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Church – Berean Baptist Church Formed
July 2018
News > Church news

Church – Berean Baptist Church Formed

On Saturday 12 May, Berean Baptist Church in Harrogate, North Yorkshire was formally constituted.  The service was conducted by Pastor Chuck Hunt of Pleasant View Baptist Church in Bromley, Kentucky, USA. He along with his wife were in attendance for this special event as were about 25 friends from churches in the area.  The service was held at the Cairn Hotel in Harrogate, which is where the work has met for the past five years and where it will continue to meet. The service was made up of public worship through hymns, Scripture reading, a meeting held to form the church, prayer and a charge. ...

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July 2018
News > Church news

Church – Church Society annual meeting

There was overwhelming support for the merger of Church Society with Reform and the Fellowship of Word & Spirit (FWS) at the Church Society AGM. At a packed meeting, former chairman of Reform, Bishop Rod Thomas, was elected President of Church Society to succeed Wallace Benn. A new council was elected, unopposed, with members from both FWS and Reform amongst their number, including Rob Munro, the chairman of FWS and Mark Burkill, the chairman of Reform. The constitutional amendments needed to enable the merger to go ahead were passed with overwhelming majorities as members of Church Society met for their annual meeting at Oak Hill...

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July 2018
News > Education

Education – New Reformed Baptist Seminary

Around 50 Christian men and women gathered at London’s Barbican Centre on Saturday 21 April, their interest sparked by news of a new Reformed Baptist seminary in the USA.  The purpose of this UK launch event, and of the subsequent events planned for Sydney, Auckland and Los Angeles, was to raise awareness worldwide of the planned opening of IRBS Theological Seminary from August 2018. The seminary’s president-elect, Dr. James Renihan, explained that the Institute of Reformed Baptist Studies had operated happily within Westminster seminary California, since 1998, preparing men for ministry in Reformed Baptist churches.  However the Association of Reformed Baptist Churches in America (ARBCA)...

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Conference – setting up Christian schools
July 2018
News > Education

Conference – setting up Christian schools

Setting up Christian schools that will preach and proclaim the Bible is well within the grasp of ordinary Christians from all walks of life, and is instrumental in evangelising the nation, according to the founders of a heavily oversubscribed evangelical secondary school in west London. Alex Wade, chairman of Fulham Boys School (FBS), told delegates at a recent conference that a multi-academy trust, Charles Spurgeon Schools, can help other interested Christians do the same in their communities. He said churches are not the only environment to evangelise the nation, and schools have a real part to play in introducing not only children, but also parents,...

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July 2018
News > Conferences

Conference – Christians engaging with others

Why are we so poor at telling the gospel? What makes objections so hard to combat? These were the thoughts that led the organisers of the Argyll Convention to set up a day conference in May of this year. The speaker was Andy Bannister of SOLAS Centre for Public Christianity. By the way, their website contains short video clips that are designed to help us in these areas: they are excellent! Practical things first. Andy took us on a tour of our conversations with non-christians and showed how we can do things much better. The people present were delighted with the relevance of his comments...

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Event – Bible in the Dales
July 2018
News > Events

Event – Bible in the Dales

Over a sunny May Bank Holiday weekend, Yorkshire Camps hosted the third ‘Bible in the Dales’, at their home, Netherside Hall, in the beautiful Yorkshire dales. In a marquee on the lawn, there were three days of Bible teaching, gospel presentations and sharing about the year-round work of Yorkshire Camps. A number of people booked B&Bs in the nearby area to enjoy a short holiday while also attending each session. One of the attendees, who came for the first time, said: ‘We had a great day on our first visit to Netherside Hall. There was great ministry, fun and fellowship, and it was wonderful to...

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July 2018
News > Ethics

Ethics – Abortion buffer zone

In a letter to the Times, secular free speech campaigners criticised a London council’s decision to introduce the UK’s first abortion clinic buffer zone. Following Ealing Council’s unanimous vote to introduce a Public Spaces Protection Order (PSPO), barring protestors from within 100m of a Marie Stopes abortion centre, the campaigners argued that ‘the construction of a ‘Safe Zone’ using a PSPO would unfairly inhibit lawful protest and sets a dangerous precedent for freedoms in the UK. It urged the council to drop its plans for a PSPO and explore other resolutions’. The letter, dated 18 May 2018 and signed by the directors of the Manifesto...

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July 2018
News > Politics

Politics – Abortion

There have been two major developments regarding abortion in the north and south of Ireland. The UK Supreme Court rejected an attempt to liberalise the law banning abortion in Northern Ireland, but meanwhile the Republic of Ireland has voted in favour of legalising abortion in the south. The result of the referendum in the Republic will add pressure to liberalise the law in the north. But the UK Supreme Court ruling will be welcomed by those who want to preserve the lives of unborn children in the province. The case was brought to the UK Supreme Court by the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission. But...

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July 2018
News > International

Persecution: Pakistan – Christian teen murdered

A young Christian woman, 17, who worked as a maid for a Muslim family in Pakistan, was murdered on 6 May 2018, ‘for not cleaning the house properly’. Kainat Masih came from a poor Christian family in Gujranwala, Punjab. Her father, Salamat, went to the house where she worked to meet her on the day in question, only to witness her employer and his wife, along with two other men and a woman, assaulting her. He later described to police how that they were holding down Kainat’s arms and legs and had tied a rope around her neck and were attempting to strangle her. Salamat...

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June 2018
News > Youth

YOUTH FEATURE: Scottish youth conference

This was my first time at the Free Church Youth Conference (FCYC) and there were three main areas that stood out to me. The first was the Bible-centred teaching. Rev. Iver Martin, principal of Edinburgh Theological Seminary, was the main speaker for the weekend, taking us through the Reformation. We started initially with a history of this event, but Iver’s main focus was on why the Reformation matters and how it actually impacts our daily walk. If this had not been enough to challenge us, then there were several fantastic seminars focusing on topics as diverse as bioethics, the Old Testament, and how to read...

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June 2018
News > Events

Event – OAM open day

James Seddon’s challenging hymn, ‘Go forth and tell’ was the title for The Open-Air Mission’s (OAM) training day on Saturday, April 14, in Bromsgrove. Open to anyone involved or interested in open-air evangelism, we were so encouraged to have 160 attending from different parts of the country and all walks of life. We benefitted from helpful ministry and practical instruction. Following registration and an opportunity to browse information and book stalls over coffee, the main session began. After the singing of ‘Go forth and tell’, 2 Corinthians 5 was expounded by Mike Mellor (one of the committee overseeing the work of OAM). He tackled the...

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June 2018
News > Conferences

Conference – Birmingham conference

The Birmingham Conference, organised by the Christian Worship Trust and hosted by Ebenezer Chapel in Old Hill, Birmingham, has become a regular fixture in the diary, with this year (23-24 March) seeing record numbers in attendance. In two addresses, Robert Dickie from Michigan, USA, tackled aspects of the downgrade in public worship that have tragically come into the evangelical world. He demonstrated how embracing a worldly culture leads to a casual approach to worship and devastating effect on the life of the church. From 1 Timothy 3:15, he showed that ministers bear great responsibility for upholding godly and reverent conduct, by personal example as well...

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