reCharge NEWS May 2024

reCharge NEWS May 2024


    Free Trauma Awareness Training

    Launches 19 June 2024

    Fostering Hope is a Tasmanian, Christian organisation seeking to support at-risk children and those who care for them.  

    One of the ways they do this is to increase understanding of the impacts of unsafe beginnings on children and young people. Many of these children and young people interact with kids that go to church, youth group, playgroup, and other programs.  

    Their behaviours can be challenging, yet everyone has a role to play in showing them God’s love and acceptance. This can be so powerful in their healing.  

    With the support of the Tasmanian Community Fund, Fostering Hope partnered with Dr Suse from Shine Through Psychology to develop easy to understand, free, online trauma awareness videos. These videos encourage people already working and volunteering with children and young people and increase their understanding of the impacts of unsafe beginnings.  

    The course consists of six engaging and easy to understand sessions designed to help you bring compassion and care to children impacted by trauma. The videos take about an hour total.  

    Book video sessions here on their website

    Luminous Festival

    12-23 June 2024

    Hobart Baptist Church is again challenging Hobartians in the middle of winter with the Luminous Festival. Sacred Tasmania is the theme, exploring the connection between the sacred, place and sustainability.  

    There will be: 
    – Four Conversations about home, love and the sacred things that unite us
    – Three incredible art installations
    – Two inspiring events with Scott Darlow, indigenous musician
    – Two Christmas in Winter events to celebrate the coming of light into darkness
    – One Multicultural Market with a feast of food options!

    TICKETS: Sat 15 June, Scott Darlow in Concert $10/adult (free for kids 0-14). Profits to World Vision. 

    FREE WITH REGISTRATION: All other events. 

    You are spoilt for choice – have a look at dates and options here: 

    All Welcome! Invite your friends and family! 

    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 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 >> 


    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: 

    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 .

    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 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 

    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 or call 0487 343348. 

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    Women, the Change-Makers

    Self-help group in Bangladesh; change makers
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    Pictured Above: A self-help group meets

    Deep Thought

    The Change Makers

    Melissa Lipsett, CEO Baptist World Aid, explains the impact of women who are empowered to change their world.

    It’s illegal, but 40 per cent of girls in Nepal are married before they turn 18, and seven per cent before they turn 15.  The Nepalese government is hoping to eradicate child marriage by 2030, but is this even possible?  Will this ever change?

    I believe it will. Here’s why

    I recently returned from Kapilvastu in West Nepal. It’s a region that has major development challenges and a general lack of adequate services. For example, there are no toilet facilities or running water in people’s homes. There are few opportunities for people to generate income and, sadly, high levels of gender-based violence and child marriage.

    The challenges are overwhelming, but here’s the thing: communities ARE overcoming them. Baptist World Aid works with local Christian Partners who share our belief in the dignity, value and equality of all people (Gen 1:26-27).

    Our Partners bring the locals together in community groups, and it’s the locals who lead the transformation of their communities. Ninety per cent of these community leaders are women. They’re known as self-help groups, and they’re courageously changing their world.

    Our Partners bring the locals together in community groups, and it’s the locals who lead the transformation of their communities.

    What self-help groups do

    Working as a committee, with elected positions such a chairperson and treasurer, members collaborate to make the changes they want to see in their community. These women showed me how they had depolluted their pond and water source.

    Some of them have started small businesses.  And I heard stories of how they confronted perpetrators of domestic violence as a commanding group of 17! I saw leadership, determination and courage from the same people who were, until recently, considered less than their husbands, brothers and sons.

    "Kumari" Self-help group Nepal, change makers

    Emerging from poverty

    Every one of these women, these “change makers”, has a story. Many married as children and didn’t have the opportunity to go to school. Quite a few are now mothers, surrounded by little people with constant needs that are hard to meet. In the past they might have given a daughter in marriage to ensure she—and her remaining siblings—would survive.  

    But the gains they’ve made in emerging from poverty means they now say, ‘No more! We will not allow our daughters to suffer as we did’. And they mean it.

    ‘No more! We will not allow our daughters to suffer as we did’.

    As I travelled through the area, I could see that poverty is effectively diminished and girls attend school.

    One extraordinary facet of these self-help groups is that are made up of traditionally antagonistic social groupings, but with no infighting. They are too busy changing the world.

    I wonder if what would happen if we were too?

    Melissa Lipsett

    Melissa Lipsett is the CEO of Baptist World Aid and is the keynote speaker at the coming EmpowHer Day of Wonder in March 2025.

    Melissa is a servant leader, playing active roles across the church and Christian humanitarian aid and development sector. She believes leadership matters, and so does the call of God on our lives.  She is an outspoken advocate for the importance of hearing women’s voices and empowering them to use their God given gifts and graces for the sake of our world.

    Want info about the Day of Wonder? SUBSCRIBE to Heartlands, below!

