Scott Pilgrim

Scott Pilgrom Baptist Mission Australia

Baptists Nationally

Ministry Profile

In previous years, Scott Pilgrim was the Executive Pastor at Crossway Baptist Church (Vic), and had senior roles in BaptistCare NSW-ACT, and Baptist Churches of NSW/ACT.

But what does Scott do now, and why does that matter to Tasmanian Baptists?

I was born and grew up in Newcastle. So, although I love living in Melbourne and it’s home, I will always be a “Newy boy”. It’s one of those types of places.

Newcastle was a great place to grow up, close to family, and actively engaged in sporting teams as a child/youth. Newcastle is home to some great beaches and so we spent a lot of time at the beach, then heading back to my grandparent’s home five minutes away. As a child, Newcastle was an industrial city – home to the BHP Steelworks, where my father and his father worked. These industrial roots kept the city grounded and authentic.

I lived in Newcastle through all my schooling days and then landed my dream job as a cadet journalist at The Newcastle Herald.

I grew up in what I now understand was a “God-fearing” home, rather than in a family that had a deep personal relationship with Jesus. In my teens, I started attending a Presbyterian Church. The ministers of the church – a young husband and wife ordained couple – influenced me greatly. They gave me opportunities to explore ministry at a young age and encouraged me in my journey with Jesus.

In my late teens I started attending a Baptist church and for the first time in my life met a male mentor figure, who clearly and passionately loved Jesus. He had a significant impact in my life, and during this period in the 1980s, Jesus became real to me!

A national spread

I am married to Megan, who is a nurse. We are a blended family (a Brady Bunch family for those old enough to know the show!) All up, Megan and I have eight children.

We have five adult children who live in NSW and the Northern Territory, aged from 31 to 20. And we also have three children with us in Melbourne, a 13-year-old daughter, a 12-year-old son, and a 10-year-old daughter. It’s delightful to see how our younger kids engage so regularly with the benefit of technology in staying connected to their older siblings.

Scott Pilgrim with Megan, and his three youngest

After growing up in Newcastle, I moved around in my young adult years living in a few different places in NSW, working as a journalist. I then spent most of my adult years back in Newcastle.

Megan and I with our three youngest children moved to Melbourne at the beginning of 2017 as I took up the role of Executive Pastor at Crossway Baptist Church.

Melbourne is a great city to live in. [Better than Sydney, but don’t tell them that!] It has so many things you can do, and I love the culture and diversity of the city. Although it’s not the beaches of Newcastle, I love relaxing and walking along the bay and in the eastern suburbs where we live. We are spoilt with so many beautiful green spaces. And yes, the food is great – so many good options to choose from.

It’s also very much home for our younger kids. Melbourne is home for them and they all love playing basketball.

Scott’s work now

I serve as the Executive Director of Baptist Mission Australia, our movement’s international intercultural mission agency. In my position, I head up our work across the world, and our National Team is spread across Australia. And yes, I do travel a lot! I am currently writing from Norway where I am attending the Baptist World Alliance Gathering.

Most of my travel is to places well off the tourist maps, where our teams and partners serve in communities in Africa and Asia. And we’re growing our ministry in Australia, including our partnership with Citywide in Hobart. It’s good to see many different parts of the world – but it’s always great to get home to my family.

I’m privileged to lead a team – that’s the real joy of what I do. And I was invited to step into the position in a time of rapid change around the world and with Western mission agencies like ours needing to re-imagine and re-invent who we are and what we do. It’s why I resonate with the journey that you’re on as Tassie Baptists.

So, when people ask me to summarise what I do I like to use these images – team leader, pastor of global teams, cultural curator, Spirit-seeker and change agent. And I get to lead alongside a great team, including Suse and Caryn, two outstanding younger female leaders who serve with me on our Leadership Team.

A global perspective

I get excited when with others we can share in missional imagination and look to the Spirit to lead us in new ways. As well, I get excited that God would graciously invite me to share in his mission, in the joy of pursuing shalom in our broken world.

There are also wonderful possibilities of partnership and innovative collaborations, which will be at the future of global mission. And one last thing which excites me – I get encouraged every day that the organisation I lead only exists because of the partnership we have with Baptist people across the country.

The biggest challenge I have comes because we live in a rapidly changing world, and the face of world Christianity and international mission is experiencing seismic shifts. The days of the “West to the rest” are behind us, but we can get trapped in this traditional paradigm.

By the year 2030, 70% of all followers of Jesus will live in the global south, and we have the opportunity to explore what new polycentric partnerships will look like as we move ahead. We must face up to these changes in our world, while also celebrating all that God is doing among our current inspiring and passionate team members, serving around the world.

The days of the “West to the rest” are behind us. We can get trapped in this traditional paradigm. 
Scott Pilgrim

The wounded healer

My best piece of advice? Wow that’s a hard one. How about the learning from a number of authors, including Henri Nouwen, that a theology of brokenness helps us best understand leadership.

I love Nouwen’s image of the “wounded healer”. We can try to hide our wounds and scars, but I am so glad that I have come to see them as very much a part of who I am as a broken person, and that I am in absolute need for the Spirit to be at work in my life. And while he restores me, I am graced with the privilege of standing alongside other broken people, seeking to bring hope, love, acceptance and care.

Please pray for wisdom as we seek to discern the ways of the Spirit in this changing context. Pray for courage in the decisions we need to make. And I would value prayer for my on on-going health challenges as I navigate a pain management journey.

Short ‘n’ Sweet

am looking forward to . . . A holiday with my wife in Italy! 

I am worried about . . . followers of Jesus who can’t respect the views of others.

I am confident that . . . the Spirit is at work across the world!

I am joyful about . . . people passionately committed to missional re-imagination and justice!

I would like to change . . . where the Sydney Swans are on the table.

I am at my best when . . . I trust God, be myself and act courageously!

Scott Pilgrim BMA

Scott Pilgrim
Executive Director
Baptist Mission Australia

Scott Pilgrim

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New Youth Group

Every third Friday during term, Riverlands has recently offered a youth group for those in and around the church. The youth group is focused around church-encultured teens and giving them activities through the week.

Our goal is to develop a thriving youth ministry, where the youth can share life and have Christian discipleship. It’s had a strong reception as we’ve gathered together and enjoyed the company of one another whilst playing games, having snacks, and doing small devotions.

Craft at Riverlands Youth Group; Around the Churches June-July2023
Our most recent Riverlands Youth group was a (not very) messy night much to the chagrin and the disappointment of the youth!

Whilst only small we are having a lot of fun and the group is developing well in line with our goals. We would appreciate your prayers and thoughts as we continue to develop the program and its structure.

The youth group has been running in co-operation with the other churches around Launceston where we have been gathering on the Fourth Fridays of the month for larger games, larger connections and better connections between churches and youth in the Launceston and Northern Midlands area.

