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The 1662 Book of Common Prayer, International

Book Review The 1662 Book of Common Prayer International Edition Given that the vast majority of 110 million Anglican Christians around belong to provinces that identify the 1662 Book of Common Prayer as their standard liturgy, it is no surprise that a publisher has...

Freedoms Assailed

One of the most concerning aspects of all the Covid restrictions is the way police, politicians, and governments have acquiesced so readily regarding the restrictions being placed and enforced on freedom of speech and worship in majority Christian nations—even in a...

Free Church of England Congregation Leaves After Actions of Bishops

The Church Council & Trustees of Emmanuel Anglican Church (FCE), Tunbridge Wells have unanimously voted to leave the denomination after actions by Bishop Primus (Presiding Bishop) John Fenwick and Bishop Paul Hunt have gone unanswered. The parish was a recent...

FCE Primus Accused of Blackmail & Racism

Free Church of England Bishop Primus, The Rt Revd John Fenwick has been accused of attempted blackmail and racism in a growing public dispute within the denomination. The FCE left the Church of England in 1844 and linked with the Reformed Episcopal Church in the US...

St Vincent Update

The West Indian island nation of St Vincent & the Grenadines is still struggling with the aftermath of a series of eruptions from the La Soufriere volcano that began 9 April. Twenty-thousand residents have been displaced by the disaster. Things have become more...

Dean of Cathedral Church of the Advent in Birmingham Cites Ongoing Conflict within The Episcopal Church.

The Very Revd Andrew Pearson, Dean and Rector of the Cathedral Church of the Advent in Birmingham, Alabama has resigned. The large, downtown parish has long been a bulwark against an increasing departure from biblical standards within the Episcopal Church, USA....

Finnish Bishop-Elect Charged by Prosecutor

Finnish Bishop-Elect Charged by Prosecutor Over 2004 Booklet Supporting Biblical Teach on Sexuality FINLAND – Rev. Dr. Juhana Pohjola, Diocesan Dean and Bishop Elect of the Evangelical Lutheran Mission Diocese of Finland (ELMDF) has been charged by Finland’s...

Heidelberg Catechism

Lord’s Day 4 Q & A 9 Q. But doesn’t God do us an injustice by requiring in his law what we are unable to do? A. No, God created human beings with the ability to keep the law.1 They, however, provoked by the devil,2 in willful disobedience,3 robbed themselves and all...

Skrine Instituted as Rector of All Souls’

The Revd Charles Walter Douglas Skrine was instituted as Rector of All Souls’, Langham Place on Wednesday, 28 April. His predecessor was The Revd Hugh Palmer. Palmer had been rector of the parish since 2005 and Chaplain to HM The Queen since 2012. Skrine had been the...

‘Lockdowns’

30 April 2021 During the 3 'Lockdowns' over the past year preachers who minister the Gospel in the open air have continued to be stopped from fulfilling their ministry to the public. For example in the past 5 weeks alone we have noticed: On Saturday 20 March 2021 two...

Lords Question Progress on Clergy Visas for Diocese of Europe

Lords Question Progress on Clergy Visas for Diocese of Europe

On Tuesday 13 April, the matter of securing visas allowing clergy with UK citizenship to serve or reside in EU countries post-Brexit was brought forward during questioning by the Bishop of Leeds, Nick Baines.

Bishop Baines’ questioned:  “To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the impact of new (1) visa, and (2) residence permit regimes for United Kingdom citizens working in the European Union on the numbers of Church of England clergy securing permits?”

On behalf of the Government, Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon answered:  “My Lords, the withdrawal agreement protects UK nationals who were lawfully resident in the EU before the end of the transition period.  Thirteen member states require them to apply for new resident status.  British citizens travelling to the EU for work may need visas or permits from relevant member states.  Member states are, of course, responsible for implementing their domestic immigration systems, and the UK does not hold information on the specific occupations of UK nationals abroad.”

Bishop Baines thanked the Minister for his answer and explained further the problem.  

“This is of course a question that goes wider than the Church, but left us consider a diocese in Europe supporting UK citizens which is now unable to assign clergy for locum duty, for example, because of the lack of clarity regarding work permits.  How do the Government intend to support UK citizens in what was an inevitable outcome of the withdrawal agreement?  Can the Minister give any practical encouragement to the Bishop in Europe as he seeks to resolve these issues?”

Lord Ahmad responded by assuring Bishop Baines of the Government’s close working with the Church of England and that embassies are providing “direct and relevant support.”

The Church of England’s Diocese of Europe ministers in over 40 nations to almost 300 congregations.  

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