ReCharge NEWS September 2022

21st September 2022 | ReCharge News September 2022

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    Walk the World

    Baptist Mission Australia, November 11-13, 2022

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

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

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

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

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

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


    Voice of the Martyrs

    IN TASMANIA, 10th to 22nd November 2022

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


    Tasmanian Parliamentary Prayer Breakfast

    23rd November 2022 | Hotel Grand Chancellor, Hobart

    TPPB 2021; ReCharge News September 2022

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

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

    Robyn Moore

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

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

    Early-bird registrations close Friday 14th October 2022.

    Tamanian Parliamentary Prayer Breakfast logo

    Pilgrim Artists Festival

    JUSTICE AND MERCY

    4th-14th November 2022

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

    Pilgrim Artists Festival, ReCharge News September 2022

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

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

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

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


    Farewell Nancy Jones

    8th May 1936 – 20th July 2022

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

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

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

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

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

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


    Grief Seminar, Devonport

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

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

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

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

    COST OF GRIEF SEMINAR:

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

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

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

    Hear Pastor Peter Kasirivu

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

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

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

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


    Carols in Your Backyard

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

    Carols in your backyard; ReCharge News September 2022

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

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

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

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


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    August/September ReCharge 2022

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


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    Around the Churches, Aug-Sept 2022

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    Every two months you can catch up with the latest news in Tasmanian Baptist Churches.

    Around the Churches this year so far

    February/March 2022
    April/May 2022
    June/July 2022

    North

    CITY, Launceston

    On the move

    City’s last service and Fellowship Lunch at Christchurch, Frederick Street Launceston

    On  28th August City Baptist held its final service in the historic Christchurch building in Frederick Street. This was a wonderful time of celebration and thanksgiving. The congregation reflected on the amazing 180 years of  stories encapsulated in the old buildings.

    Ivan James led those present through the long history of Baptists in Launceston, and Kay Hunter led a time of remembering and thanksgiving for the current congregation. A lovely fellowship lunch in Milton Hall capped off a great day as the doors were closed for the final time.

    On Sunday 4th September City Baptist found their way to the Worldview Centre auditorium at St Leonards. This will be their home for about six months or so. Anthea Maynard and Jenna Blackwell led the Gathering in recognising our corporate calling as we step consciously into a new, liminal space.

    Our Drop-in Centre ministry has also moved to a new venue, the Red Dove Café at Pilgrim Uniting in the city centre.

    GATEWAY

    Comings and Goings
    Farewell to the Beeston family, Andy, Penny, Mikaela and Emalyn. We officially said goodbye at the service on the 7th of August. We shared lunch together after the service.
    Congratulations Gayatri & Sanjay Sagar on the arrival of Ruhi Sagar, sister to Brianna born 15th August 2022.
    Congratulations to Gateway’s A Reserve Men’s Basketball team on reaching finals. They played in the Baptist Grand Final on Saturday 27th August, and were runners up to the Free Reformed Men’s team. Final result 26 to 40.
    Our sincere love and condolences are extended to all the family of Chris Sundstrup who died at home on 31st August. Chris was a valued member of Gateway, a willing contributor and much appreciated Church Treasurer.

    GEORGE TOWN

    George Town Baptist worship

    Guest speakers visit
    Pastor Abdul-Karim Kamara brought the message to George Town Baptist Church on Sunday Morning 28th August.  He asked the question “How Keen Are you to Serve the Lord?”  It was a challenging and uplifting message. 

    Erik McKitrick addressed the Men’s Breakfast in August, explaining how we can effectively share the gospel in ways that are easy and inoffensive to others.  

    Wade Miller, whose family once owned the Hillwood apple and berry farms spoke at the September Breakfast meeting. 

    NEWSTEAD

    Men in the shed
    One recent Friday, the men were treated to some time in the shed with the master, Phil Marston, telling his story of the blessing of procuring these machines that enable him to manufacture anything out of metal.  One such labour of love is his Lila (purple) 1948 Dodge Fargo which we got to have a look and listen to.  Phil also demonstrated the art of cutting a thread on a bolt. 

    The men left with a couple of reflections: A master who has been doing the job for a long time knows his tools and what he is working with, reflecting Jeremiah 18:1-17 the Potter and the clay.  Finally, when change comes, when our eyes are on God and not our situation we come out the stronger and blessed.

