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Polesworth Minister Baptised
Tuesday, 08 August 2017 00:00

Polesworth Minister BaptisedRevd 'Nick' Nicholas was baptised by Revd Alison Mackay and a representative of his new church on Sunday 30 July 2017. Nick has been called to Polesworth Baptist Church out of another Christian tradition and part of that calling involved a call to baptism: as he said to the church "...it's not: 'do I get baptised as a believer?' but 'as a believer, do I do what God wants me to do?'"

 
The HEBA Gathering 2017
Wednesday, 12 July 2017 14:13

HEBA Gathering 2017We were delighted to visit Chelmsley Wood Baptist Church Centre/Three Trees Community Centre for our annual Gathering. Those present worshipped our God together and thanked Him for His gracious provision, acknowledging several ministers who had recently been transferred from the BUGB list of Newly Accredited Ministers to the list of Fully Accredited Ministers. We also welcomed a new church to our Association, Daventry, and an old friend transferring from the HEBA 'In Fellowship' list to the list of member churches of the Association – Glebe Farm, Birmingham.

Our speaker was Revd Daniel Bara of Emmaus Church, Birmingham who described the way in which he was called from a comfortable life in a large church in his home country of Romania to serve as a missionary to the Romanian diaspora in the UK. His was one of three families who came to the UK 2012/2013 with a vision to plant ten new churches by 2020. To date, they have planted eight churches, in a story covering.

Faith and grace
Struggle and success and
Brokenness and blessing

Daniel spoke passionately about the need to distinguish between our achievements and who we are in Christ and what it means to seek more of God (Moses), to see more of God (Job) and to seek more of Christ (Paul).

Our Treasurer gave an encouraging report on the finances of the Association during 2016. You can download his PowerPoint presentation here. He also announced that HEBA want to provide a book-keeping and accountancy service to churches in need of this support and would be recruiting soon.

Those present shared stories of innovation and encouragement and prayed for one another before leaving at around lunchtime.

Warm thanks are expressed to the minister and members of Chelmsley Wood Baptist Church and the staff of Three Trees/Olive Branch café for their care and hospitality.

 
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.



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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 www.openthebook.net.

 
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