ReCharge NEWS February 2023

Tas Baptist NEWS February 2023 showing Citywide Baptist and their three congregations, gathering on Aboriginal Su day

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    ReCharge News February 2023

    Raising Funds for Ukraine


    Anyone can assist Christians in Kyiv to bring hope and needed assistance by contributing to this fundraiser.

    At 6pm on Wednesday 22nd February, Kelvin Smith (Hobart) performed at a Piano Recital and Fundraiser for Ukrainian Refugees at the Hobart Town Hall, 50 Macquarie St, Hobart.

    Kelvin has grown a following for his Piano of Tasmania videos on Facebook in recent years.

    Kelvin performed, along with Timothy Prajogo, playing the concert Steinway piano at Hobart Town Hall. As well, Ukrainian Pastor Anton Kaluzhny, spoke live from Kyiv about his work helping thousands in the war in Ukraine.

    You can donate to this amazing initiative here: GoFundMe.

    L -R: Kelvin, Anton spoke via video link, Timothy

    Walk this Way – Newstead


    Sunday February 5th was our inaugural ‘Walk This Way’, event taking a leisurely walk around Heritage Park. The guided family-friendly short walks are hosted by Pastor Dan Hutchison of Newstead Baptist, in partnership with Scripture Union bushwalking club, Boots ‘N All.

    It was lovely to see all generations represented, the kids specially enjoying the playground, as these walks are aimed to help connect, grow and inspire one another.

    Newstead have eight Walk this Way events planned this year around Launceston with the next at Trevallyn Dam, Sunday March 5th 2pm-4pm. If you are interested in going on this walk, please phone Dan Hutchison on 0457 765 907 for more details.

    Office Secretary at Newstead


    Newstead Baptist is currently looking for an Office Secretary to work in the Church office for up to 10 hours per week. The position is to give support to the Pastor, Church Secretary and Church Treasurer in regard to clerical and administrative support.

    They are looking for someone with excellent interpersonal, written and verbal communication skills; demonstrates proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite and Adobe tools; can maintain digital and physical church records; produce the weekly church publication; manage permanent and casual church property hires; and maintain publish and update website and social media posts. The person hired will be in agreement with the values, vision and mission of the Newstead Baptist Church.

    Position Description: Please contact Church office 03 6331 6891; email, or church secretary; or phone 0419 536 159.

    To apply: Contact the Pastor via email or Newstead Baptist Church, 14 Wentworth Street, Newstead Tas 7250

    Newstead Baptist Church

    Türkiye and Syria Crisis


    Our hearts are heavy as we witness the devastation in Türkiye and Syria. On 6th February, two powerful earthquakes (measuring 7.8 and 7.5 respectively), and subsequent aftershocks destroyed large parts of southern Türkiye and northern Syria.  

    Baptist World Aid are responding to this disaster, alongside their Christian Partners in Türkiye and Syria. The situation is unfolding rapidly and the BWA team are in regular contact with our Partners—including Baptist organisations—assessing the damage and how to best respond.

    They have produced resources that will help interested churches support this appeal that are available to download here.  

    What we know so far

    • Both earthquakes created over 100 large aftershocks that collapsed over 5,000 buildings and destroyed entire sections of cities while people slept.  
    • The death toll has reached over 41,000 but is rising rapidly. 
    • A harsh winter has brought extreme cold, and snowstorms increasing the difficulty faced by rescue teams.  
    • Many impacted are among families who fled civil war in Syria, including millions of displaced people living in overcrowded conditions, and makeshift—already dependent on humanitarian assistance.  
    • Ongoing conflict in the region is making it difficult for organisations to access accurate information or provide immediate aid to those who are in need.  
    • Medical facilities are overwhelmed, with reports of hospitals forced to triage people according to who will and won’t survive.  



    Celebrating Capacity Workshop

    The Bridges Out of Poverty trainer, Nairn Walker presents Celebrating Capacity. A powerful training experience for those working with vulnerable people.

    The two-day workshop will help you see economic inequity differently. It will assist you to understand and identify the capacity people have developed to negotiate life’s challenges. You will explore ways to harness this capacity to co-create with them a better future for themselves, their families and their communities.

    • When: 8.30am – 4.30pm, Mon 27th to Tues 28th March, 2023
    • Where: C3 Church Hobart – 64 Anglesea Street Hobart, TAS 7004
    • Cost: $345 (includes morning tea and lunch on both days)
    • More Info: Download Flyer >
    • Bookings: Limited places so get in quick! Register here >
    Celebrating Capacity

    Fostering Hope
    Northern Mentoring Officer

    Tasmanian Baptists and Fostering Hope work together to encourage churches to support and care for foster children and their families.

    Fostering Hope has a one-day/week position available in Launceston.

    The primary tasks include: Recruitment of new mentors in Northern Tasmania; Overseeing the screening process for all northern mentors; Facilitating logistics of training days, training will be delivered by the Mentoring Coordinator and the Executive Officer.

    Applications close on 24th February 2023.

    Find out more >

    Northern Mentoring Office, Fostering Hope Tasmania

    Aboriginal Sunday 2023

    In 1938 Aboriginal leader, William Cooper, asked Australian Christian churches to set aside the Sunday before January 26th every year as Aboriginal Sunday. 

    While many would see the controversy around Australia Day as a comparatively new thing, William Cooper and a number of other Aboriginals first met for a day of mourning on January 26th 1938, and it was this event that prompted his call to the churches. 

    This year, on Sunday 22nd January, the three Citywide congregations gathered at the Domain Amphitheatre for an Aboriginal Sunday service led by proud Lia Pootah man, Paul Dare.

    Paul says, “If churches want to take the teaching of Jesus seriously, then they can’t ignore the pain and injustice that Aboriginal people continue to experience, which gets focused at this time of year.

    “Here in Tasmania, in particular, we need to face our past in order that our future can be different.”

    Paul Dare speaking; Citywide gathered at the Domain amphitheater.

    Spiritual Care Coordinator

    Baptcare Hiring!

    (NB: Applications closed Sunday 5th February, 2023)

    Baptcare are looking for a Spiritual Care Coordinator (AKA Chaplain) for Family, Disability and Health.

    The position is part-time (0.8 FTE), and is based in Hobart.

    DOWNLOAD position description >

    ReCharge News February 2023

    Marrawah Thanksgiving Service

    Sunday 5th February 2023

    For several years now, the small fellowship who gather at Marrawah Baptist Church have been operating on Sundays on an irregular basis. More recently, most of the congregation have shifted to Smithton, and are now attending the Baptist church there. Now, the membership has decided it is time to permanently close their doors.

    A Thanksgiving Service will be held at Marrawah Baptist to say farewell, and celebrate 65 years of Christian work and mission that has taken place through this fellowship. 

    10 – 10:45am Pre-service cuppa
    11am Service begins
    A light lunch will follow in the Marrawah Memorial Hall

    All welcome to share food, stories and memories

    MAP: Marrawah Baptist Church, 826 Comeback Rd, Marrawah TAS 7330

    Rodney Marshall and Michael Henderson (behind camera) recently met with the Marrawah leadership team to plan the best way forward.
    Rodney Marshall and Michael Henderson (behind camera) recently met with the Marrawah leadership team to plan the best way forward.

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    Baptists in Ukraine

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    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.

    ‘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, , Communication Manager, Baptist World Aid Australia.



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