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Vacancies at SOON Ministries

SOON Ministries produce free evangelistic literature in four languages for Africa and Asia.

They are looking for 4 to 6 new team members - find out more at

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Christian Resources Together - Shortlists for the 2013 awards

(July 2011 - December 2012)

Book of the Year
Change your words, Change your life Joyce Meyer Hodder & Stoughton 9781444745207
Life Without Limits Nick Vujicic WaterBrook/Multnomah 9780007450735
There are No Strong People Jeff Lucas CWR 9781853456244

Reference Book of the Year
In the Steps of Saint Paul Peter Walker LionHudson 9780745955551
New Testament Prayer for Everyone Tom Wright SPCK 9780281069064
The New Lion Bible Encyclopedia Mike Beaumont CLionHudson 99780745955261

Biography of the Year
Eric Liddell: Pure Gold David McCasland LionHudson 9780745955711
Out of the Ashes Peter Gladwin with Jan Greenough Monarch 9781854249920
When you Pray Joanna Collicutt BRF 9780857460899

Devotional Book of the Year
Kneeling with Giants Gary Neal Hansen IVP 9780830835621
Run Your Race Rachel Hickson Monarch 9780857210319
The Shack Reflections William Paul Young Hodder & Stoughton 9781444745924

Adult Fiction Book of the Year
Mortal Fire: Secret of the Journal: 1 C F Dunn Monarch 9780857212023
The Hunted Hare - Aidan mystery Fay Sampson Monarch 9780857212047
The Sons of Jude Brandt Dodson Monarch 9780857212054

Children's Book of the Year
Bible Detective Peter Martin LionHudson 9780745962764
My Carry-along Angel Activity Book Jocelyn Miller LionHudson 9780745963273
The Lion Book of Prayers for Me Christina Goodings LionHudson 9780745963464

Youth Book of the Year
500 Prayers for Young people Martin Saunders Monarch 9780857210173
Mettle Guide to Starting University Simeon Whiting CWR 9781853457418
Mosaic - God is Good Maggie Barfield Scripture Union 9781844277193

Contemporary Album of the Year
The Hurt and the Healer MercyMe Authentic Media 736211602091
Live in Miami: the Aftermath United Hillsong Music HMACD255
Where I Find You Kari Jobe EMI/Kingsway 5099908312822

Praise and Worship Album of the Year
Best of Lou Fellingham Live Lou Fellingham Kingsway KMCD3301
Cornerstone Hillsong Live Hillsong HMACD260
Everything in Colour Ben Cantelon Kingsway KWCD3289

Gospel Album of the Year
Best of Homecoming 2013 Bill Gaither Gaither 617884756420
Decade Israel & New Breed Integrity 000768506028
Jesus at the Centre Israel & New Breed Integrity 000768506325

Adult Media
Courageous Sherwood Pictures Provident Films 602341005494
Faith, Hope, Love & Everything in Between Mick Brooks CWR 5027957001329
October Baby Eric Wilson Provident Films 602341005296

Children's Media
Chuffed Live Doug Horley Elevation ELE1684A
New Testament Tales ebook Bob Hartman LionHudson 9780745962849
Kindle Edition (Amazon) B00884C7S
Robin Good and not so merry men Veggie Tales Authentic Video 5060256820758

The Real Easter Egg Meaningful Chocolate


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Michael Ramsey Prize shortlist announced

The shortlist has been announced, and the judges will be deliberating in the coming months. The winner will be announced at the Hay Festival in May 2013.

Full details are available on the website:

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Librarian's Christian Fellowship - Events in 2013

Annual conference - 'Beyond Librarianship'
This will take place at Methodist Central Hall, Warwick Lane, Coventry on Saturday 20 April 2013. The theme will be' Beyond Librarianship' and our speakers will be our Life Vice President Dr. Donald G. Davis, Jr., Emeritus Professor of Library History at the University of Texas at Austin and Heather Lewis, Librarian, HMP The Mount, Bovingdon, Hertfordshire.

