Police Drugs Raid On Local Church?

Sometimes you come across a blog post on a church website, which is both awesome as a blog post (in its own right), and really informative about the type of church it is. Like this from St Mary Magdalene church based in Torquay, Devon.

“Local church raided for drugs”….

“Loads of police in the car park, apparently it’s not the first time the police have had to visit St Mary Magdalene church in Torquay”….

But it’s not true, well not all of it.

The truth is much more scary and shocking. 

At St Mags we have let ordinary people come in to church and they sometimes do things wrong. They take drugs, steal stuff, have broken relationships and yes, they are sometimes in trouble with the police. The most outrageous thing of all is that we have included many of “them” in the church family. In fact, we don’t even see it like that anymore. We have moved from being a community who talk about “them” to being a community who talk about “us”.

The police do visit our church, and often.

Most of the time, they are just served great coffee and given bacon baps while they chat informally to some of the most vulnerable members of our community.

Very occasionally (and I do mean very) the police come and intervene…

Read the rest over at their blog – and its worth a read.

Why do churches like feel like a rarity?

Vicky Beeching, Being Evangelical, and Getting Married

Premierchristianity.com have published an interview with Vicky Beeching, which took place soon after she came out, in which she talks about being evangelical, being gay, and Soul Surivivor:

I’m sitting in a cafe at Broadcasting House with Vicky Beeching. She has just been on BBC London with Vanessa Feltz and is set to go on air with Jeremy Vine on Radio 2. It’s less than 48 hours since she publicly announced she is gay, and the ensuing media whirlwind has generated multiple headlines and hours of radio and TV interviews.

Yet the former worship leader confesses to being more nervous about doing this interview than any of the others. Speaking to the evangelical Christian community about her decision is like ‘talking to family’, she explains. And she does not want to be misunderstood.
Growing up in the evangelical charismatic church, Beeching started writing worship songs aged ten. She became a mainstay of the contemporary Christian music scene in both the US and the UK. With her theological training and musicianship, she produced catchy songs that also have depth. Churches across the country sang ‘Yesterday, Today and Forever’ and ‘The Wonder of the Cross’, and she was a regular worship leader at Spring Harvest and many other Christian events.

Then, a few years ago, she stopped leading worship and writing music, and underwent a transformation of sorts. While pursuing a theology PhD at Durham University, she started to appear regularly as a media commentator on outlets such as Sky News and the BBC. She gained more than 50,000 Twitter followers and began a popular blog. Online, she championed technology and the Church, but also became a vocal supporter of same-sex marriage, swapping her doctoral thesis to that subject.

Read more at premierchristianity.com