    Spring into action!
    Newstead Baptist is springing into spring starting a new series: The Kings Apprentice: Our Moments with the Master, and providing resources to participate in a 40-day prayer guide.

    On Sunday August 28th we had a meeting to develop our strategic plan for the next five years.

    Pastor Dan is also glad to be moved into their new house in Newstead, and took a couple of weeks off to settle in.

    PERTH

    A Very Special Service
    On Sunday, 4th September we celebrated our Church’s link to the Eskleigh Foundation which has, amongst its other services for people with a disability, this residential home in Perth.

    Originally, our Church Hall was built by David and Mary Gibson and opened 160 years ago. When it grew too small, they built our Tabernacle in 1888, in which we continue to meet. When their large family home got too big for them, they gave it to the community as a place for adults with severe or multiple disabilities.

    Several residents and their carers attend our morning service and where suitable other events during the week.

    How the day went

    On this particular Sunday, we had three buses turn up at 9:05 with a sense that the morning was going to be special.

    How different to attend a service where our friends met, welcomed, and prayed for us. Two helped take up our offering with great enthusiasm, and another prayed her special prayer of thanks.

    Ron, a carer who has continued to work past his age of retirement to bring them to our service, spoke of the impact coming to church has on the residents. To him, he believes that every Sunday morning has an impact. He referred to the scarfs and other things knitted by our members and the other gifts given to them over the years.

    We were blessed to sit and be ministered to so enthusiastically by our lovely friends.

    The theme of the service was Kindness, with a link to 1 Corinthians 13 with the encouragement for us all to seek out our neighbour as the Good Samaritan did, and show that special kindness that comes from God’s love to all we encounter people every day.

    It is such a blessing that one of our members works at Eskleigh, and has a day-to-day relationship with the staff and residents. Rob arranged and led the service, followed by a great morning tea and fellowship.


    Northwest

    LATROBE

    Chocolate Winterfest
    The weekend of 14th August saw the return of the Latrobe Chocolate Winterfest, after a two year absence because of Covid. The Latrobe church over the years has taken part in the festival by inviting the Choir of High Hopes from Launceston to come and perform in the church on the Sunday afternoon. This year it was wonderful to have them back again.  25 choir members came and presented a wonderful afternoon of songs and items.

    A “chocolate themed afternoon tea” followed, which everyone loved.  Many people contributed to the amazing food on offer which included biscuits decorated with music notes in keeping with the music from the Choir. This was a great opportunity to be part of the community, and to be a witness to the people of Latrobe.

    WYNYARD

    Wynyard Baptist Church

    Getting together
    Just Blokes meets quarterly with some very interesting speakers. In June we heard from a former policeman who spoke of his work and his journey of overcoming cancer.

    Just Girls.  In June, our ladies met for breakfast at a cafe in Burnie, then onto some retail therapy in Devonport. In July, we met for lunch and enjoyed an interesting PowerPoint presentation. It was given by a local lady who has lived and worked overseas for many years.

    Wednesday Get Together meets twice monthly. It’s a great time of fun and fellowship with carpet bowls and board games, a shared morning tea and a cake to celebrate those who have had birthdays.

    Child sponsorship. We continue to support two children through Baptist World Aid with money from our cappuccino sales on Sunday morning after-church fellowship. 


    South

    CITYWIDE

    Psalm 46:1 was a key verse
    during the DV Awareness Training

    Domestic Violence Awareness We recently held a day seminar to inform us about domestic violence. This is to begin to prepare us as a church to minister to people who have suffered in this way.  25 people were educated, inspired, challenged, and began to see possibilities of how Citywide might develop a ministry in this area. 

    Alpha Citywide are in the middle of an Alpha course, the first we’ve offered for many years.  We are delighted over 50 people attend, of whom approximately 12 are first time questioners and open to seeking God.  Please pray with us for Kingdom growth.

    Life Group Leaders’ Lunch We recently held the first of quarterly lunches for Life Group Leaders for training, encouragement and sharing of group issues. At Citywide, 10 different groups operate involving 100 people. We want to increase our support of these valuable groups who facilitate a large part of our pastoral care. 

    CLAREMONT

    Heather Hunt

    Farewell Heather
    Claremont are sad to announce that Heather Elise Hunt died on Saturday 23rd July after a short illness. She was aged 94.

