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English Churchman Transatlantic Project
We are hoping to make English Churchman far more cheaply available in the USA for mutual encouragement as there are many serious Christians there.
The hope is to regularly send a box of copies to the USA for our distributor to send on to subscribers. This would hugely reduce the mailing cost but it needs a modest number of subscribers to get us started. With greater numbers we may even be able to print in the USA at a lower cost and get a quicker delivery too. If you are able to help us try to get this off the ground in any way, please email Englishchurchman@aol.com with USA in the subject line.
1. Much prayer.
2. Everyone to tell as many friends in the USA as possible about this project. Backissues can be viewed at www.englishchurchnan.com as well as more details.
3. Prospective subscribers in USA to notify us so we can keep them up to date with progress, send them sample copies and e-editions while waiting. The best way to do this is to email Englishchurchman@aol.com with USA in the subject line, but by all means phone or write.
4. Any help to subsidise the mailing costs, even very short term, would greatly help too, but we must emphasise that we not want readers to suffer in order to do that.
Here is the fuller explanation of the project which you may forward:
English Churchman is a Christian newspaper which was established in the UK in 1843 and incorporated St James Chronicle of 1761. Hopefully that long record says more than would the usual bunch of flattering commendations from friends or boasts of ourselves. Like the Apostle Paul, we would rather glory in our infirmities in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ alone.
We have much contact with friends in the USA and think it would be good to develop this and use English Churchman to encourage one another across the Atlantic.
That is why we are writing to friends and contacts and asking them to pass this on to others.
The Bible says, “As cold waters to a thirsty soul, so is good news from a far country.” Proverbs 25:25.
While all the news regarding the churches is not “good” it does nevertheless cheer the heart to have contact with Christians in different countries. Wouldn’t it be good to have more of this fellowship to cheer our souls?
There has always been a close connection between the USA and the UK, not least because of our common Christian foundations. How much greater is the communion of believers worldwide!
Surely there should be mutual edification and encouragement among Christians across the Atlantic. Sadly, while some of enjoy excellent communications through social media, much of the transatlantic ministry is either purely political or the hype and hysteria of a clique of celebrity internet preachers, the effect of which is little better than the money-grabbing smooth tongued televangelists.
There are clear exceptions, but many devout Christians who live sacrificial lives are in smaller churches or are scattered. We believe we have much to share with one another that is far better than the usual transatlantic cyber church.
We would like to receive news and views from the USA and to send our contributions from the British churches to the USA.
We encourage friends worldwide to submit letters and articles for publication and share ideas. Please do that, regardless of whether this distribution project gets off the ground or not and even if you feel unable to subscribe. Ideally we would extend this scheme to other countries.
Until now this has been hindered by the high cost of sending our bi-weekly (26 editions per year) publication to the USA. By God’s grace we hope we can now overcome this hindrance.
We are writing to ask you for your prayer and encouragement with this project. We write, not for personal gain, but after the manner of 2 Corinthians 8 and 9, not to try to push you, but for the furtherance of the Gospel and that our fellowship, joy and thanksgiving in the Lord might abound.
Sincerity, simplicity and clarity in Christ and against sin is the need of the hour in both our nations.
We cover a wide variety of subjects in the newspaper but not in every edition. Therefore please look at the archive of back issues on our website www.englishchurchman.com to get an idea of the range of content over several editions.
We should emphasise that our readers are not merely passive but many are very active in the work of the Gospel. They include not only pastors and preachers, but also many elderly friends who pray earnestly and are great examples of boldness in the Lord, not fearing man. Could you help us contact such precious people in the USA, some of whom may not use the internet? The contact between such people across the Atlantic through the English Churchman could be a source of great blessing. Could you help them obtain the newspaper or pass yours on to them? Can you contact other churches and Bible colleges in the USA to reach a wide number including future ministers?
We thank God that after some waiting we now have a distributor lined up in the USA. If we can win a moderate number of subscribers in the USA, we should be able, God willing, to supply English Churchman at a far more affordable price than previously possible. We are a UK charity and we supply the paper below cost but the high mailing cost has been our problem. Our agent will receive a box and then forward to individuals or groups.
