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ASSOCIATION ASSEMBLY 2016: about 130/140 people from nearly 50 churches met in Whaddon Way on June 25th. Worship led was by Colin Pye and a small band. During the morning there was information and inspiration, the AG­­­­­M was held and a new member church was welcomed - Wymondley in Hertfordshire. Also noted that in the past year Kingswood, Watford had closed and Corby was about to draw to an end. Mursley also was no longer holding regular services. Rupert Lazar spoke passionately on his theme “Anointed to Do Good”. After lunch there was a magazine style presentation of news from around the association.

So, were you there? How was it for you? Was the venue OK, and the format and style of the day? If you have any comments to make as plans for Assembly 2017 begin to be shaped, please get in touch with Colin, Geoff or Stephen.


HOME MISSION: the total of giving from Central Baptist Association churches to the end of June 2016 was £121.760 slightly down from the same period in 2015 (£125.017). Many thanks for your continued generosity. The national figures were £1.640.126 as against £1.568.657

ASSOCIATION DVD: Colin Pye has produced a new DVD.  Every church will receive a copy, so if you want to see it please have a word with the person who was most likely to receive it (probably the church secretary)  The DVD includes a great new Home Mission video that focuses upon St Andrews, Bletchley, which is a Home Mission GOOD NEWS story. The DVD comes with some questions for small groups to help your them engage more fully with some of the issues raised. The Video can be seen online at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nvevcHQd8BA

DARING GREATLY: Kingsthorpe Baptist in Northampton are ‘daring greatly’ by getting involved with young refugees and asylum seekers. We have produced an inspiring, short video that gives a flavour of how this ‘older’ congregation has found themselves involved with such a cutting edge issue. See https://youtu.be/IFJZ1kFXAGY , and for more information please contact minister Nikki Jenkins.

FOOTSTEPS: the new session starts in September in Milton Keynes. See the Association website for details or contact Anne Lane on anne.lane@regents.ox.ac.uk

Look out to for Footsteps Pathways  (see Association website for booking form)

Saturday October 8th: Quality Time, Quality Space: going deeper with God. Led by Ruth Bottoms

Saturday March 4th 2017: Welcoming People with Additional Needs with Jonathan Edwards

Saturday May 4th 2017: More than just a Bible workshop” with Anthony Clarke


Saturday November 5th at Stony Stratford: training for people working with children, young people and adults at risk

Saturday November 19th at High Street, Tring: for trustees and Designated Safeguarding Persons

See details on the leaflet to be circulated to church secretaries. Booking through Stephen Copson. Also see web site for more details http://centralba.org.uk/ministry/safeguarding/

CENTRAL NEWS: The Summer edition has been posted and should be available in your churches. Please pass these around and save them from gathering dust at the back of your church! Featuring articles on FOOTSTEPS, Jazz in Welwyn Garden city, Ministry in the Third Age and much more. To download a copy please follow this link: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B6fLrh-DJAx-NmgzVl9BWnY2MTA/view?usp=sharing



  • Steven Anderson from Scotland to Biggleswade
  • Andrew Ginn to be the lead pastor at Bunyan Stevenage
  • Ruth Gookey inducted as minister at Harefield
  • Martin Hardwidge to retirement
  • Amanda Pink inducted as minister at Haddenham-cum-Dinton
  • Lou Webber from Christ the King, Walton LEP, Milton Keynes to Chesham Broadway

NEW DETAILS: In error, the Revd Charmaine Howard was omitted in the 2016/17 Directory from the list of ministers without pastoral charge. Her contact details are: Manor Farm Cottage, 2 Linford Lane, Woolstones. Milton Keynes tel 01908 941584 or Charmaine.mk@gmail.com

VACANCY: There is vacancy in Hertfordshire for someone to co-ordinate the quarterly prayer diary. We are grateful to Kate Openshaw for her sterling work over the past few years and she is now looking to pass on the baton. This is not an onerous task but it is much appreciated. If someone in  your church in Herts is interested and would like to know more, contact Kate on katherine.openshaw@gmail.com or Stephen Copson.


SMALL CHURCHES DAY: If you intend to come on this you need to action to advise us asap – currently we only have 6 attending which does not really make it viable. Thanks (Colin).  Following on from the success of last years ‘small church day’, we are pleased to announce a second gathering on the 17th September at the Abbey Centre, Northampton.  The benefits of these days includes the combination of relevant input and the opportunity to meet and discuss with those in similar church situations.  We will be exploring leadership, worship & preaching in the small church.  Speakers are Rev’ds Ruth Bottoms and Carol Murray.  Cost is £10. To sign up email cbaadmin@googlemail.com

COME AND WORSHIP! You are invited to attend a Free Church Service in the Lady Chapel of the Cathedral & Abbey Church of St Albans. Both services are followed by a Fellowship Lunch:

  • Wednesday 6th July 2016 at 11a.m. Preacher: The Very Reverend Dr. Jeffrey John,
  • Dean, St Albans Cathedral.
  • Wednesday 3rd August 2016 at 11a.m. Preacher: The Reverend Fr. Brian Reynolds, Catholic Ecumenical Chaplain, St Albans Cathedral.

ASSOCIATION MINISTERS’ CONFERENCE: if you have not yet reserved your place at the Ministers’ Conference October 10-12, there is still time to contact Susan Garvin on susan.g@centralba.org.uk or Geoff Colmer


GRANT APPLICATIONS: The next deadline for Association grant applications is September 9th. Application forms are available from the Treasurer, Karen Hopkins.

NEWSLETTER: have you seen the new style Association Newsletter put together by Colin Pye? Was it useful? Does it sit on a pile in church or is it given to people on Sunday or handed round at small groups? Do you think this is effective as a means of communication? Any thoughts welcome, contact Colin Pye

HOLY LAND TOUR 2017: Rev David Ronco (Hertford) is planning another of his popular introductory trips to the Holy Land next year. This nine day tour from May 10th - 18th is ideal for first time visitors exploring key Biblical sites in Galilee, Nazareth, Jerusalem and Bethlehem. 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  dcronco@gmail.com. or visit baptisttwinningisrael.org.uk

ASSOCIATION DIRECTORY 2016/17: Copies of the latest Association Directory 2016/17 are available from Stephen Copson at £3.50 per copy. Pdf versions are also available.

BAPTIST MARRIAGE ENCOUNTER: MARRIED COUPLES – GIVE YOURSELF A GIFT! Book on a Baptist Marriage Encounter weekend : 23rd – 25th September 2016  at the Ibis Hotel @ Chesterfield North.  Weekend begins 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 www.beofme.org.uk or contact us - Steve & Glynis O’Shea on   01275 839358 or stevesos@blueyonder.co.uk

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