ReCharge NEWS September 2022

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    Walk the World

    Baptist Mission Australia, November 11-13, 2022

    Walk the World is an invitation for your church, families and people of all ages to get out in your local area and pray for your neighbourhood and the world. 

    This is a fun and interactive new way for you and your church, family or small group to have a Kingdom impact! Watch the video to find out more.

    Across the weekend of 11th -13th November 2022, commit to praying as you walk, run, wheel, cycle, imagine or drive around your area. Pray for God to be at work in your community and in communities around the world.

    As you do, our teams in Africa, Asia and Australia will be praying for you too!

    Resource for all ages are coming soon. These are being developed to help equip and inform your prayer time as an individual, family or group.

    Everyone is invited to get involved! Watch, share or download the video here > 


    Voice of the Martyrs

    IN TASMANIA, 10th to 22nd November 2022

    Marcel Enuica is the Tas/Vic representative for Voice of the Martyrs, an Australian ministry which began in 1969. He will be in Tasmania from 10th-22nd November and would like to visit your church!

    His ministry is to serve and work with local churches to help them understand persecution. He explains how they can prayerfully and practically respond to the challenges and opportunities it presents.

    He explains what persecution is, what it isn’t and provides stories as the voice for those who are in prison, those who are persecuted, and those who have paid the ultimate price for their faith.

    Marcel could work with your church to plan a prayer meeting, service, or movie night. Perhaps your church could organise an event or movie night, and invite other churches in the area.

    Movies available
    • Sabina telling the story of Richard and Sabina Wurmbrand – watch the trailer:
    • Tortured for Christ – watch the trailer:

    If you’re interested in either of the movies, they can be made available for free on the night. You can also contact Marcel for a private link to look at them beforehand.

    Contact Marcel: menuica@vom.com.au | +61 457 689 169


    Tasmanian Parliamentary Prayer Breakfast

    23rd November 2022 | Hotel Grand Chancellor, Hobart

    TPPB 2021; ReCharge News September 2022

    The Tasmanian Parliamentary Prayer Breakfast brings together like-minded people from across Tasmania to pray for our State, our leaders, parliamentarians, businesses, schools, communities, and community organisations, our families, youth, and children. In the name of Jesus, we ask God to grant us the will and wisdom, the creativity and strength we need to care well for each other and to see Tasmania flourish in every dimension.

    Hosted by Tasmanian Baptists’ Mission Director Stephen Baxter, you can join this special moment of unity and humility.

    Robyn Moore

    This year’s speaker is passionate Tasmanian, Robyn Moore. Robyn began her career as an educator, then explored her love of recording and entertainment in Sydney, becoming Australia’s most versatile voice-over artist in iconic commercials, award-winning syndicated radio comedy and in animation series, seen around the world.

    She calls herself a “RE-MINDAVATOR” rather than a motivational speaker, and was recently recognised in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list with an AM for services to the performing Arts and to Charitable Organisations.

    Early-bird registrations close Friday 14th October 2022.

    Tamanian Parliamentary Prayer Breakfast logo

    Pilgrim Artists Festival

    JUSTICE AND MERCY

    4th-14th November 2022

    The sixth annual “small festival of art, music, and words” will be held in 2022 at the Huon Valley Hub. The workshops, live art, concerts, panel discussions, and award events will occur on the first weekend of the festival, with the exhibition continuing through the 14th.

    Pilgrim Artists Festival, ReCharge News September 2022

    The Pilgrim Artists Festival 2022 seeks submissions reflecting on Justice and Mercy.

    Entries are accepted from Christian artists worldwide, of all ages. Your entry need not be explicitly religious, but should engage meaningfully with this year’s prompt.

    If you are over 18, submit by 1 October and your submission is free. Late adult submissions incur a fee. We cannot accept adult submissions after 22nd October. If under 18, your submission is always free, and you may submit until 29th October.

    See entry forms for further details, including terms and prizes.


    Farewell Nancy Jones

    8th May 1936 – 20th July 2022

    Nancy Jones of Pamela Court Summerhill, passed away on the 20th July 2022 after a short illness.

    Nancy was born in Hobart and attended the Macquarie Street School. In 1958 through to 1962, Nancy trained as a nurse’s assistant while studying to be a nurse in Aged Care. That same year Nancy moved to Launceston and met and married Clarrie Powell who had built a house in Walkers Avenue, going on to have two children, Karenlee (stillborn) and Shane.

    In 1984 she met Des, and married him in 1985. Des’s son David became part of the family, and it was at this time that Nancy decided to dedicate her life to being a fantastic and wonderful mother. This included bringing up two of Des’s grandchildren Kirsten and Ricky who they adopted in 1991. She made it her mission to improve the lives of others.

    While living at Hagley, Des and Nancy attended the Longford Baptist Church. They were involved in assisting with work among young people, especially at the annual camps at Liffey.

    Des and Nancy and their two children, Kirsten and Ricky, attended the Newstead Baptist Church very regularly through the 1990s. Nancy was a passionate about craft. When she wasn’t filling her home with warmth and kindness, she could be found at the Newstead Baptist Church Chat ‘n’ Choose craft group.

    Relatives and friends are respectively invited to attend Nancy’s Memorial Service at 11:30am on Sunday 11th September at Newstead Baptist Church.


    Grief Seminar, Devonport

    9:30am – 4:30pm, Tuesday 13th September

    New Mornings is hosting a Grief Seminar in Devonport on Tuesday 13th September in partnership with other local services. A comprehensive program includes three educational streams for:

    1.   People who are grieving (at least three months after a loss).
    2.   People wishing to learn how to better support others.
    3.   People who support grieving clients in the course of their work e.g. support workers, community  workers, pastors, chaplains, pastoral carers, nurses, carers, youth workers, teachers.

    Please DOWNLOAD THIS FLYER to forward on to your leadership team, congregation and other contacts.

    COST OF GRIEF SEMINAR:

    Service providers: $95 early bird until 9th September; $135 standard after 9th September
    Community members: FREE! Due to extra funding received this week. Use Promo Code: SPEC-NM3 when you click the REGISTER button

    Please contact the New Mornings office (6411 6212 or admin@newmornings.org.au) for:

    • Group booking discounts for five or more members of your team
    • Registration discounts in case of financial difficulty
    • Difficulties in accessing online registration
    • Any other queries

    Hear Pastor Peter Kasirivu

    WHEN: Friday 2nd September 7-8.30pm
    WHERE: Gateway Baptist Church, 22 Wellington Street, opposite Morty’s
    FREE EVENT: with a love offering

    Peter J. Kasirivu is the founding pastor of Gaba Community Church Uganda, and the founder and president of Africa Renewal Ministries. Peter is also the founder and chancellor of Africa Renewal University in Uganda. Peter is a born-again Christian, having come to salvation in January 1981.

    He traveled to more than 15 nations, teaching leaders as well as preaching the Gospel. Peter is known for his passion for developing leaders through his weekly TV program on LTV known as the Excellent Life. As well as he runs the annual outreaches to Uganda’s many universities.

    His greatest love is to help and encourage up-coming leaders. Peter has so far written two books, Your Vision Is Your Future and The African Pastors’ Handbook.


    Carols in Your Backyard

    Your church can run a local carols outreach, without the cost and complexity of professional musicians and staging! 

    Carols in your backyard; ReCharge News September 2022

    Carols in Your Backyard is a professionally produced and recorded live-stream event for pre-evangelism at Christmas.

    Produced by Gymea Baptist and now in its third year, it will be available free and unbranded. Gymea has decided to commit to the live-streamed format of carols due to its potential to reach more people than a traditional carols event and its ability to foster genuine relationships formed in smaller settings.

    You can stream Carols in Your Backyard wherever you can set up a screen and speakers: in a park, church hall, car park, lounge room, or backyard. 

    Expressions of interest are open now. Send Belinda Lakelin an email and she’ll be in touch with resources and the stream details. belinda.lakelin@gymeabaptist.org.au


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    August/September ReCharge 2022

    Disaster Strikes Floods in Pakistan – Baptist World Aid
    Ministry Profile Ben Cochrane, Somerset
    From Andrew Turner of Crossover Census Overview
    Stand Sunday 2022 Make a stand for foster carers ~ During September
    Church Profile Claremont Baptist
    From the MLT Achieving Lasting Social Change
    Love Beyond our Backyard Three generations of generosity in Wynyard


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      Become a Foster Care Mentor!

