ReCharge NEWS March 2022
23th March 2022
Tas Baptist Handbook 2022
Attention Church Secretaries!
The Tasmanian Baptist Handbook for 2022 will be published in time for the Mid-year Assembly on May 6-7. YOUR ASSISTANCE IS CRITICAL!
Please update your church details ASAP, but no later than Monday 4th April.
To provide the required info, simply click the buttons below to access the two forms.
Hope and Help Ukraine
Baptist World Aid
With Russia’s recent aggression toward Ukraine, a humanitarian crisis is escalating as people leave their homes in search of safety.
As of 7th March, more than 2 million Ukrainians have fled since their homeland fell under attack, crossing the border to neighbouring countries such as Poland, Hungary, Romania and Moldova. Many are women, children and elderly people leaving loved ones behind, as men of military age join thousands of citizens—men and women—who have stayed to take up arms in defending their country.
As the situation continues, the UNHCR expects up to four million Ukrainians will be displaced, exacerbating the already urgent need for food, emergency services, medical care and refuge.
Did You Miss Out on the Christian Life and Witness Course?
Online course now available
Tasmania Celebration with Will Graham, May 2022
The Christian Life and Witness Course offers practical ways for you to grow in your faith in Christ as well as how to effectively share God’s love.
If you missed the in-person courses, not to worry! An online Christian Life and Witness Course is now available. Register here >
Please note this class is required for those who wish to serve as a Prayer Volunteer (Counsellor) during the Tasmania Celebration events.
Prayer events ahead of the Tasmania Celebration are now being held in Hobart and Launceston. Find out more about prayer events >
“Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have.” —1 Peter 3:15, NIV
Family Faith Rhythm Cards
The Australian Baptist Ministries Next Gen team have created a set of cards families can use to dig deeper in discipleship practices.
“It’s a really good resource for households.”Jenna Blackwell, Tas Baptists’ Mission Leadership Coach
This set of cards has been designed for families of all types and stages.
The twenty included activities fall into four broad categories – discovering God’s big story, experiencing Jesus, showing God’s love and remembering and celebrating.
GET HOLD OF A SET!
Scripture Union Tas
Commissioning and Vision Launch
You, and everyone in your church, are invited to to meet with Peter James, CEO SU Australia, and hear about the vision for Scripture Union.
- A Breakfast Celebration in Hobart
- A Dessert Night in Ulverstone, or
- A Commissioning Service in Launceston
Get to know Stephanie Sebastian, the new Regional Manager of SU in Tasmania, and find out how you can be involved in turning this vision into reality. Let yourself be inspired by the wonderful SU fellowship in the south of Tasmania, meet old and new friends, and help young people and their families to discover their places in God’s story.
RSVP for catering purposes by Wednesday, 16th March via email@example.com or ring the SU office on 62448422.
9:00-10:30 am Saturday, 19th of March
Hope Church, 25 Tasma St, North Hobart
7:00-8:30 pm Saturday, 19th of March
Ulverstone Anglican Church, 6-10 Kings Parade, Ulverstone (near MacDonald’s)
2:30 to 4 pm Sunday, 19th of March
Punchbowl Christian Centre, 100 Punchbowl Road, Punchbowl,
Position Vacant – Newstead Christian School
Human Resources & Compliance Manager
Bringing a Christian perspective to bear in all aspects of his or her work, the HR & Compliance Manger will establish & manage the processes of recruitment, staff wellbeing, records management, work health & safety, employee relations and compliance.
This is a 0.4 FTE position for 15 hours per week.
Applications due by Friday 25th March 2022.
L***Y Family on Home Mission
Chris, Amy and children recently returned from a very long stint in Indonesia after they were caught there for an additional two years due to COVID restrictions.
For security reasons it is not possible to relay the information in their most recent news email. However, you can subscribe to their next e-news distribution here >
They are safe and well, and taking time to transition back to Australia. You can contact them in Queensland by email.
Pray for us, so that the word of the Lord may spread rapidly and be glorified everywhere, just as it is among you. (2 Thessalonians 3:1)
Baptist Mission Australia
Watch and learn!
BMA have released a new video explaining who they are and the work they do. This is a significant transition from Global Interaction, who we were all familiar with.
Watch the video to find out more:
Home Ground Found!
Intercultural Sports League
In early February, the Intercultural Sports League, founded by Raj Chopra of IC Church* Glenorchy, had a major win.
The ICSL received permission from the Kingborough Council to use the Leslie Vale cricket oval as its home ground. This is the result of years of searching, and was successful thanks to a partnership with Kingborough Council and support from Cricket Tasmania.
The ICSL now has over 200 players and 13 teams, including a women’s team, which began this 2021-22 season.
Find out more about ICSL: Facebook >
*While IC Church (Intercultural Church) is not a member of the Baptist Union, it is under the auspices of Tas Baptists, and is closely associated with Claremont Baptist.
Religious Discrimination Bill
From Australian Baptist Ministries, 23 Feb 2022
Prior to the disappointing events of the last fortnight, the National Ministries Director, Rev. Mark Wilson, along with Freedom for Faith and other religious groups, had engaged with parliamentarians of all persuasions in the lead up to, and during, the Religious Discrimination Bill debate in federal Parliament.
After several months of negotiations, a basic bill had received the bi-partisan support necessary to pass without amendments. Two Committee reports released only days before the bill’s introduction indicated the major parties would vote for the bill in both houses. As the sitting week unfolded, deteriorating conditions led to the bill being shelved by the Government.
Few sitting days now remain before the Prime Minister must call the next election (the last possible poll day is May 28). There is therefore no time for the Religious Discrimination Bill to be considered in the Senate. Although the bill passed in the House of Representatives, several amendments also passed that caused considerable damage.
Freedom for Faith Board Member Professor Patrick Parkinson has written an excellent summary of why the bill failed here.