Partners in Christian Mission

April/May 2020

April/May 2020

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With the COVID-19 pandemic reaching Australia's shores in March 2020, Australian churches were, for the first time ever, instructed not to meet.

Tasmanian Baptists responded admirably, and it was an unsettling time

However it also created unexpected opportunities - the bi-monthly email/PDF Tasmanian Baptist ADVANCE - Together in Mission, evolved into a weekly source of connection and encouragement. This was partly because there were no longer any services when a printed version could be distributed. But more, because increased connection with Baptists around the state was needed during that unprecedented time.

Re-branded ADVANCE | step by step, the publication was distributed weekly via email as an online resource from mid-April. And from the June/July edition, dropped back to fortnightly distribution, which continues into the future.

The response to the change is very positive! However, knowing there are many who would prefer a printed version, it will continue to be produced as a basic PDF format for the time being.

If you have any feedback or response - positive or negative - I would be pleased to hear from you.

Let's continue to pray that God will have His way as we emerge from these unexpected days.



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Jenny Baxter
Tasmanian Baptists Communications Manager

Tasmanian Baptist Youth Ministries

Our Youth and Young Adults

Welcome from Jenna

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Moving Youth Group Online

Citywide and UB Youth on Zoom

COVID-19 Era: What Works?

Citywide and Wynyard Youth collaborate

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Ulverstone Baptist

Unusual Times = Creative Programs!

Trivia Night on Insta Anyone?

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Ray Hawkins - The Point Christian Fellowship


Short Interview

Ray Hawkins, loves his retired, but not retiring, life!

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Free Training for Educators, Kids Church and Youth Group Leaders

A Great Opportunity!

For Kids Church and Youth Group leaders

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Pastors and Families Muster: Sept 28-Oct 1

Calling Camp Clayton

We Baptists are still coming!

(Just not in July)

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POEM: Based on 1 Corinthians 13:12

I Long to See Him

By Ray Hawkins
Of The Point Christian Fellowship
Beauty Point

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Out of Control? Lessons Learnt During COVID-19

Zahara and Thomas

Zahara Rehrmann explains

It was a beautiful wedding, so what could possibly go wrong?

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It's time to support Global InterAction

Watch May Mission Month videos from our teams

Support your favourite GiA workers

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Report: The Christ Option

Pastor's Muster

with Megan Powell du Toit

The Pastor's Muster at Lenah Valley in March had some great challenges for everyone to consider.

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Happy Tears for Mother's Day

Maybe this year will be different

Jenny Baxter reflects on the tears - or lack of them - this Mother's Day

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Devotions for you

Evenings with Ann

A series of devotions to encourage and strengthen hope and faith

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What's Going On?

There's quite a bit happening!

Foster/Kinship Carers Book Club during May

Daily video devotions from Jenny and Stephen Baxter

Citywide's Weekly "Cogs" - Doing church online

Baptist services you can access online

Murals at Hobart gain attention

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May Assembly for Tasmanian Baptists

Important Assembly Update

Our next Tas Baptist Assembly was due to take place on May 8-9, 2020.

Find out what's happening instead.

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Our History: Baptism in Tasmania

The Defining Factor

By Laurie Rowston

Baptism used to define us as a denomination. So how did it begin? And what did outsiders think?

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Be a Catalyst and Make a Difference!

You Can Help Change the World

Catalyst launches at Lenah Valley and Devonport inspired action enabling change in struggling communities overseas.

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Regional RoundUp - April 2020

What's Going on Around the State?

As we transition to the COVID-19 world, churches are being creative and making adjstuments to continue to meet and care for one another.

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Jobkeeper Program Information

Helping Your Church Stay Afloat

Rodney recorded a recent workshop for church administrators, explaining how to access government support.

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Viruses, Bushfires and Acts of God

Is COVID-19 an act of God?

By Stephen Baxter

Insurance companies might think acts of God are now rife, but that's not the God we love and serve.

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Biography: Gwenith Alexander

Faith, Flights and Fellowship

By Gwenith Alexander

What do you do when you're an ordained minister, your marriage breaks up due to a breakdown in health ...

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Reflection: World Events

When Life Gets Hard

By Jeff Mckinnon

All of us are adjusting to a new reality in 'corona-time'. In our extended families, in our churches and in wider society ...

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The COVID-19 Opportunity

Let's Be Transformed

By Stephen Baxter

Well, I've never experienced an Easter like that before! Jenny and I had plans to celebrate it with our daughter in Paris, on her YWAM base. Instead, we were in isolation...

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Maria Island - Invaded!

MERGE go on an Adventure

Citywide Youth Summer Camp, 2020

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Download April/May 2020 PDF versions

  • April 15 Easter >>>
    • From the MD - Our New Opportunity
    • Profile: Rev Gwenith Alexander
    • Reflection: Jeff McKinnon - When Life Gets Hard
  • April 22 ANZAC Day >>>
    • Regional RoundUp
    • COVID-19 Update for churches
    • Reflection: Viruses, Bushfires and Acts of God
  • April 29 >>>
    • Assembly Update
    • History: Baptism in Tasmania
    • Global awreness: Catalyst
  • May 7 Mother's Day >>>
    • Reflection: Jenny Baxter - Happy Tears for Mother's Day
    • News: Evenings with Ann Herbert
    • Local inspiration: Find a Church Service online
  • May 14 >>>
    • Reflection: Zahara Rehrmann - Lessons during COVID-19
    • Global Awareness: May Mission Month
    • Report: March Pastor's Muster
  • May 21 >>>
    • Interview: Poet At Large Ray Hawkins
    • Opportunity: Free training available
    • Update: Pastor's and Families Muster
  • May 28 Youth and Young Adults >>>
    • Reflection: Jenna Blackwell - What's Going on for our Youth?
    • Moving Youth Group Online
    • Report: Ulverstone Baptist Youth
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