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National news - 2015

Baptist Assembly and just one other Christian conference had equal representation in 2014, says research
We are pleased to announce the appointment of Andy Hughes to support the Ministries Team
Engage 2015, which aims to help churches serve the rugby community, secures central London location
Not following their legal obligations to help families with energy debt, according to The Children’s Society
The Baptist Union has sent letters of support to Jewish and Muslim counterparts in the UK
Tickets for the new-look Baptist Assembly are now available
Justin Welby keynote speaker at partnership launch to address growing problem of violence against Christians
A loan fund serving Baptists for nearly two centuries has increased the maximum amount churches can borrow
A survey reveals voting intentions and concerns of evangelical Christians ahead of May's General Election
Figures are now in for the 2014 appeal with giving from churches way above 2013
Archbishop encourages positivity as he supports the launch of resources to equip churches to ‘Think, Pray, Vote’
A new report highlights the shocking impact of benefits sanctions on the most vulnerable people in society
What has Revd Nick Bradshaw done to his face? It was all in a good cause...
Churches' Refugee Network welcomes call to limit number of days immigrants can be detained
Churches aim to bring truth and justice to politics with 'Love you Neighbour: think, pray, vote' pack
Free April exhibition at The Angus to showcase unique literature, including work by John Bunyan
A statement calls for nuclear weapons states to take action to eliminate nuclear arsenals
New film launches on koko, the Girls' Brigade award winning blog for teenage girls
BMS and Redcliffe announce training partnership to deliver programme from the International Mission Centre
Lynn Green joined leaders of other denominations to commit to renewed unity in evangelism and mission
Councils are turning away young people who come to them for help, a report by The Children's Society finds
A retelling of the biblical story of Noah will air in a primetime slot this Easter
MPs' call for a full independent review of the benefit sanctions system welcomed by Baptist Union and other Churches
Councils sending bailiffs to collect unpaid council tax are leaving children frightened according to a new report
Baptists encouraged to give views for new project looking at Home Mission
Rupert Lazar, Minister of East Barnet Baptist Church, has been nominated as the Baptist Union's next Vice-President (2015-16)
A Baptist audio ministry is hoping to reach a wider audience for its monthly programme via podcasts and iTunes presence
Baptists Together are seeking a Project Team to take forward our review of ministries
Interested in Baptist history? Join the Baptist Historical Society for a day that includes a lecture and a practical workshop
The Baptist Historical Society launches essay writing competition focused on 'patterns of ministry'
Stewardship's 40acts challenge encouraged 75,000 people to 'give out' rather than give something up during Lent
The oldest Baptist chapel in the UK will be restored to its former glory thanks to a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund
BMS World Mission and the organisation which formed Street Pastors enter strategic relationship
A taster day for the new discipleship and leadership opportunity for young women run by Girls’ Brigade Ministries
Lynn Green will be attending a public prayer gathering on 6 May, and is encouraging others to do the same, either in London or their own locality
New centre at Bristol Baptist College aims to provide for the increasing number of Christians who want to learn from the Anabaptist tradition
Lynn Green has urged Baptists to both pray for our political leaders, and write to their newly elected MPs with support and shared concerns
Tickets sell out for the new look Baptist Assembly
Christian charity CARE is urging Christians to avoid the temptation to disengage with politics now the General Election is over
Children's charity Viva is calling on Christians to pray for children at risk during their world weekend of prayer in June
Lynn Green joins church leaders in signing open letter to David Cameron
Engage 2015 is helping churches think about how they can demonstrate God's love to the rugby community
Rob Peabody appointed to develop national strategy to encourage fresh expressions of church among young adults
Toilet rolls, pies and the introduction of the new President all had their place in a packed opening session of this year’s Baptist Assembly
Baptists have been challenged to be people of courage to bring about transformation by new President Jenni Entrican
We are ‘living stones’ and God is using us to build his Kingdom - the iOpener Prayer Session
There were both challenges and reflections during the closing celebration of this year’s Baptist Assembly
Details and links about the Mission and Ministry (Present and Future) stream in the afternoon Market Place session
BMS World Mission staff shared three ways BMS is transforming lives around the world in an all-age seminar at the Baptist Assembly
The Word and World stream of the afternoon Market Place sessions
The 21st Century Disciples stream in The Market Place
Children at this year’s Assembly spent much more time alongside the adults in an intentionally intergenerational gathering
Nepal featured prominently in the BMS World Mission AGM, with earthquake updates and a new appeal for its work with spinal injury patients there
