CURRENT NEWS AND EVENTS

 

Please contact Lynne  to add information to this page.



WELCOME AND REFRESHMENT ROTAS JUNE TO AUGUST 2022

The rotas from June to August are now in the members area.  We really need more people to volunteer for these rotas as the burden of service is falling on a few people.  Please contace Lynne ASAP if you can help. 


Re Church Camping Trip 8th-10th July 

If anyone is hoping to come up for the day on Saturday rather than staying over - and has a spare seat in their car could you let me know please.  We have a member of SBC who may be grateful for a lift up for the day if possible.



PRAYER WALKING

Whilst reading a book recently about the church in  Acts, I felt that we should be praying for the village of Stocksfield and those who live in the area.

So, I wondered if anyone else would be interested in prayer walking around the streets of Stocksfield?

As it is difficult to get everyone together at the same time, I suggest those who are interested could contact me and I could give them a few named streets and then they could go off in their own time, with a friend or 2 and pray and walk around those streets.  (The men's housegroup did this together recently) 

Hopefully, in this way we could cover most of the streets in Stocksfield. It could be done at any time of day that suits you, but with the lighter evenings more people may be able to be involved.

Please let me know if you are interested.

Many thanks, Cathy Parker



The Keswick Convention start on the 16th of July for three weeks. This is a free opportunity to meet and learn from a variety of gifted speakers.

We would encourage you all to dip into this opportunity to hear some great biblical exposition.

Teaching sessions are in the morning and evening - and are streamed.

The morning bible readings start on Monday 18th July at 11.15 and are streamed.

See https://vkc.keswickministries.org/week/week-one/#

The speaker in this first week is Alistair Begg - well known to many of us - and can be thoroughly recommended.

He is speaking on 2 Timothy.

Jeremy MCouid is the speaker in the second week - looking at Ephesians, another well known speaker.

Each week - there is also The Keswick Lecture - for example in the first week - we have

 

Keswick Lecture: Your life is not about you

How to flourish in a culture of self-invention

We live in a culture obsessed with self- definition, self-fulfillment, and the pursuit of self-esteem. In this lecture, through the history of ideas and the rise of modern psychology, we trace the roots of western culture’s ‘inward turn’. We expose the harms, as well as the potential benefits, of today’s absorption with the self. And finally, we explore how the Christian Gospel points to a better story of human flourishing.

If you  have never tasted Keswick before - now might be a good year to try it out .............



CHRISTIANS IN SCIENCE

For those of you interested and with a few minutes spare to take a look, Bill has made the usual bimonthly update to the website bigquestions-anyanswers.org with new future events, a short article about recent research into the UK public perception of science and religion, and some other items.  There are a couple of deadlines looming for getting involved in attractive events, so don't wait too long to check if there might be some interest for you there.  Communication and public engagement seem to be particular themes just now - very important, of course!



 

NBA  NEWS JULY/AUGUST 2022

PLEASE NOTE: This is open to everyone within the NBA - church members, attendees, ministers and pioneers. 

Here is the Zoom link: 
https://us06web.zoom.us/j/81452365829 
Meeting ID: 814 5236 5829

NBA Prayer Focus for July

 

Feel free to pray into these areas during your worship service or missional communities:

W/c 3rd July - please pray for all the Ministers in Training (MiTs) in the NBA, that as they have come to end of a demanding academic year they would have rest during the summer before continuing their training in September. Please pray for the MiTs that are approaching their final year of studies as they enter settlement.

W/c 10th July - please pray for Middlesbrough BC as they seek to serve their community.  Pray for their minister Vincent as he leads the church into being Jesus’ hands and feet in the community.  Pray for the leadership team and deacons that they will continue to know God's blessing and encouragement.

W/c 17th July - please pray for the NBA as we are transitioning into the next phase of relating as an association. Pray particularly this week for the interviews for the new administrator.

W/c 24th July - please pray for Alnwick BC as they continue to grow their missional communities and build up the church. Pray for the church leaders Rev Chris, Rev Caroline and Minster-in-Training Karen, as they serve God and the community.  Please pray for the missional community in Weavers Court.

W/c 31st July - please pray for all the children, youth and families pastors/leaders over the summer. That all the churches leading holiday clubs and their activities will know God's blessing.  We pray that every interaction with children, youth and families over the summer will be fruitful and people will come to know Jesus Christ as their Saviour.

Invitation to an induction

 

ELAINE YOUNG, Church Secretary at Whitley Lodge Baptist Church, writes:
We at Whitley Lodge Baptist Church are delighted to announce the arrival this month of our new minister the Rev Micky Munroe and his wife Sue. We are really excited about entering into this new chapter of our church’s life and discovering together all that God has in store for us.
A Service of Induction for Micky will be held on Saturday 24th September at 2pm at Whitley Lodge First School, Woodburn Drive, Whitley Bay, NE26 3HW. The service will be followed by refreshments. In order for us to have an idea of numbers, we would be very grateful if all who hope to attend would let us know before 31st August by emailing secretary@whitleylodgebaptist.org.uk Thank you.