    You can read of Heather’s incredible work during the formation of Claremont Baptist. It was published in the recent Claremont Baptist Church Profile >

    HOBART

    Youth car wash
    HBC Youth, combined with the Boys’ Brigade, are raising funds to support a Karen teacher in a Thai refugee camp. So far they have raised over $1100, including $450 from a Saturday afternoon car wash and coffee event. Nice work everyone!

    Alpha Course
    A Sunday afternoon Alpha course began at Hobart on 31st July, and will continue through until 9th October. Please pray for the participants, especially for those who are new to faith. It has been a very encouraging time of seeking and searching the answers to important life questions.

    Living Hope
    For the last few months our sermons have focused on Peter’s letters with Living Hope – Changing Your Life for the Better. Jesus-followers are called to a Living Hope – hope that is alive and a hope that is lived.
    As well, we have ceased our pre-recorded YouTube services and are now live-streaming. These are available from 10am Sunday mornings on the Hobart Baptist YouTube channel.


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    Disaster Strikes Floods in Pakistan – Baptist World Aid
    Ministry Profile Ben Cochrane, Somerset
    Deep Thought 21st Century Mission by Laurie Rowston
    From Andrew Turner of Crossover Census Overview
    Stand Sunday 2022 Make a stand for foster carers ~ During September
    Church Profile Claremont Baptist
    From the MLT Achieving Lasting Social Change
    Love Beyond our Backyard Three generations of generosity in Wynyard


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    A Change in Thinking . . .

    . . . for Changing Times

    Mission in the 21st Century is necessarily very different to the mission of yesteryear.

    By Laurie Rowston

    The preaching once heard from evangelists of the past such as Henry Varley, which was used so effectively to tell people about Jesus, has lost its persuasiveness in part because the language of religious experience is increasingly unfamiliar.

    Give the Holy Spirit Space

    If we keep using methods that worked for them to talk to non-church attenders about Jesus, we might see some fruit. But we can be quite certain we’ll lose the vast majority, and we’ll lose the vast majority under age 35.

    Further, even the great and thoughtful preaching of that era, such as sought after by Congregational Church preachers, will not fill a church, as much as we wish it would and think it should.

    What is more, it is harder today to put together a good 20-minute sermon than a prattling 40-minute conversation. On the saw-dust trail, it was a case of bringing folk to Christian faith in a limited time frame.

    Keeping the mission alive

    So, in the post-Christian, post-modern age in which we live, the method of evangelism must change in order to keep the mission alive.

    Here are a few pointers . . . and they have more to do with the subject of evangelism generally, than the week-by-week preaching in church. For these ideas I am indebted to Carey Nieuwhof, who is pastor of one of the most influential churches in North America.

    Embracing the question is as important as giving an answer

    Evangelism used to be mostly about helping people find answers but, often, in the process of providing an answer, we fail to really embrace or honour their question.

    Steering the conversation is better than pushing for a conclusion

    We should not step away from people’s questions. We need to learn to listen without judgment. We need to affirm a person’s intentions. Being open is more effective than being certain. We can be certain. Ultimately, we must be certain because our faith is certain. Our faith stands on a sure and certain ground. But, when talking to others, coming across as certain is far less effective than coming across as open.
    The person who is always certain thinks they’re being convincing, when the opposite is often true.

    We need to learn to listen without judgment.

    Arrogance, smugness and superiority are dead

    For too long putting the case for Christianity has been carried with a tone of arrogance, smugness and superiority. It was the case with Billy Sunday. There was a triumphalism in his words. This triumphalism continued in “Moral Majority”, and today continues in the preaching of imaginative TV preachers. 
    Arrogance is so ingrained in many Christian cultures that Christians don’t even see it or hear it anymore. Humility is attractive. Humility is what makes Jesus so much more attractive to people. Spreading the kingdom does not mean hell-fire evangelism; it means living a Christ-like life.

    Humility is what makes Jesus so much more attractive to people.

    The timeline is longer

    Give the Holy Spirit Space - the people who come to faith in their own timeline tend to be flourishing years down the road.

    We like to conclude everything in about 35 seconds; revivalists did, within the hour. Increasingly, evangelism doesn’t work that way. People who come to faith when pressured often leave it after a few years.

    Conversely, the people who come to faith in their own timeline tend to be flourishing years down the road. It took the disciples three years to figure out who Jesus was, didn’t it? We need people and leaders who will take the time to go on a journey with people.
    But for the revivalists such as Billy Sunday, it all had to be done in the time frame of the particular revivalist meeting. People were there to hear the message, respond to the message, acknowledge their sin, repent and commit.

