ReCharge NEWS March 2022

Sunrise, Tasmania Photo credit: Jo Sinclair

23th March 2022

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    Tas Baptist Handbook 2022

    Attention Church Secretaries!

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

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

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


    Hope and Help Ukraine

    Baptist World Aid

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

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

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

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


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

    Online course now available

    Tasmania Celebration with Will Graham, May 2022

    Christian Life and Witness Course

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

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

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

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

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


    Family Faith Rhythm Cards

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

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

    Jenna Blackwell, Tas Baptists’ Mission Leadership Coach

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

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

    GET HOLD OF A SET!

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


    Scripture Union Tas

    Commissioning and Vision Launch

    Peter James SU Tas
    Peter James

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

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

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

    Cost: FREE

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

    HOBART

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

    ULVERSTONE

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

    LAUNCESTON

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


    Position Vacant – Newstead Christian School

    Human Resources & Compliance Manager

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

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

    Applications due by Friday 25th March 2022.

    Position Description >


    L***Y Family on Home Mission

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

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

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

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


    Baptist Mission Australia

    Watch and learn!

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

    Watch the video to find out more:

    BMA Video

    Home Ground Found!

    Intercultural Sports League

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

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

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

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

    Find out more about ICSL: Facebook >

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


    Religious Discrimination Bill

    From Australian Baptist Ministries, 23 Feb 2022

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

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

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

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


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    Around the Churches – Feb/Mar 2022

    Around the Churches Feb Mar 2022

    Every two months you can catch up with some of the latest events in Tasmanian Baptist Churches.

    North

    CITY, Launceston

    L to R: Anthea, Geoff, Jeff, Derek, Jenna
    L to R: Anthea, Geoff, Jeff, Derek, Jenna

    Sale Update

    City Baptist is six months through its settlement period for the sale of its historic property in Frederick Street, Launceston. The vision is both to relocate to a non-church facility in the city centre. And to do a ‘makeover’ of how the church operates.

    Key Personnel

    Anthea Maynard is a key person on the new Ministry Team along with Jenna Blackwell and Jeff McKinnon. Anthea has great interest in community health, enveloping children into worship experiences and global mission.

    Urban Mission

    In February we had some visitors! Derek Bradshaw from Now and Not Yet Café in Warrandyte, Melbourne, along with Geoff Maddock from Baptist Mission Australia. They came to stimulate thinking on how best to do urban mission in the 2020s.

    Northwest

    LATROBE

    Latrobe Church was full to overflowing for a service to farewell Peter Creeley on Saturday 12th February. 

    Peter Creeley Latrobe
    Peter Creeley

    Peter is described by many as a “rough diamond”, an honest hard worker who knew right from wrong. He was always the first to help in any situation. He was the “someone” who did the unseen jobs around the church, opening up, turning on lights, heaters and urn. As well, he was the one who always made sure there was milk in the fridge for the morning teas.  

    But Peter was not always a Christian. Following major heart surgery over 20 years ago Peter committed his life to Christ, and was baptised by Ken Preece. He became a deacon and was still one right up until his death on February 3rd. Peter was also the property manager, and if he couldn’t fix anything that needed doing, he knew someone who could.

    He drove his decorated ute every year in the annual Latrobe Christmas parade. The ute had big signs telling the “reason for the season”! Peter was also instrumental in building our Latrobe Men’s Shed (pictured, above) and its development over the past nine years. He was always the first to arrive on winter mornings, and had the fire burning when the other men arrived. 

    His infectious smile, and many jokes, are sorely missed around the church and in the wider community. He described himself as Latrobe’s oldest teenager!  Peter is now at rest with his Lord.  

    WESTBURY

    End of an Era at Westbury Baptist

    Pastor Michael Ritchie served the Westbury Baptist Church for over seven years. He completed his ministry on the 26th of December, 2021. During that time, he endeared himself to the congregation both as an outstanding teacher and a man of indomitable faith.

    Michael is a gifted speaker. His ability to quote passages of scripture and hymns from memory is legendary. In the minds of many, he has few peers in preaching God’s Word. He is also a compassionate and tireless listener who enriched the lives of those he visited in hospitals and homes. As well, he visited dementia patients at the Rainbow Room at the Community Health Centre. And residents at the aged care facilities of Kanangra and Grenoch.

    Michael led regular Bible Study and Prayer Meeting sessions and participated in services connected with the RSL. He actively supported the chaplain at the Westbury Primary School. In addition, he was involved with the Kids’ Club where he told Bible stories, and participated in games and craft. His regular ‘Think Spot’ at Chat ‘n’ Choose was much loved and appreciated.