    More Deep Thought

    The Sound of Silence by Denise Stephenson
    Courage to Make a Difference by Mark Wilson
    Just Mercy by Michael Henderson



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      Raising Funds for Ukraine


      Anyone can assist Christians in Kyiv to bring hope and needed assistance by contributing to this fundraiser.

      At 6pm on Wednesday 22nd February, Kelvin Smith (Hobart) performed at a Piano Recital and Fundraiser for Ukrainian Refugees at the Hobart Town Hall, 50 Macquarie St, Hobart.

      Kelvin has grown a following for his Piano of Tasmania videos on Facebook in recent years.

      Kelvin performed, along with Timothy Prajogo, playing the concert Steinway piano at Hobart Town Hall. As well, Ukrainian Pastor Anton Kaluzhny, spoke live from Kyiv about his work helping thousands in the war in Ukraine.

      You can donate to this amazing initiative here: GoFundMe.

      L -R: Kelvin, Anton spoke via video link, Timothy

      Walk this Way – Newstead


      Sunday February 5th was our inaugural ‘Walk This Way’, event taking a leisurely walk around Heritage Park. The guided family-friendly short walks are hosted by Pastor Dan Hutchison of Newstead Baptist, in partnership with Scripture Union bushwalking club, Boots ‘N All.

      It was lovely to see all generations represented, the kids specially enjoying the playground, as these walks are aimed to help connect, grow and inspire one another.

      Newstead have eight Walk this Way events planned this year around Launceston with the next at Trevallyn Dam, Sunday March 5th 2pm-4pm. If you are interested in going on this walk, please phone Dan Hutchison on 0457 765 907 for more details.

      Office Secretary at Newstead


      Newstead Baptist is currently looking for an Office Secretary to work in the Church office for up to 10 hours per week. The position is to give support to the Pastor, Church Secretary and Church Treasurer in regard to clerical and administrative support.

      They are looking for someone with excellent interpersonal, written and verbal communication skills; demonstrates proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite and Adobe tools; can maintain digital and physical church records; produce the weekly church publication; manage permanent and casual church property hires; and maintain publish and update website and social media posts. The person hired will be in agreement with the values, vision and mission of the Newstead Baptist Church.

      Position Description: Please contact Church office 03 6331 6891; email, or church secretary; or phone 0419 536 159.

      To apply: Contact the Pastor via email or Newstead Baptist Church, 14 Wentworth Street, Newstead Tas 7250

      Newstead Baptist Church

      Türkiye and Syria Crisis


      Our hearts are heavy as we witness the devastation in Türkiye and Syria. On 6th February, two powerful earthquakes (measuring 7.8 and 7.5 respectively), and subsequent aftershocks destroyed large parts of southern Türkiye and northern Syria.  

      Baptist World Aid are responding to this disaster, alongside their Christian Partners in Türkiye and Syria. The situation is unfolding rapidly and the BWA team are in regular contact with our Partners—including Baptist organisations—assessing the damage and how to best respond.

      They have produced resources that will help interested churches support this appeal that are available to download here.  

      What we know so far

      • Both earthquakes created over 100 large aftershocks that collapsed over 5,000 buildings and destroyed entire sections of cities while people slept.  
      • The death toll has reached over 41,000 but is rising rapidly. 
      • A harsh winter has brought extreme cold, and snowstorms increasing the difficulty faced by rescue teams.  
      • Many impacted are among families who fled civil war in Syria, including millions of displaced people living in overcrowded conditions, and makeshift—already dependent on humanitarian assistance.  
      • Ongoing conflict in the region is making it difficult for organisations to access accurate information or provide immediate aid to those who are in need.  
      • Medical facilities are overwhelmed, with reports of hospitals forced to triage people according to who will and won’t survive.  



      Celebrating Capacity Workshop

      The Bridges Out of Poverty trainer, Nairn Walker presents Celebrating Capacity. A powerful training experience for those working with vulnerable people.

      The two-day workshop will help you see economic inequity differently. It will assist you to understand and identify the capacity people have developed to negotiate life’s challenges. You will explore ways to harness this capacity to co-create with them a better future for themselves, their families and their communities.

      • When: 8.30am – 4.30pm, Mon 27th to Tues 28th March, 2023
      • Where: C3 Church Hobart – 64 Anglesea Street Hobart, TAS 7004
      • Cost: $345 (includes morning tea and lunch on both days)
      • More Info: Download Flyer >
      • Bookings: Limited places so get in quick! Register here >
      Celebrating Capacity

      Fostering Hope
      Northern Mentoring Officer

      Tasmanian Baptists and Fostering Hope work together to encourage churches to support and care for foster children and their families.

      Fostering Hope has a one-day/week position available in Launceston.

      The primary tasks include: Recruitment of new mentors in Northern Tasmania; Overseeing the screening process for all northern mentors; Facilitating logistics of training days, training will be delivered by the Mentoring Coordinator and the Executive Officer.

      Applications close on 24th February 2023.

      Find out more >

      Northern Mentoring Office, Fostering Hope Tasmania

      Aboriginal Sunday 2023

      In 1938 Aboriginal leader, William Cooper, asked Australian Christian churches to set aside the Sunday before January 26th every year as Aboriginal Sunday. 