With a picnic, entertainers and communion, not too mention a welcome dose of sun, lunch at this year’s Assembly was both informal and quietly moving
Links to reports, photos, blogs and tweets from the 2015 Baptist Assembly in Peterborough
New research documents large scale social impact and economic value faith-based groups are having in their communities
The vision and culture of our Baptist Union was highlighted in the afternoon’s Market Place activities, which included the AGM
Government urged to address divisions in Europe after more than 100 nations pledge to "stigmatise, prohibit and eliminate nuclear weapons"
New initiative for those interested in how Christian mission engages with communities who experience deprivation and exclusion
Evangelicals issue stinging critique of the last government’s economic policy in new research from the Evangelical Alliance
Leading Christian charity CARE (Christian Action Research and Education) lends unequivocal backing to a new Online Safety Bill
Thousands of Christians will gather in Westminster to speak up for the things they love which could be lost as a result of climate change
Helpful booklet from Christian Aid is a resource to help churches campaign for those who cannot speak
New research reveals impact of fleshandblood campaign; much more still needed
God is calling us to prayer to "make space" for him to speak and move, says General Secretary Lynn Green as she launches call to prayer
Tackling climate change has been firmly in the spotlight in recent days as the countdown to December’s crucial meeting in Paris continues
Churches and charities reiterate call for independent review of benefit sanctions
Thousands of UK children are gaining a better knowledge of the Bible thanks to storytelling programme Open the Book
The Children’s Society says a generation of teenagers are being let down by society and lobbies for new protections for 16-17 yr olds
The film has been launched by koko, the Girls' Brigade's multi-award winning blog for teenage girls
A new course aims to create employment opportunity and reduce poverty in rural areas
Lynn Green joins leaders of three UK Churches to call on the government to change the way it speaks about the migrant crisis
An initiative that seeks to equip women leaders to serve God in the world will be running in Birmingham and Huddersfield this autumn
Lynn Green responds to revelations that the DWP used fabricated stories in benefit sanctions leaflet
A group of volunteers head to the refugee camp to see what can be done
Government policies to tackle extremism may make it harder for evangelical Christians to share their faith, according to a new survey
The Evangelical Alliance highlights five ways the Church can respond
British Baptists have offered 150 bed spaces for Syrian refugees – and that figure is rising
More than two thirds of regular churchgoers consider joining the NHS Organ Donor Register to be a part of their faith
Organisations have been highlighting different ways Christians can respond to the worsening refugee crisis
In one week British Baptists have offered 250 bed spaces for Syrian refugees
The latest attempt to introduce assisted suicide was comprehensively defeated in the Commons on Friday (11 September)
Baptists encouraged to add support to Citizens UK's case for a Refugee Welcome and Resettlement Board
The five guides cover administration, events, community outreach, people on church premises and church property
Faith leaders urge Prime Minister to ensure the UK plays its part in achieving new international goals to tackle poverty and inequality
The biggest research of its kind released in the hope it will be a major catalyst for evangelism in the years to come
As the refugee crisis deepens, Baptist involvement continues to grow
Girls’ Brigade England and Wales members will be offered a free New Testament, thanks to The Gideons International
Baptists joined people from across civil society to participate in the inaugural meeting of the National Refugee Resettlement Board
A Baptist minister draws encouragement and challenges from the recent Churches Together in England forum
Criticism over the Department for Work and Pensions' refusal to undertake a full review of the benefit sanctions system
Giving, mentorship and finding a spouse are key concerns for Christian young adults, a new report has revealed
New research released on millennials and faith echoes concerns about mentoring which led to the formation of the Esther Collective
New report from churches highlights fundamental concerns with Welfare Reform and Work bill
Hilary Taylor reports on efforts being made to resource and connect our Union's small churches
Baptists are being encouraged to review their giving to the Home Mission Appeal this year by Union treasurer Malcolm Broad
Conditions in prisons continue to worsen
People of faith have been responding to the terror attacks in Paris
More than four in five churchgoers would personally help Syrian refugees this Christmas, a survey finds
Four major UK Churches have welcomed the Government’s commitment to limiting climate change, but have called for more to be done
BMS World Mission is excited to announce the launch of a new initiative that will help you play a part in caring for God’s creation
Major General Tim Cross argues democracies must not fall to the same level as groups such as ISIS
Baptists who oppose the bombing of Syria have mobilised on social media to form a petition expressing their doubts
National competition designed to be the catalyst for a fresh look at and celebration of the craft of preaching
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