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    Church Pastor Wanted

    Part-time Pastor wanted at Gateway Baptist, Launceston 

    Gateway Baptist Church is seeking a pastor to begin in August 2024.
    The position is for 20 hours per week with the responsibility of leading the church through organising Sunday meetings, preaching the Word, prayerfully advising the Church Council on all aspects of church life, pastoring the congregation, overseeing ministries within the church and liaising with Tas Baptists.  

    The church is blessed with several people who are able to assist the pastor with preaching and other leadership duties. This congregation of approximately 40 adults needs a leader who will encourage and shepherd them as they reach out to the unsaved people of Launceston and its surrounds. 

    The church is strongly Bible-based with morning and evening services offered. It is mission-minded, with not only overseas work being undertaken in Thailand and Haiti, but also local missions in the areas of supporting the homeless, prison fellowship, courts chaplaincy, arts & craft experiences and Baptist Basketball. At present, the church doesn’t have a youth group but has a Sunday School of 6-8 primary-aged children.

    A Church with a Heart for People

    This church which has a rich history has been around for almost 150 years and is a ‘church in the heart of the city with a heart for its people’, being centrally located in Launceston. It has a multi-million dollar campus, comprising a wonderful traditional cathedral-style auditorium, church hall which currently functions as an art gallery and features an industrial kitchen with six upstairs rooms, an old stables area which has been converted to a Sunday School and Youth Ministry area and a former old hotel beside the main building which is leased to a Christian welfare organisation called Shekinah House.  

    A Nepali Christian Fellowship of approximately 35 people is also incorporated in Gateway Launceston. They have their own pastoral leader and hold their meetings on Saturday mornings.  

    For more information contact Ps Noel Eagling 0447 555 335 or by email at noeleagling@gmail.com or contact Jeremy van Engen, Council Chair on 0439 386 459 or by email at spud_digger@hotmail.com 

    GATEWAY BAPTIST Launceston Tasmania

    Fostering Hope Mentoring Program

    Training Day on Saturday, 4 May

    Fostering Hope is a community organisation whose work comes from the teachings of Jesus in the bible to visit and care for orphans and widows; to put the lonely in families, to love the fatherless, to care for children, and to love neighbours.  

    Through their Mentoring Program, Fostering Hope seeks to provide a “friend with purpose” for kids in care. If you want to make a difference to kids lives through mentoring, Fostering Hope can equip you with training, connect you with a child and provide you with ongoing support as you mentor. In just a few hours a month, you can significantly impact the life of a child in care for the better. 

    Register here for the next Fostering Hope Training Day on Saturday, 4 May in Launceston, from 10am-4pm.

    Sessions are provided for free and offer morning/afternoon tea and lunch.

    To find out more about mentoring, check out Fostering Hope’s website or watch this short video that explains mentoring here. You can also share this printable flyer with your church and friends.

    Contact Anthea Maynard for more information at anthea@fosteringhope.net.au or scan the QR code below.

    Fostering Hope Mentor Training Day info

    Job Opportunity

    Spiritual Care Coordinator RAC & RL Karingal 

    Baptcare is looking for an experienced, articulate and competent Spiritual Care Professional to work as part of the staff team at Karingal Residential Aged Care, Residential Living and Orana Community in Devonport, Tasmania.      

    This position is part time (four days a week).   

    Baptcare is a purpose driven and faith-based organisation that provide residential and community care for older people and support to children, families, and people with disability, financially disadvantaged people and people seeking asylum. 

    For more information visit Baptcare’s website.


    Tas Baptists Mid-Year Assembly

    Saturday, 11 May 

    The Tas Baptists May Assembly is coming up very fast! Have you registered your church yet? Assembly is a time for encouragement and gathering as a community. Assembly papers have gone out to Church Secretaries this week via email. 

    WHEN: Saturday 11th May at Riverlands Longford 
    COST: Morning tea and Lunch TBC 

    Tasmanian Baptist churches are eligible to have at least two voting delegates in attendance, plus pastors and Tas Baptist Council Members. An additional delegate is eligible to come for churches with more than 50 active members. Others interested in coming are welcome to attend as non-delegates; however, all attendees do need to register. 

    Registrations are due by email to Anna-Maree@tasbaptists.org.au at the Tasmanian Baptist office by COB Friday 3 May. 

    ANNUAL ASSEMBLY 2023

    Baptist Mission Month

    May 2024

    May Mission Month is coming soon… And this year, the theme is Mending! No matter where we are, we can join God in mending a beautiful, broken world. We don’t bring healing in our strength—we are co-menders with God in Jesus Christ, our Healer and Savior. Let’s unite in partnership with Baptist Mission Australia‘s intercultural teams and get excited about all that God is doing through His people in neighbourhoods near and far. We can only do it together! Explore all the resources: 

    Image for Baptist Mission Australia May Mission Month 2024

    Earth Day 2024

    Earth Day is held each year on April 22. First held on April 22, 1970, it now includes a wide range of events coordinated globally. This year’s official theme is “Planet vs. Plastics.”

    As Tas Baptists, reminding each other about Earth Day is an opportunity for us to demonstrate our support for protecting our environment and this beautiful home of ours in Tasmania – as good stewards of the land!


    Living with Loss seminar

    One-day seminar on ‘Living with Loss’

    New Mornings is hosting a one-day seminar on ‘Living with Loss’ on Saturday, 20 April, 9.30AM – 3.00PM at the Gnomon Pavillion – Wharf Precinct, Wharf Rd, Ulverstone. 

    The seminar is for community members and professionals to understand mental health and grief-related challenges. Attendees will learn strategies to support those living with loss. The training aims to offer community support, education, hope and encouragement.  

    Keynote speakers include local psychologist, Tracey Martin-Cole, and well-known Tasmanian restaurateur, mental health advocate and baby-loss mum, Bianca Welsh.   

    Register on  Eventbrite or contact Prue Arnot, Grief Support Coordinator, New Mornings on 0492 232 363 or 6411 6212.  New Mornings is a not for profit, mental health service supporting Northwest Tasmania.

    Peacemaking Amidst Conflict 

    Rev. Dr Yohanna Katanacho speaks on a Palestinian Theology of Peacemaking

    Langham Partnership Australia is presenting a unique opportunity to hear from Rev. Dr Yohanna Katanacho speak on a Palestinian theology of peacemaking amidst conflict. 

    Yohanna is an evangelical theologian living in the heart of the current Israeli-Gaza conflict. He is from Nazareth Evangelical College and is a Langham Scholar and the author of Praying Through the Psalms and Reading the Gospel of John Through Palestinian Eyes. 
     
    Yohanna will share important insights to help people pray for the situation in Israel/Palestine at two separate meetings. 
     
    MELBOURNE 
    6.30pm on Wednesday 8 May at Ridley College 
    170 The Avenue, Parkville.  
    This event is also being live-streamed so anyone can join in. 
    Register HERE for the Melbourne event or livestream. 
     
    SYDNEY 
    Hear Yohanna and also enjoy dessert and coffee. 
    7.30pm on Friday 10 May at Scots Church, 44 Margaret St Sydney. The Church is right next to Wynyard train station, and parking stations are also nearby. 
    Cost $40 
    Register HERE for the Sydney event. 

    For more information visit the Langham website 


    Baptcare visits Citywide

    Baptcare highlights its community service work in Tasmania 

    Community service organisation Baptcare spoke at Citywide church recently about their work in Tasmania. Baptcare introduced their foster care, youth and mental health programs, and started a conversation about how people might contribute to their work in Tasmania. 