      While many would see the controversy around Australia Day as a comparatively new thing, William Cooper and a number of other Aboriginals first met for a day of mourning on January 26th 1938, and it was this event that prompted his call to the churches. 

      This year, on Sunday 22nd January, the three Citywide congregations gathered at the Domain Amphitheatre for an Aboriginal Sunday service led by proud Lia Pootah man, Paul Dare.

      Paul says, “If churches want to take the teaching of Jesus seriously, then they can’t ignore the pain and injustice that Aboriginal people continue to experience, which gets focused at this time of year.

      “Here in Tasmania, in particular, we need to face our past in order that our future can be different.”

      Paul Dare speaking; Citywide gathered at the Domain amphitheater.

      Spiritual Care Coordinator

      Baptcare Hiring!

      (NB: Applications closed Sunday 5th February, 2023)

      Baptcare are looking for a Spiritual Care Coordinator (AKA Chaplain) for Family, Disability and Health.

      The position is part-time (0.8 FTE), and is based in Hobart.

      DOWNLOAD position description >

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      Marrawah Thanksgiving Service

      Sunday 5th February 2023

      For several years now, the small fellowship who gather at Marrawah Baptist Church have been operating on Sundays on an irregular basis. More recently, most of the congregation have shifted to Smithton, and are now attending the Baptist church there. Now, the membership has decided it is time to permanently close their doors.

      A Thanksgiving Service will be held at Marrawah Baptist to say farewell, and celebrate 65 years of Christian work and mission that has taken place through this fellowship. 

      10 – 10:45am Pre-service cuppa
      11am Service begins
      A light lunch will follow in the Marrawah Memorial Hall

      All welcome to share food, stories and memories

      MAP: Marrawah Baptist Church, 826 Comeback Rd, Marrawah TAS 7330

      Rodney Marshall and Michael Henderson (behind camera) recently met with the Marrawah leadership team to plan the best way forward.
      Rodney Marshall and Michael Henderson (behind camera) recently met with the Marrawah leadership team to plan the best way forward.

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        Tas Baptist Dates, 2023

        NB: The dates published in the TB Handbook 2022 have been updated, as below

        10-11 FebruaryNO LIMITS Women’s Conference. See Below
        20 FebruaryPastors and Leaders Muster, Hobart Find Out
        25 MarchTas Baptist Council
        9 AprilEaster Sunday
        5-6 MayMid-Year Assembly, Newstead
        17 JuneTas Baptist Council
        11-13 July Pastors and Leaders Muster, Northwest Find Out
        23 SeptemberTas Baptist Council
        12 SeptemberPastors and Leaders Muster, Launceston Find Out
        20-21 OctoberAnnual Assembly, Riverlands Longford
        18 NovemberTas Baptist Council


        Women’s Symposium

        This symposium is for women who are interested in what the Bible teaches about women.

        HOSTED BY
        Baptist Women of the Pacific
        Please contact Jenny Baxter to join the Tasmanian cohort:
        10-11 February 2023, Friday evening and all-day Saturday.|
        Riverlife Baptist Church, 47 Jennifer St, Seventeen Miles Rocks, Qld
        Dr Christa McKirland; Marg Mowcsko; Rev. Megan Powell du Toit; Rev. Sela Havili
        Find out more about the speakers


        I Heard the Bells movie

        Christmas is not always merry. Indeed, the season’s festivities can make some people’s despair feel particularly bitter.

        This was the case for Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, one of America’s best-loved poets of the 19th century – and the subject of a new film I Heard the Bells, to be released in select Australian cinemas on 1 December.

        READ more about it > (Eternity News)

        BOOK tickets (Hobart and Launceston):

        WATCH the trailer, below.


        A Christmas Concert

        Beauty Point, Launceston, Smithton, Devonport

        Stephen Atkins Christmas, TB News December 2022


        Baptist World Aid

        Sick and tired of giving trinkets to people who already have everything? Why not give a Better World Gift instead!

        Better World Gifts do much more than meet immediate needs like clean water, food, health and income. They allow people to live with dignity. They can also end poverty, not just for individuals, but for whole communities.

        Better World Gift ideas,
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        These are gifts that give hope.

        Each gift you give supports the community-driven work, run by BWA’s Christian partners.

        It’s about making a bigger, lasting difference by helping individuals and families develop long-term livelihoods, health, education and leadership skills . . . and that’s a big picture!’

        You will help end poverty, thanks to the lasting impact of your Better World Gifts, along with the wonderful work of people on the ground.

        NEED HELP?

        Visit the Gift Generator HERE > Everything is supplied to help you pick the perfect gift card and make a difference on behalf of your loved one.

        The range includes physical gift items for your friends and family (eg. tote bags, journals, colouring books). As well as gifts to give to communities who need your help (eg. chickens, blankets, emergency shelter)  

        Help is supplied so you can select the perfect gift
        Filter for age group, passions/interests, global region and price ReCharge


        Love Out Loud Kids’ Videos

        Love Out Loud is a Christian charity, established to produce Christian videos for kids everywhere!

