August CBA email update

Dear friends

Welcome to another of the CBA’s regular e-mails.  Just a reminder that as well as the regular email updates you can keep upto date by visiting the CBA website and facebook page

Geoff, Stephen, Colin, & Carol

CBA Regional Team

HOME MISSION Home Mission giving from Central Baptist Association churches from January 1st to the end of June 2015 totalled £125.017 as compared with £141.791 for the same period in 2014.

ASSOCIATION NEWS For information about the Association, events or news items, remember to visit or FaceBook page (we are liked by 163 people and rising!)

SAFEGUARDING There are two morning seminars planned for the Autumn and organised by the Association. One session for new workers or people wishing to brush up their skills on Saturday September 12th at Spurgeons Baptist church, Bletchley and the other on Saturday November 28th for trustees and safeguarding  to explore their responsibilities. This is at Holmer Green in Bucks. Places can be booked with Stephen Copson. See poster that your church secretary has for details.

Also, the Churches’ Child Protection Advisory Service (CCPAS) is holding a training day on safeguarding in Chesham on Friday September 4th. For details and booking, go to

TRUSTEES The Baptist Union is organising a roadshow in the autumn largely to discuss with trustees of churches their responsibilities in the context of the pension deficit situation. The meeting in Central will take place on Saturday October 24th at Christ Church, Stantonbury. There will also be some discussion about the new SORP guidelines coming in. Malcolm Broad, treasurer of the Baptist Union urges trustees concerned about pensions to come along to listen and ask questions. To reserve places, contact Stephen Copson.

FOOTSTEPS This training course organised by the Association and Regent’s Park College in Oxford is now taking bookings for the new session starting in September 2015 based at Christ the King church in Milton Keynes. See Association website for information  There is also a standalone session in the Footsteps 3 programme on Saturday October 3rd (9.30- 4.15) at Christ the King, Kents Hill, Milton Keynes  taking an in-depth look at Baptist identity entitled “Who do we think we are?” to be led by the Revd Emma Walsh of Regent’s Park College.  Cost is £33 per person and bookings can be made with Anne Lane on

SIT VAC: HOLMER GREEN, Bucks. We are looking to recruit a part time worker to help with the pastoral work within the church particularly within our children’s and young people’s outreach. This is a paid appointment (pro rata).  We would anticipate the successful candidate taking an active role and attendance at our Sunday service. Depending on skills / experience there would be ample opportunity to preach and lead services on a regular basis. Accommodation with a local family could be available if required.  Application deadline 31st August by email or letter marked private and confidential to the Pastor Anthony Smith at Holmer Green Baptist Church, The Common, Holmer Green, High Wycombe, Bucks, HP15 6TD or  Interviews will be help in the second week of September.

Directory update:

Croxley Green, Hertfordshire: Rev Lisa Kerry

Watling Valley LEP, Milton Keynes admin contact Mrs Ruth Davies

Watling Valley Ecumenical Partnership, Church of the Servant King, 33 Dulverton Drive

Two Mile Ash, Furzton, Milton Keynes

(Bucks) MK4 1NA

LIVING HISTORY Fuller Baptist Church, Kettering invites you to a celebration of the life and work of Andrew Fuller who died 200 years ago. On Sunday October 4th. Dr Peter Morden, Vice Principal of Spurgeon’s College, will be preaching at our 10.30 and 6.15 services and at 4.00pm will give a talk on Fuller followed by tea. Peter Morden’s new book on Fuller will be available. It would be helpful to know how many to expect for tea, please send numbers to: Revd David Milner, tel. 01536 745589


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