December 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
ASSOCIATION TREASURER. From January 1st 2016, the Association Treasurer will be Mrs Karen Hopkins, 109 Windingbrook Lane, Collingtree Park, Northampton NN4 0XN. Telephone: 01604 760194 or We are very grateful to Chris Winter-Goodwin for his service, his prayerful attention to detail and his commitment as Treasurer. There will inevitably be a transitional period as Karen becomes accustomed to the ways of the Association accounts.

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

SAFEGUARDING. Two events for workers with children & young people to explore safeguarding issues in churches have been arranged: Tring on Saturday February 20th and Kettering on March 19th. They will also suit ministers or trustees wanting to brush up their knowledge. See Association website or individual fliers for booking details.

HOME MISSION GIVING from Central Baptist Association churches to the end of October was £230.474 as against the total in the 2014 year of £243.488. Thank you for your generosity and please make sure that your 2015 budgeted gifts or any spontaneous donations are sent before the end of the calendar year if possible

40 DAYS OF DARING GREATLY. April 10th to May 15th 2016. ‘Next year we in the CBA will be joining in with a National initiative from the 10th April for 40 days leading up to Pentecost. We are calling it ’40 Days of Daring Greatly’ with the aim of encouraging churches to consider doing something with a mission heart that is out of their safe zone. We all know how easy it is to get overly comfortable within our faith communities and imperceptibly disengage from the culture in which God has placed us. I am challenged when I see the courage of Younger People (such as in HOPE MK) impacting their communities in the name of Christ, and deep down wishing I had a little bit more of their umph. Of course many of our churches are already doing great things, but sometimes it is helpful just to have that gentle nudge from the wider Christian community. We will in due course be offering suggestions as to what this might look like on the ground, but just for now please note this in your diaries and start considering ways in which you & your church could engage intentionally with 40 Days of Daring Greatly’ Colin Pye. See following:

HELP I’M A DEACON. Saturday 27th February at Stantonbury, Milton Keynes. See link:

ARTS PROJECT DEVELOPMENT WORKER. Bunyan Meeting in Bedford plans to develop a Christian community arts outreach programme. This project will focus on art as expressed through ‘The Book’ and book arts, crafts and skills. Candidates should be creative individuals, passionate about the Arts (book arts) with a desire to take the Christian story into Bedford’s Cultural Quarter and the community in which the Church is situated.

The post is for an initial 18 month period, for 17.5 hours per week. Annual salary is
£28,000 pro rata. For further details and an application form, please contact Myra
Powell, Bunyan Meeting, Mill Street, Bedford MK40 3EU, UK or 07900 793436. Closing date for applications: 15 January 2016

BMS WORLD MISSION is seeking a Finance Manager. Further details concerning the job are available on the BMS website

PARISH NURSING MINISTRIES UK has moved to 26 North Street, Peterborough PE1 2RA (adjacent to Beales car park) with Hope in Action. You are welcome to drop in on our new offices on Friday 11th December between 3pm and 6pm to look around the building, find out more about Hope into Action, helping churches house the homeless, and Parish Nursing Ministries UK, helping churches develop health ministries. Meet the staff of both organisations, see the exhibitions, and enjoy some light refreshments. 01733 233546

CHARITY THROUGH THE ROOF have put together a free resource called All of Us Complete in Christ to help churches address the issues that disabled people are facing. This publication contains the results of their survey and a very comprehensive index of resources to help churches to better serve the disabled people in their communities. There are flyers available to alert people to the new resource which can be downloaded at If you would like paper copies flyers could be provided free of charge. Contact: Ros Bayes email:

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