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Naturally a number of this week’s posts have a connection with Lent. There’s a hard-hitting statement challenging Government policies towards asylum seekers and refugees, delivered on Ash Wednesday at a Baptist church in Huddersfield. Authors the West Yorkshire Ecumenical Council typically deliver such statements around now, explaining that Lent is “a time for reflecting on changes we need to make in our own lives; a time for reflecting on changes we need to make in society.”

Across the Pennines and Manchester’s residents and visitors are being encouraged into just that kind of reflection through a stunning art trail curated by a Baptist church member.

And talking of changes in our own lives, there’s news of an initiative launched on Ash Wednesday which aims to harness the consumer power of UK Christians towards renewable energy. “If Lent is about renewing our lives in response to the love of God,” notes one advocate, “here is a way to follow.”

Paul Hobson
Faith and Society Editor/Writer

Government challenged on refugee policies
Christians in West Yorkshire have challenged the Government to significantly improve conditions for asylum seekers and refugees

Calais church, mosque destruction denounced
Christians for Calais strongly denounces the sudden destruction of a mosque and church in the Calais ‘Jungle’ refugee camp

'Switch energy supply to renewable sources'
A new initiative aims to make it easier for Christians in the UK to switch their homes and churches to electricity from renewable sources

Where the sacred inhabits the ordinary
How a Baptist is encouraging a busy city to seek stillness this Lent

An ordinary day at the foodbank?
A Baptist minister gives an insight into a day at a foodbank

Action Teamer to app creator
A former BMS Action Teamer is set to release a new Bible-based App for children and their grown-ups this Lent


The future of our witness as Baptist people depends on our shared life together
A reflection on covenant, hymns and Baptists

Three facts to know about “church decline”
Mainstream church attendance is in the news again: it has declined over the past 100 years or so, but consider these three points

Showing up beyond the election
Growing numbers of Christians are becoming more politically active, says Christians in Politics

How Baptists are saving lives in Myanmar
Following a devastating civil war, Karen Baptist churches have a mission to save lives in some of the country’s poorest communities

Revival: The Way Ahead
Walking in total obedience and a deeper prayer mode are highlighted as a Baptist minister concludes a series on revival

Desborough Baptist Church, Northamptonshire: John & Heather Temple
Nansen Road Baptist Church, Ipswich: Emmanuel Lynch and Mrs Emmanuel Lynch
Morton New Day Baptist Church, Lincolnshire: Win Swift, Judy Clay, Arthur Bates
Queen's Road Baptist Church, Coventry: Louise Kennedy, Alan Reid, Sandra Robinson
Victoria Park Baptist Church, Bristol: Martin Hannaby, Darren Knowland

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LORKIN, Margaret (Peggy) died peacefully at Carisbrooke Nursing Home, Torquay on 31 January 2016, Mother to Janet and Christine, Grandmother and Great Grandmother, wife of the late Rev Peter Lorkin sharing five very happy and rewarding ministries. Thanksgiving Service at Paignton Baptist Church on 17 February 2016 at 3 pm. Donations in memoria to Baptist Missionary Society.

TUCKER, Ronald, in missionary service with BMS in India in the 1950s and longtime member of Hagley Free Church, has died, aged 95. A memorial service takes places at Hagley Free Church, 95 Worcester Road, Stourbridge, West Midlands DY9 0NG on 17 February, 2.30pm.


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Director, The Guild of Health and St. Raphael  
Ministerial Support Worker, Potter Street Baptist Church, Harlow, Essex
Internship Co-ordinator, Bromham Baptist Church
Regional Minister, South West Baptist Association
Regional Team Leader, East Midlands Baptist Association

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Intern opportunity, Joint Public Issues Team
Are you a young person who wants to work as part of a team making meaningful change in the world? Are you interested in making links between faith, life and politics? The JPIT internship is a fantastic opportunity to experience all this and more

Incarnate Encounter
A unique opportunity to spend time with pioneers from around the country 4-6 March in Bradford/Leeds.
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A new RE lesson has been created around the film Captive, which has been released on dvd. The film (and lesson) explores the nature of forgiveness.

Rawfaith Rugby is an initiative to link together Christian supporters of rugby, both Union and League. It is backed by Christian Vision for Men.



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