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June 2021
News > International

Ireland: Church lockdown ends, but politician calls for ‘conversion therapy’ ban

Churches in the Republic of Ireland have been allowed to restart in-person worship services. Church services were permitted to resume on 10 May after a blanket ban lasting almost a year. While church worship was banned, commercial public venues such as dry cleaners and off-licenses were allowed to open with safety measures in place.…

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May 2021
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Concerns over vaccine passports for churches while worship rules may stretch beyond June

There are growing concerns among church leaders that the government will introduce ‘vaccine passports’ for places of worship and extend restrictions on worship beyond June. A group of church ministers have signed a public letter to the Prime Minister, Boris Johnston, urging the government not to put churches in that position. The letter has…

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March 2021
Articles > Biblical/theological > Ecclesiological & Pastoral

Why churches must gather for corporate worship

Qualifications There are scenarios in which there is a convincing case for churches not gathering, for example because of the severity of the health risk if they do gather or because of the vulnerability of a particular congregation as a whole. There are individuals who should not gather because doing so would be recklessly…

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January 2021
News > International

US: Supreme Court blocks limits on worshipers in New York State

The US Supreme Court has ruled against the imposition of ‘severe restrictions’ on public worship in New York State during the Covid-19 pandemic. Governor Cuomo wanted to limit the number of worshippers to as few as ten people in the worst affected regions of the State. But in a 5-4 majority verdict, the court…

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January 2021
News > Society

Police attend London church service held during second Covid lockdown

Police officers attended a Sunday service held at the Angel Church in Islington during the second national lockdown in November. Several police vehicles arrived at the church premises on Chadwell Street in Angel, Islington. The previous Thursday, Premier Christian News had reported that Pastor Regan King had ‘decided to disregard’ lockdown rules and hold…

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January 2021
News > Society

Police apology for raiding a church during broadcast

Police have apologised to a church pastor after bursting in on his service broadcast and incorrectly telling him that he was breaking coronavirus regulations. On 20 November, two officers interrupted Revd Daniel Mateola’s service in Milton Keynes, claiming there were too many people supporting the broadcast and that they must leave. Guidelines during the…

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January 2021
News > Religious liberty

UK restrictions on worship among the strictest in Europe

Worshippers in the UK have experienced some of the most severe restrictions on public worship anywhere in Europe, according to a report. The European Centre for Law and Justice looked at worship restrictions across Europe. The UK – together with Ireland, France, and Belgium – had the most severe rules. The Centre reported, ‘It…

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