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December 2018
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Events – What is man?

The latest ‘Alpha and Omega Conference’ took place on Saturday 6 October, when Professor Edgar Andrews (see p.3) delivered two lectures based on his new book What is Man? Adam, alien or ape? These half-day conferences are held usually twice a year at the Campus Church, Welwyn Garden City, and feature issues of current interest and concern to Bible-believing churches and Christians. On this occasion, 12 local churches were represented in the audience of some 40 people. Like the book, the talks were presented in lay-person-friendly terms, with a judicious use of illustrations and humour. The two addresses were video-recorded and can be downloaded from...

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December 2018
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Events – 50th anniversary in Wolverhampton

An anniversary gives us another opportunity to remember, and on 15-16 September 2018 the members and friends of West Park Church, Wolverhampton, recalled and celebrated God’s goodness since the founding of the church 50 years ago. In those days it was called Merridale Church and was in a different part of the city. Much has happened in those years, including a new location, outreach, conversions, but always with God’s inerrant Word central to all, and preaching deemed to be of vital importance in our worship. During the weekend, Geoff Thomas preached Christ-exalting sermons. The history of the church was briefly recounted. Fellowship and friendships were...

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December 2018
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Event – The art of faithful failure

Seventy per cent of Christians know who they want to invite to church, but never do — something Michael Harvey, founder of the National Weekend of Invitation and Back to Church Sunday, reckons can change if Christians think differently. Talking to a packed hall at the Christian Resources Exhibition 2018, at Sandown Park in October, his audience gave him a number of reasons why they might not invite others to church: fear of rejection; not knowing a neighbour well enough; frightened they would be considered as harassing; and concerned that, if accepting, the friend might not like the style of worship in the church. He...

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December 2018
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Event – Christian Heritage exhibition

The Christian Heritage Centre continued to see a good number of visitors visit its exhibition during this summer. Situated in Providence Chapel in Rowley Regis, near Birmingham, it was set up to demonstrate the impact that Christianity has had on our country. The story of Christianity in Britain is told through a series of nearly 50 illustrated and written panels, along with a large collection of artefacts and objects. Besides regular visitors, in August the centre was pleased to welcome a group from City Church, Birmingham. That same month was the occasion of our summer cream tea and second-hand book sale, which was extremely well-attended....

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Event – English Reformation lecture

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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