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2ND dECEMBER 2021

Safer Spaces Toolkit

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

Safe Spaces toolkit

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

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

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

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

The Safer Spaces Toolkit is available HERE 


GIA change their name

GIA become BMA

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

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

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

Christmas Poem

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

A poem by Ray Hawkins of Beauty Point

READ HERE

Based on Luke 2:51

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

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18th November 2021

Big Hearted Gifts

Gifts that end poverty

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

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

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

How it works

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

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

Tasmania Celebration Launch

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

Converge Tasmania 2021

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

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

Pastor Matt Garvin (Citywide)

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

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

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

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

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4th November 2021

Book Review

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Karen Buckney

Karen Buckney, Assistant Administrator
Tasmanian Baptists

Faith and the Arts

FATA22 Online from Poatina, 7-11 January 2022

Jump on faithandthearts.org.au to check out the amazing range of Electives and Mix It Ups

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

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

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

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

Michael Henderson

Michael Henderson, Mission and Leadership Development Coordinator
Tasmanian Baptists

Ethical Fashion Guide

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

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

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

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

 About the 2021 Ethical Fashion Report   

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


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September/October 2021

New Website

The new Tasmanian Baptists website was released in time for the Annual Assembly, on the 21st October. You are enjoying it right now!

Why not have a look around while you are here?

Please be aware it is a work in progress, and more will be available in the coming weeks.

If you have any problems accessing any part of the site, or have any feedback, please contact Jenny Baxter: jenny@tasbaptists.org.au


EmpowHer Walks

Southern and Northern Walks – on soon!

EmpowHer Southern Walk – Saturday 13th November

Claremont Windermere Bay Loop

10am-1pm Saturday 13th November
4km easy circuit. BYO picnic lunch or buy takeaway at end of walk.
All women and girls welcome! 

Download flyer to invite friends >>>

Registrations essential to Jenny
jenny@tasbaptist.org.au


EmpowHer Northern Walk – Saturday 20th November

Hollybank Picnic Adventure

All women welcome to join a BYO picnic around the fire. Be sure to bring your own blanket and/or chair. Also BYO bike (or ask to borrow a friend’s) for those wanting to ride.

Download Flyer to invite friends >>>

For more info or to register, contact:
Jenna 0488 330 390 OR Belinda 0408 267 188


Behold the Conqueror

Poetry by Ray Hawkins Beauty Point >>>

Behold the Conqueror, Ray Hawkins

Tas Baptist NEWS June 2021

Suresh Bangladesh, June 2021 news
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need to know – news June 2021:

Bangladesh struggles with COVID

“The pandemic has impacted Bangladesh profoundly,” says Baptist World Aid’s South Asia Regional Lead, Nathan Sarkar, who lives in Bangladesh. “It’s disrupted people’s livelihood and raised poverty in 2020 . . . there could be about 90 million people who are under severe poverty stress due to the pandemic.”

And garment workers are in a vulnerable position, he says. “They can hardly follow health protocols and have to live in congested spaces where ensuring social distancing is difficult. They use common bathrooms, and sit and eat in common places.”

Yet, through the pandemic, Baptist World Aid continues to support families in Bangladesh. Some of whom, like Suresh, work for garment factories in Dhaka.

Suresh Bangladesh
Pictured: Suresh, a garment factory worker, in front of the factory where he works.
Read more about his story HERE >>>

For almost 20 years, Suresh has worked in the garment industry. The early days (of the pandemic) were the hardest. Leaving his wife and youngest daughter behind in his village to fend for themselves, while he travelled to the city for work.

Away from home, he worries for his wife and daughter. And that, says Mr Sarker, is where Baptist World Aid and its local partners have stepped in.

“Many generous Australians are helping to support the families of garment workers like Suresh,” he explains. “They learn new skills to help grow the family income, growing fruit and vegetables, fish farming. And in this time of COVID, they’re also learning life-saving hygiene techniques.”

If you’d like to learn more about this work or support it yourself, please visit www.baptistworldaid.org.au/matching-grant.

Melissa Lipsett
Acting Chief Operating Officer, Baptist World Aid

KidzFest Launceston

Tasmania Celebration, Sunday 28th May 2022

Will Graham is coming to Tasmania next year, and there will be a KidzFest program as part of the Saturday program.

Tasmania Celebration 2022

Members of Christian churches in Launceston are urged to consider supporting this event as much as is possible. A team is being gathered to help lead this event in the best possible direction and create a mega-awesome kids fun for the day on Saturday 28th May 2022.

