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The June 2022 Edition of the CBS Newsletter

Dear Brethren,

"Now we do not want you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning those who are reposing, lest you may sorrow according as the rest, also, who have no expectation. For, if we are believing that Jesus died and rose, thus also, those who are put to repose, will God, through Jesus, Lead forth together with him. For this we are saying to you by the word of the Lord, that we, the living, who are surviving to the presence of the Lord, should by no means outstrip those who are put to repose, for the Lord himself will be descending from heaven with a shout of command, with the voice of the chief messenger, and with the trumpet of God, and the dead in Christ shall be rising first. Thereupon we, the living who are surviving, shall at the same time be snatched away together with them in clouds, to meet the Lord in the air. And thus shall we always be together with the Lord. So that, console one another with these words." 1 Thessalonians: 4 : 13-18

This Newsletter has a retro look about it, carrying details of past and future fellowship gatherings, just like it used to in those far-off pre-Covid days! Out in the world though, it's clear that old normality won't be returning any time soon, if it ever does. We have emerged from a two-year chaos of tiers, rules and guide-lines only understood with any clarity by lock-down anoraks, but many will still be experiencing routines similar to what happens every time Jan and I visit her parents in a local care home: we aren't allowed over the threshold until we have produced proof of negative lateral flow tests, had our temperatures taken by a member of staff, and donned masks, aprons and gloves for the duration of our visits.

As far as the flesh is concerned, it is probable that further dispiriting, debilitating and traumatic times lie ahead. But our God is love, He is unchanging, and He won't alter His plan in any detail, including that which awaits the believer at the snatching away. There has never been, and will never be, a moment when we can't take refuge in His Word, and sustain ourselves through prayer to our ever-listening God.

I'm delighted to be able to begin the news content of this issue with details of this year's Concordant Bible Society of Great Britain Conference - perhaps, as it's the second consecutive event of its kind, we can again term it annual! Excellent though our virtual 2020 conference was, in-person fellowship, it hardly needs saying, is incomparably better. Everyone who attended Thornleigh last year felt blessed. To regulars it was a reminder, if one was needed, of how precious these times together are, and the six "Newbies" who joined us all said that, God willing, they would be with us again this year.

Here are the details of the 2022 Conference:
Friday, 9th to Sunday 11th September.
at THORNLEIGH HOTEL, Grange over Sands, LA11 7HH.

Sunday night accommodation is again available for those who want to extend
their Conference experience into Monday morning, as many do.

Prices: £180 per person for Friday and Saturday night.
£232 per person including Sunday night.

This includes all meals over the weekend,
en suite rooms and use of meeting rooms.
Cheques made payable to Concordant Bible Society.


God willing, the 2023 Conference will be from
Friday 8th to Sunday 10th SEPTEMBER 2023.

A weekend of warm fellowship and edifying talks awaits us. Sunday night is a time of informal fellowship, with Jan's quiz, as ever, providing both spiritual brain-food and laughter! As usual, part of Saturday night at conference will be taken up with a Question Time session. Questions can be submitted to us right up to the session, even during it, but if God lays anything on your heart between now and Thornleigh, why wait and risk inadvertently throwing away the scrap of paper you committed it to or not being able to find it in the folder in which you buried it? Send it to me as soon as it occurs to you. The bonus, for all of us, will be the study the extra time allows the panel as they prep their answers.
Thornleigh sometimes lay on entertainment on weekday evenings, so if you'd like to lengthen your stay, look at their website,, or contact them for details on 015395 32733.

For details of the venue,
visit the Thornleigh Hotel website or click on this link:



May twenty-eighth saw around twenty of our fellowship gather together at Sedgley Community Centre, near Dudley, for a meeting hosted by Keith and Sandra Leedham, the first of these cherished events since twenty-third November, 2019, a welcome end to another spiritual drought.
The day was a profoundly blessed occasion: Four edifying talks, by Andrew Maclarty, Keith Leedham who gave two, and myself; hymns accompanied by our stalwart pianist, Linda Pengelly, and plenty of time to chat.
If you're not yet on my mailing list to be informed of upcoming "Leedhams Meetings" and would like to be, let me know.

One reminder about subscriptions for Unsearchable Riches Magazine. Jan will, as usual, be paying over UR subscriptions to The Concordant publishing Concern around the turn of the year, for 2023, on behalf of those who have sent us cheques for £14. If you would like to be added to the list, please let us have your remittance by 24th December 2022.

We note the passing, in recent months, of three beloved brethren. We hold their loved ones in our prayers.

Ed Gore spoke several times at conferences in the 'old days'. He passed away after many years of poor health, which he endured with an unwavering faith.
John Dawkins was a regular at Concordant gatherings. He was earnest in his studies, while possessing a somewhat puckish wit. He was always keen to share his faith and is much missed.
Brian Williams died following a stroke, having been predeceased by his wife Denise a few months earlier. He was a very faithful believer and was a keen witness to God's love wherever he went.

That's all this time folks. We look forward to seeing a good number
of you for a blessed time at Thornleigh in September.

God bless you all, Malcolm and Jan

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