    Watch their presentation here:

    Baptcare’s foundations can be traced back to Victoria in 1945 when a group of Baptist women joined together to raise £4,000 in a time of war to open Australia’s first Baptist home for older people.  

    The work established the Strathalan aged care residence, which has grown into a thriving community that continues today.  

    It’s this missional spirit from local Baptist communities that founded the local services in Tasmania and has become part of Baptcare of today. Baptcare has over 300 staff in the state working across family and young people, mental health and disability programs as well as an aged care facility, social and in-home care support that operates out of Devonport. 

    Baptcare’s mission is partnering for fullness of life with people of all ages, cultures, beliefs and circumstances and vision of creating communities where every person is cherished.

    This mission has seen thousands of vulnerable people supported since Baptcare started in the state nearly 15 years ago. The organisaion also hopes to be able to set up a volunteering program in the near future to reduce social isolation of people suffering from mental ill-health. 

    One rewarding way to support young people is by becoming a respite or foster carer through Baptcare.

    Find out more on their website or email fostercareTAS@baptcare.org.au or to speak to Rachel on 0417 196 605. 


    BCSANT ‘walking together’

    Baptist Churches SA & NT launches new name and logo

    Baptists across South Australia and the Northern Territory are walking together into the future as one association, Baptist Churches of South Australia and the Northern Territory. 

    This amalgamation follows decisions from the respective Assemblies of Baptist Churches of South Australia and Baptist Union of the Northern Territory late last year to formally bring the two organisations together. Our two associations had worked together in partnership since 2010. 

    Having overseen the process, our Director of Ministries, Melinda Cousins, is excited by the opportunities at hand. 

    “We have much to learn from one another as we walk together, with our shared heart that more people might come to know Jesus, and that each local church will be better supported and equipped to follow Him in their unique context.” 

    Check out their new website or watch this video:


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      BibleProject Resources

      BibleProject creates free resources to help people experience the Bible. Everything they make is funded by generous supporters around the world. The entire library of videos, podcasts, classes, and other resources are available at bibleproject.com.  

      Their most recent production is a 10-part series on Jesus’ teachings on the Sermon on the Mount, available to watch on Youtube.  

      Subscribe to the channel for more explainer videos about the Bible. They currently have over 4 million subscribers already!

      Register for Foundations

      Foundations is a path toward the unique calling that God has on your life, equipping you to live the deep truth of Christian faith in every area of your life. 

      The course runs on Wednesdays from Wed, 1 May to Wed, 14 Aug.
      Choose either a day course at Hobart Baptist (12:00pm to 2:30pm) or an evening course at Citywide Mornington (7-9:30pm).  

      The two courses will combine for two Saturday sessions on the 1 June (9:30 – 4:30) and 6 July (9:30 – 7:30) 

      The whole course works together to produce a deep understanding of a practical Christian worldview. 

      You will receive specific skills in a range of areas including: 

      – Managing complicated relationships
      – Knowing God’s will  
      – Building healthy teams
      – Developing life-giving habits
      – Finding your place in leadership
      – Sharing your Faith
      – Understanding the revolutionary big picture of the bible  
      – Love and Sexuality
      – Listening  
      – Community
      – Development and Transformation

      Cost of $50 includes refreshments, meals on the Saturdays, and a Foundations manual.  

      Register now  

      Citywide Easter Exhibition

      Monday, 18 March to Friday, 26 April 

      A series of drawings by artist Michael Henderson have been installed in Citywide Baptist Church, Hobart, for Easter 2024. 

      The work is titled, We only remember history in the present moment. The four drawings are a part of a larger series of 16 charcoal drawings. All together they describe contemporary life through stories from Christian Scripture.

      The drawings are not intended to illustrate certain scriptures, or tell the story of the whole Bible, but they draw inspiration from biblical stories and place an experience in a contemporary setting. They blur the line between history and the present moment, intending for the viewer to think about their own life. 

      Most of the drawings are 1.2m square. The 3 of the crucifixion are 1.4m square. The 16 drawings combine for an overall length of 20m.

      The Drawings

      The second drawing above describes Jesus being crucified, with the two either side describing Peter and Judas’s response to Jesus’ crucifixion. This series of 3 is where the whole series started for me. I wanted to describe both Peter and Judas turning their back on Jesus, and then both of them responding to what they had done. 

      The fourth drawing above is of Mary hugging Jesus, and focuses on Mary’s joy at seeing Jesus again, rather than describe an event around the resurrection. 

      The drawings have been exhibited in many places, including St. Francis Xavier’s Catholic Cathedral in Adelaide, as part of the 2017 Adelaide Fringe Festival, and in churches and exhibition spaces around Australia. Michael’s work is held in private and public collections; he was a finalist in the 66th Blake Prize (2021).

      The exhibition runs from the Monday, 18 March to Friday, 26 April 2024 at 400 Cambridge Road, Mornington, Tasmania. 

      Art can be viewed daily Monday to Saturday.
      From 9:00am to 8:00pm, Monday to Friday, 9:00am to 1:00pm Saturday and Sunday. 

      See all 16 drawings online here.


      The Bob Curè Exhibition Space

      Matt Garvin and Dan Evenhuis explained more about the motivation behind Citywide’s exhibition space. 

      “As we approach Easter, we wanted to have an exhibition that would help those passing by reflect on Jesus and his sacrifice. We have around 2,000 people walking through our foyer each week,” said Dan Evenhuis, Executive Pastor at Citywide

      “Citywide’s Mornington Campus has housed the Bob Curé Exhibition Space in its foyer since 2019. Through the exhibition space, we have been able to support many local artists, photographers and craft-makers as they share their creative thoughts and skills,” he said. 

      Matt Garvin, Senior Pastor at the church, said he was grateful to have Michael’s art which communicates the message of Easter over these few weeks.

      “The Bob Curè exhibition space is our way to encourage Christians to express their creativity,” he said. 

      Launceston Alive Easter Festival

      Thu 28 – Sun 31 Mar  

      Launceston Alive is an annual Easter community festival of thought, music and art held throughout Launceston over the Easter weekend at one of the following planned events. Karl Fasse, Colin Buchanan and other performing artists will offer stories of faith. 

      Thursday, 28 March at 9:00am – Leaders workshop with Karl Faase at Legana Christian Church, 1 Gerrard Cl, Legana.

      Friday, 29 March at 6:00pm – The 2024 Unearthed Event will unearth stories of faith with Karl Faase and Colin Buchannan. There will be music and entertainment by Colin Buchanan and Jade Steg; a remarkable story of faith and courage from Bernadette Black; Karl Faase will speak about the stories of faith that have shaped our nation. All are welcome, just come along at Door Of Hope Church, 50 Glen Dhu St, South Launceston. The event is free.

      Saturday, 30 March, 11:00am – 2:00pm – The Children and Families Festival is especially for children, young people and their families. Performers include Colin Buchannan, Bronte Ferguson, Azahlia Dingemanse and Caitlyn Duffy. at at Riverbend Park, Launceston.

      Sunday, 31 March, 5:00pm – Combined Churches Easter service with Karl Faase at Door Of Hope, 50 Glen Dhu St, South Launceston.

      Launceston Easter Alive

      Faith Impact Audit

      NAYBA Audit Presentation

      On Thursday 7 March, Stephen and Jenny Baxter attended a presentation for the results of the NAYBA Impact Audit of Tasmania. This is the first statewide audit of its kind conducted and reflects the work being done by people of faith. 

