reCharge NEWS May 2024

reCharge NEWS May 2024

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    Changes At Hobart Baptist Church 

    HBC’s Stephen Baxter Concludes in the Role

    On Sunday, 12 May, Scott Ambrose shared the news that, Stephen Baxter would be concluding his time as Senior Pastor at Hobart Baptist Church later this year. Stephen is leaving the role after 14 years and is the longest serving minister in the 140-year history of Hobart Baptist Church. Stephen indicated that he felt a clear sense that God was calling him to conclude his period of service as Senior Pastor. Consequently, his final Sunday will be 1 September 2024.  

    This is not necessarily the end of Stephen and Jenny’s time at Hobart Baptist Church but, rather, the conclusion of serving as Senior Pastor.  

    HBC will celebrate Stephen and Jenny and their pastoral ministry over the coming months and invite everyone in the Tas Baptist community to join in as they honour them. 

    The HBC community are incredibly grateful to God for the leadership of Stephen and the support and work of Jenny over many years. Stephen and Jenny have responded faithfully to the call of God to serve Him through Hobart Baptist Church, and it is fitting that they are now responding to His call as they seek His will for the future. The changes in the Church in both the physical buildings and in the pastoral team approach and missional outlook, are a testament to Stephen’s ministry. 

    The Diaconate will be meeting to prayerfully consider future pastoral leadership and invite all members of the Tas Baptist community to thank God for the provision of Stephen and Jenny for this period in the life of Hobart Baptist and, to pray for God’s will for the HBC community.  Watch the announcement below from HBC’s YouTube site.

    impress: passing faith onto our kids

    New book, impress by Ainsley Freeman

    A new book explores sharing faith with our children in the context of busy, modern households.

    With the pressures of our modern world, parents are struggling to find the time, energy and tools to talk about and demonstrate faith to their kids. impress is a book written for these parents in the “drowning years” of raising children and is part encouragement and part how-to when it comes to sharing faith to the next generation in the context of our modern households.  

    Mother of three sons, author, media professional and church pastor, Ainsley Freeman, says the book represents much of her life journey to date.  

    This book is a call back to the primary task for any caregiver to pass the baton of faith in a compelling, meaningful, and relevant way in the context of our families. It’s a call back to evangelism and sharing the good news with people we’ve been entrusted.  

    Reflecting on her new book Ainsley says, “It is imperative that we talk about and live our faith in a way that leaves a real impression on the next generation and this book will help and inspire parents to do just that.” 

    impress is available through the Olive Tree Media online store and instore or online from Koorong bookstores. To find out more about impress visit the @impress.daily Instagram page or go to the website www.olivetreemedia.com.au/impress and be sure to sign up for Ainsley’s 52-week devotional accompanying the book called impress weekly

    National Volunteers Week  

    20-26 May  

    Next week we notice and celebrate our volunteers. Notice – because volunteers are often the quiet and generally unnoticed people making things happen in the background.
    They are rarely recognised for their work, and rarely expect to be – because it’s in their nature to help others! How do you let your volunteers know that they are so very valued? Send a free e-card or appreciation certificate

    Micah Australia

    2024 Budget Night Response 

    In the wake of Budget night, Micah Australia have created a Budget response as part of their joint campaign – ‘Safer World for All’ – run with the wider Australian International Development sector.  

    They have also developed an Advocacy Plan to help churches advocate for an Australia that acts justly for country neighbours and the most urgent global justice issues facing the world today – extreme poverty, rising conflict and climate change.  

    Further resources unpacking the need to advocate for a generous aid program from a Christian perspective can be found here

    Baptist World Aid Matching Grant Appeal 

    May-June 2024

    Support the work of Baptist World Aid before the end of the financial year   

    Inspired by Isaiah 61 and God’s infinite kindness to those who are suffering, May-June will see Baptist World Aid launch their annual Matching Grant Appeal. 

    Donations made to this appeal will be combined with government funds and invested in specific community development projects.  

    Current projects funded through the Matching Grant Appeal are in Cambodia, Nepal, Bangladesh, Kenya, and Lebanon.  

    For over 10 years, they have used the campaign as an opportunity to raise the funds needed to access additional financial support from the Australian Government through the Australian NGO Cooperation Program (ANCP). All donations are tax-deductible.   

    For further information visit the website or read BWA 2024 FAQ document here. 

    Youth Alive UNDIVIDED!

     24, 25 May and 21 June 2024  

    Youth Alive Undivided is a state-wide event for young people and youth ministries and are perfect for teenagers to bring their friends along. Tasmania is holding three events with over 1000 young people gathering! Dates for the Undivided are: 

    24 MAY – Launceston, 6pm At Door of Hope Christian Church 

    25 MAY – Devonport, 6pm at Gateway Church 

    21 JUNE – Hobart, 6pm at Hillsong Church Hobart (New Venue). 

    To book tickets or volunteer, visit the website for more information

    Baptist Mission Australia

    May 2024
    It’s still May Mission Month!  Is your church following along with the four key themes?  

    1. Renewing: It starts with us (Galatians 5:16–17, 22–26) 
    1. Relating: It’s always about relationships (Matthew 4:18–22) 
    1. Restoring: It’s about the whole Gospel for the whole world (Luke 4:14–21) 
    1. Responding: It’s about availability (John 1:35–42) 

    These can be run as a four-part series, or each theme can be used a standalone theme.

    Explore this year’s theme, through the video Mending!

    This video offers a big picture understanding of how God is at work – restoring and renewing – as well as tangible examples of how people around the world are joining with Him as co-menders of a beautiful, broken world.  
     
    Explore the full suite of Mending! resources >> 

    BMA

    2024 Tas Baptist Handbook

    Information for Tasmanian Baptist Churches 

    At the May Mid-year Assembly, the 2024 Tasmanian Baptist Handbook will be released. The Handbook contains important information for Tasmanian Baptist Churches, including contact details for pastors, churches, Baptist agencies nationally, church statistics for the past year and much more. 

    The Handbook will be distributed in both printed and electronic form…  

    Printed: At Assembly, two printed copies will be available for each church. To save us postage, please make sure you pick up your church’s Handbooks! 

    If your church requires more than two printed copies, please contact Anna-Maree Richardson at the Tas Baptist office: anna-maree@tasbaptists.org.au 

    Electronic: The final e-version will be distributed as a PDF to Secretaries the week after Assembly. As well, a link will be included in reCharge, distributed on Wednesday 15 May. 

    Please note that for privacy reasons we no longer publish the Handbook on the Tas Baptist website. If you need a copy later, you can always contact the office.  For the same reason, do take care with the distribution and availability of the Handbook. It would be wise to carefully destroy past copies of the Handbook you may have in your possession! 

    IMPORTANT! Quite a few churches and pastors have not yet submitted their details, and it is now becoming urgent.

    If you need to be reminded how to access the form, or if you have any questions, please email the Tas Baptist office on info@tasbaptists.org.au .

    Caring for People Workshop

    Wednesday, 22 May 2024

    Tasmanian Baptists are running a workshop on the process of caring for people through these four significant life events: Marriages, Funerals, Baptisms and Dedications. 

