Tuesday 2 March 2021 (345 Days since our first post on this blog.)
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SCBA Update

SCBA Weekly Email Update
& Reflection

Welcome to all our SCBA churches and communities.

This week Dave reflects on ‘Reading the Gauges’ You will also find a podcast version on our podcast channel ‘SCBApod’ If you have missed our previous reflections you can catch up by visiting our new website.

SCBA News & Events

New SCBA Website
We are delighted to announce that the new SCBA website is now live! Packed with useful information and news, the website can be found at its normal address of www.scba.org.uk

New: Emmaus Encounter Days

On the road to Emmaus Jesus asked the disciples the simple but essential question, “What things?” giving them the opportunity to share with him all their discouragement and disappointments of the past three days. Having spent time sharing and listening to Jesus they returned to Jerusalem with fresh perspective and revitalised energy and hope.

The Emmaus encounter days, held during April, will offer time and space to respond to the questions, “What things?” in the light of the COVID pandemic.

To find out more about these days and how to can attend one please follow this link – Emmaus Encounter.

New: Equip Course

Equipping 18–30-year-olds to lead with confidence and humility in God’s church.

Equip is designed for young adults who have a heart to grow in faith, and a desire to see the Kingdom come in the world around them by exercising leadership, in a church, in their place of work or in their own down time.

Equip is a 2-year course that will run from September 2021 to September 2023 and will include 3 weekend residentials at Regent’s Park College and local leadership gatherings with other participants who are serving God in your local area.

There are two variations that you might find helpful:

· A 1-year option for those doing an internship and looking for some leadership training to go alongside their placement.

· A virtual leadership gathering for those who are students and so wouldn’t be able to access a local gathering.

There is an opportunity to find out more over zoom on 14th April 12:00-13:00 (bring your own lunch!)

Please contact Clare Hooper if you have any questions or to sign up for the 14th April.

New Home Mission Film: “God’s Grander Design”

Baptists Together and SCBA have just launched a brand new video called God’s Grander Design. It is a 17-minute video that tells the incredible story of what God has been doing on a brand new housing estate, called Graven Hill, on the edge of Bicester. This is the story of how Orchard Baptist Church and Helen & Nick Baker came together to build a new home that would enable Helen’s calling as the Community Minister to Graven Hill.

To download the video, sermon and small group notes, please go to: https://www.baptist.org.uk/Articles/602922/Graven_Hill.aspx

Baptists Together Update

Covid-19 Advice

The Baptist Union have continued to update the essential guidance for churches. Please continue to check any updates here.

BUGB have made changes to all their main guidance documents:

Guidance on church worship

Change to section 3 to replace BUGB recommendation that churches should remain closed with new guidance; Clarification in section 3 regarding permission for prayer and bible study on church premises and outdoors worship; Minor revisions to section 7 regarding open coffins and those who are self-isolating at funerals; Addition of new section 11 to lay out expected changes from 8 March 2021 onwards. click here

Guidance on re-opening Baptist church buildings

Updated cover page to reflect changed position from leadership of Baptists Together.

Minor amendment to Section 6 to note that additional other uses of church buildings will be permitted as lockdown is eased. Click here.



Sunday 28 February 2021 (343 Days since our first post on this blog.)
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The Faithcafe

The FAITHCAFE All Age Worship - Dying to Live

What does it mean to carry your cross & follow Jesus? Contemporary worship with children's content, beautiful songs, prayers & images, & a challenging message for each believer



Thursday 25 February 2021 (331 Days since our first post on this blog.)
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SCBA Update

SCBA Weekly Email Update
& Reflection

Welcome to all our SCBA churches and communities.

This week Colin reflects on ‘Emmaus’ This can be found on our YouTube channel. You will also find a podcast version on our podcast channel ‘SCBApod’.

If you have missed our previous YouTube videos you can catch up by visiting our channel.

