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    Changes At Hobart Baptist Church 

    HBC’s Stephen Baxter Concludes in the Role

    On Sunday, 12 May, Scott Ambrose shared the news that, Stephen Baxter would be concluding his time as Senior Pastor at Hobart Baptist Church later this year. Stephen is leaving the role after 14 years and is the longest serving minister in the 140-year history of Hobart Baptist Church. Stephen indicated that he felt a clear sense that God was calling him to conclude his period of service as Senior Pastor. Consequently, his final Sunday will be 1 September 2024.  

    This is not necessarily the end of Stephen and Jenny’s time at Hobart Baptist Church but, rather, the conclusion of serving as Senior Pastor.  

    HBC will celebrate Stephen and Jenny and their pastoral ministry over the coming months and invite everyone in the Tas Baptist community to join in as they honour them. 

    The HBC community are incredibly grateful to God for the leadership of Stephen and the support and work of Jenny over many years. Stephen and Jenny have responded faithfully to the call of God to serve Him through Hobart Baptist Church, and it is fitting that they are now responding to His call as they seek His will for the future. The changes in the Church in both the physical buildings and in the pastoral team approach and missional outlook, are a testament to Stephen’s ministry. 

    The Diaconate will be meeting to prayerfully consider future pastoral leadership and invite all members of the Tas Baptist community to thank God for the provision of Stephen and Jenny for this period in the life of Hobart Baptist and, to pray for God’s will for the HBC community.  Watch the announcement below from HBC’s YouTube site.

    impress: passing faith onto our kids

    New book, impress by Ainsley Freeman

    A new book explores sharing faith with our children in the context of busy, modern households.

    With the pressures of our modern world, parents are struggling to find the time, energy and tools to talk about and demonstrate faith to their kids. impress is a book written for these parents in the “drowning years” of raising children and is part encouragement and part how-to when it comes to sharing faith to the next generation in the context of our modern households.  

    Mother of three sons, author, media professional and church pastor, Ainsley Freeman, says the book represents much of her life journey to date.  

    This book is a call back to the primary task for any caregiver to pass the baton of faith in a compelling, meaningful, and relevant way in the context of our families. It’s a call back to evangelism and sharing the good news with people we’ve been entrusted.  

    Reflecting on her new book Ainsley says, “It is imperative that we talk about and live our faith in a way that leaves a real impression on the next generation and this book will help and inspire parents to do just that.” 

    impress is available through the Olive Tree Media online store and instore or online from Koorong bookstores. To find out more about impress visit the @impress.daily Instagram page or go to the website www.olivetreemedia.com.au/impress and be sure to sign up for Ainsley’s 52-week devotional accompanying the book called impress weekly

    National Volunteers Week  

    20-26 May  

    Next week we notice and celebrate our volunteers. Notice – because volunteers are often the quiet and generally unnoticed people making things happen in the background.
    They are rarely recognised for their work, and rarely expect to be – because it’s in their nature to help others! How do you let your volunteers know that they are so very valued? Send a free e-card or appreciation certificate

    Micah Australia

    2024 Budget Night Response 

    In the wake of Budget night, Micah Australia have created a Budget response as part of their joint campaign – ‘Safer World for All’ – run with the wider Australian International Development sector.  

    They have also developed an Advocacy Plan to help churches advocate for an Australia that acts justly for country neighbours and the most urgent global justice issues facing the world today – extreme poverty, rising conflict and climate change.  

    Further resources unpacking the need to advocate for a generous aid program from a Christian perspective can be found here

    Baptist World Aid Matching Grant Appeal 

    May-June 2024

    Support the work of Baptist World Aid before the end of the financial year   

    Inspired by Isaiah 61 and God’s infinite kindness to those who are suffering, May-June will see Baptist World Aid launch their annual Matching Grant Appeal. 

    Donations made to this appeal will be combined with government funds and invested in specific community development projects.  

    Current projects funded through the Matching Grant Appeal are in Cambodia, Nepal, Bangladesh, Kenya, and Lebanon.  

    For over 10 years, they have used the campaign as an opportunity to raise the funds needed to access additional financial support from the Australian Government through the Australian NGO Cooperation Program (ANCP). All donations are tax-deductible.   

    For further information visit the website or read BWA 2024 FAQ document here. 

    Youth Alive UNDIVIDED!

     24, 25 May and 21 June 2024  

    Youth Alive Undivided is a state-wide event for young people and youth ministries and are perfect for teenagers to bring their friends along. Tasmania is holding three events with over 1000 young people gathering! Dates for the Undivided are: 

    24 MAY – Launceston, 6pm At Door of Hope Christian Church 

    25 MAY – Devonport, 6pm at Gateway Church 

    21 JUNE – Hobart, 6pm at Hillsong Church Hobart (New Venue). 

    To book tickets or volunteer, visit the website for more information

    Baptist Mission Australia

    May 2024
    It’s still May Mission Month!  Is your church following along with the four key themes?  

    1. Renewing: It starts with us (Galatians 5:16–17, 22–26) 
    1. Relating: It’s always about relationships (Matthew 4:18–22) 
    1. Restoring: It’s about the whole Gospel for the whole world (Luke 4:14–21) 
    1. Responding: It’s about availability (John 1:35–42) 

    These can be run as a four-part series, or each theme can be used a standalone theme.

    Explore this year’s theme, through the video Mending!

    This video offers a big picture understanding of how God is at work – restoring and renewing – as well as tangible examples of how people around the world are joining with Him as co-menders of a beautiful, broken world.  
     
    Explore the full suite of Mending! resources >> 

    BMA

    2024 Tas Baptist Handbook

    Information for Tasmanian Baptist Churches 

    At the May Mid-year Assembly, the 2024 Tasmanian Baptist Handbook will be released. The Handbook contains important information for Tasmanian Baptist Churches, including contact details for pastors, churches, Baptist agencies nationally, church statistics for the past year and much more. 

