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Everything in March 2009 issue

News – Caring for older pilgrims

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March 2009
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News – Caring for older pilgrims

Caring for older pilgrims On 1 November, a new era began for the Dorothea Trust in Bedford, as it merged with Pilgrim Homes - retaining its original purpose of caring for the Lord's older saints. To mark the occasion a thanksgiving service was held at Providence Chapel, Rothsay Road, in Bedford.      Providence Chapel is surrounded…

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March 2009
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Fireman wins Gay Pride battle

Fireman wins Gay Pride battle A Roman Catholic fireman from Glasgow has won his two-year legal battle against his bosses after he was punished for refusing to take part in a 'gay pride' march.      John Mitchell was one of nine firemen ordered against their will to take part in the event, Pride Scotia, in…

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Youth Supplement – Rita

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March 2009
News > Youth Features

Youth Supplement – Rita

Rita I was born in the USSR in 1976. At the age of nine I heard some school friends talking about 'the Jews' who drank the blood of children. When I asked my father if he'd heard of these people, he started to laugh and rocked back and forth in his seat: 'Sweetheart, you are…

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Youth Supplement – Prescribing with discrimination

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March 2009
News > Youth Features

Youth Supplement – Prescribing with discrimination

Prescribing with discrimination Come with me to a doctor's surgery and watch as he sees his patients. In fairly quick succession he diagnoses four conditions. The first man has a chronic headache; a mother brings a boy with a severe nose-bleed; another man comes with a broken arm; and then a lady with hay fever.…

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News – Library move

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March 2009
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News – Library move

Library move   The theological library belonging to the 'Our Inheritance Bible Ministry' has been acquired by the Cranmer Memorial Bible College and Seminary. Its new site is in Donegal Street Congregational Church, Belfast. The acquisition required the transportation of about seven thousand books, with a weight exceeding three and a half tons, from…

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Youth Supplement – Sharing God’s mercy

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March 2009
News > Youth Features

Youth Supplement – Sharing God’s mercy

Sharing God's mercy I can't remember a specific time or day when I became a Christian. However, I heard a sermon as a young teenager on the text Isaiah 45:22: 'Look unto me and be saved all you ends of the earth, for I am God and there is no other'. As a result, I…

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The New Atheism

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March 2009
Cults and other religions

The New Atheism

The New Atheism There is much buzz lately about the so-called 'New Atheism'. It's an odd term given that there are not all that many ways you can spin atheism. Old atheism denied the existence of God and new atheism does the same, so what is the difference? There is a sense in which even old…

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March 2009
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News – New Christian camp

New Christian camp  Development of a £2.5 million Christian camp, near Stenson in south Derbyshire, is well under way. The project covers 10 acres and is undertaken by Jem Hudson. The centre, when finished, will cater for 60 people plus leaders.     Outdoor activities will include football, water sports, climbing and woodland walks. A cafe…

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March 2009
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News – William Grimshaw is back!

William Grimshaw is back!   It was Mrs Elizabeth Gaskell who first spread the rumour that Rev. William Grimshaw (1708-63) of Haworth used to horsewhip his reluctant parishioners from the local pub into church. The story was almost certainly highly exaggerated. But Evangelical Press reports that Grimshaw has again aroused alarm in the picturesque…

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News – Downe Baptist Church

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March 2009
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News – Downe Baptist Church

Downe Baptist Church There will be many celebrations held around the country this year to mark the bicentenary of Charles Darwin's birth. Born on 12 February 1809, he published his renowned work Origin of the Species in 1859. 2009 also marks the 150th anniversary of his book, claimed by many to be the most influential…

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Youth Supplement – Why worry?

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March 2009
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Youth Supplement – Why worry?