SCBA News & Events

New Children, Youth & Families Video: “Growing Faith”

Cosham Baptist Church have taken the opportunity to think through their approach to growing faith within their children, youth and family’s ministry. Click on the link to listen in on Simon’s conversation with Clare where he unpacks some of his reflections.

If you would be interested in exploring this topic with your children and youth team then this video, where 11 other perspectives are shared, might be a helpful tool.

This can be viewed here. It can also be listened to as a podcast.

For all of the CYF based videos, the SCBA CYF YouTube Playlist can be found here.

Baptists Together Update
Covid-19 Advice

The Baptist Union have continued to update the essential guidance for churches. Please continue to check any updates here.

Following the Prime Ministers’ announcement on Monday, BU have now updated their Coronavirus statement regarding churches reopening:

At the beginning of the year, as Covid-19 cases rose significantly and we entered national lockdown, we recommended to our churches not to open their buildings for in-person meetings. In the light of the Welsh Government announcement on Friday 19 February and the UK Government announcement on Monday 22 February, which started the process of easing lockdown, we have concluded that it is now appropriate to withdraw this recommendation.

We encourage churches to consider their own plans for re-opening and take the decisions that are appropriate for their own local circumstances. Reflecting the still significant levels of cases and risk posed to the community, and given that the general ‘Stay at Home’ rule remains in place in England until 29 March and has no current end date in Wales, it is reasonable for churches to choose to stay closed at this stage. Equally we recognise this is a decision for the local church, and the value of churches meeting together will mean that you may choose to re-open for in-person worship.

As we have done throughout the pandemic, we will continue to update our specific guidance for Baptist churches on what needs to be done to reflect the developments in the law and government guidance. There is a range of resources on the BU website to help churches practically and spiritually during these uncertain times.

“Building on a Strong Foundation”

5th March 2021 is the [Women’s] World Day of Prayer. The service is planned by the women of Vanuatu with the theme “Build on a strong foundation”.

Obviously there can be no ‘live’ services this year – but Thrive, [the support group for those who are married to Baptists in ministry] are putting together a YouTube Service which will be available on the day itself. People from across England and Wales are contributing to this.

The YouTube link is: https://youtu.be/4bR9UxICkQM

Online Services, Worship Songs

Thank you to all those churches who have opened up their Sunday worship to others. You will find a variety of both live streaming and pre-recorded service available by following this link.



Tuesday 23 February 2021 (338 Days since our first post on this blog.)
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The Faithcafe

The FAITHCAFE
Prayers for a Pandemic

Thankfully there appears to be light at the end of the tunnel as far as the COVID restrictions are concerned, though we are not out of the woods yet. Prayers for all feeling anxious, isolated, sick or bereaved. You are not alone



Sunday 21 February 2021 (336 Days since our first post on this blog.)
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The Faithcafe

The FAITHCAFE All Age Worship
Out of the Desert

Our latest All Age Worship. How can believers resist temptation in the face of adversity? Knowing your identity as a beloved child of God helps us to meet our needs in ways that are healthy & helpful, to both ourselves & others.



Tuesday 16 February 2021 (331 Days since our first post on this blog.)
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SCBA Update

SCBA Weekly Email Update
& Reflection

Welcome to all our SCBA churches and communities.

This week Amy reflects on ‘Gratitude’ You will also find a podcast version on our podcast channel ‘SCBApod’ . If you have missed our previous YouTube videos you can catch up by visiting our channel.

New Home Mission Film:
“God’s Grander Design”

Baptists Together and SCBA have just launched a brand new video called God’s Grander Design. It is a 17-minute video that tells the incredible story of what God has been doing on a brand new housing estate, called Graven Hill, on the edge of Bicester. This is the story of how Orchard Baptist Church and Helen & Nick Baker came together to build a new home that would enable Helen’s calling as the Community Minister to Graven Hill.

To download the video, sermon and small group notes, please click here.

