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December 2020

December 2020

Tas Baptist NEWS - December 2020


STOP PRESS! Scroll down: Latrobe's Community Grant, received on December 23, for services to the community

Increased Capacity for Christmas

Last week, the Tasmanian Government sent out a communique indicating churches are permitted to meet at 75% capacity on both Christmas Day, and Sunday December 27.

Especially, we are requested to be extravigilant regarding contact tracing, hand-sanitizing and social distancing.

The relevant paragraph reads:

"Public Health has also approved Christmas Church Services to go beyond their current density cap to 75% seated capacity for Christmas services commencing this Sunday, with an exemption to remain in place to allow this to occur until the following Sunday the 27th of December.

Check the full press release HERE >>>

As well, the Tasmanian Government has developed a Check in TAS app solution which is a contactless, secure, free and convenient way for patrons, visitors, members and customers to sign into a Tasmanian venue. It enables Tasmanian venue operators to easily comply with contact tracing directions by enabling customers to self-check-in at venues and have their information directly stored with the Tasmanian Department of Health for contact tracing (if required).

From our Emerging Generations

How to get through COVID-19 (with a little help with some friends!)

Thanks to Jenna Blackwell (Youth and Young Adults Development) for coordinating and directing this video.

Latrobe Baptist Receives Community Grant

As this edition of ADVANCE | step by step was finalised Ps. Ralph Terry of Latrobe Baptist got in touch with news of today's (Dec 23) presentation.

Here's the report provided for the Latrobe Council:

Latrobe Men's Shed receives Community GrantThe Latrobe Men's Shed have been awarded a Community grant of $500 by the local branch of the Commonwealth Bank with regard to its service to the Latrobe Community.

Since starting in 2014 a dedicated group of up to 20 men gather each Friday morning, and up to December this year the shedders have completed 390 community projects. Anyone interested in joining in for some fellowship and assisting with projects - just turn up at the shed any Friday morning from 9am. A BBQ is prepared each week at 12 noon, as well as a toolbox meeting with coffee & biscuits at 10am. Ph Ralph Terry on 0405 464 023 for more information.

Pictured: Tameka of the local Commonwealth Branch, presenting the cheque.

What a great Christmas present for the Latrobe Men's Shed!

You can read more about the Latrobe Men's Shed HERE >>>

News from Fostering Hope

Fostering hope logo

The Fostering Hope Summer Newsletter is now released!
You can READ or DOWNLOAD the Newsletter HERE >>>

The newsletter includes:
    • Foster and Kinship carers = Local Mission
    • Ticket to Play ($100 to play sport!)
    • Digital 'zine' for young people
    • UTAS Survey for young people
    • Report on Tasmanian Children's safety during COVID-19
    • Advent Prayers
    • Morning teas
    • Family Get Together
    • 5 different resources for Foster Carers
    • See what you made me do: Power, Control and Domestic Abuse By Jess Hill

You can READ or DOWNLOAD the Newsletter HERE >>>

Christmas poem for you

By Ray Hawkins, Beauty Point

Who is He? by Ray Hawkins Copyright 2016

Who Is He? >>>

Baptist World Aid Child Sponsorship

More than ever before, children trapped in poverty around the world need your support. Your sponsorship will help equip the most vulnerable communities with the knowledge and resilience to cope with crises like the coronavirus.

This is a challenging time for us all, and poverty can make difficult situations almost impossible. Which is why we're so grateful for your continued support. If you're able to, please consider sponsoring a child today.

Meet Amresh (Nepal), Molton (Malawi) and Phan (Camboda)--children who are part of BWA's sponsorhsip program >>>

BWA Kids Sponsorship


180th Anniversary York St Chapel (Launceston)

A detail taken from York St Chapel: a Stephen spurring photograph (c.1885) Libraries Tasmania LPIC119-1-005 This year, Sunday 27th December is the 180th Anniversary, to the very day, of the opening of the York Street Chapel, the first Baptist building in Launceston.

On that Sunday, at 10am, City Baptist will celebrate the very significant gospel movement in Launceston in the 1830s-1880s, of which the Chapel played a central role.

Laurie Rowston has just produced his latest book, York Street Chapel 1840-1916. Hardbound, 128 pages, $30 cash, limited copies.
Contact Laurie to access your copy:

READ the feature story about the York Street Chapel >>>

Pictured: York St Chapel: A Stephen Spurling photograph (c.1885) Libraries Tasmania LPIC119-1-005

Carols in Your Backyard! - Now Over

Does your church normally run carols for your community? This year it's not so easily done. But there is good news!

Carols in the Backyard will be a live streamed event on Sunday December 20 at 7pm that any church or individual can be a part of. Gymea Baptist Church in NSW are creating the event, with help from Colin Buchanan and Emma Pask.

It will be branded as Carols in the Backyard rather than a Gymea Baptist Church event. Check out the website for all the details. Email Gymea Baptist to find out more.

