It’s not exactly revival when it comes to Presbyterianism in England but there are real encouragements. Two denominations, the Evangelical Presbyterian Church of England and Wales (EPCEW), and the International Presbyterian Church (IPC), both faithful, are small but growing.
EPCEW has 17 congregations in England and Wales, while the IPC has 12 churches in England and Scotland. Here are two recent encouragements.
Planting in Oxford…
On 30 September 2018, Oxford Evangelical Presbyterian Church began its first worship services in the heart of the city. Andy Young, who moved to Oxford from Naunton Lane Evangelical Presbyterian Church, Cheltenham with his family to plant the church, reports:
‘The first several months have been marked by God’s goodness: the use of a beautiful chapel in the heart of the city, 30-40 attending our morning services and 15-25 our evening, 10-15 coming along to our midweek student events, the core group growing, and one or two conversions. We can only give God all the glory. Yet there is much to do. We are praying for God to add to our core group, to make us more financially stable, and to draw sinners to Christ through us.’
… and now in Sunderland
On Easter Sunday this year, Sunderland Presbyterian Church began its first services. This was the culmination of a couple of years of work, headed up by The Revd Nathan Hilton, in gathering a core group and leading regular Bible studies. This daughter church of Gateshead Presbyterian has seen a good number come along to the first services, including several locals. Do pray for the Lord to establish this work in the coming months and to see the light of the gospel spread in Sunderland.
From 18–20 June, Ealing IPC will be holding the Catalyst Conference. The theme this year is Our Great and Living God. Speakers include Kevin DeYoung, Andrew Randall and Sinclair Ferguson.