    We need people and leaders who will take the time to go on a journey with people.

    It is true we are not to lose our sense of urgency in the mission, as we should not raise doubts where there are none. But we need to give people space, and we need to give the Holy Spirit space to do His work.


    Laurie Rowston

    Laurie Rowston is Tasmanian Baptists’ historian. His latest book, Tasmanian Baptists, Lessons from Our First Twenty Years, will soon be available.

    To find out more about the book, or to place an order, please get in touch with him: lrowston@tassie.net.au

    Give the Holy Spirit Space


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    Just Mercy by Michael Henderson
    On Becoming Wise Elders by Mike Frost


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    Around the Churches News and events statewide
    Ministry Profile Ben Cochrane, Somerset
    Deep Thought 21st Century Mission by Laurie Rowston
    From Andrew Turner of Crossover Census Overview
    Stand Sunday 2022 Make a stand for foster carers ~ During September
    Church Profile Claremont Baptist
    From the MLT Achieving Lasting Social Change
    Love Beyond our Backyard Three generations of generosity in Wynyard


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      Become a Foster Care Mentor!

      Training Day in October

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

      Fostering Hope Mentor Recriutment 2022

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

      Their work is inspired by the Bible and the teachings of Jesus to ‘visit’ and ‘care for’ orphans and widows, to put the lonely in families, to love the fatherless, to care for children, and to love the neighbours in the communities.

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

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

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

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


      Heartlands News – Winter 2022

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

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

      Inside Heartlands

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

      *EmpowHer is an activity of Tasmanian Baptist Women


      Help Fight Famine Today

      Write to your MP

      ReCharge News August 2022 - Help Fight Famine

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

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

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

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

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


      Library Aid International

      USED BOOKS AND EDUCATIONAL SUPPLIES URGENTLY NEEDED

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

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

      Please send any you no longer have a need for!

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

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

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

      READ: LIA August Update >


      Domestic Violence Workshop

      16 July 2022, Citywide Baptist

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

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

      An ever-present help

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

      Baptist Word Alliance Gathering

      Baptist World Alliance Congress

      10-15 July 2022, Birmingham, Alabama USA

      BWA Hybrid Conference 2022

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

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

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

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

      Grieving Your Way

      Launceston, 20th August 2022

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      Grief Workshop Launceston; ReCharge News August 2022

      Thank you Newnham Baptist!

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

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

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

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

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

      Stand Sunday 2022

      Stand Sunday, during September
ReCharge News August 2022

      Supporting Foster Carers during September

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

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

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

      Fostering Hope asks churches to come together to:

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

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


      Mary and her two boys; ReCharge News August 2022

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

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


      Become a Money Mentor

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

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

      Rosie Kendall; ReCharge News August 2022
      Rosie Kendall

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

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

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

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


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      August/September ReCharge 2022

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


      ReCharge NEWS September 2022
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      North

      CITY, Launceston

      Anthea Maynard, Jenna Blackwell - Ministry team at City Baptist Launceston

      In Transition

      City Baptist (in Launceston) has been working hard as we transition Anthea Maynard (above) and Jenna Blackwell (below) as our Ministry Team, in time for Jeff McKinnon’s retirement at the end of the year.

      The Ministry Team is guiding the church through a ‘makeover’ of ‘how we do church’. Simultaneously we are preparing to relocate! First to a rental venue at the end of August this year, then again after 3-6 months purchase a new property.

      We may also potentially purchase an investment property so as to fund a third part-time member on the Ministry Team.

      Housing Crisis

      The severe housing crisis has drawn attention to out-of-control homelessness, and the difficulty of bringing new refugees to Launceston. The church and related groups have played a major role in bringing these issues to the fore, increasing the church’s civic and community profile.

      Northwest

      ULVERSTONE

      Table Tennis Anyone?

      After a two-year break (due to Covid), we once again have a Table Tennis competition in full swing.  We have 25 participants who not only enjoy the rivalry of competition but also the social aspect of the group and a healthy bash of “round-the -table” before finishing the evening.

      May Mission Month

      On a personal level, and as a church, we were challenged by this year’s May Mission Month’s theme, “Crossing the Street”. It was a wonderful opportunity to engage with our three supported missionaries whom we partner with, and to hear of their day-to-day life, challenges, and moments of joy and praise through videos.

