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All articles & reviews tagged with lockdown

News

October 2021
News

First Christian street preacher to be prosecuted for breaching the Covid lockdown has his fine dropped

The Crown Prosecution Service has dropped its case against open-air preacher Mike Overd, who had become the first Christian preacher to fall foul of coronavirus laws during the first English lockdown. Mr Overd, who is no stranger to controversy, had been carrying out his street ministry in Taunton town centre, Somerset, during March and…

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News

September 2021
News > International

Uganda: Legal challenge underway against blanket lockdown of places of worship

Uganda has imposed a blanket ban on people attending worship services because of the Covid crisis, but is allowing shopping malls and other commercial buildings to remain open. Religious freedom agency ADF International is helping to challenge the ban in court, calling it ‘disproportionate and unnecessary’. The Ugandan government introduced new regulations banning anyone…

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News

September 2021
News

Street preacher who was fined during the lockdown wins in court

Magistrates in London have thrown out a case against a street preacher who was fined for open-air evangelism during the lockdown. Joshua Sutcliffe, 31, was preaching and handing out leaflets in Camden, North London, on Good Friday last year. Four police officers approached him, and he was told that he was outdoors without a…

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News

September 2021
News

Anglican vicar faces discipline for singing a hymn in lockdown

A Church of England vicar faces a disciplinary investigation because he sang the hymn, ‘Thine Be The Glory’, without a mask during an Easter service in lockdown. He is also accused of hugging a mourner at a funeral, in contradiction of the church’s Covid regulations. The Reverend Charlie Boyle, 52, says the church authorities…

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News

August 2021
News

Street preacher to appeal arrest and fine

A street preacher arrested in Sutton for preaching on Easter Sunday last year is to appeal a ruling made by the City of London magistrates’ court. In July, a judge ruled it was right for the police to arrest and fine Andrew Sathiyavan, 46, for breaking Covid regulations by street preaching on Easter Sunday.…

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Article

August 2021
Articles

Don’t grieve your elders or cause division as you exit the lockdown

The lifting of all the remaining coronavirus restrictions on places of worship in England is to be welcomed. But let us also remember our fellow believers in other parts of the UK, where the situation is – at the time of going to press – different. Bear in mind, although the legal restrictions may…

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Review

July 2021
Reviews > Book

Hope in Hard Times: Ninety biblical meditations to strengthen the heart

This book was written day by day through the first Covid lockdown. Each page is like a pastoral visit, with a biblical meditation to encourage the reader. There are some books you are glad to have for the sake of one page that blessed you, even one sentence. This book has multiple pages like…

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