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All News from August 2012

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August 2012
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Farewell

Farewell Thornton Heath Evangelical Church, London, was packed on Sunday 1 July, as members and friends gave a fond farewell to Robert and Helen Jeffery.     Mr Jeffery, who recently graduated from the London Theological Seminary, has worked at the church seven years in various roles, latterly as ministerial assistant.     The family has…

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Sport

Sport Sport’s power to galvanise friendships and foster community spirit is at threat from big business and government intervention, a report has found.     A 64-page report from religious think-tank Theos found that the UK populace believes sport has the power to make us ‘good, peaceful, prosperous and healthy’ — one of the reasons…

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Higgs boson

Higgs boson Scientists in Cern, Switzerland, believe their 45-year hunt for the so-called ‘God particle’ has ended after the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) experiments reportedly uncovered a new particle consistent with the Higgs boson.    The Higgs boson experiments aim to explain how matter attracts mass to itself and thereby allowing for the creation or…

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Kindle

Kindle A Newcastle hotel has replaced traditional hard-copy Bibles in guest rooms with Kindles pre-loaded with an electronic version.    According to an MSNBC news report, the Hotel Indigo in Newcastle has gone digital across its 148 rooms, and guests can request a copy of the Kindle for the duration of their stay.    Adam Munday,…

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Egypt and Syria

Egypt and Syria Release International has called on William Hague, the British Foreign Secretary, to keep human and religious rights at the forefront of any talks with Egyptian and Syrian authorities.    According to Release’s new director Colin King, Christians in Egypt fear increased persecution following the popular vote for an Islamist President-elect, while Christians…

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East Midlands Churches Day

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August 2012
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East Midlands Churches Day

East Midlands Churches Day On Saturday 16 June, East Midlands Churches Day (EMCD) played host to ‘the best finger-licking hog roast’, a Christian bookstall, a testimony from a converted former trainee Catholic priest and a seminar session on ‘Union with Christ’.    The EMCD was held at Brockington College on the outskirts of Leicester. It is…

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August 2012
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Life long mission

Life long mission The recognition of marriage as a lifelong union is being eroded in the midst of the current debate on same-sex marriage, Norman Wells, director of the Family Education Trust, has said.    Speaking at the trust’s annual conference in central London on 23 June, Mr Wells noted that leading homosexual lobby group…

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Rev. Eric J. Alldritt

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August 2012
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Rev. Eric J. Alldritt

Rev. Eric J. Alldritt My pastoral responsibility at Lake Road Congregational Church is now ended. This church in Keswick began in 1654 and since then has, by the grace of God, maintained a witness to the Reformed faith of our founding fathers.     The work declined in the closing decade of the twentieth century…

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Scottish Reformed Conference

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August 2012
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Scottish Reformed Conference

Scottish Reformed Conference The 23rd annual Scottish Reformed Conference (SRC) took place on the second Saturday of May, in Hamilton College.     Large numbers of people, including many families with children of all ages, joined to enjoy a day of fellowship and three fine expositions from our two guest speakers.     Steven Lawson is…

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Open-Air Mission

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Open-Air Mission

Open-Air Mission Some 125 years ago, on Monday 3 October 1887, the annual meetings of the Open-Air Mission took place at the Metropolitan Tabernacle in London. The preacher that day was the greatly esteemed pastor of the church, Charles Spurgeon. The title he gave to his message was ‘Winning souls for Christ’.     We…

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BMA conference

BMA conference Christian groups have welcomed decisions made by the British Medical Association Annual Representative Meeting over motions on abortion and euthanasia.     According to Dr Peter Saunders, head of the Christian Medical Fellowship, Motion 328, proposed by the Harrogate division, called for the meeting to support the universal availability of non-directive counselling for…

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Lowestoft outreach

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Lowestoft outreach

Lowestoft outreach An estimated 340,000 people attended Lowestoft’s 2012 Sea Front Air Festival in June. On the first day, Oulton Broad Free Presbyterian Church ran a Good News stand on the promenade.     Once again, some passers-by asked specifically for our new mid-year pocket calendar, having used the previous ones.    These provided a good…

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Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka Christian Tamils are afraid but have nowhere to complain, a spokesman for the Lanka Evangelical Fellowship of Churches has warned.    He said although the civil war came to an end three years ago, the situation in the country is far from normal, with hundreds of Tamils being rounded up from villages and…

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Hertford Town Church

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Hertford Town Church

Hertford Town Church     Saturday 16 June saw the ordination and induction of Hertford Town Church’s pastor, George Platt.     The church was founded by Charles Bancroft in his living room, just over 10 years ago. His desire was for Hertford to have a church ‘teaching about the Lord Jesus Christ’ (Acts 28:31).   …

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St George’s Tron

St George’s Tron St George’s Tron church in Glasgow has become the first to split from the Church of Scotland over the issue of gay clergy.    Media reports followed Rev. Dr William Philip’s announcement on St George’s web site after ‘more than 12 months of thought and prayer’.    According to Dr Philip, the vote…

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Malta Evangelical Library

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August 2012
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Malta Evangelical Library

Malta Evangelical Library The work started two millennia ago by the apostle Paul in Malta is not finished yet. The apostle must have preached Christ and the gospel of grace to the Maltese people, yet today many locals still do not know Christ in truth.     Thankfully, there are several local evangelical churches on…

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Penicuik Baptist Church

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Penicuik Baptist Church

Penicuik Baptist Church The members of Penicuik Baptist Church were greatly encouraged to see a full church when we celebrated our 40th anniversary on the weekend of 19-20 May. The guest speaker was Dr Sandy Roger.     Everyone was welcomed by the elder, Barry Garth, who gave a short history of the church. The work…

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School prayer

School prayer A Republican US governor from Mississippi called for the re-introduction of non-denominational school prayer.    In an article for online newspaper Huffington Post, Gregory Krist reported that Phil Bryant, Mississippi governor and a Methodist, advocated non-denominational school prayer in front of an audience of teenagers.    He told 300 students, ‘I don’t think it…

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Design award

Design award Pilgrim Gardens, the new housing complex for older Christians being built by the Pilgrims’ Friend Society (Christian providers of respite, residential, nursing and dementia care) in Leicester has won a prestigious Housing Design Award.     The award, Housing our Ageing Population: Panel for Innovation (HAPPI) Award was announced on 21 June at…

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Don’t bank on it !

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August 2012
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Don’t bank on it !

Don’t bank on it ! The banks can’t keep out of the news. Not only are they ‘too big to fail’ but they are almost ‘too big to find guilty’, despite a new banking scandal breaking nearly every year since 2007. The latest scandal — the fixing of the rate at which banks lend…

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August 2012
Obituaries

Rev. Dr Richard France (1938–2012)

Rev. Dr Richard France  (1938–2012) On Sunday 10 June, More Parish Church held a memorial service for the life of Rev. Dick France, who went home to glory in February aged 73.    Dr France had a strong academic background, having written a doctoral thesis on Jesus and the Old Testament. He was called to…

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WEST Revival Conference

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August 2012
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WEST Revival Conference

WEST Revival Conference On 26 May, the same day as the arrival of the Olympic torch at Bryntirion, Christians from England, Wales and Scotland came for the 13th WEST Revival Conference.     Numbers were swelled by local people, particularly for the free evening sessions when more than 100 attended. Fellowship was sweet, with good…

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Gardenstown

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Gardenstown

Gardenstown I am not long back from a weekend’s Bible teaching in Gardenstown where people from the local Church of Scotland were gathered in annual conference mode and to give thanks to God for their newly refurbished church premises.     As part of this tasteful refurbishment, two new banners were mounted on the wall…

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