        Featuring 100 videos of 25 minutes duration on the Love Out Loud fresh new website. Lessons are designed to be streamed into a} School Scripture Lessons, b) Kid’s Church, or c) for Parents at home to use with their family.

        All content is available on the website and is 100% free for home and church use. YOU WILL ENJOY …

        • 30 videos for 6-year-olds
        • 30 videos for 9-yeay-olds
        • 40 videos for 11-12-year-olds

        HOW TO SIGN UP

        • Visit the website
        • Click on the ‘SIGN UP’ button in the top bar to subscribe to a plan.
        • Enter your details and follow the prompts to complete your registration.
        • Click on the activation link in the confirmation email to verify your account.
        • You are now logged in and can access the lessons by clicking on the ‘lessons’ button in the top bar.
        • You can edit your profile and update or cancel your subscription by clicking on the ‘My Account’ button in the top bar, followed by the ‘Edit Profile’ button.

        The lessons are free for home and church use.


        Click to watch “All About Heaven” (23 minutes)

        Read Nov/Dec ReCharge

        November/December 2022

        Christmas Events Tasmanian Baptist churches celebrate! (from 14th December)
        Deep Thought Dec 2022 The Change Makers by Melissa Lipsett BWA
        How Did we Do in 2022? From the Mission and Leadership Team
        CROSSOVER Christmas Resources Helping Baptists share Jesus at Christmas
        AROUND THE CHURCHES November 2022 Find out what’s been going on!
        ANNUAL ASSEMBLY Anthea Maynard reports
        FAMINE In the Horn of Africa Be Informed by Baptist World Aid

        NEWS: November 2022

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        Crossover Christmas Resources

        Crossover Christmas Resources 2022

        Christmas Ideas

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        Crossover Resources provided for Baptist churches


        1.     Santa vs Jesus – highly recommended

        God is not a Santa in the Sky A short, fun, poetic Christmas video (3m) by Glen Scrivener

        2.     Peace, Hope and Joy at Christmas

        Outreach Christmas video (3m 18s) produced in conjunction with Olive Tree Media


        Missing Peace?

        This Advent and Christmas series was developed by Crossover. It is adaptable for use in all kinds of churches, highly invitable, and full of the great news about Jesus. 

        Christmas Resources 2022 - Missing Peace from Crossover

        The series title, Missing Peace? is, of course, a two-sided play on words. It calls to all who thirst for peace, and hints at a ‘missing piece’ which is Christ the cornerstone. 

        Resource Includes

        Five message outlines can be used in any order, with each standing alone.

        1. Missing Global Peace
        2. Missing Relational Peace
        3. Missing Personal Peace
        4. Missing Everyday Peace
        5. Finding the Missing Peace

        Easy-to-edit artwork for invitations and promotions

        • High quality themed artwork
        • Customise and edit using Microsoft Office apps
          • Social media posts
          • Postcards
          • Posters
          • PowerPoint slides

        To develop this resource, Crossover partnered with Pastors Miranda Dixon, Jason Hoet and Kerry Davies; and cross-cultural worker, Luke Hutchinson (Baptist Mission Australia).


        All ready and available to use. Check them out here >

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        October/November 2022

        Christmas Events Tasmanian Baptist churches celebrate! (from 14th December)
        Deep Thought Dec 2022 The Change Makers by Melissa Lipsett BWA
        How did we do in 2022? From the Mission Leadership Team
        AROUND THE CHURCHES October/November 202
        ANNUAL ASSEMBLY Report by Anthea Maynard
        FAMINE In the Horn of Africa Melissa LipsettCEO Baptist World Aid
        PRISON MINISTRY By Cameron Brett of Prison Fellowship Tasmania
        DEEP THOUGHT The Sound of Silence By Denise Stephenson
        FROM THE MISSION DIRECTOR: Does God Really Care? By Stephen Baxter
        SCHOOLS MINISTRY: Mustard Lives Transformed by Jesus
        CHURCH PROFILE: Newstead Baptist

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        Famine in the Horn of Africa

        Famine in the horn of Africa

        Food Security


        Baptist Word Aid CEO Melissa Lipsett warns of imminent devastation

        Regretfully, the hunger crisis in the Horn of Africa* is reaching dire levels. Baptist World Aid is taking proactive steps in anticipation of an official declaration of famine.

        The United Nations declares a famine in conjunction with the affected country. They use a metric called IPC to monitor hunger through phases of severity from one to five. Famine (phase five) is triggered when: 

        • an area has a minimum of 20 per cent of households with an extreme lack of food;
        • over 30 per cent of children are experiencing malnutrition; and
        • two in 10,000 people are dying daily from starvation, malnutrition or disease.

        With, 21 million people in Ethiopia, Kenya and Somalia experiencing acute food insecurity, we expect this declaration any day.

        The United Nations declares a famine in conjunction with the affected country.

