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PRESS RELEASE From Churches Together in England ‘Behind closed doors’
For Immediate Release Friday 23 June 2017 New report calls on Black Pentecostal Churches to do more to tackle the ‘hidden’ scourge of women blighted by human trafficking and modern slavery. ‘Behind closed doors – voices against gender based violence, human trafficking and modern-day slavery’ is a two-year research project that highlights the way domestic servitude and sexual exploitation are sometimes the presenting symptoms of an even worse condition of being trafficked and enslaved in Britain. Women are particularly vulnerable representing more than 50% of those affected. With many victims being of West African descent the report cites challenges and opportunities for the growing Pentecostal congregations peopled and led by West and Central Africans in Britain. Bishop Eric Brown, Pentecostal President of Churches Together in England remarks, “In recent years Pentecostal churches have experienced exponential growth in this country and around the world as communities where people have found solace and a space to thrive. It is important that our churches are aware of the signs of those caught up in this immoral trade and are therefore able to extend the love and care that are imperatives of the Gospel of Jesus Christ”. Among the report’s recommendations are awareness-raising among […]
Faith without Borders: Maximising the Missionary potential of Britain’s Black-Majority Churches
By Babatunde Adedibu on The Missional Network website The British social landscape in the last ten decades has undergone significant social and cultural change. Britain today is a melting pot of diversity and ethnicities. The 2011 Census reveals the role of migration in the ethnic diversity of Britain, with one out of eight people in the population being immigrants. Another aspect of social and cultural change in late modernity is secularisation, which can be defined as the compartmentalisation of Christianity to the private space. A growing secularisation was suggested by the disparity between the 2001 and 2011 figures in the UK Census. Rev. Arun Arora, director of communications for the Archbishops’ Council of the Church of England, explained that it was likely that fewer people had identified as ‘cultural Christians’, that is: …those who have no active involvement with churches and who may previously have identified as Christian for cultural or historical reasons. They indicate a changing pattern of religious life in which traditional or inherited identities are less taken for granted than they used to be. In the midst of the social and cultural discontinuities in Britain, the last century has seen the advent of missionaries from the […]
Theology of Reverse Mission
Posted on June 13, 2013by israelolofinjana The subject of reverse mission, that is, missionaries and pastors from former mission field now ministering in Europe and North America is becoming a phenomenon that is attracting the attention of both academics and the media. The BBC documentary titled reverse missionaries which was aired last year is an example of the latter. Within academic circles and mission practitioners the question remains, is reverse mission a rhetoric or a reality? I believe only time will answer this question because we are still living through missionaries and pastors being sent by churches and mission agencies from the global south into Europe and North America. To illustrate, this week I was speaking at a mission conference organised by Global Connections ) of which the theme was, Passion for mission: Mission to a Dark Continent. The conference had speakers who are pastors and missionaries from Nigeria, Kenya, Peru and Zambia sharing their stories and missionary journeys in Britain. One thing the four stories had in common was the fact that they were all ministering within a multicultural context or in strategic partnership with British indigenous churches or mission agencies. Also at the conference I met a missionary couple who […]
Reflections on the Radicalisation of Black British Youth
Posted on July 23, 2013by israelolofinjana Gathering at St Pancras Church Hall last Wednesday (17 July), I was one of many church leaders meeting to consider the issues around why young black British boys are being radicalised. The conference lamented that the Church, including the black majority churches in the UK, have failed young black men. The informative event tried to discuss issues that perhaps the government will not really want to address regarding the two boys suspected of murdering Lee Rigby on 22 May. The two boys in question are both of Nigerian background and parentage, but born in this country. They were also of Christian background before converting to Islam. Richard Reddie, who has written a book about why many young black men of Christian background have converted to Islam, told the gathering that many of the boys he met felt that Christianity with a white blue eyed or fair Jesus gave them no sense of resonating with black identity. Reddie explained that many of these boys appear to have found an identity in Islam which they couldn’t find in Eurocentric Christianity. The masculinity factor may also be problematic. It appears that our churches have been feminised to the extent […]
The Government’s Stop and Search Consultation
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Recent Events in the Life of the Black Majority Churches
