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Posted by Phillippa Smith, 5 Feb 2016

Phillippa Smith describes her own experience of using the Churching service in the Book of Common Prayer.

Recently, my daughter turned one. In the days leading up to her birthday, I spent time looking back over her first year, going through copious photos and wondering how the time can have gone so quickly! Just over a year ago, we were excitedly (as well as a little apprehensively) preparing for the birth of our first child. Whilst I wasn’t particularly looking forward to the ‘giving birth’ bit, I was looking forward to meeting our new baby, discovering whether it was a ‘he’ or a ‘she’, and proudly introducing him or her to our family and friends. As well as all of these things, my husband, being an Anglican clergyman, and a big fan of the Book of Common Prayer, was also looking forward to ‘churching’ his wife…

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Posted by Cassie Martin, 4 Feb 2016

How do you cope with children with special needs? Cassie Martin reviews Andrew & Rachel Wilson's book in the latest edition of Churchman:

Andrew and Rachel Wilson have two children with special needs and this book is a co-written (chapters by each of them) thoughtful and thoroughly biblical reflection on their own experiences.

There are lots of things I love about this book…

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Posted by Lee Gatiss, 1 Feb 2016

Details of the next Church Society conference and AGM in June.

This week, many will be meeting on the Church Society - Fellowship of Word & Spirit conference “Big Church”. Which seems a good moment to tell you about our next gathering, at the annual Church Society conference and A.G.M. in June.

This year we’ll be looking at the theme of faithfulness, and what it means to remain steadfast in the Church of England today. We live in a turbulent world, and life is not always easy for evangelicals within the storms of the Church of England. How can we move forward together, without being blown off course or losing our way?

Mike Ovey, Principal of Oak Hill, will speak on how we can be faithful teachers in an age of confusion, looking at the major threats to the truth of the gospel which face us in the church today.

Mark Pickles, Director of Anglican Ministry Training at Oak Hill, will help us to be faithful stewards in a fickle world, so that as men and women, clergy and lay people, serving the gospel in many different ways within the church we can withstand the pressures upon us from inside and outside.

And in the good bishop’s 200th year, Lee Gatiss will speak on J.C. Ryle: A Faithful Anglican, and what we can learn from his example as we seek to spread the same good news as he did in the nineteenth century.

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