      Training Day in October

      For just a few hours a month, you can significantly impact the life of a child in care for the better.

      Fostering Hope Mentor Recriutment 2022

      Fostering Hope is a community organisation who work closely with Tas Baptists to encourage and support Baptist families and churches to provide loving homes and church community for foster kids.

      Their work is inspired by 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.

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

      Here is a way to live out your faith by caring for those in need. You can make a difference for a child in care by becoming a mentor.. Be equipped with training, connect with a child and be provided with ongoing support as you mentor your foster child.

      The next training day is on Saturday, 1st October, in Hobart (Northern training will be available in 2023)

      Find Out More or Apply at https://www.fosteringhope.community/mentoring.
      Or reach out to Ellie: (ellie@fosteringhope.community.


      Heartlands News – Winter 2022

      Every quarter, a new Heartlands news for women is released by EmpowHer*.

      The Winter 2022 edition was sent to subscribers by email a few weeks ago.

      Inside Heartlands

      • OVERVIEW of the SHELTER Retreat, back in June (more retreats are in the wind!)
      • DIARY What’s coming up on the EmpowHer calendar – North, Northwest and South
      • TAKE ACTION!
      • READING God’s Whisper, by Jenny Baxter
      • SUBSCRIBE to Heartlands for women >

      *EmpowHer is an activity of Tasmanian Baptist Women


      Help Fight Famine Today

      Write to your MP

      ReCharge News August 2022 - Help Fight Famine

      Baptist World Aid’s Christian Partners have seen first-hand how devastating hunger can be to a person’s health and wellbeing.

      In Australia, we’ve seen our own food prices skyrocket due to the ongoing impact of the pandemic, climate disasters and most recently, the conflict in Ukraine. But in communities and countries where people were already facing life-threatening hunger, this conflict has pushed them to the breaking point. Right now, 49 million people are facing famine.

      This is an urgent crisis that can’t wait. But we can make a difference. We can help save lives. We can help fight famine.

      Baptist World Aid is part of Help Fight Famine, a new campaign calling on our government to urgently deliver $150 million to support the world’s hungriest countries, including communities in the Horn of Africa, Yemen, Afghanistan and Syria.

      Write to your local MP here and call on them to push our new government to do our part in responding to this urgent crisis. It’s really easy!


      Library Aid International

      USED BOOKS AND EDUCATIONAL SUPPLIES URGENTLY NEEDED

      ReCharge News August 2022, Library Aid International in Fiji
      Students at Molumolu Secondary School in a rural area of Fiji in the school library.

      Library Aid International Inc in Burnie, Tasmania is now filling a tenth shipping container for an overseas destination BUT have completely run out of incoming books and educational resources.  

      Please send any you no longer have a need for!

      Boxed resources labelled ‘Library Aid c/- Burnie Depot’ can be left at any DeBruyn’s transport depot, and will be transported to us at no cost.

      Educational resources for any age level are wanted for this next shipment and to keep our volunteers busy!  Books used by your kids and grandkids and no longer use.  High School, College and University textbooks are also needed.

      For a full list of suitable educational and school supplies, please see the Books tab on the Donations page when you visit https://libraryaid.org.

      READ: LIA August Update >


      Domestic Violence Workshop

      16 July 2022, Citywide Baptist

      In Australia, on average one woman is killed each week by a current or former partner. While men can be victims of DV, the overwhelming majority of victims are women. Children, too, experience severe trauma and developmental delay when exposed to domestic violence.

      Aware of this concern, approximately 25 people met at Citywide Baptist Church recently to learn more about domestic violence (DV). Dr Wilma Gallet led us through a one-day workshop on how the church can respond to this serious social issue.

      An ever-present help

      God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Psalm 46:1;
ReCharge News August 2022

      We explored the myths and facts about DV, its prevalence in Australia, the different forms it takes, and the ways in which it impacts people within our church communities as well as more broadly.

      In particular, we looked at the SANCTUARY approach as a framework to help the church be better prepared to provide appropriate responses to both the victims/survivors of DV and those who perpetrate violence in the home.

      A sanctuary is a sacred place, a place of safety and refuge. Psalm 46:1 tells us that, “God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble”. Churches can be places of sanctuary where all people can find rest and refuge as expressed in the Gospel.

      • The DV Sanctuary Commitment is to create environments where victims of domestic violence feel safe, believed, included and loved. This includes:
        • Safe spaces
        • Acceptance and trust
        • Networks of support
        • Caring for children
        • Trauma-informed approaches
        • Understanding unconscious bias
        • Affirming personal agency
        • Recognising red flags
        • Yielding hope

      Step 1 for Citywide Baptist Church has been to make us more aware of the domestic violence issues in the community. Our challenge now is to work through what SANCTUARY can look like in our particular church community.

      With God’s help, we will be an inclusive, safe sanctuary where healing can occur.

      NB: Another resource available to us is the SAFERSPACESTOOLKIT.COM.AU, developed by Australian Baptists.

      Baptist Word Alliance Gathering

      Baptist World Alliance Congress

      10-15 July 2022, Birmingham, Alabama USA

      BWA Hybrid Conference 2022

      Gathering for the first time in person since 2019, over 600 Baptist leaders from more than 65 countries participated in worship, prayer, learning, relationship building, and shared ministry at the 2022 Baptist World Alliance (BWA) Annual Gathering.

      Offered as a hybrid event, hundreds met on the campus of Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama, USA, (pictured) with more than 150 others participating virtually. 

      Those gathered included Aussies ABM National Ministries Director Mark Wilson; CEO Baptist World Aid Melissa Lipsett; President Baptist World Alliance Women Karen Wilson; and President of Baptist Women of the Pacific Elissa Macpherson.

      • The focus for the Gathering was largely facilitated by the BWA Racial Justice Action Group which was launched in October 2020. At the gathering the Action Group embarked on a two-year journey to:
        • Focus the 2022 BWA Annual Gathering around the theme of racial justice.
        • Engage in theological reflection related to the call for racial justice today
        • Develop tools for ongoing engagement within the BWA, BWA Member Bodies, and Churches so that the pursuit of racial justice will remain an ongoing priority

      Grieving Your Way

      Launceston, 20th August 2022

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      Grief Workshop Launceston; ReCharge News August 2022

      Thank you Newnham Baptist!

      Jit assists a quadriplegic,
ReCharge News August 2022
      Jit works with CharYar Tit (see newsletter)

      Newnham Baptist closed its doors in April 2016. At that time the leadership team made plans for remaining funds in their bank account .

      This year, all funds have been donated to mission work as agreed. Jit and Jan Yawan, and their work with Lanternlight Ministries in Thailand, were recipients of some of the funds.

      Below are excerpts of the thank you letter sent to Jill Ashdown. Jill is a past member at Newnham Baptist, who has overseen the project.

      Dear Jill and all associated with the former Newnham Baptist Church,
      
      We have seen your support gift and also the letter you sent to Baptist Mission Australia to tell us about the gift. We have very fond memories of the breakfast gathering at Jill’s home. We loved the setting and felt a very warm acceptance at that session. We also remember our visits to the Newnham Baptist Church gatherings. 
      
      We have seen your support gift and also the letter you sent to Baptist Mission Australia to tell us about the gift . We have very fond memories of the breakfast gathering at Jill’s home. We loved the setting and felt a very warm acceptance at that session. We also remember our visits to the Newnham Baptist Church gatherings. 
      
      We want to take this opportunity again to say thank you for the support you sent for our work with people with disabilities through Lanternlight Ministries.
      
      Our recent newsletter gives you a snippet of an update of some of the folk we have been able to visit to touch your hearts.
      
      Jit and Jan Yawan

      Stand Sunday 2022

      Stand Sunday, during September
ReCharge News August 2022

      Supporting Foster Carers during September

      On Stand Sunday, Christians unite on behalf of every child in care. They commit to pray for them to be restored to a forever family.

