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 this website and facebook page https://www.facebook.com/centralbap
Geoff, Stephen, Colin, & Carol
CBA Regional Team
ASSOCIATION ASSEMBLY: We have had some very positive reactions to the assembly this year, with about 130 gathered at Whaddon Way in Bletchley for conversation, worship, business and fellowship. Lynn Greens contribution on “Christ-centred mission” was greatly appreciated. It was good to hear from Mary Moody who had raised £535 for Home Mission as she walked the Chiltern Way during her sabbatical; Ruth Gookey reflected upon an inspirational small churches day; Nicki Pitt & Lesley Goulbourne inspired us about the FOOTSTEPS course and we watched the promo video which is available to download from the Web site; and Karen Hopkins told us about the 21st World Baptist Congress she and her family are about to attend in Durban, South Africa and asked for our prayers. Graham Clarke was particularly thanked for his service to the association as moderator as he handed on the baton to Carol Murray. Mrs Karen Hopkins of the Abbey Centre, Northampton was elected as the Treasurer from January 1st 2016. You can see photos of the event at http://centralba.org.uk/2015-assembly-photos/
NORTH BUCKS: a lay preacher that you may wish to call upon is Mr Steve Norman of Christ the King, Walton LEP, who can be contacted on firstname.lastname@example.org or 01908 695008
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.
CCPAS. 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 https://services.ccpas.co.uk/events/chesham-ftu
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.
REVIEW OF MINISTRIES: The Baptist Union is currently engaged in a review of ministries for today and looking ahead. You have an opportunity to contribute your story to this process as below:.
“From the IGNITE project team – There’s a chance to share your joys and woes with the IGNITE team as they want to hear from as many people as possible. The team are serious about listening and learning from the experiences of many. I know this many not work for everyone, but please consider taking some time to share your story – http://www.baptist.org.uk/Articles/442822/Sharing_your_story.aspx
CBA DIRECTORY: Copies of the 2015/16 Central Baptist Association Directory are now available from Stephen Copson at £3.50 incl p & p.
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 www.centralba.org.uk. 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 email@example.com
HOME MISSION giving from Central Baptist Association churches to the end of May 2015 was £106,522 as against the total for the same period in 2014 of £118,307. Thank you for your continuing generosity to the work of ministry and mission nationally, regionally and locally.
REGIONAL MINISTER TEAM LEADER: The East Midlands Baptist Association is seeking to appoint a Regional Minister Team Leader to succeed Dianne Tidball. This is a full time paid role, and involves strategic leadership across all aspects of the Association, with a commitment to taking forward the current vision and direction of the Association. We are looking for a gifted, Christ centred, Spirit filled leader, capable of supporting and encouraging our churches in healthy, mission focused, lifestyles. You will be an experienced minister with wisdom and understanding to nurture and support ministers and church leaders across our region. The EMBA is in good heart and is committed to supporting existing churches in their ministry and mission and seeking to pioneer new church communities. We warmly welcome all expressions of interest. Further details and an application pack are available on the EMBA website atwww.embaptists.co.uk/news-events/. If you would like to discuss the role before applying, please contact Dianne Tidball 07971 337872. The closing date for applications is 11 August 2015.
FOOD HYGIENE: [passed on from the Churches Legal Advisory Service]
In 2012, in response to a request from members, we compiled a checklist for organisers of occasional events such as harvest suppers and church fêtes. It included the following:
DIY Catering: If you decide to do your own catering the Appointed Person should hold a Food Hygiene Certificate.
That was the advice that we had had from the Food Standards Agency at the time: however, life has moved on and the Agency has updated its advice. It says this on its website:
“I’m a volunteer that sells food at charity events. Do I need a food hygiene certificate?
No. Food hygiene certificates are not a legal requirement. If you are selling or handling food at a charity event, you need to do so safely but a qualification is not essential.
To help make sure any food you make, handle and sell is safe, you should check out the practical hygiene advice for caterers at the link below, or contact your nearest local authority environmental health team.”
We are currently in the process of updating the checklist and will circulate it shortly.
[Source: FSA Website – 11 June 2015]
MARRIED COUPLES – GIVE YOURSELF A GIFT! Book on a Baptist Marriage Encounter weekend: 23rd – 25th September at the Campanile Hotel Chesterfield North. 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. To find out more – visit www.beofme.org.uk or telephone Steve & Glynis Oshea, 01275 839358 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
FREE CHURCH SERVICES at St Albans Abbey.
Wednesday 5th August 2015 at 11a.m. The preacher will be: The Reverend Fr. Brian Reynolds, Catholic Ecumenical Chaplain, St Albans Cathedral. The service is followed by a Fellowship Lunch
Wednesday 2nd September 2015 at 11a.m. The preacher will be: The Reverend Dr. Kevin Walton, Canon Chancellor, St Albans Cathedral. The service is followed by a Fellowship Lunch