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Secret Church in a Subway

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8th April

What would you do if you turned up to church and the gate was barred, with a notice saying that an ‘enforced closure’ was in place?

This was the sight that greeted the Hill City congregation on a recent Sunday morning.

As cars pulled up and families gathered, people were asking questions and a sense of confusion was mounting.

“Where are the elders?”

“I heard they were arrested.”

“Where shall we go?”

“What do we do now?”

We headed down into a subway tunnel not far from the church, next to a public car park. Huddling from the wind and cold, we sang a few songs a cappella, from memory. A few people shared some Scriptures of encouragement, then with crackers and Ribena, using bottle tops as cups, we shared communion.

Apart from a cryptic text sent the day before, warning us to bring coats and bottle tops, … Read More »

Open Doors

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11th March

As a church we have always sought to stand with brothers and sisters across the world who are being persecuted for their faith. One of the ministries that we are most grateful for is Open Doors, so we are delighted to announce that we have recently appointed Sophie Toovey as an Open Doors representative at Hill City. Here are some of her thoughts:

Open Doors is a Christian charity which focuses on strengthening the church in places round the world where it is very difficult to be a Christian.

Every year they publish a World Watch List of the 50 countries where persecution is the most severe. The main source of persecution currently around the world is Islamic extremist groups such as IS, Boko Haram or Al Shabaab. There are also some dictatorships like North Korea where there is very limited religious … Read More »

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