Upcoming events ...

 

Firestarters - Book your place!

WE are now taking bookings for the NBA Firestarters Conversation on Monday 19th September and Tuesday 20th September. Venue TBC.
Alex Harris, of Firestarters, who is the YBA's Regional Minister for Pioneering and Church Planting, says: “Firestarters isn’t a conference – it’s a grassroots friendship of growing Baptist churches helping other churches to grow through honest, open conversations with church leaders and teams.
The Conversations offer unique space and support to discuss God’s direction and movement for your church. At Firestarters a few churches share stories of growth experienced by the move of God. These stories, often coming from very ordinary churches, can give your team a real lift!"

Anyone with a passion for seeing churches grow and people coming to know Jesus is welcome to join in! Book your place here.



Do you care about the environment?

YOU are invited to join the very first national showcase event from BUEN, the Baptist Union Environment Network. BUEN is an initiative to inspire and enable the Baptists Together family to be a prophetic movement in facing the climate and environmental crisis. The event takes place on Zoom on Tuesday 12th July 2022, from 7.30pm- 9pm.
It will feature stories from different regions around the UK about how local churches are responding to the environmental challenges we all face. 
This is a chance to pick up new ideas about creation care, ask questions, be inspired and see what innovative approaches the Baptists Together family are taking in response to the climate crisis. There will also be an update from Dave Gregory, Convener of BUEN nationally.
Register on this link.  
Please help by spreading the word in your communities and churches.
The NBA has a regional hub of this movement, which meets every 2-3 months online. We'd love to have a representative of every NBA church involved in this group.  If your church are not yet involved in our BUEN hub and would like to be part of this network, please contact Paul Revill.

More information:-
Visit https://www.baptist.org.uk/Groups/349554/Baptist_Union_Environment.aspx or join the Facebook group at https://www.facebook.com/BaptistUnionEnvironmentNetworkBUEN 



Online taster for Habits of the Heart

THIS is a 9-month course which draws inspiration from the Hebrew wisdom tradition to help church leaders to grow in self-awareness, focus on their vocation and  purpose, and to develop habits of appreciating beauty, investing into relationships and giving attention to their 'mission'.  The course also provides a mentor for each participant for its duration. It works well as a CMD project for ministers.  We are hosting a taster session on Thursday 21st July, 2.00pm on Zoom, and the course is due to run from August 2022 to May 2023.  
For more information visit: https://www.habitsoftheheart.org.uk To book in and for more information please contact Paul Revill.

Join us! Jobs with the NBA

Administrator
THE NBA is seeking to appoint an Association Administrator (part-time). Pay: £12,480 (actual salary); Approx. 20 hours a week over 4 days.
Download the full job advert
Download the job description
Download an application pack
The closing date for applications is Friday 8th July at 9am. Interviews will be conducted in person on Wednesday 20th July or Friday 22nd July between 10am and 4pm. For more information contact hayley@thenba.org.uk

Safeguarding Lead
THE NBA is seeking to appoint a Safeguarding Lead. This role is for 1 day a week (approx 7 hours), which is a mix of hours during the working week - daytime and evening meetings.
Deadline for applications: Friday 5th August at 9am. Interviews: Tuesday 23rd August (in person).
Download the full job advert
Download the job description

An offer from Baptist Insurance

KEIRON McColl, Baptist Insurance campaign manager writes: "Did you know, you can insure your home and support the Baptist family? At Baptist Insurance, we are passionate about supporting people and organisations who really make a difference by enriching the lives of others. That is why we have chosen to make a £100 donation to the Baptist church of your choice when you take out a new home insurance policy with us." Click here for details.
 

HOME MISSION

To give to Home Mission please give direct to the NBA bank account: Sort Code: 60-83-01. Account Number: 20376918.
Or you can send send a cheque, payable to Baptist Union of Great Britain to ‘Home Mission’, BUGB, Baptist House, 129, Broadway, Didcot, Oxfordshire, OX11 8RT. 

Spring Harvest 2023

 

We had an amazing time at Spring Harvest in Skegness and Minehead this year. Maybe you joined us, or you’ve heard from friends about how good it was to be together again. If you missed it then you can still watch the BBC Songs of Praise programme on BBC iPlayer. It gives you a great taste or reminder of all that we saw happen.

We also wanted to let you know that sadly, we are not planning a Spring Harvest event in Harrogate in 2023. We really want to focus our team on delivering excellent events at Skegness and Minehead as we build back and grow to completely fill the sites.

So, what happens now? 

Great news: Our events at Skegness or Minehead will take place between the 10-14th April 2023. We would love for you to join us at either of those events. Thousands joined us this year, it was an incredibly powerful reunion of the church. We would love to see you there. 