Home Mission Community Day
‘Getting Used to Being Different’

Saturday 6th March, 10am-12pm

We increasingly live in a world that is 'different' to that which many of us have ever experienced before. As the Christian Church, we recognise that the message of hope in new life in Jesus that we bring has not changed... but how we communicate it, how we sustain missional ministry, and maybe even the nature of how we are God's Church needs to change for this new and different world.

This two hour webinar will give examples from experienced missional entrepreneurs of how they are engaging in God's mission in quite different ways than the established forms of mission which we have become used to in the Church. Each will allow time for questions and discussion.

This is not a 'how to' teaching session. It is an opportunity to whet our missional appetites again as we consider different ways of being part of God's mission in the new and different world ahead.

This is a free, online session but you will need to book to receive a confirmation email containing access to the Zoom details.

Booking is open here

New: Equip Course

Equipping 18–30-year-olds to lead with confidence and humility in God’s church.

Equip is designed for young adults who have a heart to grow in faith, and a desire to see the Kingdom come in the world around them by exercising leadership, in a church, in their place of work or in their own down time.

Equip is a 2-year course that will run from September 2021 to September 2023 and will include 3 weekend residentials at Regent’s Park College and local leadership gatherings with other participants who are serving God in your local area.

There are two variations that you might find helpful:

A 1-year option for those doing an internship and looking for some leadership training to go alongside their placement.

A virtual leadership gathering for those who are students and so wouldn’t be able to access a local gathering.

There is an opportunity to find out more over zoom on 14th April 12:00-13:00 (bring your own lunch!)

Please contact Clare Hooper if you have any questions or to sign up for the 14th April.

Baptists Together Update

Covid-19 Advice

The Baptist Union have continued to update the essential guidance for churches. Please continue to check any updates here.

Lent Quiet Day
‘Waiting and Accepting’

Thursday 25th February 2021, 10am – 3pm

A much-needed opportunity in these troubled times for anyone in the Baptist family to take time out... to pause and rest in the goodness and sovereignty of God.

In this third online national quiet day since the beginning of the pandemic, Beth Powney and Mark Fairweather-Tall, two of our association team leaders, will lead us. They will use an ancient structure for prayer, often attributed to the 14th century mystic, Julian of Norwich.

For more information, please click here.

Opportunities to Serve

Children & Families Worker Vacancy
Wokingham Baptist Church, Berkshire.

WBC’s vision is to see children and their families experiencing God, living positive, purposeful and fruitful lives as followers of Jesus, and helping others to do the same.

Could you work with them to achieve this vision?

You will be employed for 22.5 hours (3 days equivalent) per week working flexibly as required and agreed, at a salary of £13,600 per annum.

For more information, please go to:
https://www.wokinghambaptist.org.uk/446/Vacancies The closing date for applications is 28th February 2021.

Property Paralegal
Baptist Union of Great Britain, Didcot.

BU’s busy Legal & Operations team, part of Support Services based at Baptist House Didcot, are looking for a part time Property Paralegal to join them to support their work with Baptist churches, associations and colleges.

This is a new role within the Legal and Operations team, and the Property Paralegal will provide support to the Legal & Property Officer and the Legal Services Manager, both practising Solicitors, as well as the wider team.

A role profile and details of how to apply are available on the BUGB website at: www.baptist.org.uk/jobs/

The closing date Monday 8 February 2021

Creative Content Team Leader
BMS World Mission, Didcot

· Are you a mover and shaker, bursting with creativity? · Do you thrive when inspiring others? · Can you see yourself in a leadership position on the cutting edge of world mission?

If all this sounds familiar, you may well be BMS World Mission’s next Creative Content Team Leader!

BMS are looking for a brilliant, inspiring and strong leader to manage our friendly, tight-knit team of talented creatives, including writers, editors, designers and web specialists.