    The Handbook will be distributed in both printed and electronic form…  

    Printed: At Assembly, two printed copies will be available for each church. To save us postage, please make sure you pick up your church’s Handbooks! 

    If your church requires more than two printed copies, please contact Anna-Maree Richardson at the Tas Baptist office: anna-maree@tasbaptists.org.au 

    Electronic: The final e-version will be distributed as a PDF to Secretaries the week after Assembly. As well, a link will be included in reCharge, distributed on Wednesday 15 May. 

    Please note that for privacy reasons we no longer publish the Handbook on the Tas Baptist website. If you need a copy later, you can always contact the office.  For the same reason, do take care with the distribution and availability of the Handbook. It would be wise to carefully destroy past copies of the Handbook you may have in your possession! 

    IMPORTANT! Quite a few churches and pastors have not yet submitted their details, and it is now becoming urgent.

    If you need to be reminded how to access the form, or if you have any questions, please email the Tas Baptist office on info@tasbaptists.org.au .

    Caring for People Workshop

    Wednesday, 22 May 2024

    Tasmanian Baptists are running a workshop on the process of caring for people through these four significant life events: Marriages, Funerals, Baptisms and Dedications. 

    These events require more than just conducting a ceremony or giving a talk. They require pastoral care from leaders who journey with people and families and support them to navigate some of life’s most emotional and challenging events.  

    To do well, they require involvement, including before, during, and after the event. This might sound like a lot to do, but there are ways to manage time and emotional investment AND truly bless families. 

    The workshop will discuss some practicalities around relevant documents and legal responsibilities. But, the majority of the time will focus on ways to balance a pastor’s or leader’s regular responsibilities with the additional responsibilities that come with these significant events.  

    Open to any pastor or leader that wishes to attend. We recognise that many different leaders are involved in these activities in a church. 

    Morning tea, espresso coffee and tea, and lunch will be provided.
    Please note: no live-streaming or recording will be offered at or after this event.

    LOCATION: Riverlands Baptist Church, Longford. 
    DATE: Wednesday, 22 May 
    TIME: 10:00am to 1.30pm 

    COST: $20 per person, payable to
    Name: Tasmanian Baptist Union 
    BSB: 704-922 
    Account: 100007060 
    Reference: WEDDINGS 

    Register by 10 May by emailing Anna-Maree at Anna-Maree@tasbaptists.org.au with all the names of those attending at your church. Please let Anna-Maree know of any food related needs as you book. 

    Any questions, please email Michael Henderson at michael@tasbaptists.org.au 

    Reflecting Forward Conference

    Monday, 13 to Tuesday, 14 May 2024

    Your Church Tasmania is hosting the Reflecting Forward conference for ministers and other pastoral care workers. Spiritual Care is a growing and vital part of any organisation that cares for and about people. The conference will cover Spiritual Care: Personal, Professional & Political Perspective and Harmony in Thought: Resolving Dissonance and Reordering Cognitive Schema with an option to attend dinner on Monday evening at Government House with a reception with the Governor beforehand. 

    Located at RACV Hotel, 154-156 Collins St, Hobart, keynote speakers include Michael Paterson, Scotland Director of the Institute of Pastoral Supervision and Reflective Practice along with Susan Marcuccio, President of the Australian Association of Supervision.

    Elective/workshop topics: 
    Susan Marcuccio – Using practical models and tools in our supervision, mentoring and chaplaincy 
    Michael Paterson – Brave Space  
    Tim Dyer – Supervising individuals in conflict 
    Sean Conry – The transferrable core of Spiritual Care across sectors 
    Paul Hueston – Supervision in groups 

    REGISTRATIONS CLOSE: 9am on Monday, 6 May

    More info and a full list of speakers and session topics HERE  or register HERE 

    Building a Culture of Trust

    Tuesday, 11 June 

    Experience an engaging half-day Leaders Networking Event to workshop building a culture of trust. Presented by Dr. Henry Cloud, clinical psychologist and author of 45 books including “Boundaries”. 

    The half-day session on Tuesday 11 June will be co-hosted by GLS Next Gen on the Northwest Coast at Devonport. 

    Understanding the significance of trust within a team has profound impact on enhancing working environments. The event offers a fantastic opportunity for networking, learning, and potentially catalysing positive change within church culture. Learn, grow and connect with leaders from across Tasmania.

    The highlight of the meeting will be an insightful presentation by Dr. Henry Cloud. 
     
    Benefits include:
    – World-class insights  
    – Dynamic conversations 
    – Defined next steps to enhance trust with the people you lead.

    Costs start at $65 per person and includes GST, workbook and morning tea.  

    Find more information and register here

    The Point Baptist

    Part-time Youth Pastor wanted at The Point

    The Point Baptist, at Beauty Point in Tasmania, is looking for a part-time youth pastor to take over from the current pastor who is returning to the USA in June.

    For more information, please email Craig Hawkins at hawkthe32@gmail.com or call 0487 343348. 

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      Church Pastor Wanted

      Part-time Pastor wanted at Gateway Baptist, Launceston 

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

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

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

      A Church with a Heart for People

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

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

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

      GATEWAY BAPTIST Launceston Tasmania

      Fostering Hope Mentoring Program

      Training Day on Saturday, 4 May

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

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

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

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

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

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

      Fostering Hope Mentor Training Day info

      Job Opportunity

      Spiritual Care Coordinator RAC & RL Karingal 

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

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

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

      For more information visit Baptcare’s website.