CITY BAPTIST, Launceston

In the news

Our recent move to the Boathouse Centre received media attention, and, given events in the Southern Baptist scene, they chose to focus on our female leadership. We are enjoying the wonder-inspiring views of the city of Launceston from within our new gathering space, and also creating a partnership with the owners. We are greatly appreciative to Worldview for accommodating us so well during our previous transition.

The Examiner, 18th June 2023; Around the Churches June-July2023
In The Examiner, 18th June 2023

Radical Hospitality

Over the month of June, we focused on the theme of hospitality – the gift of giving and receiving hospitality, and how it can be as simple as a smile. We continue to explore this theme of ‘radically ordinary hospitality’ in practical and life-giving, everyday ways.

The Saturday night drop-in centre meal continues each week, nearing capacity in the new space at Pilgrim Uniting. Stephen Avery’s presence in the street community furthers the connections.

Over July we will look at the theme of Seeds – seeds of faith, hope, justice and love – and how City can help germinate these seeds in the city of Launceston.

The City Seed Community Garden at St Leonards continues to welcome new members.  

Supporting others … in Launceston and beyond

Members of our community hosted a fundraiser afternoon tea and raised $2000 for Betel Ministries in India (Betel International: Break free from drug and alcohol addiction).

Northern Refugee Support continues, with a recent long-awaited breakthrough.

We are also pleased to support outside ministries, such as SU’s upcoming camps, allowing children and families to attend who would otherwise be unable to.


Alpha Underway

We have had a great start to the Alpha course with 24 people attending. Alpha is an evangelistic course which seeks to provide a space to ask questions through a series of talks and discussions. We wil be running Alpha for the next three years, and although this year we planned to first become familiar as a congregation with the course, we are excited to already have cross-over from other ministries during the week.

Week of Prayer and Fasting

It has been very encouraging to hear how many in our congregation during our week of prayer and fasting swapped-out something they loved for precious time in prayer. We had people go without food or a meal, coffee, alcohol, social media, and even the Chase (Aus. and British edition), and instead, spending time praying for our church’s strategic goals, church family prayer points, and our other Baptist churches around Launceston.

Friendship Lunch

We had a great turnout for the Friendship Shortest Day Longest Lunch with the Wentworth room filled with Friends. A delicious selection of BBQ meat and salads for mains, with sweet stuff to follow. Finally, a cake to top it off to celebrate a birthday. Geoff Marston shared on friendship and encouraged ‘’to have a friend; be a friend”. Thanks to the drop-in centre team for a great lunch.

Friendship Lunch; Birthday cake for all! Around the Churches June-July2023
Friendship Lunch; Birthday cake for all!


New Youth and Children’s Leader

Hold Fast Outreach at The Point Baptist, 23 June to 19 July 2023

The most exciting development for our little church is the induction of our new Youth and Children’s Leader last Sunday.  Dempsey Horton from Texas is our new youth and children’s leader for the next 12 months.

Texan Outreach
Friday 23rd June to Wednesday 19th July

We are midway through our regular Texan Mission, with four Texans visiting for almost four weeks. 

Events include women’s coffee and dessert night, Bible studies for women, men and youth, Primary school youth group, Hope Night and more youth events to come. There will be a holiday kids’ club and five-day basketball skills clinic. 

All events are free and designed to reach the North Tamar population with Hope found in Jesus Christ. If you live nearby you are welcome to attend!

OR Contact Rachelle on 0409 272 877

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Volunteers Honoured

On Saturday, 20th May, the Latrobe Council presented special awards to volunteers in their community.

Mayor Peter Freshney handed out over 30 awards, and amazingly Latrobe Baptist Church received seven of them!

  1. Latrobe Baptist church for its many community programmes
  2. Latrobe Baptist Chat ‘n’ Choose 
  3. Latrobe Men’s Shed
  4. Glenis Smith – 30 years of volunteer service, Chat ‘n’ Choose 
  5. John Langmaid – 30 years of volunteer service, Chat ‘n’ Choose 
  6. Glad Purdy– 20 years of volunteer service, Chat ‘n’ Choose 
  7. Fay Horne – 20 years of volunteer service, Chat ‘n’ Choose 
  • Award winners at Latrobe Council awards afternoon; Around the Churches June-July 2023
  • Ralph, award for Latrobe Baptist; Around the Churches June-July 2023
  • John and Fay with Chat n Choose award, Latrobe; Around the Churches June-July 2023
  • John and Ralph for Latrobe Mens Shed; Around the Churches June-July 2023
  • Glenis, 30 years service award with Chat n Choose at Latrobe; Around the Churches June-July 2023
  • John, 30 years service award with Chat n Choose at Latrobe; Around the Churches June-July 2023
  • Glad, 20 years service award with Chat n Choose at Latrobe; Around the Churches June-July 2023
  • Fay, 30 years service award with Chat n Choose at Latrobe; Around the Churches June-July 2023


Winter Service

This annual event is always a success because it  is always so cold and the hot chocolate always so welcome.

The real reason is, of course, to bring to mind that Jesus is the light of the world John 8:10, “Ï am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life”.

A few Sunday School children play their part by reciting a relevant poem they wrote and sing a children’s hymn. As always Cathy, Ruth and Max lead and inspire.

This event is always the simple reflection of children, though lead by adults, it is always a real blessing to us all, in the pews!  Some of the hymns we sung were ” Showers of blessing”, “The Light of the World” and “Jeus bids us shine”. The inspiring message was from Ben Hallam followed by the three “S’s”, Soup, Sandwiches and Savouries!

Every one left the service fed in “Body, Mind, and Spirit!” It was great.

Winter Service at Sassafras Baptist
Winter Service at Sassafras


Vale Mrs  Beverly Duff

On 3rd June, the Lord called home to glory Mrs Beverly Duff who was a stalwart of the Sheffield Baptist church for over seventy five years. Mrs. Duff (nee Irvine) was baptised in 1947, and from that time took an active part in the church.

 In 1953 she married Bruce Duff, and together  they played a major role in the Church. In the late 1970’s  Mrs Duff became church organist. She played for both the morning and evening services, as well as playing for funerals and weddings in the Sheffield Baptist church.  As  well, she often  played for the West Kentish and Paradise churches. 

When then church commenced our monthly fellowship teas and singing your favourite hymns in 2005,  Beverly played until  ill-health took its toll.

Mrs Duff  was actively involved in the Ladies group, and was a keen supporter of the overseas missionary work of the church. She loved CWA and craft  groups, and was a highly respected lady in the Kentish community.

Mrs Duff was truly a fine Christian  lady who is now resting in the everlasting arms of her Saviour. The Sheffield  Baptist church extends to Stephanie, Ashley, brother Desmond and their families our deepest sympathy.