        God is Faithful

        This is sobering and feels overwhelming. But I’m convicted, as always, of God’s faithfulness.

        To practically help address global crises, Baptist World Aid Australia has joined with 14 other Australian humanitarian aid organisations to respond in the Horn of Africa through our Hunger Crisis Appeal.

        Working within this alliance allows us to share resources and skills so that, together, we maximise our impact during international emergencies. This means we will be able to access a joint pool of funding through the generosity of donors who may be unfamiliar with Baptist World Aid. It also means we can channel funds to where most needed, through a trusted, expanded network. But of course, we need the help of our Baptist family too as we respond to this global crisis.

        What Funds Will Do

        Funds raised through the alliance and the Baptist family will help support the work of our local Christian partners in Kenya and Uganda—ensuring people can access:  

        • emergency food rations to prevent malnutrition;  
        • vouchers and cash grants to purchase household and livelihood necessities; and 
        • training in innovative techniques that will help drought-affected farmers feed their families—now and into the future.

        What’s causing the hunger crisis?

        Please pray that food and water would flow through to the hungry and thirsty

        Food and fuel prices have spiked worldwide in the wake of COVID. Four years of severe drought, and locust swarms have further compounded the situation in the Horn of Africa. Finally, the conflict in Ukraine has interrupted usual supply chains, making food even more scarce. To learn more about this hunger crisis, click here.

        While this is a desperate situation, we’re encouraged by the partnership we enjoy with the Australian Baptist family, and proud to represent Australian Baptist Ministries within the Emergency Action Alliance.

        Please pray that food and water would flow through to the hungry and thirsty, and that God’s people around the world would hear the call to give generously. Together, we continue to serve Jesus as we strive to make a better a world for all.

        Melissa Lipsett

        Melissa Lipsett
        CEO, Baptist World Aid

        * Definitions of The Horn of Africa vary, but at broadest include Kenya, Sudan, South Sudan, Uganda, Djibouti, Eritrea, and Ethiopia. 

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        October/November 2022

        CHRISTMAS IDEAS For Baptists from Crossover
        AROUND THE CHURCHES October/November 2022
        ANNUAL ASSEMBLY Report by Anthea Maynard
        PRISON MINISTRY By Cameron Brett of Prison Fellowship Tasmania
        DEEP THOUGHT The Sound of Silence by Denise Stephenson
        FROM THE MISSION DIRECTOR: Does God Really Care? By Stephen Baxter
        SCHOOLS MINISTRY: Mustard Lives Transformed by Jesus
        CHURCH PROFILE: Newstead Baptist
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        Floods in Pakistan

        Pakistan Floods Sept 2022


        Baptist World Aid: Keeping you informed

        By Jo Kadlacek

        Monsoon rains regularly affect the north of Pakistan. However, this year recent rains, combined with melting glaciers, have created catastrophic flooding. Over 1,400 have died since June, a third of whom are children, and the floods have affected 33 million people. Sadly, the death toll rises daily.

        Almost a third of the country has been underwater. As well, more than three million children are in danger of waterborne diseases, malnutrition and drowning. According to UNICEF, these kids need urgent humanitarian assistance.

        Long recovery

        Floods in Pakistan
‘Pakistan needs our prayers and our coordinated help to bring immediate relief and begin the difficult but crucial work of long-term recovery.’  Laura Fontaine, International Programs Manager at Baptist World Aid

        ‘There is no question Pakistan’s tragic floods will require a long-term response. A recovery that will take years,’ said Laura Fontaine, International Programs Manager at Baptist World Aid. ‘That’s why we have begun the immediate work of partnering with other Christian organisations and their local partners who are currently doing food and shelter distribution.’

        Crops and livestock are destroyed and infrastructure between many villages is now non-existent. Pakistani officials say more than two million acres of agricultural land is flooded, preventing remaining farmers from planting new ones. They are calling the floods the worst in the region’s history.

        ‘Where do you drain the water? It’s an ocean. It’s a merciless sky.’

        Sherry Rehman, Pakistan’s Climate Minister

        Pakistani government’s response

        The government distributed water pumps in recent weeks, but the equipment is overwhelmed, according to Sherry Rehman, Pakistan’s climate minister.

        ‘Where do you drain the water?’ Rehman said. ‘It’s an ocean. It’s a merciless sky.’

        The flooding comes at a particularly difficult time for Pakistan. Economic downturns, poverty and food shortages have troubled the country.

        ‘The human toll is unimaginable in every way,’ Fontaine said. ‘Pakistan needs our prayers and our coordinated help to bring immediate relief and begin the difficult but crucial work of long-term recovery.’


        • That children would be safe, reunited with family, and have psycho-social support;
        • For quick and safe delivery of humanitarian aid, despite flooded roads;
        • That God’s people would provide ongoing support, prayer and assistance for the Pakistani people in the years to come.
        Jo Kadlecek, Baptist Word Aid

        Jo Kadlecek moved to Australia from Boston six years ago. She lives in Sydney with her husband and their dog, Clark Kent. Jo is the senior editor at Baptist World Aid Australia.