New National Ministries Director Appointed

Australian Baptist Ministries (ABM) has appointed Rev. Mark Wilson as the next National Ministries Director starting in March 2021.

Mark Wilson

Mark (above) will step down from his current role as Director of Ministries for Baptist Churches Western Australia (BCWA) to take up the role. He has served BCWA since 2007. Mark has also served as Chair of the Western Australian Heads of Churches, and will continue to serve as a Vice President for the Asia Pacific Baptist Federation.

BCWA Council Chair, Rev. Karen Siggins, expressed the Council's excitement saying, "Mark has led BCWA with integrity and skill. The Council is delighted that Mark will have the opportunity to make even more of a difference for the Kingdom, at a national level."

Keith JobbernsBCWA will commence a search process for the next Director of Ministries. For the first time, the ABM National Baptist Office will be based in Perth, Western Australia. The current ABM National Ministries Director, Rev. Keith Jobberns (pictured), concludes in March 2021.

Rev. Steve Ingram, ABM National Chair said, "Baptist Ministries across Australia have benefited greatly from Keith's leadership over the last nine years. Keith has represented us publicly, in all of our diversity, exceptionally well. At the same time, he has performed the quiet background work that goes on every day with equal excellence and grace.

"We have a solid transition process in place, and we look forward thanking and honouring Keith as he concludes his ministry to Baptist churches across the nation, but we take this opportunity to publicly thank Keith for the important role he has carried on our behalf.

"We are delighted that Rev. Mark Wilson will be stepping into the role. Mark brings excellent experience and understanding for the position and we are excited to see where God will lead us as a national movement over the coming years."

Crossover 2020 Christmas Video

A beautiful video to be shared with those who haven't heard or are curious about Jesus. Share it with your playtime families or encourage people in your church to share it with their friends. Watch the video here and keep your eye on the Crossover website for other resources to go alongside this video that will be coming soon.

Peace and Hope for Troubled Times from Crossover on Vimeo.

The Legalisation of Assisted Suicide and Euthanasia

The End-Of-Life Choices (Voluntary Assisted Dying) Bill 2020 was passed by the Tasmanian Legislative Council on November 10 and now moves into the House of Assembly.

On December 3 and 4, MPs were given an opportunity to deliver second reading speeches concerning the Bill. No further action on the Bill will take place until Parliament resumes in early March 2021. The Bill is attempting to legalise assisted suicide and euthanasia in Tasmania.

It is important for people of good will to pray that good decisions will be made

One major concern is the proposed discrimination against church hospitals and aged care facilities.


End COVID For All Update

From Baptist World Aid

End COVID for all-Nov 2020

The Federal Government recently announced an additional $500 million to help roll out a COVID-19 vaccine to the Pacific and South East Asia. This will be rolled out over three years and is additional to the $300 million already allocated in the Budget.

This is great news for our regional neighbours, and we're encouraged to see Australia stepping up in our region. The End COVID For All campaign played a big part in showing our government that Australians want to support our global neighbours.

We will continue to advocate that Australia takes its part in Ending COVID For All, for our neighbours near and far.

BWA Prayer Points

From Kathy Sinclair, Church Relationship ManagerGarment Workers

Lebanon: Prayers for mercy, that the suffering in Lebanon will not be too great over winter during this Covid-19 year.

Bangladesh: Prayers for grace and mercy for garment workers in Bangladesh, as Covid-19 has caused them huge disruption. They usually work a 12 hour day, earning approx. $121/month. Now they must work another 2-hours for Covid cleaning every day, and their pay has reduced to $78/month. As a result, many have to find accommodation closer to the factories, another expense, plus the cost of being away from family.

READ MORE: COVID Fashion Commitments >>> Ethical Fashion Guide >>>

Farewell Rev. Trevor Fist

4 October 1925 - 11 July 2020

Prepared by Jeff McKinnon

Trevor Fist was born in Wynyard and was the oldest child of seven in a devout family, living first in Milabena, and later Boat Harbour.

He worked on the family farm until age 21 or so, before studying for two years at the Melbourne Bible Institute. He then took a year to gain adult matriculation whilst serving as pastor in a church in Victoria for a few months. Trevor spent the next four years in ministerial training at the Baptist Theological College in Sydney. After he married in 1954, Trevor served in three Tasmanian Baptist pastorates: Lenah Valley, South Hobart and Deloraine.

About 60 years ago he and his family moved again to NSW, where he served three churches, the last being Gosford Baptist. Then followed some years as a chaplain in Baptist retirement homes in Sydney and Gosford.

He is sadly missed by friends and family.

Rev. Trevor W. Fist Tasmanian Pastorates
  • April 1954-March 1957: Lenah Valley
  • 1954-1956: South Hobart
  • 1957-April 1961: Deloraine
  • 1961: Left for Wentworth NSW

Read an interview with Trevor, along with photo (2016) as he reflected on being in his tenth decade.

More in the December ADVANCE | step by step

What's the World Coming To? >>> Mission Director Stephen Baxter wraps-up the year

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