Our church continues to support two children, Tithi and Rafin, through Baptist World Aid with the proceeds of our cappuccino sales on Sunday mornings.


This is a quarterly gathering of men from the community when they enjoy a pizza and an interesting speaker. Greg White who  works in the engineering department at Caterpillar was the speaker in June.


The girls met recently for fellowship where they were able to enjoy some Filipino food. The afternoon was spent making a fridge magnet with Beth and Kester.

Wynyard Baptist Church


Mother’s Day

Inviting our friends, mothers, daughters, sisters, and aunties, our UBC ladies enjoyed an evening out dining at Café RA. After our Mother’s Day service, and to honour the women in our midst, our UBC men provided morning tea. This was a bake-off competition from which we have now discovered we have a number of very capable and talented cooks at UBC! Prizes were awarded to Matt Cox for his macarons, Robbie Cunningham for his savory toast and Andrew Gurr for his apple cakes.

May Mission Month

May Mission Month was embraced as we listened and were challenged by guest speakers Paul Manning from Baptist World Aid, and Geoff Maddock from Baptist Mission Australia

Table Tennis

Our winter table tennis competition has once again commenced on Monday evenings with 27 registered players. Table tennis at UBC has been running for about 40 years.

Men’s events

Our recent Men’s Events have included go-karting, indoor cricket, a men’s breakfast, and an evening of carpet bowls and pizza. These events have been well attended by a variety of ages and has been a wonderful opportunity to reach out, encourage and strengthen relationships.

Dylan Standridge

In June we were privileged to spend an evening with Dylan Standridge. Dylan partners with Iris Global Ministries, he has a heart for Tasmania and has a prophetic call upon his life.

Home to Glory

Our church family have mourned the passing of three dear ladies and sisters in Christ.

 Nalda King passed away on 19th March aged 85.  Margaret McCall passed away on 18th June aged 94, and Pauline Beasley passed away on 22nd of June. Our thoughts and prayers continue for their families.

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Special Service

On Sunday 11 June we had a special combined service which included several aspects:

  • Four Baptisms – what a delight to hear the testimonies and share in the faith journey of 4 people.  As a result another person gave their life to the Lord that night. 
  • New Members – four people were received into membership.
  • Dedication of Nepalese Outreach Ministries  – Both the Community Bus and the Driver Mentor Car which were donated through BMA grants were in the auditorium and dedicated to the Lord’s work among the Hindu community.
  • Salvation Army’s Red Shield Appeal  – in support of our local Salvation Army Corps, everyone was encouraged to wear something red and bring a donation towards feeding children at our local schools as well as supporting families who are struggling. Almost $1000 was raised.
  • Healing Prayer – At the close of the service 20 people came forward for anointing with oil.

Future Proofing your Life: 14th June to 12th July

A new initiative from our Pastoral Care team has seen the development of a three-part program for people both in their senior years, as well as for the families of seniors.  Over 40 people registered from both the community and local churches. 

Future proofing your life; Around the Churches June-July 2023

Week of Prayer and Fasting  – 18th-24th June

A dedicated week to draw closer to Jesus, to pray for our outreach into our local suburbs, and to pray for Hobart and people in need.  A booklet with guidelines to aid our focus is provided for everyone to help engage us in praying together.

Table top Sale at Citywide; Around the Churches June-July 2023
Citywide held an indoor Table Top Sale on Saturday 1st July


Combined Pentecost Service

On the afternoon of the 28th May, Claremont Baptist hosted a combined Pentecost Prayer Meeting with Edge Anglican and Claremont Uniting to pray for unity and our community.

After sharing in reflective prayer, communion and corporate prayer we had some good chats over light refreshments. Good to meet and greet our brothers and sisters in Christ. 

The Luthys Visit

Missionary family Chris and Amy Luthy and their family will be leading our service on 16th July.  They serve with Pioneers and will share some of their experiences. 


Esteem. Coffee Shop

After a month or so of trials and waiting for final council approval, our coffee shop is now open! Volunteers will staff the coffee shop with a community focus and strong leaning towards supporting and training ex-refugees.

Thanks to Kelvin Smith for his work in the final stages of getting the coffee shop up and running, well over a decade since the dream began.

Esteem. Coffee Shop, Hobart Baptist; Around the Churches June-July 2023
Esteem Coffee Shop

Luminous Festival

Thursday 8th to Sunday 25th June

Over two weeks, the Luminous Festival at Hobart Baptist hosted various activities, lined up to coincide with Hobart’s mid-winter festival, Dark Mofo.

  1. An art installation by Michael Henderson, The Seed of Life Weighed Down, on display in the foyer of The Tab. The display generated well over 100 faith-conversations with passers-by.
  2. Three “Conversations”, which provided a space for thought and discussion. Speakers in the Conversations panels brought expertise on topics asking:
    • Is Tasmania A Place for Everyone?’
    • How can we help Tasmanian Children flourish?
    • How Do We Create Healthy Families?
  3. The festival culminated with Christmas in Winter, when we celebrated Christmas within its original context of the dark, cold mid-winter.
    • Luminous Carols, Friday 23rd June
    • Christmas Day service, Sunday 25th June

Art by Michael Henderson questioned ‘what the nativity scene represents, and whether it has an ability today to help us enter the mystery of God and faith’.

Luminous Festival at Hobart Baptist, Around the Churches June-July 2023
L to R: Michael Henderson opens his artwork; The art exhibit; Soundy building’s lit-up entry; The Tab lights; Speakers John Kumara and Zelinda Sherlock; Stephen Baxter instroduces the Hallelujah Chorus community choir at the Luminous Carols event.

Long Table event

Members of the church, and many others, attended this wintry meal on the 25th June. Over 50 people enjoyed Eritrean food together. Thanks to Kelvin Smith and others for organising.

Farewell Margaret Baikie

Margaret Baikie, Around the Churches June-July 2023

Our dear friend Margaret Baikie went to be with her Lord and Saviour on Wednesday 14 June 2023. Margaret was a member of HBC for 55 years, and until fairly recently, in a very active capacity.

Loved and loving wife of Albert, mother of Margaret (Luckman) and Gordon, mother-in-law of Greg and Angie (Read). Adored Granny of Gordon James, Alistair, Hamish, James and Sunday Clare.

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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 >

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    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.

    Read the full story >

    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, 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. 

    • 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: |

    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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    Diving Into Diversity

    In this Sacred Agents blog, Crossover Director Andrew Turner explores how we can shift demographics by diving Into diversity.

    My father always enjoys belting out Amazing Grace in church, not least because he likes to tweak the second line to “…that saved a wretch like TREVOR SMITH” (or some other friend within earshot). God’s grace for people like you and me (and Dad) is truly amazing. Amazing too is his grace for people who are unlike you and me.

