September CBA email

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

CBA Regional Team CENTRAL BAPTIST ASSOCIATION trustees: nomination papers will be circulated in September for the Association Council members’ election in 2016. Please think carefully and prayerfully whether there are persons who might enhance the life and work of the Association by serving on the Council. Contact Stephen Copson for more information.

FOOTSTEPS: sign up now for this empowering course exploring faith, its stories and its implications. There is a new venue this year – Christ the King in Milton Keynes. The start date for the 2015/16 session is very soon, so if you have people wanting to sign up, do it quickly!  See the clip on the Association website for details or contact Anne Lane on

SAFEGUARDING: there is a morning seminar on Saturday September 12th at Spurgeons Baptist church in Bletchley for people working with children & young people. To reserve places at this event, please contact Stephen Copson as soon as possible on

There is also a session for trustees and designated safeguarding officers, exploring their responsibilities for ensuring safeguarding is understood and earthed in the running of the church organisation. Through a case scenario, attenders will reflect on what might happen if there is a problem. This happens on November 28th at Holmer Green Baptist church, near HighWycombe. For reservations, contact Stephen Copson

HOME MISSION giving: to the end of July, giving from churches in Central Baptist Association was £156.706 as against £176.640 for the same period in 2014. The national comparison was £1.87m as against £2.0m

TRUSTEES SEMINAR: on October 24th in Christ Church Stantonbury LEP, Milton Keynes there is a morning session for trustees which will focus in the main on issues relating to pensions including the Baptist Pension Scheme situation plus the forthcoming introduction of a workplace pension scheme for employees, as well as looking at the implications of the new SORP document.

CHURCH FOR THE YEAR: churches in Hertfordshire and Northamptonshire are reminded that the closing date for proposals for Church for the Year 2016 in their respective forums is September 15th. Enquiries/applications to Stephen Copson.

GO FOR GROWTH is an ecumenically sponsored day event in Welwyn Garden City for churches in Beds and Herts on October 3rd . Posters should be available on church noticeboards or information can be found on the Association website or from Stephen Copson.

TRANSFORM: remember that the Baptist Union publication TRANSFORM is available on the BUGB website. This insert from Baptists Together contains very useful information about legal, financial, tax, charity and other practical matters affecting church life.

HOME MISSION: look out for new information about Home Mission coming shortly to your church

SOUTH WEST BAPTIST ASSOCIATION is seeking a Team Leader. For information or an application form, go to

CBA MODERATOR.  As Moderator of the Association, the Revd Carol Murray is happy to receive an invitation to lead worship in your church. Carol can be contacted on 01844 292011 or

CARE FOR CREATION Sian Dobison is a trustee of the Baptist Union. She writes “ I am involved in the planning of an exciting conference called Reconciling a Wounded Planet at Coventry Cathedral in September ( We especially want to encourage ministerial students of all denominations as we have now received a grant for us to be able to offer bursaries to students. Would you please forward this email to any students or any ministers, even if they may not have enough funds of their own, but who may benefit from being able to attend.”

ST ALBANS CATHEDRAL: You are invited to attend a Free Church Service in the Lady Chapel on the dates: Wednesday 2nd. September 2015 at 11a.m. Preacher: The Reverend Dr. Kevin Walton, (Canon Chancellor, St Albans Cathedral);  Wednesday 7th. October 2015 at 11a.m. Preacher: The Very Reverend Dr Jeffrey John, (Dean, St Albans Cathedral) and Wednesday  4th. November 2015 at 11a.m. Preacher: The Reverend John Hardaker. (URC Minister at Christchurch LEP Hitchin). All services are followed by a Fellowship Lunch

GRANTS IN BEDFORDSHIRE: Bedfordshire churches are reminded about the grants available from the Gale Trust, usually to cover fabric and building maintenance. Grants are usually £1.000-£2.000. Contact Stephen Copson for details

NEW DBS SERVICE PROVIDER FOR THE BAPTIST UNION OF GREAT BRITAIN. Following a detailed review of our DBS (Disclosure & Barring Service) checking requirements, the Baptist Union will be moving to a new DBS checking partner from 1 November 2015. Due Diligence Checking Ltd (DDC) are based in Syston, near Leicester and provide DBS checks for more than 7,000 organisations, including many charities and faith based organisations.

We will be providing more information for churches and verifiers in September, and DDC will contact the main verifier at each church, college and association directly to introduce themselves and to set up access arrangements to the DDC system. DDC will handle both online and paper applications on our behalf, and we look forward to working with them.

Our current arrangements with the Churches’ Agency for Safeguarding (CAS) will continue until 30 October 2015, and we are grateful to them for their support to Baptist churches across England and Wales over the last eight years.

BAPTIST TWINNING IN ISRAEL.  The new website for Baptist Twinning in Israel is now live. The address is:

PARISH NURSING.  For the latest news of Parish Nursing see

RIDING LIGHTS AUTUMN TOUR.  Ahead of the UN Climate Change Conference in Paris, Riding Lights Theatre Company’s autumn tour, BAKED ALASKA, deals with climate change across the globe. For this project, Riding Lights is working in partnership with Christian Aid and Operation Noah, both members of the Climate Coalition, and the Diocese of Lichfield. The tour will be coming to your region. Tuesday 22nd September, 7.30pm, Whaddon Way Church, Beaverbrook Court, Whaddon Way, Bletchley, MK3 7JS; Saturday 26th September, Hertford URC, Cowbridge, SG14 1PG;Monday 5th October, Holy Trinity Church, 234 The Broadway, Wimbledon; Friday 10th October, The Warriner School Hall, Banbury Road, Bloxham, OX15 4LJ. Box Office: 01904 613000 Tickets: £12/£9 (concs. PLUS: We’d like to encourage young people to engage with issues surrounding climate change – groups of 8+ under 18s tickets £7.50 per person. Please contact Juliet if you would like more details. Telephone: 07891 522910.

7 DEADLY SINS OF WOMEN IN LEADERSHIP. November 23-26 at Kings Park in Northampton. This opportunity is not just about women in church leadership but in leadership positions in all areas of life and work. Cost Early Bird = £295 (before 30 September 2015).  Standard = £315 (after 30 September 2015). See next leadership website for information and booking  –

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