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Tas Baptist NEWS - Aug/Sept 2020 - August/September 2020 - Tasmanian Baptist Churches - Baptist Union of Tasmania
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August/September 2020

August/September 2020

Tas Baptist NEWS - Aug/Sept 2020 (Unpublished: Visible only to you.)


Stand Sunday

Sunday September 13, or a Sunday of your choosing

As Tasmanian Baptists we collaborate with Fostering Hope and BaptCare to provide foster care to the vulnerable children of our state.

Your church is invited to participate in Stand Sunday, to raise awareness and bring support to foster children, families and kinship carers.

You can download your Stand Sunday Kit HERE >>>



Contact Mary Dickins of Fostering Hope (

Fostering Hope on Facebook >>> | Fostering Hope Website >>> | BaptCare Foster Services >>>

Attention Teens and Young Adults


Join us to dream about the future of God's church in Tasmania

Value Your VoiceGenerations Conversations will be a regional gathering for teenagers and young adults with Jenna Blackwell or Michael Henderson during September.

Jenna and Michael would love to hear young people's ideas on 'What could the church look like'?


2pm Sunday September 13 | Ulverstone Baptist
Contact Jenna, 0488 330 390,


7pm Sunday September 13 | Summerhill Baptist
Contact Jenna, 0488 330 390,


To Be Confirmed - Contact Michael Henderson |

To express interest in any of these events, or to find out more contact Jenna, 0488 330 390,


A couple of people who were important to Tasmanian Baptists "passed on to glory" in recent weeks.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the families of these who served our Tasmanian churches so well.

Lillian Mary Neate

12 February 1925 - 23 August 2020

Lillian Neate recently passed away in the presence of her family at the age of 95. She is survived by husband Alan; their children Graeme and Jenny; Margaret and Yvonne; two grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

After entering the Baptist Ministry, over 60 years ago, the Neates were very fortunate to have travelled extensively before retiring to Bateman's Bay initially, and more recently to Albion Park. Rev. Alan Neate, was pastor of Launceston Central Baptist Church (now City), from 1973 to 1983. He also served a term as President of the Tasmanian Baptist Union, and was the editor of the ADVANCE for a time. Their daughter, Margaret Neate, served with ABMS/Global Interaction from 1988-1996.

Tasmanian Baptists are very sad to hear of Lillian's death, and prayers and condolences have been passed on at this difficult time.

Keith Applegate

18 October 1941 - 18 August 2020

Rev. Keith Applegate, former Pastor of the Newstead Baptist Church, died on August 18.

Keith was born in London during WWII on 18 October 1941. With his father, Fred, involved in the war effort, he was sent to the country as so many of the children in the metropolis. Following his education, he worked in the insurance business with the Norwich Union, and then considered Teachers' College, but the Christian ministry won out and he entered Spurgeon's College, the Pastors' College, in 1963. Keith and Sheila ApplegateFellow student, and to be lifelong friend, was the Rev. Dr David Coffey, future President of the Baptist World Alliance.

He met and married Pharmacist Sheila in 1966; they have three children - Katy, Kavan and Kent.

At left: Keith and Sheila Applegate

Keith's first pastorate was at the Herne Bay Baptist Church (UK) in 1968, but Australia beckoned with a call to the Bedford Baptist Church, WA. Tasmania followed with the Newstead Church from 1978 to 1983. Keith then moved to regional Victoria to become Pastor of the Manifold Heights Baptist Church in Geelong from August 1983 to October 1992.

Together with the Rev Jack Measham, he conducted in the City a Radio ministry. Then in Queensland he held the position of State Director of Interserve Australia. Queensland's Mansfield and Kenmore Baptist Churches followed. He co-authored with Baptist historian Dr David Parker a resource book entitled "National Guide to Baptist Resources and Services".

Keith and Sheila retired to Warragul in country Victoria to be near their family. He is remembered as a gifted person with a "can do" mentality and a passion for evangelism and mission. Keith and Sheila always provided a welcoming home to visitors. They have eight grandchildren.

