CHURCH IS GOOD FOR YOU – SAYS STUDY

Page 1 March 19

The New Year issue of Good News evangelistic newspaper leads with research that proves people who go to church have better mental health. 

That may not be news to Christians, but this new global study confirms that Richard Dawkins' claim that faith is a "mental illness" is fake news.

Also in this issue:

… Plus all your favourite regular features such as our challenging Sudoku, fun crossword and tasty recipe.

 

ARCHBISHOP WRITES FOR CHRISTMAS SPECIAL

Page 1 March 19

The December issue of the Good News outreach newspaper features a Christmas message by Dr John Sentamu, written specially for Good News readers.

The Archbishop of York shares four ways to prepare for Christmas – and encourages us to ‘wake up’ on Christmas morning with “the best present of all time”.

Other Christmas features include...

Also in this issue:

… Plus all your favourite regular features such as our challenging Sudoku, fun crossword and tasty recipe. 

 

The Entertainer Launches The  Toy Appeal
Big Toy 
Appeal For Christmas

The Entertainer, the fastest-growing, family-owned high street toy retailer in the UK, has partnered with The Salvation Army in a campaign to give as many underprivileged children as possible the joy of opening a present on Christmas Day. 

The Big Toy Appeal encourages customers to pick up an extra toy to donate when they visit The Entertainer 
stores or shop online at TheToyShop.com – and for every toy donated, The Entertainer will also donate a toy, doubling the number of donations.  Online shoppers will be able to join the appeal by adding a gift to their basket. 

 
In 2018, an average week saw around 5,690 people attend a Salvation Army lunch club, around 13,000 children visit a Salvation Army centre for activities like play groups, and around 4,000 young people attend Salvation Army outreach clubs. Over the Christmas period The Salvation Army gave out at least 5,000 emergency food parcels to people in need, and through the partnership between The Salvation Army and The Entertainer, over 40,000 gifts were distributed to children who might otherwise not receive anything at Christmas.
 
Gary Grant, Founder and Executive Chairman of The Entertainer said: “At The Entertainer we believe that every child deserves the gift of play.  The Big Toy Appeal is all about making Christmas Day easier for those families who struggle at Christmas by providing toys to open on the big day. For every toy donated, The Entertainer will also donate a toy. Toy donations will then be distributed into the community via The Salvation Army for families who need our help the most. We encourage anyone who can afford to take part to donate a toy so we can help as many families as possible together.”
 
Tony Daniels, Director for Community Services for The Salvation Army, said: “During the festive season, many people will enjoy celebrating with their friends and family, sharing gifts together. But while for some this is a happy time of year, for others, things are a real struggle, with the choice being to provide their children with food or with a gift. The Entertainer’s Big Toy Appeal is a fantastic opportunity for local communities to join with us in helping people in need at Christmas time and to spread a little joy to children who might otherwise not receive any presents.”
 
The Big Toy Appeal will run from 1 November to 16 November 2019 in all 170 stores nationwide.

 

 

Trevor Casting Your Nets

TRAINING TO MAKE  

EVANGELISM EASY

A new outreach initiative called Casting Your Nets is available to churches across the country.

Casting Your Nets is a training programme that makes evangelism easy for everyone. The         
brainchild of Outreach UK Director Trevor Dickerson, it is a partnership between Outreach UK, 
Good News evangelistic newspaper and gospel booklet publisher Pocket Testament League.

Trevor says: "Casting Your Nets is an evangelism training course that makes outreach simple for all church members. Evangelism has too often been the ministry of a few enthusiasts rather than every individual Christian. Casting Your Nets shows how this can change. The practical training we offer equips every church member to share their own faith in Jesus Christ. But we not only equip Christians with the know-how of outreach, but also show them how to use some of the most effective materials."

Those materials are Good News itself and the gospel booklet 'Love is the Bridge', published by the Pocket Testament League, which contains the gospel of John (NIV) and a simple explanation of how Jesus bridges the gulf between us and God. Good News is an excellent give-away for starting conversations and Love is the Bridge makes a great follow-up for people who show an interest.

Casting Your Nets equips and resources ordinary Christians to meet Jesus' call to 'cast your net' on the right side of the boat - where the fish are. 

For more information on how your church can benefit from Casting Your Nets, contact Trevor at: info@outreachuk.org or call 0300 1231990 or see www.castingyournets.org