      Tas Baptists Mid-Year Assembly

      Saturday, 11 May 

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

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

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

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

      ANNUAL ASSEMBLY 2023

      Baptist Mission Month

      May 2024

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

      Image for Baptist Mission Australia May Mission Month 2024

      Earth Day 2024

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

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


      Living with Loss seminar

      One-day seminar on ‘Living with Loss’

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

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

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

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

      Peacemaking Amidst Conflict 

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

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

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

      For more information visit the Langham website 


      Baptcare visits Citywide

      Baptcare highlights its community service work in Tasmania 

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

      Watch their presentation here:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


      BCSANT ‘walking together’

      Baptist Churches SA & NT launches new name and logo

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

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

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

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

      Check out their new website or watch this video:


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        BibleProject Resources

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

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

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

        Register for Foundations

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

        Register now  

        Citywide Easter Exhibition

        Monday, 18 March to Friday, 26 April 

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

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

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

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

        The Drawings

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

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

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

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

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

        See all 16 drawings online here.


        The Bob Curè Exhibition Space

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

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

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

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

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

        Launceston Alive Easter Festival

        Thu 28 – Sun 31 Mar  

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

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

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

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

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

        Launceston Easter Alive

        Faith Impact Audit

        NAYBA Audit Presentation

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

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

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

        New Book Available

        Tasmanian Baptist History 

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

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

        But it is more than account of their first years.

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

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

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

        March Muster

        Why Theological Education Matters

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

        Candidate Forums 

        Meet your Local Candidate 

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

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

        Find more information online meetyourcandidates.org.au 

        Crossover

        2024 Australian Baptist Easter Offering

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

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

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

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

        Re-Imagine  

        Combined Gathering 

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

        Find more details on Facebook.

        Samaritan’s Purse

        Shoebox Numbers Are In! 

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

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

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

        Being Human Webinar

        What does it mean to be human?

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

        On Tuesday, 12 March 2024 at 7pm  

        RESERVE YOUR TICKET 

        Trauma Recovery Course

        Reboot Trauma Recovery

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

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

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

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

        REGISTER ONLINE

        Heartlands Summer 2024 – out now

        By Women, for Women

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

        Read more…

        Heartlands News

        New College Roadshow

        Frank W Boreham College launch

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

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

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

        The following informal evenings are open to anyone. 

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

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

        Hear about the Kairos subscription-based education model of learning

        Workshop for churches on CYSOF

        New Child and Youth Safe Organisation Framework legislation 

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

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

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

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

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

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

        Kids playing outside
        Working for a Child and Youth Safe Organisation

        Gaza Crisis Update

        From Baptist World Aid Australia

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

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

        Also, Gaza is experiencing a healthcare crisis.  

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

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

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

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

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          Being Human Webinar

          What does it mean to be human?

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

          On Tuesday, 12 March 2024 at 7pm  

          RESERVE YOUR TICKET 

          Trauma Recovery Course

          Reboot Trauma Recovery

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

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

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

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

          REGISTER ONLINE

          Heartlands Summer 2024 – out now

          By Women, for Women

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

          Read more…

          Heartlands News

          New College Roadshow

          Frank W Boreham College launch

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

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

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

          The following informal evenings are open to anyone. 

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

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

          Hear about the Kairos subscription-based education model of learning

          Have you thought of Mentoring?  

          Fostering Hope Info Session for Mentoring

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

          City Prayer

          Church Together Prayer Meetings for Hobart

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

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

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

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

          Plan to pray and gather together as His Church across Hobart

          Workshop for churches on CYSOF

          New Child and Youth Safe Organisation Framework legislation 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

          Kids playing outside
          Working for a Child and Youth Safe Organisation

          Gaza Crisis Update

          From Baptist World Aid Australia

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

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

          Gaza is also experiencing a healthcare crisis.  

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

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

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

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

          New Pastor Welcome

          Matu Christian Church welcome Rev Kosen

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

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

          Free One-Day Workshop

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

          Tasmanian Baptist Calendar 2024 

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

          Foundations Course

          Burnie Baptist hosts one week discipleship course in January

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

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

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

          SU Schools Sunday in February

          Encouraging students and school staff

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

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

          Position Vacant

          Youth and Children’s worker wanted

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

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

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            Australian Christian Book Awards

            The October News featured the winners of this year’s Sparklit Australian Book Awards. In addition, the shortlisted books provide a feast of reading which are suitable as Christmas gifts, or your own summer reading. Here are some of them:

            Shortlisted Australian Christian Books, 2023

            Behind the Tears by Bruce RobinsonBehind the Tears, Bruce Robinson, Green Hill Publishing
            Bruce Robinson doesn’t waste time wondering why we suffer, but swiftly moves to suggest ways and means of coping, enduring and even growing through experiences of suffering.
            Bringing Forth Life, Jodie McIver, Youthworks Media
            A unique and moving meditation on the eternal significance of pregnancy, birth, and life with a newborn child. Written by a mother, midwife and theologian, this book is a practical guide through the journey of childbirth, including the discomforts, difficulties and occasional heartbreaks.
            Disrupting Mercy, Matthew Clarke with Annabella Rossini-Clarke, Turning Teardrops into Joy
            What would happen if, like Zacchaeus, we allowed Jesus to change our hearts and turn us upside down? In Disrupting Mercy the Clarkes confront our anaemic understanding of God’s mercy and urge us to allow God’s extreme kindness and generosity to disrupt and transform our life and our world. 
            How to Find Yourself, Brian Rosner, Crossway
            Without discarding the importance of self-reflection, Rosner suggests that to truly find ourselves we need to look beyond ourselves to our relationships, our community, our history and, most fundamentally, God’s Word.
            Imagination in an Age of Crisis, Jason Goroncy and Rod Pattenden, Pickwick Publications
            This carefully curated treasury of essays and creative works showcases the strength and diversity of the Christian imagination in Australia.
            Practicing Peace, Michael Wood, Wipf and Stock
            In Practicing Peace, Michael Wood explores the centrality of peacemaking to Christian thinking, feeling and living. First, he anchors our pursuit of peace in a theology that declares that we are forgiven by God in Christ and free to forgive others. 
            Raising Tech-Healthy Humans, Daniel Sih, Spacemakers
            What to do about children and screens? Daniel Sih has written a positive and practical response to this pressing question. 
            Religious Freedom in a Secular Age, Michael Bird, Zondervan Reflective
            While secularism is routinely deplored by many Christians, Michael Bird makes a strong case for the secular state as the best way to ensure freedom of faith (and no faith) and to provide the optimal climate in which the church might thrive. 
            The Future is Bivocational, Andrew Hamilton, Ark House Press
            Circumstance, then curiosity, drove Andrew Hamilton to consider alternative models of church leadership. What will sustainable ministry look like in an increasingly post-Christian society? 