For more information, please go to: https://www.bmsworldmission.org/bms-jobs/

Supporter Engagement Team Leader
BMS World Mission, Didcot

· Are you a hard-working fundraiser, looking for a new challenge?
· Do you enjoy collaborative cross-team working?
· Do you want your work to contribute to sharing God’s Kingdom and alleviating suffering?

BMS are looking for a Supporter Engagement Team Leader to lead a team of dedicated, hard-working and highly motivated staff, who together run BMS World Mission’s diverse range of fundraising and supporter relations programmes.

The successful candidate will be an experienced fundraising manager, with a track record of leading teams to meet ambitious fundraising targets. You will lead the team that generates income from a range of sources, including church giving, individual giving, trusts, legacies and major donors.

For more information, please go to: https://www.bmsworldmission.org/bms-jobs/

Administrator
Baptist Building CIO

Remuneration £13,000pa based on 15 hours per week (FTE £30,000pa)

Baptist Building CIO makes loans and grants to Baptist churches throughout the UK and Ireland for building work. We are looking for a new administrator to take over the role on the impending retirement of the current administrator.

For an application pack please contact the Chairman of BBCIO Andrew Burgess by email Closing date for applications is 28 February 2021

“Building on a Strong Foundation”

5th March 2021 is the [Women’s] World Day of Prayer. The service is planned by the women of Vanuatu with the theme “Build on a strong foundation”.

Obviously there can be no ‘live’ services this year – but Thrive, [the support group for those who are married to Baptists in ministry] are putting together a YouTube Service which will be available on the day itself. People from across England and Wales are contributing to this.

The link will be published nearer the date.

Online Services, Worship Songs

Thank you to all those churches who have opened up their Sunday worship to others. You will find a variety of both live streaming and pre-recorded service available by following this link.



Sunday 14 February 2021 (329 Days since our first post on this blog.)
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The Faithcafe

The FAITHCAFE All Age Worship
A Mountaintop Experience

Our latest All Age Worship with contemporary prayers, clips & children's content. Hum along to your favourite hymns & enjoy the colourful footage & children's voices. Soul food with an up-to-date message: I hope you find it uplifting.



Thursday 11 February 2021 (326 Days since our first post on this blog.)
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The Faithcafe

The FAITHCAFE
Prayers for our World.

Dear Friends,
I hope you are keeping well and managing to cope amidst these strange times that we live in. Here are some prayers of intercession to support you in your own prayers and remind you that you are not alone.
With love
Andrew & Stella.



Sunday 7 February 2021 (322 Days since our first post on this blog.)
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The Faithcafe

The FAITHCAFE All Age Worship
CANDLEMAS.

Contemporary worship with beautiful songs, prayers & a timeless message. Just as snowdrops bring us hope & a promise of Spring, the coming of Christ into the world pushes back the darkness of isolation & despair. Today's speaker is Andy Gawn of Jesmond Parish Church in Newcastle.



Thursday 4 February 2021 (319 Days since our first post on this blog.)
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The Faithcafe

The FAITHCAFE
Reflection & Prayer

For those of you who have not yet managed to view last Sunday's all age worship or with limited wi-fi, here is the short reflection by itself. Please use the space below the video to comment or chat to one another. In the meantime I hope you are keeping well in these difficult times.



Wednesday 3 February 2021 (318 Days since our first post on this blog.)
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SCBA Update

SCBA Weekly Email Update
& Reflection

Welcome to all our SCBA churches and communities.

This week Joth reflects on ‘Tomorrow’s Horizon’ You will also find a podcast version on our podcast channel ‘SCBApod’ If you have missed our previous YouTube videos you can catch up by visiting our channel.

Baptists Together Update

Covid-19 Advice
The Baptist Union have continued to update the essential guidance for churches. Please continue to check any updates here.


Guideline Leaflet L18: Covid-19 Coronavirus Legal Issues
The guidance leaflet has been updated to include appointing charity trustees, and can be downloaded

Lent Quiet Day
‘Waiting and Accepting’
Thursday 25th February 2021, 10am – 3pm

A much-needed opportunity in these troubled times for anyone in the Baptist family to take time out... to pause and rest in the goodness and sovereignty of God.