      In Australia, we host Stand Sunday on the second Sunday of September to coincide with National Child Protection Week (4-10 Sept) and National Foster Carer’s Week (11-17 Sept). In 2022 that is on Sunday 11th September. However, your church is welcome to participate on any Sunday in September.

      Each year, Fostering Hope provides a Stand Sunday Kit and video for you to use in your church, small group or community. These will soon be available.

      Fostering Hope asks churches to come together to:

      1. Celebrate foster carers who STAND as carers and family for children who desperately need it.
      2. For churches to STAND with carers to understand the beautiful and messy lives they live.
      3. And for churches to STAND up with information about the need for more homes for vulnerable Aussie children.

      This Stand Sunday, we ask Baptist churches in Tasmania to open up to those who need a home, a family and community – let’s find fostering families to fill this need in Tassie!


      Mary and her two boys; ReCharge News August 2022

      For more info contact Mary Dickins, Executive Officer Fostering Hope: mary@fosteringhope.community

      Mary with her two sons. For security reasons Mary’s foster sons cannot be photographed with them.


      Become a Money Mentor

      Christians Against Poverty calls on the Christian church community to consider becoming money mentors to meet growing demand.

      With continued interest rate rises and the skyrocketing cost of living, it’s likely that more than 1 in 4 Australians will currently be living in financial distress and CAP says they need thousands of church-based money mentors to meet the growing demand for their services.

      Rosie Kendall; ReCharge News August 2022
      Rosie Kendall

      CAP trains volunteers to walk alongside people experiencing financial distress. They give them the tools and support they need to see beyond their current financial challenges.

      CEO of CAP, Rosie Kendall says, “We re working hard now to ensure that no Australian suffers financial distress, and we’ll need a lot of help to do that. Especially in the current economic climate. The fact that so many Australians are living in financial distress just shows that we’re all vulnerable to it, especially in times of uncertainty”.

      Recognising that financial stress isn’t just about the dollars and cents, CAP has released a free Financial Wellbeing Scale to help people improve their understanding and measurement of all the different elements that make up their financial wellbeing.

      For more information on CAP, including how to donate your time and become a money mentor, or to make a tax-deductible donation to support the work of CAP, visit: https://capaust.org


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      August/September ReCharge 2022

      Disaster Strikes Floods in Pakistan – Baptist World Aid
      Around the Churches News and events statewide
      Ministry Profile Ben Cochrane, Somerset
      From Andrew Turner of Crossover Census Overview
      Stand Sunday 2022 Make a stand for foster carers ~ During September
      Church Profile Claremont Baptist
      From the MLT Achieving Lasting Social Change
      Love Beyond our Backyard Three generations of generosity in Wynyard


      ReCharge NEWS September 2022
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      Sri Lanka Crisis youth fundraiser

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        Grief & Loss Support

        New Mornings Grief support, ReCharge News July 2022

        Group for Adults

        • 2-4pm Tuesdays, from 9th August 2022
        • Registrations due by Thursday 28th July
        • Places limited
        • Pre-group appointments provided by Dr Nerrelie Cann (Ulverstone Baptist)
        • $5/session 
        Grief and Loss Support, ReCharge News July 2022

        These groups are suitable for people:

        •     Who feel stuck or overwhelmed by their grief
        •     Who are struggling with everyday tasks through their grief
        •     Whose grief is complicated by anxiety or depression. 

        If someone is unsure whether the group would be appropriate for them, they can make an appointment with Dr Cann to discuss their needs (bulk-billed).

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        New Mornings’ support groups provide a safe and supportive place for people to meet together, share experiences, learn from and encourage each other.


        Australia Leads Globally

        Micah Australia - Anthony Albanese, Globally we know  the worlds poorest nations face serious food security challenges. ReCharge News July 2022

        Micah Australia Update

        So far, we are encouraged by the strong start the new Australian Government has made in strengthening diplomatic relationships, especially at a time like this.

        Straight after the election, the CEOs of Australia’s leading Christian international development agencies, came together under the banner of Micah to deliver this call for A Safer World for All.

        One of the most worrying developments we see is the quickly approaching global food crisis. The climate crisis, accompanied by the war on Ukraine, has created the perfect storm for mass food security, particularly in the Horn of Africa and across the Middle East.
         
        Micah is working on a significant response to this, with actions that you and your church can take to help fight famine. We will update you with these developments as they evolve.
         
        In acknowledging the crises faced by our world, we hold firm to the hope we have in Jesus. Even amidst our fears and anxieties, we are called to:  “Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves; ensure justice for those being crushed.” (Proverbs 31:8).

        Carly Smith, Micah Challenge
        carly.smith@micahaustralia.org


        Sri Lankan Crisis Appeal

        Baptist Youth Mobilised to Raise Funds

        Please support the distribution of dry rations in response to the economic crisis in Sri Lanka Appeal. The focus is to ask young people to contribute to the need.

        Sri Lankan Crisis, ReCharge News July 2022

        The past 75 days we have seen the youth of Sri Lanka rise and stand for justice, fighting against corrupt and evil leadership. This crisis brings thousands, if not millions of people, into life below the poverty line into devastation.

        This appeal is launched by the Asia Pacific Baptist Youth (APBY) in partnership with the Asia Pacific Baptist Aid (APBAid), together with the Baptist Young People’s Auxiliary (BYPA) as part of relief efforts towards the current crisis in Sri Lanka.

        Please circulate this to the Youth Ministries as the request is for this to be driven by young people. 

        The dry ration distribution program was initiated by the social hub of the BYPA, upon identifying the need of a mechanism to support the daily essential needs of 556 families from 21 key Baptist Churches and 8 Mission Points and their surrounding communities.

        The total amount to raise by the end of July is $US12,000. Any small contribution you make towards this will reach people who are in dire need.

        Your contribution of:
        • $US44 Will provide a family of 4-6 food security for a month
        • $US22 Will provide a family of 4-6 food security for 2 weeks.  

        Training Day for Mentors

        Australian Christian Mentoring Network

        9:30am – 4:30pm, Friday 5th August

        This training day will be held in Hobart on Friday, 5th August and is designed to service anyone engaged in mentoring relationships, formal or informal.

        This year’s event focuses on working in difficult times, supporting people through experiences of trauma. The day will be an opportunity for networking as well as learning. 

        Heart & Soul Speakers, ReCharge News July 2022

        Cosy Cuppa, Craft and Chat

        EmpowHer North

        2:30pm, Sunday 31st July 2022

        Guest speakers: Lacey Holloway and Maria Hutchison

        Cosy Cuppa and Craft Brochure, ReCharge News July 2022

        * EmpowHer is an activity of Tasmanian Baptist Women


        Try Alpha In Tasmania!

        Online and In-person Alpha courses will begin soon at Baptist churches in Tasmania.
        This is such a great course for enquirers, new Christians, AND mature Christians.

        Why not invite a friend or family member to attend with you?
        Whether you attend online or in-person, ALL ARE WELCOME!

        Hobart Baptist Church from Sunday 31st July, starting at 12pm

        Citywide Baptist Church from Monday 8th August, starting at 7pm

        Does your church want to run Alpha?

        Check out Alpha’s Annual Impact Report celebrating over 78k people who explored Jesus last year (AU), many within our churches! Contact Ryan Vallee, our  national Alpha Baptist rep, if you’d like to explore how to make the most of Alpha for you and your church. 

        Watch this video to Tasmanian Baptist churches from Ryan Vallee, the Alpha rep for Baptist churches nationally.

        Ryan Vallee Alpha

        Ryan.vallee@alpha.org.au, 0435 883 321 | Annual Impact Report


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        June/July ReCharge 2022

        Around the Churches: June/July 2022, North, Northwest and South
        Deep Thought: Courage to Make a Difference by Mark Wilson, ABM
        Ministry Profile: Who is Matt Holloway?
        Your Church CAN:
        Caring for Foster Carers
        Tas Baptists Grow: Hobart Vision Church
        Youth: Hobart Baptist Church
        From the Mission Director: Take Courage in Dark Times
        Church Profile: Gateway Baptist


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        April 2022 NEWS
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          APBF Hybrid Congress

          5-7th September – online

          The Asia Pacific Baptist Federation Congress meets regularly every five years, touching thousands of Baptists every time. APBF has witnessed the faithfulness of God in Asia and the Pacific over the period of 40 years as they have grown to almost 40,000 churches today.