            Hobart City Prayer

            Hobart Tasmania

            Church leaders from across Hobart gather to pray on the last Wednesday every month to come before God and seek His face. The leaders ask for a movement of God in the city of Hobart and beyond. They pray the city will be touched and changed by His power.

            “Keep on asking, and you will receive what you ask for.
            Keep on seeking, and you will find.
            Keep on knocking, and the door will be opened to you. 
            For everyone who asks, receives. Everyone who seeks, finds.
            And to everyone who knocks, the door will be opened.

            Matthew 7:7-8. NLT

            Hobart City Prayer takes place in different churches around the city each month. The venue for the November prayer time is Hobart Baptist Church.

            The next Hobart City Prayer is NEXT WEEK.
            7.15am for a 7.30am start, Wed 29th November
            Hobart Baptist Church 282 Elizabeth St. Nth Hobart

            This invitation can be shared with other church leaders to pray in faith for city of Hobart.


            Join the Fostering Hope Family!

            Fostering Hope recently released a newsletter. You can download it here >

            Please enjoy reading it, and learning more about the work of Fostering Hope. The newsletter also explains how you can support children growing up in care, and carers in your community.

            They also just launched the Fostering Hope Family which is a great way for people to more formally support the work. Find out more here >

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            Being welcoming and inclusive to diverse families

            Safe Church

            Part 1: Single people

            Here are some tips to help your church be a place where single people can grow in their faith and feel fully part of a church community. A single person may have never been married, be separated, divorced or widowed.  25% of Australian households are individuals who live alone. 

            • Be mindful of your use of language, which might unintentionally exclude single people: For example, say “We are having church community picnic. Please invite all your loved ones” rather than “We are having church family picnic. Please invite your family
            • Celebrate and pray for things important in the lives of single people.  Such as completing year 12, completing a qualification, and buying a house. (Not only announcing engagements, marriages and pregnancies)
            • Acknowledge the joy and pain of special days, like Christmas, Mother’s Day, and anniversary of a partner’s passing away

            Useful Resources

            Kindle eBook “What we cannot be alone”, by Kimberly Smith. 
            Pastoring singles with Dani Treweek Podcast episode.
            Loving Singles over Christmas and January Podcast episode.
            Single Minded Has a website, podcast, and conference. 


            Walk the World

            10-12th November 2023

            Walk the World is a community building weekend of prayer and fun. It’s an invitation to get out and about in your local neighbourhood… and pray! Pray for your community and communities around the world. Pray for your church’s ministry and the ministry of our Baptist Mission Australia team members.

            Watch the video . . .

            Walk the world 2023 video image

            Across the weekend of 10-12th November 2023, commit to praying as you walk, run, wheel, cycle, imagine or drive around your area. As you do, BMA teams in Africa, Asia and Australia will be praying for you too!


            News From the Middle East

            Though the fig tree does not bud
                and there are no grapes on the vines, though the olive crop fails
                and the fields produce no food,
            though there are no sheep in the pen
                and no cattle in the stalls,
            yet I will rejoice in the Lord,
                I will be joyful in God my Saviour.

            Habakkuk 3: 17-18

            The past few weeks have been incredibly challenging. We want to express our heartfelt gratitude for your unwavering support in prayer, and I personally extend my thanks to each of you for sending encouraging messages. These messages from distant lands have been like cold water to a weary soul.

            We continue to affirm that God is sovereign over the entire universe and holds the power to change the current situation. We earnestly pray for a miracle to stop the ongoing conflict, coupled with a cry of hope for a brighter future for all residents of Israel and the Palestinian territories.

            Our churches have been holding continuous prayer meetings and in the midst of sorrow and anxiety, we are spreading the message of God’s love to those who are hurting.

            Baptist church in Israel prays for the Middle East

            Thank you for your friendship, and for your support for the ministry of the Association of Baptist Churches in Israel, so that we continue to empower, enhance and expand churches in the land where Jesus walked.

            From Bader Mansour, Development Officer
            Association of Baptist Churches in Israel 


            Perth Baptist Rock ‘n’ Roll Night

            Perth Baptist Rock n roll night

            Families and Grief Seminars

            An invitation from New Mornings to you and members of your church community to attend the Families & Grief Seminar. This will take place on Saturday 2nd December at The Gnomon Room, The Wharf in Ulverstone.

            As we serve our community in the area of mental health and wellbeing, one of our goals is to educate and support individuals walking the journey of grief, with educational events.  

            Our keynote speakers are experts in the field of grief and will cover:

            * Types of grief experienced in families 
            * Supporting a family. Especially after suicide
            * How young people experience grief

            EARLY BIRD registrations: Available until 19th November >

            DOWNLOAD: Flyer for noticeboard display >

            Thank you for supporting families and young people in the area of grief and loss.  


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              Support those affected by the Middle East Crisis

              Baptist World Aid are taking action. You can too.

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

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

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

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

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

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


              Hiroshima Survival

              Original Documentary: Australian Veteran’s Incredible Story

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


              mainly music at Westbury

              Westbury Baptist Church, mainly music

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

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

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

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

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

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

              Find out more >


              Farewell Mal Garvin

              18 November 1941 – 3 October 2023

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

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

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

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


              Domestic Violence Resources

              The Safer Spaces Toolkit

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

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

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

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


              Compliance Reminder

              Is your church ChildSafe?