    These events require more than just conducting a ceremony or giving a talk. They require pastoral care from leaders who journey with people and families and support them to navigate some of life’s most emotional and challenging events.  

    To do well, they require involvement, including before, during, and after the event. This might sound like a lot to do, but there are ways to manage time and emotional investment AND truly bless families. 

    The workshop will discuss some practicalities around relevant documents and legal responsibilities. But, the majority of the time will focus on ways to balance a pastor’s or leader’s regular responsibilities with the additional responsibilities that come with these significant events.  

    Open to any pastor or leader that wishes to attend. We recognise that many different leaders are involved in these activities in a church. 

    Morning tea, espresso coffee and tea, and lunch will be provided.
    Please note: no live-streaming or recording will be offered at or after this event.

    LOCATION: Riverlands Baptist Church, Longford. 
    DATE: Wednesday, 22 May 
    TIME: 10:00am to 1.30pm 

    COST: $20 per person, payable to
    Name: Tasmanian Baptist Union 
    BSB: 704-922 
    Account: 100007060 
    Reference: WEDDINGS 

    Register by 10 May by emailing Anna-Maree at Anna-Maree@tasbaptists.org.au with all the names of those attending at your church. Please let Anna-Maree know of any food related needs as you book. 

    Any questions, please email Michael Henderson at michael@tasbaptists.org.au 

    Reflecting Forward Conference

    Monday, 13 to Tuesday, 14 May 2024

    Your Church Tasmania is hosting the Reflecting Forward conference for ministers and other pastoral care workers. Spiritual Care is a growing and vital part of any organisation that cares for and about people. The conference will cover Spiritual Care: Personal, Professional & Political Perspective and Harmony in Thought: Resolving Dissonance and Reordering Cognitive Schema with an option to attend dinner on Monday evening at Government House with a reception with the Governor beforehand. 

    Located at RACV Hotel, 154-156 Collins St, Hobart, keynote speakers include Michael Paterson, Scotland Director of the Institute of Pastoral Supervision and Reflective Practice along with Susan Marcuccio, President of the Australian Association of Supervision.

    Elective/workshop topics: 
    Susan Marcuccio – Using practical models and tools in our supervision, mentoring and chaplaincy 
    Michael Paterson – Brave Space  
    Tim Dyer – Supervising individuals in conflict 
    Sean Conry – The transferrable core of Spiritual Care across sectors 
    Paul Hueston – Supervision in groups 

    REGISTRATIONS CLOSE: 9am on Monday, 6 May

    More info and a full list of speakers and session topics HERE  or register HERE 

    Building a Culture of Trust

    Tuesday, 11 June 

    Experience an engaging half-day Leaders Networking Event to workshop building a culture of trust. Presented by Dr. Henry Cloud, clinical psychologist and author of 45 books including “Boundaries”. 

    The half-day session on Tuesday 11 June will be co-hosted by GLS Next Gen on the Northwest Coast at Devonport. 

    Understanding the significance of trust within a team has profound impact on enhancing working environments. The event offers a fantastic opportunity for networking, learning, and potentially catalysing positive change within church culture. Learn, grow and connect with leaders from across Tasmania.

    The highlight of the meeting will be an insightful presentation by Dr. Henry Cloud. 
     
    Benefits include:
    – World-class insights  
    – Dynamic conversations 
    – Defined next steps to enhance trust with the people you lead.

    Costs start at $65 per person and includes GST, workbook and morning tea.  

    Find more information and register here

    The Point Baptist

    Part-time Youth Pastor wanted at The Point

    The Point Baptist, at Beauty Point in Tasmania, is looking for a part-time youth pastor to take over from the current pastor who is returning to the USA in June.

    For more information, please email Craig Hawkins at hawkthe32@gmail.com or call 0487 343348. 

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    An Ode To The Shepherd

    An Ode to the Shepherd

    For you to Ponder – Psalm 23

    By Frans Ammerlaan, Sassafras Baptist 

    Throughout our lives, events just seem to happen apparently at random. God teaches that there is nothing random about our lives and that He is always in control. 

    In times of weariness rest comes ‘beside quiet waters’, always aware that the purposes of our lives are to be accomplished.  

    It soon emerges that strength and struggle are the means by which we become capable of growing up and gathering character. 

    David, the future king of Israel, was led through a shepherd’s job, to acquire skills and character traits which would prove extremely useful to him in later life.  

    He was aware of this as shown in Psalm 23. In awe of God’s input into his life and affairs, he wrote ‘The Lord is my shepherd’.  This was his Ode to the Shepherd.

    Of all the people in the world, he could speak with authority of this fact. Seeing the defeat of Goliath, in front of the Israeli army and King Saul.  

    He was just a lad then, a teenager. How could the pebble slung from his sling hit Goliath exactly in the right place, with such force as to kill him instantly. Such a strong and huge man! The major threat at that time to the baby nation of Israel. David instinctively knew the God of Israel had enabled him.  

    More than anything he began to think that the anointing he received was the new reality in his life. That the power of God was released in his declarations before Saul and his army. Somehow the words he spoke empowered the actions he took. 

    A resistless force!

    A force that operated flawlessly without his trying. He realised it was the power of God almighty. His confidence grew enormously at this demonstration of power. Hereafter he was never again the demure youngest son of Jesse. Never again to be bullied by Eliab or any of his older brothers. He now had power in his spoken words. 

    David knew that the job of a shepherd was to totally care for sheep.

    It taught him responsibility as he learnt to deal with their wayward natures. (Just as he had to deal with the men of Israel later when he was their King.) 

    Even though sheep often got in trouble by walking off on their own, he loved their gentle and placid nature. As their shepherd he provided for all their needs and kept them safe. Especially at night when predators were about in the dark. These sheep were not even his. They were his father, Jesse’s. 

    This psalm finds its source in that experience. I suspect he realised that the Lord was doing the same for him, in his life, as he did for his sheep, and he was grateful. No doubt reminding himself that the anointing he received was for God’s purposes and it made sense that everything he experienced was in accord with those. 

    The Creator of the universe wants to be an intimate friend with us.

    At times when David was exhausted and weary of the whole job he would cry out to the Lord. Then he would be reminded that the hardships he endured now would prepare him for an extraordinary destiny! That is true for all of us. 

    He grew up in this relationship with God, which became intimate, mature and personal. They became good, trusted friends. He, the created, with the Creator.  

    Since Jesus opened the door for us, such an amazing relationship is now available to all of us believers. Difficult as this may be to accept, truly the Creator of the universe wants to be an intimate friend with us. A relationship such as David’s!  What a thought! What a vision! 

    Even though David strayed a number of times from the ‘straight and narrow’, his friend the almighty God of the Universe never abandoned the relationship. David was only corrected by Him when it was absolutely necessary. 

    All of his needs were always met and provision for him was abundant.   This impressed him to the point of declaring:  

    He makes me to lie down in green pastures; 
    He leads me beside the still waters. 
    He restores my soul… Psalm 23:2-3 (NKJV) 

    In trusting, he must, like us, have wondered often where he was being led to. 