      A special morning tea of cupcakes was enjoyed with donated monies gifted to May Mission Month.

      May Mission Month 2022 - Crossing the Street; Around the Churches June-July 2022

      Crossing the Street! – Challenge Accepted

      With the cost of living on the rise, the community of Ulverstone has come together to offer hope and a lending hand to those in need.

      We are excited to partner with businesses, individuals and organisations within the Ulverstone community and host a space for The Ulverstone Community Kitchen to operate. This event is organised and run by community volunteers, providing a hot meal cooked in our kitchen and served in the hall.  

      This is a wonderful opportunity to connect and chat with people in our community in a safe and warm space.

      From the Pulpit

      Over the course of the last few months, we were challenged and encouraged by Pastor Louis Fife as he preached his series titled “Spiritual Identity” and “Reimagine”.

      BURNIE

      Supporting One Another

      • The Pastoral Search committee meets regularly in our search for a new Pastor for Burnie.
      • Our congregation is faithful in their support of each other, as with an aging congregation, sickness keeps many away during these colder days.
      • Our support of City Mission is ongoing as they provide hot meals from our kitchen for as many as 30 or 40 each week day, with the majority of those being homeless or disenfranchised is some social way.
        Jesus said, “They do not need to go away. You give them something to eat.” (Mat 14:16)

      LATROBE

      Farewell Iris

      On 10th June, Mrs. Iris Walker passed away at the age of 91.

      Farewell Iris at Latrobe

      Iris became a member of the Latrobe Baptist Church in 1968, where she was an active member until the later years when poor health and Covid meant she was no longer able to join with us each Sunday. In the month leading up to her death many of her family members travelled from far and wide to visit her.

      As Iris had eight children, 26 grandchildren and over 30 great-grandchildren, it was a large gathering to say goodbye on Thursday 16th June.

      Iris left a wonderful legacy of a truly gentle, kind and caring woman of God, and a real witness to all her family and those she came in contact with. 

      At rest with her Lord now, but we know we will meet again.

      South

      CITYWIDE

      Dinner Together

      We are continuing our monthly Dinner Together events where people either host or attend a home for a Friday night dinner (pictured). Each month the mixes of people changes, so we get to know more people across our congregations and grow in our relationships and sense of belonging together. These are good fun nights enjoyed by all who attend.

      Citywide Dinner Together, Around the Churches June-July 2022

      Ministry Team Leaders’ Day

      We recently held a Ministry Team Leaders day together with all the leadership of Citywide. A group of 25 attended and shared together. Everyone’s brief reports on their areas of ministry was very encouraging and unifying. Especially significant were the interactions with our Nepali ministry leaders, and to see how far we have come in integrating across our different cultures.

      Prayer and Fasting Week

      In the shortest daylight week of 19-26 June, coinciding with Dark Mofo, we held a Prayer & Fasting week where people were encouraged to seek God through prayer and fasting.  In addition to personal resources, we encouraged all to do a neighbourhood walk praying over the homes and people as we passed; and we met on Rosny Hill on the shortest night to pray for and over our City (pictured). 

      Citywide prayer from Rosny Hill, Around the Churches June-July 2022

      CLAREMONT

      Claremont Baptist Winter Dinner

      Winter Dinner

      On Saturday26th June we held our annual winter dinner – pictured, top.

      This year our theme was CHRISTMAS, and entertainment was provided by The Jammers who led us in Carol-singing – pictured, below.

      In all, 54 people attended, about half of whom where family of our regular Sunday worshipers. It was a wonderful evening of fun, food and relationship-building. 

      HOBART

      Luminous Festival

      Our annual Luminous Festival took place from 9th June until 3rd July. Luminous encompassed an art installation How lonely lies this land, once so full of people, by Michael Henderson; three significant “conversations”; and Christmas in Winter.

      Art Installation

      How lonely lies this land once so full of people, Around the Churches June-July 2022

      How lonely lies this land, once so full of people >

      This was a cooperative exhibition, with three churches participating – St Georges Battery Point (REMEMBER), Hobart Baptist (WELCOME) and C3 Hobart (COURAGE). Each location told another part of the story regarding the non-indigenous response to reconciliation.

      The sculptures provided powerful imagery to provoke conversation around the history of engagement with our first nations peoples, and provide a hopeful re-telling of the future.