    As such, God’s Spirit is often prompting and challenging us to see a greater diversity in our churches and groups. How often have you said or heard, ‘It would be great to have more [insert demographic] people here’, referring to a missing segment that might be generational, racial, economic, intellectual, or something else in nature.

    It just doesn’t seem right for God’s family to be segregated, so we want to listen to those nudges of the Spirit. But what to do about them?

    Possible Steps

    There’s a whole range of possible steps, and let’s put them along an imaginary spectrum:

    Down one end would be practical and immediate actions, such as going straight to the people you’d love to have with you and simply inviting them. Thoughtful arrangements to make space for them would be down that end too.

    At the other end of the spectrum are deep, underlying heart issues and systemic norms that may need to be addressed. These might include raising awareness, prayers of repentance, symbolic steps towards reconciliation, and contemplating your way through a heap of books and conferences.

    The trouble is, where to start? If you start at the first end, you hope to solve the issue within a fortnight. But your efforts may quickly be stymied by the systemic and underlying stuff. “We saw that we were missing young people, so we invited them, they didn’t come, so I guess we can say we tried.”

    But if you start at the other end, you can feel that any real progress will take 100 years. And you can take 100 years of talking and praying and thinking about the people you’re missing, and wondering whether your group is even a thing that would be good for them, and even whether your group should exist at all.

    It means well at first, but it can become busy work that is essentially procrastination which perpetuates the status quo. You are always inching closer to, but conveniently never achieving the aim. “We can always say that we’re taking steps.”

    So what do we do?

    How can we make real progress to see the body of Christ actually come together more fully? I suggest starting at both ends at the same time. Each will serve the other. The practical end will bring to light what underlying work is (and what isn’t) necessary, and the underlying work will shape the practical actions to be less and less clumsy and more and more wholehearted.

    May the Spirit give us all the wisdom, humility and love we need – and also all the shrewdness, daring and energy of faith – to be effective agents of reconciliation as the body of Christ builds itself up in love.

    Andrew Turner is the director of Crossover, and author of the Sacred Agents blog

    Andrew Turner is Director of Crossover for Australian Baptist Ministries.

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    Safe Churches

    Keeping Our Children Safe


    Tas Baptists’ Administrator Rodney Marshall explains the new legislation our churches must engage with.

    On the 30th of May the Child and Youth Safe Organisations Act passed the houses of parliament, fulfilling the Sate’s responsibility to enact the 10 Child Safe Principles and to establish an Independent Regulator.

    The 10 standards mirror the recommendations from the Royal Commission and the principles developed by the Australia Human Rights Commission. Their scope encompasses all forms of harm to children and young people, in addition to child sexual abuse, requiring adherence to the following …

    The Ten Standards for Safe Churches

    Standard 1

    Requires organisations to ensure that child safety and wellbeing is embedded in organisational leadership, governance and culture.

    Standard 2

    Ensures that children and young people are informed about their rights, participate in decisions affecting them and are taken seriously.

    Standard 3

    Ensures families and communities are informed and involved in promoting child safety and wellbeing.

    Standard 4

    Guarantees that equity is upheld and diverse needs respected in policy and in practice.

    Standard 5

    Requires that people working with children and young people are suitable and supported to reflect child safety and wellbeing values in practice.

    Standard 6

    Requires processes to respond to complaints and concerns to be child-focused.

    Standard 7

    Expects that staff and volunteers are equipped with the knowledge, skills and awareness to keep children and young people safe through ongoing education and training.

    Standard 8

    Requires physical and online environments to promote safety and wellbeing, while minimising the opportunity for children and young people to be harmed.

    Standard 9

    Sees regular review and improvement of the child and youth safe standards within the organisation.

    Standard 10

    Ensures policies and procedures document how the entity is safe for children and young people.

    In addition

    As well, there is an additional overarching principle that embeds the right of Aboriginal children and young people to cultural safety which sits across all 10 Child and Youth Safe Standards.

    What churches need to do now

    Several years back, at the request of our insurers, Tas Baptists churches updated their policies to incorporate these standards. The main task that remains is to appropriately train and support our workers and volunteers.

    Training completion date: 1st January 2024.

    Matt Henderson (S), Owen Muskett (NW) and Linda Guy (N) have agreed to assist by providing training around the state. In addition, online training will be available in the Safety Management Online system. Once the trainers are trained, Workshop details for each region will be made available.

    So as to comply with the new laws we need to ensure that everyone 18 and over, who ministers (has direct care or gives spiritual direction) to a person under 18, understands the principles and their application.

    I hope the workshops will answer most of your questions, but if you would like to check on something before then please contact me on 0407 903 620 or

    Rodney Marshall

    Rodney Marshall
    Tas Baptists Administrator

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    Discovering Deep, Resilient Faith

    Deep resilient faith

    Faith Works

    Christian author Mel Saward contemplates what we can do to help our children and youth become strong Christians.

    Discovering Deep, Resilient Faith

    Many statistics have emerged over the last few years that have painted a jarring picture of the state of faith for Millennials and Gen Z. But none quite so shocking as a study completed by the Barna Group recently, finding that 75% of young Christians will leave church.

    But there is hope. Unlike other studies, this one listed common factors present in the 25% who stayed.

    These included:

    • Eating dinner five out of seven nights a week as a family
    • Serving WITH their families in a ministry
    • Having one spiritual experience in the home during the week
    • Being entrusted with responsibility in ministry at an early age
    • Having at least one faith-focused adult in their lives, other than their parents
Deep resilient faith

    Extra questions

    It must be noted that this was a rather helpful study!

    Finally, something constructive we might all be able to implement for our children. But despite the usefulness of this information the resounding questions still remain: How is this possible? 75%? Do these small habits really make such a significant difference?

    The habits seem so simple! There are at least three factors out of the five that have nothing to do with church itself! Were any of these factors present in the 75% too? 

    There is something missing

    Maybe it is this simple. Maybe there is more to this. But what can’t be denied is that there is something missing in the Millennials’ and Gen Zs’ experience of faith, that is often observed through their relationship with the Church. Surely that is demonstrated rather clearly in these statistics.

    In my latest book, Deep Faith Resilient Faith, I examine what I believe to be the cause of this phenomenon. The missing piece is DEPTH.

    It has always been a temptation in our Christian culture to become preoccupied with external matters and not those of the heart. From the day the church began, there were smaller sections that concerned themselves with rituals. And in the generations just prior to Millennials, church attendance has been the universal sign of commitment to Christ.

    While I suspect such observable signs do matter, they have never completely expressed the true picture of a changed heart. Church attendance was not the goal of our faith, the goal was always to be a disciple: something that is clearly seen in the five factors above. 

