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Event – English Reformation lecture
November 2018
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Event – English Reformation lecture

Dr Lesley Rowe, Associate Fellow in History at the University of Warwick, gave the third and final lecture in her series on the Reformation in England at Little Hill Church in Wigston, Leicester, on 17 September 2018. The lecture focused on Anthony Gilby, one of the most influential Leicestershire reformers, who was known as a detester of ‘popery’ (Roman Catholicism) and a preacher of the gospel, and who was exiled for some years in the reign of the Catholic Queen Mary I. Dr Rowe spoke on Gilby’s early life, exile, his work upon returning to England, and his important contribution to the English Reformation. Anthony...

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November 2018
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Event – Portadown young adults retreat

The Baptist Youth Missionary committee organised a weekend retreat for young adults aged 16-25, with a special emphasis on personal evangelism, in the Faith Mission Centre, Portadown, from 28-30 September 2018. At the end of Matthew’s Gospel, Jesus gives his followers an astonishing command: ‘Go and make disciples of all nations’. This command wasn’t just for 1st century followers of Jesus but, by extension, for us as his 21st century followers. If anyone confesses Christ as Lord, they have a role in making his gospel known to the nations. For many of us, this gospel proclamation begins in the everyday encounters we regularly have, whether...

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October 2018
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Event – Creation roadshows

Early June, I was in the Isle of Lewis, which was a great blessing as we had never been to these remoter parts of Scotland.  Lewis has seen revivals, which has meant a greater knowledge of gospel truth, but a generation has now arisen which has less knowledge of the Bible and the schools are being pushed to come into line with evolutionary thinking. I was able to speak at a secondary school in Stornoway to the class on Philosophy who listened very intently. I also did three main talks. On Thursday 31 May in Scalpay, an island off Lewis, I spoke on ‘Creation – the Cardinal Truths’....

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Anniversary – Silver anniversary for Wooler Evangelical
October 2018
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Anniversary – Silver anniversary for Wooler Evangelical

Wooler Evangelical Church in rural north Northumberland marked its 25th anniversary with a series of special services over the weekend of 1-2 September. The services provided an opportunity both to reflect upon the faithfulness of God in establishing and sustaining the fellowship over 25 years, and also to seek his honour and blessing for the years ahead. The preacher for the occasion was Rev. Iver Martin, principal of Edinburgh Theological Seminary, who gave a series of powerful sermons on the life of King Solomon. Contributions were also made by former pastors Joe Simms and David Larmour (now of Welbeck Road Evangelical Church, Newcastle), who reflected...

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September 2018
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Event – Merged Church Society has first meeting

The new Church Society Council held its first meeting in London since the merger with Reform and the Fellowship of Word & Spirit. The council opened with a reflection on Ephesians 1: 1-14, and a time of prayer. Rev. Dr Mark Burkill was unanimously elected to be the chairman, with Rev. Paul Darlington and Rev. Dr Rob Munro chosen as vice-chairmen. According to Lee Gatiss, director of the Church Society, this ‘nicely expressed’ the new unity between Church Society, Reform, and the Fellowship of Word & Spirit, with these three former chairmen of the uniting organisations now leading the merged entity. Mr Gatiss commented, ‘As...

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Event – Last ever EMF graduation
September 2018
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Event – Last ever EMF graduation

It was a warm day at Welwyn village, its streets filled themselves with smiling, familiar faces. As we made our way into Guessens’ big garden with the lovely tree in the middle, we shared lunch with others. It was a lovely warm day but with a sad tone, especially for former students like us, for it would be the last graduation of the European Mission Fellowship (EMF) School of Biblical Studies. This would be the last year to have spent six months sharing the 13th-century house — in fact, the last of 55 intakes of students. Welwyn Evangelical Church witnessed their graduation, with approximately 300...

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Event – Greek focus at EMF
September 2018
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Event – Greek focus at EMF

On 9 June, courtesy of Highbury Baptist Church, London, European Mission Fellowship (EMF) held a Saturday morning conference focusing on the needy land of Greece. This was a very informative and valuable time. EMF’s long-term missionary Leonidas Kollaros spoke about his local work in Ioannina. He has some very encouraging links with the university students in the town. The four Greek students from this year’s School of Biblical Studies took part and added to the occasion. Antonis Topaloglou explained his desire to plant a church in a materially poor and needy area of his home city Thessaloniki — a city with a population of around...

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Event – Arbroath hosts all-age holiday
September 2018
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Event – Arbroath hosts all-age holiday

A total of 39 people, plus two day visitors, attended the 2018 Free Church (Continuing) all-age holiday held in Windmill Christian Centre, Arbroath. The aim of the holiday is for young and old to gather together for a time of relaxed fellowship in a safe Christian environment. Each day began with a prayer meeting for the early birds, then a leisurely breakfast, followed by morning worship.  All were then free either to stay around the centre and enjoy the facilities or explore sights and places of interest further afield. This year, six people attended for the first time and one of them came from outside the denomination. Taking advantage of the pleasant...

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Event – Peace movement in Ilford
September 2018
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Event – Peace movement in Ilford

Teenagers concerned about growing street violence held a peace vigil at Redbridge Peace Monument, in Ilford town centre, during the first week of the summer holidays this year. Over the last few months, Redbridge Council has agreed a monthly schedule of community events with British Pakistani Christian Association (BPCA) in Ilford’s pedestrian broadway, to enable charities and community groups to seek referrals via a direct public interface. The events attract local people through the organising of a commercial market interspersed with social enterprises and NGOs and free children’s activities. The events are rapidly growing in popularity due to the themed nature of the one-week events....

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August 2018
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Event – Billy Graham Evangelistic Association

The Billy Graham Evangelistic Association (BGEA) completed a three-day evangelism event at Falkirk Stadium, in partnership with over 200 churches across Central Scotland. According to a statement from the association, more than 1,000 people indicated a decision for Christ, with hundreds doing so during the event itself and hundreds more online and through discipleship courses. The Central Scotland Celebration of Hope saw churches invite Will Graham, grandson of the late Rev. Billy Graham, to come to Scotland and preach the gospel. The event also featured American Christian musician Aaron Shust, along with groups The Afters and Newsboys, as well as a ‘Kidzfest’ with Duggie Dug-Dug....

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August 2018
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Event – God’s purposes in later life

Society has changed. We now have the largest generation of older people in history, and ageist stereotypes are being challenged by people who are living full, productive lives, even into their 90s and 100s. Many in their 70s and 80s are active in their churches, volunteering and sharing the gospel. More attention is being paid to faith in later life, so it was encouraging to see All Nations’ Centre in Leicester packed for the Pilgrims’ Friend Society’s (PFS) conference, ‘God’s purposes in later life’, and its 211th annual general meeting, on 12 May. Keynote speaker was evangelist Roger Carswell, whose lively talk stressed that older...

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August 2018
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Event – Church history in Leicestershire

On Saturday 2 June, Dr Lesley Rowe and Mrs Christine Meller each gave a historical talk at Barton in the Beans Baptist Chapel in Leicestershire. The church history afternoon has been an annual event at Barton in the Beans since 2000, and each year the talks focus on different men and women from church history. As the chapel was an important centre for evangelism in the 18th century, it is an apt location for learning more about church history. Dr Rowe’s informative lecture was about William Bradshaw, a 16th/17th century nonconformist preacher, who wrote and circulated biblical teachings and commentaries. After almost drowning in a...

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