      Three Important Conversations

      Luminous Festival conversations 2022, Around the Churches June-July 2022
      1. Truth Telling and Treaty with Tim McCormack, Kate Warner, Michael Henderson, hosted by Stephen Baxter.
      2. Brave Leadership with Bec White, Wendy Quinn, Jenny Baxter, Ella Hickey, hosted by Stephen Baxter
      3. Losing my Religion with David Knox (former Tasmanian Baptist pastor)

      Christmas in Winter

      Hobart Christmas in Winter - Around the Churches June-July 2022

      This special celebration included two “Sundays in Advent”, as we anticipated the coming of Jesus’ light into the darkness as the winter solstice approached.

      A Carol Service on Friday 1st July, was a fantastic event, including special guest artists Zoe Fitzherbert and Brett Budgeon (pictured).

      Everyone was encouraged to celebrate Christmas by hosting a Christmas dinner in their homes. The dinners provided a place where people can easily engage with the Christmas story, minus all the trappings that come with Christmas in Summer.

      There was also a well-attended Christmas Day Service on Sunday 3rd July.

      It is only our second time to host the Luminous Festival, and we look forward to making it a special event when we can creatively engage with our community each year. Roll on 2023!


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

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        Grief & Loss Support

        New Mornings Grief support, ReCharge News July 2022

        Group for Adults

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

        These groups are suitable for people:

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

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

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


        Australia Leads Globally

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

        Micah Australia Update

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

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

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

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


        Sri Lankan Crisis Appeal

        Baptist Youth Mobilised to Raise Funds

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

        Sri Lankan Crisis, ReCharge News July 2022

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

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

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

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

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

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

        Training Day for Mentors

        Australian Christian Mentoring Network

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

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

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

        Heart & Soul Speakers, ReCharge News July 2022

        Cosy Cuppa, Craft and Chat

        EmpowHer North

        2:30pm, Sunday 31st July 2022

        Guest speakers: Lacey Holloway and Maria Hutchison

        Cosy Cuppa and Craft Brochure, ReCharge News July 2022

        * EmpowHer is an activity of Tasmanian Baptist Women


        Try Alpha In Tasmania!

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

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

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

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

        Does your church want to run Alpha?

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

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

        Ryan Vallee Alpha

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


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        June/July ReCharge 2022

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


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          APBF Hybrid Congress

          5-7th September – online

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

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

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


          Citywide Prays for Hobart

          Citywide prays For Hobart

          Encouraging prayer event

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

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

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

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


          Library Aid International

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

          Burnie, Tasmania

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

          Our greatest need

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

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

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

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


          The Values Project

          Australian Baptist Ministries

          A great resource for your church or small group!

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

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

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

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

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


          PROXIMITY Pastors’ Muster

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

          Proximity Muster 2022

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

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

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

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

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

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


          Alpha: You’re Invited!

          Join with Hobart Baptist’s Alpha course

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

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

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

          Emergencies Ministry Training

          Tasmanian Council of Churches Emergencies Ministry

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

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

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

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

          Topics covered include:

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

          Stamps for Overseas Mission

          Help raise funds for Baptist Mission Australia

          Your Used Stamps Can Make a Huge Impact

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

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

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

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

          What to do:

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

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


          EmpowHer 24-Hour Retreat

          EmpowHer, south

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

          Shelter Retreat June 2022

          SHELTER . . .

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

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

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

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

          Unholy Matrimony

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

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

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

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

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          Hobart Vision Church

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          Growing Tas Baptists

          Hobart Vision Church

          The Hobart Vision (Korean ) Church is a Korean-speaking church which was accepted into Tasmanian Baptist at the May 2022 Assembly. Usually, 60-70 people (including about 27 kids) meet at Hobart Baptist on Sunday afternoons, as well as a smaller number for early weekday prayer meetings.

          The church also streams their services, which are picked up in Hobart, across Australia and also in Korea!

          About Pastor Samuel at Hobart Vision Church

          Pastor Samuel Jo

          Pastor Samuel Jo has been with Hobart Vision Church since July 2019. Samuel has five children. The oldest son, Abraham, is in Melbourne for his 2nd year at Monash University. The youngest is five years old in kindergarten. Pastor Samuel graduated from Hillsong Leadership College majoring in worship-leading.

          Samuel is pleased to tell ReCharge about Hobart Vision church, saying, “First of all, I am very grateful to introduce our church, and thank Tasmanian Baptists for giving me this opportunity.”

