Found 12 resource(s) in 'Looking at your Church', for August 2020.
Looking at Your Church (all articles) for August 2020Pandemic ‘transforms the Church into Netflix’ What has happened to church gardens and therapeutic gardening? Chinese government removes 250 crosses from churches Religious leaders condemn Beijing’s new national security law for Hong Kong All Party group of MPs warn of risk of genocide in Nigeria CAP still helping people out of debt Sudan’s new law... (3766 words)
Pandemic ‘transforms the Church into Netflix’The Covid-19 pandemic has “propelled the Church into the contemporary world,” says a new report from CPAS, an Anglican evangelical mission agency working with UK and Irish churches. ‘Everyone Welcome Online’ looks at the lockdown’s impact on churches and concludes, “Last month we were the Odeon, today we are Netflix. “In the 1950s, the Odeon... (486 words)
What has happened to church gardens and therapeutic gardening?This year’s Green Health Awards were just one of the many positive activities to be cancelled because of the current situation. Whilst churches have been closed their gardens have continued to grow, and many of these will have been used for therapeutic gardening. But have these been growing wild or have enthusiasts found ways round... (497 words)
Chinese government removes 250 crosses from churchesChinese authorities removed 250 more church crosses earlier this year, according to Bitter Winter, an organisation which monitors persecution of Christians. The crosses were removed from ‘Three-Self’ churches in Anhui province. The action was part of an on-going and wider campaign aimed at deleting Christian images and replacing them with Communist ones. One congregation of 100... (136 words)
Religious leaders condemn Beijing’s new national security law for Hong KongThe former Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, and Church of England bishops are among religious leaders who recently signed an international letter signed by hundreds of leaders around the world condemning Beijing’s new national security law in Hong Kong. It reads: “We, the co-signed, write to express grave concerns about the unilateral introduction of... (352 words)
All Party group of MPs warn of risk of genocide in NigeriaRelease International has welcomed a new report by UK parliamentarians highlighting the religious element behind much of the growing violence in Nigeria. The report warns of the risk of an unfolding genocide, and calls for UK aid to be linked to efforts to protect Nigerian villagers from attacks by Islamist extremists. The new report, by... (337 words)
CAP still helping people out of debtChristians Against Poverty (CAP) have been thanking their donors for helping “some wonderful things happen” despite the challenge of coronavirus. “These beautiful moments were made possible by your support,” says Paula Stringer, UK chief executive of CAP. “We’ve been able to make sure our clients don’t go without essentials like food, fuel and staying in... (199 words)
Sudan’s new law against FGM is welcomedA mission partner of Church Mission Society has warmly welcomed Sudan’s recent decision to criminalise female genital mutilation (FGM). Dr Ann-Marie Wilson, who leads the anti-FGM campaigning organisation 28 Too Many, has been pushing for years for the legislation. Since April, the law now says that perpetrators of FGM will face three years in prison.... (332 words)
Still helping our prisonersPrison Fellowship has reminded its supporters of the hardships facing prisoners during coronavirus. Many prisoners have had to spend nearly 23 hours a day in their cells. Though such lockdown has been essential for the protection of both staff and prisoners against the coronavirus, it has had the effect, says Peter Holloway, CEO of Prison... (157 words)
CPO – helping Christians reach their communities during lockdownChurches across the UK have been finding different ways to worship God, care for their communities, and express their faith during this unprecedented pandemic – and many of them have turned to the Christian agency CPO to provide specific resources to help. The company’s website offers a wide variety of posters and digital downloads reminding... (332 words)
Reflected Faith Series: a Prayer NotebookI recall when I was 14 years old going to stay on my own with my French cousins in the South of France, for three weeks during the summer holidays. It was a brilliant time which I thoroughly enjoyed. There was a sense of ‘freedom’ being away from close family and the ability to ride... (376 words)
God doesn’t mind if you are messy – says online serviceA vicar who has nearly 170,000 followers on Instagram and who regularly broadcasts on YouTube, says that God welcomes us all, however ‘messy’ we may believe our lives to be. The Revd Chris Lee, vicar of St Saviour’s in Wendell Park, warned against any of us being ‘embarrassed’ about the state of our lives when... (229 words)
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