    This special relationship with God, based on the evidence, found expression in his whole life and affairs. He then lists many of the major events in his life where the road ahead looked awful, but then saying in the next verse: He restores my soul

    God kept him morally upright for His name’s sake; though David was reluctant at times. When threatened by having to walk through the ‘valley of the shadow of death’, he feared no evil.  

    He knew that God was with him as he says, ‘Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me’.
    The rod and staff being a means of support and defence.  

    Before we wish that we were David, remember he was exposed to extreme life events which would have taken all his acumen to survive. (We are reminded of him being pursued by King Saul and having to hide from his continual jealous wrath). 

    David then notes, in wonder, God’s preparing a table before him though surrounded by enemies. Historically, this happened literally many times. Ever since he was anointed with oil by the prophet of Israel, ‘You anoint my head with oil; My cup runs over. Psalm 23:5 (NKJV) 

    He could not be happier at that moment and is prompted to say:  

    Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life; And I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever. Psalm 23:6 (NKVJ) 

    This is all we ever wish to do! 

    The Lord is involved in every aspect of our lives.

    You could say: How could this apply to us? He was anointed and God seemed almost visibly present and looking after him!  

    We can and do say that with Jesus in our hearts we have the equivalent and an even better provision. All the things David said are now equally true for us. Of course, he was one of the very few who could experience God’s presence at all times before the Messiah came. 

    Whilst God had to be ‘about’ David; Jesus is actually in us and will never forsake or leave those who have accepted Him as their Saviour. Really a much better deal!  

    This psalm does show us how involved the Lord is in every aspect of our lives although perhaps not as often as demonstrated with David. Maybe we are not as physically surrounded by enemies who seek to devour us, but even so, we are surrounded by enemies we cannot see but which can be, and often are, equally deadly.  

    The most poignant observations David makes come at the end of this wonderful Psalm. Acutely aware of God’s presence in every aspect of his many struggles, he is moved to cry out:  ‘You anoint my head with oil; My cup runs over. Psalm 23:5 (NKJV) 

    Such an expression of awesome and exceeding joy. I often wonder why we do not declare that more often. For us it is equally true. We just have to accept it by faith and then have it! 

    He ends with an exultant exclamation:  

    Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life; And I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever. Psalm 23:6 (NKJV) 

    A confident statement. A confidence based on experience. 

    For us who are still here, we should find real encouragement and even peace in this public declaration. An awareness of similar life experiences and a Presence, which makes it often obvious that He has intervened in our lives. To save us from ourselves, most likely.  

    What David said had direct bearing on the outcome of his actions

    Often overlooked is the fact that David was quite aware that what he said had a direct bearing on the outcome of his actions. Classic is the case of the actions he took and what he said when he took on Goliath. Then follow a series of events so invaluably instructive for us now. Nothing has changed much since then in human attitudes and beliefs. 

    Firstly, his brother Eliab, apparently suspicious of his baby brother saying that he knew David to be proud and insolent and that the real reason he came was to see the battle (1 Sam 17:28).  

    Eliab did not know that this was the beginning of David’s ministry to the state of Israel. That he was really led by the Lord God. David’s confidence, particularly for one so young, is led to say to those just standing about: 

    What shall be done for the man who kills this Philistine and takes away the reproach from Israel? For who is this uncircumcised Philistine, that he should defy the armies of the living God?” 1 Sam 17:26 (NKJV)

    King Saul said:  

    You are not able to go against this Philistine to fight with him; for you are a youth, and he a man of war from his youth.” 1 Sam 17:33 (NKJV) 

    King Saul was quite unable to scare David into abandoning this ‘silly’ adventure in his eyes. 

    A sense of abandonment to a positive outcome rests entirely on trust

    Our life lessons come from what David then said, in faith, to the King: 

    Your servant used to keep his father’s sheep, and when a lion or a bear came and took a lamb out of the flock, I went out after it and struck it, and delivered the lamb from its mouth; and when it arose against me, I caught it by its beard, and struck and killed it. Your servant has killed both lion and bear; and this uncircumcised Philistine will be like one of them, seeing he has defied the armies of the living God.”

    Moreover, David said, “The Lord, who delivered me from the paw of the lion and from the paw of the bear, He will deliver me from the hand of this Philistine.
    1 Samuel 17:34-37 (NKJV) 

    This demonstration of sheer faith in his companion the Lord God, should not be any different in its application to our lives now. We too have this presence within us to be utterly relied on. This is a sense of abandonment to a predictable and positive outcome rests entirely on trust. A reliance, a faith or trust we have guaranteed within each saved believer in Jesus.

    The process: David spoke it; he believed it absolutely; he did it and the result was what he expected, was there.  

    This whole historical saga is recorded for our benefit as an example to follow: Say it; Do it; Receive it; Tell the world. Now, do so likewise! 

    The whole of this psalm is testimony to the wonder of His grace, love and kindness. 

    May God bless you always, 

    Frans 

     

    Frans Ammerlaan attends Sassafras Baptist. He is a published Author, Linguist, Journalist and Student. He plans to publish a book of devotionals he has written, this one included.

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    Intercultural Australian Baptists 

    Baptist Mission Australia

    God’s mission in the world

    A world that God so loves!

    Greetings from the Baptist Mission Australia team. We are so grateful for the partnership of Tasmanian Baptist churches as we share in God’s love for the world together. 

    As a state leader and missiologist for Baptist Mission Australia, I am keenly aware of cultural diversity throughout the world. What I am learning about, however, is the significance of our rising intercultural Baptist family right here in Australia. We believe this presents us with a significant opportunity to join with God in mission across cultural difference here and abroad. 

    Here’s the wonderful news.  Our gospel does not need to be understood in English to be authentic.  Sounds obvious, but how often we really contemplate the multicultural genesis of our faith?  Unlike many other faiths and some religious traditions, we have no holy language reserved for our spiritual message. The Good News for us as Christians is the fact of the incarnation – God meeting us in our own places, cultures and languages.

    This world altering Christmas event has profound implications for our mission.   

    Jesus arrives in a diverse context, layered with different languages, world views and mythologies. Jump forward in the story and Pentecost is a breakthrough in human religious experience. 

    “All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit enabled them.” Acts 2:4 (NIV)

    Imagine the scene when, in this multicultural setting,  

    each one heard their own language being spoken. Utterly amazed, they asked: “Aren’t all these who are speaking Galileans? Then how is it that each of us hears them in our native language?  Parthians, Medes and Elamites; residents of Mesopotamia, Judea and Cappadocia, Pontus and Asia, Phrygia and Pamphylia, Egypt and the parts of Libya near Cyrene; visitors from Rome, Cretans and Arabs—we hear them declaring the wonders of God in our own tongues!” Amazed and perplexed, they asked one another, “What does this mean?” Acts 2:6-12 (NIV)

    We are Intercultural Australian Baptists

    What does this mean for us in Australia as we pursue mission near and far?  Just last month the leaders of the Baptist State Intercultural Communities met together. They confirmed that the growth and vitality of these communities is part of the transformation of Australian Baptist demographics.

    Here are some numbers to illustrate the percentage of Intercultural Communities in state Baptist churches: 

    Tasmania: 18% 
    Victoria:  42% 
    NSW & ACT: 21% 
    QLD: 20% 
    WA: 29% 
    SA & NT: 26% 

    More research needs to be carried out across our Baptist communities, but these numbers should pique our interest about what God is up to in our movement.   