          The 10th APBF Congress calls Baptists to gather with the theme Stronger Together in its first Hybrid Congress (available to both in-person and online attendees) and witness yet again God’s faithfulness. In-person in South Korea will allow delegates to interact face-to-face with the speakers. While the online version will provide a seamless flexibility to join the Congress from your location. 

          Find out more > | REGISTER Church ($250) > | REGISTER individual ($50) >


          Citywide Prays for Hobart

          Citywide prays For Hobart

          Encouraging prayer event

          During the shortest daylight week of 19-26 June, coinciding with Dark Mofo, Citywide people were encouraged to seek God through prayer and fasting.

          In addition to personal resources, everyone was encouraged to do a neighbourhood walk, praying over the homes and people as they passed.

          As well, they met on Rosny Hill on the shortest night to pray for and over the City.

          Maybe you could organise a time for your church to pray for your town or city?


          Library Aid International

          Library aid - 11 boxes to go
          Just 10 boxes to go!

          Burnie, Tasmania

          We are ecstatic at Library Aid International in Burnie. Ten more boxes will fill our ninth shipping container of teacher resources, school supplies, books and computers that will head to Zimbabwe (see picture at right). It was expected to be ready in September but will now be in the next month or so.

          Our greatest need

          Library Aid-Empty container for books
          This container is looking pretty empty

          We want to make a start on our tenth container, but our inwards goods container is pretty empty, see picture below.

          Our greatest need IS NOT for finances! It is for books and school supplies as per the attached list. Please pray for these to come our way, especially via school and public libraries that we have good contact with.

          To send books and other educational aids to Library Aid International contact Ian Hubble: libraryaidinternational@gmail.com | Message on Facebook


          The Values Project

          Australian Baptist Ministries

          A great resource for your church or small group!

          The Values Project is designed to help organisations, churches and groups reflect, talk and learn about our identity and values as communities of faith within the Australian Baptist movement.

          As we are reminded of the values that underpin the historical and cultural backbone of our movement, we reflect on how these values impact our attitudes, practices and decisions in our unique contexts.

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

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

          The 4-5 minute videos each focus on one of our four values: 1. Jesus-Centred 2. Community 3. Mission 4. Freedom. They are a great basis for discussion and understanding Baptists, particularly for those new to the movement.


          PROXIMITY Pastors’ Muster

          Tuesday 26th July (start with lunch) to Wednesday 27th July (end with lunch)

          Proximity Muster 2022

          The July Muster will be held in Burnie and is themed around the idea of PROXIMITY.

          Proximity is about living close to people so you see them, love them and can listen to them. It will build on from our exploration of Courage at the March Muster.

          Over the past 50 years or so, pastors have often been trained to keep people at arm’s length – in our programs and systems and organisations. This is quite strange given that Jesus became like us and “moved in to the neighbourhood” (Jn 1:14 MSG).

          At this Muster we will focus in on being driven to get to know people as people, rather than as demographics, target markets or workers.

          • WHEN Tuesday July 26 (start with lunch) to Wednesday July 27 (end with lunch)
          • VENUE Burnie Baptist Church
          • THEME Proximity
          • ACCOMMODATION Attendees are responsible for their own accommodation. If you need assistance, please let us know.
          • COST $95 – Covers lunch, afternoon tea and dinner on Tuesday and morning tea and lunch on Wednesday
          • BOOKINGS Contact RODNEY MARSHALL via email: rodney@tasbaptists.org.au

          HEADS UP! Our final Muster for the year will be over two nights at the Silo Hotel, Launceston, 19th-21st September 2022. All expenses paid.


          Alpha: You’re Invited!

          Join with Hobart Baptist’s Alpha course

          Alpha is an opportunity to explore life, faith and God in a friendly, open and informal environment.

          ALL WELCOME! In-person and online options are available.

          • WHEN 12:30pm, Sundays from 31st July until 9th October
          • WHERE
            • Online via Zoom OR
            • Hobart Baptist Church, 284 Elizabeth Street Hobart
          • REGISTER Email info@hobartbaptist.org.au
          • INFO alpha.org.au

          Emergencies Ministry Training

          Tasmanian Council of Churches Emergencies Ministry

          9.30am to 4pm, FRIDAY 1st July
          Campbell Town – Memorial Oval Function Room
          Lunch and snacks provided.
          Registrations close 20th June 2022

          TCC Emergencies Ministry deploys faith-based volunteers to care for affected people in situations such as evacuation centres during fires and floods. To train for this ministry no formal qualifications are required but a positive reference from your faith community leader is essential.

          The Federal Government is funding the training scheduled training, so the usual day-long Personal Support training is now offered at the very reduced price of $20+GST (usually $100+GST).

          The training day is for both new volunteers and for current volunteers who are due for a refresher course (due every three years).

          Topics covered include:

          • Understanding the emergency setting
          • Tasmanian Emergency Management Arrangements
          • The impacts of emergencies on individuals and communities
          • Psychological First Aid principles
          • Emotional & Spiritual Care principles
          • The role of a TCC Emergencies Ministry volunteer

          Stamps for Overseas Mission

          Help raise funds for Baptist Mission Australia

          Your Used Stamps Can Make a Huge Impact

          For more than 50 years, Australian Baptists have collected and sold stamps to raise money for Baptist Mission Australia. This simple fundraiser generates about $70,000 every year!

          With electronic mediums replacing much of our posted mail, used stamps are becoming harder to source. Thankfully, they are becoming more valuable owing to scarcity.

          Jill Ashdown, of Gateway Baptist, oversees this ministry for churches in Tasmania, and she invites anyone to assist by collecting stamps. Stamps received from our churches can be delivered to the Tasmanian Baptist State Office at Riverlands Longford.

          Accumulations, old stamp albums, postal history and other stamp memorabilia are also very welcome.

          What to do:

          • Prepare the stamps by cutting the stamps off the envelope, leaving a 5mm border around the edge.
          • Collect a bundle in a box, envelope or bag.
          • Drop them off to Riverlands Longford, 159 Wellington St, Longford. The office is open Mon-Fri 9am-1pm. Or else, call to arrange a suitable time: 6391 2202

          Other questions? Contact Jill Ashdown: 0439 354 849 | mjashdown@netspace.net.au


          EmpowHer 24-Hour Retreat

          EmpowHer, south

          5pm to 5pm, Fri/Sat 24-25 June 2022

          Shelter Retreat June 2022

          SHELTER . . .

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

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

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

          Psalm 91:1
          • Led by Denise Stephenson (LifeWay) and Jenny Baxter (Hobart)
          • $45/person Covers food and materials. (This is a non-residential retreat.) Contact us if you have hesitations about cost. There are other ways you can contribute.
          • REGISTER ONLINE HERE
          • Invite Others: Download brochure

          Unholy Matrimony

          Nonviolent Direct Action on the Streets of Launceston
          Tas Baptist NEWS June 2022

          In April, Extinction Rebellion Northern Tasmania (XRNT) held a street theatre, Unholy Matrimony, in the centre of Launceston. It aimed to light-heartedly draw attention to the ‘love affair’ between the Australian Government and the fossil fuel industry.

          Sally Staley and Jeff McKinnon from City Baptist Church were amongst four who were arrested that day and face court on 8th June. In all about ten people from City Baptist were involved.

          • Recharge: What did XRNT hope to achieve by presenting Unholy Matrimony?
            Jeff: Despite 30 years of formal reporting by climate scientists and lobbying by concerned citizens, XRNT believes the response of the Australian government has been far too little. Since 2019, XRNT has held mildly disruptive events at which volunteers may be arrested. XRNT maintains an excellent relationship with Tasmania Police.
          • ReCharge: Why participate in XRNT events given you face the risk of imprisonment?
            Sally: Imprisonment is not something I think about. Many Christians throughout history, starting with Jesus himself, faced court, imprisonment and more.  I am nothing like those great saints. But when there is an issue so important as what we face today, with the degradation and destruction of our Lord’s creation, there is a drive within me to alert people to the need to stop polluting creation. The thought of imprisonment does not enter the frame!

