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August/September 2020

August/September 2020

Tas Baptist NEWS, August/September 2020


Marriage Week 2020 - September 13-19

Online Date Night | 8-9pm Saturday September 19

Find Marriage Week on Facebook >>>

Marriage Week 2020Marriage Week are partnering with their friends at Focus on the Family Australia for an Australia-wide online Date Night event at 8-9pm on Saturday September 19.

The evening will be hosted by Christian comedian, Ben Price, and Brett and Kate Ryan of Focus on the Family Australia will talk on: "Looking back to help strengthen your future." Discussing how to grow your relationship when life throws you a curve ball . . . or two!

The cost is $10 a couple who on registering will receive an email with content and ideas to make the evening relaxed, fun and special.


15th Annual Tasmanian Parliamentary Prayer Breakfast

Wed Nov 11, 2020 - Hotel Grand Chancellor, Hobart

Registrations Open!

Peter GutweinYou are invited to book your table now and be part of the 15th Annual Tasmanian Parliamentary Prayer Breakfast, to be held on Wednesday 11 November, 2020 at the Hotel Grand Chancellor in Hobart.

In the wake of a very different year for Tasmania, we will hear reflections from leaders in education, community development and business, and the Premier of Tasmania, The Hon Peter Gutwein MP.

Numbers at this year's Breakfast will be limited due to COVID-19 restrictions, so we encourage you to book now and ensure your presence with us on the day. REGISTER NOW

Stephen Baxter
Chair |The Tasmanian Parliamentary Prayer Breakfast Executive

End COVID For All

From Baptist World Aid CEO, John Hickey

End Covid for all - Baptist World Aid

During this coronavirus (COVID-19) era we must stand with our neighbours, both at home and in vulnerable countries overseas.

Please read Irene's moving testimony (below). Irene works for our Christian partner on the ground in Cambodia--a country which already faced its fair share of challenges prior to the onset of the coronavirus.

"My name is Irene Cataluna and I work for Food for the Hungry, Cambodia.
At the onset of coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak in Cambodia, the government made some drastic decisions of closing the schools and restricting gatherings.
The borders were closed and, so, migrant labourers in Thailand came back to Cambodia, where there were no jobs for them. Their families are having a hard time coping with that and there are a lot of people really affected.
We changed into a phone-based approach and we trained a man about coronavirus--how to prevent it and seek more information. He shared this to his neighbour, and, later on, he discovered he could do more. So, he started using the loudspeaker to talk about it in his community and it really is impacting so much.
Sometimes we think that our actions are just very little, but, actually, the impact of it is really . . . rippling."

Today, your simple action can also create ripples.

In addition to supporting your neighbours here at home, encourage our government to send vital support to vulnerable nations overseas. Sign the pledge to stand with your neighbours - everywhere - and End COVID For All. SIGN THE PLEDGE >>>

John Hickey
CEO, Baptist World Aid Australia

Inspiration for You

I went to church today, but - did I worship?

By Ray Hawkins


I went to church today


Some 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.

David Rawson

16 October 1935 - 27 July 2020

David RawsonDavid Rawson was farewelled at the Boathouse Centre on Friday July 31. He was a quiet, kind man, dedicated to his family and his church.

Growing up, David and his family were very committed at Memorial Baptist Church (now Gateway), where David was involved in the Sunday School. In 1960 he went to the Christian Endeavour (CE) Convention in Melbourne, where he met Sandra. Norman Pell said that CE Conventions "bring people together" and that was certainly true in David and Sandra's case!

After marrying in 1963, David eventually became a Deacon, Treasurer and Trustee at Memorial Baptist for many years. Since retiring to the family's house in Deviot in 2006, Sandra and David became Foundation Members of The Point Baptist Fellowship.

David is survived by his wife of 57 years, Sandra, and children John & Maria, Leon & Fiona and Yvonne & Adam, and ten grandchildren.

Our thoughts and prayers will be with the Rawson family over the coming days and months.


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

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 >>>


Mary of Fostering Hope

Contact Mary Dickins of Fostering Hope (

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

Attention Teens and Young Adults


Dreaming about the future of God's church in Tasmania

Value Your VoiceGenerations Conversations: regional gatherings for teenagers and young adults with our Leadership Development Coordinators Jenna Blackwell or Michael Henderson during September.
UPDATE: All sessions in the North, Northwest and South have now taken place.

READ Jenna's article about the WHY of this idea HERE >>>

A note from Jenna:

I just want to say a huge THANKS to those who have been part of the generations conversation - 'Value Your Voice' - so far. Your thoughts are SO appreciated!
If you weren't able to make it but would like to contribute, just let me know and I'll send you some helpful reflection points. I would love to hear your thoughts.
Remember, the conversation doesn't have to stop here. Please continue talking with myself, Michael and/or your local church leadership. Your voice carries more weight and importance than you can comprehend and we value you!

To find out more contact Jenna, 0488 330 390,

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.

Stand Sunday

Sunday September 13

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 >>>

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

Our Mission Director, Stephen Baxter, is taking leave from Thursday August 13 to 27, 2020

This is 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.

Please pray that he, and Jenny, have a great rest!

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