Heartlands Autumn/Winter 2024

Break Free - Heartlands for Women. By EmpowHer

Heartlands is the quarterly email for EmpowHer – a network of Tasmanian women growing and encouraging each other in their God-given potential.

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    COMING IN 2025

    The Day of Wonder

    Refresh: Body, Mind and Spirit

    Save the Date! The EmpowHer Day of Wonder will take place on Saturday 29 March 2025.

    The keynote speaker will be Melissa Lipsett, CEO of Baptist World Aid Australia. Melissa is a sought after speaker at women’s events around Australia, and it is a privilege to have her attend.

    WHO All women are welcome!
    WHEN Saturday 29 March 2025
    WHERE Riverlands Longford
    As this is a statewide event we are gathering centrally.

    READ Women: The Change Makers
    In this article, Melissa Lipsett explains the impact of women who are empowered to change their world.


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    BE INSPIRED

    Breaking Free of the Old . . .

    . . . and taking hold of the NEW

    Do you ever feel like you’re stuck in a never-ending loop? Caught in the same old patterns, day after day? You’re not alone.

    By EmpowHer State Coordinator, Jenny Baxter


    EmpowHer Calendar of Events

    EVENTLOCATIONDATE
    LAUNCH: Women Leaders’ NetworkLauncestonSaturday 18 May 2024
    RETREAT: Day of Presence
    See more below!
    Maydena20-22 September 2024
    World Day of PrayerCitywide MorningtonSaturday 9 November 2024
    DAY OF WONDERRiverlands LongfordSaturday 29 March 2025

    TASMANIAN WOMEN CONNECT

    Women Leaders Network Launches

    Gather. Grow. Encourage.

    On Saturday 18 May, in Launceston, a small group of women gathered to launch the Women Leaders’ network, Tasmania. Visiting from Perth WA, founder Karen Wilson laid out the vision and the exciting developments so far.

    The Women Leaders Network provides a platform for women leaders to come together, listen to the voice of God, grow collectively, and encourage one another. When mobilized as a force for good, women bring immense strength, capable of driving transformational change within their local and national communities.

    Four years ago, God gave Karen a clear and compelling vision for women in leadership.  The vision was of women who are generals, standing alongside one another right around the coasts of every country of the world.

    Karen says, “I believe God said that they are waiting for His Spirit to come to their land and are protecting those who are behind them. They are all magnificently tall, strong, brave, and united! Dressed and ready in the full armour of God, ready for what He needs them to do. These women stand together as a global army”.  A local artist captured her vision in a beautiful artwork (shown above). 

    If you have not already indicated your interest, please sign up by scanning the QR code,
    OR visit globalleadership.org.au/wln-contact/

    Read More about WLN >


    A SOUTHERN RETREAT

    The Day of Presence

    Friday 20, until early Sunday 22 September, 2024

    Are you looking to get away for a day or two and discover more about God?
    Do you need some time to escape the hustle-bustle of your life, to quietly rest in God’s presence?

    The Day of Presence will be held in Maydena in Southern Tasmania to create space for busy women to stop, experience God’s presence, and B-R-E-A-T-H-E.

    Numbers are limited so make sure you watch out for more details.
    OR …
    To be extra sure you get a spot, please flick us an email! empowher@tasbaptists.org.au


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      WHAT WILL FOLLOW THE DAY OF COURAGE?

      Women’s Event On the Way

      After the success of the EmpowHer Day of Courage last November, the organising team are praying about what to do next, because clearly, women want to gather!

      At this stage we are thinking there will be a similar event in early 2025.

      Stay tuned for more details to follow.

      A REQUEST: To create another special day like this, it will be necessary to grow the statewide team. Pleace get in touch to express your interest: empowher@tasbaptists.org.au

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      BE INSPIRED

      2024 Here We Come

      Perhaps transition a feature of your life right now? Facing the future “well” is for the brave-hearted!

      Facing the Future - 2024 here we come, Heartlands news

      TASMANIAN WOMEN CONNECT GLOBALLY

      Join the Women Leaders Network

      The concept of the WLN began with a whisper from God to Karen Wilson four years ago. Karen is the Vice President International Ministries – Global Leadership Network; CEO – Global Leadership Network Australia and New Zealand; and the International President of Baptist Women’s World Alliance.

      God gave a clear and compelling vision for women in leadership.  The vision was of women who are generals, standing alongside one another right around the coasts of every country of the world.

      Karen says, “I believe God said that they are waiting for His Spirit to come to their land and are protecting those who are behind them. They are all magnificently tall, strong, brave, and united! Dressed and ready in the full armour of God, ready for what He needs them to do. These women stand together as a global army”.  A local artist captured her vision in a beautiful artwork (below). 

      The Tasmanian Women Leader’s Network will launch in two areas in the coming months.  The north will be led by Amanda Towns, and the south by Jenny Baxter.

      Together, we will join in conversations of hope and encouragement, and seek God about the positioning of our Tasmania Networks.

