Clerics lend support to manufacturing industry
THE Vicar of Elloughton and Brough, in the diocese of York, the Revd Richard Walker, and the Methodist Superintendent Minister of Brough, the Revd Dr David Perry, said that they were “profoundly shocked” by BAE Systems’ announcement this week that it plans to make 900 employees redundant from its plant in Brough. The decision will “devastate our local economy”, they said. The Bishop of Blackburn, the Rt Revd Nicholas Reade, pledged the “full support” of the Church of England to those who would lose their jobs at BAE plants in Lancashire. The Archbishop of Canterbury has called for the Government to save the Bombardier train manufacturing company in Derby, after his recent trip to the city.
Young people use mobiles to ‘textify’
HUNDREDS of teenagers are this month taking part in Hope Revolution’s “Textify” campaign. They will text spiritual questions, or a “God thought”, to their friends as a conversation-starter. The youth organisation’s challenge also encourages participants to spend a week in prayer for three friends.
Pioneering pilot-year proves popular
A NEW Pioneer Mission Leadership training course run by the Church Mission Society has recruited 20 students for its pilot year. It expected 12. The course is accredited by Oxford Brookes University, and has a practical mission focus. Students will serve on a chaplaincy team at a college in West Bromwich, and on a housing estate in Iffley, Oxfordshire.
RC Archbishop criticises gay-marriage consultation
A CONSULTATION on the legalisation of marriage for gay people by the Scottish Parliament has been criticised by the RC Archbishop of St Andrews & Edinburgh, Cardinal Keith O’Brien, during a homily in St Patrick’s, Edinburgh, earlier this month. “The family and marriage existed before the state, and are built on the union between a man and a woman”, he said.
London evangelistic festival launched
THE London 2013 Festival, which will include evangelistic talks by Franklin Graham, Billy Graham’s son, was launched this week at Church House in Westminster. More than 200 Christian leaders attended. The festival will encourage Londoners to develop evangelistic lifestyles and verbal skills in order to share the gospel. www.london-2013.com/about.htm