Around the Churches – Apr/May 2022

Aroudn the churches Apr/May 2022

Every two months you can catch up with some of the latest events in Tasmanian Baptist Churches.

Around the Churches February/March 2022

North

CITY, Launceston

Hazara Gardens; Steve Cooper lead worship at City, Around the churches,

Housing Crisis

City Baptist in Launceston has been heavily involved in discussions with Launceston Council and the Tasmanian Government regarding the housing crisis as it relates to the street community, those fleeing domestic violence and refugee settlement. Our street chaplain, Stephen Avery works hard amongst our street community. And Associate Pastor Kay Hunter relates to a number of women at risk.

Ethnic community update

Our Hazara community garden at St Leonards is flourishing, pictured at top. Sadly we have not been able to hold combined services with our Nepali congregation due to Covid. We hope these can resume soon.

The “Makeover” continues

Anthea Maynard and Jenna Blackwell have been seeking to build connections with young adults and considering what model of being ‘church’ our Makeover process might lead us to. This is still a work in progress. Our Do N Chew craft program was celebrated in April when it decided to close after 34 years in operation.

Other news

Steve Cooper continues to lead our worship times most Sundays, pictured below. Settlement for the sale of our current property falls in mid-September. Around that time we will consider relocation in earnest.

PERTH

Our Easter services were very encouraging with strong attendance at both our Good Friday and Easter Sunday Services. On Easter Sunday we had a community Easter egg hunt and morning tea before our service.

We are gearing up to get as many from our community to the Tasmania Celebration with Will Graham. We’re inviting the community to meet us and travel with us to the Sunday service, and then come back to our Hall for supper. We are praying for a good response.

GATEWAY, Launceston

Gateway dedicate a new council member

David Madden was welcomed to Gateway Church Council and commissioned in prayer during Sunday morning service recently. 

RIVERLANDS, Longford

Our Stay and Play Playgroup began for 2022 on Friday May 6 for children aged 0-5 years and their mums/carers. 

Associate Pastor Liam Conway and Hannah are hosting a young adults group every Tuesday evening in their home, and Liam has started a once a month youth group at Riverlands on Friday nights. 

NEWSTEAD

Dedication of Boaz at Newstead, and the JESUS Lights
Around the churches,

At the end of February we held a dedication service for Boaz Daniel Hutchison, pictured at top.

At Easter, many attended our Good Friday service and our Son-rise outdoor services. It was a day to celebrate the greatest news ever!

We have also turned on our Jesus lights to be a beacon to the community as the nights get darker. Pictured below.

Northwest

ULVERSTONE

Food, fellowship and Easter

After our Sunday church services over the summer months, we frequently joined together at Fairway Park for church family picnics. This was a great time of enjoying each other’s company in the open air. Now, as the weather is cooler and with the easing of Covid restrictions, we have resumed our regular post-service morning tea.

Over the Easter weekend we reflected upon the events of the cross, Jesus’ love for each of us and His gift of salvation. Our own Nerrelie Cann and Carolyn Smith shared their hearts and brought us the word on Good Friday and Easter Sunday. And of course, we enjoyed hot cross buns and Easter eggs with our tea and coffee after the services.

With certainty!

Over the course of the last few months, we were challenged and encouraged by Pastor Louis as he preached his series titled “Spiritual wholeness”, and “How to be certain in uncertain times”.

In March we celebrated with Cameron Hingston and Abbey Cunningham as they became husband and wife, We also welcomed Greg and Helen Venz into membership.

LOWER BARRINGTON

Lower Barrington Church had a time of encouragement on Sunday 3rd April, with the baptism of Helen Phillips after our Church service at the indoor pool at Silver Ridge resort Sheffield.

This was followed by Lunch, with a great time of fellowship and sharing. Praise God.

WYNYARD

Reaching the needs of the Wynyard and Cooee communities

Food Drive at Wynyard Baptist, collaborating with the Lions Club, Around the churches,
Pastor Owen Muskett (middle) with volunteer Food Hub Coordinator Aileen Charles (left), and volunteer Jacki Harman

The Wynyard Baptist Church and the local Lions Club ran a Food Drive to raise food and donations for the Community Food Hub that runs out of the ROC hall (formerly known as the church hall).  For those enquiring minds ROC stands for Redeeming Our Community.

