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April 2018
News > Society

Society – Widespread loneliness

Loneliness is the biggest issue across communities in the UK, research by Church Urban Fund and the Church of England has found. A survey carried out among 1,094 Anglican church leaders, conducted in September and October 2017, revealed that while churches have been instrumental in building communities and doing charitable work, the biggest challenge was how to tackle loneliness. More than 75 per cent of church leaders called this a major or significant problem in their parishes, with little variation between the most and least deprived areas. Moreover, 60 per cent of church leaders reported mental health problems in their parish were becoming an issue...

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April 2018
News > Society

Society – Sex education ‘blinds us’

Sex education could be one of the factors behind the increasing levels of childlessness in the UK, Norman Wells has said. The director of the Family Education Trust told the Daily Mail there were many reasons why people might be refraining from having children earlier on in their lives, with economic pressures being high on the list. However, he also warned that so much sex education has placed a ‘strong emphasis on how to avoid pregnancy, that it has frequently presented a negative image of child-bearing and motherhood’. Mr Wells said, ‘The contraceptive culture can all too easily blind us to the joy that the...

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April 2018
News > Youth

Youth – Holiday Bible Club

On 12-16 February during the half-term break, Thornton Heath Evangelical Church hosted its annual holiday Bible club. This year it was run by two of the church’s new apprentices, with lots of support from the church family, who made decorations, lead teams of children, and even provided breakfast. Over the week, the children were taken with the Israelites on a journey through the wilderness to the Promised Land, through a series of talks, crafts, discussion time and interviews. One day they were rebuking an Israelite for grumbling about Moses and the manna from heaven; on another Bezalel was explaining the Ark of the Covenant; and...

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April 2018
News > Church news

Church news – New home for Cromer Baptist Church

When the Lord answers prayer after five or six years of looking to him for guidance and clear pathways, it is a time of gratitude and gladness.  The congregation of Cromer Baptist Church in Norfolk are rejoicing that they are now worshipping in a different, more suitable building, thanks to the help of the local Methodist circuit. The building used by the Methodist Church in East Runton until last summer and owned by them, was closed in August. Through unexpected avenues, Cromer Baptist Church was alerted to its availability, and being shown great help, kindness and consideration by the local circuit, with a good deal...

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April 2018
News > Church news

Church news – Induction at Westgate Chapel, Bury St Edmunds

150 people joined the members of Westgate Chapel, Bury St Edmunds, to celebrate and praise God at the induction service for Gareth Russell on Saturday 27 January. Gareth was called to the ministry at Westgate after training at Oak Hill College and serving as assistant pastor of Trinity Road Chapel (TRC) in Wandsworth Common. Moving to Bury St Edmunds is something of a homecoming for Gareth, as he grew up in Suffolk, but didn’t come to faith in Christ until he was a university student. Having grown up without the gospel, Gareth feels a deep desire to be back in his home county to minister...

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April 2018
News > Church news

Church news – Induction at Eastney Evangelical Church

After more than three years without a pastor, Eastney Evangelical Church (EEC), Portsmouth, has welcomed Chris Thomas to the pastorate. He served as an officer in the Royal Navy for nearly 22 years, spending some time based at the nearby Eastney Barracks. His naval background is highly relevant in the historic naval city of Portsmouth. He became a Christian early in his career, and in 1983 Eastney Evangelical was the first church he ever attended. Chris says he became ‘increasingly aware of a call to gospel ministry’ and retired early from the Navy. He completed a course of ministerial training at London Theological Seminary and...

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April 2018
News > Church news

Church news – Interim pastor for Caergwrle

Stuart Olyott, long-term friend and supporter of Evangelical Times, has accepted a unanimous invitation to be a part-time interim pastor at Caergwrle Evangelical Church. The little fellowship is situated in a village of about 1,700 people, situated almost six miles west of Wrexham, near the villages of Hope and Abermorddu. According to Mr Olyott, the church has been ‘a faithful witness to the gospel for decades, but has more recently had some difficulties. It has been on my heart for quite a long time’. God willing, Mr Olyott will start his ministry there on Easter Sunday, 1 April. The plan is that every week he...

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April 2018
News > Church news

Church news – Edward Connor legal service

Legal help for evangelical churches will be given a fillip this year after the Fellowship of Independent Evangelical Churches (FIEC) launches its Edward Connor organisation. Named after the founder of the FIEC, Edward Joshua Poole-Connor (EJPC), the organisation will be a separate charity, although linked to the FIEC in its governance. The FIEC is currently recruiting a team of qualified Christian solicitors who will provide legal services, not just to FIEC churches but also to other Christian groups who share the gospel aims and ethos. According to Gemma Adam, practical service director at the FIEC, writing in the organisation’s spring newsletter, although the FIEC’s practical...

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