reCharge NEWS April 2024

ReCharge News April 2024


    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 or contact Jeremy van Engen, Council Chair on 0439 386 459 or by email at 

    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 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 at the Tasmanian Baptist office by COB Friday 3 May. 


    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. 
    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. 
    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 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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      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 (

      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.

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      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 |

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


      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

      Artway Studio and Gallery, behind Gateway Church
      22 Wellington Street

      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


      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) >

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        Geoff Maddock Visits Tassie!

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

        Geoff and Sherry Maddock
        Geoff and Sherry Maddock


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

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

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

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

        Geoff Maddock
        Baptist Mission Australia | | 0436 470 535

        Atrocities in Myanmar

        A call for prayer via Australian Baptist Ministries

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

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

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

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

        READ: Full press release >

        Riverland’s Ministries

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

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

        Grief Companion Training

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

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

        What’s Going On – Summerhill

        For more information about any of these activities please contact Maddy Svoboda:

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

        Stand with the People of Myanmar


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

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

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

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

        What’s Going on – City Baptist

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

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

        Find out more here > | City Baptist on Facebook >

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

        What’s Going on – Gateway

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

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

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

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

        Bible Study

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


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

        Walking Group

         Ladies 10am Thursday

        Baptist Basketball

        Saturday Evenings

        To enquire about any of these activities please email:

        Easter Camp at Perth

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

        Perth Baptist Easter Camp, approx date 10940s

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        What’s Going On – Newstead

        Walk this Way - Newstead Baptist
        Walk this Way 

        2-4pm first Sunday of the month

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

        Life Groups

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

        In the Community

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

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

        Alpha at Newstead Baptist Thursday nights from 1st June 2023

        To enquire about any of these activities at Newstead, please email

        Mid-Year Assembly

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

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

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


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

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

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

        CROSSOVER Easter Resources


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

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

        watch ally & sally

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        Gateway Baptist Church

        Gateway Baptist church
        Church Profile

        Gateway was once known as Memorial Baptist Church, and is one of Tasmanian Baptists’ oldest continuously used church buildings.

        Pastor Noel Eagling oversees a vibrant church which engages regularly with the local Launceston community.

        Read on for an overview of Gateway’s ministry by Linda Guy; the beginnings of Gateway as Reed Memorial Baptist Church; and the precious memories of a lifetime by Lee Campbell.

        Gateway Baptist: Jesus only, Mighty to Save


        OUR MESSAGE: Jesus Only, Mighty to Save
        OUR MISSION: In the heart of the city, with a heart for the people

        By Linda Guy

        Old church. Old people. Past our use-by date? Absolutely not!

        The current Gateway congregation is very aware and appreciative of its rich heritage in the faithfulness of previous generations. Gateway is a place of intersections: people connecting and then dispersing in service across the city, the state, the nation and the world.

        The faithful commitment to mission of those who came before, echoes into the present, and encourages us to continue the story.

        We can address our three priorities: These Walls, Within These Walls and Beyond These Walls.

        The present – where we are

        With 146 years of history behind us, where are we today? We are nowhere near the capacity of our beautiful heritage church. Many of us are not as young, or as capable, as we once were. We have just a few treasured families with young children. Our aging buildings present ongoing challenges for maintenance, and with equipping with ever-changing technology.

        We are small in number, small in resources, and limited in the manpower we can bring to ministries and projects. Yet we can address our three priorities: These Walls, Within These Walls and Beyond These Walls.

        We want to see our history echoing faithfulness through the present, and into the future.

        These Walls

        Beckie and Noel Eagling, Gateway Baptist Church
        Beckie and Noel Eagling

        Noel and Beckie Eagling, our pastors who joined us in 2019, have directed us through some changes breathing new life into our old walls.  Much needed repairs and painting by Mobile Mission Maintenance transformed our hall into an art gallery now known as Artway. Christian artists come and work in the space, and their paintings now decorate the walls.

        Visiting groups such as lacemakers, miniaturists and school students spend mornings engaged in creative activities. Evening painting sessions raise funds for missions.  A willing group of talented cooks provide lunches in this relaxed and inspiring setting. 

        There are plans to grow the Artway ministry through offering lessons. This will provide opportunities for people in the community to come and enjoy the process of creating an artwork.

        Within These Walls

        Within our walls there is warm fellowship, as people connect with, and support, each other through life’s difficulties, challenges and heartaches. The experience that comes with weathering the ups and downs of employment, and bringing up families in changing circumstances, translates to wisdom to be shared with those who are not so far through the journey.