      If you have not already indicated your interest, you are welcome sign up by scanning the QR code.


      A VIDEO to CHALLENGE YOU

      Karen Wilson Sees Differently

      Rev. Karen Wilson, guest speaker at last November’s Day of Courage spoke at Hobart Baptist Church.


      TODAY’S THOUGHT

      To Obey or, maybe, Disobey?

      You can so easily limit your capacity

      Did you hear of the lady-of-the-manor in old England? She was ordered bedrest by her family doctor to recover from an ailment. Straightaway, she began organising her household from her bedroom. Years later, a new doctor came to town, and when doing the rounds to visit his patients came across the bedridden woman. When she explained why she was still in bed, he said, “Get up woman! You are perfectly well!”

      We can all be guilty of a little too much obedience at times. Especially when to comes to doing what an authority says. And really, there’s no doubt you need to take care, especially if being given doctor’s orders. But it’s so easy to misinterpret what is intended to be a temporary instruction.

      It’s a good reminder that you are often a better judge of your body’s capacity than a doctor or other “expert”. Or put it another way, you are response-able!

      Can you identify ways you have limited yourself because you’ve been told your limit by someone else?


      MICAH WOMEN LEADER’S NETWORK*

      Your Invite: Asuntha Charles Evening

      The Micah Women Leaders annual gatherings (previously breakfasts) are now in their fourth year. It is a unique gathering, bringing together women Christian Leaders from across the state for an important conversation on justice, leadership, and how to use your voice as an advocate for change.

      You are very welcome to attend! Be assured you will be amongst friends as several of our Baptist women are already signed up.

      WHEN: Tuesday 19 March 2024, 7:00pm – 9:00pm 

      WHERE: C3 Convention Centre, 64 Anglesea St, South Hobart TAS 7004

      COST: $35

      RSVP by Monday 4 March 2024

      GUEST SPEAKERS
      Asuntha Charles, Global Women’s Rights Advocate. Asuntha was the National Director for World Vision Afghanistan during the Taliban takeover. She will provide a firsthand account of the needs she is seeing around her, as well as her experiences in some of the world’s toughest contexts.
      Tim Costello, Executive Director of Micah Australia. Tim will connect current global events to our biblical mandate to pursue justice.

      *NB: The Micah Women Leaders Network is quite distinct from the Global Leadership Women Leaders Network, referred to above.

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      Day of Courage En-courages

      Day of Courage - EmpowHer Tasmania. 18 Nov 2023 EmpowHer Day of Courage En-courages

      ABOVE Top: Jenny Baxter asks for volunteers to demonstrate C-O-U-R-A-G-E; Below: Speakers on the day

      The EmpowHer Day of Courage

      Baptist Financial Services

      MAJOR SPONSORS: BAPTIST FINANCIAL SERVICES

      By Fiona Bradley

      On Saturday 18th November, women from across Tasmania gathered at Longford for the inaugural statewide event, hosted by EmpowHer. 

      The Day of Courage sold out weeks ahead of time, with over 120 people from different denominations across Tasmania. The event provided an opportunity to connect with others learning to live out their God-given potential, hearing stories of courage.

      Keynote speaker, Rev. Karen Wilson (Perth WA), opened and closed the event. Currently the President of Baptist World Alliance Women, Karen spoke openly and warmly. In particular, she focussed on a recent accident, which taught her courage in the midst of her international schedule. 

      Mixing humour with insight, she also told of her hiking trip in 2018 along the famous Camino de Santiago trail. Karen explained how the hike forged courage at a key point in her life, and inspired listeners to be well-grounded in courage. As she spoke, she provided practical tips and challenged the audience to do the same.

      Four other Tasmanian women provided candid testimonies about how their lives had been shaped by courage. Each story was very different and described courage in grief, change, trauma and at work.

      A “Gathering”, not a “Conference”

      Jenny Baxter, State Director of EmpowHer, explained how the event and theme emerged as an idea with the EmpowHer team.

      “We wanted to make it more of a gathering than a conference, and focused on small touches toward this. Such as having people sitting around tables rather than facing the stage. As well, we provided grazing platters over lunch with live background music, rather than singing during the event itself.”

      According to Jenny, Karen Wilson was an obvious choice for main speaker.

      “I know her personally. She’s warm, very accessible. And she has great stories from her travels meeting with courageous women in all parts of the globe,” she said.

      One highlight of the day was the Baptist World Day of Prayer* session, when attendees prayed for women worldwide. Funds were raised for projects, in particular those organised by Baptist Women of the Pacific.

      Day of Courage 18 Nov 23 - EmpowHer Tasmania
Day of Courage En-courages
      By standing shoulder-to-shoulder, women affirmed that Courage is stronger when with others.

      Jenny said the Day of Courage exceeded expectations, going way beyond what she thought was possible. “The event highlights the power of our stories and the benefit of showing up and getting together as women on the journey.”

