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Most popular church stories 2018

The Wellbeing café movement, new opportunities to teach the Bible in schools and lessons from a church where God is growing his kingdom through the older generation were among the most popular church stories of 2018

1 Wellbeing café movement growing
Just over a year after a wellbeing café in Nottingham won funding to replicate its work, nine more have opened

2 'An amazing opportunity for Christians'
A ministry that ‘simply teaches the Bible’ has been stunned by a recent spike in demand from schools

3 The Blaby story - lessons from church growth
This is the story of God growing His kingdom through the older generation as He has over-ruled our pre-conceptions of church growth, our rules and our regulations, writes Blaby Baptist Church pastor Pauline Wills

4 Modern Slavery summits in EBA
There is a good chance someone in your neighbourhood is a victim of modern slavery. Could you be part of God's rescue plan for them?

5 'Such atrocities bring communities together'
Barry Davis, Amesbury Baptist Church minister, reflects on the events which placed the church in the world spotlight

6 Next steps for Next Meal  
A creative initiative that uses technology to connect homeless people with food seeks to expand beyond London

7 Prayer following helicopter tragedy
There has been an outpouring of prayer for a Baptist pastor whose two sons died in a helicopter crash

8 'I hope people will encounter Jesus again'
A Baptist minister is to bring the Gospel of Mark to life in a fast-paced and punchy solo performance

9 'We are more than just a chippy'
The country’s first community-owned chippy has opened, and Baptists in Solihull are at the heart of it

10 'Keep interceding for those we love'
Minister Hayley Young was invited to preach at a Thy Kingdom Come event alongside Justin Welby and Michael Curry

Baptist Times, 21/12/2018
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Examples of how Home Mission funds are being used in the East Midland Baptist Association
After more than a year of construction, with delays, snags and complications, not to mention the pandemic, the new Annex and refurbished church building at Wellspring in Wirksworth is now complete
Sutton St James Baptist Church brought back to life with help from Baptist Insurance grant
Wendy Shiu arrived in England in September from Hong Kong. She describes how a Baptist church helped her family settle
Ian Goldby on the completion of a major refurbishment of East Leake Baptist Church's historic Grade II listed building
Blaby Baptist Church: sharing their struggles and the joys they have experienced through Covid
Baptist minister Simon Robinson has been caring for a church and working in the community throughout the pandemic. Drawing on lessons learned from this turbulent time he has written a short book to help navigate through a crisis
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