ReCharge NEWS June 2023
21st June 2023 | ReCharge News
Positions Vacant with Scripture Union Tas
Provide emotional, social, and spiritual support to school communities…
Scripture Union has multiple chaplaincy positions available across Tasmania. Chaplains provide emotional, social, spiritual, and often practical support to school communities. They are in the prevention and support business: helping students find a better way to deal with issues ranging from family breakdown, loneliness, depression and anxiety.
SU Chaplaincy models the compassion and unconditional love demonstrated and taught by Jesus, as recorded in the Bible. Chaplains will be sensitive to, respectful of, and available to all regardless of beliefs or religious affiliations. All SU Chaplaincy staff and volunteers are empowered and equipped to champion a child-safe culture, and are committed to the highest standards of safety and care in our work with children, young people and families.
In Cinemas – but you can arrange to watch at your church!
After being raised by a white family, a young girl is taken away and returned to the Aboriginal family she didn’t know. Decades later, she’s on a journey to discover where she truly belongs.
Brenda’s first memories were of growing up in a loving white foster family, before she was suddenly taken away and returned to her Aboriginal family. Decades later, she feels disconnected from both halves of her life. But the traumas of her past do not lie quietly buried. So, she goes searching for the foster family with whom she had lost all contact.
WATCH the trailer:
Our Baptist Values
As mentioned at the May Assembly
A great resource for your church or small group, the Values Project* is designed to help individuals, churches and groups reflect, talk and learn about our identity and values as communities of faith within the Australian Baptist movement.
The Values Project strengthens our sense of identity, encourages connectedness and community across our movement, and informs decision making and leadership.
Four free episodes are available, along with corresponding Scripts, Facilitator’s Guide, Discussion notes, and sermon ideas.
They are a great basis for discussion and understanding Baptists, particularly for those new to the movement.
The 4-5 minute videos each focus on one of our four values: 1. Jesus-Centred; 2. Community; 3. Mission; 4. Freedom
WATCH Value 1: Being Jesus-Centred …
Famine Relief Announcement
News from Micah Australia
As reported in reCharge in November 2022, the Horn of Africa is suffering a severe famine. So it is encouraging to learn that in the recent federal budget, the government announced Australia will contribute $29 million from the Humanitarian Emergency Fund to partners in the Horn of Africa and the Middle East.
- $15 million to address increased humanitarian, displacement and protection needs of people in drought-affected areas in Ethiopia, Kenya and Somalia.
- $4 million to provide food and nutrition support to the most vulnerable in Yemen.
- $10 million for food and monetary assistance to refugees and vulnerable populations in Lebanon and Jordan.
EmpowHer Day of Courage
Saturday 18th November 2023, Riverlands Longford
Calling all women! EmpowHer are gathering women around the state for a Day of Courage.
Watch out for more details available soon.
On the Move
City Baptist Launceston
Have you heard City is moving to two new locations?
Our Sunday Gatherings will be held at The Boathouse, 55 Lindsay Street Invermay, for at least the next 12 months. The Boathouse is an attractive modern building in the Seaport precinct, overlooking the North Esk River and Trevallyn, and next to Riverbend Park. Our first Gathering there will be on 18 June.
Our Drop in Centre will remain operating on Saturday nights out of the Red Dove Café in the Pilgrim Uniting facilities in Paterson Street.
Events at Hobart and Perth
Hobart Baptist’s Luminous Festival
Hobart Baptist church is again running its mid-winter festival, Luminous. This is the third year for Luminous, which aims to shed light on important topics for the people of Hobart during Dark Mofo. The festival runs for two weeks from 8-25 June and hosts conversations around spirituality and hope and showcases installation art.
- 6pm, Thursday 8th June, FESTIVAL LAUNCH AND ARTWORK
Michael Henderson’s art installation opens. Michael is an artist based in lutruwita / Tasmania and his work is entitled: The Seed of Life, Weighed Down. He uses symbols and metaphors to tell stories about identity, faith and longing.
The artwork will be open from 12pm-6pm until 16th June.
- 6pm, Tuesday 13th, Thursday 15th, Tuesday 20th June, LUMINOUS CONVERSATIONS
Over successive evenings with free refreshments, this year’s topics ask, ‘Is Tasmania A Place for Everyone?’; ‘How can we help Tasmanian Children flourish?’; and ‘How Do We Create Healthy Families?’ Each of the conversations are a safe space for discussion, and not just for people of faith. We value the unique journey and point of view each of our panellists can contribute.
CHRISTMAS IN WINTER – IN THE TAB
- 6pm Friday 23rd June Luminous Carols
- 10am Sunday 25th June A traditional Christmas Service
All are welcome to the festival and entry is free, but bookings for evening events (catering) are essential.
Perth Tabernacle’s coming events
For women in Launceston
Calling all women in Launceston and surrounds who are interested in growing in their faith-in-action journey. You might be leading or interested in leadership, serving, or wanting to grow in faith that leads to action. This is a new space for you! Join with other women who want a safe space to process and learn together.
No life qualifications necessary. This is not a small group, or a Bible study. It’s a collective of women who are serious about learning and living in the ways of our good God, doing the journey with others, and hopefully having some laughs along the way.
Jenna Blackwell is Tasmanian Baptists’ Mission Leadership Coach. Gabi Dunn works for the Anglicans. They are housemates, great friends, and peer supports in ministry. With the support of their organisations, they are collaborating to bring a new space for women.
No, they don’t think events/gatherings have to be gender-specific. But yes, they acknowledge the complexity of life and history, and that sometimes you just need a space with other women.
Read More ReCharge!
- Deep Thought July 2023 Our Expanding Horizons by Stephen Baxter
- Missional Leadership by Bree Mills
- Ministry Profile, Scott Pilgrim Baptist Mission Australia
- Around the Churches June/July 2023 Updates from Tas Baptist churches
- Mentoring Training with Fostering Hope
- Tuning in to the Heart of God by Jenna Blackwell, Mission and Leadership Coach
- Diving into Diversity Sacred Agents blog by Crossover Director, Andrew Turner
- Safe Churches Update by TB Administrator Rodney Marshall
- Discovering Deep, Resilient Faith by Melanie Saward
- July NEWS