      Others present on the day agreed

      Attendee Michelle Walters said, “It was lovely to spend time with like-minded women. Thank you to everyone involved in bringing this beautiful day together and sharing your gifts and talents with us”. 

      “Excellent, well organised, loved the little extras like gift bags, coasters. Food was superb. Great to have women from different denominations come together. Karen was excellent. Thank you to all those who made the day happen,” said attendee Anita Brooker.

      “Well done on a beautiful event and doing such a great job gathering people from across denominations and from around the state,” said attendee Danielle Ratcliffe.

      Fiona Bradley
      Hobart Baptist Church

      In Other News
      Fiona has agreed to take on the position of Tas Baptist Communications Manager from January 2024!


      EmpowHer Team: Jenny Baxter (S), Jenna Blackwell (N), Wendy Marston (N), Gabe Fife (NW). Ann Robertson (S), while unable to attend on the day, assisted with the organising of the event.

      EmpowHer Day of Courage En-courages
      Karen Wilson shared dinner with the team before the Day of Courage. From left: Jenny, Karen, Jenna, Wendy, Gabe.

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        WOMEN GATHERED!

        EmpowHer Day of Courage

        What happened on the big day?

        the EmpowHer Day of Courage
        Rev. Karen Wilson
        Karen Wilson

        WHEN: Saturday 18th November 2023 Riverlands Baptist (Longford)

        KEYNOTE: Rev. Karen Wilson President of the Baptist World Alliance Women, and CEO of the Global Leadership Network Aus/NZ.

        Fiona Bradley (Hobart ) gives a rundown about the Day of Courage, when women from many denominations gathered with us for one day of en-couragement.


        BE INSPIRED

        GOD WHISPERS

        HOPE is always an option, even when you have no solution.

        God Whispers

        BOOKS to SAVOUR

        Women ~ Ministry ~ Leadership

        These three words do not always easily fit into one sentence.

        Here is a reading list to find out more. The following come highly recommended. …

        Emboldened TaraBeth Leach, Intervarsity Press USA
        Throughout Scripture and church history, women have been central to the mission of God. But all too often women have lacked opportunities to minister fully. Many churches lack visible examples of women in ministry and leadership.Tara Beth Leach, senior pastor of her denomination’s flagship church, issues a stirring call for a new generation of women in ministry: to teach, to preach, to shepherd, and to lead. Buy it here >
        Better Together Danielle Strickland, W Publishing
        Better Together is a beacon of hope in a challenging storm. It’s where thoughts can be rechanneled and hope rekindled as author Danielle Strickland offers steps toward a real and workable solution. Her premise is that two things are needed for change: imagine a better world, and understand oppression. Understanding how oppression works is an important part of undoing it. Buy it here >
        Blog margmowczko.com
        Marg Mowczko is an Australian theologian committed to writing articles about the mutuality and equality of men and women in Christian marriage and ministry, plus Bible studies and articles about life in Jesus.

        TODAY’S THOUGHT

        The Importance of Being Grateful

        Can you consciously give thanks today?

        God provides in such amazing and subtle ways. We so often take it for granted, or think it is co-incidence. God is over our lives in such prolific detail every single day.

        Have you ever noticed the glory of eucalypt leaves, shiny wet after rain?

        Or our stunning, ever-shifting backdrop of clouds.

        Or how water, our source of life, literally falls out of the sky!

        True. Sometimes we may feel unseen in our complex world. But if you take a moment to notice the little things, and express your gratitude today, you will find your big problems are either less important, or shift radically.

        • Take a moment to express your gratitude and you will find your big problems are less important.

        Our abundance of water, ability to find car parking spots, sunshine at the right moment, a beautiful rainbow to encourage you, and yes, even wet leaves, are provision by a loving God who sees so much more than we can imagine.

        What’s one “normal” thing you can be thankful for today?

        Jenny Baxter
        State Director, EmpowHer

        PS To read regular short reflections from Jenny, join the I Am Better Together Facebook group.


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        Heartlands Spring 2023

        EmpowHer Day of Courage

        Day of Courage 2023, All women are welcome to this special women's gathering, the EmpowHer Day of Courage on Saturday 18th November 2023 at Riverlands Longford.

        Women’s Gathering

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          So sorry – we have sold out!

          But it isn’t too late to join the waitlist

          Become Well-Grounded

          Learn to live out your God-given potential at this special women’s gathering

          On Saturday 18th November, all women are invited to attend the EmpowHer Day of Courage gathering at Riverlands, 159 Wellington Street, Longford.

          This is the first statewide event to be hosted by EmpowHer and promises to be a fantastic day of growth, challenge and connection.

          The day will commence with morning tea at 9:30am, and conclude at 3:30pm.

          Watch the video introducing keynote speaker Karen Wilson

          Registration

          Earlybird $45 – finished on 5th September

          Regular $55 – 6th September to 31st October
          Maximum capacity has been reached – but you are still welcome to join our waitlist.

