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FRANCIS WOOD; CHURCH MATTERS.

REVIVAL - ALIVE AND WELL Since the Salvation Army temporarily moved from its home in Westgate Road to Brunswick Methodist Church members have been surprised at the result. Sunday evening worship has taken off! Methodism and Salvationism go so well together. After all, we're told that Methodism was born in song, and the Salvation Army provides just that. One result has been an evening of Wesley's Greatest Hits. More lusty singing followed in an evening in the revivalist tradition. Songs such as When the Roll is Called Up Yonder and Storm the Forts of Darkness! added greatly to the powerful preaching on these occasions. The coalition will continue tomorrow evening at 6pm at Brunswick (near Fenwick's) when the theme will be "In Christ Alone."

GIDEONS As a child, I attended a Church service in which we were told to raise our Bibles and shout out, "The Sword of the Lord and the Sword of Gideon!" I never understood why because I knew nothing about this Gideon. Then, 50 years later, I discovered a copy of the Bible in my hotel bedroom. It had been placed by the Gideons, a society that places Bibles in hotel bedrooms for travellers to dip into during their stay. This work began when three commercial travellers in the USA formed the society in 1899. They took their name from the story of Gideon in the Book of Judges (Chapter 6), when a small group of men defeated the armies of Midian. Gideons now work worldwide and became established in the UK in 1949. Internationally over a billion Bibles have been placed so far. And they do more than place Bibles in bedrooms. They aim to spread the knowledge of God through personal evangelism and united service for the Lord Jesus Christ. Next Saturday (October 2) they are having a celebration at the Regent Chapel, Regent Farm Road, Gosforth at 7.30pm. All welcome.

NO SECULAR AGE! When the Pope left to fly back to Rome he left behind the thought that we live in a secular age. The theme was challenged this week by the retiring Bishop of Durham, Tom Wright in BBC's Today programme. He maintains that, far from secular, we live in an increasingly religious age. "We need to find new ways of dealing with the way human beings have messed things up. It is when people see Christian Aid or Cafod really making a difference that people start to take notice," he said.

DIARY DATES SUNDAY: Perkinsville Methodist Church. Harvest Festival. 10am Hexham Abbey. Family Fun Concert. Songs, Spooks and Soldiers, 3pm TUESDAY: St Hilda's, Marden, North Shields. Induction of Rev Claire Greenwood as Vicar. 7.30pm NEXT SATURDAY: St George's URC, Morpeth. Autumn Fair. 10am-1pm SS James and Basil, Fenham. Easy Listening with Whiskey Butler. 7.30pm Please send items for CHURCH MATTERS to Francis Wood 52 Albemarle Avenue, Newcastle upon Tyne NE2 3NQ or telephone 0191 284 533.
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Publication:Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)
Date:Sep 25, 2010
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