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December 2018
News > Society

Light has dawned

‘The people walking in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the land of the shadow of death, a light has dawned’. This beautiful verse, from chapter 9 of Isaiah’s Old Testament prophecy, is set within a wonderful passage often read at Christmas. It describes the coming of the Messiah. The…

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November 2018
News > Mission

Mission – Andy Banton to leave Open Air Mission

The Open Air Mission (OAM) has announced that General Manager, Andy Banton, will be leaving in February 2019. In a statement, the organisation said: ‘Following a lengthy period of ill-health, and further to discussions between himself and the OAM committee, Andy and the committee have agreed that it is for the best of both…

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November 2018
News > Church news

Church – Churches merge

Two Wigan churches, Jireh Baptist Church and Pemberton Evangelical Church (EC), joined together to become Pemberton Free Grace Church on 15 September 2018, following two years of discussions and planning. Former members of both churches, who are now members of the new church, were joined in the celebrations by friends and supporters, mostly from…

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November 2018
News > Church news

Churches – Church votes to quit Scottish Episcopal Church

St Thomas, one of the largest churches in Edinburgh, has voted to quit the Scottish Episcopal Church (SEC) over its decision to be the UK’s first Anglican body to endorse same-sex marriage. Rev. David McCarthy, rector at St Thomas, said the decision had been a ‘very painful’ one. ‘We have not done it easily. We…

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November 2018
News > Ethics

Churches – German RC child abuse

More than 3,700 children in Germany were assaulted by Roman Catholic priests between 1946 and 2014, with one in six cases involving rape. Researchers from three German universities found that 1,670 clerics were involved. The head of the Catholic Church in Germany apologised ‘for all the failure and pain’ following publication of the report…

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November 2018
News > Conferences

Conference – Festival of Grace

Over 80 people attended the 19th Gaulby Festival of Grace at St Peter’s Parish Church, Gaulby, in Leicestershire, on 8 September 2018. The event was inaugurated in 2000 to proclaim and celebrate the gospel of grace, build up believers in their holy faith and encourage them in their Christian walk. It has become one of…

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Event – English Reformation lecture

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November 2018
News > Events

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…

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November 2018
News > Events

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…

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November 2018
News > Society

Society – CAP in BBC documentary

Debt management charity Christians Against Poverty (CAP) featured in a BBC Two documentary The Debt Saviours on 5 October 2018. This followed the lives of CAP clients and frontline workers in the middle of the current UK poverty epidemic, and showed the work being done through local churches. The BBC programme information read, ‘Across…

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November 2018
News > Society

Society – Guide leaders axed over trans objections

Guide leaders who objected to ‘transgender’ rules which permit men to join the organisation if they say they are women have been kicked out and their units shut down. The guidelines, published in January 2017, also said boys could share tents, changing areas and shower facilities with the opposite sex if they say they…

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November 2018
News > Society

Society – Scottish ‘hate’ posters cause outrage

A series of posters backed by the Scottish government and the police have appeared in Scotland accusing people of faith as being bigots who spread hatred. One poster reads, ‘Dear Bigots, you can’t spread your religious hatred here. End of sermon. Yours, Scotland.’ Other posters target ‘homophobes’ and ‘transphobes’. Barnabas Fund issued a statement…

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November 2018
News > Society

Society – Faulty divorce reform

Critics have blasted the government’s recent proposals for quicker and simpler ‘no fault’ divorce proceedings. In September, the government launched a consultation on removing the need to demonstrate fault or wait the relevant separation period if a couple wants to divorce. But crossbench peer Baroness Deech said the plans are so full of flaws…

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