        People are knitted together by their love for Jesus, and for each other.

        Many roles are quietly and efficiently carried out to help ministries and programs to run smoothly. Age is no barrier to continuing service or taking up new ministries. People gather in various groups for craft, or walking, or Bible study, or mentoring, or morning teas. They are knitted together by their love for Jesus, and for each other.

        Beyond These Walls

        Beyond our walls, our heart for mission is revealed.

        • We have a strong connection with a church in Thailand, forged through the sponsorship of children facilitated by Compassion.
        • A school in Haiti has commenced in the last four years through the efforts and connections of a retired couple.
        • A washing basket at the front of our church is filled with groceries that go to families with a member in prison.
        • Shoeboxes, 150 of them! were packed with donations and handmade items last year for Samaritan’s Purse.
        • Friday night markets are well received by our local community. 
        • Other people are involved with various agencies such as Barnabas Fund, City Mission, Gideons, Shekinah House, and Prison Fellowship, generously giving their time and energy to the good work of these organisations.

        Not too old to dream, we want to see our seats filled, our spaces spruced up and purposeful.

        We want to see our history echoing faithfulness through the present, and into the future.

        Linda Guy has been attending Gateway for the past 16 years and has appreciated the loving and supportive fellowship. She is a busy grandmother who enjoys retirement and currently serves on Church Council.

        Why “Reed Memorial” Church?

        Gateway Baptist - why Reed Memorial Church
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        The Church I See

        By Lee Campbell

        Looking back over the years at Gateway (formerly Memorial Baptist church), I see a church that has had a significant past in the life of Launceston and beyond.

        Our church celebrates 146 years of ministry this year, and it amazes me that God has allowed me to be a very small part of his greater picture for half of those 146 years! As an inner-city church, and due to its seating capacity, Gateway has been able to hold large, combined services, Evangelical Missions and many, many large events.

        My Father and Mother were always very involved in the ministry of the Church, as were my Grandparents. I remember my family being the first there of a Sunday morning to open the building, and the last to leave, such was the commitment. I have had the privilege of sitting under the teachings of 14 full time Ministers, and numerous interim Pastors since I was young.

        Early Memories

        Sunday School picnics at Paper Beach

        My first memory at our Church is Sunday School, held every Sunday before Church. In the 50’s and 60’s, the Sunday School was very active and even if the parents didn’t attend Church they would make sure their children went to learn about God.

        Every year there was a Sunday School Picnic at Paper Beach, a beach well known for its jellyfish! This didn’t seem to matter though, as the day was a family day, filled with all sorts of food, ginger beer, beach cricket, running races, and a small bag of boiled lollies to eat on the bus on the way home.

        Every year there was a Sunday School Picnic at Paper Beach

        A memorable annual event was the Christmas Social with games, items and of course an enormous supper consisting of homemade cream cakes, sandwiches and fresh fruit salad and cream! On the Sunday School Anniversary, the children sang and shared what they had learnt, each one decked out in a new outfit hoping for a book prize for their achievements.

        Events, and more events!

        Gateway Baptist

        Evangelists such as Hudson Taylor, Gordon Moyes and Bill Newman conducted meetings in the building, resulting in many decisions made for Christ. From the late 70’s, gospel concerts were regular events as artists such as David Meece, Larry Norman, Evie Tornquist, The Proclaimers and many, many more. As well, the Christmas and Easter Pageants included many people from outside the church, who came to hear the gospel and witness the stories of Jesus.

        From the late 70’s, gospel concerts were regular events

        Of course, there were also the Baptist Union Assemblies and Christian Endeavour Conventions. Three-course hot meals were prepared and cooked in the kitchen for all the delegates, with the help of other ladies from local Baptist Churches.

        Seeing the church with gratitude

        I can still see the long trestle tables with white tablecloths set out in the Hall, adorned with shiny cutlery and plates, while a lovely blazing fire burnt bright in the fireplace. There was always lots of talk and laugher at these meals as people formed new friendships.

        I am so grateful that the church I have been part of for 72 years has always made it a priority to preach God’s word and truth and to proclaim ‘JESUS, ONLY, MIGHTY TO SAVE’!!

        Our God truly is an awesome God. Give HIM the GLORY for ALL HE HAS DONE.

        Gateway Baptist Church, Lee and Ian

        Lee Campbell and her husband Ian have been very active in the life of Gateway over the years.  Their role nowadays is to uphold people in prayer and be an encouragement whenever they can.

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