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 http://www.centralba.org.uk/ and facebook page https://www.facebook.com/centralbap
Geoff, Stephen, Colin, & Carol
HOME MISSION. The churches of Central Baptist Association have given £230,474 to Home Mission for the year up to the end of October. Thank you for your continued giving. By comparison the same period in 2104 the giving was £243,388. Nationally the total for the period is down from £2,885,230 to £2,746,388. The projection is for the national total to be £3.86 million against a projected budget of £4.12 million. The shortfall will impact on the Union and also the Association. All donations, including additional ones, are received with gratitude and thanks to God.
Please remember to let Colin Pye have any feedback on the Home Mission leaflet that was circulated to churches a few weeks ago.
JPIT RESOUCE (Joint public Issues Team) ENOUGH CAMPAIGN: In the UK, children raised in families without enough money face many disadvantages. They are more likely to die as infants, do worse at school, experience more disease and illness, and go on to die younger. The Welfare Reform and Work Bill currently before Parliament will make poor people poorer. The majority of those affected will be children. A large group of Churches is asking the government to reconsider its proposals. You are invited to find out more and to join with them. www.jointpublicissues.org.uk/enough-resources/
SAFEGUARDING TRAINING SESSION for trustees and safeguarding officers in churches. Holmer Green, November 28th. Further details from Stephen Copson.
BUCKS FORM CELEBRATION now known as “The Gathering”. Sunday 22nd November, 6pm at Holmer Green. Speaker will be Paddy Harris. All are welcome.
CHRISTMAS RESOURCE: SING CHRISTMAS http://www.singchristmas.org/ Around the UK churches, sports clubs and community groups are preparing their Sing Christmas Carol events with the support of HOPE, Tearfund and Sports Chaplaincy UK so why not join with us this Christmas; engage your local community with the local church and play a part in helping those places in the world where we still need peace today.
ASSOCIATION COUNCIL A reminder that nominations can be made for Association Council places from Assembly 2016. Please consider prayerfully as we seek women and men with the appropriate skills & abilities who feel called to put their names forward to act as Council members who are trustees and directors.
Please find attached a summary of the latest meeting of the Central Baptist Association for your information. We hope you find this helpful and we hope to repeat this after each Council meeting. For attachment follow this link. https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B19iZajJSOVfT01DZkZiZ0VEWE0/view?usp=sharing
DBS CHECKS. New DBS Check arrangements are now in place for BUGB churches. As of 1st November 2015, our DBS check service is being provided by Due Diligence Checking Ltd (DDC). This new arrangement covers all BUGB churches across England and Wales. If you act as a DBS verifier for your church and have any questions relating to the DBS process, please contact DDC on 01162 603055 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Their customer support team will be very happy to talk with you. Alternatively you can visit the Baptist section of the DDC website for more information including Quick Start Guides for their system: www.ddc.uk.net/baptists If you need to add or change a verifier then please contact: email@example.com. More information and FAQs can be found on the Baptists Together safeguarding pages: http://www.baptist.org.uk/Groups/220183/Safeguarding.aspx
INDUCTIONS & ORDINATIONS COMING UP:
Christ Church, Stantonbury. Induction of Rev David Lewis on 14 November, 2.00pm.
Rockingham Road, Kettering. Laura Staves is being Ordained on Saturday 28th November at 2.30pm.
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: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B19iZajJSOVfSmRaT3YxNzlacjA/view?usp=sharing
HELP I’M A DEACON. Saturday 27th February at Stantonbury, Milton Keynes. See link: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B19iZajJSOVfQWpvZE1oR3BQbXM/view?usp=sharing
STANDING WITH WOMEN (and some men): At the recent Ministers’ Conference in Northampton, there was a thoughtful presentation from BMS World Mission on the “Dignity” campaign, of which the BMS is part, highlighting global issues of Gender Based Violence. Go to http://www.bmsworldmission.org.uk/ to find out how your church can be part of this important initiative
WORSHIP. The Revd Derek Punchard is a Baptist minister and previously a missionary with BMS World Mission who is recently arrived in Northampton. He is willing to lead worship at churches within a 10 mile or so radius of the town. Contact him on Mobile: 07405 133638 or firstname.lastname@example.org
BAPTIST INSURANCE: Expressions newsletter The latest issue of the Expressions newsletter is available to read on the Baptist Insurance website. This issue includes information about the new Church Insurance Guides – designed to help churches to understand their insurance cover. You’ll also find 10 top tips to stay safe at your church bonfire and fireworks display. www.baptist-insurance.co.uk/news
GIFT AID News from Association of Christian Accountants & Treasurers.
Dear ACAT Member
We would not normally communicate with you again so quickly after our last email, however we have just received information that HMRC has released a new simplified Gift Aid Declaration. This has particular implications for churches holding stocks of paper Gift Aid forms and envelopes.
The new model declaration has now been published on gov.uk. Links to the model declaration and enduring model declaration can be found at https://www.gov.uk/guidance/gift-aid-declarations-claiming-tax-back-on-donations
The new declaration will apply to all new donations. Declarations that are already in place do not need to be updated.
HMRC recommends that all charities, including churches, use the wording of the HMRC-approved model declaration. However, charities remain free to adapt the model declaration, for example to include their own branding or additional messages.
Please note that Churches holding stocks of printed materials using the previous model declaration may only continue to use these until 5 April 2016. From 6 April 2016, the new declaration must be used. Incorrect declarations may result in Gift Aid claims being invalid.
We have put links to samples of the new Declarations on our News page at: http://acat.uk.com/news.html
BAPTIST HISTORY. Are you interested in our Baptist heritage? The Baptist Historical Society and the Centre for Baptist History and Heritage are co-sponsoring a day on Eighteen Century Baptists in England on November 28th at Regent’s Park College, Oxford. If you are interested to find out more, please contact Stephen Copson.
CONSULTATION ON DEVOLVING SUNDAY TRADING RULES. If you haven’t yet contacted your MP about the proposal to extend the opportunities for shops to open on Sundays, please do so. The voting in Parliament could be close. There is an online ‘email your MP’ tool on the Keep Sunday Special website – and individuals and churches are encouraged to send emails, write letters (which are more likely to be seen by MPs) and book surgery appointments. Because there has been no announcement regarding which bill will contain the legislation, the online template email generally opposes Sunday deregulation. However, the email is editable so do personalise it. JPIT has made a response on behalf of Baptist, Methodist and United Reformed Churches which you can see here .We also blogged about the issue. From Joint Public Issues Team (involving Baptist Union, the Methodist Church and the United Reformed Church)