40 DAYS OF DARING GREATLY is upon us. The GATHERINGS events in different parts of the association begin this week (it would be great to see you)!! This is a rare opportunity for our congregations to meet & share together in a hopefully encouraging and inspiring event s – see poster for details.
As part of our 40 days we have a women in leadership retreat day It’s not too late to book in.
SAFEGUARDING: Safeguarding training will take place at Park Street Baptist church, St Albans on Saturday morning June 25th. Contact Stephen Copson for details.
CENTRAL BAPTIST ASSOCIATION: Council meeting in Milton Keynes on April 14th
FOOTSTEPS TRAINING COURSE: Footsteps 1 and 2 meet on Saturday April 16th at Christ the King, Milton Keynes.
FOOTSTEPS PATHWAYS: “Mind the gap? Bridge the Gap” Saturday May 7th, with member of BMS Mission Centre in Birmingham at Church of Christ the King, Kents Hill, Milton Keynes, MK7 6HG. How can the experiences of overseas mission help Christians in the UK to recognise and make connections with all sorts of cultures? For more details, contact firstname.lastname@example.org
MINISTERS’ CONFERENCE: Information has recently been circulated about the Ministers’ conference at High Leigh in Hertfordshire from October 10th to 12th 2016. If you have not received information, and think you should, please contact Geoff Colmer.
BAPTISTS, INSURANCE & LIABILITY: At the end of January all BUGB churches were contacted about the legal liability of church members in a Baptist church. This was an important communication and we encourage churches to note the contents. All the information that was sent can be found in the guideline leaflet L16 Legal Liability of Church Members in a Baptist Church on the Baptists Together website – www.baptist.org.uk - ‘Resources’.
Most Baptist churches are structured as 'unincorporated associations' and the leaflet explains the very small risk that in certain situations, Baptist church members could face a legal liability in an unincorporated church. It also outlines important steps that churches can take to protect their members from this liability; this includes purchasing appropriate insurance cover and having adequate policies and procedures in place. We would encourage you to take this opportunity to review your church’s position taking into consideration the activities undertaken by the church and others on its premises and the church risk profile.
CBA GRANT APPLICATIONS: The next deadline for Central Baptist Association grant applications is May 20th. Application forms available from the Treasurer, Karen Hopkins.
STUDENT YOUTH WORKER OR INTERN: High Street Baptist Church, Tring, is a growing, community-focused church in the middle of a busy market town. With a congregation of 100+, we are looking to appoint a student youth worker or intern to start in September 2016. You will work as a member of a team that includes our Ministers and Children’s Work Co-ordinator.
As a leader for our young people you will be responsible for co-ordinating and facilitating all our youth work, including Sunday groups, midweek groups, involvement in local schools, service in the community and social events. There is also scope to work in a wide ministry context. This is an exciting opportunity for anyone seeking experience of church-based youth work.
Accommodation options are available. For more details, or to apply for this role by attaching a CV, please contact our Church Operations Manager, Kevin Ashton, at email@example.com.
FIRECAMP: a new gathering for Baptists, around the campfire. The event will take place at East Mersia, Essex, CO5 8US.
• 23-26 July 2016 (arrive a day earlier for the pre-party).
• This is a vibrant, creative, participatory camp of all ages organised by grass-roots Baptists.
• 3 nights gathering around the campfire, fired by the story of God.
• Tickets are limited to the first 100 people.
• You will be Fire Camp: create, relax, party, explore and meet.
For further details and to book a place see: www.firecamp.org.uk
FREE BANNERS. Southcourt Baptist in Aylesbury are disposing of a number of well-made banners that reflect many different aspects of Christian faith. These are free to any who can make use of them. Please contact Jeanne Upton (tel: 01296 425797) for further details.
Ins and Outs of Ministry
Sarah Harrison-Potts has moved from her roles at the Youth Offender Institution and associate minister at Newport Pagnell to Wellsping LEP, Wirksworth.
Jane Robson will be inducted to the pastorate at Tilehouse Street, Hitchin on April 16th.
Andrew Muchunga will be welcomed as pastor at Wigginton (Tring) in April.
David Warrington is being inducted to the Abbey Centre, Northampton on April 16th.
Stephen Wood left the pastorate at Carey, Hemel Hempstead after Easter Day.
Charmaine Howard is now living in Milton Keynes.
Chris Doig, interim minister of Whaddon Way, Bletchley has retired.
Kenneth Payne has moved in retirement to Aylesbury
Ron Smith, a retired minister living in Milton Keynes, died in March.
JPIT RESOURCE FOR THE EU REFERENDEUM: As the 23rd of June quickly approaches we will be presented with more and more information as we try to find an answer to the question "Should the United Kingdom remain a member of the European Union or leave the European Union?". But how do we begin to make sense of this information and how might we bring our faith to bear on this important issue?
Within the four denominations that make up the Joint Public Issues Team we believe that Christians should be engaging in the political processes that shape our society as we follow God’s call to work and live for a better society. The EU referendum is one of these processes. As you read this the team are busy preparing a resource to help people explore some of the issues and questions that surround the referendum; issues such as sovereignty, the single market, freedom of movement, the environment and more. The resource entitled “Think, Pray Vote”, will try to approach these issues and more from a Christian perspective, providing information, the opportunity for theological reflection and different perspectives from Christians intending to vote both in and out on the 23rd of June. More details for the resource will be published on the JPIT website but if you would like to be notified when they are published please email us.
HOLY LAND TOUR 2017: Rev David Ronco (Hertford) is planning another of his popular introductory trips to the Holy Land next year. The nine day tour from May 10th - 18th is ideal for first time visitors. Whilst exploring key Biblical sites in Galilee, Nazareth, Jerusalem and Bethlehem it does not try to cram in as much as some tours do. As well as walking where Jesus walked, the trip also provides unique opportunities to meet local Christians and understand how the Lord is working today through his church in Israel/Palestine. For more information contact David on 01992 420742 firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.baptisttwinningisrael.org.uk.
HOLIDAY ACCOMMODATION: The Baptist Union of Scotland has a property both in Colonsay and Findochty available to let to ministers at a reasonable cost for holidays. For more information, please get in touch with Stephen Copson.
CHURCHES, FAITH and SCIENCE: ‘Equipping Christian Leadership in an Age of Science’ is a project headed by Prof David Wilkinson. It aims to help those in Christian Leadership to be more confident in engaging with science. Part of the project is an initiative called ‘Scientists in Congregations’ – featured on the BU facebook feed and the monthly mail out a few weeks ago.
The project aims to provide grants of up to £10,000 for new projects designed by local church leaders and science professionals to bring science-theology/faith questions into the learning and worshipping lives of local congregations of all sizes and types.
They are looking for projects that engage with questions of science. Churches will have the opportunity to create a conversation that is stimulating not only for the congregation but also for the surrounding community.
If you are interested in developing projects to engage further with science and faith, either locally or across the association, then perhaps this might be of interest to you.
The deadline for application is 5pm on May 3 2016. For more details on Scientists in Congregations and the criteria for bids see: http://community.dur.ac.uk/christianleadership.science/the-project/scientists-in-congregations/