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        August/September 2022

        Ministry Profile Ben Cochrane, Somerset
        Deep Thought 21st Century Mission by Laurie Rowston
        From Andrew Turner of Crossover Census Overview
        Stand Sunday 2022 Make a stand for foster carers ~ During September
        Church Profile Claremont Baptist
        From the MLT Achieving Lasting Social Change
        Love Beyond our Backyard Three generations of generosity in Wynyard

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        Love Beyond our Backyard

        Cindy, Shirley Wilson and Kelsea
        Heartlands News

        From Local to Global

        How three generations of Baptist World Aid supporters built a legacy of generosity

        Sophia Russell recently chatted with three women from the same family from Wynyard: Shirley Wilson, daughter Cindy and granddaughter Kelsea Clingeleffer. Kelsea is the International Programs Coordinator at Baptist World Aid.

        Giving has shaped our lives to bring a perspective way beyond our backyard

        Shirley Wilson remembers the day she first decided to become a Child Sponsor with Baptist World Aid Australia.

        It was 1977, and she was raising four children, working part time as a nurse, and helping her husband, Graeme, run a small poultry farm in the northwest of Tasmania.

        A guest speaker from Baptist World Aid Australia visited Wynyard Baptist, and spoke about a Child Sponsorship program. He explained that Australians could provide a monthly gift to support the work of Christian Partners working in places like Bangladesh and India. The funding would support children in those countries, helping them build a future free from poverty.

        ‘I decided it would be a good thing,’ Shirley said. ‘I’ve always loved Jesus’ words in Matthew 25:40, “as much as you did to one of the least of these my brethren, you did to me,” and I wanted to put it into practice’.

        A Thrilling Discovery

        After that Sunday, Shirley decided to support Anika*, a Child Partner living in India. Anika was nine years old, which made it easy for Shirley’s similarly aged daughter, Cindy, to connect with her. Cindy was thrilled to discover Anika enjoyed the same things she did—skipping rope, running games, playing outside with friends. But Cindy also learnt that their lives were vastly different.

        ‘It was an interesting education to have insight into somebody else’s world,’ Cindy said. ‘That’s when I started to think outside my own community.’

        ‘It was an interesting education to have insight into somebody else’s world,’ Cindy said.

        Cindy loved exchanging letters with Anika so much, that when she got her first job as a teenager, she used her pocket money to become a Sponsor.

        ‘Mum’s example had a big impact on me,’ she said. ‘We can’t all go overseas, but this is how we can contribute’.

        One Generation, to the Next

        Cindy didn’t stop contributing—even when she married her husband David and they had children of their own. And even when it wasn’t easy. ‘David lost his job about 20 years ago,’ Cindy said. ‘We clung on to our Child Partner for as long as we could, so it was heartbreaking when we couldn’t support him anymore’.

        When David started working again, the first thing they did was ask if their Child Partner was still available to support. ‘I was so happy that he was,’ Cindy said. ‘That made me realise what a big impact our Child Partners had on us.

        Sponsorship also had a big impact on Cindy’s kids. Her eldest children, Kelsea and Braden, took over a newspaper delivery business as teenagers, and used their earnings to support a Child Partner themselves.

        ‘My mother’s heart sang!’ Cindy recalls. But for Kelsea, raised by big-hearted parents and grandparents who travelled with overseas mission organisations, generosity wasn’t something extraordinary. It was just part of the Christian life.

        Generosity wasn’t something extraordinary. It was just part of the Christian life

        A BIG Perspective


        ‘I always knew that there were communities that were in different circumstances to mine,’ Kelsea said. ‘In my family, it was normal to see the world as a bigger place, not just to focus on us.’

        This perspective eventually led Kelsea to pursue a career in international community development, spending 22 months in Cambodia with the United Nations Development Program. At the beginning of 2022, she started serving as an International Programs Coordinator at Baptist World Aid. Her role, which focuses on building community resilience and responding to disasters, is a far cry from her paper delivery days. But her heart is the same.

        ‘While it’s easy just to focus on ourselves, God calls us to love our neighbour,’ Kelsea said. ‘That might be the person next door, or it might be someone overseas.’

        Having a Heart that Rubs Off

        Today, Shirley, Cindy and Kelsea still call the northwest coast of Tasmania home. And they continue their legacy of generosity. Shirley’s home is full of gifts she’s crafted for children in need overseas—girl’s skirts, doll clothes, toy hedgehogs made from old scarves. She’s still supporting children, now with friends from Wynyard Baptist Church. And she couldn’t be prouder of her granddaughter Kelsea.

        ‘You always hope that having a heart for others rubs off on your kids, and their kids,’ Shirley said. ‘It’s pleasing to know that we can make a difference to someone else’s life.”

        Cindy, who is still part of Baptist World Aid’s Child sponsorship program, agrees. ‘We’re not meant to live as islands,’ she said. ‘As Christians, we’re called to live in community and support each other, even across the globe’.

