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May 2018
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Mission – Esk Valley church plant

In 2016 St Columba’s Free Church in Edinburgh officially launched the Esk Valley church plant. Nearly two years on, it has grown from the initial four-person group that established it. Under the leading of St Columba’s, Rev. Tom Muir and his family moved to the area to help initiate the plant. Now there is a congregation of up to 60 people meeting for worship on Sundays in the National Mining Museum, Newtongrange. Mr Muir said, ‘We are putting a lot of focus on discipleship, trying to make sure everyone in the church has access to a time during the week when they can meet in...

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May 2018
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Mission – EMF closes School of Biblical Studies

European Mission Fellowship (EMF) has announced the closure of its European School of Biblical Studies. After this year’s course finishes, the school will discontinue, following the EMF trustees’ decision. According to a statement, EMF together with London Seminary will launch a Northern Seminary in West Yorkshire, with a new foundation course commencing in September 2019, for which London Seminary will take responsibility. EMF principal Jörg Müller said: ‘With thankfulness, we acknowledge the School’s long and blessed history (55 years) in Watford and Welwyn in equipping Christian leaders for the Great European Commission and transitioning some students into EMF. Heike and I would greatly value your...

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May 2018
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Mission – Dungannon bookshop

The Burning Bush Christian bookshop in Dungannon, Northern Ireland, has celebrated its 30th year of ministry among the community. In a newsletter, owners since 1991 Billy and Ruth Neill give thanks to God for his provision in keeping the shop open and flourishing, despite several dramatic incidents. They recall: ‘These included a runaway car ending up in the window — nobody was injured; a wall from a derelict shop falling down and the [book]shop remained unscathed; and a building fire in the street which was full of smoke, but our shop had no smell of smoke in it. ‘We faced many challenges and still do,...

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April 2018
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Mission – Free coffee witness

The Free Church in Govan has announced the joint venture of launching a free café with Street Connect, a Scottish charity that helps the marginalised and disadvantaged within society. Street Connect works in partnership with a range of local and national organisations. Their current services include street work, drop-in cafes, one-to-one consultations, group work including their own community recovery programme, befriending, community detoxification services, and referrals to residential rehabilitation. Govan Free Church minister Rev. Norman Mackay said: ‘We are really happy working with Street Connect. Coming from an addiction background, both Ricky and Julie — the founders of Street Connect — have proven God in...

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Mission – Pregnancy Advice Salisbury
April 2018
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Mission – Pregnancy Advice Salisbury

Registration has been given for Pregnancy Advice Salisbury (PAS) to allow it to be fully operational and open for business. PAS is a Christian service aimed at supporting women and their families through crisis pregnancy. It was formally opened by Dr Joel Beeke and his wife Mary Beeke in the city of Salisbury in September 2013. Its director is Dr John Magee who is a GP in Salisbury. More information on the services offered can be found on the website. PAS rents premises in the Elim Centre in Salisbury, where it has a consultation room and ultrasound scanning facilities. PAS is staffed by volunteers, including the director,...

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April 2018
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Ministry – Plant and flourish

Pastors thinking of planting a church are being offered the chance to attend a course set up by London Seminary. The Plant Course is designed to equip and encourage church planters in their work. It combines solid theological principles with practical instruction and the encouragement of experienced planters. Bill James, principal of London Seminary, commented, ‘If we are to reach this nation with the gospel, then we need to see more churches planted in places of spiritual need’. The course takes place seven days between September and June. The course is offered in both London and Manchester. Additionally, London Seminary is repeating its Flourish Course...

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March 2018
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Mission – Foundations laid at Fortrose

Fortrose Free Church has begun its long-awaited building project with the laying of its foundation. The new building, due for completion by this autumn, is expected to cost around £750,000, most of which has already been raised by the congregation themselves. To help reach their target, the congregation held an open day in December, with fellowship and food, raising £325. A carol service raised another £230. At the beginning of this month, the Sunday school baked and held a coffee afternoon, raising a further £306.50. This purpose-built church will replace the old one on the same site. The latter had been used for over a...

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March 2018
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Mission – Glasgow church plant

In January 2018, Grace Baptist minister Daniel Funke and his wife Monet were sent as church planters to Govan in Glasgow, Scotland, where a Reformed Baptist church was threatened with closure. Starting again, the building provides a base to reach the 10,000 homes, for whose occupants this is the nearest evangelical church. The church meets 11.00am on Sundays. Daniel and Monet were commissioned by Grace Baptist Church, West Edinburgh, to lead this new congregation. They recently moved to Govan and are pleased to be involved in the life and work of this new church. After serving in the military, Mr Funke studied theology at Aberdeen...

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