    We may well echo the question asked by those present at Pentecost – What does this mean?  I’m coming to the belief that it means we have an opportunity to learn from our non-English background brothers and sisters about how to meaningfully engage their kin here in Australia and in their countries of origin. It means we have an opportunity to trust new pathways of mission partnership that increase sustainability and impact. It means we can all better anticipate – and perhaps even experience a foretaste of – the magnificent future described in Revelation: 

    I looked again. I saw a huge crowd, too huge to count. Everyone was there—all nations and tribes, all races and languages. And they were standing…and heartily singing: Salvation to our God on his Throne! Salvation to the Lamb!  Revelation 7:9-10 (Message)

    We celebrate the fact that God has given us family across diverse cultural and linguistic backgrounds. We look forward to learning together about what all this means for God’s mission in the world – a world that God so loves!  

    Geoff Maddock from Baptist Mission Australia

    Geoff Maddock is the State Leader for Baptist Mission Australia in Tasmania and Victoria

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      Love your Neighbour

      NAYBA Impact Audit

      Reminder! NAYBA Impact Audit. Tas

      The NAYBA Impact Audit of Tasmania is due by Friday 22nd September!

      As you may be aware, the audit will measure the collective social impact of the faith community in Tasmania, and put a monetary value on the time and resources that are dedicated to serving those in need.

      The survey is designed to be as easy as possible. It should only take about 15 minutes to complete, plus some time to gather the relevant information. 

      Before diving in, please visit the FAQ page to ensure you have all the necessary details at your fingertips. This will also help you decide if there’s someone who should complete the survey on your behalf. You could also watch the instruction VIDEO.

      The survey remains open until Friday 22nd September. Once you’re ready, click the following button to get started:


      Fostering Hope

      Mentoring Program in Hobart

      The next Fostering Hope training day is in Hobart on Saturday, October 14.

      Fostering Hope are a community organisation whose work comes from the Bible and the teachings of Jesus to ‘visit’ and ‘care for’ orphans and widows, to put the lonely in families, to love the fatherless, to care for children, and to love the neighbours in the communities. Tasmanian Baptists partner with Fostering Hope partner to provide foster care to Tasmanian children.

      Through their Mentoring Program, Fostering Hope seeks to provide a “friend with purpose” for kids in care.

      If you are looking for a way to live out your faith in caring for those in need, you can make a difference for a child in care. Please get in touch to talk with about how to be equipped with training, connected with a child, and provided with ongoing support as you mentor. With just a few hours a month, you can significantly impact the life of a child in care for the better.

      Find out more or apply HERE | Reach out to Ellie (ellie@fosteringhope.net.au).

      Fostering Hope Mentoring Day, Hobart 14th October 2023

      Crossover Resource

      Baptism Week Ideas Guide

      15-22 October 2023

      National Baptism Week logo
      Crossover Baptism Week, Oct 2023

      National Baptism Week will be an opportunity for churches, youth groups, small groups and ministries across Australia to celebrate, explore and offer baptism. There are lots of ways to get involved.
      Check out the short explainer video and Ideas Guide, as well as baptism resources on our new Baptism Hub. Joining in is very simple – no need to register or report back – you can use Baptism Week in your own way.


      Resourcing your church, Baptism Week

      Next Steps Video series

      With Karl Faase at Olive Tree Media

      Olive Tree Media, want to resource and empower Christians to engage their friends and neighbours in conversations about faith. That’s why they partnered with Crossover and Baptist churches to resource and equip churches for National Baptism Week, 15th – 22nd October 2023.

      Especially designed for use in the lead-up to National Baptism Week, Next Steps is a quality resource suitable for churches, small groups and youth groups.

      It is designed so anybody can run it at any time within your church to share stories of faith, invite discussion and give people an opportunity to consider their ‘Next Steps’ when it comes to faith and life with Jesus.

      Examples of use

      ·      A 4-week small group series across the life of your church
      ·      Mid-week church-wide course – where people can all come to watch and discuss together
      ·      Run stand-alone groups facilitated specifically as a pointed discipleship tool readying people for baptism
      ·      As a series your church works through in your Sunday services

      WATCH: NEXT STEPS trailer

      Tralier of the Next Steps video - Olive Tree media

      Celebrate with Burnie

      Induction at Burnie Baptist

      The Coppin Family

      Burnie Baptist Church congregation invites you to join with us for the induction service of Pastor Matty Coppin.

      WHEN 2pm, Sunday 24th September, 2023
      WHERE Burnie Baptist Church, 59 Mount Street Burnie
      RSVP For seating and catering purposes by Friday 15th September.
      To Kathy Fogarty | 0408 340 110 | burniebaptist@bigpond.com

      You are also invited to a time of fellowship and refreshments following the service.


      Fun_raiser!

      Trivia Night at Gateway

      Time to have some fun at Gateway Baptist

      Gateway Baptist are hosting an evening fundraising event featuring trivia questions, fun, food and good company, and a silent auction with lots of goodies available!

      You, your friends and family are all welcome to join in and raise funds for Operation Christmas Child. It will be $10/person to participate.

      The Trivia Night will take place at 7pm on Friday 29th September 2023

      WHERE
      Artway Studio and Gallery, behind Gateway Church
      22 Wellington Street

      RSVP/MORE INFO
      By 25th September to help with catering.
      Jill Ashdown 0439 354 849 | Christine 0409 632 641


      Baptist Mission Australia

      Jit and Jan Yawan

      Lanternlight Ministries, Thailand

      JIT AND JAN YAWAN

      Several Tasmanian Baptist churches support Jit and Jan Yawan through Baptist Mission Australia. In the introduction to their latest newsletter, they write:

      We are so thankful for all of you who continue this journey with us as we continue to to seek to be hands, feet and voice of Jesus here in Sangklaburi in western Thailand.

      We are in the wet season and the three-month period of Buddhist Lent. In our attached newsletter there’s lots more information and links to a video and a booklet for special prayer for Thailand during this season. This season has similarities in every Buddhist country and community.

      Read More: DOWNLOAD YAWAN NEWS (1MB) >


      Staying Informed in the Asia Pacific

      APBF Digest

      Published three times/year the Asia Pacific Baptist Federation Digest is full of interesting articles about the work and thinking of Baptists in our region.

      The current issue is all about RELEVANCE in our current culture. The relevance of church, of youth ministry, of overseas missions, and of humanitarian aid. READ IT HERE (18MB) >

      August 2023 APBF Digest

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      Scott Pilgrim

      Scott Pilgrom Baptist Mission Australia

      Baptists Nationally

      Ministry Profile

      In previous years, Scott Pilgrim was the Executive Pastor at Crossway Baptist Church (Vic), and had senior roles in BaptistCare NSW-ACT, and Baptist Churches of NSW/ACT.

      But what does Scott do now, and why does that matter to Tasmanian Baptists?

      I was born and grew up in Newcastle. So, although I love living in Melbourne and it’s home, I will always be a “Newy boy”. It’s one of those types of places.

