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Mission – Mission in Ukraine
September 2018
News > Mission

Mission – Mission in Ukraine

‘I must work the works of him that sent me, while it is day: the night comes, when no man can work’ (John 9:4). God had reminded me several times of this Scripture before I went to Ukraine for a missions trip from 5 March to 15 April. Jesus had limited time to do the work when he was in the world. During the trip, I also felt the urgency of doing God’s work, as we also have limited time. Limitations might be due to changes in the environment or the shortness of human life. Ukraine has many orphans. One of Operation Mobilisation’s (OM’s) ministries...

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September 2018
News > Conferences

Conference – Creation update

Biblical Creation Trust (BCT) held its first regional supporters’ evening at Thurlaston village hall near Leicester on 30 June. After a meal kindly provided by friends from Thurlaston Chapel, trustee Stephen Bazlinton opened proceedings with a devotion from Psalm 95. Stephen Lloyd then summarised highlights from our past ministry, as well as outlining some of our future plans in the context of current trends. Matthew Pickhaver also spoke about ways in which we might be able to attract new supporters, particularly from among the next generation. Approximately 30 supporters attended, and some useful discussion took place. Meanwhile, the Creation Conference 2018, held in Kent from...

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Conference – South Wales Revival Conference
September 2018
News > Conferences

Conference – South Wales Revival Conference

The days of 7 to 14 July saw the 19th annual conference take place. Ian Parry opened the conference with a searching message from Elijah’s confrontation with the Baal prophets at Mount Carmel. Paul Mallard’s two pastoral sermons took us to the letters to the churches in Revelation, while Stuart Olyott’s theme was ‘Spirit-inspired preaching’, as evidenced on three occasions in the book of Acts. All three of the evening preachers were excellent. Evan Richards ably gave the morning Bible readings and led the times of communal prayer. His theme was ‘The glory and the sufficiency of Christ in Hebrews’. The lectures looked at revival...

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September 2018
News > Events

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 Rev. Dr Rob Munro chosen as vice-chairmen. According to Lee Gatiss, director of the Church Society, this ‘nicely expressed’ the new unity between Church Society, Reform, and the Fellowship of Word & Spirit, with these three former chairmen of the uniting organisations now leading the merged entity. Mr Gatiss commented, ‘As...

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Event – Last ever EMF graduation
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, for it would be the last graduation of the European Mission Fellowship (EMF) School of Biblical Studies. This would be the last year to have spent six months sharing the 13th-century house — in fact, the last of 55 intakes of students. Welwyn Evangelical Church witnessed their graduation, with approximately 300...

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Event – Greek focus at EMF
September 2018
Events

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 students in the town. The four Greek students from this year’s School of Biblical Studies took part and added to the occasion. Antonis Topaloglou explained his desire to plant a church in a materially poor and needy area of his home city Thessaloniki — a city with a population of around...

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Event – Arbroath hosts all-age holiday
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 birds, then a leisurely breakfast, followed by morning worship.  All were then free either to stay around the centre and enjoy the facilities or explore sights and places of interest further afield. This year, six people attended for the first time and one of them came from outside the denomination. Taking advantage of the pleasant...

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Event – Peace movement in Ilford
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 enable charities and community groups to seek referrals via a direct public interface. The events attract local people through the organising of a commercial market interspersed with social enterprises and NGOs and free children’s activities. The events are rapidly growing in popularity due to the themed nature of the one-week events....

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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 activists, led by local drag queen ‘Tess Tickle’, campaigned for his removal over posts on his personal Facebook account. Many of the activists complained about the posts — which included anti-transgender ideology memes and pro-traditional marriage statements — to Durham County Council. The activists claimed Mr Smith’s posts were ‘homophobic, transphobic,...

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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 accusations of inappropriate conduct emerged.  He has denied the allegations, but said he had become a distraction. Now, the church elders have said in a statement that investigations had been ‘flawed’ and that their trust in Willow Creek’s founder had ‘clouded our judgement’. ‘We, as a board, know Willow needs and deserves...

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September 2018
News > Media

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 views about sexual ethics. Jane Cole, Managing Director at Blackpool Transport said, ‘The removal of these adverts is as a result of us listening and acting on customer and public feedback which we aim to do at all times. Blackpool Transport is a proud ongoing supporter of the Pride and LGBT+...

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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 their child in the three terms leading up to the child’s 16th birthday. Sex education will not be made compulsory in primary schools, but parents will have no opt-out from new ‘relationships education’, he said. The Department for Education said the subjects will come into force from September 2020, but for...

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