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Churches Attacked amid #EndSARS Protests in Nigeria

Churches Attacked amid #EndSARS Protests in Nigeria JOS, Nigeria, October 23, 2020 (Morning Star News) Protests against police brutality in Nigeria that grew into generalized unrest over poor government took on a religious dimension this week with attacks on Christians and church buildings.Following peaceful protests that began earlier this month against torture and killings by... Read more

Christian leaders plead with Welsh Assembly to keep churches open during ‘firebreak’ lockdown

(Photo: Unsplash/Gregory Hayes)Christian leaders have sent a pre-action letter to the Welsh Assembly calling for churches to be kept open during the 'firebreak' lockdown.  Churches in Wales are being forced to shutter over three Sundays during the lockdown, which started on Friday evening.  They will only be allowed to open for funeral or wedding ceremonies.... Read more

Churches drive online giving as collection plates take a hit

(Photo: Unsplash/Anna Earl)Churches across all denominations are now increasingly turning to online giving as a majority of them report reduced giving in the pews amid the coronavirus pandemic, according to Ministry Brands. The trend was highlighted in results from an online survey of 1,400 church leaders conducted by Ministry Brands, a provider of software, services,... Read more

Colorado Churches Beat State in Court as Judge Overturns Worship Restrictions

Colorado Churches Beat State in Court as Judge Overturns Worship Restrictions A pair of Colorado churches won a religious liberty victory last week when a federal judge ruled they could meet indoors without an attendance cap, provided they continue following the states social distancing requirements.At issue are state COVID-19 restrictions that limit the capacity of... Read more

Why Dont Churches Talk About Health? | RELEVANT

How many sermons have you heard about fitness and health? Not many, I bet. But there’s astounding evidence that issues of physical health are issues in America today: 70 percent of Americans are overweight or obese, according to the American Heart Association. Statistics show Christians in America may be more overweight than the general population.... Read more

Churches could soon face prosecution over LGBT treatment, says Steve Chalke

A man waves a rainbow flag while observing a gay pride parade in San Francisco, California June 28, 2015.REUTERS/Elijah NouvelageFormer evangelical Steve Chalke has claimed that churches could soon face prosecution over their treatment of LGBT people.  He tweeted over the weekend: "When I began to welcome LGBT people into my church, the Evangelicals threw... Read more

Steve Chalke and the threat to prosecute evangelical churches

Former evangelical leader Rev Steve Chalke has become an outspoken advocate for LGBT people and same-sex relationships.Steve Chalke has given us a straw in the wind about what will be coming next in the ongoing campaign to change church doctrine and practice in line with the current cultural zeitgeist. He tweeted: "When I began to welcome... Read more

COVID Has Already Shut Down Some Churches, Don’t Let it Cancel Christmas, Too

COVID Has Already Shut Down Some Churches, Don't Let it Cancel Christmas, Too The shoeboxes for Operation Christmas Child bring hope to kids who desperately need to feel Gods love. But during this time when the coronavirus pandemic is making it nearly impossible to just go to church, its even harder to get these boxes... Read more

Bethel Is Weathering a COVID Outbreak as Churches Cope With the Pandemic | RELEVANT

In light of the recent coronavirus outbreak at Redding, California, megachurch Bethel, we look at what major faith leaders are saying about whether or not congregations should be gathering in-person again. Here’s the latest RELEVANT News:   [embed]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RkeJp_EZajc[/embed]   See Also   Article/Post Source

‘Open Your Church’: John MacArthur Urges Pastors to Reopen Churches despite COVID-19 Restrictions

'Open Your Church': John MacArthur Urges Pastors to Reopen Churches despite COVID-19 Restrictions Pastor John MacArthur of Grace Community Church in Los Angeles, California is calling pastors and church leaders across America to reopen their churches despite COVID-19 restrictions by leftist and secular government officials who seek to shut us down.According to The Blaze, MacArthur... Read more

Listed churches encouraged to do small repairs to protect their buildings

St Mary Rickinghall, Diss, Suffolk. A Minor Repair grant of 7,500 enabled the replacement of missing roof tiles and leaking asbestos cement gutters, the repointing of small cracks, and the renewal of leaking rainwater gullies.(Photo: Historic England)Hundreds of at-risk places of worship have been helped by a 1.8m support scheme run by Historic England.  The... Read more

10.7m fund to support 66 at-risk churches

(Photo: Church of England/Colin Watts)Some 66 churches and cathedrals nationwide are to benefit from grants totalling 10.7m. The Government's Culture Recovery Fund for Heritage is to distribute the grants to a total of 16 cathedrals and 50 parish churches that were financially viable prior to Covid-19 but are now at risk of failure because of... Read more

‘Christianity Doesnt Belong in China’: Communist Officials Demand Churches Replace Crosses with Nation’s Five-Pointed Star

'Christianity Doesnt Belong in China': Communist Officials Demand Churches Replace Crosses with Nation's Five-Pointed Star Persecution of Christians in China by the Chinese Communist Party has continued to rage on, despite COVID-19 restrictions.Local officials have removed crosses from the rooftops of hundreds of churches, religious liberty magazine Bitter Winter reports.In August, Two Chinese Christian Councils... Read more

New York’s Governor Threatens to Close Churches, Synagogues if They Don’t Follow Social Distancing, Mask Wearing Rules

New York's Governor Threatens to Close Churches, Synagogues if They Don't Follow Social Distancing, Mask Wearing Rules New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo says he will close churches and synagogues in New York City if they do not agree to follow the rules concerning social distancing and masks.We know religious institutions have been a problem, he... Read more

Virginia Pregnancy Center, Churches, Private Schools Sue State over New LGBT Employment Rights Law