    Church attendance was not the goal of our faith, the goal was always to be a disciple

    Signs of depth

    These five factors are all signs of a whole community discipling a child: parents, church leaders, and the larger church community. Truly, they are signs of depth and the priority to instil a deep faith in the next generation.

    Depth of faith is critical, as scripture proposes many times: it was the depth of the soil that determined the response to the seed (Mark 4:5), it was deep digging that stabilised the house built on the rock (Luke 6:48). And so we must explore for ourselves what a deep faith looks like, so that we can exemplify it for the next generation.

    This is the goal of my book. It meticulously unpacks depth in action, and how we can attain it. As you can imagine, the book is quite challenging. But confronting such truths also gives us the greatest hope we could ever have in our faith. 

    "We must explore for ourselves what a deep faith looks like, 
so we can exemplify it for the next generation." Mel Saward, Author and Christian Communicator

    What they need

    The fact is: the next generations need us. They need those who come before them to demonstrate through the life we live, the kind of depth and meaning that a faith in Jesus can bring. Honestly, they don’t need us to nag them, to judge them, to be frustrated by them.

    They need us to be willing to take up our cross, forego our comforts and go deeper than we have ever gone before. Because the Gospel has always been enough to satisfy all of us, from generation to generation. 

    Mel Saward, Deep faith

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    Psalm 91 – A Devotion

    Psalm 91, A Devotion by Frans Ammerlaan, Sassafras

    For You to Ponder – Psalm 91

    What Secret Place?          

    By Frans Ammerlaan, Sassafras Baptist    


    Every so often you fall over some gem, hidden in plain sight, in God’s Word.

    The more you stare, almost in disbelief, at the opening statement of Psalm 91, the more unbelievable it seems. After learning the psalm by heart, the enormity of the truth displayed, dawns.

    Perhaps some are slower to appreciate God’s love so obviously shown to whoever might want to be acquainted with it. Anybody at all! You or me.

    There is no mistake though! The guarantees He gives for your presence in the Secret Place, are awe-inspiring.

    He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High
    Shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.

    Psalm 91:1 (NKJV)

    The foundation is that if you do dwell in this secret place, you are in fact in the presence; the protection; the radiance; the love; the guidance of the Creator of the universe.

    Once you say: “He is my refuge and my fortress; my God, in Him I will trust”, the walls he erects to protect you are nothing short of amazing. On an on!

    I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress;
    My God, in Him I will trust.”

    Psalm 91:2 (NKJV)

    Almighty protection

    In the refuge, under the softness of His wings of protection, you will not experience diseases or pestilences. Just hide behind His truth for protection from bullets during the day and diseases during the night; or even sudden destruction during the day.

    He shall cover you with His feathers,
    And under His wings you shall take refuge;

    Psalm 91:4 (NKJV)

    Everyone around you may be struck down, even close by, but it shall not come close to you. Just look and see how the non-believer fares, He says.

    A thousand may fall at your side,
    And ten thousand at your right hand;
    But it shall not come near you.

    Psalm 91:7 (NKJV)

    Even more stunningly, here follow some more guarantees because you have made the Lord the Most High, your refuge, “No evil shall befall you”!

    Neither shall any plague come near your place. Not only that, but He will also tell His angels to look after you in the way you live.

    Because you have made the Lord, who is my refuge,
    Even the Most High, your dwelling place,
    No evil shall befall you,
    Nor shall any plague come near your dwelling;
    For He shall give His angels charge over you,
    To keep you in all your ways.

    Psalm 91:9-11 (NKJV)

    And there is much more!

    They shall carry you in case you hurt your foot on a stone. You will also be enabled to stomp on a lion and a cobra under foot.

    In their hands they shall bear you up,
    Lest you dash your foot against a stone.
    You shall tread upon the lion and the cobra,
    The young lion and the serpent you shall trample underfoot.

    Psalm 91:12-13 (NKJV)

    God’s love becomes really apparent when He says: “Because he has set his love upon Me therefore, I will deliver him”. “Ï will set him on high because he has known My name”. (Psalm 91: 14, NKJV)

    He will give us an answer when we call on Him. As well, He will be present when we are in trouble and deliver and honour us!

    He will satisfy us with long life and then show you, and me, His salvation.

    He shall call upon Me, and I will answer him . . .
    With long life I will satisfy him,
    And show him My salvation.”

    Psalm 91:15-16

    What does it really mean, to you, now?

    There is a real resting place available. A real spiritual power base in which we are one with our God and Father. One with all life and all power, with all presence of “I am, I am, I am”.

    You can then listen to the silence. The peace for those who wait to hear “All is well”.

    Frans Ammerlaan - there is a real resting place available. A real spiritual power base in which we are one with our God and Father.

    In this closeness we can, and should, tell Him what we need and want, so our lives can proceed in harmony and a happy wellbeing.

    Sadly, only a few come here because they are persuaded that circumstances control our lives.

    The truth is, incredible though it may seem, indirectly the soul directs its own path in this, God’s Law. It becomes obvious that He wants to fulfill our slightest wish and want. Our only requirement is to believe and trust in the power of our Father, our company and Maker.

    Only believe and this ultimate reality becomes the reality of our lives. We create our reality when we see through the eyes of God.

    Psalm 91 shows the way, all we need to do is to apply the principles He has laid out for us to follow. So simple! If it was difficult, who would be able to do it?

    Rest your weight on this psalm and be greatly blessed.

    May God bless you always!

    Frans Ammerlaan plans to publish a book of devotionals he has written, this one included.

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      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: |

      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

      Advocacy and support for Myanmar

      National Council Resolution:

      Adopted 17 May 2023

      The National Council of Australian Baptist Ministries [ABM] stands in solidarity with all the church communities from Myanmar that are members of State Unions affiliated with ABM. We grieve with them as they witness their family and friends displaced, persecuted, and killed at the hands of the Myanmar military.

      Myanmar Map

      We note, that according to the United Nations, an estimated 1,584,000 internally displaced people (IDPs) were reported across Myanmar as of 30 January 2023, and there are more than 1 million refugees and asylum seekers in neighbouring countries. Church buildings have been destroyed and pastors detained.

      We call on the Australian government to:

      • Increase humanitarian visas to refugees from Myanmar, particularly from ethnic areas such as the Chin, Kachin, Karen and Karenni States. This is where people have been displaced and waiting for settlement for upward of 35 years.
      • Increase humanitarian aid to these ethnic areas that struggle to receive international support due to Myanmar Government restrictions.
      • Increase pressure on the Myanmar government through further sanctions against individuals and companies associated with the Myanmar military. In addition, with further action at ASEAN and the UN.
      • Increase pressure on the Indian Government to issue exit permits to refugees who have already been granted Australian visas.

      We commit ourselves to prayer, to continue to speak out on behalf of the people of Myanmar, in particular those connected to our church community members from Myanmar, and we commit to providing material support to displaced communities in Myanmar and border refugee camps.


