Friday 23rd June

News articles from HEBA

A visit from the President of the Jamaica Baptist Union

Devon DickIn early April, we were blessed by the visit from Rev Devon Dick and our own Baptist Together Justice Coordinator Rev Walé Hudson-Roberts. Devon is the Pastor of Boulevard Baptist Church in Kingston, Jamaica, with over 30 years of experience in pastoral ministry as well as being a writer.

Devon was installed as President of the Jamaica Baptist Union during their General Assembly in Kingston, February 28 this year. As President, he provides leadership to 337 congregations. His visit to the UK was to discuss how BUGB and JBU can continue to support one another through the existing partnership. His main theme on his travels in the UK was progress following the historic BUGB Apology for the Transatlantic Slave trade in 2007 and culminated at the Justice Symposium at Spurgeon's College in London.


The Living Room Woodside

A newly registered Charitable Incorporated Organisation (CIO) – The Living Room at Woodside – took over the running of the former Youth Suite at the Park Lane Centre on the 1st April 2017.

The Living Room will be run for the benefit of residents of Woodside and Madeley, with space and facilities for all ages. A youth club is being run on Wednesday evenings from 7.00 to 9.00 p.m. and the very popular Messy Church sessions are on the third Thursday of the month from 3.30 to 5.30 p.m.

The Living Room Woodside ribbon cuttingThe Living Room project will bring together volunteers from Madeley Baptist Church and the Church of England on Woodside, working together to provide activities and a welcoming place for the residents of Woodside and Madeley.

Telford & Wrekin Council will be providing financial support for the first three years and further financial assistance is also being provided by the Heart of England Baptist Association and the Diocese of Hereford.

The Living Room was officially opened on Saturday 1st April 2017 by Richie Woodhall, Former World Super Middleweight Champion, who was brought up on Woodside. Richie is shown in this photograph with Revd Keith Osmund-Smith of Madeley Baptist Church and Revd Adrian Argile, Regional Minister – Team Leader of HEBA as well as other dignitaries!

Open the Book

Open the Book (part of the Bible Society) equips and trains church teams to take interactive bible stories in to primary schools on a regular basis. Their assemblies are well received by school staff, the children (who love the assemblies!) and Open the Book Storytellers who enjoy being part of this growing organisation (currently 14,573 storytellers and 2,593 Schools). If you would like to know more please contact Lynn Satchell (Open the Book Training and Development Officer – West Midlands This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it and visit their website

Partners for the Journey

Railroad track

HEBA trustees and staff are always happy to hear about prospective new trustees. They have produced information about the role and a nomination form for churches which are available below.


It will soon be time to empty your Home Mission or BMS Moneybox!

The new pound coin comes into circulation on March 28 2017. From March until September will be what is known as a ‘co-circulation’ period, during which both old and new £1 coins can be accepted.

From October of 2017, businesses will stop accepting the old, round £1 coins.

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