Bangor Worldwide has released details of its programmes planned for Convention week during a launch event held in Bangor on May 27.
The theme for the summer Convention, which takes place from August 20-29 is: ‘The Lord reigns, let the earth be glad.’
The majority of the events will be held at Hamilton Road Presbyterian Church but there are also events in the neighbouring Baptist Church as well as in Belfast, Dublin, Drumreagh, Lurgan and Magherafelt.
Chairman Tom Clarke said: “In normal circumstances, we bring together a range of international speakers. With the pandemic ongoing, this has not been possible and we have made the decision to invite primarily UK based speakers from mission agencies.
“Our focus on the first main evening meeting will be The Persecuted Church and this will be held, God willing, at Assembly Buildings in Belfast on Saturday August 21. Bishop Michael Nazir-Ali, former Bishop of Raiwind in Pakistan and Bishop of Rochester from 1994 until 2009, will join other speakers to give us an insight into the realities of persecution across the world.
“Fiona Bruce MP and Jim Shannon MP will also join us to tell us about their work in Parliament supporting people of faith around the world.
“Bible teaching is a central part of our Convention and we will be holding morning Bible studies each weekday at 11.30am. Jonathan Lamb has chosen ‘Trusting God in turbulent times’ as his theme for the week studying the book of Habakkuk.”
To comply with Covid-19 measures, registration for most events including the morning Bible studies and evening meetings will be required in advance by signing up on the Bangor Worldwide website.
Launch events were held in Union Theological College in Belfast and Hamilton Road Baptist Church. Mark Ellis, Director of CUI, spoke at both events and Pastor Trevor Ramsey and his wife Maggie, from Newtownbreda Baptist Church who are heading out to serve in Benidorm, were interviewed at the Bangor event.
For more information on all the events taking place during the convention, visit the website www.worldwidemission.org or follow on social media (@BangorWorldwide on Instagram and Twitter, Bangor Worldwide Missionary Convention on Facebook).