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All News from October 2017

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October 2017
News > People > Obituaries

Peter Jeffery (1937-2017)

Peter was born in 1937. In 1955, aged 17, he became a Christian, even though that same day he had vowed, ‘I will never become a Christian!’ He married his high school sweetheart, Lorna, at the age of 21 and they had their first child two years later. Nine days after the birth, the…

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October 2017
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Leslie Jarvis (1938 – 2017)

On 27 July 2017, the funeral and thanksgiving service for Leslie Jarvis was held at the Baptist chapel in Market Street, Hailsham. The chapel was full, with family, friends and Christian brothers and sisters from many of the churches that Leslie had helped through his preaching and pastoral ministry. The spirit of thanksgiving and…

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Induction – Shettleston welcomes James Haram

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October 2017
News > Induction

Induction – Shettleston welcomes James Haram

The district of Shettleston in Glasgow is known as a socially deprived area. It was said, some years ago, that the life expectation of a Shettleston man was 58 years. It has suffered not only social deprivation, but also diminution of evangelical witness. Within the presbytery of the Church of Scotland in the area…

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October 2017
News > Induction

Induction – Dundee church plant

In September 2017, Dundee saw the ordination and induction of Andrew Robertson take place at St Peter’s Free Church. Rev. David Court preached and presided over the service. Andrew is the son of former Free Church Moderator Rev. David Robertson and a graduate of Edinburgh Theological Seminary. He will be leading a new church…

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October 2017
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Singapore – Bible Presbyterian churches remember the Reformation

From 9-12 August, about 800 people from many Bible Presbyterian (BP) churches and more than 10 countries, gathered together for a conference to mark the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation. The conference was organised by nine BP churches from Singapore and Malaysia, and held at Calvary BP and Life BP Churches in Singapore.…

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October 2017
News > Conferences

Conference – Argyll Convention

‘The words of the wise are like goads, and like nails firmly fixed’. That was our experience at this year’s Argyll Convention. Several people came to the speakers afterwards and commented on how the messages had spoken into their lives. We also met a number of tourists who came to the event having seen…

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October 2017
News > Events

Event – Yateley holiday at home

For the fourth year running, members of Yateley Baptist Church organised an event for elderly folk in our community who have little opportunity for a holiday of their own. We collected our guests each morning from home and had coffee before we began our structured programme of activities. Given that in 2017 we have…

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October 2017
News > Youth

Youth – Greenbelt moves towards multifaith

Arts festival Greenbelt has gone even further from its Christian roots and hosted a major Muslim presence with a full programme of performances. Taking place on 25-28 August, in the grounds of Boughton House in Northamptonshire, it partnered with Amal, a British grant-giving fund supporting British Muslim art and culture. Christian and Muslim artistry, ideas, conversation…

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October 2017
News > Youth

Youth – EMF European Huddle

The Huddle is an event in which brothers and sisters in Christ from many nations and languages meet together. Every year, people aged between 20 and 30 camp in the beautiful grounds of Guessens in Welwyn and have opportunity to hear fine speakers, such as Pal Borzasi and Lindsay Brown.   At this year’s…

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October 2017
News > Mission

Mission – Slave to servant

Because the biblical account of Joseph is so much like his own life, Joseph Mutabula loves it. A special calling has overcome his mistreatment as a suffering child. Genocide in Rwanda marred Joseph’s early life. His mother hid him and escaped with him to Uganda, but soon died. As a seven-year-old little boy, he…

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October 2017
News > Ethics

Ethics – Marie Stopes squalor

Around eleven women have had to be taken to hospital from Marie Stopes abortion clinics over the past three months, it has emerged. Of these, one needed surgery to repair her cervix, two received blood transfusions and another had a bacterial infection. Marie Stopes has already come under fire for a number of health…

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October 2017
News > Society

Society – Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O’Connor

Roman Catholic Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O’Connor has died at the age of 85. According to the BBC, he served as a priest for more than six decades, having begun in Hampshire in the 1950s. It is reported that he was a personal friend of Pope Francis. He eventually went on to lead the Roman Catholic…

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October 2017
News > Society

Society – Humanist support

A ‘Non-Religious Pastoral Support Network’ (NRPSN), has been launched. The network has more than 150 trained and accredited carers, supported by Humanists UK. According to Humanists UK, 45 per cent of people who are not religious responded to a poll from the organisation and said they would choose to have a non-religious pastoral support…

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October 2017
News > Politics

Politics – NI same-sex union cases dismissed

Belfast’s High Court has dismissed two cases seeking to have same-sex marriage introduced to Northern Ireland (NI). In one case, an anonymous man known as applicant X, who entered into a homosexual marriage three years ago, sought a declaration that this union is valid under NI law. In the other, two couples who are…

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October 2017
News > Politics

Politics – Scotland must drop Named Person law

Clan Childlaw, a children’s charity has called for the Scottish Government to drop its watered-down Named Person law. It claims the law, which has had to be reworked due to intense lobbying, still fails to address criticisms from the UK Supreme Court. Clan Childlaw, which intervened in the successful court case spearheaded by the…

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October 2017
News > Politics

Politics – DUP ‘resolute’ on ethical matters

Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) leader Arlene Foster has told a conference that she will reject pressure to introduce same-sex marriage and abortion in Northern Ireland. Currently marriage is between one man and one woman in Northern Ireland and abortion remains illegal, except to preserve the life of the mother. As reported by the Christian…

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October 2017
News > Persecution

Persecution: UK – Street preacher freed

Christian street preacher, Ian Sleeper, has been released after being held in a cell for 13 hours for sharing the truth about Islam. Mr Sleeper was arrested outside Southwark Cathedral on 23 June. He was at the time displaying placards depicting love for Muslims and criticising the ideology of Islam. However, he was informed…

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October 2017
News > International

International – Sierra Leone mudslides

Mothers’ Union in Sierra Leone has responded to the needs of those affected by the mudslides that hit the country’s capital, Freetown, in August 2017. According to news reports, scores of people were killed and about 600 people reported missing, with thousands of people left destitute and at risk. Victoria Wilson, Mothers’ Union’s diocesan…

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October 2017
News > International

International – Spring Harvest partners Mercy Ships

Christian charity Mercy Ships has been chosen as the official charity partner for Spring Harvest 2018 and 2019. This marks the first time that Spring Harvest has partnered with Mercy Ships, an international charity that operates the world’s largest non-governmental hospital ship. Peter Martin, group chief executive at Essential Christian, which runs Spring Harvest,…

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October 2017
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International – Huge storms

In Asia and the Americas there have been catastrophic storms, sea surges and flooding during August and September. India, Bangladesh and Nepal have seen possibly their worst ever monsoon flooding, with entire towns swept away and more than 1200 people losing their lives. Reaching as far as Mumbai, the rains forced millions of people…

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October 2017
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International – Nepal to clamp down on Christians

Nepal has passed an ‘anti-conversion’ bill in its parliament which could make Christian witnessing illegal in the country. The bill criminalises ‘the hurting of religious sentiment’. According to Christian Solidarity Worldwide (CSW), a religious freedom charity, the move is ‘deeply concerning’. Anyone from Nepal caught committing an offence faces up to five years in…

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