    Michael and Julie in 2019

    Two and a half years ago, Michael suffered personal tragedy when his wife Julie passed away. Julie was a great helpmate for Michael for almost 34 years. She was a lovely godly lady who always brought a serene and calming presence into the church. Her support in the Ritchie partnership cannot be understated, and her passing was a great loss.

    Farewell Service, 26th December 2021

    Michael’s Farewell Service highlighted his exceptional speaking ability. His exposition of the Christmas story highlighted once again, his inimitable ability to look afresh on the circumstances that surrounded that wondrous day when Jesus was born to Mary in Bethlehem. Those who spoke, sang and led the service testified to his many pastoral abilities. In particular, it was lovely to hear Daniel (Michael’s son) speak so lovingly of his dad. Surely the highest compliment a person can receive. The considerable number of old friends who attended the service says much about the man and the esteem with which he is regarded.

    We wish Michael all the best, and acknowledge his considerable contribution during his time at the Westbury Baptist Church.

    LOWER BARRINGTON

    Welcome Jeff and Ann, Farewell Chris adn Lee-Ann - Lwr Barrington

    Lower Barrington are pleased to welcome Jeff Percival as the new pastor, along with Ann. He was inducted on Sunday 6th February. This took place only one week after the farewell of former pastor Chris Aulich.

    Pictured from top: Sue and Jeff McKinnon, Chris and Lee-Ann Aulich, and Lwr Barrington Secretary Steve Marshall; Jeff and Ann Percival.

    COMING IN RECHARGE!

    During their substantial ministry life, Jeff and Ann worked for some time with Teen Challenge in NSW. Watch out for Jeff’s profile interview coming in ReCharge on Wednesday 23rd March.

    South

    HOBART

    Pastors' Muster at HBC
    Pastors’ Muster

    Farewell Liam and Hannah

    In January we said goodbye to our Ministry Apprentice, Liam Conway along with Hannah. They moved to Riverlands Longford and were inducted on 6th February. Several of us made the trek up the Midlands Highway to participate in Liam’s induction. We wish them well up north!

    Welcome Matt and Kylie

    In February, the people of Hobart Baptist welcomed Matt Henderson as Associate Pastor. Matt, Kylie and their boys Daniel and David were inducted on Sunday 6th February.

    New Facilities for Muster

    The Tasmanian Baptist Pastors’ Muster took place at Hobart Baptist Church on the 7th and 8th March. It was very exciting to see our new facilities used to serve the pastors as they did their professional development!

    Visioning Series, 2022

    Our annual visioning sermon series this year is “To See Like Jesus Sees”. This will culminate with the presentation of the HBC Vision on Thursday 7th April. This will be followed by Vision Sunday on 10th April.

    CITYWIDE

    Instead of our usual relaxed month of January, 2022 at Citywide has started off with a bang!

    Welcome to the Evenhuis Family

    Above – Induction of Dan Evenhuis.
    Below – Aboriginal Sunday on the Domain

    In December we offered the position of Executive Pastor at Citywide to Dan Evenhuis. At the time, he was living in the UK with his wife, Danielle and four children.  They immediately began plans for their return to Tasmania after ministering in the UK for 18 years. 
    With COVID impacts, Christmas, farewells and implications of moving across the globe, they finally arrived on 17th January. God provided a furnished house for them to rent in the short term.  In addition to Dan’s position at Citywide, Danni procured a teaching position at Calvin School. The children are now enrolled in Southern Christian College and Elizabeth College.  So they’ve stepped right into life here and already we are blessed by Dan’s gifting, experience and ministry.

    Farewells and Inductions

    On 9th January, Newstead Baptist inducted our former Associate Pastor Dan Hutchison as Senior Pastor. Over 30 people from Citywide travelled north to attend. On 13th February, Hobart Baptist inducted Matt Henderson (formerly our Chair of Elders and Youth Leader) as Associate Pastor.
    So the comings and goings at Citywide have been significant with their different journeys and mix of loss and excitement.  

    Celebrating Cultural Diversity

    On 23 January we celebrated Aboriginal Sunday with an outdoor service on Hobart’s Domain.  This service was led by Paul Dare. He challenged and encouraged us in understanding Tasmanian Aboriginal history, and the injustices which scarred our Nation and people.
    We are in conversation with Baptist Mission Australia. It is exciting to consider partnering with them in Mission to rural areas of Nepal via our Nepalese congregation. 

    CLAREMONT

    A Day  in the Wilderness
    Claremont Baptist and Sandy Bay Baptist

    On the 20th November 2021 a happy group of 27 boarded the bus for a special day trip. We visited Derwent Bridge and the Wall in the Wilderness. About half were church members, and the others friends and family. We started with a short prayer and then headed for the  first stop at Ouse for morning tea. 

