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August 2014
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United Beach Missions

During July and August, United Beach Missions (UBM) operated approximately 90 missions in almost 30 locations across the UK. A group of young people from Dewsbury, West Yorkshire, volunteered as team members in such locations as Llandudno and Whitby. The first beach mission is thought to have been in Blackpool 64 years ago. The…

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August 2014
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Elton John and gay clergy

Singer Elton John has claimed that Jesus Christ would have supported gay marriage. According to reports, Sir Elton told Sky News’ Murnaghan Show that rules preventing gay clergy from getting married were ‘old and stupid things’ and had little basis in real faith. Sir Elton said, ‘The church hierarchy, the traditionalists, might be up…

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August 2014
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Bob Jones University

A fundamentalist Christian university in the US has called in ‘Godly Response to Abuse in the Christian Environment’ (G.R.A.C.E.) (http://netgrace.org) to conduct an independent review over the way the university’s counsellors dealt with victims of sexual abuse. According to reports first broken in an America tonight TV documentary investigation, five former students of the…

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August 2014
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Gender-based abortions

Speaking as a coalition of MPs reiterated calls for the UK parliament to crack down on gender-based abortions, Mr Dobbin said, ‘The UK is a rogue state when it comes to abortion. ‘Our law does not require counselling or a cooling-off period like other countries. Our abortion time limit is double that of nearly…

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August 2014
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Named Person Scheme

A mother of two who has discovered her council was discussing her situation without contacting her, under the controversial Named Person Scheme, has left her home, Christian Institute has revealed. Donna Mackie, who has two teenage sons, was living in the Highlands, but found out that she was being put under scrutiny by the…

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August 2014
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Nigerian inertia

Churches in northern Nigeria were set on fire as Islamist militants Boko Haram carried out a string of attacks near Chibok, reports have confirmed.According to Release International, 40 people were killed in the attacks, which occurred near the area where schoolgirls were kidnapped several months ago. During a packed conference at All Souls, Langham…

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August 2014
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Great Knaresborough Bed Race

On 14 June, Team Harrogate Young Life, a part of Harrogate Young Life took part in the Great Knaresborough Bed Race. The race is split into two parts: a parade through the town of Knaresborough of the ‘dressed’ beds, decorated in the theme of that year; and the race itself, around the town, including…

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August 2014
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‘Together’s’ frightening agenda

Scottish MPs have been urged to consider allowing children the right to assisted suicide by a coalition of charities (including Barnardo’s) called ‘Together’. A submission, made by Together to the Scottish parliament’s Assisted Suicide (Scotland) Bill, has asked MPs to note that, ‘Terminal illnesses do not discriminate based on the age of a person…

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August 2014
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Big bickering

Scientists who claimed to have found trace patterns left by the Big Bang have had their findings shredded by fellow scientists, the BBC has reported. According to the BBC, the Harvard-led Bicep2 Collaboration claimed to have found a pattern in the sky left by the fast expansion of space, just seconds after the Big…

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August 2014
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Bus adverts

The Core Issues Trust (CIT) is awaiting the judgement on its High Court claim that Mayor of London Boris Johnson not only supported a ban on the CIT’s bus adverts, but ordered Transport for London (TfL) to ban them. At the beginning of July, the Christian Legal Centre (CLC), acting on behalf of the…

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August 2014
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Family Education Trust conference

Current trends in education thinking and practice were subjected to careful scrutiny in two papers delivered at this year’s Family Education Trust conference in June. Professor Glynn Harrison, emeritus professor of psychiatry at the University of Bristol, highlighted the growth of the self-esteem movement over the past 50 years. He noted how self-esteem ideology…

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August 2014
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Contraception battle

A company, whose founder has strong Christian convictions, has won a court battle over offering contraception coverage as part of its employees’ healthcare plans. Under the Obamacare Act in the US, employers are obliged to cover contraception and abortion on their employees’ life cover, with the exception of religious organisations, non-profit groups and churches,…

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August 2014
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Sunday school rally

Less than 1 per cent of children aged four to fourteen attend a Sunday school regularly. This compares with 60 years ago, when 58 per cent of children in England attended a Sunday school at least monthly. However, to imagine that Sunday school is dead would be a terrible mistake. In recent months, several schools have been…

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August 2014
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60th anniversary

Saturday 7 June and the following Lord’s day was a truly family affair, as members of Coedpoeth Evangelical Church joined with many friends from far and wide. They were gathering to give thanks and praise to God for his great faithfulness to them over six decades. Coedpoeth, like so many villages and towns up and…

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August 2014
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Bethersden ladies’ day

On Saturday 10 May, about 175 women gathered in the beautiful little village of Bethersden for our annual ladies’ conference. As always, we enjoyed being reunited with familiar faces. This is a highlight in our year, a day when women have an opportunity to gather to hear the Lord’s Word with none of the usual distractions.…

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August 2014
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WEST

The Wales Evangelical School of Theology (WEST) has partnered with United Christian Broadcasters (UCB) to develop a website aimed at bringing the gospel to people. Called ‘LookingforGod.com’, the site is designed to communicate the gospel to people on the internet, and help those seeking God to connect with a local gospel-hearted church. According to…

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August 2014
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Greenfield Camp

What comes to mind when you think of the May bank holiday — a visit to the garden centre, a trip to the coast, or a time to relax with feet up? For many it is a time to enjoy a well-deserved break, but not so in North Yorkshire! For over 30 years, May…

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August 2014
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Graduation speech

A Californian high school student was warned not to mention his faith in his graduation speech, claiming this would be in violation of the US constitution. According to the Christian Institute, 18-year-old Brooks Hamby was told by Brawley Union School District officials that if he mentioned God or Jesus, he would be breaching ‘government…

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Enabling Church

The Enabling Church Conference, organised by the Churches for All network of Christian disability charities, took place at Bethel Convention Centre, West Bromwich, in June.  It was truly inspiring to be in the company of 400 enthusiastic people, all committed to church as God planned it, a church with no one, regardless of physical,…

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August 2014
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WEST Revival Conference

The week of 21-28 June was distinctly summery and nearby beaches well frequented in the free periods. Alan Hayes, the chef, served up a feast all week for people gathered at the 15th Wales Evangelical School of Theology (WEST) Revival Conference. But the spiritual fare was of the highest order. The principal of Highland…

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August 2014
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Women bishops

On 14 July the Church of England voted for the first time in its history to have women bishops. The vote in the House of Laity was 152 in favour and 45 against, with five abstentions. This over-turned the vote of November 2012, when a narrow margin of six lay members blocked the proposal.…

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August 2014
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Gospel churches together

Saturday 14 June saw approximately 150 people make their way up one of Wales’ eastern valleys to the village of Abersychan and church of Noddfa. It was the end of a journey, yet at the same time the start of a new venture with God. John Funnell was recognised as part-time pastor of the…

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Three-parent families

Renowned fertility doctor, Professor Robert Winston, has claimed fertility treatment in the UK is an unregulated ‘jungle’ and warned against bringing in three-parent families without more testing. Quoted in the Independent, Prof. Winston accused the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA), the fertility watchdog, of incompetence and criticised private fertility clinics for peddling expensive,…

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August 2014
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Central African Republic

Tearfund has launched an emergency appeal to provide relief for nearly a million people left homeless, as the troubles in the Central African Republic (CAR) intensify. According to the development agency, daily brutal attacks have left thousands dead and 700,000 people homeless, with a further 288,000 exiles fleeing to neighbouring countries. More than half…

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