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January 2018
News > Induction

Inductions – Haworth induction

November 2017 saw the induction of a new pastor at Hall Green Baptist Church in Haworth, West Yorkshire. Paul Lintott, who has pastored churches in Hartlepool and Fressingfield, has joined four other elders — including previous pastor Mick Lockwood — and three deacons, to head up the team. The congregation at Haworth was joined by brothers and sisters from Hartlepool, Fressingfield and a dozen local churches. Such warmth and evidence of prayer for the work in Haworth is a great encouragement. David Campbell from Preston spoke helpfully to us about the importance and privilege of being a pastor, before we enjoyed pie and peas together....

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January 2018
News > Induction

Inductions – New pastor for Fryerns

Fryerns Baptist Church (FBC) was founded in 1953 as a result of the faithful pioneering work of Charles Phillimore, in Basildon, Essex. On 9 September 2017, the chapel in Basildon welcomed more than 200 people from across the UK. The wait for a pastor had been long, but the sweetness of God’s providence made the wait all worthwhile for this Reformed Baptist church. There was a sense of anticipation. A team from London had hired a coach; sister churches from Essex had sent representatives; a couple had travelled from Northern Ireland; and former members and well-wishers drove from Southend, Cambridge, Hastings, Kent and the farming...

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January 2018
News > Induction

Inductions – Howeth Road, Bournemouth

Chris Durrant has been ordained into the ministry and inducted as pastor of Howeth Road Evangelical Church, Bournemouth. On Saturday 9 September, Rev. John Rosser, who had been the moderator at Howeth Road since January 2016, chaired the induction service. Phil Walter, the revitalisation co-ordinator for the Fellowship of Independent Evangelical Churches (FIEC), led the service, with Rev. Spencer Cunnah, pastor at Kensit Evangelical Church, preaching. Mr Durrant worked full-time alongside the pastor and elders at Hailsham Free Church (FIEC) from January 2008 to August 2015. During this time, he attended the Proclamation Trust, Cornhill Training Scheme. He felt the need for further training before...

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January 2018
News > Induction

Inductions – Bradford on Avon

More than 300 people gathered on 30 September for the induction of Robert Strivens to the pastorate of Bradford on Avon Baptist Church, Wiltshire. The meeting was chaired by Basil Howlett, from Carey Baptist Church, Reading. The service commenced with the singing of the hymn, ‘Lord, for the years your hand has kept and guided’. Mr Howlett led the congregation in prayer and the Scriptures were read by Martin Leech. After stirring, unaccompanied singing of ‘Immortal honours rest on Jesus’ head’, Mr Howlett asked Jeremy Jarvis to speak on behalf of the church. Mr Jarvis gave a detailed account of events leading up to the...

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January 2018
News > Induction

Inductions – Broadstairs

On 23 September, Rehoboth Grace Baptist Church in Broadstairs, Kent, ordained Paul Smith as full-time elder and pastor of the church. Mr Smith is from Newton Aycliffe in County Durham and has taught in schools in north east England. Having felt called into full-time pastoral ministry, Paul and Heather, his wife, moved to the United States for two years to study at Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary in Michigan, before returning to the UK, where Mr Smith completed his final year of study. Rehoboth Grace Baptist Church’s previous pastor, Mike Swales, retired eight years ago after faithfully serving the church for more than 20 years, and...

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January 2018
News > Education

Education – A clarion call for Christians to impact education

According to Nelson Mandela, ‘Education is the most powerful weapon to change the world’. While I wouldn’t completely go along with Mr Mandela, I agree that education is powerful in shaping the way we think, behave and believe. It is because education is so influential that many Christians are anxious today about sending their children to state schools. They are worried what they will be taught flies in the face of biblical Christianity and frightened of the ungodly influences that will surround their children as society moves ever further away from God. The Bible makes it clear the main responsibility for educating children lies within...

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January 2018
News > Conferences

Conferences – Stockton-on-Tees conference

Over 70 attended Presbyterian Reformed Church, Stockton-on-Tees, on Saturday 28 October 2017, for an annual conference, this year recalling Reformation themes. At least six evangelical Protestant denominations were represented, demonstrating our unity in Christ. Three excellent papers were given. The first, ‘The Reformation cornerstone: justification by faith’, was by Pastor Roger Fay of Zion Evangelical Baptist Church, Ripon. His paper was based on Romans 3:9–4:9, with the following propositions: (1) Our great need is for righteousness before God; (2) God will freely account as righteous those who believe on Jesus Christ; (3) This righteousness is not infused in us, but imputed to us by faith;...

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January 2018
News > Conferences

Conferences – Free Church School remembers Luther

The 65th Free Church School in Theology, which receives support from the Free Church of Scotland (Continuing) (FCC), met in Carronvale House, Larbert, from 4-7 September 2017. It was encouraging to see numbers up on the previous year and, as usual, there was plenty of warm and joyful fellowship with brethren from various churches throughout the UK, Ireland and Netherlands. We met for dinner at 6.00pm on the Monday, followed by the first paper. As 2017 is the year of commemoration of Martin Luther, it was fitting that this was on ‘Luther the Reformer’, by Rev. John W. Keddie. Mr Keddie reminded us Luther was...

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