          Late $65 – From 1 November
          If you do need to join our waitlist, this will be the price if you are successful.

          Major sponsor for the Day of Courage – Baptist Financial Services

          Baptist Financial Services

          What to expect

          Here’s what will happen on the day . . .

          Keynote speaker sessions
          Karen Wilson

          Karen Wilson, President Baptist World Alliance Women.
          Karen lives in Perth WA, and has a long association with women from all walks of life in Australia and globally.

          READ Karen’s article It’s a New Day >

          Local content and participation

          Including . . .

          Kelsea

          * Kelsea Clingeleffer, Program Coordinator Baptist World Aid.

          * Short talks from three Tasmanian women explaining their personal moments of courage: Bianca Murray (N); Jing Priest (S); Jacqueline Austin (NW)

          * Beautiful, delicious and thoughtfully-prepared food during morning tea and lunch.

          * Round table discussions in small groups.

          supporting women globally

          * Pray for women overseas for World Day of Prayer.

          * The Tasmanian launch of the global Women’s Leadership Network.

          * Opportunities to donate to Baptist World Aid through Transform Aid International.


          Why you should be there

          • To be encouraged and inspired.
          • To hear stories from other women of faith.
          • To make new friends with other like-minded women.
          • To be inspired and empowered to live out your God-given calling.
          • To take a day out for yourself to be nourished in body, soul and spirit.
          • To increase your global awareness of women’s challenges in other countries.
          • To increase your faith as you pray for women and their work within their communities.

          What women are saying

          “All women welcome”. I love that. Let’s be united!

          Ruth Hanlon, Ministry Development Officer for Women, Anglican Diocese Tasmania

          I can’t wait to be there!

          Jing Priest, Hobart Baptist Church

          We’re going to have such a good time.

          Keynote speaker Karen Wilson, President Baptist World Alliance, Women

          Registrations

          NUMBERS ARE LIMITED!

          Maximum capacity has been reached. There is now a wait-list system in place.

          Earlybird rate ($45) Finished onTuesday 5th September

          Regular rate ($55) Available 6th September to 31st October

          Late rate ($65) From 1st November


          The Day of Courage Team

          The organising team are a dedicated group of women, representing each region in Tasmania. They are planning a fantastic women’s gathering just for you!

          Each one has special giftings and skills in enabling, gathering and administrating events, and they are all working hard to create an exceptional day for every attendee.

          North

          Jenna Blackwell

          Jenna Blackwell City Baptist Formation Pastor; Tasmanian Baptists Mission and Leadership Coach
          Jenna loves encouraging people to walk courageously in their God-given calling. She also loves tea, funny animal videos, the beach, and nature in general.

          Wendy Marston

          Wendy Marston TasRail – Customer Service Officer; Tas Baptist Council; Marriage and Funeral Celebrant.

          Wendy is Tassie born and still loving it here. She is involved in the leadership team at Newstead Baptist church.

          Northwest

          Gabe Fife

          Gabe Fife Teacher’s Aide, Leighlands Christian School

          Down-to-earth and friendly, Gabe desires to see all women empowered and living their fullest lives in Christ. She is married to Louis, and serves alongside him at Ulverstone Baptist Church.

          South

          Jenny Baxter

          Jenny Baxter State Coordinator EmpowHer; Communications Manager Tasmanian Baptists
          Jenny enjoys creating connections between women locally and nationally. She also serves on the Communications team at Hobart Baptist Church, and walks a lot, mostly at the beach or in the bush.

          Ann Herbert* Now retired
          Ann formerly managed a social policy team in the Tasmanian Government. She is now an elder and active member of the teaching team at Citywide Baptist Church. 

          *Unfortunately, Ann is unable to attend on the day.


          FAQ for the Day of Courage women’s gathering

          Will there be accommodation available?

          We have secured Friday night accommodation (17th November) with the Poatina Chalet for attendees. This is a 20-minute drive from the venue.
          Please call or email the Chalet to book your motel room for $125. Includes breakfast.
          6397 8290 | poatina.chalet@fusion.org.au

          I have dietary requirements, what should I do?

          If you added your dietary requirements to your registration info, then you are good to go. But if you need to change or confirm anything, please get in touch: empowher@tasbaptists.org.au

          Can I carpool?

          There is no official Day of Courage carpool. However, do get in touch and we may be able to arrange transport for you with another attendee: empowher@tasbaptists.org.au

          What’s the parking like at Riverlands?

          There is plenty of on-site parking available.

          Will I need to bring anything?

          Notebooks and pens will be provided. You may like to bring a Bible with you. Morning tea and lunch will be provided as part of the registration cost. While water will be available you may like to bring your own drink bottle.

          Is Childcare provided?

          Unfortunately there is no childcare. If you have children, we encourage you to find care for them. If this is not possible, you may bring your little one/s but you will be responsible for their care. There will be no child care available at this event.

          Is this event just for Christians?