      The final audit report includes the following statistics on Tasmania: 
      – 284 community service activities 
      – 209,057 people served in the last year 
      – $70,841,878 social value impact to the State of Tasmania each year. 

      Stephen hosts a panel at the Grace Centre Rokeby. From left, Councillor Brendan Blomeley (Mayor of the City of Clarence), John Kamara (Tasmanian Australian of the Year 2024) and Aimen Jafri (Chair of the Multicultural Council of Tasmania).

      New Book Available

      Tasmanian Baptist History 

      This is the ninth book on Tasmanian Baptist History by Laurence F Rowston. It looks at the beginnings of sixteen of our Baptist Churches in Tasmania commencing about 1880.

      The churches are Bracknell, Blackwood Creek, Burnie, Deloraine, Devonport, Hobart, Latrobe, Launceston, Longford, Perth, Sheffield, Smithton, Ulverstone, Wynyard and Yolla and also Memorial, the Henry Reed Mission Church in Launceston.

      But it is more than account of their first years.

      The book contains full biographies of their pastors, seventy-four in number from the moment they come on the scene wherever they are, to their deaths. The biographies look into their origins, their preaching and their pastoral work and the movements of the day.

      The book has more than 3,000 footnotes and contains about 230 photographs. Each chapter contains a conclusion which compares the church of those years with the churchtoday. In time a hardback hand-stitched two-volume copy will be available from the author.

      Books cost $40 plus postage (or collect from Baptist Assembly or Citywide Mornington office, 400 Cambridge Road, Mornington, TAS. Contact Dan Evenhuis on 0481 917 806  or email dan.evenhuis@citywidehobart.org.au .

      March Muster

      Why Theological Education Matters

      The Tas Baptists March Muster was held in Hobart and offered the perfect opportunity to launch the Frank W Boreham College. Andrew Corbett, of Legana Christian Fellowship, gave a detailed account of Boreham’s amazing life and ministry.

      Boreham moved to Australia in 1906 to pastor at Hobart Baptist Church. He wrote 46 books (many receiving wide international acclaim) and over 3,000 weekly editorials for the Hobart Mercury between 1912 and 1959.  

      Alongside the launch of the college, the Muster focused on professional development. David Williams from Taylor Baptist College, Edmonton, Canada (and Kairos University) and Darrell Jackson, interim principal of Whitley College in Victoria spoke on the topic. 

      Darrell answered the question, “Was Jesus a theological educator?” while David reflected on “Why theological education matters”. 

      As the first Muster for the year, time together was an opportunity for fellowship, learning and encouragement. This included a long table dinner together at HBC’s new Esteem Cafe.

      Following the Muster,  David Williams travelled to all three regions to discuss with other Baptists what further theological education can look like, from diploma to doctorate. In particular, he outlined the Kairos subscription-based education model of learning that surrounds students with a team of mentors who, together, determine the student’s education and formation pathway.   

      Stephen Baxter launches Frank W. Boreham College at March Muster.
      Long Table at march Muster 2024
      Long table dinner at Hobart Baptist Church during the March Muster.

      Candidate Forums 

      Meet your Local Candidate 

      In the lead up to the State election, churches are working together to host election candidate forums. The forums will be held in each electorate in preparation for the upcoming State election. Each forum will include set questions on issues of concern to Christians, and time for questions from the floor. Most events will be live streamed or recorded, for those who cannot make it.

      This is a great opportunity to meet local candidates, ask questions and hear from them on issues that you care about. 

      Find more information online meetyourcandidates.org.au 

      Crossover

      2024 Australian Baptist Easter Offering

      The Australian Baptist Easter Offering by Crossover is a thousand churches combining to express our gratitude for Jesus and to invest in sharing him with others.  

      The offering supports Crossover – a national Baptist ministry that provides resources, training and encouragement to help Australian Baptists share Jesus with their friends and neighbourhoods. They offer all churches free-to-use Easter resources. 

      To see all their resources or join their mailing list, visit the Crossover website

      Crossover runs entirely on the donations of people like us – so let’s support generously as we’re able. Donations can also be made directly at crossover.org.au 

      Re-Imagine  

      Combined Gathering 

      Re-Imagine is a combined gathering that aims to create a safe space for people to wrestle with faith, ask questions, and explore the journey of following Jesus. The gathering is organised by young adults from different churches, aged 18+ and is open to anyone interested.
      Meets fortnightly at 157 St John St (St Johns middle building) on Tuesdays at 6pm for dinner and discussion with the next meeting on Tuesday, 12 March. 

      Find more details on Facebook.

      Samaritan’s Purse

      Shoebox Numbers Are In! 

      Samaritan’s Purse announced this week that 11.3 million shoeboxes were packed worldwide during last year’s Operation Christmas Child collection season (2023). That means millions of children will now hear the Gospel of Jesus Christ and be discipled in 2024!

      read stories of the incredible impact a simple shoebox gift is having around the world, visit their website. 

      Seeing and sharing the impact of this work is a great way to honour everyone in the TasBaptist community who has packed shoeboxes and partnered with Samaritan’s Purse over the years.  

      Being Human Webinar

      What does it mean to be human?

      Karl Faase will be joined by Jo Frost to look at the question, What does it mean to be human. Jo Frost is Author of the book and video series, ‘Being Human’ and will grapple with the idea of what it is to view the world through the Being Human lens. She will consider questions such as What is Jesus on about when he offers us ‘life to the full’? And look at the cultural stories are shaping our identity. Also, what makes humanity unique and what is the invitation that God extends? 

      On Tuesday, 12 March 2024 at 7pm  

      RESERVE YOUR TICKET 

      Trauma Recovery Course

      Reboot Trauma Recovery

      This three-day, faith-based course is focused on healing from trauma.  While aimed at Service-related trauma, REBOOT courses are being offered to the wider community suffering from all forms of trauma. This includes victims of crime, DV, childhood trauma, disability, grief and ongoing illness.
      One veteran on average dies by suicide every 2 weeks, making suicide amongst our service community is at an epidemic.

      Free to attend. Childcare is not available. For more info contact Andy & Zoe Cullen: 0420 462 845 or email: info@rebootau.org

      From Wednesday 13, March to Friday, 15 March
      9am to 2pm
      (Graduation Ceremony on Friday night, 6pm – 8pm)  

      At Wrest Point Hotel Hobart, Drysdale Room – 410 Sandy Bay Road, Sandy Bay 

      REGISTER ONLINE

      Heartlands Summer 2024 – out now

      By Women, for Women

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

      Read more…

      Heartlands News

      New College Roadshow

      Frank W Boreham College launch

      Tas Baptists launched the new Frank W Boreham College on 5 March at Hobart Baptist Church.  The college will provide ministry and theological education, training, and reflection for our pastors, leaders, and members across Tasmania. This means Tasmanian Baptists now have the capacity to provide qualified training within the State.

      The new college is made possible by a partnership with both Kairos and Whitley.

      David will visit the state in early March and travel to all three regions to discuss what further theological education can look like, from diploma to doctorate. He will explain the Kairos subscription-based education model of learning. This model surrounds each student with a team of mentors who, along with the student, determine the student’s education and formation pathway.   

      The following informal evenings are open to anyone. 