    Travelling to the beautiful Derwent Valley, we stopped to admire the hydro and scenic views along the Tarraleah leg. We arrived at Derwent Bridge Wilderness Hotel a little early. However, the well-organised staff gave us a sumptuous lunch of soup, sandwiches, snacks and cake. Top marks to the catering staff!

    Being a bit early, we detoured to Lake St Claire. It was stunningly beautiful and we enjoyed just being out and about in the gloriousness of creation.  Then onto the Wall in the Wilderness. As an awe-inspiring work and we were suitably delighted. The artist was in residence and we enjoyed talking to him.

    Finally, we returned in the early evening. A couple celebrated their anniversary and someone had a birthday. So we had lots of fun, conversations flowed freely and new friends were made. 

    The day was only made possible by the generosity of our bus driver, Peter Gathercole. Certainly a day to remember. 


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    Deep Thought, March 2022

    Just mercy header image

    DEEP THOUGHT: A new bi-monthly feature in ReCharge

    Just Mercy

    Embrace your brokenness as you live in close proximity to others

    By Michael Henderson

    JUST MERCY

    Bryan Stevenson: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/
    Bryan Stevenson

    Over the summer I read Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson, an American lawyer who works with people on death row. It is a beautiful and brutal read, full of heart-breaking stories of injustice and prejudice right beside stories of grace and mercy and redemption. The book is powerful, but the podcast interview with Stevenson on the “On Being Podcast” is more accessible (and free).  

    HUMAN-FOCUSED

    Something Stevenson repeats is being a human-focused leader. This thread is also a priority for Tasmanian Baptists this year, including at our March Muster.

    Being a human-focused leader feels obvious. A leader helps humans. It feels so obvious that we shouldn’t need to think about it. Stevenson, as a lawyer and his work within the justice system, seems geared toward humans. Yet what he found was a justice system that was often set up to deny people their humanity, that lacked compassion and mercy, and ultimately justice. 

    Are we becoming more like Jesus, full of hope and grace and redemption for all?

    Churches, in practice, can end up in a similar position. Our theory is we are human-focused and God-focused. Love God and love your neighbour as yourself. However, what we can end up with are events and programs and Sunday services and an organisation that has lost sight of humans.

    Yes, humans are present, just like they are in the justice system, but are they helping humans? Are we becoming more like Jesus, full of hope and grace and redemption for all? Are we carrying that out into our towns and cities? The way many in our culture view the church suggests the answer is no. 

    WE CAN CHOOSE

    Just Mercy: Embrace our broken natures and live in close proximity to people.

    Stevenson’s solution: Embrace our broken natures and live in close proximity to people. He believes we have a choice. We can deny our brokenness, deny our humanity, which results in a lack of compassion and mercy. Or, we can embrace our brokenness, our humanness, our shared vulnerability and imperfection, and let it fuel our capacity for compassion and mercy, and how much we rely on Jesus for everything. 

    And, when we live in close proximity to people, we see people, and it fuels our ability to be human focused leaders. At a distance from people we can lose sight of compassion and mercy and love, and focus more on just getting things done. Because, with a busy life, it is actually very easy as a leader to forget about humans. But the call of Jesus is to live in close proximity to the people in your church, AND in close proximity to those in our community who are currently far from Jesus. 

    OBVIOUS AND EASY?

    Embrace our brokenness, and live in close proximity to others.

    It seems obvious and easy. Yet, that is not Stevenson’s story. Nor is it ours. But, with purpose and being intentional, and allowing Jesus to empower us into it, it can be done, and done so that humans actually benefit. 

    Michael Henderson

    Michael Henderson, michael@tasbaptists.org.au
    Mission and Leadership Development
    Tasmanian Baptists

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    Just mercy

    Just Mercy is available at Koorong for $32.99 (plus postage). JUST MERCY is the #1 New York Times bestseller and now a major motion picture, starring Michael B. Jordan and Jamie Foxx. A powerful true story about the potential for mercy to redeem us, and a clarion call to fix a broken system of justice; from one of the most brilliant and influential lawyers of our time.


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    Baptists in Ukraine

    Ukraine-yohan marion

    Standing with the war-torn

    Baptists in Ukraine offer hope and help across Eastern Europe

    For years now, Baptist leaders across Ukraine have been preparing for a possible invasion from Russia. Pastors have encouraged churches to stockpile resources—food, fuel and other essentials—in case a military assault results in displaced people.  

    That time has come. With Russia’s recent aggression toward Ukraine, a humanitarian crisis is escalating as people leave their homes in search of safety. As of 28 February, more than 368,000 Ukrainians have fled since their homeland fell under attack. They crossed the border to neighbouring countries such as Poland, Hungary, Romania and Moldova. Many are women, children and elderly people leaving loved ones behind. Men of military age join thousands of citizens—men and women—who have stayed to take up arms in defending their country.[i]

    Responding to the crisis

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

    Governments, organisations and churches around the world are responding to the crisis. Countries like Poland and Romania have opened their borders. European Union members are accepting Ukrainian refugees for up to three years without asking them to apply for asylum. Meanwhile, Australia has committed to fast-tracking Ukrainian visa applications.