          All women are welcome at this event. However, if you are not happy to learn about your God-given potential, then this gathering may not be for you.

          Is there a concession rate?

          There is no official concession rate for this gathering. We have subsidised the costs by finding a sponsor to make this special day affordable for everyone. However, if the cost is stopping you from attending, please get in touch to discuss: empowher@tasbaptists.org.au

          Refund Policy

          If you find you are no longer able to use your ticket, our preference is that you find someone to pass the ticket onto. Please let us know, so we know who to expect by contacting jenna@tasbaptists.org.au

          If you are unable to find someone, or if this is too difficult for you to arrange, given the circumstances, we can arrange a refund. Please note you will not be reimbursed your booking fee.

          If you need to request a refund, please email jenna@tasbaptists.org.au and state your name, account name, BSB and account number. Thank you

          If you have other questions . . .

          Please email empowher@tasbaptists.org.au. Our team will be happy to answer your enquiries.


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          All women are welcome to this special women’s gathering, the EmpowHer Day of Courage on Saturday 18th November 2023 at Riverlands Longford.

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            FOR ALL WOMEN

            EmpowHer Day of Courage

            REGISTRATIONS ARE NOW OPEN!

            Karen Wilson

            Saturday 18th November 2023 | Riverlands Baptist (Longford)

            Speaker: Karen Wilson, President of the Baptist World Alliance Women, and CEO of the Global Leadership Network Aus/NZ.

            Join the EmpowHer team and women from around the state as we gather for the Day of Courage. This will be a 21st-Century gathering (not a Conference!)

            THEME: Well Grounded | Postcards now available to invite your friends!

            Day of Courage

            NEW-LOOK WOMEN’S MINISTRY

            The end for
            Australian Baptist Women

            Jenny Baxter

            Did you know Australian Baptist Women has been ‘a thing’ since the 1930s? But as all things begin, so all things must end.

            By EmpowHer State Leader Jenny Baxter

            Australian Baptist Women ends

            TUNING INTO THE HEART OF GOD

            Being Transformed

            Jenna Blackwell

            Jenna Blackwell, a member of the Tasmanian Baptists’ Mission and Leadership Development Team, gives insight into God’s amazing heart of grace.

            Inner Critic: Why don’t you have everything together?
            Jesus’ gentle voice: Did you hear about the disciples I chose?

            Tuning in to the Heart of God-Jun23

            BEING WELL-GROUNDED

            Villain-Origin Story?

            or Testimony in Progress

            As the EmpowHer Day of Courage nears, Heartlands News will feature some deeper thinking articles for readers to press into the idea of being “Well-Grounded”.

            Maddie Mandall (Queensland Baptist Women) writes: If we allow our wounds to fester, they end up driving us and defining us in monstrous ways.

            Heartlands Winter 2023, Villain Origin story, or Testimony in the making?

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            EmpowHer

            Heartlands Winter 2023

            ReCharge NEWS June 2023

            21st June 2023 | ReCharge News

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              School Chaplains

              Positions Vacant with Scripture Union Tas

              Provide emotional, social, and spiritual support to school communities…

              Scripture Union has multiple chaplaincy positions available across Tasmania. Chaplains provide emotional, social, spiritual, and often practical support to school communities. They are in the prevention and support business: helping students find a better way to deal with issues ranging from family breakdown, loneliness, depression and anxiety.

              SU Chaplaincy models the compassion and unconditional love demonstrated and taught by Jesus, as recorded in the Bible. Chaplains will be sensitive to, respectful of, and available to all regardless of beliefs or religious affiliations. All SU Chaplaincy staff and volunteers are empowered and equipped to champion a child-safe culture, and are committed to the highest standards of safety and care in our work with children, young people and families.

              See positions available in Tasmania >

              Chaplaincy in Tasmania

              Last Daughter

              In Cinemas – but you can arrange to watch at your church!

              After being raised by a white family, a young girl is taken away and returned to the Aboriginal family she didn’t know. Decades later, she’s on a journey to discover where she truly belongs.

              Brenda’s first memories were of growing up in a loving white foster family, before she was suddenly taken away and returned to her Aboriginal family. Decades later, she feels disconnected from both halves of her life. But the traumas of her past do not lie quietly buried. So, she goes searching for the foster family with whom she had lost all contact.

              INFO for Churches > | READ review >

              WATCH at the movies: Launceston Star > | Hobart State Cinema >

              WATCH the trailer:

              Our Baptist Values

              From Australian Baptist Ministries

              As mentioned at the May Assembly

              A great resource for your church or small group, the Values Project* is designed to help individuals, churches and groups reflect, talk and learn about our identity and values as communities of faith within the Australian Baptist movement.

              The Values Project strengthens our sense of identity, encourages connectedness and community across our movement, and informs decision making and leadership.

              Four free episodes are available, along with corresponding Scripts, Facilitator’s Guide, Discussion notes, and sermon ideas.