      • Wednesday 6 March 7.30pm at Hobart Baptist Church
        Hosted by Stephen Baxter, 0417 313 273  
      • Thursday 7 March 7.30pm at Newstead Baptist Church
        Hosted by Dan Hutchison, 0457 765 907  
      • Friday 8 March 7.30pm at Burnie Baptist Church
        Hosted by Matty Coppin, 9484 064 490  

      Please contact Stephen, Dan, or Matty, ASAP if you plan to attend. 

      Hear about the Kairos subscription-based education model of learning

      Workshop for churches on CYSOF

      New Child and Youth Safe Organisation Framework legislation 

      Olive Road and Fostering Hope are running a workshop on Child and Youth Safe Organisation Framework (CYSOF) legislation. 

      The workshop is on Thursday, the 14 March 2024 at the Grace Centre, Rokeby,  from 9.30pm to 2.30pm. 

      The workshop will provide an opportunity for attendees to grapple with the new CYSOF legislation and to share resources and ideas to develop the required policies and processes that will ensure ongoing compliance with the new Framework.   

      Anyone from not-for-profit organisations and churches in Hobart would benefit from this workshop to gain a better understanding of the new legislation. This includes the new Reportable Conduct Scheme and new strict timeframes on reporting to the regulator. The workshop will also focus on how organisations or churches might comply with the ten Child and Youth Safe Standards.   

      If you, or someone within your organisation or church, are keen to attend, or if a weekend or evening session would suit better, contact Mary Blake, Exec. Officer, Fostering Hope on m. 0423 365 988 or email mary@fosteringhope.net.au.

      There’s more information about the Child and Youth Safe Organisations Framework here

      Kids playing outside
      Working for a Child and Youth Safe Organisation

      Gaza Crisis Update

      From Baptist World Aid Australia

      Around 1.9 million people in Gaza have been displaced since the war started three months ago, when Hamas launched a terrorist attack on innocent civilians in Israel. 

      People are sheltering in overcrowded school buildings, churches, and medical centres; some are even pitching tents on the street. This has left families vulnerable as winter hits, with temperatures dropping down to 10 degrees at night. 

      Also, Gaza is experiencing a healthcare crisis.  

      Baptist World Aid Partners in the region are distributing aid to families, including medical items, medicines, hygiene kits, mattresses and blankets, and food packages. They are also continuing to provide medical supplies and other essentials to families in the West Bank and Lebanon, where civil unrest and violent attacks are rising.  

      Read this lament written late last year as preparation to pray for protection and relief for families in the Middle East.  

      If you’d like to consider giving, visit Baptist World Aid here. 

      Gaza war damage photo by Mohamad Zaanoun, International Health Partners
      Gaza war damage photo by Mohamad Zaanoun, International Health Partners

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        Being Human Webinar

        What does it mean to be human?

        In this webinar, Karl Faase is being joined by Jo Frost to look at the question, What does it mean to be human. Jo Frost is Author of the book and video series, ‘Being Human’ and will grapple with the idea of what it is to view the world through the Being Human lens. She will consider questions such as What is Jesus on about when he offers us ‘life to the full’? And look at the cultural stories are shaping our identity. Also, what makes humanity unique and what is the invitation that God extends? 

        On Tuesday, 12 March 2024 at 7pm  

        RESERVE YOUR TICKET 

        Trauma Recovery Course

        Reboot Trauma Recovery

        This three-day, faith-based course is focused on healing from trauma.  While aimed at Service-related trauma, REBOOT courses are being offered to the wider community suffering from all forms of trauma. This includes victims of crime, DV, childhood trauma, disability, grief and ongoing illness.
        One veteran on average dies by suicide every 2 weeks, making suicide amongst our service community is at an epidemic.

        Free to attend. Childcare is not available. For more info contact Andy & Zoe Cullen: 0420 462 845 or email: info@rebootau.org

        From Wednesday 13, March to Friday, 15 March
        9am to 2pm
        (Graduation Ceremony on Friday night, 6pm – 8pm)  

        At Wrest Point Hotel Hobart, Drysdale Room – 410 Sandy Bay Road, Sandy Bay 

        REGISTER ONLINE

        Heartlands Summer 2024 – out now

        By Women, for Women

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

        Read more…

        Heartlands News

        New College Roadshow

        Frank W Boreham College launch

        The Frank W Boreham College will be launched on 5 March at Hobart Baptist Church.  It will provide ministry and theological education, training, and reflection for our pastors, leaders, and members across Tasmania. Realising this exciting vision means Tasmanian Baptists now have the capacity to provide qualified training within the State.

        The new college is made possible by a partnership with both Kairos and Whitley.

        David will visit the state in early March and travel to all three regions to discuss what further theological education can look like, from diploma to doctorate. He will explain the Kairos subscription-based education model of learning. This model surrounds each student with a team of mentors who, along with the student, determine the student’s education and formation pathway.   

        The following informal evenings are open to anyone. 

        • Wednesday 6 March 7.30pm at Hobart Baptist Church
          Hosted by Stephen Baxter, 0417 313 273  
        • Thursday 7 March 7.30pm at Newstead Baptist Church
          Hosted by Dan Hutchison, 0457 765 907  
        • Friday 8 March 7.30pm at Burnie Baptist Church
          Hosted by Matty Coppin, 9484 064 490  

        Please contact Stephen, Dan, or Matty, ASAP if you plan to attend. 

        Hear about the Kairos subscription-based education model of learning

        Have you thought of Mentoring?  

        Fostering Hope Info Session for Mentoring

        Interested in being a mentor for a child growing up in foster care?
        Do you know someone in your church community who would be a great mentor?  
        Fostering Hope is a Tasmanian Christian organisation caring for children growing up in out-of-home care (foster and kinship care) and currently has children waiting for mentors. 

        Mentoring online information session: Tuesday, 27 February at 12:00pm.  

        This short movie explains how mentoring can make a difference and could be perfect to show at your Sunday service or small group meeting.   

        The Mentoring Program is for children growing up in care. The program recruits, trains, screens and then matches Christian mentors with a child.  

        For children growing up in care, there are lots of adults in their life who are paid to be there. Mentors are someone who chooses to turn up and be there for a child regardless of what’s gone on for them. It is powerful for both the child and the mentor.  

        Every relationship is designed around the child and mentor. The regular time commitment is dependent on the mentor’s availability.  

        Upcoming training days are Saturday, 2 March in Launceston and Saturday, 16 March in Hobart.

        Register online here  or email mentoring@fosteringhope.net.au if you have questions.  

        Interested in being a mentor for a child growing up in foster care?

        City Prayer

        Church Together Prayer Meetings for Hobart

        Church Together invites all Christians to attend their monthly prayer meetings for the city in 2024. 

        Upcoming Church Together prayer meetings for 2024:  
        – 28 February at Hobart City Church of Christ (8 Goulburn St, Hobart) 
        – 27 March at Hobart Baptist Church (282 Elizabeth St, Nth Hobart) 

        Arrive at 7.15am for a 7.30am start. Finishes at 8.30am.  

        Prayer meetings will continue throughout 2024 on the last Wednesday of the month. Contact Sharyn Hill on 0409 855 880 or email info@churchtogethertasmania.com 

        Plan to pray and gather together as His Church across Hobart

        Workshop for churches on CYSOF

        New Child and Youth Safe Organisation Framework legislation 

        Olive Road and Fostering Hope are running a workshop on Child and Youth Safe Organisation Framework (CYSOF) legislation. 

