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The times they are a changing! And it’s time to be prepared!

The times they are a changing! And it’s time to be prepared!

The same day that I sat down to write this article I received an alert from the National Counter Terrorism Policing Head Quarters (NCTPHQ). This is nothing new – as a member of the association of security consultants I receive these on a regular basis. What was so alarming for me was the fact that Christian communities have been, over the last year, such high-profile targets for terrorism – according to the NCTPHQ, listed alongside police, military, Christian communities, night time economies, concert halls, sports stadia, shopping centres, bars, cafes, airports out of the above list of targets. Which is the odd one out and why? This list is based on information gained by our security services. And the point I am making is that we should all sit up and take this seriously; we cannot afford to bury our heads in the sand. Since becoming a Christian in 1983, I have always had a strong interest in supporting the persecuted church around the world, and seen how church buildings, and more importantly Christian communities, have been targets for radicalised organisations and individuals. Unfortunately, this has got worse in the last few years, with unprecedented types of attacks over the past 14 months, such as in Paris, Nice, and in Rouen, where an 84 year old priest was beheaded while taking Mass in his church. In December, two weeks before Christmas, a bomb exploded in the Coptic Christian cathedral complex in Cairo, Egypt. But what can we do? And how should we respond? We are almost paralysed by the horrific thoughts of what if….? Could this happen in my... read more
Making meetings work – Part 6

Making meetings work – Part 6

John Truscott concludes his six-part series on what may for you be new ideas to ensure that church business meetings are effective. This will be relevant for Ministers, office-holders, and all members of councils and planning groups.

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Alarm Bells!

Alarm Bells!

The practice of churches being left unlocked to enable visitors to pray at any time has, sadly, passed. Most places of worship now consider security matters to be a priority. Eric Thorn discovered that some UK places of worship have not yet taken advantage of a helping hand from the Government.

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Making meetings work – Part 5

Making meetings work – Part 5

John Truscott continues his series on what may for you be new ideas to ensure that church business meetings are effective. This will be relevant for Ministers, office-holders, and all members of councils and planning groups.

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School Featured Articles

Mary Hare benefits from Sagetech

Mary Hare benefits from Sagetech

SAGETECH has scored another success with the sale of one of its ZM vertical panel saws to the highly regarded Mary Hare School near Newbury, which specialises in the education of deaf children.

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Renewable heat pumps – point to the future

Renewable heat pumps – point to the future

Rising energy bills and a raft of challenging legislation now place a requirement on educational establishments to focus on energy efficiency as never before. Major refurbishments and new-build projects often have to comply with strict council planning regulations that demand a renewable element to their heating requirements.

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I have been looking at your past magazines on the website to look for previous articles. Thank you for getting back to me. I have been on John Truscotts website and I have found the articles I was looking for (along with many others!). Thank you for replying so quickly and getting that sorted. Keep up the good work!

Administrator, Trafalgar Road Baptist Church

We recommend ‘Maintenance & Equipment News’ to all our parishes. It is an extremely informative and useful publication.

Duncan Green

Archdeacon of Northolt

Thanks for a very useful publication!

Mr P N Brooks

Church of the New Jerusalem

Thank you for the winner’s cheque. I appreciate this very much. I always enjoy tackling the crosswords as they are quite challenging and informative.

Clive Pearce

I just wanted to let you know how excellent your online publication is!

Drew Aitchison

Custodian of Bath Abbey

Yesterday I attended a day conference at Westminster Central Hall and at one of the breakout sessions a delegate from the north mentioned my articles re hymns and commended M&EN to the group – I introduced myself to him during a coffee break.

Reverend Eric Thorn

Free Church (Baptist) Minister and M&EN article contributor

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