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

              Child Safe training for Safe Churches

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

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

              For more information please contact:


              LifeWay comes 3rd!

              Crossover Quiz Night Results

              Australia’s Baptistist Quiz Night

              Crossover Quiz night 2023

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

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

              Special mention to the top 3 teams: 

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

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

              Funeral Notice

              Farewell Markus Sebastian

              1963-2023

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

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

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


              Australian Christian Book Awards 2023

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

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

              WINNER! Australian Christian Book of the Year 2023

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

              Australian Christian Book of the Year award winner 2023

              WINNER! Australian Christian Teen Writer 2023

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

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

              Australian Christian Teen Writer of the Year award winner 2023

              Fostering Hope

              Mentoring Program in Hobart

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

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

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

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

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

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

              Baptism Week Ideas Guide

              15-22 October 2023

              National Baptism Week logo
              Crossover Baptism Week, Oct 2023

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


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                Love your Neighbour

                NAYBA Impact Audit

                Reminder! NAYBA Impact Audit. Tas

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

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

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

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

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


                Fostering Hope

                Mentoring Program in Hobart

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

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

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

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

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

                Fostering Hope Mentoring Day, Hobart 14th October 2023

                Crossover Resource

                Baptism Week Ideas Guide

                15-22 October 2023

                National Baptism Week logo
                Crossover Baptism Week, Oct 2023

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


                Resourcing your church, Baptism Week

                Next Steps Video series

                With Karl Faase at Olive Tree Media

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

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

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

                Examples of use

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

                WATCH: NEXT STEPS trailer

                Tralier of the Next Steps video - Olive Tree media

                Celebrate with Burnie

                Induction at Burnie Baptist

                The Coppin Family

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

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

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


                Fun_raiser!

                Trivia Night at Gateway

                Time to have some fun at Gateway Baptist

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

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

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

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

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


                Baptist Mission Australia

                Jit and Jan Yawan

                Lanternlight Ministries, Thailand

                JIT AND JAN YAWAN

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

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

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

                Read More: DOWNLOAD YAWAN NEWS (1MB) >


                Staying Informed in the Asia Pacific

                APBF Digest

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

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

                August 2023 APBF Digest

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                  NEWS FROM CROSSOVER

                  Crossover Baptism Week

                  15th to 21st October

                  National Baptism Week will be an opportunity for Baptist churches, youth groups, small groups and ministries across Australia to celebrate, explore and offer baptism.

                  Watch the explainer video and ideas pack. Joining in will be very simple – no need to register or report back – you can use Baptism Week in your own way.

                  Check out the new Baptism Hub which also includes new baptism resources and more to come.

                  Free seminar in Hobart

                  Sharing Hope in Crisis

                  Sharing Hope in Crisis seminar

                  As the Church, we are representatives of Jesus, bringing compassion and comfort to our world. Sharing Hope in Crisis further equips us to do this well, allowing people to journey through a life-changing circumstance.

                  This seminar is to provide resource and equip you to help those going through crisis. Tea and coffee and light refreshments available. Bring your lunch, or choose from local cafes.

                  Let’s learn more on how to journey with someone through crisis, grief and difficult life changing circumstances. 

                  God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble” (Psalms 46:)

                  Sharing hope in Crisis Seminar

                  Date: Saturday 23rd September 2023
                  Time: 8.30am for a 9.00am start – 4.00 pm finish
                  Venue:  Your Church, (29 Charles Street, Moonah)
                  RSVP’s required for venue and resource supplies.

                  Crossover Fundraiser

                  Australia’s Baptistist Quiz Night

                  8pm, Saturday 2nd September

                  Yes – Baptistist is now a word!

                  Crossover Quiz night 2023

                  What happens when 1000 churches and six associations go head-to-head? Let’s find out!

                  Grab some friends and some nibbles and a laptop and a phone and make a team to represent your church! Suggested donation of $10/person to register.

                  The quiz will happen over Zoom, so you’ll need a laptop (or other Zoom-able device) positioned so your team can see, hear and be seen. 

                  FIND OUT MORE >

                  APBF Sunday, 20th August

                  Save Manipur Day of Prayer

                  Join this important day of prayer for our Baptist family in India who are suffering.

                  Every year, on the 3rd Sunday in August, the Asia Pacific Baptist Federation proclaims a Day of Prayer for a specific area in the region.

                  In 2023, the focus is on Manipur, India. FIND OUT MORE >

                  Sadly, more than 120 people have been killed, 250 places of worship destroyed or damaged and up to 50,000 people displaced. More than 1,700 homes are now seriously damaged or destroyed as a result of the recent violence.

                  Rev. Prof. Akheto Sema, General Secretary, CBCNEI (Council of Baptist Churches, Northeast India) writes:

                  The State of Manipur requires unceasing and deepest concern. Due to recent unrest and violence which started from 3rd May 2023 thousands of men, women and children are displaced, rendered homeless and are made to suffer.

                  Several churches destroyed and burnt down, houses belonging to the victims burnt down; children and college/university going students had to seek admissions outside of Manipur since the institutions are closed.

                  RESOURCES

                  Where are All the New Atheists?

                  Olive Tree Media Webinar series with Karl Faase

                  Wednesday 6th September, 7.00pm AEST

                  Olive Tree Media’s 2023 Webinar Series has been amazing and there have been some incredible guests share their expertise and wisdom.

                  In the next instalment, Karl Faase will host Justin Brierley for:

                  Why New Atheism Grew Old
                  Justin Brierley on his forthcoming book ‘The Surprising Rebirth of Belief in God’

                  Citywide Celebrates!

