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    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

    Silverdome: 7pm Friday/Saturday 27/28 May; 6pm Sunday 29 May\

    The Tasmania Celebration is a free event with live music.

    Don’t miss the Tasmania Celebration with Will Graham, a free, family-friendly event.

    Musical guests will perform, and Will Graham will offer 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.

    INVITE YOUR FRIENDS! The main event is preceded by Kidzfest and Youth events.

    KIDZFEST Launceston: 10am 28 May

    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! Launceston: 4pm 27 May (Friday)

    Youthfest runs into the main event with PlentBoom 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: (Kidzfest | Youth | Celebration) was OVER  2000!
    • 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 so far!
    • This week, Churches are being contacted to start the process of follow-up.

    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.


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    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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      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

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      ReCharge News April 2022

      ReCharge NEWS March 2022

      Sunrise, Tasmania Photo credit: Jo Sinclair

      23th March 2022

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        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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        Cradle Mountain

        FEBRUARY 2022

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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

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

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

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

          FREE REGISTRATIONS ARE ESSENTIAL! More info and Registrations

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

          National Church Life Survey

          How to be involved

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

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

          Local church results will arrive in early 2022.

          See 2021ncls.org.au for more.

          COVID-19 Crisis in Asia

          From Roshan Mendis, Asian Pacific Baptist Aid (APBAid)

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

          India

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

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

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

          Nepal and Sri Lanka

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

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

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

          Myanmar

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

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

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

          Bangladesh

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

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


          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