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October 2018
News > Conferences

Conferences – Junior Anglican conference

The Junior Anglican Evangelical Conference (JAEC) was held during August, welcoming approximately 35 delegates, including ministry trainees, ordinands, curates, early incumbents and others. The conference considered the theme of ‘The gospel in the parish’ and asked what gospel ministry looked like in 21st century parishes across the UK. This year’s JAEC looked at the nature of pastoral ministry in the context where most of it happens: the parish church. Bishop Wallace Benn opened the conference by asking, ‘What is a parish church?’ Speakers Johnny Juckes and Lee Gatiss both considered the task of pastoring in a parish church, drawing on their own experience of putting...

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October 2018
News > Conferences

Conferences – Creation conference in Pittsburgh

From 29 July to 1 August, Dr Bill Worraker and Matthew Pickhaver represented Biblical Creation Trust (BCT) at the 8th International Conference on Creationism in Pittsburgh, USA. Nearly 300 people were in attendance although numbers grew to as many as 800 for the open evening sessions.  Besides afternoon discussion panels on biology, geology and cosmology, 46 academic papers were presented in various disciplines while 22 different creationist organisations had exhibition stands at the conference. Dr Worraker, who has been researching the Flood heat problem, presented his paper on modelling Flood and post-Flood ocean floor cooling.  Around 50 delegates attended this session and catastrophic plate tectonics...

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Anniversary – Silver anniversary for Wooler Evangelical
October 2018
News > Events

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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October 2018
News > Mission

Mission – Kosovo

A trip to a barber where he had been once before, gave OM evangelist ‘Peter’ (name changed to protect his identity), the opportunity for friendship and gospel conversation in Kosovo. There were several men in the shop, friends of the owner, just sitting around talking and having coffee. When his haircut was finished, the men invited him to sit with them for a bit. They were talking about politics and Peter asked them if they believed there is hope for Kosovo. They doubted that there is, unless the country could get younger, educated politicians who are not corrupt. Peter responded by explaining to them what...

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October 2018
News > Mission

Mission – Sheffield Pregnancy Centre

The Sheffield Pregnancy Advice Centre (PAC) is preparing to apply for the government approval, which is given by the Care Quality Commission (CQC).  If CQC approval is granted, the centre can advertise free ultrasound scans, and the whole operation can then move up ‘several notches’ on every front. A reason to give thanks is that a lady called Paulina has made contact with the centre to help. Paulina is training as a diagnostic sonographer at a university and she is a committed Christian and committed to Reformed doctrine. She and another lady, Maria, are set to begin the application for the CQC. Another reason to...

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October 2018
News > Mission

Mission – Edinburgh outreach

Grace West Edinburgh welcomed a team of more than 25 people, some from the USA and England, over the summer. They joined the members of Grace Edinburgh for a week of evangelism in the west and north of the city. Some 4,000 homes were reached with literature, and a further 2,000 gospels and tracts were distributed. Approximately 1,000 homes were visited, 100 extensive gospel conversations were had and 41 unique unsaved visitors attended evangelistic meetings, some a number of times. A further three follow-up courses were organised and some are still attending and considering the claims of the gospel. During the week, three people were...

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October 2018
News > Mission

Evangelism – Skegness witness

For nearly 20 years Theo Fox has taken the fairground organ, which he designed and built himself, to the shopping area of Skegness, and while the organ has played, he has distributed hundreds of thousands of gospel tracts to holiday makers and locals. For six hours every Sunday, which is the busiest day of the week for holiday makers, he is there during the summer months seeking to share Christ. He is warmly welcomed by the nearby shopping centre where staff help him, keeping a watchful eye at all times.  Brought up in the area, and converted as a teenager, Theo was a local businessman...

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October 2018
News > Education

Education – Scottish schools in sex education row

The Scottish government has given its backing to draft lesson plans that could effectively lower the age of consent to 13. The draft Relationships, Sexual Health and Parenthood (RSHP) curriculum suggests teaching pupils aged 12 to 14 that although sex under the age of 16 is illegal, those aged 13 and over could engage in sexual activity without fear of reprimand. Chris McGovern, chairman of the Campaign for Real Education, commented, ‘The intention of this draft resource is, in effect, to lower the age of consent without a change in legislation. This bypasses parliament and is an affront to democracy’. Norman Wells, director of the...

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October 2018
News > Media

Media – Vue backs down over film row

National cinema chain Vue has finally admitted that it was wrong to block the screening of an ‘ex-gay’ film, and settled in full a legal claim brought against them. The film, called Voices of the Silenced, profiled individuals who questioned their gay identity and successfully moved away from same-sex attraction. It was due to be shown to an invited audience of 120 at the Vue Cinema in Piccadilly in February 2018. However, following media coverage of the film’s content, Vue abruptly cancelled the booking just the day before the proposed screening, claiming the film might be ‘unlawful’. In a letter to the organisers of the...

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October 2018
News > Family

Family – Humanist marriages in NI

The first two humanist marriages have taken place in Northern Ireland after the Belfast Court of Appeal ruled that humanist marriages must be legally recognised. Emma Taylor and Paul Malone tied the knot at Queen’s University Belfast, while Alanna McCaffrey and Ronan Johnson got married in County Fermanagh. The only previous legal humanist marriage to have taken place in Northern Ireland was when the couple who took the court case, Laura Lacole and Eunan O’Kane, got married last summer. The couple had been supported in taking their case by liberal think-tank Humanists UK. Their marriage followed the High Court ruling in their favour last year,...

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October 2018
News > Family

Family – Named Person threat still real

Campaigners who fought against the controversial Named Person scheme in Scotland have raised the alarm over documents showing the Scottish government has a ‘plan B’ if legislators block the proposals for the state guardian programme. According to The Christian Institute, which together with other groups brought a successful court case against the Scottish government, forcing it to present a new, watered-down version of the bill, the Named Person scheme could still be brought in via the back door. Ministers had been forced to rewrite their plans after the UK Supreme Court ruled that key parts of the proposal were illegal. Under the original plans, every...

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October 2018
News > Ethics

Ethics – Sexual abuse worker speaks out

Women seeking help at sexual abuse shelters could be put at risk if their shelters are forced to accept men claiming to identify as women, one worker has said. The female worker’s comments came after a report by LGBT rights group Stonewall, published in August, claimed sexual abuse shelters would be unaffected by assisting men who identify as women. Writing anonymously on the Woman’s Place website, she called the report ‘at best a disingenuous depiction’ of the views of people working with abused women, and warned Stonewall could be guilty of attempting to dupe the public. She commented, ‘It could trick supporters and the public...

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