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          June/July ReCharge 2022

          Your Church CAN: Caring for Foster Carers
          Tas Baptists Grow: Hobart Vision Church
          Youth: Hobart Baptist Church
          From the Mission Director: Take Courage in Dark Times
          Church Profile: Gateway Baptist


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          25th May 2022

          Pictured Above: Citywide helped organise ANZAC Day in the Park, in Lenah Valley
          Table of Contents

            Family Faith Rhythm Cards

            The Australian Baptist Ministries Next Gen team have created a set of cards families can use to dig deeper in discipleship practices.

            “It’s a really good resource for households.”

            Jenna Blackwell, Tas Baptists’ Mission Leadership Coach

            This set of cards has been designed for families of all types and stages.

            The twenty included activities fall into four broad categories – discovering God’s big story, experiencing Jesus, showing God’s love and remembering and celebrating.

            GET HOLD OF A SET!

            Download Here >
            OR
            Order printed cards from the Tas Baptist office: (03) 6391 2202; info@tasbaptists.org.au


            Hybrid Conference

            BWA Annual Gathering, 10-15 July 2022

            BWA Hybrid Conference 2022

            It’s less than two months until the 2022 Baptist World Alliance Annual Gathering, hosted in the United States for the first time in 40 years, and the first in-person event since 2020.

            Gathering on the beautiful campus of Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama (USA), Baptists will unite July 10-15 for a strategic time of prayer, fellowship, learning and planning together with a special emphasis on racial justice. 

            Committed to make participation possible for as many Baptists around the world as possible, the event includes:

            1) Affordable Accommodation: Through BWA’s partnership with Samford, convenient and affordable lodging includes meals on campus. However, space is limited, so it’s important to reserve your spot today. The deadline for accommodation reservations is May 31.

            2) Virtual Registrations: Understanding that travel is still difficult for many, the Annual Gathering is planned to be the first hybrid BWA event. There is a virtual registration option, which includes streaming access to key corporate sessions, the online event networking platform, and unique on-demand content.
            ONLINE REGISTRATION WILL CLOSE on June 30, 2022.

            Find out more about the Conference


            SHELTER Retreat

            EmpowHer, south

            5pm to 5pm, FRI/SAT 24-25 June 2022, Blackmans Bay

            Shelter Retreat June 2022

            SHELTER

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

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

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

            Psalm 91:1
            • Led by Denise Stephenson (LifeWay) and Jenny Baxter (Hobart)
            • $45/person Covers food and materials. (This is a non-residential retreat.) Contact us if you have hesitations about cost. There are other ways you can contribute.
            • Get your Rego form SMS Jenny: 0401 652 566
            • Invite Others! Download brochure

            Faith Runs Deep

            Karl Faase

            Video series with Karl Faase

            A unique 12-part video series unearthing stories of faith that have impacted Australia was released by Olive Tree Media on Wednesday, 4th May.

            Faith Runs Deep unearths stories of more than 40 Australians past and present who have been impacted by Jesus and have gone on to have a significant influence within the Australian community.

            The series is produced by Olive Tree Media, makers of the award-winning series, Jesus the Game Changer and Towards Belief. Olive Tree CEO and former Senior Pastor of Gymea Baptist Karl Faase, worked with their experienced production team, as well as Karl’s wife and series producer Jane Faase.

            MORE: Faith Runs Deep in ReCharge, 25 May 2022.


            Tasmania Celebration

            Will Graham event to bring HOPE

            My State Arena 21 May | Silverdome: 27/28/29 May

            The Tasmania Celebration was a free event with live music featuring evangelist Will Graham.

            Read the official wrap-up HERE >

            Musical guests performed, and Will Graham offered a message of hope. Will, the grandson of the late evangelist Billy Graham, has shared the truth of the Gospel with more than one million people on six continents.

            The main event was preceded by Kidzfest and Youth events.

            KIDZFEST

            Kidzfest with Dan Warlow

            Tailored for primary school kids but the whole family is welcome! All children must be accompanied by an adult/carer.

            Featuring:
            Dan Warlow: a leading Australian Christian Kids’ Music artist and entertainer performing in schools, churches, festivals and community events.
            The Quest: A new, 20-minute interactive video Gospel presentation, that combines live action and animation to share the hope of Jesus with children.

            YOUTH!

            Youthfest ran into the main event with PlanetBoom at 6pm

            For Highschool kids up – suggested age range (12–25). Youth under 16 years must be accompanied by a responsible person 16+.

            Featuring:
            PlanetBoom – a Youth band and ministry of Planetshakers.
            + Youth activities | FREE food and more!
            Youth ticket (Hobart) includes main Celebration with Cass (Cassandra Kanda), The Afters and Evangelist Will Graham.

            Hobart Wrap-Up

            • Attendance for the Hobart Celebration over one day: (Kidzfest | Youth | Celebration) was over  2000 people
            • Over 220 people responded to the call for salvation.
            • Almost 50% of responses were young people (10-25 years)
            • Over 70% of responses were 1st time salvation
            • Plus over 1100 viewed online with 24 responses

            Launceston Wrap-Up

            • Attendance for the Launceston Celebration over three days: (Kidzfest | Youth | Celebration) was nearly 4000 people
            • Over 450 people responded to the call for salvation.
            • Over 80% of responses were young people (10-25 years)
            • Nearly 60% of responses were 1st time salvation
            • Plus over 4600 viewed online with 79 responses

            Support Refugees in Kyev

            The main Evangelical Free church, in Kyev Ukraine, is one of many hubs assisting refugees out of danger zones.

            Refugees leaving in a bus
            Refugees at the church’s bus in Kyev

            Refugees are brought to the hub, fed and tended to medically if necessary. Then they are taken on buses to various other cities in Ukraine.

            Director of City Networks, Kelvin Smith (Hobart Baptist) is friends with Anton, a pastor with the Evangelical Free denomination. Anton’s father, Antonoli, is Bishop of that denomination which represents about 80 churches. Both men have remained in Kyev throughout the invasion.

            Thankfully, the church was donated two 51-seater buses, and have two drivers and a van to aid their efforts. A free medical service is stationed at the hub. More than 3000 refugees have been moved in this manner. 

            The cost of fuel for continually running the buses is about USD$1500 per week. The cost of food at the shelter is about USD$1000 per week. 

            If you contribute, 100% of proceeds will go to fuel and food for refugees.

            Find out more: kelvin@citynetworks.org.au


            Domestic Abuse Resource

            Tas Baptists would like to make you aware of a new resource from ABM called the Safer Spaces Toolkit. A team of Australian Baptist women created the toolkit to equip churches to address domestic abuse, and help build relationally healthy cultures.

            Domestic abuse continues to be a significant issue for our nation, and it’s an issue that doesn’t discriminate. Sadly, domestic abuse occurs in every ethnic, social and economic group throughout Australia, and it also occurs within our churches. 

            Domestic abuse continues to be a significant issue for our nation, and it doesn’t discriminate. It occurs in every ethnic, social and economic group throughout Australia, including our churches.

            Despite this, we are not a people without hope. Churches can be (and often are) at the forefront of providing safe and caring environments for victim-survivors of abuse and can build cultures that model healthy and respectful relationships.

            We are grateful for the work our churches have already done to address domestic abuse in their churches and communities. The Safer Spaces Toolkit helps pastors and church leaders continue on that journey.

            Materials in the Safer Spaces Toolkit include:

            Sermons: A trauma-informed preaching lens
            Videos: Subject matter experts on various topics related to domestic abuse and building healthy relationships
            Training modules created specifically with church leaders in mind
            Resources: Links to a number of other resources

            It’s all free because of the generous sponsorship of Baptist Insurance Services, Baptist Financial Services and Baptist World Alliance Women


            May Mission Month

            As followers of Jesus, he calls us to cross the street, step out, build bridges and meet people where they are. The call is to live alongside our neighbours with the hope of Jesus. That’s what our intercultural teams around the world do! And it’s what church communities in Australia are called to as well. 

            The theme for May Mission Month 2022 is ‘Crossing the Street’.

            Resources are available for your faith community to engage with mission and Baptist Mission Australia’s ministry in a new way.


