ReCharge NEWS February 2023
22nd February 2023 | ReCharge News
ReCharge News February 2023
Raising Funds for Ukraine
YOU CAN CONTRIBUTE
Anyone can assist Christians in Kyiv to bring hope and needed assistance by contributing to this fundraiser.
At 6pm on Wednesday 22nd February, Kelvin Smith (Hobart) performed at a Piano Recital and Fundraiser for Ukrainian Refugees at the Hobart Town Hall, 50 Macquarie St, Hobart.
Kelvin has grown a following for his Piano of Tasmania videos on Facebook in recent years.
Kelvin performed, along with Timothy Prajogo, playing the concert Steinway piano at Hobart Town Hall. As well, Ukrainian Pastor Anton Kaluzhny, spoke live from Kyiv about his work helping thousands in the war in Ukraine.
You can donate to this amazing initiative here: GoFundMe.
Walk this Way – Newstead
FAMILY-FRIENDLY SHORT WALKS
Sunday February 5th was our inaugural ‘Walk This Way’, event taking a leisurely walk around Heritage Park. The guided family-friendly short walks are hosted by Pastor Dan Hutchison of Newstead Baptist, in partnership with Scripture Union bushwalking club, Boots ‘N All.
It was lovely to see all generations represented, the kids specially enjoying the playground, as these walks are aimed to help connect, grow and inspire one another.
Newstead have eight Walk this Way events planned this year around Launceston with the next at Trevallyn Dam, Sunday March 5th 2pm-4pm. If you are interested in going on this walk, please phone Dan Hutchison on 0457 765 907 for more details.
Office Secretary at Newstead
Newstead Baptist is currently looking for an Office Secretary to work in the Church office for up to 10 hours per week. The position is to give support to the Pastor, Church Secretary and Church Treasurer in regard to clerical and administrative support.
They are looking for someone with excellent interpersonal, written and verbal communication skills; demonstrates proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite and Adobe tools; can maintain digital and physical church records; produce the weekly church publication; manage permanent and casual church property hires; and maintain publish and update website and social media posts. The person hired will be in agreement with the values, vision and mission of the Newstead Baptist Church.
Position Description: Please contact Church office 03 6331 6891; email email@example.com, or church secretary firstname.lastname@example.org; or phone 0419 536 159.
To apply: Contact the Pastor via email or Newstead Baptist Church, 14 Wentworth Street, Newstead Tas 7250
Türkiye and Syria Crisis
BAPTIST WORLD AID RESPONDS
Our hearts are heavy as we witness the devastation in Türkiye and Syria. On 6th February, two powerful earthquakes (measuring 7.8 and 7.5 respectively), and subsequent aftershocks destroyed large parts of southern Türkiye and northern Syria.
Baptist World Aid are responding to this disaster, alongside their Christian Partners in Türkiye and Syria. The situation is unfolding rapidly and the BWA team are in regular contact with our Partners—including Baptist organisations—assessing the damage and how to best respond.
They have produced resources that will help interested churches support this appeal that are available to download here.
What we know so far
- Both earthquakes created over 100 large aftershocks that collapsed over 5,000 buildings and destroyed entire sections of cities while people slept.
- The death toll has reached over 41,000 but is rising rapidly.
- A harsh winter has brought extreme cold, and snowstorms increasing the difficulty faced by rescue teams.
- Many impacted are among families who fled civil war in Syria, including millions of displaced people living in overcrowded conditions, and makeshift—already dependent on humanitarian assistance.
- Ongoing conflict in the region is making it difficult for organisations to access accurate information or provide immediate aid to those who are in need.
- Medical facilities are overwhelmed, with reports of hospitals forced to triage people according to who will and won’t survive.
PLEASE PRAY FOR THE DEVASTATION IN TURKEY AND SYRIA – FOR THE PEOPLE WHOSE LIVES ARE IMPACTED, FOR THOSE WHO ARE GRIEVING, FOR CHURCHES WHO ARE ASSISTING, AND FOR INTERNATIONAL WORKERS WHO HAVE A MAMMOTH TASK AHEAD OF THEM.
AND PRAY IF/HOW MUCH YOU CAN CONTRIBUTE TO THE BWA APPEAL
Celebrating Capacity Workshop
The Bridges Out of Poverty trainer, Nairn Walker presents Celebrating Capacity. A powerful training experience for those working with vulnerable people.
The two-day workshop will help you see economic inequity differently. It will assist you to understand and identify the capacity people have developed to negotiate life’s challenges. You will explore ways to harness this capacity to co-create with them a better future for themselves, their families and their communities.
- When: 8.30am – 4.30pm, Mon 27th to Tues 28th March, 2023
- Where: C3 Church Hobart – 64 Anglesea Street Hobart, TAS 7004
- Cost: $345 (includes morning tea and lunch on both days)
- More Info: Download Flyer >
- Bookings: Limited places so get in quick! Register here >
Northern Mentoring Officer
Tasmanian Baptists and Fostering Hope work together to encourage churches to support and care for foster children and their families.
Fostering Hope has a one-day/week position available in Launceston.
The primary tasks include: Recruitment of new mentors in Northern Tasmania; Overseeing the screening process for all northern mentors; Facilitating logistics of training days, training will be delivered by the Mentoring Coordinator and the Executive Officer.
Applications close on 24th February 2023.
Aboriginal Sunday 2023
In 1938 Aboriginal leader, William Cooper, asked Australian Christian churches to set aside the Sunday before January 26th every year as Aboriginal Sunday.
While many would see the controversy around Australia Day as a comparatively new thing, William Cooper and a number of other Aboriginals first met for a day of mourning on January 26th 1938, and it was this event that prompted his call to the churches.
This year, on Sunday 22nd January, the three Citywide congregations gathered at the Domain Amphitheatre for an Aboriginal Sunday service led by proud Lia Pootah man, Paul Dare.
Paul says, “If churches want to take the teaching of Jesus seriously, then they can’t ignore the pain and injustice that Aboriginal people continue to experience, which gets focused at this time of year.
“Here in Tasmania, in particular, we need to face our past in order that our future can be different.”
Spiritual Care Coordinator
(NB: Applications closed Sunday 5th February, 2023)
Baptcare are looking for a Spiritual Care Coordinator (AKA Chaplain) for Family, Disability and Health.
The position is part-time (0.8 FTE), and is based in Hobart.
DOWNLOAD position description >
ReCharge News February 2023
Marrawah Thanksgiving Service
Sunday 5th February 2023
For several years now, the small fellowship who gather at Marrawah Baptist Church have been operating on Sundays on an irregular basis. More recently, most of the congregation have shifted to Smithton, and are now attending the Baptist church there. Now, the membership has decided it is time to permanently close their doors.
A Thanksgiving Service will be held at Marrawah Baptist to say farewell, and celebrate 65 years of Christian work and mission that has taken place through this fellowship.
SUNDAY 5TH FEBRUARY 2023
10 – 10:45am Pre-service cuppa
11am Service begins
A light lunch will follow in the Marrawah Memorial Hall
All welcome to share food, stories and memories
MAP: Marrawah Baptist Church, 826 Comeback Rd, Marrawah TAS 7330
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