              They are a great basis for discussion and understanding Baptists, particularly for those new to the movement.

              The 4-5 minute videos each focus on one of our four values: 1. Jesus-Centred; 2. Community; 3. Mission; 4. Freedom

              WATCH Value 1: Being Jesus-Centred

              * The Values Project was made possible by the support of Baptist Insurance ServicesBaptist Financial Services and Baplink.

              Famine Relief Announcement

              News from Micah Australia

              As reported in reCharge in November 2022, the Horn of Africa is suffering a severe famine. So it is encouraging to learn that in the recent federal budget, the government announced Australia will contribute $29 million from the Humanitarian Emergency Fund to partners in the Horn of Africa and the Middle East.

              This includes:

              • $15 million to address increased humanitarian, displacement and protection needs of people in drought-affected areas in Ethiopia, Kenya and Somalia.
              • $4 million to provide food and nutrition support to the most vulnerable in Yemen.
              • $10 million for food and monetary assistance to refugees and vulnerable populations in Lebanon and Jordan.

              Read the full story >

              Samine relief from Australia's federal budget 2023

              EmpowHer Day of Courage

              Heads Up!

              Saturday 18th November 2023, Riverlands Longford

              Karen Wilson
              Karen Wilson, who lives in WA, is excited to come and be with us!

              Calling all women! EmpowHer are gathering women around the state for a Day of Courage.

              SPEAKER: Karen Wilson President, Baptist World Alliance Women; CEO Global Leadership Network Australia.

              Watch out for more details available soon.

              On the Move

              City Baptist Launceston

              Have you heard City is moving to two new locations?

              Our Sunday Gatherings will be held at The Boathouse, 55 Lindsay Street Invermay, for at least the next 12 months. The Boathouse is an attractive modern building in the Seaport precinct, overlooking the North Esk River and Trevallyn, and next to Riverbend Park. Our first Gathering there will be on 18 June.

              Our Drop in Centre will remain operating on Saturday nights out of the Red Dove Café in the Pilgrim Uniting facilities in Paterson Street.

              City Baptist Launceston - some people
              City Baptist Launceston – some of our people

              Events at Hobart and Perth

              Hobart Baptist’s Luminous Festival

              For more details visit hobartbaptist.org.au, or Eventbrite for essential free bookings (catering).

              Hobart Baptist church is again running its mid-winter festival, Luminous. This is the third year for Luminous, which aims to shed light on important topics for the people of Hobart during Dark Mofo. The festival runs for two weeks from 8-25 June and hosts conversations around spirituality and hope and showcases installation art.

              Luminous Main events 2023
              • 6pm, Thursday 8th June, FESTIVAL LAUNCH AND ARTWORK

              Michael Henderson’s art installation opens. Michael is an artist based in lutruwita / Tasmania and his work is entitled: The Seed of Life, Weighed Down. He uses symbols and metaphors to tell stories about identity, faith and longing. 
              The artwork will be open from 12pm-6pm until 16th June.

              • 6pm, Tuesday 13th, Thursday 15th, Tuesday 20th June, LUMINOUS CONVERSATIONS

              Over successive evenings with free refreshments, this year’s topics ask, ‘Is Tasmania A Place for Everyone?;How can we help Tasmanian Children flourish?’; and ‘How Do We Create Healthy Families?’ Each of the conversations are a safe space for discussion, and not just for people of faith. We value the unique journey and point of view each of our panellists can contribute. 

              CHRISTMAS IN WINTER – IN THE TAB
              • 6pm Friday 23rd June Luminous Carols
              • 10am Sunday 25th June A traditional Christmas Service

              All are welcome to the festival and entry is free, but bookings for evening events (catering) are essential.

              Luminous Carols, Christmas in winter

              Perth Tabernacle’s coming events

              Women’s Collective

              For women in Launceston

              Calling all women in Launceston and surrounds who are interested in growing in their faith-in-action journey. You might be leading or interested in leadership, serving, or wanting to grow in faith that leads to action. This is a new space for you! Join with other women who want a safe space to process and learn together.

              No life qualifications necessary. This is not a small group, or a Bible study. It’s a collective of women who are serious about learning and living in the ways of our good God, doing the journey with others, and hopefully having some laughs along the way.

              Get in touch to express interest or find out more:
              jenna@tasbaptists.org.au | gabi.dunn@allsaints.network

              Women's Collective for femaile leaders, Launceston

              About Us

              Jenna Blackwell is Tasmanian Baptists’ Mission Leadership Coach. Gabi Dunn works for the Anglicans. They are housemates, great friends, and peer supports in ministry. With the support of their organisations, they are collaborating to bring a new space for women.

              No, they don’t think events/gatherings have to be gender-specific. But yes, they acknowledge the complexity of life and history, and that sometimes you just need a space with other women.