Celebration of Windrush and the death of Dr Tayo Adeyemi Posted on July 3, 2013by israelolofinjana The past two weeks have been very significant in the life of the Black Majority Churches. The 22nd of June marks the 65 years anniversary of the arrival of SS Empire Windrush at Tilbury in London which carried about 493 Caribbean from West Indies. Majority were ex-servicemen who were returning to Britain to help build the mother country after the devastation of the Second World War. To remember and as well celebrate this occasion there was a Windrush service of Thanksgiving at Bloomsbury Baptist Church in London. The second event is the passing away of Dr Tayo Adeyemi on the 30th June after a prolonged illness. Dr Adeyemi is the founder and Senior Pastor of New Wine Church in Woolwich, south east London. I will like to at this stage give my condolences to the wife and 3 children of Dr Adeyemi and pray that God will grant them peace and grace at this difficult time. These events are very significant in the life of our black churches, one looks to the past to remember the struggles of black people and the pioneers of the black church […]
Thinking Outside the Box On Race, Faith and Life
Thinking Outside the Box is a collection of articles, lectures, talks, sermons, homilies and presentations that emerge from Bishop Dr Joe Aldred’s work as a Black male Christian; a bishop in a Pentecostal church; an ecumenist with Churches Together; a broadcaster; writer; public speaker; and social commentator. His personal reflections address such themes as race, the Bible, the Black Church, progress, ecumenism, politics, preaching, multiculturalism, Christmas, money, leadership, destiny and parenting. This diverse mix of writings reflect an eclectic life and ministry in which a mixed-portfolio of roles has been an ever-present companion.Be challenged by what you read. Agree, disagree, argue, correct; but most of all, enjoy!ISBN: 978-1-906190-65-1 BINDING: Paperback SIZE: 216mm x 138mm PAGES: 212 MARKET: Black Interest, African Caribbean Interest, Religion,Race & Race Issues, Political, Social, Non-Fiction PRICE: £10.00 (please include UK P&P @ £1.50 or International P&P @£7.50) PUBLICATION: May 2013 Buy Now! Please complete the order form below and send your payment using either by Cheque or BACS, see details below. By cheque payable, ‘Respect Enterprises Ltd’, 3 Shakespear Crescent, Hockley, Birmingham, B18 5BT Or By BACS* to The Royal Bank of Scotland – Account Number: 10020527; Code: 16-26-36 International Payments: BIC: RBOS GB 2L; IBAN: GB94 RBOS1626 3610 020527 *If you pay […]
Christians Consider Ways to Stem the Flight of Black British Youths to Islam and Radicalisation
Press Statement 18 July 2013 Christians and Muslims met in London on Wednesday 17 July 2013 and considered why young black Britons are abandoning Christianity in favour of Islam; why some converts are being radicalised; and what Christian churches can do in response. The all-day seminar informed, shocked and challenged in equal measure. Speaker Richard Reddie, author of ‘Black Muslims in Britain’ (Lion 2009) explained that the journey from Christianity to Islam amongst British blacks date back to the 1960s, and continues to be an expression of black people’s search for identity and certitude, which converts say they do not find in Eurocentric Christianity; including black churches. Also, a lack of clear answers to questions about some central tenets of Christianity, such as the trinity, proves problematic for converts. As one told Reddie, ‘Islam provided answers to questions I’ve always had; it’s helped me walk a straight path; it’s given my life purpose’. That converts tend to be more zealous is a further to challenge the churches, and the number of converts is growing. ‘Time is not on the Christian church’s side’, Reddie said. Adverse social conditions such as racism, bad experiences in the Criminal Justice System and deprivation contribute […]
Local Church petitions Prime Minister to Launch Inquiry into Black over-representation in British Prisons
Press Statement for Immediate Release 22 July 2013 by The Church of God of Prophecy in Britain A local church that is located within a stone’s throw of HM Prison Birmingham, formerly Winson Green Prison, has written to Prime Minister David Cameron asking him to launch an Inquiry into the mass incarceration of Black British young people of African and Caribbean descent. The petition which has been signed by over 150 congregants says: We the undersigned, being members and friends of the Church of God of Prophecy, Winson Green, Birmingham B18 7DL, call upon our Prime Minister to hold an Inquiry into why such a disproportionate number of young people, particularly young black men, are in Prison in Britain. We understand that young black British men are up to five times more likely than white to be in prison. The congregation was responding to a sermon that asked, ‘Why are so many young black men in prison, and what can the church do’. The sermon highlighted the startling statistics that whilst African and Caribbean people in Britain represent approximately 3% of the population, their proportion of the prison population varies generally between 13% and 22%, with some prisons in the south […]
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To heighten public awareness of the significant achievements of the Jamaican UK community and its outstanding contribution to the development of the United Kingdom.