Friends in the USA should be able to subscribe for about 50 to 70 USD per year for the 26 editions but we may consider an initial subscription for six months. If the Lord will open this door widely, hopefully this will be nearer the lower end of this price range. If friends can order an extra copy to give to others or organise a local or church group subscription, that will greatly help and it may be possible to offer a further discount. Alternatively, if you are very careful with money, we will not despise you if you share the cost of a subscription with a neighbour or even post it on to someone else once you have read it. Some of our best friends in the UK make a copy go a very long way!
Meanwhile we hope to send a sample copy and free web copies of the paper to those who register an interest while we are waiting for the USA paper subscription to begin.
If you have any contacts in the USA who might be interested, please encourage them to register their interest by emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org with “USA” in the subject line so that we can keep them informed of our progress.
Of course this is no obligation to subscribe and we will not burden you with many emails. Our desire is to do this for the Lord’s glory. May you know the Lord’s grace as you seek to follow him earnestly.
We have written more than we would have liked but we feel the need to explain things fully and carefully!
We can sum up in 4 points:
1. Take a look at the archive of past editions at http://www.englishchurchman.com/
2. Register interest by emailing Englishchurchman@aol.com with “USA” in the subject line.
3. Forward to your friends.
4. Please pray for us, not only to win a sufficient number of subscribers, but that we may be able to overcome many logistical hurdles to make the project possible.
IMPORTANT MESSAGE TO FRIENDS OUTSIDE THE UK – UPDATED 1st MAY 2014
We realise that individual non-UK subscriptions are expensive. This is due to the high mailing costs for 26 editions per year. To solve this we are trying to work through agents in individual countries.
USA – GOOD NEWS! – We now have an agent for USA. As soon as we can establish a list of over 50 people in the USA who would like to subscribe to the newspaper, we should be able to start cheap subscriptions to the USA. This should make the paper available in the USA for much less than half the current price and therefore be far more affordable. We would need at least 50 USA subscribers to start this but if we get 100 it would mean we could offer an ever better price. We could do the same for other countries if agents would offer to help. We are not yet quite sure of costs but we hope the annual USA subscription would be between $50 and $70, hopefully nearer the lower amount. We may start the project with a six month subscription for half this amount, ie $25 to $35.
Sample copies of the paper can be seen at www.englishchurchman.com.
The actual paper size is 12″ x 16.5″ and is printed on 80 gsm paper which is far better quality than typical newspapers.
What to do now:
1. If you are in the USA, please email email@example.com with “USA subscription” in the subject line, to be added to our list for updates on the situation. We hope to send some sample copies.
2. Please let friends your in the USA know about this.
3. Please be patient as this may take a few months to establish. We can send you some pdf copies while you are waiting.
Please do get in touch if you live in another country and would either like to subscribe or to take on this agent role. The agent would need to be available to post on copies every fortnight (two weeks) and to have an alternative person to stand in for any weeks when on holiday or unwell. The price for an annual subscription of 26 copies would hopefully be between $50 and $70. We should mention that agents need to be keen supporters of our mission as there is no salary for this!
Welcome to English Churchman. Our main format is a paper edition published every two weeks and available by subscription or by requesting your newsagent to order it for you. Meanwhile on this website we have some tasters, an archive going back to 2006, and some links to follow the Editor on Facebook and Twitter. Please do get in touch with your thoughts. We greatly covet the prayers of the people of God as we help one another. English Churchman To Follow the Editor on Twitter click ahead of this: Follow @PeterJRatcliff
Our Desperate Plight – Editorial for 6th Sept 2013 is HERE
English Churchman will, God willing, be at:
NEW* 2014 May 13th to 16th on the Church of England (Continuing) stand, a reformed witness to the Christian Resources Exhibition, Esher, Surrey. Come and visit us!
UKIP Conference (not endorsing any party!) 20th Sept 2013, Central Hall, Westminster
Salisbury Conference 27th/28th Sept 2013, Emmanuel Church, Salisbury
Church of England (Continuing) stand at NEC Birmingham Christian Resources Exhibition 3rd/4th Oct 2013
We’d be delighted to meet you!
Edition 7877 9th August & 16th August 2013 is available free HERE
Includes: Book review of Is God Anti-Gay? by Sam Allberry
Edition 7873 of 14th June 2013 is available free HERE
Features: Eight serious flaws in the Archbishop’s Speech, Protestant Reformation Society August Conference details, Graham Harrison obituary, Walsingham Witness report, Gospel light in 21st Century Hungary, Protest before Parliament, and usual features, letters, reviews and editorials.