        *not her real name

        Sophia Russell is the wife of a minister, mum of two children and the communication specialist at Baptist World Aid.

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        Around the Churches News and events statewide
        Ministry Profile Ben Cochrane, Somerset
        Deep Thought 21st Century Mission by Laurie Rowston
        From Andrew Turner of Crossover Census Overview
        Stand Sunday 2022 Make a stand for foster carers ~ During September
        Church Profile Claremont Baptist
        From the MLT Achieving Lasting Social Change

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        Mary’s First Christmas Ponderings, Ray Hawkins
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        2ND DECEMBER 2021

        Safer Spaces Toolkit

        On 22nd November 2021,  Australian Baptist Ministries (ABM) released the Safer Spaces Toolkit. This is a  resource to address domestic abuse and build relationally healthy communities.

        Safe Spaces toolkit

        The Safer Spaces Toolkit is an endorsed project of Australian Baptist Ministries aimed at resourcing pastors and church leaders to address domestic abuse and build relationally healthy communities.

        The project working group is made up of Baptist women from around the country who have expertise in pastoral leadership, theology, teaching, domestic abuse and project management.

        This project started because ABM recognised that domestic abuse resources were often available only by region, and wanted to create a resource that could be accessed by any pastor anywhere, with access to the Internet.

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

        The Safer Spaces Toolkit is available HERE 

        GIA change their name

        GIA become BMA

        Global Interaction have got something exiting to share… they are changing their name! Global Interaction is becoming Baptist Mission Australia.  

        This is not something they undertake lightly. Over the past year they began implementing the 2021-2025 Strategic Roadmap. With this came big questions about the future direction of GIA.

        While listening to the Spirit, they saw it was time to refresh the name and brand for a new and exciting season of ministry.  FIND OUT MORE

        Christmas Poem

        Mary’s First Christmas Ponderings
        Mary's first Christmas ponderings

        A poem by Ray Hawkins of Beauty Point

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        Based on Luke 2:51

        Mary treasured all these words and pondered them in her heart.

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        18th November 2021

        Big Hearted Gifts

        Gifts that end poverty

        Baptist World Aid (BWA) Big Hearted Gifts do much more than meet immediate needs like clean water, food, health and income. At their heart, these gifts are an expression of God’s extraordinary love at work in the world. They allow people to live with dignity, and they end poverty. Not just for individuals, but for whole communities. These are gifts that give hope.

        Each gift supports the community-driven work run by BWA’s Christian partners. It’s about making a bigger, lasting difference by helping individuals and families develop long-term livelihoods, health, education and leadership skills.

        Thanks to the lasting impact of your Big Hearted Gifts, along with the wonderful work of people on the ground, you help end poverty.

        How it works

        When you select a gift card for a family member or a loved one this Christmas, you’re also making a donation to a community development project. Your tax-deductible donation will fund vital community development projects that include the activity featured on your card.

        • You can give an eCard, a Gift Card (which is mailed to you for your use), or do a last-minute-dash and print your own as a PDF file.
        • Perhaps you need help working out what sort of gift to give? Use the Gift Generator to help you pick the perfect gift card, and make a difference on behalf of your loved one.

        Tasmania Celebration Launch

        Launceston and Hobart moments
        A Time to Dedicate the Outreach Events with Will Graham, in 2022
        Tasmania Celebration Launch, prayer events
        • LAUNCESTON: 6:30-8pm Friday 19th November Door of Hope Christian Church South Launceston
        • HOBART: 6:30-8pm Saturday 20th November C3 Convention Centre South Hobart
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        Tasmania Celebration Launch

        Converge Tasmania 2021

        On the 17th August, 23 Tasmanian Baptist leaders from around the state met in Longford to prepare to speak out for the needs of the global poor, refugees and survivors of domestic violence.

        Our church has been talking for some time about what it means to actively engage in issues of justice in the broader community. Ten of us made it to the Converge conference because we saw when Baptist churches work together in areas like these, we’re much more effective.
        The work the different Baptist agencies have done in putting together the JUSTICE 2021 Report gives us a credibility and tangible way forward we simply could not do on our own.

        Pastor Matt Garvin (Citywide)

        Since then, Tasmanian Baptist teams have visited the local member in each of our five federal electorates, and to as many of our 12 senators as possible as part of Converge 2021. At each meeting they have discussed big issues, and presented each one with a copy of the Australian Baptist Justice 2021 report.

        Check out the slideshow! Below there are photos of only five of the ten visits that took place.