Please get in touch with me, Russell McKenzie, if you would like to join the organising team, and/or if your church would be interested in participating in this event.
Russell McKenzie
Co-ordinator of KidzFest Launceston: russandkate@internode.on.net 
Find out more info: Tasmania Celebration

Poetry by Ray Hawkins

Ray attends The Point Baptist Church, Beauty Point
The Longing of the Heart
There were many places waiting for me,
So many things to do and see.
Then, unexpectedly,
All this changed.
My life was rearranged,
 New desires took hold of me,
Changing me completely.

READ MORE

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  • Regional RoundUp Perth, Ulverstone, Wynyard, Citywide, Claremont, Hobart
  • Baptists in Mission Conference The HOW-TO of “Missional Church”
  • Farewell Jeff McKinnon Thanks to a passionate servant

EmpowHer Southern Coastal Walk

Walk for Southern women and girls, 19 June 2021

The fist walk was a great success! To find out more about EmpowHer activities, you can sign up the Heartlands Quarterly News HERE

Where: Arm End Circuit
When: Saturday 19 June

Download A4 brochure >>> | Download Trifold Brochure >>>

Perth Thanksgiving Service

Sunday 30th May

Saying ‘thanks’ is an important part of living together as well as in our relationship with God.
Perth Baptist Church 200th Anniversary of Perth township
Perth township celebrated 200 years in 2021. Perth Baptist held a special Thanksgiving service

The Perth Baptist Church had a special Thanksgiving Service on 30 May as part of the town’s bicentennial of the naming of the town.

The service focused on thanksgiving for the past, the present and the future. Those attending gave thanks to God for William and Mary Gibson whose vision and obedience to God resulted in the building of the church in 1889 and the hall opposite in 1862 along with many other churches in Tasmania.

It was noted that Perth was named by Governor Macquarie on one of his visits to the Gibson’s home. William Gibson was not a preacher, but he had the gift to generate a profit from his business and used that money to build churches and ‘import’ preachers from the Spurgeon College in England to pastor churches in Tasmania.

The vision for the church was for it to be a place of worship and to go forth and preach the gospel.

When the Gibson family home became too large for the needs of a single family, the home became a place of care for people with severe or multiple disabilities. Eskleigh Home was born, and remains today as a home for people with a disability. It was a blessing that some residents and their careers, were present at the Service.

Read more about Perth’s Thanksgiving Service in the June 2021 Regional RoundUp

Luminous Festival, Hobart

17th June to 4th July

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In the fourth century, Christians began celebrating the birth of Jesus on December 25 in a reworking of the pagan Roman winter solstice celebrations. The cold, dark, bleak reality, of winter was an ideal time to celebrate the warmth and light of Christ coming into the world as a signpost of hope and redemption. Winter in Hobart lends itself to do the same.

This year, Hobart Baptist Church is challenging the city of Hobart with a festival coinciding with Dark Mofo. Several events are planned, and all are welcome!

Carols at the Tab Celebrating Christmas in Winter | 6pm, 2nd July

FREE REGISTRATIONS ARE ESSENTIAL! More info and Registrations

These Luminous events are now complete:
  • Breathe, Shine and Seek to Mend Michael Henderson Art Installation | LAUNCH 6pm, 17th June | OPEN 18th – 22nd June
  • Conversation with Ruth Burgess From Hindu Guru to Christian | 6pm 23rd June
  • Conversation Panel Religion, Spirituality and the Future of Tasmania | Jacquie Petrusma, Cassy O’Connor, Stephen Baxter, Paul Dare | 6pm 25th June

National Church Life Survey

How to be involved

We urge local churches to sign up for the 2021 National Church Life Survey (NCLS). It is a safe and effective tool to listen to churchgoers in unprecedented times.

Results will help local churches focus on the future. Set aside a week in either October or November for church attenders to complete these anonymous surveys (paper or online).

Local church results will arrive in early 2022.

See 2021ncls.org.au for more.

COVID-19 Crisis in Asia

From Roshan Mendis, Asian Pacific Baptist Aid (APBAid)

Please continue to keep APBAid in your prayers as we continue to serve our brothers and sisters who are in need in the region.
DONATE to their work here >>>

India

The devastation in India continues as it has recorded more than 25 million cases and 275,000 deaths, but experts say the real death toll is several times higher. Hundreds of corpses have been found floating and buried around the Ganges riverbank, highlighting the massive discrepancy in the deaths being reported. (Source – BBC.)

With lockdowns extending across the country the poor working class of India have been hit the most, with little to no food, more borrowing, and no support to fall back on. (Source – Scroll.in)

It’s also with deep heartache that we bring the news of the tragic loss of over 40 Pastors from the Baptist family in India to this intense second wave. Please keep the families that have been left behind in your prayers. Continue to prayer for God’s comfort to surround them.