Heather's address will deal with such topics as redundancy, unemployment and using library skills outside the traditional library and information sectors while Donald will be speaking on the theme of Retirement.

Annual lecture
2013 will mark the fiftieth anniversary of the death of the famous apologist and novelist C.S. Lewis and our Annual Lecture will take a new look at the enduring influence and legacy of this noted Christian writer. Dr. Michael Ward, author of Planet Narnia, will be our guest speaker and the lecture will be held on Saturday afternoon 19 October 2013 at the New Road Baptist Church, Bonn Square, Oxford. Admission is open to all - not just librarians.

More information is available at from The Secretary, Graham Hedges: email:

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Christian Resources Exhibitions

Christian Resources Exhibitions Resourcing the church across the UK.
  • CRE West 2013
    UWE, Bristol
    Wed 23rd & Thu 24th January 2013.

  • CRE International 2013
    Sandown Park, Esher
    Tue 14th - Fri 17th May 2013.

  • CRE Midlands 2013
    NEC, Birmingham
    Thu 3rd & Fri 4th October 2013.

  • CRE Scotland 2013
    Royal Highland Centre, Edinburgh
    Wed 27th & Thu 28th November 2013.

Visit their website:

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Christian Resources Together - 2012 award winners

(July 2010 - December 2011)

Publishing - Books of the Year
Book: Simply Jesus Tom Wright SPCK 9780281064793
Bible: ESV Study Bible HarperCollins 9780007453276
Reference: The One-Stop Bible Atlas Nick Page LionHudson 9780745953526
Fiction Book: Her Daughter's Dream Francine Rivers Tyndale House 9781414336848
Children Over 12: Rise Jason & Rachel Gardner IVP 9781844745043
Children Under 12: Big Bible Challenge Matt Baker Scripture Union 9781844275847

Media Products of the Year
Adults: Christianity Explored DVD Tice & Cooper The Good Book Company 9781907377563
Children: What's in the Bible 3 Phil Vischer Jellyfish / Kingsway 31809136324

Card & Gift Product of the Year
Sports Notebooks Penfold Swansonic 788200606689

Music - Albums of the Year
Praise & Worship: 10,000 Reasons Matt Redman Kingsway 5099996785324
Contemporary: Light the Sky Soul Survivor Survivor KMCD3150
Gospel: Gospel's Best Worship Various EMI / Kingsway 5099990753824

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Connect4Life - Journeys from Disconnection to Reconnection

Connect4Life is a relatively new organisation, seeking to inspire and mobilise the church, and equip each member to reach out to friends and contacts - to the 'disconnected' and the 'unconnected'. For more information about resources designed to provide a crucial primer for those who are not yet Christians or who are reconsidering the Christian life, please see the website at

If you are a leader or someone who is in process of reconnecting, please take part in our short survey which looks at the journey many Christians go through:-

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Journey To Faith: a local training course for rural churches

The Arthur Rank Centre have developed a training course to help local congregations in rural churches with evangelism. Journey to Faith is a low key, simple training programme that can be run by any local church - or group of churches - over 2 half-days. It requires no outside or expert help; all the material and resources that are required are freely available to download from - where more details are also available

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Internet Evangelism Day

... is Sunday 28 April, and the entire month of April is designated as Digital Outreach Month. There are all sorts of ways you can help promote this, e.g. at

Internet Evangelism Day is a strategic resource to help the worldwide church understand these issues and use the Web to share the good news. It is both a year-round online guide and an annual focus day. Churches are encouraged to use Internet Evangelism Day resources to create a presentation for their members on that Sunday. The IE Day site offers free downloads: PowerPoint, video clips, handouts, drama scripts, music and posters. Website:

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Fresh Expressions on Youtube

Fresh Expressions have a new video on YouTube to introduce their work. The following link takes you to it as part of a List of Fresh Expressions Videos on Youtube

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Holy Monastery Icons

The Karakallou Monastery of Mount Athos has compiled a lavishly illustrated and produced book of its icons, featuring 152 items selected from their collection. The book has 552 large (23x32cm) pages, 241 colour illustrations, and whilst written primarily in Greek, the icon titles are in English and there is a special summary chapter in English as well. ISBN:978-96-0999140-7 (9789609991407)

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Christian bookshop - take a virtual tour

Melanie Carroll, owner of Unicorn Tree Books, has demonstrated how quick and easy it is to use a smartphone to provide a virtual tour of your shop on your website. Take a look at

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Back to Church Sunday 2013

Information at

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Speaking Volumes

Have you ever been into a public library and wondered where the Christian books were? So often they are tucked away, hidden among other titles or not there at all.