Over the two-day period, 21 crates of food were collected, as well as $1,239 in donations.  This was a great achievement and will support the continual work of the community food hub.  Wynyard Baptist took on the program after they were approached to take over “Grow, Gather, Give”. 

Since then, they changed the name to the Community Food Hub, and the church has experienced continued growth in the program. The local community supports the food donations as well as farmers, Woolworths supermarkets and local bakeries.  The hub runs out of the ROC hall on Mondays and Fridays, and on Tuesdays and Saturdays from the Uniting Church Hall in Cooee.

A group of volunteers from the community as well as the church runs the Food Hub.  The church has found this to be a wonderful outreach to the community and it has given many opportunities of witnessing for Christ

Read more about the Food Drive

South

CITYWIDE

Levendale

At our recent AGM, the Levendale fellowship was formally embraced as a church plant under the umbrella of Citywide.  We are in process of establishing Wi-Fi and IT functions there to enable streaming and sharing in our services.

Nepalese

Pastor Paul Rai from our Nepalese congregation spent February in Nepal visiting family, re-connecting with his former refugee camp and encouraging rural pastors and outreach missions.  We are in discussions with Baptist Mission Aust to partner with them and formally bring our mission endeavours in Nepal under their covering.

Community focus
Citywide at CleanUp Australia Day; ANZAC Day event at Lenah Valley, Around the churches,

For Clean Up Australia Day (pictured, top), we closed our Mornington service and encouraged our people to join in three different community clean-up areas (Warrane, Lindisfarne and Lenah Valley).  Over 80 of our people joined in. Some older folk prayed together in homes, and others met at Lenah Valley campus where link-ups with the sites were shared and streamed online.

Again focussing on the community, our Anzac Day Celebration in the Park in Lenah Valley (pictured below).  This year, with Dan Evenhuis’ encouragement, we ‘stepped up’ the event and served the community with a range of free activities and food to enhance the Anzac Day spirit.  An event very welcomed and enjoyed by the Lenah Valley community.

Prayer and dedication

Prayer has been a growing focus at Citywide.  We have recommenced our monthly Prayer and Healing services.  We have joined with all the Eastern Shore churches in a combined prayer time – well attended and participated in – our unity growing – and ministry interactions developing.  There is a work of grace God is growing among us.

CLAREMONT

Claremont, new outdoor area, Around the churches,

Here at Claremont Baptist we are delighted with our recently completed outdoor entertainment area. We enjoyed our first BBQ in beautiful weather, and look forward to many more opportunities for eating and sharing outdoors. Hopefully, in time, our neighbours will also want a piece of the action as the smell of onions wafts out!

Many thanks to Alan Firth for his hard work in making this project a success. 

HOBART

Harmony Day and Easter services

Around the churches, Hobart

In March, Hobart celebrated Harmony Day. To encourage and affirm our ethnic diversity, people dressed in various national costumes (pictured, top) and the Karen choir sang.

We held two very special Easter services which included a guest singer on Easter Sunday, and a moving montage displaying some Easter themes (pictured below).

Some special events

We also hosted the Christian Life & Witness Course in preparation for the Tasmania Celebration with Will Graham, coming up on 21st May.

After Easter, we began a new sermon series, “Hope in the Darkness”, exploring how darkness is no enemy to God’s purposes. You can watch all our sermons on our YouTube channel.

On Sunday 8th May we enjoyed hearing guest speaker Scott Pilgrim (Baptist Mission Australia) as he preached about “Crossing the Street” for May Mission Month.


Read More!

April/May 2022 ReCharge

Faith Runs Deep Video Series
May Assembly Overview
Pastoral Profile: Dan Evenhuis
Fostering Hope: Respite Carers needed!
Deep Thought: Mike Frost – Becoming wise
Being Strong and Courageous
Wynyard Baptist Food Drive
Church Profile: Citywide

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Around the Churches – Feb/Mar 2022

Around the Churches Feb Mar 2022

Every two months you can catch up with some of the latest events in Tasmanian Baptist Churches.

