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It’s the day after the 18 months before, and there is plenty of reflection about events across the Atlantic. A US-based Baptist asks, after the "election day eruption", what now? A minister shares sadness at the result. Another piece ponders what, as Christians, do we make of the political upheaval that has resulted in Brexit and now a presidential victory for Donald Trump?

It’s hard to believe right now, but the election is not the only story in town. The Joint Public Issues Team, of which our Baptist Union is a member, has spoken out against the Benefit cap, while a reviewer believes every church should see the new Ken Loach film I, Daniel Blake, which highlights the harrowing nature of UK poverty.

For where there is dark, we are called to speak light, as one writer notes. Our other stories feature the latest concert from a London-based Baptist church, a concert borne from the 2011 riots to demonstrate a more positive side of youth culture; how whole churches are being encouraged and equipped to respond to the needs of children in the care system; and how the life of one of our forefathers was the subject of a live Radio 4 broadcast.

Blessings in all that you do,
Paul Hobson
Faith and Society Editor/Writer


 X Factor star in Barking church concert
Benefit cap is damaging, say Churches
A home for every child who needs one
Benefit cap 'damaging', says Churches
The Joint Public Issues Team (JPIT) has spoken out against the Benefit cap, which 'overwhelmingly targets families with children'

Helwys service live on Radio 4
A service marking the work of Baptist pioneer Thomas Helwys was broadcast live on Radio 4’s Sunday Service programme

A home for every child who needs one
In the wake of Adoption Sunday, how whole churches are being encouraged and equipped to respond to the needs of children in the care system

X Factor star in Barking church concert  
Kerrie Anne Philips, who reached the semi-finals in the 2015 series, was a performer at the latest concert at Barking Baptist Church

Oasis College shorter courses focus
Oasis College of Higher Education is to switch attention to foundation and continuing professional development courses

5 reasons to go to Catalyst Live
Still not decided whether to go to Catalyst Live? Two Baptist ministers give their reasons why you should


Build a wall, he said. So they did...
A Baptist minister's reflection on Donald Trump's US Presidential victory

God and our turbulent times
What do I as a Christian make of the EU Referendum and now the US Presidential election?

After election day eruption, what do we do now?
This campaign season has been a buildup of pressure from a residue of unconscious or unacknowledged fear, resulting in an upheaval of hostility that has changed the entire political process. So what do we do now?

Worrying about the news...
What are Christians called to do in the face of so much bad news?

Is your church a turn-off?
While we shouldn't allow the outside world to set our agenda, it’s always helpful to review what we do: it matters how we come across to the outsider

I, Daniel Blake by Ken Loach; Body By Paula Gooder; Systematic Theology
By Anthony C. Thiselton; and Letting in the Light By Kenneth Steven

Baptisms and other notices

Battle Baptist Church, Sussex: Kieran Dudgeon, Ryan Hearne, Rebecca Cowley, David Weeks, Samantha James, Robert Weeks, Abbey McNeill  
Earls Colne Baptist Church, Colchester: Ruth Brooks
London Road Baptist Church, Lowestoft: Eleanor Cornwell and Nathan Thompson
Socketts Heath Baptist Church, Grays: Onome Fe-cados and Margaret Quilter
South Woodham Evangelical Church, South Woodham Ferrers: Chanelle Leher, Deirdre (Dee) Taylor, Jill Downton, Georgina Morlham, Esther Nguyen
Streatham Baptist Church, London: Sheraz Johnson-Gill
Thatcham Baptist Church, Berkshire: Eddie Brown, David Del Hierro, Charlene Hurd, Adrian Smith, Lucy Taylor, Eddie Kendall-Ball
Waltham Cross Baptist Church: 5
Wealdstone Baptist Church, Harrow: Dalis Campbell, Omari Gordon

CHALLINOR, Clifford Henry: 1933-2016

After several years of mixed health issues, Clifford Challinor was called to the nearer presence of his Lord on 29th September 2016.  He lived a very full life as a principal China buyer for Della Porta’s, Shrewsbury before running his own shop in Pontesbury.  He was well known and respected by all in the village and in fact, everywhere.
He was a Deacon, Life Deacon, Treasurer and Secretary, at different times, at Pontesbury Baptist Church, Shrewsbury, President of the West Midlands Baptist Association, Secretary and President of the Baptist Men’s Movement. He was a well-respected Lay Preacher who spoke in different denominations and across the country.
Cliff will be sadly missed by many but all realise that now out of pain, claiming his reward to be with his Saviour and Lord.
For more read a longer obituary

Malvern Baptist Church recently held an ordination service for its new minister the Revd David Clarke.
Dave was previously pastor of Strood Gospel Mission Church in Kent, and before that led a new church plant in Hackney. He studied Theology at Spurgeon's College in London where he specialised in Church Planting and Evangelism. Prior to that Dave was a member of Newark Baptist Church where he served as a young adult’s group leader and also as Director of Newark Youth for Christ. Dave is married to Sue and they have three grown-up children.
Dave and Sue moved up to Malvern at the end of September and have spent October getting to know Malvern better and meeting church and community leaders in the town.

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Inter Faith Week
This year’s Inter Faith Week, now in its eighth year, will run from 13-20 November. A new Inter Faith Week Toolkit has been created which aims to help people reach out and engage with people of different faiths in their local area.

A prayer for Inter Faith Week has been written by Andy Williams, moderator of the Baptist Inter Faith Working Group. 

Great Commission website
New website from the Evangelical Alliance - the Great Commission will inspire and equip you to be talking about Jesus. Planned launched 26 October.

Chairs available
Around 100 good condition Chapel chairs, with some others for parts, available for collection from Caterham, Surrey. Free or small donation. Dark green leather like seat pad and back.
Please contact or call 01883 342711

Disney’s Queen of Katwe
Free official community and educational resources available at, including a short downloadable video about the film, presented by Alicia Keys, in which she comments: 'When women are empowered, the world changes.'
A toolkit for Inter Faith Week
Official resources for new Disney
New evangelism hub for churches
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