A pastoral statement on the proposed suspension of public worship from 5 November

Nov 5, 2020 by

from The Society: Dear Friends, Our nation is facing a crisis of a scale and proportion unknown for over seventy years and as we write we are acutely aware of the desperate needs of those whose work is insecure, whose businesses face bankruptcy, whose education is being disrupted, whose mental health is being damaged by fear and anxiety and who can barely afford to feed their children.   We are equally aware of the extraordinary energy, agility and imagination that so many of you have...

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Council reprimands funeral service leader over Lord’s Prayer recital

Oct 15, 2020 by

from Premier: A minister who was leading a funeral service said she was left “flabbergasted” after being accused of breaking Covid-19 restrictions by encouraging mourners to recite the Lord’s Prayer. Alison Davies said that after concluding the prayer at Bridgend’s Coychurch Crematorium, she was approached by an official who told her, in front of mourners, that she had broken the Welsh Government Covid rules on chanting. “To be honest, I was quite...

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Two ways not to pray for Donald Trump

Oct 5, 2020 by

by Stephen Kneale: So, it turns out that Donald Trump has Covid-19. Like Boris Johnson before him, some of those who don’t really like him or his politics seem to have fallen into two broad responses. First, there is this sort of reaction from Dominic West: Second, as summed up in this tweet from Daniel Johnson, is this sort of thing: Neither, I think, is right or appropriate biblically. Read here Read also: Letter from Australia 63 – I am Trump by David Robertson, theweeflea Please...

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Franklin Graham’s Prayer March & Jonathan Cahn’s ‘The Return’ Aim to Keep USA From ‘Point of No Return’

Sep 23, 2020 by

by Paul Strand, CBN News: Has America moved so far from God, it’s passed the point of no return? Religious believers gathering on the National Mall and around the nation September 26th are pleading with God that it not be so. At two huge events – Washington Prayer March 2020 and a solemn assembly called The Return – they’ll be praying America be given more time. Evangelist Franklin Graham and prophetic writer Jonathan Cahn both say God led them separately to call for these huge...

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Daily Hope phone line to continue beyond lockdown – as calls pass two million minutes

Jul 13, 2020 by

A free phone line offering hymns, prayers, and reflections to tens of thousands of callers after church buildings closed because of the coronavirus is to continue despite moves to ease the lockdown restrictions. Daily Hope, launched by the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, in April, has now received 173,000 calls from over 37,000 people – with calls topping more than two million minutes. The service – which is available 24 hours a day on 0800 804 8044 – was set up as a simple new way to...

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‘Daily Hope’ free phone line, bringing hymns and prayers to people’s homes, takes over 100,000 calls

May 28, 2020 by

from ITV News: A free phone line for people to listen to hymns and prayers during lockdown has been so popular it’s already received over 100,000 calls. Daily Hope is funded by the Archbishop of Canterbury and set up by Pippa Cramer and her husband Steve from their home in Claygate in Surrey. “I’ve had amazing feedback. A lot of people are feeling quite isolated, lonely, frightened – I don’t think you can underestimate how scary it can be at the moment for...

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