the village chapel. The new £130,000 extension to one side of the chapel balanced an extension a few years ago on the other side to provide Sunday school rooms. Designed by church member Christian Randall, it gives a new glass frontage, new kitchen, crèche room and storage space, while increasing capacity for meetings. Pastor Mark Fisher...

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November 2017
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Event – Keith and Kristyn Getty

Christians gathered in the Chapel of St Mary Undercroft, in the Houses of Parliament, to celebrate the power of singing and hymn-writing in the Christian faith. The event was led by Keith and Kristyn Getty and hosted by Christians in Parliament, partly to thank God for the OBE Keith Getty had received in June from HM The Queen. The event marked the first occasion in which an OBE has been given to an individual actively involved in contemporary church music, although, as Keith Getty was keen to point out, in 2003 Timothy Dudley-Smith was awarded an OBE for ‘services to hymnody’. In the opulent, ancient chapel, Christians...

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October 2017
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Event – Yateley holiday at home

For the fourth year running, members of Yateley Baptist Church organised an event for elderly folk in our community who have little opportunity for a holiday of their own. We collected our guests each morning from home and had coffee before we began our structured programme of activities. Given that in 2017 we have been celebrating Vera Lynn’s 100th birthday, our theme this year was ‘Memories’, thinking of the war and post-war years — the 1940s-1950s (Vera Lynn period). On Tuesday, this included making paper lanterns, a quiz, and illustrated talks — ‘Toys for boys’ — which included displays of a fort, soldiers, ships, vintage...

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September 2017
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Event – Keswick Convention 2017

The annual three-week summer Christian convention at Keswick once more saw large attendances. The thousands attending included substantial increases in newcomers and younger people. Many meetings were live-streamed to other parts of the UK and to India, Canada, USA, Norway, Germany, France and the Netherlands. Among the many speakers were Don Carson of Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, Deerfield, Illinois, and Alistair Begg of Truth for Life Ministry, of Cleveland, Ohio. This year’s convention theme was ‘Captivated: hearing God’s Word’ and looked at ways in which God has spoken to individuals through the ages. On the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, the programme included special seminars on...

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September 2017
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Event – Inskip bicentenary celebration

Some 200 years ago this year, a handful of converted people on the Fylde coast in Lancashire, convinced of baptism by immersion, purchased a portion of land for the princely sum of £10 and set to work erecting a Baptist chapel in Inskip, where the preaching of the gospel could be heard. The chapel still stands, but has recently had a £300,000 extension to improve the facilities and bring things into the 21st century. The community of Inskip in the 1800s was approximately 800 people, and all these years later that figure is more or less the same. On the chapel’s centenary, then pastor A....

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August 2017
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Event – Scottish confusion

On 5 July, a memorial service was held for Dr Gordon Wilson, former leader of the Scottish National Party and co-founder of SOLAS. The service, carried out in St Peter’s Free Church, Dundee, was conducted by Reformed minister David Robertson. The church itself is known for being the preaching place of Robert Murray M’Cheyne, who in November 1836 was inducted into the leadership there. It is now part of the Free Church of Scotland. Derek Prime, former pastor of Charlotte Chapel Baptist Church, Edinburgh, has testified to the evangelical nature of St Peter’s, saying, ‘The re-establishment of an evangelical witness at St Peter’s, Dundee, in...

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August 2017
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Event – International Preaching Congress

The fourth International Congress on Preaching (ICOP) will be held from 8-10 August 2017, at St Andrews Street Baptist Church in Cambridge. The event, which unites pastors and church leaders from the UK, US and many other nations, is jointly sponsored by Preaching magazine, Anderson University, and Spurgeon’s College. The theme of the congress is ‘Preaching hope in an age of fear’, and the programme will feature several talks relating to that theme, plus a variety of sermons and more than a dozen practical workshops on preaching-related topics. Speakers will be drawn from outstanding church leaders in the UK, US and Canada, including Dave Stone, senior pastor of Southeast...

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