North

CITY, Launceston

L to R: Anthea, Geoff, Jeff, Derek, Jenna
L to R: Anthea, Geoff, Jeff, Derek, Jenna

Sale Update

City Baptist is six months through its settlement period for the sale of its historic property in Frederick Street, Launceston. The vision is both to relocate to a non-church facility in the city centre. And to do a ‘makeover’ of how the church operates.

Key Personnel

Anthea Maynard is a key person on the new Ministry Team along with Jenna Blackwell and Jeff McKinnon. Anthea has great interest in community health, enveloping children into worship experiences and global mission.

Urban Mission

In February we had some visitors! Derek Bradshaw from Now and Not Yet Café in Warrandyte, Melbourne, along with Geoff Maddock from Baptist Mission Australia. They came to stimulate thinking on how best to do urban mission in the 2020s.

Northwest

LATROBE

Latrobe Church was full to overflowing for a service to farewell Peter Creeley on Saturday 12th February. 

Peter Creeley Latrobe
Peter Creeley

Peter is described by many as a “rough diamond”, an honest hard worker who knew right from wrong. He was always the first to help in any situation. He was the “someone” who did the unseen jobs around the church, opening up, turning on lights, heaters and urn. As well, he was the one who always made sure there was milk in the fridge for the morning teas.  

But Peter was not always a Christian. Following major heart surgery over 20 years ago Peter committed his life to Christ, and was baptised by Ken Preece. He became a deacon and was still one right up until his death on February 3rd. Peter was also the property manager, and if he couldn’t fix anything that needed doing, he knew someone who could.

He drove his decorated ute every year in the annual Latrobe Christmas parade. The ute had big signs telling the “reason for the season”! Peter was also instrumental in building our Latrobe Men’s Shed (pictured, above) and its development over the past nine years. He was always the first to arrive on winter mornings, and had the fire burning when the other men arrived. 

His infectious smile, and many jokes, are sorely missed around the church and in the wider community. He described himself as Latrobe’s oldest teenager!  Peter is now at rest with his Lord.  

WESTBURY

End of an Era at Westbury Baptist

Pastor Michael Ritchie served the Westbury Baptist Church for over seven years. He completed his ministry on the 26th of December, 2021. During that time, he endeared himself to the congregation both as an outstanding teacher and a man of indomitable faith.

Michael is a gifted speaker. His ability to quote passages of scripture and hymns from memory is legendary. In the minds of many, he has few peers in preaching God’s Word. He is also a compassionate and tireless listener who enriched the lives of those he visited in hospitals and homes. As well, he visited dementia patients at the Rainbow Room at the Community Health Centre. And residents at the aged care facilities of Kanangra and Grenoch.

Michael led regular Bible Study and Prayer Meeting sessions and participated in services connected with the RSL. He actively supported the chaplain at the Westbury Primary School. In addition, he was involved with the Kids’ Club where he told Bible stories, and participated in games and craft. His regular ‘Think Spot’ at Chat ‘n’ Choose was much loved and appreciated.

Michael and Julie in 2019

Two and a half years ago, Michael suffered personal tragedy when his wife Julie passed away. Julie was a great helpmate for Michael for almost 34 years. She was a lovely godly lady who always brought a serene and calming presence into the church. Her support in the Ritchie partnership cannot be understated, and her passing was a great loss.

Farewell Service, 26th December 2021

Michael’s Farewell Service highlighted his exceptional speaking ability. His exposition of the Christmas story highlighted once again, his inimitable ability to look afresh on the circumstances that surrounded that wondrous day when Jesus was born to Mary in Bethlehem. Those who spoke, sang and led the service testified to his many pastoral abilities. In particular, it was lovely to hear Daniel (Michael’s son) speak so lovingly of his dad. Surely the highest compliment a person can receive. The considerable number of old friends who attended the service says much about the man and the esteem with which he is regarded.

We wish Michael all the best, and acknowledge his considerable contribution during his time at the Westbury Baptist Church.

LOWER BARRINGTON

Welcome Jeff and Ann, Farewell Chris adn Lee-Ann - Lwr Barrington

Lower Barrington are pleased to welcome Jeff Percival as the new pastor, along with Ann. He was inducted on Sunday 6th February. This took place only one week after the farewell of former pastor Chris Aulich.