              Jenna Blackwell, Gabi Dunn
              Jenna Blackwell; Gabi Dunn

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                INTERNATIONAL IMPACT

                World Women’s Day of Prayer

                WORLD dAY OF PRAYER 2022

                Last October, Day of Prayer events were held around Tasmania. Did you get to one of them? These are incredibly encouraging times of hearing, praying and giving.

                DAY OF PRAYER ATTENDEES …

                • HEARD about the work, and worlds, of women around the globe.
                • PRAYED for the women, some of them have devastating stories.
                • GAVE to the amazing projects, run by women, which are changing families and communities.

                In 2020, Australian women raised a total of $365.
                In 2021, Tasmanian women raised a total of $560.
                And in 2022, Tasmanian women raised a total of $869! WOOT!

                Great work everyone! Watch out for the Day of Prayer opportunities in your region in October 2023, and make a difference to our world.


                NORTHERN EVENT

                Weekend Wind-Down

                Fireside Chats EmpowHer event 17th March 2023

                WHEN: 7-8:30pm Friday 17th March 2023
                WHERE: Hoo Hoo Hut, Trevallyn Nature and Rec Area (Duck Reach Rd)
                WHERE? Change of plan! New location: Liv-Eat Kings Meadows,
                Shop 143 Hobart Rd. SEE MAP
                WHAT: Wind-down for the weekend and enjoy supper!
                WHO: All women welcome
                INFO: Wendy (0407 765 414); Mary (0408 335 618)
                FLIER: Unfortunately, the flier is now out of date and no longer available.


                SO FAR IN 2023

                Women in Leadership

                No Limits Conference Feb 2022, Heartlands Autumn 2023

                Ann Herbert explains what took place at the recent No Limits women’s conference in Brisbane, when many of the sessions explored the importance of women in church leadership.

                Pictured above are Tasmanian attendees Jenna Blackwell (City), Zahara Rehrman (Summerhill), Tracey Avery (City), Ann Herbert (Citywide); Jenny Baxter (Hobart), and Kez Hutchison (Wynyard) . Plus the speakers panel, and the women gathered.


                ON THE LOOKOUT?

                WANTED: Southern Team Members

                EmpowHer are looking for additional team members in Southern Tasmania.

                If you regularly attend a Baptist church, enjoy being with women, and are good at organising things, then how about joining our team?

                Please contact Jenny Baxter to find out more: jenny@tasbaptists.org.au

                EmpowHer Southern Tas Activities, Heartlands Autumn 2023
                Recent EmpowHer Southern Tasmania events

                Heartlands Spring 2022


                ACTION TO CONSIDER

                Learn to Live with Less

                Heartlands Autumn 2023 - Live with Less

                How one family stopped shopping for a year

                Ethical consumption isn’t just about what you buy; it’s also learning to live with less.

                Here’s how one family took drastic action to discover what they really need for a fulfilling life.

                From Baptist World Aid.


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                Heartlands Spring 2022

                Heartlands Autumn 2023

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                  Diary Dates

                  Check the details on these events by scrolling down.
                  Have you subscribed to Heartlands to find out about events in your region?

                  • Pro-Tip: DOWNLOAD invitations to invite your friends by email, or print some for your church, or another group.

                  DAY OF PRAYER, northwest

                  DOP NW event 2022

                  Ulverstone Baptist
                  10am, Saturday 22nd October
                  RSVP Mon 17th Oct gabefife@gmail.com


                  DAY OF PRAYER, south

                  DOP South event 2022

                  Claremont Baptist
                  2pm, Saturday 22nd October
                  RSVP Sat 15th Oct jenny@tasbaptists.org.au


                  MORNING TEA, northwest

                  Morning tea in Latrobe

                  Monclair of Latrobe
                  10am,Saturday 12th November


                  World Women’s Day of Prayer

                  Late October/Early November 2022

                  World Day of Prayer 2022, Heartlands Spring 2022
                  Heartlands Spring 2022, Day of Prayer 2022

                  President of Baptist Women of the Pacific Elissa Macpherson explains what the Day of Prayer event is all about.

                  This event was launched by the Baptist World Alliance Women over sixty years ago, after World War II had shattered unity between the nations.

                  Read More >

                  Heartlands Spring 2022


                  Action for You

                  FOMO or JOMO?

                  Do you suffer from FOMO? It is so easy to have a Fear Of Missing Out!

                  The Joy of Missing Out, Heartlands Spring 2022
                  You turned my wailing into dancing; you removed my sackcloth and
                  clothed me with joy. Psalm 30:11 (NIV)

                  We don’t want to miss out what’s on social media. So we scroll, and keep on scrollinig.

                  We don’t want to miss out on that delicious cake or muffin. So we stack the kilos on.

                  We don’t want to miss out on that special moment, or this event, or the other big gathering. And in the process wear ourselves out.

                  But check this: THERE IS ANOTHER WAY!

                  Have you heard of JOMO?

                  The “Joy Of Missing Out” is easy too.

                  Stop scrolling, and ease your anxious heart.

                  Say NO to that cake – and enjoy a slimmer you.