            Read ReCharge

            April/May 2022

            Faith Runs Deep Video Series
            May Assembly Overview
            Around the Churches
            Pastoral Profile: Dan Evenhuis
            Fostering Hope: Respite Carers needed!
            Deep Thought: Mike Frost – Becoming wise
            Being Strong and Courageous
            Wynyard Baptist Food Drive
            Church Profile: Citywide

            April 2022 NEWS

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            ReCharge News May 2022

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            Table of Contents

              Heartlands Autumn 2022

              Heartlands News

              The latest Heartlands news is here!

              • EmpowHer events coming up.
              • Praying with Intention
              • Exciting women’s ministry at The Point Baptist
              • The Science of Seeing God

              Baptcare Foster Care Training

              Fostering Hope

              Shared stories, Shared lives

              WHERE: Wellspring Anglican Church (Grosvenor St, Sandy Bay), or on Zoom
              WHEN: 9-4:30pm Saturdays 7th and 14th May
              REGISTER: For in-person or Zoom


              Volunteer for KidzFest!

              Tasmania Celebration with Will Graham

              Kidzfest is a free family-friendly event for pre-school and elementary age children. It’s going to be great!

              Volunteer for Kidzfest >

              HOBART 1:30pm 21st May, MyState Bank Arena

              LAUNCESTON 10am 28th May, Silverdome


              Kidzfest begins with music guests and “The Quest,” an interactive presentation with a fun Gospel message. There will be petting zoo, games, balloon animals and other fun activities all for free!

              Kidzfest at the Silverdome
              KIDZFEST LAUNCESTON
              Kidzfest Hobart
              KIDZFEST HOBART

              Tickets are required to attend Hobart events: (not for Launceston!)

              FIND OUT MORE Tasmania Celebration with Will Graham >


              SHELTER – EmpowHer Retreat

              5pm-5pm, 24-25 June 2022

              Shelter Retreat June 2022

              Led by Denise Stephenson (LifeWay) and Jenny Baxter (Hobart), this retreat will focus on sheltering in God’s presence.

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

              Psalm 91:1

              If you are weary and burdened with life, and need some time to enter God’s presence to reflect, restore and rest, then come along!

              INFO: The retreat is non-residential, and will be held in Blackmans Bay.
              COST: $45/person NB. There are other ways you can contribute if money is an issue – so get onto us!
              ARE YOU IN? Call or SMS to reserve your spot, and we will send you more info: 0401 652 566
              BROCHURE Download here


              Ministry Training at WEC

              Cert IV Christian Ministry and Theology

              WEC Cert IV course

              Eastern College Australia are offering accredited units at its delivery site in Launceston. Worldview Centre host evening classes where you can complete units towards a Certificate IV in Christian Ministry and Theology.

              The Tuesday evenings include catered meal breaks.

              Unit Costs $300/unit

              Where Worldview Centre for Intercultural Studies, 41 Station Road, St Leonards, TAS 7250

              Apply https://apply.eastern.edu.au  
              Download Brochure

              Dates for remainder of 2022

              5pm-8:30pm 14 June-30 August (10 weeks): Christian Ethics
              5pm-8:30pm 13 September-29 November (10 weeks): Discipleship


              Tasmania Celebration

              Since 1950, the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association has held Crusades across the globe to proclaim God’s love to people who need Jesus Christ. Today, Will Graham Celebrations continue this life-changing mission.

              A Celebration is not just an evangelistic event; it is a process of prayer, training, outreach, and follow-up that takes place over a 12-month period—and it begins and ends with the local church.

              The Tasmania Celebration is scheduled to take place in May 2022, just a few short weeks away.

              In Hobart, the Tasmania Celebration will be held at the My State Bank Arena on 21st May. In Launceston, the main events will be at the Silverdome on 27th-29th May.

              Will Graham at the Silverdome

              PRAY for the Events

              Commit to praying; privately, within your Connect Groups and prayer gatherings.
              Click HERE to download prayer points as we pray together in unity.

              Here’s what’s happening. All events are FREE!

              Tasmania Celebration HOBART My State Bank Arena

              Kidzfest Hobart

              Click dates for more details
              HOBART TICKETS >

              Tasmania Celebration LAUNCESTON Various Venues

              Click dates for more details

              PERTH RESIDENTS!

              Perth Baptist is running a bus to attend the 29th May event at the Silverdome.
              For more info, please email info@perthbaptistchurch.org.au or call  0418 130 221.


              Advocating for the Most Vulnerable

              Micah Australia is a coalition of Christian aid agencies who lobby the government on behalf of the world’s poor, vulnerable and oppressed. Micah Australia’s Executive Director, Tim Costello, is one of Australia’s best-known community leaders and a sought after voice on social justice issues, leadership and ethics.

              The 2022 federal government Budget, released on 31st March, revealed some major wins. This included the announcement that the government will increase the intake of Afghan refugees. 

              Watch the video from National Director, Matt Darvas, to find out more:

              Matt Darvas Micah Australia

              There were also some incredible outcomes for Micah’s End Covid For All campaign. This is the direct result of months of campaigning for Australia’s neighbours in crisis.

              You can take action

              • Please spread the good news and thank Minister Alex Hawke (Minister for Immigration, Citizenship, Migrant Services and Multicultural Affairs) for responding, by sharing this Facebook post.
              • Through Micah’s latest campaign, A Safer World For All, the momentum will be sustained in the lead-up to the federal election. It’s an unmissable opportunity to call on Canberra to support our neighbours in crisis.

              EmpowHer Northern Walk

              Saturday 21st May 2022


              APBF Congress 5-7 Sept, Korea

              5-7 September 2022, Online

              Since the formation of the Asia Pacific Baptists Federation in 1975, and the first historic gathering of Baptists in 1979 in Hyderabad, India, the APBF Congress has met regularly every five years. As a result they have touched thousands of Baptists through the Congress.

              APBF has witnessed the faithfulness of God in Asia and the Pacific over the period of 40 years as the Baptists of Asia and the Pacific has grown to almost 40,000 churches today.

              The 10th APBF Congress again calls Baptists to gather with the theme “Stronger Together” in its first Hybrid Congress (available to both in-person and online attendees). Attendees will witness yet again God’s faithfulness. In-person will allow you to interact face-to-face with the speakers, while online will provide a seamless flexibility to join the Congress from your location.

              STOP PRESS! Due to an overwhelming response, all registrations for in-person attendance have now closed.

              ONLINE Registrations still available > Early bird regos ($30) are due by 30th April 2022.

              Find out about speakers and program >


              New Look for Baptist World Aid

              Here’s some exciting news: if you stop by the Baptist World Aid website, you’ll find a new look and a new visual identity. The look might be new, but they are still committed to ending poverty so all people can enjoy the fullness of life God intends.

              (Even now, BWA’s Ukraine appeal is helping Christian Partners care for displaced families.)  

              BWA will also print a new quarterly 16-page magazine for supporters, Better World Magazine, which will hit mail boxes in the next few weeks and includes news updates, inspiring features and even a column on ‘Curly Questions’.

              DOWNLOAD the “Design Explainer” (1MB) >


              Midyear Assembly

              Mission Director, Stephen Baxter

              Friday/Saturday, 6th-7th May 2022

              A heads-up that our next Tasmanian Baptist Assembly will take place at Riverlands Longford on Friday night 6th May, and Saturday 7th May.

              As always, Assembly will be an inspiring time of challenge, encouragement and connection.

              On Saturday, Scott Pilgrim of Exec. Director of BMA will speak. “Business” is kept to a minimum, and the focus will be our theme for 2022: (en)Courage.

              If you are not a regular attendee and would like to attend you are very welcome. It is important to note, however, that only official church representatives have voting rights.

              Church Secretaries watch out! Information for Assembly, will soon come your way to distribute to delegates.


              Crossover Easter 2022

              Crossover Easter appeal 2022: Make a World of Difference

              History has shown that nothing transforms lives, communities, the world, like people coming to know Jesus. Sharing Jesus is so vital, what if we had more confidence, more wisdom, suitable methods and more really useful resources. Crossover passionately focusses on helping Australian Baptists share Jesus.

              There are three ways Churches can get involved: CLICK to find out >

              Donate to CROSSOVER Here

              Please support Crossover this Easter!