        • Rodney Marshall, Jacinta Sinclair (BaptCare), Brian Mitchell, and Jeff McKinnon.
        • Mrs Bridget Archer MP, (Liberal) Member for Bass: Ed Love, Kay Hunter, Bridget Archer (wearing a climate scarf), Maddy Svoboda, Jenna Blackwell, Karlin Love
        • Jono Duniam, Stephen Baxter, Matt Henderson, Liam Conway. With Michael Henderson (photographer)
        • Receiving the Australian Baptist Justice 2021 report in Launceston with Jeff McKinnon, Kay Hunter and Stephen Avery
        • Kay Hunter, Ed Love, Sen. Helen Polley, Karlin Love, Jeff McKinnon

        Mr Brian Mitchell (ALP) Member for LyonsRodney Marshall, Jacinta Sinclair (BaptCare) and Jeff McKinnon
        Mrs Bridget Archer MP, (Lib) Member for BassEd Love, Kay Hunter, Maddy Svoboda, Jenna Blackwell, Karlin Love
        Sen. Jonathon Duniam, (Lib) ClarkStephen Baxter, Matt Henderson, Liam Conway, Michael Henderson
        Sen. Peter Whish Wilson, (Greens) BassJeff McKinnon, Kay Hunter, Stephen Avery
        Sen. Helen Polley, (ALP) BassKay Hunter, Ed Love, Karlin Love, Jeff McKinnon
        Mr Andrew Wilkie MP, (Ind) Member for ClarkMichael Henderson, Stephen Baxter, Liam Conway
        Sen. Anne Urquhart, (ALP) FranklinMichael Henderson and team
        Hon. Julie Collins MP, (ALP) Member for FranklinMatt Garvin and team
        Mr Gavin Pearce MP, (Lib) Member for BraddonNicholas Alexander and team
        Sen. Anne Urquhart, (ALP) Braddon Nicholas Alexander and team
        Converge Tasmania Team visits to Politicians 2021

        READ MORE IN THE NOV/DEC 2021 ADVANCE | step by step

        4th November 2021

        Book Review

        Finding God in Brazil: Personal stories to amaze and inspire
        Author: Dr John B Dyer
        Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, ISBN: 978-1979439817
        Available: $15AUD from Amazon >>>
        Finding God in Brazil; Need to Know Nov-Dec 2021

        Dr Dyer describes this book as a series of stories about his experience of living and working in Brazil over a period of 33 years. His story involves the stories of other people, and both become interwoven into a single fabric.

        I found this book to be easy to read as it written in everyday language without the use of theological jargon. There is humility in Dr Dyer’s sharing. His sense of humour is evident as he tells of the lighter moments of being a missionary in Brazil. Clearly, he has an obvious love for the Brazilian people.

        I am struck by the tenacity of both Dr. Dyer, and his wife Maria. They persevered through many hardships that come with living in a different culture. As well, there are difficulties with many subcultures, and a varied terrain and climate throughout Brazil. They also experienced personal tragedy with their first child being stillborn, and their second child dying 24-hours after birth. There is also adventure and danger. For example, John was hit by a car, and held at gunpoint in his own home!

        A young child is miraculously healed of malaria in an Amazonian rainforest. And also a young man with cancer, given two-years to live in 1985, continues to serve God to this day. Yes, God still performs miracles.

        John describes his book this way; “The aim of the book, written from the perspective of a Christian missionary working in the most remote parts of the country, as well as in some major urban centres, is to show how God is perceived to be involved in our everyday affairs.”

        In my opinion, he has been successful in this aim!

        Karen Buckney

        Karen Buckney, Assistant Administrator
        Tasmanian Baptists

        Faith and the Arts

        FATA22 Online from Poatina, 7-11 January 2022

        Jump on to check out the amazing range of Electives and Mix It Ups

        Faith and the Arts 2022; Need to Know Nov-Dec 2021

        Faith and the Arts is an awesome annual conference held in Poatina, Tasmania, targeting creatives of all disciplines and skill levels. The aim is “to come together to give time and space to their faith-art journey.” 

        I have always got heaps out of it, both personally and within my creative practices. There are always great speakers, highly skilled teachers, and a heap of fun. I especially appreciate the chance to try practices I am not familiar with.

        This year it is online (Covid! they hope to return to normal in person in 2023). I am leading an afternoon workshop on Monday this year, called “Small Prophetic Art”. Hope to see you there.

        Michael Henderson

        Michael Henderson, Mission and Leadership Development Coordinator
        Tasmanian Baptists

        Ethical Fashion Guide

        Baptist World Aid’s 2021 Ethical Fashion Report finds lingering gaps in wages, sustainability  
        2021 Ethical Fashion Guide; Need to Know Nov-Dec 2021

        People, planet or profit? What’s most important to consumers in purchasing the brands they like?

        Today you can find out. The 2021 Ethical Fashion Guide/Report is now on the Baptist World Aid website, along with some great new features for consumers to communicate directly with brands. This year’s report also explores the impact of COVID on garment workers; slavery/exploitation of all workers in the supply chain; and the environment.

        The grades of the brand companies within the report/guide reflect some progress, but we have a long way to go!

         About the 2021 Ethical Fashion Report   

        With its mission to end poverty, Baptist World Aid Australia has published the Ethical Fashion Report since 2013. As one of Australia’s leading publications on ethical fashion, the Ethical Fashion Report and Guide helps consumers make better choices based on thorough data from almost 100 companies representing more than 400 brands.