CBA email Jan 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

SAFEGUARDING: there are morning sessions for those working with children & young people at Tring (Feb 20th) and Kettering (March 19th). Contact Stephen Copson to book places.

The CENTRAL BAPTIST ASSOCIATION COUNCIL meets on January 28th. Remember the Moderator, Treasurer and Council members in your prayers. A digest of the meeting will be available shortly after.

ASSOCIATION ASSEMBLY on Saturday June 25th at Whaddon Way with President of the Baptist Union, Rupert Lazar.

CENTRAL BAPTIST ASSOCIATION RECOGNITION COMMITTEE meets on February 2nd to interview those Newly Accredited Ministers coming to the end of their probationary period and also to deal with any applications for Baptist ministry.  Pray for the Moderator, Simon Carver, and the members of MRC in this key role of discernment of God’s gifts to his people.

BAPTISTS TOGETHER. You will shortly receive from the Baptist Union copies of the latest issue of Baptists Together with Transform included. If you want an e-version, it is available on

IGNITE: the report from this BUGB process to assess the present and future trends for ministry in Baptist churches is now available for reflection and comment. Play your part – read and pray. See

EAST MIDLANDS BAPTIST ASSOCIATION is seeking to appoint a Team Leader for the Regional Ministry Team. Details can be found on the Association website

CRUCIBLE:  training that equips Christians to follow Jesus on the margins. Next weekend event happens in Birmingham on Feb 6/7. For brochure, go to

LENT RESOURCES: A NEW 5-session COURSE suitable for LENT 2016 – or any season: THE PSALMS: prayers for today’s church  – an ecumenical course in five sessions for discussion groups & individuals  comprising course booklet, CD and transcript booklet. See            

HELP! I’M A DEACON: a reminder of the event happening on February 27th at Christ Church, Stantonbury in Milton Keynes. Please make sure you book early with Geoff Colmer to reserve places. The deadline is February 1st to help with the planning.

MARRIED COUPLES – GIVE YOURSELF A GIFT! Book on a Baptist Marriage Encounter weekend : 11th – 13th March 2016  at the Ibis Hotel @ Rugby. Weekends begin at 7pm on Friday with a buffet meal and end 4pm Sunday afternoon. No-one is denied a weekend because of cost. There is a £20 booking fee. Find out more – visit or telephone us on 01275 839358
ST ALBANS ECUMENICAL CHAPLAINCY: forthcoming Free Church services in the Lady Chapel at 11am are:-

  • 3rd. February, The Reverend Graham Clarke,  Minister of Marshalswick Baptist Free Church.
  • 2nd. March, The Reverend John Steele, Minister of the United Reformed Church. Thames North Synod.
  • 6th. April, The Reverend David Ronco, Baptist Minister, Central Baptist Association.

WOMEN IN MINISTER RETREAT DAY with Jenni Entrican, Monday 25th April.  The Abbey Centre, Northampton. Cost £12 including lunch.  To book a place  See link:

SMALL FAVOUR.  Dear friends: I am writing to ask a small favour.  For my MTh dissertation I am focussing, within our denomination, on how we communicate/ preach to Millenials (Gen Y).  I have written a short survey and would really appreciate it if you would be willing to hit the link and fill it in, and then also if you would forward the link onto anyone in a Baptist Union Church that preaches, especially if you are a regional minister.  Many thanks, Karen Golder.

WHEN JAZZ MEETS GOSPEL.  The Gary Wood Quintet featuring Dan Foster on saxophone presents “When Jazz meets Gospel” on Saturday February 6th 7.30pm at Howlands Baptist church, The Commons, Welwyn Garden City AL7 4RS. Free entry & refreshments.

FOOTSTEPS 3:  Saturday 5th March 2016 – Footsteps with a difference!

“Multicultural Church” with Gale Richards, Regional Tutor (Northern Baptist College)

  • What are the characteristics of healthy multicultural churches and how do we build them?
  • How do we develop effective ways to challenge racial injustice in the local church and wider society?
  • How should cultural diversity inform the ministry and mission of the local church?

Meeting at the Church of Christ the King, Kents Hill, Milton Keynes from 9.30am [for 10.00am] till 4.15pm alongside Footsteps 1 and 2. Bring a packed lunch – drinks provided. Set in the context of worship and prayer. Cost £33. To book, contact Anne Lane on

40 DAYS OF DARING GREATLY is coming –  leaflets and posters will be winging their way to your churches very soon. Can we ask that you please use them – please hand out the leaflets and not simply leave at the back of the church. We are encouraging all our churches to engage in what is a National Mission initiative from 6th April -15th May. The leaflet will have lots of ideas of how both individuals and churches can get involved, and you can add your own thoughts and creative ideas by becoming part of the FaceBook group and updates will appear on the CBA web site

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