          How it all began

          Hobart Vision Church dates back 28 years, when it started with one faithful family of an ordained deacon under the name of ‘Hobart Cheil Church’.

          The church was without a pastor and the Sunday service was all about playing a tape brought from Korea, and having a meal together after the sermon. For those who missed Korea, meeting Koreans once a week, and eating Korean food, was a time to experience their hometown.

          At this time, regardless of their beliefs, the non-Christians who shared a longing for Korean food with Koreans later became truly valuable leaders.

          The church had a pastoral ministry and gathered in Sandy Bay to serve Korean Christians for over 24 years as a part of the Uniting Church.

          Hobart Vision Korean Church
          Worship service and sharing a meal

          Making moves

          However, four years ago the current Hobart Vision Church left the Uniting Church as a result of theological differences over sexuality. Consequently, it planted again as an independent church, without a pastor.

          Finding a church building wasn’t easy, but the church was able to rent and use St Stephen’s Church (the Red Chapel church, Sandy Bay), where they have worshiped for the past four years. Then, earlier this year, the meeting venue changed to Hobart Baptist Church.

          Hobart Vision Korean Church
          Hobart Vision Church children sing in the Red Chapel, Sandy Bay

          A place to come back to

          Hobart Vision Korean Church
          Meeting in the Hobart Baptist “Tab”

          Since 2019 the church has seen steady growth. The church originally planted with 70 members, and shrank to 30 within a year. It then grew to 70 again within a year. Pastor Jo Sung-min once confessed that all of this was God’s grace, saying, “I’m really happy that it is a church where the members, who have forgotten the church before, can come back to Christ!”

          The church is so pleased to have been accepted into the Tasmanian Baptist Union. To determine the denomination we would join, our members needed a firm biblical position in relation to sexuality. However, the biggest reason is the member-centred voting policy of the Baptist denomination. And further, rather than insisting on white Australians, the Baptists opened wide doors for us to become one with them.

          Vision and Mission

          Hobart Vision Church has a grand vision. The goal is to grow the Korean diaspora into influential believers in Korean and Australian society, trained in Hobart. That is why we are doing our best to provide Sunday School and Korean Language School for the next generation.

          The goal is to grow the Korean diaspora into influential believers in Korean and Australian society, trained in Hobart.

          Hobart Vision Church is closely connected to the Korean community in Hobart by serving and supporting elders in Hobart, and helping the Hobart Korean community committee. The church also uses the parent network through schools to create opportunities for connection.

          We regularly stream our services such as our weekday early morning services, and Sunday services. There are not great number of viewers in Hobart yet, however there are many more viewers in Melbourne and Sydney, and also in Korea who are support our eMinistry. 

          Hobart Vision Church

          What you need to know . . .

          Meeting times
          • 6-7am Weekdays: Early Morning Services
          • 8-9pm Fridays: Holy Spirit Prayer
          • 3-4:30pm Sundays: Worship Service
          In addition to Sunday services
          • Korean Language School
          • Taekwondo in Long Beach
          • Friday Night Prayer Meeting
          • Cell Meeting (small group meeting)
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            Family Faith Rhythm Cards

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

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

            Jenna Blackwell, Tas Baptists’ Mission Leadership Coach

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

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

            GET HOLD OF A SET!

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


            Hybrid Conference

            BWA Annual Gathering, 10-15 July 2022

            BWA Hybrid Conference 2022

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

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

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

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

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

            Find out more about the Conference


            SHELTER Retreat

            EmpowHer, south

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

            Shelter Retreat June 2022

            SHELTER

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

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

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

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

            Karl Faase

            Video series with Karl Faase

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

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

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

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


            Tasmania Celebration

            Will Graham event to bring HOPE

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

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

            Read the official wrap-up HERE >

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

            The main event was preceded by Kidzfest and Youth events.

            KIDZFEST

            Kidzfest with Dan Warlow

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

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

            YOUTH!

            Youthfest ran into the main event with PlanetBoom at 6pm

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

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

            Hobart Wrap-Up

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

            Launceston Wrap-Up

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

            Support Refugees in Kyev

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

            Find out more: kelvin@citynetworks.org.au


            Domestic Abuse Resource

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

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

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

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

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

            Materials in the Safer Spaces Toolkit include:

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

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


            May Mission Month

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

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

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


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            April/May 2022

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

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