              Tasmania Celebration 2022

              HOBART – 21st May | LAUNCESTON 27th-29th May

              Prayer events in Launceston and Hobart

              Tasmania Celebration

              Will Graham will be in Tasmania in May for the Tasmania Celebration. Let us make sure we cover the entire event in prayer before, during and afterwards!

              Prayer meetings are scheduled in the north and south of the state over the next few months.

              All are welcome!

              Click HERE to find a prayer meeting near you.

              Christian Life and Witness Course

              Do you want to know how to easily share your faith with others?
              Or perhaps you would like to be a prayer partner/counsellor at the Tasmania Celebration?

              Then look no further! This 3 x 2-hour-session course is being run in Hobart and Launceston, and you can pick up missed sessions online.

              Check course dates/locations > | Check Course Online > (Facebook Group)


              Read More!

              April/May 2022 ReCharge

              May Assembly Overview
              Around the Churches
              Pastoral Profile: Dan Evenhuis
              Fostering Hope: Respite Carers needed!
              Deep Thought: Mike Frost – Becoming wise
              Being Strong and Courageous
              Wynyard Baptist Food Drive
              Church Profile: Citywide

              May 2022 NEWS

              DOWNLOAD Recent Issues

              Subscribe to ReCharge Here!

              Keeping you updated with Tasmanian Baptists latest PRAYER, STORIES and NEWS

              We don’t spam! Read our privacy policy for more info.

              ReCharge News April 2022

              ReCharge NEWS March 2022

              Sunrise, Tasmania Photo credit: Jo Sinclair

              23th March 2022

              Table of Contents

                Tas Baptist Handbook 2022

                Attention Church Secretaries!

                The Tasmanian Baptist Handbook for 2022 will be published in time for the Mid-year Assembly on May 6-7. YOUR ASSISTANCE IS CRITICAL!

                Please update your church details ASAP, but no later than Monday 4th April.

                To provide the required info, simply click the buttons below to access the two forms.


                Hope and Help Ukraine

                Baptist World Aid

                With Russia’s recent aggression toward Ukraine, a humanitarian crisis is escalating as people leave their homes in search of safety.

                As of 7th March, more than 2 million Ukrainians have fled since their homeland fell under attack, crossing the border to neighbouring countries such as Poland, Hungary, Romania and Moldova. Many are women, children and elderly people leaving loved ones behind, as men of military age join thousands of citizens—men and women—who have stayed to take up arms in defending their country.

                As the situation continues, the UNHCR expects up to four million Ukrainians will be displaced, exacerbating the already urgent need for food, emergency services, medical care and refuge.

                How you can help Ukraine > | Standing with Ukraine Resources >


                Did You Miss Out on the Christian Life and Witness Course?

                Online course now available

                Tasmania Celebration with Will Graham, May 2022

                Christian Life and Witness Course

                The Christian Life and Witness Course offers practical ways for you to grow in your faith in Christ as well as how to effectively share God’s love.

                If you missed the in-person courses, not to worry! An online Christian Life and Witness Course is now available. Register here >

                Please note this class is required for those who wish to serve as a Prayer Volunteer (Counsellor) during the Tasmania Celebration events.  

                Prayer events ahead of the Tasmania Celebration are now being held in Hobart and Launceston. Find out more about prayer events >

                “Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have.” —1 Peter 3:15, NIV


                Family Faith Rhythm Cards

                The Australian Baptist Ministries Next Gen team have created a set of cards families can use to dig deeper in discipleship practices.

                “It’s a really good resource for households.”

                Jenna Blackwell, Tas Baptists’ Mission Leadership Coach

                This set of cards has been designed for families of all types and stages.

                The twenty included activities fall into four broad categories – discovering God’s big story, experiencing Jesus, showing God’s love and remembering and celebrating.

                GET HOLD OF A SET!

                Download Here >
                OR
                Order printed cards from the Tas Baptist office:
                (03) 6391 2202; karen@riverlands.org.au


                Scripture Union Tas

                Commissioning and Vision Launch

                Peter James SU Tas
                Peter James

                You, and everyone in your church, are invited to to meet with Peter James, CEO SU Australia, and hear about the vision for Scripture Union.

                • A Breakfast Celebration in Hobart
                • A Dessert Night in Ulverstone, or
                • A Commissioning Service in Launceston 

                Get to know Stephanie Sebastian, the new Regional Manager of SU in Tasmania, and find out how you can be involved in turning this vision into reality. Let yourself be inspired by the wonderful SU fellowship in the south of Tasmania, meet old and new friends, and help young people and their families to discover their places in God’s story.

                Cost: FREE

                RSVP for catering purposes by Wednesday, 16th March via admin@sutas.org.au or ring the SU office on 62448422.

                HOBART

                9:00-10:30 am Saturday, 19th of March
                Hope Church, 25 Tasma St, North Hobart

                ULVERSTONE

                7:00-8:30 pm Saturday, 19th of March
                Ulverstone Anglican Church, 6-10 Kings Parade, Ulverstone (near MacDonald’s)

                LAUNCESTON

                2:30 to 4 pm Sunday, 19th of March
                Punchbowl Christian Centre, 100 Punchbowl Road, Punchbowl,


                Position Vacant – Newstead Christian School

                Human Resources & Compliance Manager

                Bringing a Christian perspective to bear in all aspects of his or her work, the HR & Compliance Manger will establish & manage the processes of recruitment, staff wellbeing, records management, work health & safety, employee relations and compliance.

                This is a 0.4 FTE position for 15 hours per week.

                Applications due by Friday 25th March 2022.

                Position Description >


                L***Y Family on Home Mission

                Chris, Amy and children recently returned from a very long stint in Indonesia after they were caught there for an additional two years due to COVID restrictions.

                For security reasons it is not possible to relay the information in their most recent news email. However, you can subscribe to their next e-news distribution here >

                They are safe and well, and taking time to transition back to Australia. You can contact them in Queensland by email.

                Pray for us, so that the word of the Lord may spread rapidly and be glorified everywhere, just as it is among you. (2 Thessalonians 3:1)


                Baptist Mission Australia

                Watch and learn!

                BMA have released a new video explaining who they are and the work they do. This is a significant transition from Global Interaction, who we were all familiar with.

                Watch the video to find out more:

                BMA Video

                Home Ground Found!

                Intercultural Sports League

                In early February, the Intercultural Sports League, founded by Raj Chopra of IC Church* Glenorchy, had a major win.

                ICSL Leslie Vale oval-screenshot Kingborough Chronicle 15Feb22
                Left to Right: Simon Stebbings, Glenorchy Cricket Operations Director; Hafeez Inayat, Australian Pakistan Club of Tasmania; Ben Smith, Cricket Tasmania; Cr Paula Wriedt, Mayor of Kingborough; Kelvin Smith, Hobart Baptist Church; Raj Chopra, ICSL founder; and Gagan Virk, Tasmanian Punjabi Sports Club.

                The ICSL received permission from the Kingborough Council to use the Leslie Vale cricket oval as its home ground. This is the result of years of searching, and was successful thanks to a partnership with Kingborough Council and support from Cricket Tasmania.

                The ICSL now has over 200 players and 13 teams, including a women’s team, which began this 2021-22 season.

                Find out more about ICSL: Facebook >

                *While IC Church (Intercultural Church) is not a member of the Baptist Union, it is under the auspices of Tas Baptists, and is closely associated with Claremont Baptist.


                Religious Discrimination Bill

                From Australian Baptist Ministries, 23 Feb 2022

                Prior to the disappointing events of the last fortnight, the National Ministries Director, Rev. Mark Wilson, along with Freedom for Faith and other religious groups, had engaged with parliamentarians of all persuasions in the lead up to, and during, the Religious Discrimination Bill debate in federal Parliament.

                After several months of negotiations, a basic bill had received the bi-partisan support necessary to pass without amendments. Two Committee reports released only days before the bill’s introduction indicated the major parties would vote for the bill in both houses. As the sitting week unfolded, deteriorating conditions led to the bill being shelved by the Government.

                Few sitting days now remain before the Prime Minister must call the next election (the last possible poll day is May 28). There is therefore no time for the Religious Discrimination Bill to be considered in the Senate. Although the bill passed in the House of Representatives, several amendments also passed that caused considerable damage.

