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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…

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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,…

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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…

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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…

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Event – Peace movement in Ilford

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September 2018
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Event – Peace movement in Ilford

Teenagers concerned about growing street violence held a peace vigil at Redbridge Peace Monument, in Ilford town centre, during the first week of the summer holidays this year. Over the last few months, Redbridge Council has agreed a monthly schedule of community events with British Pakistani Christian Association (BPCA) in Ilford’s pedestrian broadway, to…

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September 2018
News > Media

Media – Christian ex-mayor exonerated

A local councillor who was forced to resign as Mayor of Ferryhill over social media posts on Facebook has had formal complaints about his conduct dismissed. According to the Christian Legal Centre (CLC), which supported Richard Smith, the former mayor was lambasted and forced to step down from his position after a number of…

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September 2018
News > International

International – Willow Creek leaders quit

More church leaders have quit the Willow Creek mega-church in Illinoi, USA, following the allegations of sexual misconduct against the church’s former senior pastor, Bill Hybels. The leaders say they have quit because a ‘new start’ is needed and they should have handled the situation better. Bill Hybels stepped down earlier this year after…

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September 2018
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Media – Blackpool bus ban

Bus advertising to promote a church event in Lancashire have been banned by bosses at Blackpool Transport because they may upset the gay community. The Franklin Graham Lancashire Festival of Hope event placed the ads, which were then banned following a backlash from people claiming Franklin Graham was a homophobe because of his biblical…

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September 2018
News > Education

Education – Sex education opt-out

Parents are set to lose the right to withdraw their children from sex education when their child reaches the age of 15, and primary aged children should not be withdrawn from new ‘relationships’ classes. The alarming new proposals were announced by Education Secretary Damian Hinds. He said parents should lose their right to withdraw…

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September 2018
News > Society

Religious liberty – Bercow: LGBT rights ‘more important’

The Speaker of the House of Commons, John Bercow, has said LGBT rights are more important than religious freedoms. Mr Bercow was speaking at an event hosted at Speakers House in support of the gay website, PinkNews. Mr Bercow said, ‘I respect people’s rights to adhere to and profess their faith, but for me,…

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September 2018
News > Society

Society – Disastrous prostitution zone

A legalised prostitution zone in Leeds has been a ‘disaster from day one’, a senior police officer has said. The zone was set up in an attempt to reduce crime related to the sex industry, but it seems the very opposite has happened. One senior police officer said, ‘Other criminals came into the area…

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September 2018
News > Ethics

Ethics – ‘Brain damage’ safeguard removed

The UK Supreme Court has removed an important safeguard from ‘brain damaged’ patients, making it easier to end their lives early. Until now, doctors and families had to go to court to take the ultimate step of withdrawing food and fluids from such patients. But the Supreme Court has decided that doctors can go…

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