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 National news stories in 2017 

January

'Helping Christians talk about their faith'
The good news of Jesus is something we all have a role in sharing - and a new website from the Evangelical Alliance aims to help us do just that 

BMS Day of Prayer: 5 February
Churches, small groups and believers all over the globe will be praying with BMS World Mission on its annual Day of Prayer

Reaching the millennial generation 
A new network that aims to resource millennials within Baptist churches and beyond is beginning to come together

BMS Action Teams: where mission begins
Mission accomplished? Three former BMS World Mission Action Teamers didn’t expect their call to overseas mission to go on, but it did

Pray for BMS this Sunday
Are you leading prayers at church on Sunday? Here’s a prayer you can use to mark the BMS Day of Prayer
 

February

Eco Church celebrates first year
A scheme to help churches undertake positive environmental steps resulted in hundreds of actions taken in its first year

Criticism over Dubs closure
Charities speak out over the Government's decision to scrap the Dubs scheme for unaccompanied asylum seeking children to Britain

'Dismay' at suspension of Dubs policy
Lynn Green joins church leaders to express concern at the intention to suspend the Dubs scheme for unaccompanied children

We found love in a helping place
No, we don’t advertise ‘falling in love’ as part of Action Teams, the BMS World Mission Christian gap year, but sometimes it happens!

Anti-poverty charities team up
The UK’s largest provider of foodbanks the Trussell Trust has formally joined forces with debt charity Christians Against Poverty

100,000+ take the 40acts challenge
More than 104,000 people have already signed up to 40acts, a Lent generosity campaign now in its seventh year

Injustice, Luther and Luther King
Want to challenge injustice? There is much to learn from Martin Luther and Martin Luther King say organisers of a new conference

New campaign targets climate change
Tearfund is calling on UK Christians to join in prayer to help the world’s poorest people to flourish in the face of climate change
 

March

The Apology, 10 years on 
Baptists are being invited to reflect on our Union’s Apology for Slavery and its practical outworking as it nears its 10th anniversary

Book honour for Chris Ellis
A new collection of essays celebrates and takes inspiration from the work of Chris Ellis, ‘our key thinker’ on Baptist worship

Baptist founder at heart of charity identity 
Spurgeons children’s charity is putting Christ, and its founder Charles Spurgeon, at the heart of its identity and mission as it undergoes a rebrand as part of its 150th anniversary

Baptist scholar to deliver BWA lectures
Baptist World Alliance General Secretary Callam has announced that internationally recognised Baptist scholar Anthony R Cross will be the presenter at a special forum on baptism that will be included in the program of the upcoming BWA Annual Gathering

Director of Girls’ Brigade set to step down 
Director of Girls’ Brigade Ministries and Girls’ Brigade England & Wales Ruth Gilson has announced she'll be stepping down from her role at the end of August 2017

Baptist Union Council: March 2017 
Reflection on our vision for mission and the Futures Process were among the main topics during the March gathering of the Baptist Union Council

'Stay strong in your faith in God'
National and international Christian organisations have sent messages of support and prayers following the Westminster attack

Primary school teachers needed
BMS World Mission families in Afghanistan and northern Uganda need teachers to come and educate their young children. Can you help?

Post Brexit - 'Society is ours to build'
Helping churches bring people together to explore the future of the UK after the Referendum is the focus of the latest JPIT resource

New volume on Baptist history and heritage
Challenge and Change: English Baptist life in the Eighteenth Century charts the development of Baptist life during an exciting period

Prince and Professor debate love 
Prince Ghazi bin Muhammad of Jordan joined Baptist theologian Paul Fiddes for a debate on love in Islam and Christianity

BMS appoints new General Director 
Dr Kang-San Tan will take up the role of BMS General Director after David Kerrigan retires from the role in the summer

 

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