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Birmingham church celebrates 60th anniversary

The New Testament Church of God Handsworth, one of the most well-known churches in Birmingham, celebrated its 60th anniversary with a range of events, which included a gala dinner, concert and special services. The celebrations focused on the church’s past achievements, which included the opening of their brand new £5.2m building in December 2009, as well as highlighting achievements of individuals who had been recognised by the Queen for their work, including leader Bishop Derek Webley, who was awarded an MBE.


Woman inducted as Head of UK Baptists

Rev Lynn Green was recently inducted as the first ever female General Secretary of the Baptist Union of Great Britain, at a special service held in Sutton Coldfield recently. Rev Green succeeds the former General Secretary, Jonathan Edwards. Prior to taking up the role, Rev Green was a regional minister with the Southern Counties Baptist Association team. Previously, she served as minister at Wokingham Baptist Church, and was team leader there for 11 years.


Mental health seminar

Dr Martyn Baker, University Lecturer and Clinical Psychologist, will be a guest speaker at a seminar aimed at helping faith communities recognise mental health symptoms, and informing them of the appropriate action to take. It will take place on October 7 at Wanstead Library, Spratt Hall Road, London E11 2QR from 6.45pm to 9.00pm. For more details, email Root Cause at or ring 07424 680494.


Viral video taken off web by church

An internet video, which showed Black film maker, Tyler Perry, praying for leading Black church leader, Bishop TD Jakes, that went viral, has been taken off the web. Over 200,000 people viewed the video, which showed Tyler Perry laying hands on the man of God at his church, Potter’s House in Dallas, after announcing he would be donating $1million towards the church’s developing new youth centre. The video attracted both praise and criticism.

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