The Prayer Calendar for November is now available to download. With one item for every day of the month, please use this to inform your praying for the many churches, agencies and individuals who are faithfully serving the Lord both in the UK and around the world. Thank you!
Another very convenient way of accessing the calendar is via the mobile app PrayerMate. Sign up for the daily feed here. Use this app for your mobile device and subscribe to our calendar to receive the prayer item for each day direct to your phone or tablet.
In January the Good Book Company hold their next residential conference for Youth, Children’s and Family workers. Such has been the growth in demand for places each year that the venue has changed to Swanwick for 2017. Christopher Ash is the main speaker, and they have streams for people who are starting in ministry, and for developing leadership skills and theological understanding. It is a great training conference for this often neglected area. There is also a bursary fund for churches from poorer areas (particularly those in UPAs), to help make it more affordable. Further details and booking form.
Author Vaughan Roberts, the Rector of St Ebbe’s Church in Oxford, has written a timely new book addressing the topic of transgenderism, explaining the roots of this ideology, and offering practical guidance to Christians seeking to love the individual and speak truth.
Roberts, known for his book ‘Battles Christians Face’, tackles transgenderism in his usual accessible style, with biblical grounding and compassion. ‘Transgender’ begins with explaining gender dysphoria and its symptoms, and asking how Christians should respond to this cultural change. He posits that we often have two responses: Blind disgust, or blind affirmation (or as he puts it, "Yuk!", and "Yes!") Neither, he emphasises, are helpful, as they are emotional and simplistic. Instead, he encourages Christians to take time to consider the issue in depth and with sensitivity... (more)