                Freedom for Faith Board Member Professor Patrick Parkinson has written an excellent summary of why the bill failed here.


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                  Tamar Island Walk & Picnic

                  12:30-2:30 Sunday 27th February

                  An EmpowHer* Event

                  EmpowHer Tamar Walk 27Feb 2022

                  All women are welcome to join the Tamar Island Walk and Picnic, 12:30-2:30pm, Sunday 27th February 2022.

                  The Tamar Island walk is a short 4km return boardwalk, just 10 minutes drive from the heart of Launceston.

                  It will begin with a BYO picnic. Please also bring a picnic rug &/or chair, as tables are limited.

                  This is an all-access walk and children are welcome under your supervision.

                  MORE INFO/REGISTER: Wendy 0407 675 414; or Belinda 0408 267 188

                  Download Brochure >

                  *EmpowHer is an activity of Tasmanian Baptist Women


                  Nationwide Prayer Gathering

                  Prayer gathering

                  Prayer Gathering of Australian Baptists

                  Please join your Baptist family at 7:45pm on Tuesday 1st March for a Zoom prayer gathering.

                  We will pray for God to work within our lives, our families, our churches, our communities our Baptists partners, our States/Territories, our nation, and our world.

                  We especially want to pray for our BaptCare family as they battle COVID outbreaks in aged care facilities, and support exhausted staff.

                  As well we will pray for the situation in Myanmar, for the people of Tonga, and for the unfolding situation in the Ukraine.

                  REGISTER: bit.ly/ABMpraywithus22 >

                  DOWNLOAD Flyer for distribution >


                  Leading with Courage – Muster

                  For Tas Baptist Pastors and Leaders
                  ReCharge News
                  At the Muster in September 2021

                  WHEN: Lunchtime Monday – Lunchtime Tuesday March 7-8, 2022
                  WHERE: Hobart Baptist Church
                  WHO: Appointed key leaders of Tasmanian Baptist churches
                  WELCOME! It will be a great opportunity to meet newly appointed pastors around the state.

                  With great pleasure and expectation, Tasmanian Baptist pastors and key church leaders are invited to the upcoming Pastors’ Muster, 7th-8th March 2022.

                  Gathering together as leaders never fails to be a rich time.

                  With just 24hrs together, some big conversations will focus on the importance of leading with courage.

                  We will create a safe to share with others – a courageous aspect of leadership. For this reason, only pastors, and leaders of churches without a pastor, have received invitations.

                  MAKE SURE YOU REGISTER!
                  If you are missing your invite email please contact jenna@tasbaptists.org.au


                  Recent Inductions

                  Exciting times for Tasmanian Baptist Churches

                  It has been an unprecedented few weeks, as five pastors were inducted during January and February, 2022. They are Dan Hutchison (Newstead), Matt Henderson (Hobart), Liam Conway (Riverlands); Jeff Percival (Lower Barrington); and Dan Evenhuis (Citywide).

                  • Dan Evenhuis, ReCharge news
                  • Laim Conway, ReCharge News
                  • Jeff Percival, ReCharge News
                  • Daniel Hutchison, ReCharge News
                  • Matt Henderson, ReCharge News
                  Welcome LIAM AND HANNAH!
                  New Associate Pastor for Riverlands

                  Liam Conway joined Riverlands Christian Community as Associate Pastor and was inducted by Maddy Svoboda at Riverlands on 6th February 2022.  The service was followed by a BBQ lunch.  A very special morning, it was wonderful to see many visitors who came in support of both Liam and Hannah, as they join the Riverlands family. 

                  Please pray Liam and Hannah will settle in well with the Riverlands church family, but also the wider community of Longford. 


                  Safer Spaces Toolkit

                  Australian Baptist Ministries pull together to create a great resource

                  Sunflowers, ReCharge News

                  In 2021, ABM recognised domestic abuse resources are often available only by region, and wanted to create a resource which could be accessed by any pastor anywhere, with access to the Internet. The outcome is now available as a resource for use in localities across Australia.

                  Baptist women from around the country made up the project working group. Between them, they have expertise in pastoral leadership, theology, teaching, domestic abuse and project management.

                  Together they created the Safer Spaces Toolkit: standagainstdv.net >

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


                  GLOBAL LAUNCH: 16th Feb
                  Baptist Mission Australia

                  You are Invited!

                  5-6PM, WEDNESDAY 16TH FEBRUARY 2022
                  Scott Pilgrim, GIA to BMA, ReCharge News

                  Global Interaction has become Baptist Mission Australia

                  One of the nation’s oldest mission organisations has changed its name as it looks to strengthen its partnership with Baptist churches across Australia and international partners around the globe.

                  Executive Director Scott Pilgrim (pictured) invites you to the GLOBAL LAUNCH!

                  This is your invitation to join with teams around the
                  world to dedicate this year of ministry to God.
                  Together we will pray, commission our teams
                  and say, “Come Holy Spirit”.

                  REGISTER TO RECEIVE THE ZOOM LINK:


                  Newstead Farewells Marion Sherriff

                  27 July 1935 – 16 January 2022

                  Ted and Marion Sherriff

                  Marion was born on the 27th July 1935, and went peacefully to be with her Lord on the 16th January 2022. She spent over 70 years of her life living in Launceston in the suburb of Newstead, as a child and then for most of her married life.

                  Marion was farewelled on the 21st January from Newstead Baptist.

                  Marion and her sisters attended Newstead Baptist where they attended Sunday School, Camps and Church. It was there that Marion came to a faith and belief in Jesus Christ as her Saviour. At Newstead, she also met Edward Humphrey ‘Ted’ Sherriff and they married in the church on the 26th May, 1956. Ted later became the President of the Baptist Union of Tasmania.

                  Marion loved God in a deep and personal way. She loved God’s Word, the Bible. Coming to church, for Marion, meant learning about God, meeting with God, and singing together to rejoicing with God’s people. It brought her happiness and gave her strength through life’s sorrows and disappointments.

                  Added to family duties of raising four children, Marion was a faithful member at Newstead Baptist for over 60 years serving through Sunday School Teaching, Christian Endeavour, the Missionary Committee, Ladies’ Meetings like Homemakers and Baptist Women’s Fellowship, Chat’n’Choose creche co-ordinator, hospitality and more.

                  Marion will be sadly missed by her ‘loved’ Ted, and many family members. We know that she is now at peace and in no pain with her Lord.


                  Christian Life & Witness Courses

                  Training to sharpen your evangelism skills

                  WHEN: 21st February to 12th March 2022
                  WHERE: In various churches in the Launceston and Hobart regions, including Baptist churches in Westbury, Perth, Launceston (Gateway), George Town and Hobart.

                  The Christian Life and Witness Course helps believers deepen their faith in Jesus Christ and share Him with others. Specifically, during the Tasmania Celebration with Will Graham in May 2022. But also, on their own as they witness to friends, family members and co-workers.

                  During the two-hour/week, three-week course, participants will learn:

                  • Biblical principles on living a life that pleases God and points other people to Him.
                  • Practical tips and advice about sharing Jesus Christ with people who do not yet know Him.
                  • How to best support new Christians and help them grow in their faith.

                  Check out dates, times and locations > | tasmaniacelebration.org.au


                  Tasmanian Baptist Key Dates, 2022

                  Dates for your Diary
                  Some participants at Tasmanian Baptists Annual Assembly 2021; ReCharge News
                  Some attendees at Assembly, Oct 2021

                  7-8 March 2022                Pastors’ Muster in Hobart                             

                  26 March 2022                 Council Meeting              

                  6-7 May 2022                    Mid-Year Assembly at Riverlands       

                  18 June 2022                    Council Meeting

                  26-27 July 2022               Musters: Regional with PM sessions

                  10 September 2022        Council Meeting

                  3-5 October 2022             Muster: Pastors and Families

                  28-29 October 2022        Annual Assembly at Riverlands

                  19 November 2022          Council Meeting


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                  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

                  READ MORE IN THIS JUNE 2021 ADVANCE | step by step

                  • 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

                  Luminous Header

                  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


                  READ MORE IN THIS JUNE 2021 ADVANCE | step by step

                  • 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:


                  READ MORE in the June 2021 ADVANCE | step by step