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  • Hope Church Blackwood and Kirkmuirhill celebrates tenth anniversary

    Hope Church (Blackwood and Kirkmuirhill) recently celebrated their tenth anniversary as a Free Church of Scotland congregation. Original members of the congregation, along with minister Rev. Ian Watson, had left the Church of Scotland in 2014.

    The church’s anniversary weekend featured a meal and ceilidh on the Saturday and a service focused on the anniversary on the Sunday, which included Communion. Rev. Watson said: ‘as we review the past decade the verse that keeps coming back to us is Psalm 118:23: ‘The Lord has done this, and it is marvellous in our eyes.’’

    Luke Randall

  • Pornography: get tough

    A survey by Christian organisation CARE has revealed that the majority of the British public support tougher sanctions on pornography. There was 70% support for the appointment of a Pornography Commission to remove illegal or violent porn from websites and social media.

    Results from polling carried out by Savanta also showed that 80% of people think directors of companies who own porn sites should be held accountable for illegal material which appears on their sites, and should face fines or imprisonment. Female responses for each question were particularly ‘strongly in favour’ of tougher sanctions.

    Luke Randall