      Newcastle was a great place to grow up, close to family, and actively engaged in sporting teams as a child/youth. Newcastle is home to some great beaches and so we spent a lot of time at the beach, then heading back to my grandparent’s home five minutes away. As a child, Newcastle was an industrial city – home to the BHP Steelworks, where my father and his father worked. These industrial roots kept the city grounded and authentic.

      I lived in Newcastle through all my schooling days and then landed my dream job as a cadet journalist at The Newcastle Herald.

      I grew up in what I now understand was a “God-fearing” home, rather than in a family that had a deep personal relationship with Jesus. In my teens, I started attending a Presbyterian Church. The ministers of the church – a young husband and wife ordained couple – influenced me greatly. They gave me opportunities to explore ministry at a young age and encouraged me in my journey with Jesus.

      In my late teens I started attending a Baptist church and for the first time in my life met a male mentor figure, who clearly and passionately loved Jesus. He had a significant impact in my life, and during this period in the 1980s, Jesus became real to me!

      A national spread

      I am married to Megan, who is a nurse. We are a blended family (a Brady Bunch family for those old enough to know the show!) All up, Megan and I have eight children.

      We have five adult children who live in NSW and the Northern Territory, aged from 31 to 20. And we also have three children with us in Melbourne, a 13-year-old daughter, a 12-year-old son, and a 10-year-old daughter. It’s delightful to see how our younger kids engage so regularly with the benefit of technology in staying connected to their older siblings.

      Scott Pilgrim with Megan, and his three youngest

      After growing up in Newcastle, I moved around in my young adult years living in a few different places in NSW, working as a journalist. I then spent most of my adult years back in Newcastle.

      Megan and I with our three youngest children moved to Melbourne at the beginning of 2017 as I took up the role of Executive Pastor at Crossway Baptist Church.

      Melbourne is a great city to live in. [Better than Sydney, but don’t tell them that!] It has so many things you can do, and I love the culture and diversity of the city. Although it’s not the beaches of Newcastle, I love relaxing and walking along the bay and in the eastern suburbs where we live. We are spoilt with so many beautiful green spaces. And yes, the food is great – so many good options to choose from.

      It’s also very much home for our younger kids. Melbourne is home for them and they all love playing basketball.

      Scott’s work now

      I serve as the Executive Director of Baptist Mission Australia, our movement’s international intercultural mission agency. In my position, I head up our work across the world, and our National Team is spread across Australia. And yes, I do travel a lot! I am currently writing from Norway where I am attending the Baptist World Alliance Gathering.

      Most of my travel is to places well off the tourist maps, where our teams and partners serve in communities in Africa and Asia. And we’re growing our ministry in Australia, including our partnership with Citywide in Hobart. It’s good to see many different parts of the world – but it’s always great to get home to my family.

      I’m privileged to lead a team – that’s the real joy of what I do. And I was invited to step into the position in a time of rapid change around the world and with Western mission agencies like ours needing to re-imagine and re-invent who we are and what we do. It’s why I resonate with the journey that you’re on as Tassie Baptists.

      So, when people ask me to summarise what I do I like to use these images – team leader, pastor of global teams, cultural curator, Spirit-seeker and change agent. And I get to lead alongside a great team, including Suse and Caryn, two outstanding younger female leaders who serve with me on our Leadership Team.

      A global perspective

      I get excited when with others we can share in missional imagination and look to the Spirit to lead us in new ways. As well, I get excited that God would graciously invite me to share in his mission, in the joy of pursuing shalom in our broken world.

      There are also wonderful possibilities of partnership and innovative collaborations, which will be at the future of global mission. And one last thing which excites me – I get encouraged every day that the organisation I lead only exists because of the partnership we have with Baptist people across the country.

      The biggest challenge I have comes because we live in a rapidly changing world, and the face of world Christianity and international mission is experiencing seismic shifts. The days of the “West to the rest” are behind us, but we can get trapped in this traditional paradigm.

      By the year 2030, 70% of all followers of Jesus will live in the global south, and we have the opportunity to explore what new polycentric partnerships will look like as we move ahead. We must face up to these changes in our world, while also celebrating all that God is doing among our current inspiring and passionate team members, serving around the world.

      The days of the “West to the rest” are behind us. We can get trapped in this traditional paradigm. 
Scott Pilgrim

      The wounded healer

      My best piece of advice? Wow that’s a hard one. How about the learning from a number of authors, including Henri Nouwen, that a theology of brokenness helps us best understand leadership.

      I love Nouwen’s image of the “wounded healer”. We can try to hide our wounds and scars, but I am so glad that I have come to see them as very much a part of who I am as a broken person, and that I am in absolute need for the Spirit to be at work in my life. And while he restores me, I am graced with the privilege of standing alongside other broken people, seeking to bring hope, love, acceptance and care.

      Please pray for wisdom as we seek to discern the ways of the Spirit in this changing context. Pray for courage in the decisions we need to make. And I would value prayer for my on on-going health challenges as I navigate a pain management journey.

      Short ‘n’ Sweet

      am looking forward to . . . A holiday with my wife in Italy! 

      I am worried about . . . followers of Jesus who can’t respect the views of others.

      I am confident that . . . the Spirit is at work across the world!

      I am joyful about . . . people passionately committed to missional re-imagination and justice!

      I would like to change . . . where the Sydney Swans are on the table.

      I am at my best when . . . I trust God, be myself and act courageously!

      Scott Pilgrim BMA

      Scott Pilgrim
      Executive Director
      Baptist Mission Australia

      Scott Pilgrim


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      Geoff Maddock in Tasmania

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      Local Mission

      Relocating for May Mission Month!

      Geoff Maddock

      Geoff Maddock, is the Tas/Vic Leader for Baptist Mission Australia

      MY GOALS AND CONNECTIONS

      As the State Leader for Tasmania, it is my privilege to relocate to Tasmania for the month of May to walk alongside* our Baptist churches. 

      First and foremost, I seek to listen and learn what God’s people in Tasmania are experiencing as they step out in mission – across the street and around the world! 

      I’m also honoured to be sharing in church gatherings each Sunday across May and attending pastors’ gatherings and Tas Baptist events throughout the month. 

      I’m also honoured to be sharing in church gatherings each Sunday across May

      I would also hope to visit with anyone interested in intercultural mission (local and global) or curious about the work of Baptist Mission Australia as we adapt our organisation to a rapidly changing world mission context. 

      Please don’t hesitate to reach out with a phone call, text or email to arrange a time with me.  I will be in the North West for the first 10 days, then around Launceston for the next 10 days, finishing my time with just over a week in the South of the state.

      Geoff Maddock
      0436 470 535 | gmaddock@baptistmissionaustralia.org

      SCHEDULE OUTLINE

      In the Northwest (Ulverstone). 30th April to 10th May
      • 30.4.23—Wynyard Baptist Church
      • 5.5.23—Tas Baptists Assembly (Newstead)
      • 6.5.23—Tas Baps Assembly (Newstead)
      • 7.5.23—Ulverstone Baptist Church
      In the North (Launceston – Worldview Centre for Intercultural Studies). 10th to 22nd May  
      • 10.5.23—Launceston Pastors’ coffee catchup
      • 14.5.23—Newstead Baptist Church
      • 17.5.23—Launceston Pastors’ coffee catchup
      • 21.5.23—Gateway Baptist Church
      In the South (Hobart). 22nd to 29th May    
      • 28.5.23—Citywide Baptist Church

      I am looking forward to meeting with as many Tasmanian Baptists as possible, and walking alongside during May.