        The workshop is on Thursday, the 14 March 2024 at the Grace Centre, Rokeby,  from 9.30pm to 2.30pm. 

        The workshop will provide an opportunity for attendees to grapple with the new CYSOF legislation and to share resources and ideas to develop the required policies and processes that will ensure ongoing compliance with the new Framework.   

        Anyone from not-for-profit organisations and churches in Hobart would benefit from this workshop to gain a better understanding of the new legislation.

        Time will be given to the new Reportable Conduct Scheme and new strict timeframes on reporting to the regulator. The workshop will also focus on how organisations or churches might comply with the ten Child and Youth Safe Standards.   

        If you, or someone within your organisation or church, are keen to attend, or if a weekend or evening session would suit better, contact Mary Blake, Exec. Officer, Fostering Hope on m. 0423 365 988 or email mary@fosteringhope.net.au.

        There’s more information about the Child and Youth Safe Organisations Framework here

        Kids playing outside
        Working for a Child and Youth Safe Organisation

        Gaza Crisis Update

        From Baptist World Aid Australia

        Around 1.9 million people in Gaza have been displaced since the war started three months ago, when Hamas launched a terrorist attack on innocent civilians in Israel. 

        People are sheltering in overcrowded school buildings, churches, and medical centres; some are even pitching tents on the street. This has left families vulnerable as winter hits, with temperatures dropping down to 10 degrees at night. 

        Gaza is also experiencing a healthcare crisis.  

        Baptist World Aid Partners in the region are distributing aid to families, including medical items, medicines, hygiene kits, mattresses and blankets, and food packages. They are also continuing to provide medical supplies and other essentials to families in the West Bank and Lebanon, where civil unrest and violent attacks are rising.  

        Here is a lament written late last year as preparation to pray for protection and relief for families in the Middle East.  

        If you’d like to consider giving, visit Baptist World Aid here. 

        Gaza war damage photo by Mohamad Zaanoun, International Health Partners
        Gaza war damage photo by Mohamad Zaanoun, International Health Partners

        New Pastor Welcome

        Matu Christian Church welcome Rev Kosen

        Rev. Maddy Svoboda from Summerhill Baptist welcomed Mr Kosen to Matu Christian Church on Sunday, 4 February.

        Matu Christian Church meet every Sunday afternoon at Newstead Baptist Church at 2pm. 

        Free One-Day Workshop

        S.A.N.C.T.U.A.R.Y approach to family violence

        The Anglican Diocese of Tasmania is offering a free one-day workshop for Church Leaders and Pastoral Carers. The S.A.N.C.T.U.A.R.Y approach to domestic violence is a guide for churches that offers a theologically-informed lens on domestic violence and how individual churches can create safe spaces for women and children who have experienced domestic violence.  

        The intention and prayer of the workshop is that Tasmanian churches reflect God’s care for the abused and vulnerable and that churches be places of safety.  

        S.A.N.C.T.U.A.R.Y Sanctuary logo

        The S.A.N.C.T.U.A.R.Y training can be taken either an person or online and is open to church leaders and pastoral carers from any denomination for use within the local church context. All training materials will be available to those who attend. 

        The workshop is on Saturday, 17 February 2024 at Wellspring Anglican Church, Hobart or online on Saturday, 2 March 2024.  

        Both workshops run from 9:30am to 3pm and include: 
        – Comprehensive information relating to domestic violence 
        – Tactics used by abusers 
        – Impact of family violence on children: brain development, trauma etc. 
        – Spiritual abuse and misuse of scripture to justify or maintain coercive control 
        – Potential theological blockages to reporting domestic abuse 
        – Theology and Biblical messages of love, justice, respect & equality 
        – Exploring what Sanctuary might look like in your church. 

        Ann Herbert is facilitating the workshops. An experienced facilitator and Elder at Citywide Baptist Church, Ann leads Citywide Baptist’s Sanctuary Care ministry. She has previously managed the Social Policy Unit in the Tasmanian Government Department of Premier and Cabinet and oversaw implementation of a wide range of social policies, including the Tasmanian Government’s Family Violence Action Plan. 

        Register here or for more information contact Kristy Crouch on 0403 957 106 or email kristy.crouch@gmail.com

        Tasmanian Baptist Calendar 2024 

        EVENTDATE
        Tasmanian Baptist Council24 February
        Pastors and Leaders Muster (Hobart)5-6 March
        Launch of Frank W. Boreham College5 March
        Roadshow (North)7 March
        Roadshow (Northwest)8 March
        Mid-Year Assembly   11 May
        Tasmanian Baptist Council15 June  
        Pastors and Leaders Muster, Family-friendly (Devonport)9-11 July
        Tasmanian Baptist Council7 September
        Pastors and Leaders Muster (Launceston)10-11 September
        Annual Assembly19 October
        Tasmanian Baptist Council16 November

        Foundations Course

        Burnie Baptist hosts one week discipleship course in January

        On Sunday 21 January, Burnie Baptist church welcomed people from all over the world as they hosted a one-week discipleship course called “Foundations.”  Along with Burnie Baptist, four other Tasmanian Baptist Churches, as well as students from India, Indonesia, Japan, Brazil and Canada, joined the ‘whole-of-life’ discipleship course, which is run as either a one week intensive or 10 week course (one night a week, plus two Saturdays). The strongly Bible-based course concluded with a highly successful community festival.   Afterwards, feedback from participants was very positive. Some participants, who had been in the church for many years, said that Foundations gave them a new way of seeing both faith and mission.

        Watch our video of participant reflections here.  As a result, both Citywide Baptist and Burnie Baptist are hoping to run 10-week version of the course later this year. 

        Participating students in the ‘whole-of-life’ discipleship course.
        Participating students in the ‘whole-of-life’ discipleship course.

        SU Schools Sunday in February

        Encouraging students and school staff

        Schools Sunday in February is an excellent way to encourage Christian students and school staff members at the beginning of the year. It’s an opportunity to remember that God goes with students and teachers everyday as they attend school. The day provides churches with an opportunity to set aside time during a Sunday service in February to focus on schools and support young people and the local school community. Scripture Union runs the initiative and also provides resources to support churches as they celebrate the day. Resources are available on the SU website or in their PDF Resource Pack. Additionally, the pack provides different ideas for either a complete intergenerational Sunday service or a short segment within a regular service.  Churches can choose a date early in the school year to celebrate and encourage students and school staff members.

        Schools Sunday supports young people and the local school community.
        Schools Sunday supports young people and the local school community.

        Position Vacant

        Youth and Children’s worker wanted

        Citywide Baptist (Mornington/Lenah Valley) are searching for a Youth and Children’s worker with the ability to think outside the box, lead teams and mentor young people. Click here for details.

        Citywide are looking for someone who wants to make a difference for kids and young people.
        Citywide are looking for someone who wants to make a difference for kids and young people.

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          Support those affected by the Middle East Crisis

          Baptist World Aid are taking action. You can too.

          Baptist World Aid have activated a disaster appeal to respond to this unfolding crisis and enable local Christian Partners to provide urgent assistance to civilians affected by the conflict as soon as humanitarian corridors are open.  

          Together, we’re grieving the violence that is causing immeasurable suffering, and mourning with those whose loved ones have been killed or are being held captive. We’re distressed for the one million people who’ve been displaced, and all those innocent civilians living in fear across the region today. 

          Baptist World Aid request the help of the Baptist Family. Donations will enable local Christian Partners to provide urgent assistance to families affected by this conflict as soon as possible. 

