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News

January 2021
News > Religious liberty

MP is ‘appalled’ by how easily we gave up freedoms

Conservative MP Desmond Swayne says he is ‘appalled’ at the ease with which people have allowed their religious freedoms to be ‘dispensed with’ during the Covid-19 lockdown. In a speech in parliament, Swayne said that government-imposed restrictions continue to impede a number of individual freedoms. He expressed horror at the lack of meaningful protest…

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January 2021
Articles > Guest column

Covid-19 and worship

‘Absence makes the heart grow fonder’ according to the popular proverb. While this is often true, so is the opposite – ‘Out of sight, out of mind.’ In response to the Covid-19 pandemic churches cancelled in person worship services. Many have only recently begun to meet in person again. Some have yet to do…

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January 2021
Articles > Cultural and Ethical

Covid decisions: a dress rehearsal

Every church leader has a view on lockdown. Many hiring buildings have been spared a potentially divisive decision. Churches with buildings have had to decide whether and how to open. It seems that the way churches have been treated owes more to the powers that be viewing us as irrelevant than deliberate persecution. However,…

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December 2020
Articles > Cultural and Ethical

Why are pastors resisting the Welsh government’s order to close the churches?

On 19 October the Welsh government announced that all the churches in Wales must close from Friday 23 October for 17 days, for three Sundays. In response, 37 ministers of the gospel signed a letter to the government asking it not to ban or restrict services, and giving notice that, if necessary, they would…

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December 2020
Articles > Comment

Churches, not Boris, must decide to be open or closed

As this editorial went to press, the closure of churches in England was still in force. Our sincere hope and prayer is that, by the time you read this, they will be open again. Regardless of where you may stand on the justification for the second coronavirus lockdown, as evangelicals we must surely all…

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October 2020
News > International

US: Court injunction against MacArthur’s church

A Los Angeles Superior Court judge has granted a preliminary injunction prohibiting Grace Community Church in Sun Valley from holding indoor services. The church, led by its pastor John Macarthur, has been holding full worship services for several weeks in defiance of lockdown rules. The court ruling said that Grace Community Church should follow…

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October 2020
News > Church news

Affinity calls on the government to relax church lockdown rules

The director of Affinity – a network of about 1,200 churches and Christian agencies across the UK – has written to the government to ask for lockdown restrictions to be relaxed. Graham Nicholls sent the letter to Lord Greenhalgh who is the government minister responsible for regulations regarding churches meeting in the post-lockdown period.…

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