CBA email Feb 2016

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

CENTRAL BAPTIST ASSOCIATION COUNCIL: For a summary of the January Council meeting see following:

40 DAYS OF DARING GREATLY: Your church by now should have received Poster and leaflets relating to this – if not, please get in touch with Colin ( You can download a copy of the Tri-fold leaflet relating to 40 Days of Daring Greatly here and the Poster here

The CBA are holding three evening ‘gatherings’ during the forty days period, spread across the Association
– 10th April: Stopsley, Luton with Steve Moody
– 24th April: Mount Pleasant, Northampton with Jenni Entrican
– 8th May: Union,High Wycombe with Chris Duffett

We hope these inspirational events will not only inspire us to ‘dare greatly’ but also help enhance our sense of ‘belonging’ to one another. It would be brilliant if your church could support one of these.
· Also please note that Jenni Entrican is leading a Women in Leadership retreat day on Mon 25th April:Abbey Centre ,Northampton. see
· Also note that Chris Duffett will be leading some training in the afternoon of the event in High Wycombe

Regular ideas and updates will appear on the Website and on FaceBook. We are particularly wanting you to share your ideas on the FaceBook ‘group’ – so please do join.

SMALL CHURCHES: For those of you in small churches (say 40 or under members) please note that there will be a second small churches ‘day’ on Saturday the 17th September (please put it in your diaries). Venue to be confirmed. You can download the latest ‘Small church network News & Views’ from This has been produced by RuthGookey from Harefield Baptist – please be in touch with her if you feel you have something to contribute to a later edition

CENTRAL NEWS: The latest news letter from the Association including a Home Mission story from Sandy Baptist Church. You can download a PDF version of this from

DAY FOR LADIES: From Beth Powney: “Last year I ran a day for ladies called ‘The Gift’ at Sandy Baptist Church a place for woman to come and explore their gifting in God. We had a wonderful day together, with about 35 woman and a number of people asked if I would run another similar day. I sensed that the Lord has been encouraging me to do this and so the second ‘The Gift: God uses Broken Vessels’, will run on Saturday 5th March 10.30 – 3.30, £8 inc lunch, at Sandy Baptist Church. See

HOME MISSION: The Central Baptist Association total giving to Home Mission in 2015 was £327.121. Many thanks and alleluia! The national total did not reach expectations and this will have repercussions on the funding returned to Central.

a. There are sessions for workers with children & young people and others at Tring on February 20th and Kettering on March 19th. To book, contact Stephen Copson on
b. Have you seen the Baptist Union revised and updated “Safe to Belong” on working with adults at risk? What is your reaction? You can find the material at
c. The Baptist Union has engaged a new agent to process DBS checks. How have you found your contacts with DDC? Feedback to BUGB your positive and negative experiences.

BAPTIST UNION ANNUAL RETURN: Be encouraged to fill in your annual statistical return. This helps BUGB to keep up-to-date information and make sure that the right people receive the right information. Secretaries should have received information about this and the return can be filled in online.

FOR TREASURERS: Association of Christian Accountants and Treasurers provides training for treasurers. See

HELP! Are you a minister or pastor who once was a Lay Pastor, or who is a Lay Pastor, or whose role can be described using equivalent titles such as Local Minister, Local Pastor or Recognised Pastor?
If so, please could you spare a few minutes on a survey to help Laura Staves with some research for her Master’s dissertation? She is looking at the position of Lay Pastors (or equivalent) within the Baptist Union so any input from those who are in, or who have been in, this type of ministry will be invaluable. She would like to start analysing the results after Easter, so please could you try and complete the survey by the end of March.
Please click on the link below which should take you to the survey.

ST ALBANS ABBEY: The Free Church service in the Lady Chapel of St Albans Abbey happens on the first Wednesday at 11am followed by a fellowship lunch in the Refectory. The preacher on March 2nd is the Revd John Steele, a URC minister, and on April 6th the Rev David Ronco leads. All are welcome.

VOLUNTEER PLACEMENTS: “Time for God has over 50 years’ experience placing quality volunteers in churches and outreach projects around the UK. Our volunteers come from all over the world, from different cultures and church backgrounds, but the one thing they have in common is a heart to serve God, and to bless and build up the project into which they are placed. Volunteers are with a project for 10-12 months, working full time…so if your project needs a helping hand, a TfG volunteer could be just what you need!
Over the years we have received hundreds of testimonials from our placements and their communities as to the benefit of having a TfG volunteer, but here are just two: from one of our current volunteers (link) and from one of our current placements (link).
So…could this be the year that your project is impacted by a TfG volunteer? We are recruiting now for our September 2016 cohort, so if you are interested now is the time to apply! “

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