Why worry? Stress. Anxiety. Worry. These words are being used more and more, and are the cause of many sick days and doctors appointments. But stress isn't a new invention. In fact, Jesus himself preached about stress in Matthew 6:28-34.  Why do we worry? A university in America conducted a scientific study and discovered that worrying…

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March 2009
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Children and alcohol guidelines

Children and alcohol guidelines New guidelines from the Government are advising parents to make childhood an alcohol-free zone. With a recommendation that parents should not let their children drink until they are 15, while those between 15 and 17 years of age should not drink alcohol more than once a week and only under parent…

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God’s faithfulness in Saxlingham

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March 2009
Articles > Historical

God’s faithfulness in Saxlingham

God's faithfulness in Saxlingham Saxlingham Nethergate Evangelical Church reached a significant milestone on Saturday 10 January, as a packed congregation witnessed the induction of Ian Masson as the church's first pastor.     It has been a long wait! Saxlingham Chapel is a church constructed from corrugated metal, originally intended as a temporary structure. Founded by Surrey…

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March 2009
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News – More threats to freedom of speech

More threats to freedom of speech A proposed directive going through the European Parliament aims to prohibit discrimination and harassment on the grounds of, among other things, sexual orientation and religion or belief.      Previous experience of this kind of legislation suggests that Christianity could again suffer and be driven further from public and social…

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Charles Simeon – a light in a dark place

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March 2009
Articles > Historical

Charles Simeon – a light in a dark place

Cambridge was a dark place, both spiritually and literally, in the latter half of the eighteenth century. There were no street lamps, the roads were potholed, and only the college buildings were of any note. John Wesley only mentions it once in his Journal, a reference to 11 October 1763: 'I rode through miserable…

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March 2009
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News – Answered prayer for Christian nurse

Answered prayer for Christian nurse Caroline Petrie, the nurse suspended without pay for asking a patient if she would like to be prayed for, has been reinstated by North Somerset Primary Care Trust. The Trust accepted that Mrs Petrie, from Weston-super-Mare, had been acting in the 'best interests of her patients'.     In December, Mrs Petrie,…

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News – Statistics on children

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March 2009
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News – Statistics on children

Statistics on children  HIV/AIDS and disease More than 38 million people live with HIV/AIDS worldwide, with over 2.3 million children under 15 living with the disease. Every day, more than 1,000 children are newly infected. At least 15 million children have lost one or both parents to AIDS, most in sub-Saharan, Africa. It is estimated…

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Guest Column – Raising Christian children (2)

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March 2009
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Guest Column – Raising Christian children (2)

Raising Christian children (2) Guest Column 'Of the making of books there is no end', we read in Ecclesiastes. And nowhere does that seem truer than in the area of self-help books on raising children. Christians seem to be as affected by this fashion as the rest of society. Some years ago I received the advice not…

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Onwards and outwards

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March 2009
Evangelistic

Onwards and outwards

Onwards and outwards An extract from the new book Travel with  John Blanchard (edited by Brian Edwards) published by Day One; £10; ISBN 978-1-84625-161-0. Together with a theological revolution in his personal life, the next seven years were to see the beginnings of John's widespread ministry in Northern Ireland as well as openings in the first…

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March 2009
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News – Sri Lanka’s conversion ban threatens Christianity

Sri Lanka's conversion ban threatens Christianity Sri Lanka's Parliament is expected to pass the country's first anti-conversion law. The proposed legislation, titled 'Bill for Prohibition of Forcible Conversions', was presented a second time to members of Parliament in January. It is expected to easily pass when it is again presented for acceptance.     The proposed anti-conversion…

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Missionary Spotlight – Belarus’ most urgent need

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March 2009
Belarus

Missionary Spotlight – Belarus’ most urgent need

Belarus’ most urgent need   I live in Belarus and believe it urgently needs a Reformed Bible Seminary. Currently there is only an Arminian Baptist seminary; the nearest Reformed one is in Samara, Russia – 1500 miles from where I live!   There is a seminary in Kiev, in Ukraine, but that is another…

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News – Exeter induction

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March 2009
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News – Exeter induction

Exeter induction Saturday 3 January was a blessed day for Exeter Independent Evangelical Church, as this was when Pastor Jonathan Munday was inducted as the fellowship's first pastor. The church was constituted in 1999, but it was not until almost ten years later that it was in a position to appoint a full-time minister.     The…

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News – EP Books

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March 2009
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News – EP Books