          Appeal details. DONATE HERE > | Resources for churches are also available >

          Baptist churches across Israel and the Palestinian territories, including Gaza Baptist Church, have requested fervent prayer for peace. ‘Let us follow paths of peacemaking that unequivocally reject terrorism or any acts that target civilians,’ the Baptist World Alliance said, in a statement on behalf of churches in the region, ‘Let us generously provide help and support with the compassion of Christ.’  

          Please join us in praying for peace, hope and security for the entire region, so all can enjoy fullness of life as he intends. We’re yearning for the day the prophet Isaiah spoke of when swords will be beaten into ploughshares. (Isaiah 4:1)   


          Hiroshima Survival

          Original Documentary: Australian Veteran’s Incredible Story

          This documentary features Dennis and Laura Ludbey formerly of Ulverstone Baptist Church.


          mainly music at Westbury

          Westbury Baptist Church, mainly music

          Westbury Baptist have established mainly music in order to connect strategically with families in their local community.

          Children and their parents enjoy songs and activities together. Parents and carers discover others in their community and form friendships.

          Through the program, Westbury Baptist will have an opportunity to reveal Jesus through their interaction and engagement. Together, with the support of mainly ministries, they’ll be creating a joy-filled community of belonging.

          First time free, then $5 per family. Ages 0-4 plus parents/carers.

          Westbury Baptist Church, 53 Franklin Street, Westbury, TAS 7303

          Doors open at 9:45 and music starts at 10am, followed by morning tea and play time.

          Find out more >


          Farewell Mal Garvin

          18 November 1941 – 3 October 2023

          Family and friends were warmly invited to attend the memorial service of Mal Garvin at 11:30am on Thursday 12th October at Citywide, 400 Cambridge Rd, Mornington.

          READ: An article about the service on Thursday 12th October, including an overview of Mal’s life.
          WATCH: The entire service on YouTube.

          Mal Garvin memorial service, 11:30am Thurs 12th October 2023, Citywide Baptist Church Mornington

          Follower of Jesus, loved and loving husband of Jenny. Loved and loving father and father-in-law of Matt and Leeanne, Liz and David, Danni and Dan, Nathaniel and Renee. Proud and loved Papa of Maddi, Josh (and Jen), Dan, Sophie (and Mitch), Simeon, Anya, Zoe, Josuahm, Ollie, Bridie, Lilly and Tim.
          Friend and mentor to hundreds across the country and around the world.


          Domestic Violence Resources

          The Safer Spaces Toolkit

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

          FIND OUT MORE: Preaching tools, training sessions, videos and user guide.
          WATCH the introductory video, below

          This project started as a result of recognising domestic abuse resources were often available only by region, and there was a need to create a resource that could be accessed by any pastor anywhere, with access to the Internet.

          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.


          Compliance Reminder

          Is your church ChildSafe?

          The Safe Church deadline is fast approaching! 1st January 2024 is the date to meet all the Safe Church requirements, as set out by the Child and Youth Safe Organisations Act approved by parliament in May 2023.

          Child Safe training for Safe Churches

          Training has begun in every region of the state. If your church has not yet begun the process, you are encouraged to get onto it urgently.

          As a refresher, you could read the article by Administrator Rodney Marshall which was published in June: Safe Churches Update >

          For more information please contact:


          LifeWay comes 3rd!

          Crossover Quiz Night Results

          Australia’s Baptistist Quiz Night

          Crossover Quiz night 2023

          Well done to all the teams who participated in the online quiz night on Saturday 2nd September. A big thank you from Crossover for joining in!

          Crossover raised just over $1,100 from the night.

          Special mention to the top 3 teams: 

          1. Knightsbridge Baptist Church SA 
          2. Richmond Baptist Church SA 
          3. Lifeway Devonport Tas

          State Leaderboard:
          1. South Australia/Northern Territory
          2. Tasmania (Woohoo! Go Tasmania!)
          3. Western Australia
          4. Queensland
          5. New South Wales/ACT
          6. Victoria

          Funeral Notice

          Farewell Markus Sebastian

          1963-2023

          Friends and relatives were invited to attend the service to celebrate the life of Mr Markus Sebastian at Gateway Baptist Church 22 Wellington Street, Launceston on Friday 29th September 2023, commencing at 11 am.

          The service was conducted by Rev. Michael Eleveld, St Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, Launceston. This invitation was extended to those who knew Markus. He would have loved to see people he knew there.

          Please also be in prayer for Stephanie Sebastian (SU Tas), daughter Charlie and son Michel.


          Australian Christian Book Awards 2023

          The Australian Christian Literature Awards encourage Christian writing and publishing that helps people discover Jesus in a way that is authentic and culturally meaningful. The SparkLit Awards recognise and encourage excellence in Australian Christian writing and publishing.

          Held recently in Melbourne, the awards revealed some amazing writers along with their books. Check out the shortlisted books as well, because they also produced some gems. (Maybe there’s some Christmas shopping in the wind today?)

          WINNER! Australian Christian Book of the Year 2023

          Biblical Critical Theory: How the Bible’s Unfolding Story Makes Sense of Modern Life and Culture by Christopher Watkin
          A philosopher uses the Bible to analyse and interpret contemporary Western culture.

          Australian Christian Book of the Year award winner 2023

          WINNER! Australian Christian Teen Writer 2023

          Caleb MacLaren from Victoria won the 2023 Australian Christian Teen Writer Award with his screenplay The Journey.

          In a modern twist on the Noah’s Ark story, this script follows four companions as they navigate an empty world devastated by an alien attack. 

          Australian Christian Teen Writer of the Year award winner 2023

          Fostering Hope

          Mentoring Program in Hobart

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

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

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

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

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

          Fostering Hope Mentoring Day, Hobart 14th October 2023
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          Crossover Resource

          Baptism Week Ideas Guide

          15-22 October 2023

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          Crossover Baptism Week, Oct 2023

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


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            Love your Neighbour

            NAYBA Impact Audit

            Reminder! NAYBA Impact Audit. Tas

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

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

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

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

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


            Fostering Hope

            Mentoring Program in Hobart

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

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

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

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

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

            Fostering Hope Mentoring Day, Hobart 14th October 2023

            Crossover Resource

            Baptism Week Ideas Guide

            15-22 October 2023

            National Baptism Week logo
            Crossover Baptism Week, Oct 2023

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


            Resourcing your church, Baptism Week

            Next Steps Video series

            With Karl Faase at Olive Tree Media

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

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

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

            Examples of use

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

            WATCH: NEXT STEPS trailer

            Tralier of the Next Steps video - Olive Tree media

            Celebrate with Burnie

            Induction at Burnie Baptist

            The Coppin Family

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

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

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


            Fun_raiser!

            Trivia Night at Gateway

            Time to have some fun at Gateway Baptist

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

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

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

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

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


            Baptist Mission Australia

            Jit and Jan Yawan

            Lanternlight Ministries, Thailand

            JIT AND JAN YAWAN

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

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

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

            Read More: DOWNLOAD YAWAN NEWS (1MB) >


            Staying Informed in the Asia Pacific

            APBF Digest

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

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

            August 2023 APBF Digest

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            Foster Care Sunday

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            Foster Care Sunday

            From 10 September 2023

            Mary Blake of Fostering Hope writes: “Thank you to the Tasmanian Baptist churches for their support of foster and kinship carers and the children in their homes.”