      May Mission Month

      No matter where you are, you can journey alongside your neighbours and friends.
      Being an alongsider means listening, showing hospitality, bringing peace and humbly sharing the good news of Jesus. 

      It means praying and seeking the Spirit’s leading. It means loving the people God has put in your world, as well as loving the world. 

      Being an alongsider means sharing God’s love in genuine, active and relevant ways. It means partnering together with each other and God – sending and being sent, giving and receiving. Working together as partners in God’s mission. 

      Watch the video to find out more …

      Stamps for Overseas Mission

      Help raise funds for Baptist Mission Australia

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

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

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

      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 9am-12pm Mon/Tues/Thur/Fri. Or else, call to arrange a suitable time: 6391 2202.

      Other questions
      Contact the Tasmanian ‘stamp lady’ Jill Ashdown: 0439 354 849 or

      Gateway Stamp Collecting night
      Stamp sorting and trimming night at Jill Ashdown’s place

      23rd Baptist World Congress

      Living the Good News

      Brisbane, 7-12 July 2025

      Watch the video explaining the symbolism behind of the logo for the Baptist World Congress 2025.

      The Creation Discovery Centre

      Good conversations

      The Creation Discovery Centre, based at Seahorse World Beauty Point, has had an amazing summer tourism season. The Centre is run by many of our people who attend The Point Baptist Church, which also meets on the premises.

      A display at the Creation Discovery Centre

      During the summer, many hundreds of visitors including numerous non-believers have taken Christian resources, Bibles and tracts. We praise God for one woman who gave her life to the Lord at the centre in March.

      Email Craig Hawkins at if you would like to hear about the latest developments and testimonies from the museum.

      Here are a few stories:

      • Di is an atheist who came in seeking answers and left encouraged with a Bible after hearing the gospel.
      • Mark and Betty came in to buy fossils for their grandson at the end of the day. Two hours later they left after going through the museum, which was not part of their original plan. Mark said, “I have never before heard the message tied in with real history.” They were both very interested and took Christian resources with them as well as a couple of fossils for the grandson!
      • Pray for Carla who had been witnessed to for over three years by a faithful Christian and came in while a school group was receiving a presentation. After a while she went to the front counter to speak with Rachelle and her friend saying, “It all makes sense now”.
        She repented of her sins there and then, which included occult involvement, and now needs to find Christian connections in the rural area where she lives.

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      Tearfund’s Rubbish Campaign

      plastic, plastic, plastic

      New campaign highlights the human cost of our global plastic waste crisis

      Rubbish Crisis, Tearfund, ReCharge News May 2023

      The Rubbish Campaign, by Christian agency Tearfundis highlighting the human cost of the global plastic waste problem and calling on Australian households to join the effort to address this rubbish crisis.

      As Australian Christians, let’s unite to address the urgent waste crisis that is unfolding: in our households and around the world. Already suffering the worst impacts of COVID-19, extreme weather and hunger, growing landfills are making poverty worse for vulnerable communities around the world. 

      Between 2000 and 2019, plastics production doubled and plastic waste generation more than doubled, with nearly two thirds of this coming from plastics with lifetimes of under five years. (OECD, 2022).

      Tearfund is encouraging Australians to be part of the solution and to demonstrate their care for their global neighbours by signing their petition.

      The petition calls on the Australian Government to do all it can to influence global negotiations and ensure that this plastics treaty helps end the world’s rubbish problem.


      Perth Baptist’s Ministries

      Being active in the community

      For more information about any of these activities, see the Facebook page: | READ Perth’s Church Profile >

      • Weekly Sunday Cafe
        Please get in touch for locations
        • 4pm, Adults
        • 4pm, Young People
      • Bread Run 6:45-7pm, Tuesdays
        More than just picking up the remainder of the day’s bread from a local bakery, this is a time for people to pick up pre-cooked meals (when available), coffee, and discussion.
      The Bread Run at Perth Baptist
      • Home groups
        Please get in touch for locations
        • 10am, Thursdays
        • 7:30pm, Thursdays
      • Ladies Craft Group
        1:30pm, Tuesdays
      • Men’s Fellowship
        10am, Alternate Wednesdays
      Eskleigh Residents
      Perth Baptist has a long-standing relationship with the residents of Eskleigh Home for people with disabilities

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      Combined service

      On Sunday 30th April we had one of our 5th Sunday Combined Services in which people from Gateway, Agape and Gateway Nepali Fellowship join together. These have been so enjoyable in the past and we anticipate another great meeting.

      Plans for May Mission Month

      During the month of May we will have a variety of speakers sharing of a number of Missions Gateway is connected with, including Prison Fellowship, Shoe Boxes, Thailand, Haiti, Shekinah House, Rahab Ministry, 


      Gateway Ladies Pizza and Stamp Cutting Night took place recently, where they trimmed stamps in readiness to be sent to QLD to raise funds for Baptist Mission Australia. The used stamps, and national collection raises approx. $70,000.00 every year! Gateway member Jill Ashdown is the “Tasmanian Stamp lady”.
      Read how to participate in the Stamp ministry in the NEWS, next week.

      Gateway Baptist: Nepali Fellowship; Stamp Mission group, Around the Churches Apr-May 2023
      Gateway Nepali Fellowship; Missions Stamp Group meet

      CITY BAPTIST, Launceston

      Easter | Your prayers appreciated!

      We had lovely services over Easter – the Good Friday reflective service was a particular highlight for many, working through a Protestant take on the Stations of the Cross.

      City Baptist is still prayerfully seeking a more permanent home to gather in – we would appreciate your prayers for/with us as we seek God’s guidance.

      Impacting our community

      Members in our community continue activism and pastoral work among migrant communities, the street community and with regard to climate action, representing Jesus’ (and our) heart for going to the margins.

      Jeff McKinnon and Garry Billing have started a home-grown discipleship opportunity titled Learning Circles, for people of all backgrounds, who are interested in growing in discipleship, spirituality and mission – learning the ways of Jesus. If you would like to know more, please contact Jeff (

      • John Tomkinson passed away in late March. Our thoughts and prayers continue to be with Gwen and the family.
      • David and Pat Jacobs celebrated a milestone wedding anniversary.


      Hutchison Family Update

      Newstead Baptist Church is very pleased to announce the safe arrival of its newest member, a baby boy, Rafael (Raffy) Warren Hutchison. Raffy was born at 1:56pm on 3rd April and weighed 9.8 pounds (4.46 kgs).

      Congratulations to Dan and Maria, Skylah, Octavia and Boaz for this exciting addition to the family.  Pastor Dan is on leave until May 17 to be with his family.