                  75 Years of Witness

                  On Sunday, 6th August, Citywide Baptist celebrated the 75th anniversary of the commencement of the Lenah Valley Church. About 120 past members and adherents were present at the celebration.

                  Citywide Lenah Valley celebrates their 75th Anniversary

                  The anniversary occasion was held at the Lenah Valley Church following the morning service. As part of the celebration, a printed history was made available entitled 75 Years of Christian Witness. A History of the Lenah Valley Baptist Church, by Laurie Rowston and Maurice French.

                  75 Years of Christian Witness. A History of the Lenah Valley Baptist Church
                  Cover of the book, launched on the day

                  The work began when the leadership of the Hobart Baptist Tabernacle saw the need for outreach in this growing suburb. To that end, the afternoon Sunday school was commenced in the Community Hall, on 1st August 1948.

                  The afternoon Sunday school was the only Christian witness in the suburb at that time. Today the Lenah Valley congregation is part of the Hobart Citywide Church, which includes the Citywide Hobart Nepalese Church.

                  Office Administrator Position

                  Newstead Christian School

                  Established in 1996 to provide a distinctly Christian education, Newstead Christian School is a friendly and supportive school community comprising of 120 students from K-10, in stunning Launceston, Tasmania.

                  Committed to equipping and empowering our students to serve wherever God might call them, we focus on teaching the Australian Curriculum from a biblical perspective; support-ing students to grow in character and faith, as well as academic and sporting excellence.

                  We are currently seeking a person with excellent interpersonal and communication skills to join our cohesive team here at NCS from the beginning of Term Three.

                  Position Overview As part of the school office team, this employee provides a broad range of general administrative support consisting of effective client (Children, Teachers, Other Staff, Parents, Suppliers, etc.) services and advice and operation of school-based systems.

                  HOURS: 8.30am-3.30pm, Mon- Fri, 42 weeks/year.
                  ALLOWANCES: 11% Superannuation and standard leave allowances.
                  JOB-SHARING? Possible, should two suitable candidates present themselves.
                  POSITION DESCRIPTION/APPLICATION FORM: Visit the NCS website at ncs.tas.edu.au
                  SUBMIT BY: Friday 25th August 2023 to principal@ncs.tas.edu.au,

                  Youth Alive Undivided

                  NORTH: 6pm 18th August | NW: 6pm 19th August | SOUTH: 6pm 25th August

                  In August, Youth Alive are running “Undivided”three regional youth gatherings. They would love to invite your youth ministry and young people!

                  Youth Alive’s mission is to reach young people with the message of Jesus. They believe these events will see youth ministries united, faith ignited, momentum gained, and young people respond to the Gospel!

                  Outreach events are a great way to unite young people, reach youth, and share the truth of Jesus. At every one of these events attendees will be invited to a local church or youth ministry as a next step of faith. They would like to partner with you to help reach the next generation.

                  The Youth Alive team are building volunteer teams for each of these events. If you would like to volunteer, please click the button, below.

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                    NCLS Webinar for Leaders

                    Thriving and Resilient Leadership, 11am and 7.30pm Wednesday 2 August 2023

                    NCLSLeadershipWebinar, 2nd August 2023

                    NCLS Research presents a webinar on “Thriving and Resilient Leadership: Latest findings and reflections on resilience, fulfilment and thriving in church leadership post-COVID”.

                    This webinar explores how Australian church leaders are coping, and what factors contribute to their resilience. Findings are based on the results from the 2021-22 NCLS Leader Survey by NCLS Research.

                    You will discover:

                    • What does thriving look like and what is burnout?
                    • How has it changed in Australian church leadership over the past five years? Are current practices sustainable?
                    • What are the personal foundations contributing to resilience and sustainable leadership?
                    • Practical ministry implications: Case studies and guiding principles for leaders.

                    Speakers

                    Sam Sterland, Senior Researcher of NCLS Research, will present research findings on leader wellbeing and resilience, and responses to COVID-19.

                    Guest speaker Tim Dyer will provide his reflections on the implications of these findings for ministry and mission.

                    Youth Alive Undivided

                    NORTH: 6pm 18th August | NW: 6pm 19th August | SOUTH: 6pm 25th August

                    In August, Youth Alive are running “Undivided”three regional youth gatherings. They would love to invite your youth ministry and young people!

                    Youth Alive’s mission is to reach young people with the message of Jesus. They believe these events will see youth ministries united, faith ignited, momentum gained, and young people respond to the Gospel!

                    Outreach events are a great way to unite young people, reach youth, and share the truth of Jesus. At every one of these events attendees will be invited to a local church or youth ministry as a next step of faith. They would like to partner with you to help reach the next generation.

                    The Youth Alive team are building volunteer teams for each of these events. If you would like to volunteer, please click the button, below.

                    Winter Heartlands

                    EH Heartlands News - EmpowHer

                    Heartlands, the quarterly e-news for women, was released last Friday 14th July.
                    There’s lots of good reading here >

                    Day of Courage well-grounded

                    Day of Courage Registrations are OPEN
                    Sat 18th November, ALL WOMEN WELCOME!

                    Australian Baptist Women ends
                    Find out what happened, and what happens next.

                    Heart of God-square

                    Being Transformed
                    Tuning into the heart of God. By Jenna Blackwell.

                    Villain-Origin Story
                    Or testimony in-the-making? By Maddie Mandall

                    Pastors’ and Families’ Muster

                    11th-13th July, Devonport

                    The July 2023 Muster was held at Oldaker Christian Church in Devonport. Here, pastors and their families found a comfortable space which was suitable for music ministry, teaching, eating and a great children’s program.

                    During the Muster, guest speaker Bree Mills explained her work around the idea of “micro-church”. This included how we might better disciple people, by adding small faith-based communities to our local church contexts. Read Bree’s article about Missional Leadership >

                    Wednesday afternoon free-time, brought several families together as they headed up to Leven Canyon to enjoy a bushwalk, and one another’s company.