EP Books  EP Books (Evangelical Press and Services Limited) has announced Roger Fay as its new chairman and Stephen Bignall as vice-chairman, following Robert Strivens' retirement after five years as chairman. Mr Strivens will focus on his work as Principal of the London Theological Seminary (LTS).     Mr Fay is pastor of Zion Evangelical Baptist…

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A conference called – ‘A defence of Calvinism’

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March 2009
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A conference called – ‘A defence of Calvinism’

A conference called - 'A defence of Calvinism'  'Helpful, challenging and God-glorifying' was how Andrew Graham, a pastor from Wrexham, described this conference.      The initiative came from a man in his mid-twenties, training to work as a pastor in black townships in South Africa. Sandi Sonteya urged me until I decided to 'test the…

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Youth Supplement – Lady Jane Grey

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March 2009
News > Youth Features

Youth Supplement – Lady Jane Grey

Lady Jane Grey Lady Jane became increasingly apprehensive. At last there was the sound of approaching horsemen and a moment or two later the Duke of Northumberland appeared, accompanied by Lord Pembroke, father of the young man recently married to Jane's sister.  With them were a number of other members of the Privy Council, including…

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March 2009
Articles > Comment

Comment – Through the looking glass

Through the looking glass Jesus Christ's invitation in Matthew 11:28-30 is rightly regarded as one of the great evangelistic texts: 'Come to me all you who labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest'. But do we realise how much this Scripture has to say, not just to the evangelised but to…

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March 2009
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News – Reaching out in Italy

Reaching out in Italy What do an ex-London theological student, a native of Rome with impeccable English and a butcher from northern Italy have in common? The answer is that they all have a vision to bring the gospel of God's grace to their fellow Italians. And this is beginning to materialise in a church…

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March 2009
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News – ‘Socially unacceptable Christian’

'Socially unacceptable Christian' The difficulties of being a Christian in today's increasingly hostile and anti-Christian society has been emphasised by Jeremy Vine, the BBC presenter. Vine has claimed that it is becoming 'socially unacceptable' to live a Christian life in Britain and highlighted the increasing opposition facing Christians, particularly from the media.     Mr Vine, who…

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Youth Supplement – Reflecting

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March 2009
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Youth Supplement – Reflecting

Reflecting Have you ever had one of those Sunday afternoons when the weather is beautiful and you're sat outside letting your mind wander over past years? When I look back I realise how blessed I was to be brought up in a Christian home and to be taken to church even before I could understand what…

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News – Law Grace Radio

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March 2009
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News – Law Grace Radio

Law Grace Radio  Law Grace Radio (LGR) is an online, daily, Christian, radio talk-show podcast. It can be listened to online or downloaded to an iPod, PC, etc.      Programmes include messages from God's Word, answers to listeners' questions, and evaluation of world events from a biblical perspective. Listeners can receive daily e-mail reminders…

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March 2009
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News – Vatican muddle over anti-holocaust bishop

Vatican muddle over anti-holocaust bishop The Vatican has bowed to pressure from Israel and Europe to force a holocaust-denying to recant his views. The Vatican said in a statement that Pope Benedict XVI did not know about Bishop Richard Williamson's views when he welcomed him back into the Catholic church in January.     However, Williamson had…

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Article

March 2009
China

Chinese puzzle

Chinese puzzle   Officially, the Chinese Government recognises five religions: Taoism, Buddhism, Islam, Catholicism and Protestantism, and each has a state-sponsored religious body.      Protestants are supposed to worship under the auspices of the Three-Self Patriotic Movement — standing, ironically, for self-governing, self-teaching and self-supporting.      However, a large proportion of Protestant Christians worship…

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March 2009
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News – Settlement for Pilgrim Homes

Settlement for Pilgrim Homes Pilgrim Homes, a Christian charity caring for older Christians, has won a moral victory against Brighton and Hove Council. The charity withdrew its legal action against the council after an out-of-court settlement meant the restoration of funding and withdrawal of allegations of discrimination. The charity's case was backed by the Christian…

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Youth Supplement – I was bored

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March 2009
News > Youth Features