    Across Ukraine, there are 25 Baptist regions. Twenty-four of these have suffered direct attacks in recent days. Missile attacks were reported perilously close to a Baptist orphanage where 60 children are housed.[ii] 

    Centres of hope: Baptists in Ukraine

    While Baptist churches throughout the region are well placed and prepared to shelter displaced people, leaders expect their resources could run out quickly. Acting as ‘centres of hope’ii, churches are offering fleeing families food, shelter, medical care. As well, they can provide a place people can shower and wash clothing, and spiritual encouragement in this frightening time.  

    ‘No matter what news you may hear,’ said one leader from a Baptist women’s ministry in Ukraine. ‘No matter what [may come], we will stay and serve our Lord Jesus Christ.’ ii

    Baptist churches in Hungary and Poland have also set up centres for humanitarian aid. They are distributing what food and hygiene items they have and are providing basic medical care. Reports also suggest that individual Baptists welcome refugees into their homes and churches.  The burden on both will continue to escalate without help from abroad.

    Baptist World Aid Australia is responding to this crisis both within and around Ukraine.

    Melissa Lipsett, CEO Baptist World Aid Australia

    Pray for peace

    Primary in their request to the global church is to pray for peace. Consequently, numerous Baptist agencies around the world are setting up online prayer meetings.

    Melissa Lipsett

    ‘A refugee crisis is an inevitable outcome from such tragic conflict, and our response must be both prayer and action,’ said Melissa Lipsett, CEO.

    ‘Baptist World Aid Australia is responding to this crisis both within and around Ukraine, supporting Christian Partners throughout the region as they care for an influx of people seeking safety. We are also positioned with other Christian Partners at home to advocate for a stronger Australian government response to support refugees displaced from their homeland.’

    Standing with Ukraine

    Baptist World Aid’s ‘Standing with Ukraine’ appeal will provide support for food, hygiene items, medicine, generators, blankets, pillows and necessary items for displaced people as well as shelters set up for them. https://bwaa.co/standing-with-ukraine

    ‘The Lord watches over the strangers; he upholds the orphan and the widow, but the way of the wicked he brings to ruin,’

    Psalm 146:9

    For more information about Baptists in Ukraine, please contact Jo Kadlecek, jo.kadlecek@baptistworldaid.org.au , Communication Manager, Baptist World Aid Australia.


    [i] https://www.euronews.com/my-europe/2022/02/27/ukraine-war-european-nations-open-their-doors-as-nearly-120-000-ukrainian-refugees-flee

    [ii] https://www.baptistworld.org/prayforpeace/


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    ReCharge NEWS Feb 2022

    Cradle Mountain

    FEBRUARY 2022

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      Tamar Island Walk & Picnic

      12:30-2:30 Sunday 27th February

      An EmpowHer* Event

      EmpowHer Tamar Walk 27Feb 2022

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

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

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

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

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

      Download Brochure >

      *EmpowHer is an activity of Tasmanian Baptist Women


      Nationwide Prayer Gathering

      Prayer gathering

      Prayer Gathering of Australian Baptists

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

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

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

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

      REGISTER: bit.ly/ABMpraywithus22 >

      DOWNLOAD Flyer for distribution >


      Leading with Courage – Muster

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


      Recent Inductions

      Exciting times for Tasmanian Baptist Churches

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

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

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

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


      Safer Spaces Toolkit

      Australian Baptist Ministries pull together to create a great resource

      Sunflowers, ReCharge News

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

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

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

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


      GLOBAL LAUNCH: 16th Feb
      Baptist Mission Australia

      You are Invited!

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

      Global Interaction has become Baptist Mission Australia

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

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

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

      REGISTER TO RECEIVE THE ZOOM LINK:


      Newstead Farewells Marion Sherriff

      27 July 1935 – 16 January 2022

      Ted and Marion Sherriff

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

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

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

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

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

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


      Christian Life & Witness Courses

      Training to sharpen your evangelism skills

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

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

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

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

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


      Tasmanian Baptist Key Dates, 2022

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

      7-8 March 2022                Pastors’ Muster in Hobart                             

      26 March 2022                 Council Meeting              

      6-7 May 2022                    Mid-Year Assembly at Riverlands       

      18 June 2022                    Council Meeting

      26-27 July 2022               Musters: Regional with PM sessions

      10 September 2022        Council Meeting

      3-5 October 2022             Muster: Pastors and Families

      28-29 October 2022        Annual Assembly at Riverlands

      19 November 2022          Council Meeting


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