Edition 7872 of 31st May 2013 is available HERE.
Edition 7871 of 17th May 2013
Features include: –
– Presbyterianism’s covert bullying of evangelicals.
Edition 7870 of 3rd May 2013 is the latest edition you will have missed if you are not subscribing to the English Churchman! We hope to eventually continue our archive of back issues for the public to use freely for study and research purposes but this is no substitute to a subscription to our paper edition.
Edition 7865 22nd February 2013 – includes articles on the following:
- Parliament Defies God – Rev Et Kirkland examines the redefinition of marriage proposal.
- Protestant responses to the resignation of Pope Benedict XVI.
- Human Rights political correctness through foreign aid.
- The Purpose of our Walk – the Battle for Souls – by Dr Peter Masters.
Edition 7864 8th February 2013 click HERE
- 1.Steve Chalke heresy carefully scrutinised by Rev ET Kirkland
- 2. Dr Peter Masters – extracts from his new book “The Personal Spiritual Life” – This is the best exposition we have read describing a far more excellent way than the so called charismatic ways of experiencing God.
- 3. JB Shucksmith – Predestination in the 39 Articles of Religion (conclusion)
- 4. Report of Church of England (Continuing) outreach to the Christian Resources Exhibition in Bristol.
- 5. Evangelical Theological Society Resembles Car Wreck
- 6. The Tragic Declension of WEST Theological Seminary
- Much more too . . . but you will need to subscribe !
Edition 7863 25th January 2013
- Refo500 Ecumenical Confusion
- David Skinner writes In Memory of Harry Hammond – Martyred in Bournemouth in 2001
- Is There Any Power in Anglican Evangelicals?
- Decline & Revival of Your Christian Life – Part 12
- Lance Armstrong – lessons to be learned – by Shoebat Foundation
- The 39 Articles – series by Rt Rev JB Shucksmith continues in Article 17 On Predestination
- What the Euro Cross Cases say about British Righteousness and Sovereignty
Edition 7862 11th January 2013
- Magna Carta 800 Year plans
- Immoral Clergy May be Bishops
- Decline & Revival of your Christian Life part 11.
- Lessons from 19th Century – Bishops resist The Oxford Tract Heresy
- Rome’s Sham Year of Faith – by Richard Bennett
- Christianity at risk in Middle East
- Book Reviews, Editorial etc
FINAL UPDATE FOR 2012
Special Online preview Edition 7861 for 28th December 2012 click HERE
- Marriage Proposals as Absurd as Marriage of Two Plastic Ducks
- Westminster Conference – The Big Thaw
- Spurgeon’s Unlikely Ladies
- Decline & Revival of Spiritual Life – part 10 – The Fruitless and Fruitful Professor
- Preaching Creation in the Open Air – Part 2 – by David Carson
Special Online preview Edition 7861 for 28th December 2012 click HERE
N.B. After this you will need to subscribe to the paper edition for 2013 as we will not be updating this webpage for some time! Alternatively, if you are not prepared to part with £19, why not go to your local newsagent and order English Churchman from there to collect each fortnight for the cover price of only 40p.
Click HERE for 14th December 2012 Edition 7860
Features: Pastor David Carson on Preaching Creation in the Open Air
Homosexual Marriage Debate
Wessex Jubilee Bible Distribution Report
Decline & Revival of Spiritual Life – Part 9 – On Grieving The Spirit
SPECIAL EDITION 30th NOVEMBER 2012
The troubles regarding women bishops in the Church of England have merely drawn attention to what was already plain to any true Christian – it is a church that has gone off the rails. Click HERE for full edition.
ARCHIVE UPDATED – PLANS FOR 2013
As the end of 2012 approaches and there is much ado in the Church of England we have updated the free Archive Pages so that all recent editions are available including the current edition. This will not be kept up to date in 2013 so now is a good time to have a look through some recent editions and consider a subscription to the paper copy for 2013 which we hope to continue to send out every two weeks.
WOMEN BISHOP CRISIS SCANDAL
While the news that the Church of England has been stopped from consecrating Women Bishops is good news, it comes from a church that is already in a terrible state. There are many implications that have not been addressed in the puerile feminist secular media, some of which will be explored, God willing, in the next edition of English Churchman which is due out on Friday 30th November. It is an incredibly low price of £0.40 to order from your local newsagent NOW.