      Around the Churches Apr-May 2023, Newstead
      Dan with Skylah, Octavia and Raffy; Playing Scrabble at the Drop-In Centre
      Drop-In Centre

      Our Friday Senior’s Drop in Centre has recently dropped the “Senior’s” from their name in order to better align with our Strategic Plan. 

      People of all ages are now welcome to attend the Drop-In Centre each Friday from 1pm until about 3:30pm.  Activities include good conversation, tea and coffee, yummy food (cake on special occasions!), darts, eight-ball, and a range of board games including scrabble and upwords.

      We really appreciate the willingness of the older members of our congregation to embrace change and the future vision of our church and we look forward to what is in store for this special ministry.

      Family Fun Walks

      Newstead Baptist Church has partnered with Scripture Union to promote a series of Family Fun Walks.  These monthly, short family-friendly walks, are on Sunday afternoons from 2 to 4 pm, and easy to get to for those in or near Launceston.

      All walks are manageable for families with young children, although not all are pram/stroller-friendly.  Our walks so far have been a great opportunity to meet new people and create deeper conversations around our discussion topics. For example, “Are you feeling full or empty?” for recent Trevallyn Dam walk.

      All northern Baptist Churches are invited to join us at any of the upcoming walks listed below.  This list of walks, along with Scripture Union’s bushwalk series, can be found at, including some useful preparation and safety tips. 

      Anyone from other local churches or the surrounding community are also welcome.

      Upcoming walks
      • 4th June                  Youngtown Regional Park
      • 2nd July                    Lilydale Falls
      • 3rd September    Gorge Circuit
      • 8th Octobe           Tamar Island
      • 10th November    Old Macs Farm



      The church was blessed with the baptism of the Cousens family at Greens Beach on the 24th of March: Adam, Sarah, Erica and Tom.
      So great to see the family growing in the Lord.

      Passover celebrated

      On Palm Sunday, The Point Baptist Church welcomed Mark Rogers from The Friends of Israel, who conducted a Passover Seder meal as part of the Sunday service. The event was greatly appreciated by the church, and helped understanding of the significance of the Passover event.

      Around the Churches Apr-May 2023, the Point Baptist
      Baptisms at Greens Beach; Mark Rogers of Friends of Israel



      Harvest Festival

      On March 19th we celebrated our Harvest Festival. The bread, water and the sheaf of wheat along with the Bible, were centre of place, as they remind us of the basic things needed for life.

      Food items were brought and displayed, and Pastor Ralph shared with us a reading from Leviticus reminding us of the need to be continually thanking the Lord for all our provisions.

      The food was available for purchase after the service and the money raised along with remaining items was given to Gran’s Van.  Gran’s Van operates in Devonport to help feed the homeless and people struggling to feed themselves.

      Latrobe Baptist Harvest Festival 2023


      Please pray!

      Although it would be true to say our congregation is “getting on”, we have suddenly experienced quite a few ‘sickies’!

      Please pray for David’s back op; Sheryl’s leg op; Gordon’s cancer struggle; Jean and Karl’s Covid attack and Frans’s back attack! That is a third of our church! Join us to pray for their rapid recovery in every aspect of this attack. We ask in Jesus’s Name:

      “Ask in my Name and I will do it”!

      John 14:14
      Sassafras Baptist Church_ photo credit Duncan Grant


      Welcome little Macey

      On 18th March, Pastor Matt Holloway, Lacey and big brother Larry welcomed Macey Kate into their family. Let’s celebrate with them for a safe arrival.

      The Holloways
      Matt and Lacey with Larry, and Macey


      Strengthening our community
      • Recently, 17 of our ladies enjoyed a day out with JUST GIRLS to Stanley, where they visited Highfield House, and Joe Lions cottage.
      • Many people attended a day of fun and fellowship at the Church Family picnic at Railway Institute hall in April..
      • Due to inclement weather, the combined churches Good Friday service was held in our church rather than in Guttridge Gardens as planned.
      • Chat n Choose continues to meet on Thursday morning in the school term.
      • Wednesday Get Together meet on the first and third Wednesday of the month when people meet for morning tea ,and fellowship and carpet bowls and table games.
      • The Food Hub continues to operate on Monday and Friday.
      Franz and Heidi Brosch
      Franz and Heidi Brosch
      Franz and Heidi Brosch

      We are pleased to have welcomed our associate Pastor Franz and Heidi Brosch into our church family,

      They input into our church services, with Heidi in the worship team and Franz on the keyboard.

      Around the Churches Apr-May 2023



      Clean Up Australia

      On 5th March again participated in the Clean Up Australia Day, this year at three different locations.  We did not hold a service at Mornington that day, and at Lenah Valley had a prayer time for those not in the field, linking into some of the sites for a report on what was happening.  Evaluation of the day will see some changes for next year.


      There has been some energy and money expended in our first stage of some renovations.  We painted our front rooms, and refreshed with new carpet, windows and blinds.  Also there has been significant hours and work effected on our roof in a bid to fix numerous leaks.  Fund raising is underway for stage 2.  

      Mission Partnership

      Our BMA grant towards outreach to the Hindu community in Hobart has seen the purchase of a 12-seater bus and employment of a coordinator for two-days per week. to facilitate community services.  This is now up and running. Praise God.

      Anzac Day

      In conjunction with the local RSL, we’ve had another exciting Anzac Day in the Park at Lenah Valley.  This has grown to be a significant annual community event, this year with an estimated attendance of 800. 

      We offer various crafts and activities to suit the whole family, all with an Anzac Day theme.  We gave away Sausages, drinks and Anzac biscuits.  The public were involved and everyone has a fun time.  Conversations take place, and links are established. Citywide is blessed by serving.

      Around the Churches Apr-May 2023, Citywide
      Good Friday dawn service; Lenah Valley clean-up team; Anzac Day in the Park


      Garage Sale

      Claremont Baptist members cleaned out their garages and storerooms to hold a very successful Garage Sale.

      While we benefited financially the purpose was to open our doors to our community. We offered a free sausage sizzle and tea and coffee which gave us time to chat to people. At least four people told us they never knew there was a church on the corner (it is a quite inconspicuous building!) Church families got to socialise too and there was a wonderful atmosphere.

      Unfortunately, the event also proved to be a Covid super-spreader! So, by Easter Sunday we only had eight attending.

      A moving and intimate service,  a wonderful time of rejoicing that Our Lord has Risen! On Good Friday we were also able to share in coffee and buns at Edge Anglican as has become our tradition. 

      Around the Churches Apr-May 2023, Claremont Baptist Garage Sale
      Garage Sale Day at Claremont


      Sanctuary Sunday

      On Sunday 19th March, Hobart Baptist celebrated Sanctuary Sunday when all our congregations gathered to worship together. This includes the Karen Community, Mabuhay (Filipino), Vietnamese Fellowships, as well as Hobart Vision Church (Korean). During the service, Yvette Ambrose was baptised.