Pictured from top: Sue and Jeff McKinnon, Chris and Lee-Ann Aulich, and Lwr Barrington Secretary Steve Marshall; Jeff and Ann Percival.

COMING IN RECHARGE!

During their substantial ministry life, Jeff and Ann worked for some time with Teen Challenge in NSW. Watch out for Jeff’s profile interview coming in ReCharge on Wednesday 23rd March.

South

HOBART

Pastors' Muster at HBC
Pastors’ Muster

Farewell Liam and Hannah

In January we said goodbye to our Ministry Apprentice, Liam Conway along with Hannah. They moved to Riverlands Longford and were inducted on 6th February. Several of us made the trek up the Midlands Highway to participate in Liam’s induction. We wish them well up north!

Welcome Matt and Kylie

In February, the people of Hobart Baptist welcomed Matt Henderson as Associate Pastor. Matt, Kylie and their boys Daniel and David were inducted on Sunday 6th February.

New Facilities for Muster

The Tasmanian Baptist Pastors’ Muster took place at Hobart Baptist Church on the 7th and 8th March. It was very exciting to see our new facilities used to serve the pastors as they did their professional development!

Visioning Series, 2022

Our annual visioning sermon series this year is “To See Like Jesus Sees”. This will culminate with the presentation of the HBC Vision on Thursday 7th April. This will be followed by Vision Sunday on 10th April.

CITYWIDE

Instead of our usual relaxed month of January, 2022 at Citywide has started off with a bang!

Welcome to the Evenhuis Family

Above – Induction of Dan Evenhuis.
Below – Aboriginal Sunday on the Domain

In December we offered the position of Executive Pastor at Citywide to Dan Evenhuis. At the time, he was living in the UK with his wife, Danielle and four children.  They immediately began plans for their return to Tasmania after ministering in the UK for 18 years. 
With COVID impacts, Christmas, farewells and implications of moving across the globe, they finally arrived on 17th January. God provided a furnished house for them to rent in the short term.  In addition to Dan’s position at Citywide, Danni procured a teaching position at Calvin School. The children are now enrolled in Southern Christian College and Elizabeth College.  So they’ve stepped right into life here and already we are blessed by Dan’s gifting, experience and ministry.

Farewells and Inductions

On 9th January, Newstead Baptist inducted our former Associate Pastor Dan Hutchison as Senior Pastor. Over 30 people from Citywide travelled north to attend. On 13th February, Hobart Baptist inducted Matt Henderson (formerly our Chair of Elders and Youth Leader) as Associate Pastor.
So the comings and goings at Citywide have been significant with their different journeys and mix of loss and excitement.  

Celebrating Cultural Diversity

On 23 January we celebrated Aboriginal Sunday with an outdoor service on Hobart’s Domain.  This service was led by Paul Dare. He challenged and encouraged us in understanding Tasmanian Aboriginal history, and the injustices which scarred our Nation and people.
We are in conversation with Baptist Mission Australia. It is exciting to consider partnering with them in Mission to rural areas of Nepal via our Nepalese congregation. 

CLAREMONT

A Day  in the Wilderness
Claremont Baptist and Sandy Bay Baptist

On the 20th November 2021 a happy group of 27 boarded the bus for a special day trip. We visited Derwent Bridge and the Wall in the Wilderness. About half were church members, and the others friends and family. We started with a short prayer and then headed for the  first stop at Ouse for morning tea. 

Travelling to the beautiful Derwent Valley, we stopped to admire the hydro and scenic views along the Tarraleah leg. We arrived at Derwent Bridge Wilderness Hotel a little early. However, the well-organised staff gave us a sumptuous lunch of soup, sandwiches, snacks and cake. Top marks to the catering staff!

Being a bit early, we detoured to Lake St Claire. It was stunningly beautiful and we enjoyed just being out and about in the gloriousness of creation.  Then onto the Wall in the Wilderness. As an awe-inspiring work and we were suitably delighted. The artist was in residence and we enjoyed talking to him.

Finally, we returned in the early evening. A couple celebrated their anniversary and someone had a birthday. So we had lots of fun, conversations flowed freely and new friends were made. 

The day was only made possible by the generosity of our bus driver, Peter Gathercole. Certainly a day to remember. 


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