      VIDEO: Watch below to find out more about Alongsiders.

      *ALONGSIDERS

      Baptist Mission Australia is intentionally developing an alongsider”approach.

      We do this around the world as our intercultural team members come alongside people in their local communities and embody the good news by word and deed, in ways that make sense in that culture.

      We’re also committed to doing this as we come alongside mission partners across the world and in Australia. This is identified in our 2021-2025 Strategic Roadmap where we envisage “new dynamic missional-focused partnerships with Baptist associations and churches across our Australian movement.”

      Following conversations with Tasmanian Baptist leaders, engagement with churches and our own discernment processes, we sense God’s Spirit encouraging us to make ourselves available to journey with Tasmanian Baptists on your missional reimagination journey.

      [From the ‘Tasmanian Baptists Alongsider Statement’, May 2022]

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        Geoff Maddock Visits Tassie!

        As the Baptist Mission Australia State Leader for Tasmania, it is my privilege to relocate to Tassie for the month of May to walk alongside our Baptist churches. 

        Geoff and Sherry Maddock
        Geoff and Sherry Maddock

        READ MORE ABOUT MY DATES AND DESTINATIONS >

        First and foremost, I seek to listen and learn what God’s people in Tasmania are experiencing as they step out in mission – across the street and around the world!  I’m also honoured to be sharing in church gatherings each Sunday across May and attending pastor gatherings and association events throughout the month. 

        I would also hope to visit with anyone interested in intercultural mission (local and global) or curious about the work of Baptist Mission Australia as we adapt our organisation to a rapidly changing world mission context. 

        Please don’t hesitate to reach out with a phone call, text or email to arrange a time with me.  I will be in the North West 30th April-10th May. Then around Launceston 10th May to 22nd May. And will finish my time in the South of the state from 22nd May to 29th May.

        Following conversations with Tasmanian Baptist leaders, engagement with churches and our own discernment processes, we sense God’s Spirit encouraging us to make ourselves available to journey with Tasmanian Baptists on your missional reimagination journey.

        Geoff Maddock
        Baptist Mission Australia | gmaddock@baptistmissionaustralia.org | 0436 470 535

        Atrocities in Myanmar

        A call for prayer via Australian Baptist Ministries

        The Asia Pacific Baptist Federation condemns in the strongest terms possible the recent aerial bombing of civilian villages in Pazikyi, Kanbalu of Sagaing region in Myanmar, which resulted in the deaths of over 100 innocent civilians.

        This attack is a gross violation of international humanitarian law and a blatant disregard for the sanctity of human life.

        As members of the Baptist World Alliance, who stand for justice, peace, and respect for human dignity, we are deeply saddened at this heinous act. Our thoughts and prayers are with the families of those who have lost their loved ones, homes and belongings in this inhumane attack.

        We ask our member conventions and churches to pray for the people of Myanmar during these difficult times and to stand in solidarity with them as they seek justice and peace.

        READ: Full press release >

        Riverland’s Ministries

        There is so much going on at Longford! To find out more, or to attend/participate in any of these ministries please check their website (riverlands.org.au), call 6391 2202, or email admin@riverlands.org.au. Office hours are 9am-12pm, Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday.

        • 10-11am Mondays and Tuesdays, Libraries Tasmania, Adult Literacy – during school term)
        • 11am-12pm Mondays, Prayer Group
        • 10am-12pm Tuesdays, Threads of Friendship
        • 5.30-9pm Tuesdays Young Adults Group – off site
        • 10am-12pm Wednesdays, Bible Small Group
        • 9.30-11.30 am Thursdays, Stay & Play – during school terms
        • 3-5pm Thursdays, Girls Youth Group – during school terms
        • 11.30am-1.30pm. Thursdays, Bible Discovery Group
        • 7-8.30pm Thursdays, Bible Small Group – fortnightly, off-site
        • 10.30am-12pm Fridays, Neighbours – fortnightly
        • 7-9.pm Fridays, Riverlands Youth group – 3rd Friday of each month, during school terms
        • 11am-1pm Fridays, Meals on Wheels – operate Monday-Friday each week
        Riverlands Minsitries. Snr Pastor Rodney Marshall, Meals on Wheels, Sta & Play, Associate Pastor Liam Conway
        Snr Pastor Rodney Marshall, Meals on Wheels, Stay & Play, Associate Pastor Liam Conway

        Grief Companion Training

        Do you know people who are grieving? Would you like to learn how to support them? You could attend this seminar, being run by New Mornings at Ulverstone Baptist.

        WHEN 9:30am-430pm, Saturdays 20th May AND 3rd June 2023
        COST Day 1 only – $75 (Conc. $55) ) | Days 1 + 2 – $120 (Conc. $85)
        WHERE Ulverstone Baptist Church Hall, 60 Alexandra Road, Ulverstone, 7315
        INFO Contact New Mornings: griefsupport@newmornings.org.au | 03 6411 6212
        OR download the flyer:

        What’s Going On – Summerhill

        For more information about any of these activities please contact Maddy Svoboda: pastor@summerhillbaptist.org.au

        • Primary school mentoring at Summerdale (as well as training of mentors), runs weekly throughout the week.
        • Playgroup, 10am-12pm, Wednesdays during school term facilitated by the Salvos.
        • Chat and Choose, every Friday morning during school terms.
        • Craft Group, Saturday mornings once a month.
        • High school Youth Ministry, 7-9pm, 2nd Friday of the month (when not involved with the combined youth initiatives).
        • Life groups, throughout the week.
        • A service in our local aged care facility. We hope to extend to another service soon.
        Summerhill Baptist Ministries

        Stand with the People of Myanmar

        FROM BAPTIST MISSION AUSTRALIA

        More than ever, the people of Myanmar need to know that others stand with them. They need to know they are not forgotten.

        Two years on from a military coup, Myanmar is rocked by violence, oppression and instability. The economy has collapsed, there are severe shortages of food, fuel and other basic supplies. Families are forced to separate, churches continue to be damaged. Pastors have been arrested. The military continue to ignore basic human rights. 

        Since the coup, more than 3000 people have been killed and 16,000 people detained. Almost 1.6 million people are displaced within Myanmar and 1.1 million refugees and asylum seekers from Myanmar live in refugee camps on the Thai and Indian borders and within other towns in Thailand and India. 

        Please invite your faith community in sacrificially giving to our Stand with Myanmar appeal, so that together we can make a tangible and practical difference in the lives of people who continue to live with trauma and uncertainty.

        What’s Going on – City Baptist

        City Baptist Church in Launceston has people, as well as activities that people can connect with relationally.