In this third online national quiet day since the beginning of the pandemic, Beth Powney and Mark Fairweather-Tall, two of our association team leaders, will lead us. They will use an ancient structure for prayer, often attributed to the 14th century mystic, Julian of Norwich. She (or her later followers) proposed a pattern by which we AWAIT God's presence; ALLOW God to set the terms of his coming to us; ACCEPT both our limitations and the nature of his gift to us; and ATTEND to what God then calls us to.

For more information, please go to:
https://www.baptist.org.uk/Articles/601291/_Waiting_and.aspx


Opportunities to Serve

Children & Families Worker Vacancy
Wokingham Baptist Church, Berkshire.

WBC’s vision is to see children and their families experiencing God, living positive, purposeful and fruitful lives as followers of Jesus, and helping others to do the same.

Could you work with them to achieve this vision?

You will be employed for 22.5 hours (3 days equivalent) per week working flexibly as required and agreed, at a salary of £13,600 per annum.

For more information, please go to:
https://www.wokinghambaptist.org.uk/446/Vacancies The closing date for applications is 28th February 2021.

Property Paralegal
Baptist Union of Great Britain, Didcot.

BU’s busy Legal & Operations team, part of Support Services based at Baptist House Didcot, are looking for a part time Property Paralegal to join them to support their work with Baptist churches, associations and colleges.

This is a new role within the Legal and Operations team, and the Property Paralegal will provide support to the Legal & Property Officer and the Legal Services Manager, both practising Solicitors, as well as the wider team.

A role profile and details of how to apply are available on the BUGB website at: www.baptist.org.uk/jobs/

The closing date Monday 8 February 2021

Creative Content Team Leader
BMS World Mission, Didcot

· Are you a mover and shaker, bursting with creativity? · Do you thrive when inspiring others? · Can you see yourself in a leadership position on the cutting edge of world mission?

If all this sounds familiar, you may well be BMS World Mission’s next Creative Content Team Leader!

BMS are looking for a brilliant, inspiring and strong leader to manage our friendly, tight-knit team of talented creatives, including writers, editors, designers and web specialists.

For more information, please go to: https://www.bmsworldmission.org/bms-jobs/

Supporter Engagement Team Leader
BMS World Mission, Didcot

· Are you a hard-working fundraiser, looking for a new challenge?
· Do you enjoy collaborative cross-team working?
· Do you want your work to contribute to sharing God’s Kingdom and alleviating suffering?

BMS are looking for a Supporter Engagement Team Leader to lead a team of dedicated, hard-working and highly motivated staff, who together run BMS World Mission’s diverse range of fundraising and supporter relations programmes.

The successful candidate will be an experienced fundraising manager, with a track record of leading teams to meet ambitious fundraising targets. You will lead the team that generates income from a range of sources, including church giving, individual giving, trusts, legacies and major donors.

For more information, please go to: https://www.bmsworldmission.org/bms-jobs/

Administrator
Baptist Building CIO

Remuneration £13,000pa based on 15 hours per week (FTE £30,000pa)

Baptist Building CIO makes loans and grants to Baptist churches throughout the UK and Ireland for building work. We are looking for a new administrator to take over the role on the impending retirement of the current administrator.

For an application pack please contact the Chairman of BBCIO Andrew Burgess by email Closing date for applications is 28 February 2021

Online Services, Worship Songs

Thank you to all those churches who have opened up their Sunday worship to others. You will find a variety of both live streaming and pre-recorded service available by following this link.



Sunday 31 January 2021 (315 Days since our first post on this blog.)
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The Faithcafe

The FAITHCAFE All Age Worship
HEAL OUR WORLD!