Nepal and Sri Lanka

Threat of surge in Covid cases as the more infectious Indian Variant is found in Nepal in the midst of lack of beds, oxygen, equipment and Health Workers.

As the Covid numbers rise, Nepal continues to struggle with sourcing vaccines and control the situation.

Sri Lanka has also seen an increase in the COVID cases, and a lockdown took effect from the 21st of May to manage crowd movement with upcoming religious festivals to help flatten the curve.

Myanmar

Over 100 days since the coup, and the fight for democracy still continues in Myanmar, with the people being relentless in their fight for democracy.

The United Nations in Myanmar warns of the impact on public health, including the COVID-19 response in Myanmar, due to the attacks on medical personnel and facilities, and reiterates its call for health workers, health facilities and patients to be protected.

Please continue to pray for justice for the people of Myanmar.

Bangladesh

Bangladesh has also been affected with the extended lockdown being put in place to control the spread of the virus.

For more information on how you can help please  contact: roshan@apbf.org or Shereen.apbaid@apbf.org


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  • PROFILE Hobart Baptist Church
  • ASSEMBLY Welcome to Country (History-making!)
  • TESTIMONY From Swami to Christian

Religious Freedom Weekend

Conducted by Freedom for Faith

Join with Churches and Faith Communities across Australia to Pray for and Protect Religious Freedom

Faith groups across the nation will be praying for the globally persecuted and the protection of religious freedoms in Australia. Religious Freedom is only weakly protected in Australian law, and those protections are rapidly eroding.

Download the Resources Pack to find out more.

Visit: Religious Freedom Weekend >>>

Let your Light Shine

26 June 2021

Free training day for the leadership teams of our Town and Country Churches
Stephen Baxter

An important message from our Mission Director, Stephen Baxter

There is a special training day planned to support and encourage our Town and Country Churches (TaCC). These are a special and unique set of churches in our Union who serve in rural settings across our State. TaCC leadership teams are invited to another special time together.

This is an opportunity to meet with leaders of churches facing similar challenges and needs. It will be an important opportunity for TaCC teams to communicate and be heard by myself and Jeff McKinnon.

The Training Day is open to all, pastors, church leaders, and those in your church who would like to attend. I anticipate a representative from every TaCC to attend.

DETAILS: Let Your Light Shine Training Day
  • WHERE: Latrobe Baptist Church, 123 Gilbert Street Latrobe
  • WHEN: 10am-2.30pm Saturday 26 June
  • THEME: Let your light shine: taking the Gospel to your community
  • TRAINERS: Stephen Baxter and Jeff McKinnon
  • WHO: This event is open to all leaders of Town and Country Churches
  • COST: Free, including free refreshments and lunch
  • RSVP: Karen Buckney karen@riverlands.org.au by Friday 18 June.

Two AMAZING online Baptist conferences

  1. PASTORS MUSTER! Baptists in Mission Conference (July 5-7), available in Tasmania at regional hubs.
  2. Baptist World Congress (7-10 July) – free registration to Australian Baptists!
KEEP READING TO FIND OUT ALL ABOUT THEM

1. Baptists in Mission Conference, 5-7 July 2021

Online at regional hubs – THIS IS ONE OF OUR REGULAR PASTORS MUSTERS

This is a great event so why not to attend!

A collaboration between Crossover Australia and Global Interaction

This conference is about the mission of God, and the mission of God is at the core of our Australian Baptist identity.

WHO IS IT FOR? Pastors, leadership teams, and emerging leaders

2. “Together” Online Conference, 7-10 July 2021

The Baptist World Alliance invites you to attend the 22nd Baptist World Congress.

Held every five years, the 2020 Baptist World Congress, originally planned to take place in Rio de Janeiro Brazil, was postponed due to COVID-19.

Together BWA conference 2021

The big news is that the postponed Congress will be available for online for Baptists to attend globally, with free entry for Australians!

WATCH:

A Special Update for Australian Baptists from the General Secretary Dr Elijah Brown, Baptist World Alliance, with news for Aussies about attending.

“We are called together to God’s global mission.”

Dr Elijah Brown, General Secretary Baptist World Alliance
FIND OUT MORE:

TOGETHER22nd Baptist World Congress, July 7-10

Free For Aussies! REGISTER HERE >>> A code is available to access the freebie.
Please contact Karen Buckney to get hold of it: karen@riverlands.org.au … Or 6391 2202 9am-1pm Mon-Fri.

The US$70 registration is available to Australians, which includes:


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