Laurie Rowston

Folked Up Hymns

Refreshing old hymns for a new generation

HL JonesA couple from Coromandel Baptist South Australia have been taking old hymns that are in the public domain and refreshing them with new tunes and videos. Haydn is giving them a new lease of life for a new generation that may not connect with the old tunes. They are primarily for personal use, however some may be suitable for congregational singing.

So that they can share them, and bless as many people as possible, they are asking to share this link with your congregations:

There is no cost - just an encouragement to check it out and press the red subscribe button.

Christmas in Winter

Hobart Baptist challenges cultural norms

Why on earth celebrate Christmas in the middle of winter?

As Winter turned to Spring, and Tasmanians emerged out of the isolated darkness of the COVID-19 restrictions, celebrating Christmas was a great way to anticipate the coming of light and warmth.

It was a celebration of the birth of Jesus over 2000 years ago. He is Emmanuel - God is with us - especially at Christmas!

Celebrating in the middle of Winter meant there were no end-of-year functions, no school musicals or graduations, and no last-minute gift shopping. It made for a heavenly Christmas, and our well-loved carols made sense.

There were several Christmas celebrations, providing great opportunities to invite friends and family: ADVENT - Sundays July 12 and 19 to prepare for the coming of the King. CAROLS - 6-7pm on July 24 and 25. CHRISTMAS DAY - Sunday July 26!

As well, people were encouraged to invite family, friends and neighbours to Christmas Dinner that week, with many gospel conversations naturally arising from the unusual timing of the Christmas season.

It is a small beginning, but hopefully as time goes by, Christmas in Winter at Hobart Baptist will become an opportunity to explain the wonder of Jesus' birth, in a fresh and natural way to anyone wondering, "Why on Earth ... ?"

Beirut Explosion

Update From Baptist World Aid

BWA Christian Partner, "Merath" Impacted - press release, 7 August 2020

Beirut explosionThe team at Merath are safe, despite reporting property damage and distress in the wake of the shicking explosion in Beirut on Tuesday August 4.

Baptist World Aid have been in contact with Merath since the explosion. Staff in Beirut are safe, but describe the distress and devastation that the people of Beirut are experiencing in "this darkest time".

Marath said "We will continue to respond to this catastrophe with loval Church Partners as they respond by providing food, hygiene supplies, water and shelter for families that are devastated by this disaster"

Baptist World Aid are responding to the disaster through their Middle East Crisis partners. You can find out more at

Opportunity for Discipleship in Tassie Schools

Veta Youth confirms school discipleship

National Director of Veta Youth, Rohan Waters, has been in touch with Tasmanian Baptists to let us know about a Certificate III Course in Christian Ministry and Theology which is available to Year 11 and 12 students. The exciting news is that they have just received confirmation from the Education Department of Tasmania that:

a. Students completing this course will receive 47 points towards their TCE
b. Students in government schools are eligible to receive funding from their schools to cover the cost of the course

Please watch the video to find out more:

Statewide Online Services

A special service on Sunday August 2nd marked the end of the statewide online services hosted by Citywide Baptist.

The service included a series of videos that captured some of the story of the past five months, making clear that the partnership between Baptist churches in the state produced something quite special during a complex and unexpected time.

The videos are available here:

Matt Garvin, Senior Pastor, Citywide

The photo above captures one of the early statewide services that utilised both YouTube and Zoom.

Day of Thanksgiving and Prayer

Thanking the Premier and the Minister of Health

On Sunday August 2, Tasmanian churches of all denominations joined as one to thank the Premier, Peter Gutwein, and Minister for Health, Sarah Courtney, for their leadership during the COVID-19 pandemic. On that day, the Premier was a special guest at Legana Christian Church, where the following video from church leaders was shown . . .

Official Plaque

In the video below, you can watch as a plaque is presented to the Premier Peter Gutwein.

Mission Director - On Leave

Mission Director, Stephen Baxter, on leave from Thursday August 13 to 27, 2020

This became a delayed break, after failing to go on leave back in March when the European borders were suddenly closed due to COVID-19!

We are grateful he stayed an oversaw the transition of our Baptist churches during this unexpected pandemic era.

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