BOOKING OPENS AT 8AM ON THE 8TH JUNE. 

We’re encouraging people to book in early so they can get first choice of accommodation on resort. If you book early, you can also take advantage of our early bird pricing. 

From 8am on the 8th June, you can either book online
or via phone on 0330 100 9330.

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Bassenfell 2022 18th to 20th November.

We are now open for bookings. Unfortunately we have had to increase our adult prices this year but do not want that to exclude anyone.

Please do speak to Neill, Andrew, Kath or Heather if you are concerned about the cost.

Please return the booking form, to Cathy parker if you intend on coming, as soon as possible, but ideally by 22nd May, which is the 6 month cut-off point after which we cannot cancel without losing our deposit (and future slot!).  Go to the Members PAGE FOR INFO AND BOOKING FORMS



SBC RESPONSE VTO THE UKRAINE CRISIS

Following the zoom meeting on Wednesday night a small team are getting together to organise our repsonse.  In the short term Gareth Davies-Jones has sent the links below,  for those thinking of hosting Ukrainain refugees  under the government's "Homes for Ukraine" scheme, please find below some training events and support details from recognised charities that would be helpful.

Here’s the links to the training and resource so far….

Cities of Sanctuary - training for those considering being hosts - 7th April 2-3pm need to sign up

https://cityofsanctuary.org/events/sponsoring-ukrainians-at-home-practical-advice-on-hosting/ 

Reset - introduction to Community Sponsorship - different from Homes For Ukraine but could be really useful to know about. 20th April 6pm - also need to sign up. 

https://resetuk.org/join-in 

Christian Aid - Prayer Resource and info about their Ukraine appeal

https://www.christianaid.org.uk/appeals/emergencies/ukraine-crisis-appeal

We are hoping to also engage with local community as well.


Friday 8th July - Sunday 10th July 2022 Camping Trip

We are planning to go back to Wooler for our annual church camping trip again this year all being well!

Campsite: Highburn House Country Holiday Park, Wooler 

For those who haven't been before, you just need to bring your own tent and food for the weekend - we all pitch on the top field on the Friday afternoon/evening.  

On the Saturday evening we tend to all eat together, using individual BBQs or some people get takeaway from Wooler and bring it back to the site.

On the whole, it's just a chance to relax together, and people can do their own thing or we often do a walk on the Saturday, depending on the weather (which Neill Parker kindly arranges to ensure it's HOT AND SUNNY)

If you would like any further info, or just want to chat about how it usually runs etc... please feel free to give Lou Thomas  a ring.

If you would like to come along please let me know so I can collate numbers/liaise with the site etc.


ECO CHURCH

Our church has finally achieved a Bronze Eco Church award. 

As we continue on our Eco Church Journey, do consider the following:

Our church participates in Eco Church https://ecochurch.arocha.org.uk/

*   Take a look at our new Eco Church Resources, to support, guide and inspire you in the five key areas of      church life that th Eco Church survey addresses.  (got to the eco church website)

*   Stay connected, and receive updates, and inspiration from the Eco Church community.

*   Come along to our first eco church prayer forum on Thursday 24th February from 7.30-8.30pm, find out more on the Eco Church website and register to attend.



Growing Leaders Course

 'Growing Leaders'  will be run out of Cranmer Hall in Durham during 2022.  Ian Galloway, who leads the free Church track training in Durham, will be leading the course, and you can see his own commendation below.  Please have a look at the attached flyer with more information. 

The course will help to grow leaders in two ways: firstly your existing team in their understanding of leadership and confidence as leaders; secondly in identifying and mobilising new leaders in the life of the church.

As we consider how to develop leadership in our church,  this course is highly recommended. It involves 10 sessions over a year, but you could go on the taster session on Tues 25th Jan to give it a try.

Click below for more information:

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Shoe Boxes for Romania 2022

There are a large number of shoe boxes in prayer room which are not wrapped.  Please could folks take a few shoe boxes,  wrapping them with their spare Christmas wrapping paper (there is also spare wrapping paper in the office!)  and returning it back to the prayer room ASAP.  A great free act of service!  Great preparation for November 2022! Many thanks

251 Boxes werre filled in 2021.

Please remember to collect shoeboxes throughout the year, and anything else that would be able to fill the boxes.



Prayer Requests

Remember to log in to the Members Area for updated Prayer requests.  If you cannot rember your log in name contact Lynne Frost for your log in Name. You can then reset your password on the website.  Lynne does not have access to anyones passwords.

 


Friday morning prayers for Prudhoe and the Tyne Valley 

Encouraging ecumenical prayer group meets every Friday morning at 8.30 am to pray for Prudhoe and the Tyne valley. Coordinated by Paul Revill. If you would like to join pass your email adress to Paul and he'll put you on the circulation list!