            Today, over 46,200 children in Out-of-Home Care in Australia. Sadly, the number of children removed from their families each year is increasing. At the same time, the number of Foster Carers is decreasing. Nationally, governments are struggling to recruit and retain carers.

            The Church is called to serve the most vulnerable members of our communities. Let’s celebrate and support the Foster and Kinship Carers who are living on mission. These faithful people provide loving homes for children who are unable to live with their birth family.

            We can all do something to create communities of welcome and support for carers and children with an experience of the Out-of-Home Care system.

            Foster Care Sunday
            What to do on Foster Care Sunday

            Launching on September 10th 2023, we are inviting you participate in Foster Care Sunday. This could take place on a date that works for you.

            On the day, we encourage you to:

            • SHOW the Foster Care Sunday video – 3 minutes. (https://vimeo.com/855185166)
            • CELEBRATE children in care and Foster or Kinship Carers in your congregations and communities. (Do be aware of maintaining children’s privacy for online viewing!)
            • RAISE AWARENESS of the children needing families and the important mission of Foster Care.
            • PLAY A ROLE in being a safe and supportive space for those involved in the Out-of-Home Care system.
            • INVITE a carer, worker, or someone who grew up in care or a fostering family to share their story. They could explain the sorts of things that were helpful to them.
            Find Out More

            This year for the first time, Foster Carer’s Sunday is being organised by a national network of Christian fostering organisations. You can find more information here:   www.christianfostering.com.au. The Church Pack will be available soon!

            Mary Blake

            Mary Blake is the Executive Officer of Fostering Hope in Tasmania.
            mary@fosteringhope.net.au


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            Mentoring with Fostering Hope

            Mentor training for foster kids

            Foster Care

            Fostering Hope partners with Tasmanian Baptists to help Christians provide stable families and church communities for foster children.

            Grow your Faith as a Mentor

            Are you looking for a way to live out your faith? Do you think about foster care and how you could be involved, but not sure how? Do you have time to mentor a child who needs a caring adult?

            One 15-year-old in care in Tasmania said (from Ok, so a Nest is a Home):

            “Having a supportive adult to be able to talk to [is important]. So being able to share if you’re upset, in trouble or whatever … it doesn’t really matter who they are, just as long as they have someone who is there for them.”

            This is what the Fostering Hope Mentoring Program is about. Christians voluntarily meet regularly (perhaps weekly, fortnightly or monthly) with their special mentee to do an activity together and build relationship.

            Here are two stories

            Kylie* is a mentor to Rachel, an 11-year old girl in care, they meet once a month on a Saturday afternoon and do lots of different things together.  Kylie is there for Rachel if she wants to talk about what’s going on for her or just to have fun! Kylie says:

            “I just can’t thank you enough for this opportunity. It’s great for her to have the special time, it’s great for her carers to have a little break and it’s great for me to get out and do things I wouldn’t normally do!”

            The second story is yours!

            Compassion might look foolish to the world, but it is God’s way and the way we are called to live as well.  Loving the orphan, the outcast and the widow may not be the usual way of the world, but we know it is God’s wisdom.

            Learn to do right; seek justice.
                Defend the oppressed.
            Take up the cause of the fatherless;
                plead the case of the widow.

            Isaiah 1:17 NIV)

            But sometimes we don’t know what that looks like on a practical level. We may feel a disconnect between the faith we talk about with friends and we hear about at church, and the faith that we are living each day. We see injustice and know that God’s way is compassion, but what does that mean for us?

            Living out compassion

            At Fostering Hope we want to help you work out how you can show compassion to the often outcast kids in care. This might be through becoming a mentor or a respite carer. It doesn’t need to be a burden, but like we heard in the first story, it could be an incredible joy. It also means you will no longer wonder how you can live out compassion.

            We are running a mentor training day in Launceston on Saturday the 29th of July.

            If you are interested in becoming a mentor, or know someone else who you think would be interested, we’d love to connect and have you come along to the training.

            If you have questions or want to find out more, visit our website www.fosteringhope.community or reach out to us! Ellie is in Hobart (ellie@fosteringhope.net.au) and Anthea is in Launceston (anthea@fosteringhope.net.au).

            Fostering Hope is a charity whose work comes from the Bible and the teachings of Jesus to ‘visit’ and ‘care for’ orphans and widows, to put the lonely in families, to love the fatherless, to care for children, and to love the neighbours in the communities.  

            Our vision is to reflect Christ’s love by supporting at-risk children and those who care for them

            Our vision is to reflect Christ’s love by supporting at-risk children and those who care for them. We work to raise awareness about this need, equip communities, and support foster, kinship and informal carers. One of the ways we provide wrap-around support for carers is through our mentoring program for their kids in care. We recruit, train, screen, match and support volunteer Christian mentors (like you!)

            *names changed for anonymity

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              Raising Funds for Ukraine

              YOU CAN CONTRIBUTE

              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

              FAMILY-FRIENDLY SHORT WALKS

              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

              POSITION VACANT

              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 minister@newsteadbaptist.org.au, or church secretary thelmasherriff@bigpond.com; 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

              BAPTIST WORLD AID RESPONDS

              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.  

              PLEASE PRAY FOR THE DEVASTATION IN TURKEY AND SYRIA – FOR THE PEOPLE WHOSE LIVES ARE IMPACTED, FOR THOSE WHO ARE GRIEVING, FOR CHURCHES WHO ARE ASSISTING, AND FOR INTERNATIONAL WORKERS WHO HAVE A MAMMOTH TASK AHEAD OF THEM.

              AND PRAY IF/HOW MUCH YOU CAN CONTRIBUTE TO THE BWA APPEAL

              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. 

              SUNDAY 5TH FEBRUARY 2023
              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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                Faith and the Arts Summer School

                Returning to the Hive of Inspired Creativity

                POATINA: Sunday 8th to Friday 13th January 2023

                W: faithandthearts.org.au | poatinaarts.org.au
                E: fata@poatinaarts.org.au
                M: 0425 275 013
                Registration and Pricing > (THIS could be a wonderful Christmas gift for a loved one!)

                FATA 2023 promo

                This year’s theme: Hive.

                After two years online, the annual faith and the arts school in Poatina will be held in-person!

                Whether discovering FATA for the first time or returning – you can explore how to infuse faith with art, and art with faith.

                The FATA team are praying for God’s grace on the time of encouraging, up-skilling and living in community.

                Get ready to continue your creative journey …

                The Gatherings Team are planning a spiritual and creative journey that will have attendees chewing on how, why and what we communicate, with our diverse creative languages.

                Keynote Speaker: Lucinda Coleman


                TOM and PAT

                A new book by Ivan Jordan (Yolla Baptist)

                Forward by Rev. Tim Costello AO

                Front Cover

                Tom Fleming is one of my heroes; a man who suffered under the Japanese in WW2 but turned his suffering into service of the Warlpiri people at Yuendumu. I am proud to be a Baptist Minister because of the character and witness of this spiritual giant. Ivan Jordan has given us a jewel in providing understanding of one of the most significant chapters of Christian mission in this nation’s history

                Tim Costello

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                RRP is $35 less 40% for trade, plus freight.
                 If Church groups order five or more copies, they will qualify for the 40% trade discount. Order here >

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                • Book title
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                www.hesperianpress.com | P.O. Box 317 Victoria Park W.A. 6979
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                News from Crossover

                Helping Australian Baptists Share Jesus

                News from Crossover - Streams of Living Water Spring Appeal 2022

                Whoever believes in me, as Scripture has said, rivers of living water will flow from within them

                John 7:38 (NIV)

                The recent Crossover Spring Appeal, Streams of Living Water, is a huge success! A big thank you to those who signed up to give to Crossover on an ongoing basis.