Youth Supplement – I was bored

I was bored Hello, my name is Lewis. I have been going to church all my life. My parents are Christians and they always took me along, but I'll be honest, I got bored at church. I sat there, I went through the process, but I did it because I had to, not because I wanted…

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Youth Supplement – The holiday that changed my life

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March 2009
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Youth Supplement – The holiday that changed my life

The holiday that changed my life It all started when I was about three. I say it started then because that's the earliest I can remember. I was a pastor's daughter, brought up to go to church twice every Sunday and to believe in God and the Bible. Being three was great. I got to go…

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Missionary Spotlight – The unexpected happens on MV Doulos

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March 2009
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Missionary Spotlight – The unexpected happens on MV Doulos

The unexpected happens on MV Doulos   ‘Can you organise some Bible studies to train us for the ministry?’ This was the request of two young Americans serving on the OM mission ship MV Doulos (http://www.mvdoulos.org/) in summer 2004.   As we discussed possibilities, it was decided to use our family’s cabin for a…

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Arthur Stone (1924-2008)

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March 2009
Obituaries

Arthur Stone (1924-2008)

Arthur Stone (1924-2008) Arthur Stone entered into God's presence on 10 December 2008. Born in Hartlepool, his father was minister of Thornton Street Baptist Chapel.      When war came, like many of his generation, with the help of dad's 'borrowed' trench coat and trilby, he lied about his age and signed up with the Durham…

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Youth Supplement – Drawn to Albania

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March 2009
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Youth Supplement – Drawn to Albania

Drawn to Albania Albania is a barren land dotted with trees. It can be seen across the water from the Greek island of Corfu - a favourite holiday destination of my parents.  We holidayed in Corfu two summers ago enjoying its luscious olive groves - originally planted by the Venetians - and its beautiful bays…

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March 2009
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Fitna

Fitna A Dutch court has ruled that a member of parliament be prosecuted for a film against Islam. Geert Wilders, leader of the Freedom Party, has responded by saying that the court's ruling is an 'attack on the freedom of expression'. Wilders produced a film, Fitna (Arabic for strife), suggesting that terrorist attacks in the…

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March 2009
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News – ‘Probably no God’ advert

'Probably no God' advert  The advertising watchdog has ruled that a controversial atheist ad campaign, which provoked a reaction from some Christian groups for proclaiming 'There is probably no God', did not break its code.     Campaigners Christian Voice complained to the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) arguing that the atheist bus campaign, which ran the…

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March 2009
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News – Don’t get mad – get your own ad

Don't get mad – get your own ad The Trinitarian Bible Society (TBS) has put out a poster campaign on the capital's buses to rival the British Humanist Association's 'There probably is no God' campaign. The group is displaying the Bible verse 'The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God' Psalm 53:1.…

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Baptists in the modern era

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March 2009
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Baptists in the modern era

Baptists in the modern era   Erroll Hulse reviews volume 3 of Tom Nettles’ Baptist history — The Baptists; key people in forming a Baptist identity.   In this third volume, which completes his magisterial history of the Baptists, Tom Nettles continues to focus on the issue of Baptist identity. In other words, how…

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March 2009
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News – Support from secular media?

Support from secular media? Is the media starting to realise that Christians are being unfairly discriminated against? The following editorial from the Daily Telegraph (7 February; quoted with permission) comments on the cases of nurse Petrie and Pilgrim Homes in Brighton. It highlights the growing perception, even in the secular media, that Christian groups are…

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March 2009
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News – Children’s problems rooted in adults’ excesses

Children's problems rooted in adults' excesses The Children's Society has warned that the nation's children are being threatened by excessive individualism and the aggressive pursuit of personal success by adults. A report from the charity, called A Good Childhood, claims that many problems facing today's children can be traced to selfishness in adults.      It…

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News – Needham Market

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March 2009
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News – Needham Market

Needham Market On Saturday 10 January, 200 people gathered at Needham Market Community Centre for the induction of Peter Kinley as pastor of Needham Market Evangelical Church (FIEC), on the retirement of Brian Langston. Mr Langston served the Lord here in Suffolk for 13 years, with his wife Sheila.      It was a great encouragement…

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