The Fellowship of Independent Evangelical
Churches (FIEC) has appointed a Church
Revitalisation Co-ordinator who will be
responsible for spearheading a revitalisation
initiative among the churches of the FIEC.
Phil Walter, currently pastor of Brixworth
Christian Fellowship near Northampton,
will work part-time in the role before joining
the FIEC staff team full-time in July 2016.
He will work alongside
churches to help them recapture and renew
their gospel vision.
Shari’a Bill success
The Christian Institute
A Bill seeking to restrain the operation of
shari’a councils was passed in January by the
House of Lords, with the Peer who introduced it saying there is still a long way to go.
Baroness Cox received
plans from Muslim women’s groups as
tackle gender discrimination
pseudo courts. However, its First Reading in
the House of Commons is yet to be scheduled and the BBC has indicated that the Bill
‘little chance’ of being discussed or
passed by MPs.
Telegraph; Bible Society’s Newswatch
The Archbishop of Canterbury suggested in
January that Easter should fall on the same
Sunday every year to try to end a disagreement over the date which has gone on since
the 10th century.
Archbishop Welby said Anglican leaders
join discussions with
Roman Catholic and Orthodox churches to
set an annual date. The plan is expected to
be welcomed by parents and schools, but
may anger traditionalists.
‘Uncover John’ Seeker Bible
Chinese for British students to use with
their Chinese friends.
in partnership with COCM
(Chinese Overseas Christian Mission), this
resource has been translated and contextualised into Chinese. mirrors the English
version so the two can be used side-by-side,
enabling any British student to look at John’s
gospel with a Chinese friend.
Right to life monitoring
the UK National Screening
Committee conﬁrmed that it will be recommending the implementation of
DNA’ (cfDNA) techniques to screen
Down’s syndrome in babies in the womb.
With 90% of the babies diagnosed likely
to have Down’s syndrome being aborted,
many are concerned this will lead to further
abortions. In response, a campaign called
‘Don’t Screen Us Out’ against the implementation of cfDNA, has been formed.
The Christian Institute
In January, the Scottish Parliament rejected
a bid to make the teaching of LGBT topics
a statutory requirement in all schools.
In August 2015, homosexual lobby group,
Time for Inclusive Education (TIE), called
the Scottish Parliament
Government to enforce a pro-LGBT agenda
Committee, convened by Labour MSP
Michael McMahon, decided that the group’s
local authorities and other
Sunday attacked again
Telegraph / CARE
New proposals for shops to be allowed to
longer hours on Sundays have
included as ammendments
upcoming Enterprise Bill by Business
Secretary, Sajid Javid.
Announced in February, this comes less
than three months after the Prime Minister
was forced to scrap a vote on plans to relax
revolt by 20 Conservative MPs. CARE has
the government has put
‘spin above transparency’ in its summary of
the consultation on Sunday