Caterham Methodist Church is situated on a main road, in a residential area with several housing developments nearby. It is a multi-purpose building. The church is small, with a mainly elderly congregation, but on most Sundays we have a small number of children worshipping with us. It was established in the early 20th Century as a base for non-Conformist soldiers at the Caterham Barracks. (Those are now closed – and converted into a residential area called “The Village”). First to be built were the “rest rooms” for the soldiers, followed by a traditional non-Conformist chapel. The building became an ordinary Methodist Church many years ago, and underwent a significant re-casting in the 1990s. The “rest rooms” are now on a Lease to Saturn V Gymnastics club, who do important work with people with learning difficulties. The “Church” became a multi-purpose space, which is very well used throughout the week. Our worship follows a mainly traditional style, but we have a mix of traditional and new hymns. The first part of the service is geared to the young members of our congregation, with a suitable song, and talk or activity that caters for them. From time to time we hold an […]
As part of the Church of God of Prophecy UK, Jubilee Christian Centre (JCC) fellowship we are a vibrant, spirit led, Pentecostal church that represent an expression of God’s Church here in the City of Wolverhampton, West Midlands, UK. We are all committed to bringing the message of Freedom, Hope and Salvation to the community we serve, it’s our mandate, it’s our responsibility and our greatest pleasure. The Bible, the living word of God enables JCC to be effective inside and outside of the local church, through meeting the needs of the community and sharing the ‘Good News’ of the Gospel by supporting developing new converts and nurturing the spiritual growth of our members. Whether you are a Christian or searching for answers, we invite you to come and join us in entering a life-changing experience with Jesus Christ and begin a journey of your life in your God given destiny.
To present the Gospel of Jesus Christ to the local community in a powerful, practical and relevant way. To encourage every member of the Church to develop their God given Ministry and to fulfil their potential.
We are a friendly, muliti-cultural church situated in South East London. If you are in the London area, we would love for you to visit us.
The Lithuanian Christian Church in London is a charismatic Evangelical Christian community owned by the KTLCC (Kensington Temple London City Church) Churches Network, which unites about 130 churches in the United Kingdom. This network, in turn, belongs to the International Elim Pentecostal Movement (Registered Charity No. 251549), which combines 600 churches. Our main goal is to know Christ and to follow Him both personally and as a community. Our vision is Lithuanians and the world for Christ in England and Lithuania. We love and respect all people, we accept everyone, regardless of race, nationality, social or cultural status. Through the principles of schooling and cell growth, we strive to win Christ and the faith of consolidating Lithuanians and people of other nationalities living in England and Lithuania.
River Church was established in 2003 by the merger of two local churches. We are a growing church, always seeking new initiatives to spread the word of God. Our style of worship is modern, lively, and encourages intimacy with God, deepening our spiritual life and understanding of him.
The Free Breakfast Forum is designed for Pastors and Leaders to discuss biblically based solutions, that could reduce the impact of common health issues affecting the local communities and plaguing the body of Jesus Christ. The conference aims to develop strategies and solutions that can be implemented through the Church as the key local steward.
Gathering the Body of Christ around the country to discuss health transformation.
Jamaica celebrated its 55th anniversary of Independence in 2017 which was marked by a series of events and initiatives across the UK. In recognition of this significant milestone and to round off the celebrations, two Prayer Breakfasts have been organised – one in Birmingham and one in London – to give God thanks for the past, to explore present challenges and opportunities, and to look with hope and trust to the future of our beloved island of Jamaica and its diaspora across the globe. In the presence of Jamaican High Commisoner, Seth George Ramocan, members of the diaspora and friends of Jamaica are invited to come along and share in prayers, discussions, fellowship and a delicious hot Caribbean breakfast! This invite relates to the London Prayer Breakfast, please see details below: Date: Saturday 5 May 2018 Time: 8.30-10.30am Venue: New Testament Church of God, Lambert Road, Brixton, London SW2 5BB Speaker: Rev Marcia Da Costa N.B. If you would like to attend the Birmingham Prayer Breakfast please click the following https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/birmingham-prayer-breakfast-jamaica-55-uk-tickets-42613661609