CBA email update June 2015

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, & Graham

ASSEMBLY: The Association Assembly & AGM is on Saturday, June 20th at Whaddon Way Church, Bletchley in Milton Keynes. The speaker is the Revd Lynn Green, General Secretary of the Baptist Union of Great Britain.

DIRECTORY: The Association Directory 2015/16 will be available at the Assembly and copies can be bought. If you wish to order a copy, please send a cheque for £3.50 made payable to Central Baptist Association to Stephen Copson. Each member church will receive a complimentary copy

SAFEGUARDING Watch out for posters advertising a training session for workers with children & young people on Saturday September 12th at Spurgeons Baptist church, Bletchley in Milton Keynes and a session to help trustees explore their responsibilities on October 17th at a venue in in Buckinghamshire.

FOOTSTEPS 1 and 2 Bookings are being taken for places on the training course starting in September 2015. For more information, see the Association website or contact Anne Lane on

VACANCY for a Children’s Ministry Student at Southcourt Baptist Church, Aylesbury.  Are you passionate about working with children under 12 in the local church? Wondering whether working in the local church might be for you? Want to gain experience whilst increasing your qualifications in children’s work?  This role will involve working in the local church whilst gaining a qualification at CYM in Oxford. The role is for 2 years initially starting on September 1st 2015. All college fees and expenses, along with a salary for 14 hours per week will be paid by the church. For further details contact: or telephone: 01296 480080.  Closing date: June 25th 2015.

GO FOR GROWTH!: an exciting major ecumenical conference on growth in its many dimensions. Speakers include Graham Cray, Mike Booker, Jane Litchmore-Grant, Clare Ward and Bishop Angaelos. Date Saturday October 3rd at Welwyn Garden City. See poster and Association website for more details.

ST ALBANS CATHEDRAL: Free Church Service Wednesday 1st. July 2015 at 11a.m. Preacher: The Reverend Geoff Colmer, Regional Minister (Team Leader and Pastoral) of Central Baptist Association. The service is followed by a Fellowship Lunch

FINANCE: The Association is still seeking someone to act as Treasurer, whilst a supplier of book-keeping services is being identified which will reduce the time needed from a volunteer treasurer.  For more information about the Treasurer’s role in the new way of doing things, please talk to Graham Clarke or Chris Winter-Goodwin.

THINK, PRAY AND VOTE.  From the Praxis newsletter produced by the Joint Public Issues Team that includes representation from the Baptist Union.  “Churches’ open letter to the Prime Minister Before the general election, we called upon those within our Churches to Think, Pray and Vote. With a new Parliament and many new MPs, we’d like to encourage you to contact your MP. A personal letter is an effective of way of building relationships, letting your MP know what issues you care about and what action you want them to take. As Christians we can also congratulate them on their election and assure them of our prayers. See our recent blog for more details. Our Churches have also written an open letter to the Prime Minister, setting out our concerns and hopes for the UK, and for victims of persecution and conflict internationally.

BME Women Ministers’ Network  This is a supportive progressive network for black and minority ethnic (BME) women who are lay pastors or accredited ministers or in the process of training to become lay pastors or accredited ministers.

The Network was launched by the Baptist Union of Great Britain in November 2014 and aims to:

  • Provide a safe space where women can meet together, share experiences and encourage spiritual growth as they live out their calling.
  • Provide access to and understanding of good resources to use to identify and nurture leadership potential in women and girls.
  • Provide opportunities to make good connections and access information.

Networking events will be held throughout the year in various locations throughout the country. Themes and subjects are chosen to cater to the needs of those attending the Network. All Networking events are facilitated. For further details and information contact: Gale Richards: or Leoner Gardner:  The next gathering is on Friday, 11 September 2015, at Tyndale Baptist church, Whiteladies Road, Clifton, Bristol, BS8 2QG.

CELEBRATION.  The Bucks Forum had an excellent evening Celebration in May at Union Baptist, High Wycombe, with a very challenging talk from BMS World Mission’s Ben Francis, AND we raised £433 for Nepal to be sent via BMS.

SMALL CHURCHES DAY.  We had a great ‘small churches day’ hosted at Blisworth Baptist Church with Hilary Taylor from the London Baptist Association guiding us through the day. What was particularly valued was the opportunity to touch base with others in similar situations, to recognise common issues, and to be encouraged. Here was one response to the day:  “I found it extremely encouraging – and also eye-opening in terms of the situations that different churches are in. I think these are stories that need to be shared more widely in the CBA – because we got to hear the passion and commitment that drives so many leaders of smaller congregations. Its very easy for those in bigger churches to simply label something ‘failing’ and ask why they don’t just close or sell the building to use the money for ‘mission’. That may well be what God is saying to some, but its easy to be glib with those who are investing hugely in their fellowships and who are passionate about reaching their communities for Christ.” That gives a flavour of the passion present among some of our smaller churches!!

ENGAGE 2015 Is a cross denominational organisation helping UK churches demonstrate God’s love by serving the Rugby World Cup 2015, and their communities during the event. The focus is on five specific areas of ministry: Community festivals – around screening games as churches or linking with local rugby clubs Hospitality – showing hospitality to families of participants & supporters Guest events – rugby based Christian speakers, sports quizzes Children & Youth – a range of materials for schools, Holiday Clubs, Messy Church, & Youth Groups Tag & Touch Rugby – helping churches see the possibilities they offer for outreach The six week Rugby World Cup 2015 starts on September 18. It involves 20 national squads playing 48 games in 13 venues spread across England & Wales all on ITV, with half a million international visitors, and a global TV audience of 4 billion. For more information go to contact Also link in through Facebook (Engage 2015) & Twitter (@engage2015).

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