                    Thanks must go to Jenna Blackwell for organising the Muster; Bree Mills for coming from Melbourne to speak; Bryce Roberts and Nicole Mayall for caring for the children; and David Pearson and Oldaker Christian Church for their excellent hospitality!

                    L to R: Bree Mills; Worship team; Leven Canyon walk; Everyone; Michael Henderson; Bryce and Nic are thanked.

                    Some Impressions of the Muster

                    • Putting missional intent into all my “activities” can transform them.
                    • Great connection and relationship.
                    • The overall highlight for me was being with other pastors and families and having a chance to share life.
                    • Be Discipling.
                    • Motivation to support pioneers and keep them linked onto and supported by the church.
                    • Being Together, kids and all. To be intentional Living in the tension of a ‘hybrid’ model.
                    • Good tools with implementation guidance with safeguards are always welcome.

                    EmpowHer Day of Courage

                    Registrations now open!

                    On Saturday 18th November, all women are welcome to attend the Day of Courage at Riverlands Longford. The speaker is Karen Wilson, President Baptist World Alliance Women, and CEO of the Gobal Leadership Network Australia. She will explore the topic of being well-grounded.

                    Already there is interest across the state, from a broad cross-section of the community. This will be a special day – not to be missed! Postcards are now available to invite your friends and family. If you cannot see them at your church, contact empowher@tasbaptist.org.au.

                    Registration covers morning tea, lunch and all materials.

                    EARLYBIRD: $45/person – Until 30th August
                    FULL PRICE: $55/person – From 31st August

                    Day of Courage 2023, register now

                    SparkLit Awards Night

                    Thursday 31st August

                    The 2023 Australian Christian Book of the YearYoung Australian Christian Writer and Australian Christian Teen Writer Awards will be announced and prizes presented during this year’s SparkLit Awards Night on Thursday 31 August. Join in online to celebrate the courage and endeavour of Australian Christian writers! 

                    Register now to receive the livestream link (free of charge) to watch the in-person event at St Alfred’s Anglican Church, Blackburn North.

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

                    Intergenerate Conference 2023

                    9am-4:30pm, Friday 18th August

                    There is a great national conference coming to Hobart (via satellite). This year the theme is: A Gospel for all Ages.

                    The conference comes highly recommended by Anthea Maynard (City Baptist, Launceston):

                    “I have been part of the national intergenerational resourcing group for a number of years. The speakers are excellent and have practical and thoughtful ways to explore intergenerational faith formation and community engagement. “

                    Find out more at the Intergenerate Facebook page >

                    Intergenerate - a Gospel for all ages

                    NCLS Update

                    Checking-in on your church’s health

                    Did you know you don’t need to wait five years for the next National Church Life Survey to listen to your church?

                    The Church Life Survey, by NCLS Research, is one of the church survey tools available to local churches and can be done anytime. It is an opportunity to check-in regularly and receive updated feedback and insights into church health and vitality, including your congregation’s experience of church life, discernments for the future and willingness to be involved.

                    Both paper and online survey options are offered, with a quick turnaround of results. After completion of the Survey, churches will receive a Church Life Profile that provides insights into the life and experiences of church attenders and provide indicators of church health and vitality which can inform and equip future directions for ministry and mission.

                    For more information, please visit ncls.org.au/churchlifesurveys

                    NCLS Survey - Listen to your church attenders at any time

                    Hold Fast Outreach

                    The Point are hosting a 25-day Texan Partnership Mission

                    Hold Fast Outreach at The Point, ReCharge News July 2023

                    Four Texans have arrived in Beauty Point, three of whom have partnered with the church ten times in the last 14 years! The outreach began on 23rd June, and will continue through until 19th July.

                    There will be a number of events ranging from Men’s, Women’s, and Kid’s outreach events, including a holiday club and basketball clinic. there will also be Bible studies and several family events.

                    CONTACT Rachelle Hawkins for more info on 0409 272 877. 
                    DOWNLOAD the brochure, which includes a short bio on the Texans.

                    All are welcome to come and be part of it!

                    School Chaplains

                    Positions Vacant with Scripture Union Tas

                    Provide emotional, social, and spiritual support to school communities…

                    Scripture Union has multiple chaplaincy positions available across Tasmania. Chaplains provide emotional, social, spiritual, and often practical support to school communities. They are in the prevention and support business: helping students find a better way to deal with issues ranging from family breakdown, loneliness, depression and anxiety.

                    SU Chaplaincy models the compassion and unconditional love demonstrated and taught by Jesus, as recorded in the Bible. Chaplains will be sensitive to, respectful of, and available to all regardless of beliefs or religious affiliations. All SU Chaplaincy staff and volunteers are champion a child-safe culture, and commit to the highest standards of safety and care in their work with children, young people and families.

                    See positions available in Tasmania >

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                      School Chaplains

                      Positions Vacant with Scripture Union Tas

                      Provide emotional, social, and spiritual support to school communities…

                      Scripture Union has multiple chaplaincy positions available across Tasmania. Chaplains provide emotional, social, spiritual, and often practical support to school communities. They are in the prevention and support business: helping students find a better way to deal with issues ranging from family breakdown, loneliness, depression and anxiety.

                      SU Chaplaincy models the compassion and unconditional love demonstrated and taught by Jesus, as recorded in the Bible. Chaplains will be sensitive to, respectful of, and available to all regardless of beliefs or religious affiliations. All SU Chaplaincy staff and volunteers are empowered and equipped to champion a child-safe culture, and are committed to the highest standards of safety and care in our work with children, young people and families.

                      See positions available in Tasmania >

                      Chaplaincy in Tasmania

                      Last Daughter

                      In Cinemas – but you can arrange to watch at your church!