Now you have an opportunity to make a change. There is a search on for the best new book that all public libraries should have. The search is being organised by Speaking Volumes which is a charity that promotes reading, through placing Christian books into libraries.

Often a book is the first thing someone will look at to find information about the Christian faith, so they need to be in libraries in the community where they are accessible to many people. Speaking Volumes allows this to happen by inviting individuals or groups to buy a selection of books, at a reduced cost, to put in libraries, schools and other places where borrowing a Christian book could be a life changing experience.

If you think you could use the Speaking Volumes scheme to make a difference to people in your community, please check out the website

Also look at the website where members of the public can vote for what they think is the best new Christian book that should be in every public library. Visit the website to see the shortlist from which to choose and vote. Every entrant will get a free ticket to the Christian Resource Exhibition in May where the winners will be announced.

Ultimate Christian Library Book 2012


The winners of the 'Ultimate Christian Library Book 2012' award were announced on 9th May.

The picture on the left shows them both:- Andrea Skevington and Andrew White - with Dvid Winter, who presented the awards, in the centre.

Shortlist - 18+
A Time to Care Emily Ackerman IVP 9781844744879
Resistance Fighter Susie Howe IVP 9781844745173
The Wrong Messiah Nick Page Hodder Faith 9780340996270
Faith Under Fire Andrew White Monarch Books 9781854249623
Mugabe and the White African Ben Freeth Lion Books 9780745955469
And the winner is... Faith Under Fire, by Andrew White, published by Monarch Books

Shortlist - children 0-18 years
A New Shape Anna Payne CWR 9781853456060
Babylon Hannah MacFarlane Scripture Union 9781844276189
My Look and Point Bible Christina Goodings Lion Children's books 9780745962061
The Lion Classic Bible Andrea Skevington Lion Children's books 9780745961064
The Oncoming Storm Andrew R Guyatt Scripture Union 9781844276196
And the winner is... Lion Classic Bible by Andrea Skevington, illustrated by Sophy Willliams, published by Lion Children's Books

Awards News, April 2012: Canon Andrew White and Nick Page will be attending, as will Susie Howe, Andrea Skevington, Andrew Guyatt and Hannah MacFarlane.

Hundreds of public votes have now been counted and the results locked away until the Christian Book Awards Ceremony on Wednesday 9th May at 12 noon when the winners of both adult and children's category of the 'Ultimate Christian Library Book 2012' will be announced.

Guest presenter is David Winter, a prolific author himself with 41 titles published. He was also a journalist and broadcaster, having been head of BBC Religious broadcasting, he remains a regular contributor for 'Thought for the Day' as an ordained minister. David will be interviewed during the event (as will Canon Andrew White).

Everyone is welcome to the ceremony held during CRE at the Park View Suite at Sandown Racecourse - the first 100 guests will receive a free goody bag. There is also an opportunity to meet the shortlisted authors and purchase signed copies of their books.

For more information, see

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Assess your church website

Part of the Internt Evangelism Day website, and a useful and engaging way to assess your own church's web presence. Fill in the online questionnaire, see what you score, and get a report back. It makes some relevant points in an attention-grabbing way, which is unusual for US-based advice on this subject.

More at

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Good Church Websites is a new website providing comprehensive but digestible advice on creating... good church websites.

It's for all UK churches, but particularly aims to encourage smaller local churches with limited resources. It includes examples of existing church websites (and promises to award special mugs to the web managers of any churches featured).

More at

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