                  Take a break from endless commitments, to make some space to rest your body, soul and spirit.

                  Instead of being fearful of missing out, choose JOY and relief in taking time out. Today.


                  Women Making a Difference

                  From one Generation to the Next

                  Love Beyond our Backyard

                  Heartlands Spring 2022

                  Three generations of northwest Baptist women leave a wonderful legacy across the world.

                  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.

                  Read More >


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                  EmpowHer

                  Heartlands Spring 2022

                  HEARTLANDS News Winter 2022

                  HEARTLANDS is the quarterly email for EmpowHer – a network of Tasmanian women growing and encouraging each other in their God-given potential.

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                    Diary Dates

                    Check the details on these events by scrolling down.
                    Have you subscribed to Heartlands to find out about events in your region?

                    • Fri/Sat 24/25 June SOUTH Shelter Retreat – read the overview!
                    • Sunday 31st July NORTH Cosy Cuppa, Chat & Craft at Westbury Baptist
                    • Saturday 17th September NORTHWEST Coffee and Walk, Latrobe
                    • Late Oct/Early Nov World Women’s Day Of Prayer – events across the state

                    OVERVIEW: SHELTER Retreat

                    Southern Event

                    FRI/SAT 24-25 June 2022, Blackmans Bay

                    How the Shelter retreat weekend unfolded

                    OUR THEME: SHELTER

                    Shelter Retreat, Heartlands Autumn 2022

                    Everyone needs it. God provides it. We sleep, eat and live in it.

                    But how do you live in the SHELTER of the Most High God?

                    “Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High
                    will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.”

                    Psalm 91:1

                    Overview of the SHELTER Retreat

                    Denise Stephenson and Jenny Baxter
                    Denise and Jenny
                    • The retreat was led by Denise Stephenson (LifeWay) and Jenny Baxter (Hobart)
                    • A rejuvenating literal Sabbath, from sundown Friday until sundown Saturday
                    • Delicious home-cooked meals, in an intimate setting
                    • Great connection with old and new friends
                    • Amazing harp music – live and in-person!
                    • Times of input, plus silence and reflection
                    • Creative activities to keep minds focussed, and hands busy
                    • A trip to the beach to explore and reflect
                    • Private counselling and prayer opportunities
                    • A real sense of God’s SHELTER in this busy world

                    Denise and Jenny are available to run similar women’s retreats in other parts of Tasmania.

                    To express interest please contact Jenny at empowher@tasbaptists.org.au

                    What’s Coming Up?

                    Pig Island Walk, Latrobe

                    Northwestern Event

                    10:30am Saturday 17th September
                    Pig Island Walk with EmpowHer, Sept 2022

                    Invite Others! Download Brochure

                    Join a friendly leisurely walk at Pig Island Latrobe on the Mersey River.

                    Continue with coffee at at Monclair of Latrobe and Madame M Cafe.

                    All women welcome!

                    RSVP or MORE INFO:

                    Gabrielle – 0421 434 138

                    International Women’s Day of Prayer

                    Late October/Early November 2022

                    This year there will be Day of Prayer events held in the north, northwest and south of Tasmnia as we pray toether and raise funds for Baptist women working on some amazing projects in developing countries.

                    Subscribe to HEARTLANDS to find out details of these events as they come to hand!


                    Cosy Cuppa, Chat & Craft

                    Northern Event – NOW OVER!

                    2:30PM, SUNday 31st JULY 2022

                    Invite Others! Download brochure

                    Come along for a cuppa and craft at Westbury Baptist for a relaxed afternoon together.

                    We will be joined by special guests Maria Hutchison (Newstead) and Lacey Holloway (Westbury).

                    RSVP or MORE INFO:

                    Jenna – 0488 330 390; Belinda – 0408 267 188 | Or via our Facebook group: EmpowHer (North)


                    Action for You

                    Invite someone along

                    Have you noticed that not everyone is back yet?

                    Winter walk at the beach
                    We all need each other!

                    Post-Covid hesitancy is a thing. Maybe it’s because people are reluctant to move out of their houses and safe spaces. Or maybe we got used to managing on our own.

                    Whatever the reason, it’s true to say we all need each other. Being part of a community is critical to good mental and emotional health.

                    Whether or not you are wary about getting back into circulation, why not ask a friend to come with you? That could be as simple as going for a walk together on the beach, grabbing a coffee at a local café, or heading off to the gym or church together.

                    Or maybe you could invite someone to one of the EmpowHer events lined up in your region.

                    It’s a good time to be the blessing!


                    God’s Whisper

                    It’s so easy to think up your own answer to a problem. Instead, remember to listen for God’s still, quiet voice.

                    By Jenny Baxter

                    Too many people and not enough food!
                    How many times have you been caught in that situation? I have to admit, I’ve been there a few times. Tiny servings of apple crumble, and thinned-down pumpkin soup have featured on my table, much to my horror.

                    Read More >


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