                Ask questions about supporting: crossover@baptist.org.au.

                Director of Crossover Andrew Turner (who conducted Tas Baptists’ recent leadership review) explains what the appeal is all about in this video.
                OR you could read Andrew’s letter to churches.

                The generosity of supporters gives Crossover the ability to:

                • Create new resources (like the new Christmas resource, Missing Peace?)
                • Run events (such as hosting the recent online Australian Baptist Prayer Gathering)
                • Provide encouragement to Aussie Baptists (it’s time to read the new article about young adults exploring church!)
                • And offer invaluable training (more and more churches are using the Plan A resource).

                Every dollar given is a blessing. Each donation comes closer to Crossover’s goal:

                To see our Baptist movement baptising twice as many new believers each year by the end of the decade.


                Streaming GOOD. Television

                Find out about GOOD. TV

                Australian Christian Channel have a free streaming service to provide positive entertainment options.

                In an ever-changing world it’s great to know some things do not need to change. There is so much good to look forward to, which is why the people at GOOD. are committed to providing positive entertainment options so people can always watch something they can trust and rely on.

                This is more than just a wide variety of programs. It includes a standard of viewing bringing more goodness into your life, with content to provide you with peace of mind. And will make you feel good at the same time.

                GOOD. provide quality movies, TV series, documentaries and much more. You have the choice you want, without the stress of the not-so-good stuff that you do not want for your family.

                As well, GOOD. is FREE, without any hidden costs or monthly bills.

                Check GOOD. out here > (https://watchgood.com/)


                World Women’s Day of Prayer

                Day of Prayer event at Claremont Baptist Church
                Women gathered to pray at Day of Prayer events around Tasmania

                On Saturday 22nd October, women gathered at Claremont and Ulverstone Baptist churches to pray for women around the world. They also gave funds to assist with Baptist projects in our Pacific region.

                In each location, small groups prayed for international regions about specific prayer requests. These included prayers such as:

                • Nations recovering from COVID (Carribean and Asia)
                • Domestic abuse (Pacific and Caribbean)
                • Unexpected pregnancy support programs (Latin America and Canada)
                • Shelter for victims of human trafficking (Asia/Azerbaijan)
                • Reconciliation for indigenous people (Australia and NZ)
                • Peaceful elections (Africa)

                Baptist women are doing astounding work across the globe!

                Tasmanian funds raised 2021: $560
                Tasmanian funds raised 2022: $869
                (updated)

                Day of Prayer events in Tasmania were re-started in 2021 after an underwhelming Australian response to raising funds in 2020 of only $365.

                It’s not too late to participate!
                You can pray or donate any time until the week of 13th November 2022.


                Australia’s Aid Increases

                From Micah Australia

                In the recent budget, the Government announced $1.4 billion of additional aid to our region over the next four years!

                Micah Australia welcomes these increases while continuing to call strongly for further urgent aid to help fight famine in the Horn of Africa, Afghanistan, Yemen and Syria.

                WATCH: Micah Australia’s Tim Costello (Exec. Director) and Matt Darvas (National Director) respond to the Budget from Canberra

                READ how Baptist Word Aid are helping in the fight against famine in the Horn of Africa >


                Fostering Hope

                Fostering Hope’s vision is to find a family for every child who needs one.

                Fostering Hope recruiting now!

                Tasmanian Baptists work with Fostering Hope to encourage churches and families to both provide, and support, foster carers.

                Along with recruiting new carers, Fostering Hope supports people on the journey with connection, training, pastoral care, and mentors for children. As well, they offer trauma-awareness training for churches so they can be safe places for all children and adults. 

                Currently, Fostering Hope are looking for more fostering families to offer homes for children who need them.

                There is also a need for respite carers to offer extended family and community around full-time foster and kinship families and we just don’t have the families to ask.

                Children without the protection of their parents are the most vulnerable in any community. These children need families and communities to offer them hope, healing, and a childhood free of adult stresses and full of fun. 

                If you would like to know more about Fostering Hope’s work, or have someone from the team talk at your church or run a trauma-awareness training, please get in touch. 

                Mary Dickins

                Mary Dickins
                Fostering Hope
                mary@fosteringhope.community


                Christian Book of the Year Award

                The Forest Underground: Hope for a Planet in Crisis

                SparkLit winner, Christian book of the year award, 2022

                The winner of the Christian Book of the Year Award 2022 is The Forest Underground: Hope for a Planet in Crisis, by Tony Rinaudo.

                The book tells the story of a revolution in reforestation that is transforming the lives of subsistence farmers around the world. An inspiring and irresistible story of one man’s obedience and God’s faithfulness.

                The awards are presented every year by SparkLit.org, who aim to advance God’s Kingdom by empowering Christian writers, publishers and distributors.

                FIND OUT MORE | BUY THE BOOK


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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
                FAMINE In the Horn of Africa Melissa Lipsett, CEO 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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                Stand Sunday 2022

                Stand Sunday 2022. Fostering Hope

                During September

                Stand Sunday 2022

                Fostering Hope is Tasmanian Baptists’ official foster care agency

                Stand Sunday is a way for us to all rediscover the importance that Jesus puts on caring for vulnerable children in our community.

                Individual Christians have fostered, offered kinship, and informal care for decades, but overall the church in Australia is not responding to this local need. Fostering Hope believes if the church in Australia takes seriously the call to open our homes and churches to vulnerable children, there would be more than enough homes for all the children who need one.

                Stand Sunday 2022

                Stand with Carers

                The early Church was known for its sacrificial care for widows and orphans. Can you imagine the ripple effect in our community if Christians took this seriously today and we became known as the place that offered families and communities of respect, healing, and kindness to everyone in the system?

                We all hear the negative media about child protection systems, workers, and children growing up in care, As Christians, we can step into this space to offer light and hope and point to our Heavenly Father.

                Stand Sunday is an opportunity to stand with the carers in your church or community, and to celebrate them! It is also a time to talk about the needs in Australia and ask people to consider responding.

                When is Stand Sunday?

                Stand Sunday 2022
                Fostering Hope recognises not everyone is able to be a foster carer. But we can all do something.

                Stand Sunday is an international movement. In Australia, we celebrate it on the second Sunday in September (the 11th in 2022) as it is National Child Protection Week and National Foster Carer’s Week in the first two weeks of September. So it is a great time for churches to STAND with children and their carers. However, your church is welcome to participate any Sunday in September.

                Fostering Hope recognises not everyone is able to be a foster carer. But we can all do something. You could be a mentor – Fostering Hope runs a mentoring program for children growing up in care, and connects volunteer babysitters and tutors. As well, we facilitate meals for fostering families, and run trauma-awareness training so churches can have greater understanding of children with extra needs. You may also know some carers in your local community who you could reach out to.

                What to do Next

                VISIT our YouTube channel for this year’s Stand Sunday video
                If the 2022 video isn’t there yet, it will be soon!

                CHECK OUT our website for more information: www.fosteringhope.community

                Mary Dickins

                EMAIL your questions to Mary Dickins of Fostering Hope: mary@fosteringhope.community


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                August/September 2022

                Disaster Strikes Floods in Pakistan – Baptist World Aid
                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
                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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