Virginia Pregnancy Center, Churches, Private Schools Sue State over New LGBT Employment Rights Law A pregnancy center, a group of churches and private schools in Virginia are suing the state over a law that says employers cannot discriminate on hiring based on gender identity and sexual orientation.According to The Christian Post, Calvary Road Baptist Church... Read more

Churches call on Government to cancel debt of poorest households

The Government is being urged to cancel the debt of people who have fallen into hardship after months of coronavirus restrictions. The Reset the Debt campaign is the joint initiative of the Baptist Union of Great Britain, Church Action on Poverty, the Church of Scotland, the Methodist Church and the United Reformed Church.  They warn that... Read more

Churches ‘are among the safest’ public places in the pandemic, says bishop

(Photo: Unsplash/Thays Orrico)The extent of hygiene measures in place across churches has made them "among the safest places for people to attend" in the ongoing pandemic, a senior Catholic leader has said.  Bishop John Keenan, Vice President of the Bishops' Conference of Scotland, praised the "tireless" work of priests, parishioners and volunteers in keeping churches... Read more

Smaller churches struggle to livestream their services on YouTube

(Photo: Unsplash/Con Karampelas)Smaller churches have not been able to host their online services at their requested time on YouTube. The online video-sharing platform has been moving the times for some users with less than 100 subscribers allegedly due to heavy traffic, but without informing them. Pastor Stuart Chaplin of Bushy Hill Park Community Church in... Read more

Hong Kong churches called to stand up for democracy as Beijing tightens its grip

(Photo: Unsplash/Joshua J Cotten)A pastor's son and pro-democracy campaigner has urged Hong Kong churches to do their part in standing up for freedom in the territory. Samuel Chu, whose father Rev Chu Yiu-ming co-founded the Umbrella Movement, said Hong Kong churches had "fallen behind" in the struggle for democracy. Speaking at a webinar organised by... Read more

Stop! Think Twice Before Switching Churches in 2020

The one thing we didnt need at the beginning of the year was more time online and less time in church, but thats exactly what has happened. And it hasn’t helped. Over the past few months, Ive heard from pastors across the United States, from Uganda to Canada to Australia, who report the same trend:... Read more

Why I signed an open letter telling the Government not to close churches again

(Photo: Unsplash/Ricardo Frantz)Over 700 church leaders from a wide variety of denominations and organisations have sent a joint letter to Boris Johnson and First Ministers of the devolved governments. There are doubtless many more who would sign and others who cannot in all conscience sign it, either because they don't agree with something in it, or... Read more

Churches Hit Home Run with Services in Ballparks, Stadiums as COVID-19 Cancels Sports

Churches Hit Home Run with Services in Ballparks, Stadiums as COVID-19 Cancels Sports SOUTH BEND, Ind. (RNS) It was sunny and 73 degrees, the perfect day for a baseball game.But thats not why the crowd filled the stands Sunday (Sept. 20) at Four Winds Field in South Bend, Indiana, home of the South Bend Cubs.They... Read more

Churches join in praying for schools during Covid pandemic

(Photo: Pexels/Jessica Lewis)Churches and Christians are praying for schools across the UK today as they face unprecedented challenges from the coronavirus pandemic.  The National Day of Prayer for Schools is an initiative of the Pais Movement and is being backed by CARE and the Diocese of Blackburn, which is encouraging local churches to take part. ... Read more

Pastors plead with UK’s leaders not to shut down churches again

(Photo: Unsplash/Aaron Burden)Over 20 pastors have come together to urge the UK's Prime Minister and First Ministers to "refrain from socially damaging restrictions" as the country faces the prospect of a second national lockdown. The pastors come from across the UK and particularly call on the UK's leaders "not to close churches again".  In an... Read more

Churches Offer Aid to Those Affected by Hurricane Sally

Churches Offer Aid to Those Affected by Hurricane Sally Hurricane Sally, an uncharacteristically large hurricane that hit multiple states in recent days, has left more than 500,000 residents without power and caused untold millions in damages. But that hasn't stopped local churches from doing what they can to help out.In Alabama, at least two churches... Read more

Churches in China need Bibles following historic floods – Mission Network News

China (MNN) — Parts of China saw once-in-a-century flooding in recent weeks. Above-average rainfall and subsequent flooding affected 70 million people throughout the country; damages cost at least $29 billion. The deluge caused more financial difficulties this year compared to previous seasons, Chinese officials report. Kurt Rovenstine of Bibles for China says rural church partners... Read more

Churches Report Giving Boost Months after Pandemic Started

Churches Report Giving Boost Months after Pandemic Started (RNS) Giving to congregations has shifted upward after churches closed their buildings earlier this year due to the coronavirus pandemic, a survey shows.The new State of the Plate research finds that close to two-thirds (64%) of churches across the country reported in August that giving is either... Read more

Beirut churches sew hope as resilient Lebanese recover – Mission Network News

Lebanon (MNN) — Six weeks after a massive explosion obliterated downtown Beirut, parts of Lebanons capital city are starting to recover. Its proof once again that the Lebanese people are resilient, Heart for Lebanons Tom Atema says. Atema returned from Beirut shortly before speaking with MNN. There [are] some parts where you would not know... Read more

Chinese Officials Offer Citizens $70 for Pictures of Illegal Underground Churches

Chinese Officials Offer Citizens $70 for Pictures of Illegal Underground Churches Government officials in one of Chinas most populous provinces are offering monetary rewards to citizens who report on illegal religious activity venues, including underground churches, according to a new report.In August, the Ethnic and Religious Affairs Bureau of Gushi county in Henan province began... Read more