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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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Event – Bible in the Dales
July 2018
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Event – Bible in the Dales

Over a sunny May Bank Holiday weekend, Yorkshire Camps hosted the third ‘Bible in the Dales’, at their home, Netherside Hall, in the beautiful Yorkshire dales. In a marquee on the lawn, there were three days of Bible teaching, gospel presentations and sharing about the year-round work of Yorkshire Camps. A number of people booked B&Bs in the nearby area to enjoy a short holiday while also attending each session. One of the attendees, who came for the first time, said: ‘We had a great day on our first visit to Netherside Hall. There was great ministry, fun and fellowship, and it was wonderful to...

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June 2018
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Event – OAM open day

James Seddon’s challenging hymn, ‘Go forth and tell’ was the title for The Open-Air Mission’s (OAM) training day on Saturday, April 14, in Bromsgrove. Open to anyone involved or interested in open-air evangelism, we were so encouraged to have 160 attending from different parts of the country and all walks of life. We benefitted from helpful ministry and practical instruction. Following registration and an opportunity to browse information and book stalls over coffee, the main session began. After the singing of ‘Go forth and tell’, 2 Corinthians 5 was expounded by Mike Mellor (one of the committee overseeing the work of OAM). He tackled the...

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May 2018
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Event – Dutch launch of What is Man?

‘What is man?’ is the question David asked in Psalm 8. It is also the title of a sequel to Professor Edgar Andrews’ popular book, Who made God? The new book, entitled What is Man: Adam, Alien or Ape?, was published in a Dutch edition in February this year, even though the English version will not be available until June. The new book demonstrates how the Western world is seeking an answer to the question ‘What is man?’ in cosmology, biology and psychology, yet rejecting the plain answer provided by theology. Written in a layperson-friendly style, the book argues for the rationality and superiority of...

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May 2018
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Event – Gavin Beers bids farewell to Ayr

The Free Church of Scotland (Continuing) congregation in Ayr took leave of their minister, Rev. Gavin Beers, at a gathering on 24 March. After a ministry of 12 years in Ayr, he has accepted a call to Cornerstone Presbyterian Church in Mebane, North Carolina, USA. This church was established as a mission congregation in 2012 by the FCC’s presbytery in America. Mr Beers accepted their call in October 2016, but problems in obtaining visas, among other things, delayed his departure. The meeting was chaired by Rev. John J. Murray, who has been associated with the Ayr congregation for 16 years. He conducted worship and preached...

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May 2018
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Event – Science and faith

Glasgow played host to a large crowd on Friday 9 March, as people gathered to hear a talk by John Lennox, professor of mathematics at Oxford University. The internationally renowned speaker took as his subject the interface between science, philosophy and religion, in a lecture called Are God and faith anti-science and anti-reason? This topic hit a nerve, as the joint event between Glasgow University Christian Union and mission organisation Echoes International saw all 500 tickets go within a week, with a large waiting list of more people keen to come along. A full house at the Tron Church, Kelvingrove, near Glasgow University, heard John...

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May 2018
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Carcassonne terrorist attack: a Christian response

Terrorism has hit again! Since Friday 23rd March, France has been in shock. The attack in Carcassonne and Trèbes left four people dead and many injured physically and psychologically. The French are sad, angry and indignant. As Christians, how should we react? What thoughts should guide us?  Today we want to weep with those who weep (Rom 12.15). We want to pray for those who suffer the loss of a loved one. We want to pray for them to find their consolation in God.  “Repay no one evil for evil, but give thought to do what is honorable in the sight of all”(Romans 12:17). While...

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Event – Christian Heritage Centre, Rowley Regis
February 2018
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Event – Christian Heritage Centre, Rowley Regis

The good hand of God continues to bless the work of the Christian Heritage Centre, in Rowley Regis, Birmingham. 2017 ended with a well attended afternoon of lectures, commemorating the 500th anniversary of Luther’s nailing of the 95 theses to the door of the Castle Church in Wittenberg. The two splendid lectures were given by Pastor Jonathan Stobbs of Penzance. The centre was presented with a three-dimensional model made to scale and depicting the local area as it was in 1880. This superbly finished piece of work, created by local man Mr Melvin Jackson, took approximately five years to research and complete. This same friend...

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February 2018
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Amy Carmichael memorial

On 16 December 1867, missionary Amy Carmichael was born in Millisle in Northern Ireland. Some 150 years later a beautiful sculpture of her as a 10-year-old girl was unveiled outside Hamilton Road Presbyterian Church in Bangor. The church is home to the annual Worldwide Missionary Convention. The sculpture was the idea of Derek Bingham, first thought of ten years ago. It was created by Christian artist and sculptor Ross Wilson and portrays a determined girl, holding a notebook — her diary of grace, containing God’s plans for her life — looking out to the world. Embossed on her hat are starry flowers, picturing those who...

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January 2018
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Event – Thanksgiving in Aberystwyth

In June 1967 four men came together in Aberystwyth to pray for guidance. Three of them, Ieuan Jones, John Ifor Jones, and Wil Morgan, attended different chapels in the area, but were increasingly uneasy, because the Word of God was not being preached there. The other was Gordon Macdonald, a Welsh Wesleyan Methodist minister near Machynlleth. His doctrinal beliefs were at odds with the Arminian and paedobaptist stance of his denomination, and he was suspicious of the ecumenism then fashionable. Eventually, he came to the conviction that the biblical response to blatant theological and moral error within the church was to separate from it. After...

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