Prayer fuel: News in the UK

Here are a handful of news-bites from around the UK included in the January issue of EN. May these spur us on to pray for our country and issues we all are facing.

Scotland: homegrown?
A report in November said that only one in ten Grace Baptist churches is pastored by a Scot.
In a fiercely nationalistic country, this is an increasing problem. The Grace Baptists in Scotland are encouraging people to pray for Scottish men to train for Christian ministry. Grace Baptist Scotland

Synod paves way
The General Synod, meeting in November, has voted overwhelmingly in favour of legislation which will pave the way for women bishops next year.
There were 25 recorded abstentions; 378 voted in favour; and only eight members voted against the motion. The Bishop of Rochester, the Rt. Revd. James Langstaff, said: ‘The train is on the track and moving forward, and we know there are some stations to pass through along the way, but we can see the end of this particular journey.’ Bible Society’s Newswatch

Mission accomplished?
The Swansea mission, involving 11 churches over 10 days, (reported on in early November) had one aim – to make Christ known.
Around 26,000 newspapers were distributed and over 35 evangelistic meetings, from coffee mornings to curry nights, were held across the region. Mission organisers are grateful to God for the gospel clearly preached through testimonies and talks. The gospel work continues. Evangelical Movement of Wales

Watching The Bible
Over a million watch The Bible on Channel 5.
The Bible television drama was watched by 1.5 million people on the first Saturday night of screening. This is over 5% of the total viewing audience. Christians seemed very divided on the content and how accurately it depicted the Bible. This lead to some heated debate on Twitter #TheBibleUK. Bible Society’s Newswatch


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