        • Street chaplain (Stephen Avery), coming alongside those in need on our streets
        • Advocacy 
          • Housing provided for refugees (Ivan James)
          • The homeless and those fleeing Family and Domestic Violence (Kay Hunter)
          • Climate activism (Sally Staley, Wendy Miller and friends)
        • Drop in Centre in the Red Dove Café
          6pm-7pm Saturdays, 52 weeks per year (Jeff McKinnon).
        • City Baptist Community Garden –  69 Station Rd, St Leonards (Steve and Marie Pearce)
        • Learning Circle (hosted by Garry Billing and Jeff McKinnon) for those wanting to grow in discipleship, spirituality and mission (three-week sessions)
        • Young adult dinners with Jenna Blackwell
        • Friday Frolics – Intergenerational social outing on last Friday of the month (Merelyn Briton)

        Find out more here > | City Baptist on Facebook >

        Some of the faces at City Baptist, L-R: Tracey and Stephen Avery; Jeff McKinnon; Jenna Blackwell; Kay Hunter

        What’s Going on – Gateway

        The Baptist churches in and around Launceston want to work more closely together and point people to activities going on in other Baptist churches.

        Over the coming weeks reCharge NEWS will highlight one church’s activities, this week, with Gateway Baptist.

        Gateway Baptist, Craft Group, Artway, Basketball, Mentoring and lifeskills
        Gateway’s Ministries most weeks:
        Shekinah House Team

        Volunteering and low level counseling with homeless people
        11am till 3pm, Tuesday to Friday

        Bible Study

        Ladies study with coffee
        3rd and 4th Tuesday of each month  
        Wednesday group
        5:30 – 6:30pm Wednesday
        Eat, Share, Pray Midweek Group
        6:30-8:30pm, Thursday

         Artway            

        Art Therapy and Lessons 12 noon – 2pm Wednesday and Thursday   
        Craft Group 6:30-9pm, Wednesday               

        Walking Group

         Ladies 10am Thursday

        Baptist Basketball

        Saturday Evenings


        To enquire about any of these activities please email: noeleagling@gmail.com

        Easter Camp at Perth

        In 1954, Perth Baptist hosted an enormous Easter Camp!
        Thank you to those who responded about the year this photo was taken.

        Perth Baptist Easter Camp, approx date 10940s

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        What’s Going On – Newstead

        Walk this Way - Newstead Baptist
        Walk this Way 

        2-4pm first Sunday of the month

        Family friendly short walks aimed to be an intergenerational opportunity to create space in creation to walk and talk.

        Life Groups

        Tuesday Life Group 7-9pm in Prospect
        Thursday Life Group 7-9pm in Newstead
        All Welcome! Join a Life Group here >

        In the Community

        Chat’n’Choose 9:30-11:30am Thursdays, at the church.
        Crafts, Conversations, Friendship, Fun. Men and Women of all ages are Welcome.

        Drop-in Centre meets every Friday 1-3pm in “The  Lounge” at the church
        Games for all generations, just drop-in to meet new friends

        Alpha at Newstead Baptist Thursday nights from 1st June 2023


        To enquire about any of these activities at Newstead, please email info@newsteadbaptist.org.au

        Mid-Year Assembly

        Friday/Saturday 5th/6th May, Newstead Baptist (NB new venue!)

        The May Assembly is coming up very fast! All Tasmanian Baptist churches are eligible to have at least two voting delegates in attendance, plus pastors and Tas Baptist Council Members. As well, interested individuals are welcome to attend. However, all attendees do need to register.

        Assembly papers will be sent to Church Secretaries via email on Thursday 6th April.

        Program

        7-9pm, Friday 5th May: Dinner ($30)
        9:30am-3pm, Saturday 6th May: Morning tea and Lunch ($15)

        Payments and registrations will be due to the Tasmanian Baptist office by Monday 5th May 2023. As well as the regular registration process, we are trialing an online payment/registration system. So watch out for that!

        Views of October Assembly 2022
        Views from Tas Baptist Assembly, October 2022

        CROSSOVER Easter Resources

        FROM crossover.org.au

        This Changes Everything is an Easter series that’s ready to go. There are message outlines that you can take, leave or adapt. But the bonus is the artwork for promoting and inviting, easily editable to include your church details.
        All free, because Crossover is here to help you share Jesus.

        Ally & Sally is the shortest soap opera you’ve ever seen! 3x 1-min episodes you can show in church, or embed in your weekly email, or both. Each episode can stand alone, but the story builds – and twists – with a positive encouragement to share our great news.
        Perfect for showing right before promoting the Easter Offering in the three weeks leading up to Easter!

        watch ally & sally

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        Walk the World Winners!

        Walk the World = Baptist Mission Australia

        Baptists At Our Best

        Congratulations Lifeway Baptist

        Baptist Mission Australia award for praying, walking, driving and time in the garden! 

        Last November, Baptist Churches nationally were encouraged by Baptist Mission Australia to pray for their community, neighbourhood and the world in the Walk the World campaign.

        Lifeway Baptist in Devonport took up the challenge, and their efforts so impressed Baptist Mission Australia, that they won a prize!

        Jenny Mountney of Lifeway Baptist explains what happened.

        Baptist Mission Australia’s November initiative of “Walk the World” and praying over a three-day period really captured the heart of the Lifeway community.

        There were people praying as they drove the streets, walked the streets and undertook activity across the state, country and overseas. The intentional prayer focus was for our community, state, country and intercultural teams, wherever they were.  

        From the youngest in Sunday Tribes, to the most elderly, it is thought over 60% of the community took part. Nothing inspires people more than a challenge – and an amazing purpose – to bring our world to the Lord. We asked for healing and peace, strength and vision.

        Baptist Mission Australia provided prayer guides, and children’s resources and activities. Our insomniacs prayed through their nights. The workers took moments in their day to walk and pray. The bushwalkers marvelled at God’s glory while counting steps and kilometers. 

        Watch Lifeway’s video report

        Excited responses

        It was an amazing weekend filled with hope and joy. Plus, we are excited to receive the award for Australian Baptist Churches Walk the World winners! So many amazing stories came from the initiative, and it is quite surreal that Lifeway Baptist was selected. A huge thank you goes to every person who supported, prayed, walked and rode praying for our world. 

        Teagan Dwyer-Riviere, Communications Manager at Baptist Mission Australia, said “Our team was so blown away by the amazing report you shared about how your whole church community got involved in Walk the World in November last year! It was so encouraging to read of the creative ways people of all ages, abilities and interests engaged in prayer. It sounds like it was a very rich time of prayer and community engagement.”.

        Senior Pastor Nicholas Alexander was ecstatic. “It’s super encouraging for Lifeway, both for the mission’s team who work so hard, and for all of us in our prayer life.”

        We at Lifeway are looking forward to receiving our first prize of a whole of church morning tea and guest speaker from Baptist Mission Australia. Fingers crossed this can take place in May Missions Month! 


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          Tamar Island Walk & Picnic

          12:30-2:30 Sunday 27th February

          An EmpowHer* Event

          EmpowHer Tamar Walk 27Feb 2022

          All women are welcome to join the Tamar Island Walk and Picnic, 12:30-2:30pm, Sunday 27th February 2022.

          The Tamar Island walk is a short 4km return boardwalk, just 10 minutes drive from the heart of Launceston.

          It will begin with a BYO picnic. Please also bring a picnic rug &/or chair, as tables are limited.

          This is an all-access walk and children are welcome under your supervision.