                      After being raised by a white family, a young girl is taken away and returned to the Aboriginal family she didn’t know. Decades later, she’s on a journey to discover where she truly belongs.

                      Brenda’s first memories were of growing up in a loving white foster family, before she was suddenly taken away and returned to her Aboriginal family. Decades later, she feels disconnected from both halves of her life. But the traumas of her past do not lie quietly buried. So, she goes searching for the foster family with whom she had lost all contact.

                      INFO for Churches > | READ review >

                      WATCH at the movies: Launceston Star > | Hobart State Cinema >

                      WATCH the trailer:

                      Our Baptist Values

                      From Australian Baptist Ministries

                      As mentioned at the May Assembly

                      A great resource for your church or small group, the Values Project* is designed to help individuals, churches and groups reflect, talk and learn about our identity and values as communities of faith within the Australian Baptist movement.

                      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.

                      They are a great basis for discussion and understanding Baptists, particularly for those new to the movement.

                      The 4-5 minute videos each focus on one of our four values: 1. Jesus-Centred; 2. Community; 3. Mission; 4. Freedom

                      WATCH Value 1: Being Jesus-Centred

                      * The Values Project was made possible by the support of Baptist Insurance ServicesBaptist Financial Services and Baplink.

                      Famine Relief Announcement

                      News from Micah Australia

                      As reported in reCharge in November 2022, the Horn of Africa is suffering a severe famine. So it is encouraging to learn that in the recent federal budget, the government announced Australia will contribute $29 million from the Humanitarian Emergency Fund to partners in the Horn of Africa and the Middle East.

                      This includes:

                      • $15 million to address increased humanitarian, displacement and protection needs of people in drought-affected areas in Ethiopia, Kenya and Somalia.
                      • $4 million to provide food and nutrition support to the most vulnerable in Yemen.
                      • $10 million for food and monetary assistance to refugees and vulnerable populations in Lebanon and Jordan.

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                      Samine relief from Australia's federal budget 2023

                      EmpowHer Day of Courage

                      Heads Up!

                      Saturday 18th November 2023, Riverlands Longford

                      Karen Wilson
                      Karen Wilson, who lives in WA, is excited to come and be with us!

                      Calling all women! EmpowHer are gathering women around the state for a Day of Courage.

                      SPEAKER: Karen Wilson President, Baptist World Alliance Women; CEO Global Leadership Network Australia.

                      Watch out for more details available soon.

                      On the Move

                      City Baptist Launceston

                      Have you heard City is moving to two new locations?

                      Our Sunday Gatherings will be held at The Boathouse, 55 Lindsay Street Invermay, for at least the next 12 months. The Boathouse is an attractive modern building in the Seaport precinct, overlooking the North Esk River and Trevallyn, and next to Riverbend Park. Our first Gathering there will be on 18 June.

                      Our Drop in Centre will remain operating on Saturday nights out of the Red Dove Café in the Pilgrim Uniting facilities in Paterson Street.

                      City Baptist Launceston - some people
                      City Baptist Launceston – some of our people

                      Events at Hobart and Perth

                      Hobart Baptist’s Luminous Festival

                      For more details visit hobartbaptist.org.au, or Eventbrite for essential free bookings (catering).

                      Hobart Baptist church is again running its mid-winter festival, Luminous. This is the third year for Luminous, which aims to shed light on important topics for the people of Hobart during Dark Mofo. The festival runs for two weeks from 8-25 June and hosts conversations around spirituality and hope and showcases installation art.

                      Luminous Main events 2023
                      • 6pm, Thursday 8th June, FESTIVAL LAUNCH AND ARTWORK

                      Michael Henderson’s art installation opens. Michael is an artist based in lutruwita / Tasmania and his work is entitled: The Seed of Life, Weighed Down. He uses symbols and metaphors to tell stories about identity, faith and longing. 
                      The artwork will be open from 12pm-6pm until 16th June.

                      • 6pm, Tuesday 13th, Thursday 15th, Tuesday 20th June, LUMINOUS CONVERSATIONS

                      Over successive evenings with free refreshments, this year’s topics ask, ‘Is Tasmania A Place for Everyone?;How can we help Tasmanian Children flourish?’; and ‘How Do We Create Healthy Families?’ Each of the conversations are a safe space for discussion, and not just for people of faith. We value the unique journey and point of view each of our panellists can contribute. 

                      CHRISTMAS IN WINTER – IN THE TAB
                      • 6pm Friday 23rd June Luminous Carols
                      • 10am Sunday 25th June A traditional Christmas Service

                      All are welcome to the festival and entry is free, but bookings for evening events (catering) are essential.

                      Luminous Carols, Christmas in winter

                      Perth Tabernacle’s coming events

                      Women’s Collective

                      For women in Launceston

                      Calling all women in Launceston and surrounds who are interested in growing in their faith-in-action journey. You might be leading or interested in leadership, serving, or wanting to grow in faith that leads to action. This is a new space for you! Join with other women who want a safe space to process and learn together.

                      No life qualifications necessary. This is not a small group, or a Bible study. It’s a collective of women who are serious about learning and living in the ways of our good God, doing the journey with others, and hopefully having some laughs along the way.

                      Get in touch to express interest or find out more:
                      jenna@tasbaptists.org.au | gabi.dunn@allsaints.network

                      Women's Collective for femaile leaders, Launceston

                      About Us

                      Jenna Blackwell is Tasmanian Baptists’ Mission Leadership Coach. Gabi Dunn works for the Anglicans. They are housemates, great friends, and peer supports in ministry. With the support of their organisations, they are collaborating to bring a new space for women.

                      No, they don’t think events/gatherings have to be gender-specific. But yes, they acknowledge the complexity of life and history, and that sometimes you just need a space with other women.

                      Jenna Blackwell, Gabi Dunn
                      Jenna Blackwell; Gabi Dunn

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