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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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August 2017
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Event – Free Church (Continuing) in London

On 14 May 2017, the first communion service was held in the new Free Church of Scotland (Continuing) outreach congregation in London. A preparatory service was held on Saturday afternoon, when Rev. William Macleod preached on ‘Adoption’. He spoke of what adoption is: a stranger being taken into the family and treated as a natural child. We are all by nature children of Adam and children of the devil. How wonderful that the God against whom we sinned adopts us into his family and puts his Spirit into our hearts, assuring us of our adoption! He further spoke of the privileges and responsibilities of those...

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July 2017
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Induction – Stornoway induction

There was a large attendance in the Stornoway Town Hall on 28 April for the ordination and induction of Stephen McCollum as the new pastor of Stornoway Reformed Presbyterian (RP) Church. Many had travelled from Northern Ireland and the mainland for the occasion, and there were representatives from other congregations on Lewis. Stephen, from Northern Ireland, first came to Scotland when he was a student in Glasgow, nine years ago. Two years later he moved to Pittsburgh to attend the Reformed Presbyterian Theological Seminary there. In 2012 he married Brenda, an American. In 2014 they moved back to Scotland and Stephen took up work as headmaster...

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Induction – Welcome to Wooler

At a service on 22 April, Wooler Evangelical Church, Northumberland, inducted Michael George Veitch from Dunbar in East Lothian to be their new pastor, after a vacancy of 16 months. Michael will be the third pastor in Wooler since the church began in 1993. About 200 people were present in the packed building, including former pastor David Larmour. The sound of the singing was glorious. Former pastor to Michael and his wife Laura, Rev. John Shearer from Musselburgh, read the charges to Michael, Laura and the church membership. He then preached passionately from 1 Corinthians 2:1-5, before the minister of Dunbar Church of Scotland Parish...

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