          MORE INFO/REGISTER: Wendy 0407 675 414; or Belinda 0408 267 188

          Download Brochure >

          *EmpowHer is an activity of Tasmanian Baptist Women


          Nationwide Prayer Gathering

          Prayer gathering

          Prayer Gathering of Australian Baptists

          Please join your Baptist family at 7:45pm on Tuesday 1st March for a Zoom prayer gathering.

          We will pray for God to work within our lives, our families, our churches, our communities our Baptists partners, our States/Territories, our nation, and our world.

          We especially want to pray for our BaptCare family as they battle COVID outbreaks in aged care facilities, and support exhausted staff.

          As well we will pray for the situation in Myanmar, for the people of Tonga, and for the unfolding situation in the Ukraine.

          REGISTER: bit.ly/ABMpraywithus22 >

          DOWNLOAD Flyer for distribution >


          Leading with Courage – Muster

          For Tas Baptist Pastors and Leaders
          ReCharge News
          At the Muster in September 2021

          WHEN: Lunchtime Monday – Lunchtime Tuesday March 7-8, 2022
          WHERE: Hobart Baptist Church
          WHO: Appointed key leaders of Tasmanian Baptist churches
          WELCOME! It will be a great opportunity to meet newly appointed pastors around the state.

          With great pleasure and expectation, Tasmanian Baptist pastors and key church leaders are invited to the upcoming Pastors’ Muster, 7th-8th March 2022.

          Gathering together as leaders never fails to be a rich time.

          With just 24hrs together, some big conversations will focus on the importance of leading with courage.

          We will create a safe to share with others – a courageous aspect of leadership. For this reason, only pastors, and leaders of churches without a pastor, have received invitations.

          MAKE SURE YOU REGISTER!
          If you are missing your invite email please contact jenna@tasbaptists.org.au


          Recent Inductions

          Exciting times for Tasmanian Baptist Churches

          It has been an unprecedented few weeks, as five pastors were inducted during January and February, 2022. They are Dan Hutchison (Newstead), Matt Henderson (Hobart), Liam Conway (Riverlands); Jeff Percival (Lower Barrington); and Dan Evenhuis (Citywide).

          • Dan Evenhuis, ReCharge news
          • Laim Conway, ReCharge News
          • Jeff Percival, ReCharge News
          • Daniel Hutchison, ReCharge News
          • Matt Henderson, ReCharge News
          Welcome LIAM AND HANNAH!
          New Associate Pastor for Riverlands

          Liam Conway joined Riverlands Christian Community as Associate Pastor and was inducted by Maddy Svoboda at Riverlands on 6th February 2022.  The service was followed by a BBQ lunch.  A very special morning, it was wonderful to see many visitors who came in support of both Liam and Hannah, as they join the Riverlands family. 

          Please pray Liam and Hannah will settle in well with the Riverlands church family, but also the wider community of Longford. 


          Safer Spaces Toolkit

          Australian Baptist Ministries pull together to create a great resource

          Sunflowers, ReCharge News

          In 2021, ABM recognised domestic abuse resources are often available only by region, and wanted to create a resource which could be accessed by any pastor anywhere, with access to the Internet. The outcome is now available as a resource for use in localities across Australia.

          Baptist women from around the country made up the project working group. Between them, they have expertise in pastoral leadership, theology, teaching, domestic abuse and project management.

          Together they created the Safer Spaces Toolkit: standagainstdv.net >

          The Safer Spaces Toolkit is a work in progress so feedback and suggestions are welcome. To get in touch, send an email using the CONTACT PAGE >


          GLOBAL LAUNCH: 16th Feb
          Baptist Mission Australia

          You are Invited!

          5-6PM, WEDNESDAY 16TH FEBRUARY 2022
          Scott Pilgrim, GIA to BMA, ReCharge News

          Global Interaction has become Baptist Mission Australia

          One of the nation’s oldest mission organisations has changed its name as it looks to strengthen its partnership with Baptist churches across Australia and international partners around the globe.

          Executive Director Scott Pilgrim (pictured) invites you to the GLOBAL LAUNCH!

          This is your invitation to join with teams around the
          world to dedicate this year of ministry to God.
          Together we will pray, commission our teams
          and say, “Come Holy Spirit”.

          REGISTER TO RECEIVE THE ZOOM LINK:


          Newstead Farewells Marion Sherriff

          27 July 1935 – 16 January 2022

          Ted and Marion Sherriff

          Marion was born on the 27th July 1935, and went peacefully to be with her Lord on the 16th January 2022. She spent over 70 years of her life living in Launceston in the suburb of Newstead, as a child and then for most of her married life.

          Marion was farewelled on the 21st January from Newstead Baptist.

          Marion and her sisters attended Newstead Baptist where they attended Sunday School, Camps and Church. It was there that Marion came to a faith and belief in Jesus Christ as her Saviour. At Newstead, she also met Edward Humphrey ‘Ted’ Sherriff and they married in the church on the 26th May, 1956. Ted later became the President of the Baptist Union of Tasmania.

          Marion loved God in a deep and personal way. She loved God’s Word, the Bible. Coming to church, for Marion, meant learning about God, meeting with God, and singing together to rejoicing with God’s people. It brought her happiness and gave her strength through life’s sorrows and disappointments.

          Added to family duties of raising four children, Marion was a faithful member at Newstead Baptist for over 60 years serving through Sunday School Teaching, Christian Endeavour, the Missionary Committee, Ladies’ Meetings like Homemakers and Baptist Women’s Fellowship, Chat’n’Choose creche co-ordinator, hospitality and more.

          Marion will be sadly missed by her ‘loved’ Ted, and many family members. We know that she is now at peace and in no pain with her Lord.


          Christian Life & Witness Courses

          Training to sharpen your evangelism skills

          WHEN: 21st February to 12th March 2022
          WHERE: In various churches in the Launceston and Hobart regions, including Baptist churches in Westbury, Perth, Launceston (Gateway), George Town and Hobart.

          The Christian Life and Witness Course helps believers deepen their faith in Jesus Christ and share Him with others. Specifically, during the Tasmania Celebration with Will Graham in May 2022. But also, on their own as they witness to friends, family members and co-workers.

          During the two-hour/week, three-week course, participants will learn:

          • Biblical principles on living a life that pleases God and points other people to Him.
          • Practical tips and advice about sharing Jesus Christ with people who do not yet know Him.
          • How to best support new Christians and help them grow in their faith.

          Check out dates, times and locations > | tasmaniacelebration.org.au


          Tasmanian Baptist Key Dates, 2022

          Dates for your Diary
          Some participants at Tasmanian Baptists Annual Assembly 2021; ReCharge News
          Some attendees at Assembly, Oct 2021

          7-8 March 2022                Pastors’ Muster in Hobart                             

          26 March 2022                 Council Meeting              

          6-7 May 2022                    Mid-Year Assembly at Riverlands       

          18 June 2022                    Council Meeting

          26-27 July 2022               Musters: Regional with PM sessions

          10 September 2022        Council Meeting

          3-5 October 2022             Muster: Pastors and Families

          28-29 October 2022        Annual Assembly at Riverlands

          19 November 2022          Council Meeting


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