      The Vietnamese Christian Fellowship National Conference

      From 11-14 April, almost 200 registrants from the mainland and Vietnam took over the building for their annual conference. Our Vietnamese Family Fellowship hosted the visitors.

      Karen Wedding

      Congratulations to Karen couple Pan Tay and Nya Le, who were married on Saturday 15th April by Joel Ortiz.

      Pray for Christians in Kyiv

      Pastor Anton, who we support in Kyiv, sent this message on 1st May. Please pray for him and the faithful people there who are providing hope, help and lodging for refugees:
      There was a missile attack 25km south of our refugee centre. Some of our men have been working in the rescue team and were able to help save some of the people in the attack.

      Around the Churches Apr-May 2023 - Hobart Baptist
      SANCTUARY SUNDAY: Korean Youth dance; followed by a wonderful morning tea; Vietnamese Conference; Karen Wedding

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      Associate Pastor, Matt Henderson – Hobart

      Matt Henderson Hobart

      Ministry Profile

      Matt Henderson, Hobart

      Associate Pastor Matt Henderson was inducted at Hobart Baptist Church in February 2022, so it’s high time to find out about him. Read on to discover where he came from, and what his ride has been like over the last year.

      I was born in Fairfield, Sydney but I’ve lived in Tasmania since I was very young. My family moved around a lot and we lived in many homes right across Hobart. I also spent a lot of my childhood on my grandparent’s farm in Geeveston. Tasmania was a wonderful place to grow up, and although I considered moving interstate as a young adult, I’m now very glad that I stayed here.

      I love the ‘smallness’ of Tasmania. Our community here in Tasmania is still small enough that it is possible to build and maintain strong and close-knit communities. We are so blessed to live on an island with so much natural beauty, and because Tasmania is so small, all of that natural beauty is accessible in a way you can’t find in many places in Australia, or anywhere else. Kylie and I believe that Tasmania is the best place in the world to raise children.

      I grew up in a very loving family. My older sister has a disability, and because of this I grew up with a different perspective about diversity, inclusion and people with special needs. My wife, Kylie, and I met at a young people’s Bible study, eventually marrying in December 2006. Kylie and I have two boys, Daniel (15) and David (10). Both of our sons are on the Autism Spectrum. I also have an older son, Isaac (23). Kylie and I recently became grandparents. Our granddaughter’s name is Dawn.

      Kylie works as Citywide’s Accounts Manager, and does similar work for HBC as a volunteer. Kylie feels led to serve churches in the area of finance, and she also assists a couple of other churches in the Baptist Union in this area.

      Matt Henderson, Hobart at Isaac's wedding
      The Henderson family at Isaac’s wedding in 2021

      Growing Up

      I was raised in a Christian family and became a Christian when I was nine, on a children’s camp at the Blue Lagoon Christian Campsite. Unfortunately, I had negative experiences of churches as a child, and did not attend a church for a long time. I became serious and committed about my faith and working for Jesus in my mid-twenties when I became involved with a community of Christian young adults and families and got involved with children’s ministry and camps.

      Growing up, my family attended very traditional Brethren churches. I was attending Eastern Shore Brethren Assembly when I met Kylie, who was a new Christian attending there because her mum attended there. After we got married, we attended another Brethren church in Hobart, where I worked for a year as the Sunday School coordinator. However, we became increasingly uncomfortable with the teaching around the role of women in these churches. Then, after Daniel was born and began exhibiting early signs of being on the Autism Spectrum, we felt increasingly excluded from that community.

      We spent a lot of time un-churched, as we didn’t know how to navigate fitting into a church community as a special needs family.

      Finding a Church Home

      We really struggled to find a church that was accepting of a special needs family. However, when we visited Citywide’s Lenah Valley campus in 2015, we were immediately blown away by how welcoming and accepting the people there were. We became part of a church family there for the first time. When Matt Garvin arrived in 2017, he showed both myself and Kylie a way of following Jesus that lit a fire for both of us to become more active in serving.

      At Citywide I discovered, developed and built my skills, stepping into areas of service and leadership I had previously shied away from. While there, we experienced Christian community in a very different, and much more fulfilling way, than I had ever experienced before. We became more open as individuals, more open as a family, and more willing to share with others.

      Matt and Kylie
      Matt and Kylie, 2023

      As a result of encouragement at Citywide, I got some theological training. This challenged me to develop and practice leadership skills While there, I learned a lot about being part of a community of Jesus followers. I learned that I had leadership skills and I learned a lot about teamwork and church governance.

      Our time at Citywide was a pivotal time of personal growth for both myself and for Kylie. We grew up spiritually there, and some very special people mentored us. Citywide is a place and community we will always have tremendous love for.

      What Matt does now

      Now, I am the Associate Pastor at Hobart Baptist Church. I wear many hats, and it’s both challenging and a lot of fun. My first job is to learn. This is my first time serving in pastoral ministry, and there are a lot of mistakes to be made, and a lot of learning to do. I see my most important task as building relationships within the church community.

      Our senior pastor, Stephen Baxter, has a lot of big picture stuff to do with Tas Baptists, so I try to handle as many of the small picture, but just as important, details at Hobart Baptist Church (HBC). Much of my work involves liaising between different teams.

      I oversee HBC church service planning, including our livestreaming, and a lot of our social media interactions. As well, I work with Stephen on our vision and direction for HBC, and our teaching plan and roster. I also do fairly regular preaching at HBC.

      Leaving a church community like Citywide where we had built up deep roots over seven years was a very costly and difficult change for us. However, we have found the community at HBC to be welcoming, accepting and full of wonderful people. The culture is very different and adjusting has taken a little while for us.

      I am still adjusting to working in pastoral ministry. Thankfully, I love the challenge and it is a blessing to have a great mentor to work with in Stephen. I am quite introverted, so there are many aspects of my work I find challenging, but also rewarding.

      From a family standpoint, working pastorally with special needs children is a different kind of challenge. It would be fair to say that even after a full year here, we are still adjusting – but its been largely positive.

      Matt Henderson, Honart

      It’s all about P-E-O-P-L-E

      What’s the best piece of advice I’ve been given? Building a strong church community is not about structures or programs, it’s about the people and what Jesus is doing in their lives.

      Kylie and I would both appreciate prayer for managing the balance between our ministry work, and the needs of our family.

      Short ‘n’ Sweet

      am looking forward to . . . seeing people grow in their relationship with Jesus.

      I am worried about . . . how negative the public voice of Christianity often is.

      I am confident that . . . as I learn, I will make a lot of mistakes.

      I am joyful about . . . the rich diversity at Hobart Baptist Church.

      I would like to change . . . how we think about disability and inclusion in the church.

      I am at my best when . . . I’m part of a team.

      Matt Henderson Hobart

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