Complete worship experience with songs, prayers & contemporary message. Includes a stunning virtual children's band singing 'Heal our World,' moving prayerful track 'Earth to God' by John Rich, & well-known Wesley hymns to keep you singing along at home.



Thursday 28 January 2021 (312 Days since our first post on this blog.)
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The Faithcafe

The FAITHCAFE
Prayers

We do hope you are keeping safe and well. Here are some prayers from Andrew that reflect his thoughts on being a disciple in the 21st Century.



Tuesday 26 January 2021 (310 Days since our first post on this blog.)
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SCBA Weekly Email Update & Reflection

SCBA Weekly Email Update & Reflection

Welcome to all our SCBA churches and communities.

This week Clare reflects on ‘Beginning Again with Brueggemann’ You will also find a podcast version on our podcast channel ‘SCBApod’

If you have missed our previous YouTube videos you can catch up by visiting our channel by clicking here

Baptists Together Update

Covid-19 Advice
The Baptist Union have continued to update the essential guidance for churches. Please continue to check any updates here.

Opportunities to Serve

Children & Families Worker Vacancy
Wokingham Baptist Church, Berkshire.

WBC’s vision is to see children and their families experiencing God, living positive, purposeful and fruitful lives as followers of Jesus, and helping others to do the same.

Could you work with them to achieve this vision?

You will be employed for 22.5 hours (3 days equivalent) per week working flexibly as required and agreed, at a salary of £13,600 per annum.

For more information, please go to: https://www.wokinghambaptist.org.uk/446/Vacancies The closing date for applications is 28th February 2021.

Property Paralegal
Baptist Union of Great Britain, Didcot.

BU’s busy Legal & Operations team, part of Support Services based at Baptist House Didcot, are looking for a part time Property Paralegal to join them to support their work with Baptist churches, associations and colleges.

This is a new role within the Legal and Operations team, and the Property Paralegal will provide support to the Legal & Property Officer and the Legal Services Manager, both practising Solicitors, as well as the wider team.

A role profile and details of how to apply are available on the BUGB website at: www.baptist.org.uk/jobs/

The closing date Monday 8 February 2021

Creative Content Team Leader
BMS World Mission, Didcot

· Are you a mover and shaker, bursting with creativity? · Do you thrive when inspiring others? · Can you see yourself in a leadership position on the cutting edge of world mission?

If all this sounds familiar, you may well be BMS World Mission’s next Creative Content Team Leader!

BMS are looking for a brilliant, inspiring and strong leader to manage our friendly, tight-knit team of talented creatives, including writers, editors, designers and web specialists.

For more information, please go to: https://www.bmsworldmission.org/bms-jobs/

Administrator
Baptist Building CIO

Remuneration £13,000pa based on 15 hours per week (FTE £30,000pa)

Baptist Building CIO makes loans and grants to Baptist churches throughout the UK and Ireland for building work. We are looking for a new administrator to take over the role on the impending retirement of the current administrator.

For an application pack please contact the Chairman of BBCIO Andrew Burgess by email Closing date for applications is 28 February 2021

Online Services, Worship Songs

Thank you to all those churches who have opened up their Sunday worship to others. You will find a variety of both live streaming and pre-recorded service available by following this link.



Sunday 24 January 2021 (308 Days since our first post on this blog.)
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The Faithcafe

The FAITHCAFE All Age Worship
GONE FISHING.

Online worship with beautiful songs, dance & children's content; with prayers, clips & a short message on the theme of 21st Century discipleship. Today's service includes two well-known hymns to sing along to! Don't forget to like, share & subscribe.



Friday 22 January 2021 (308 Days since our first post on this blog.)
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The Faithcafe

The FAITHCAFE
Reflection & Prayer:
Known by Jesus

Dear friends,
If you didn't manage to view last week's online worship, here is the reflection to listen to, with a prayer. You can also leave your comments as you listen. Our thoughts & prayers are with you at the moment during this time of lockdown & isolation.
With kind regards,
Stella.



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