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Monthly Update -December

Welcome to the EBA monthly e- bulletin. I hope you find this helpful in being kept up to date with

News from around the region and events that are happening.

December 2017


Baptist Pension Roadshow

Webinar on 8th December at 1pm Through the autumn we have been running Pension Roadshows for churches that are members of the Baptist Pension Scheme Defined Benefits (DB) Scheme. If you haven’t been able to attend we are running a Webinar on 8th December at 1pm. Save this link to join


Baptist Assembly Stewards

12 May 2018, Peterborough Each year Baptist Assembly are superbly served by a number of people who volunteer to be stewards at the event and this year is no different.  Baptist Assembly are looking for a stewarding team of 20 – 25 people.   Are one of these you?  Perhaps there are others in your church who would like to be involved?

Stewards need to be:-

·         over 18 years of age

·         have a general level of fitness as there is a lot of standing involved.

·         be available from 8.30am until 7.30pm on Saturday 12th May

·         And need to have the support of their Minister or Church secretary to be involved in the event.

In return, stewards will receive free entry into the event, refreshments throughout the day and a packed lunch. Please contact to register your interest.


Psalms and Hymns Trust

Are you a retired Baptist minister or BMS World Missionary or were you married to one? Are you in need of financial assistance? The Psalms and hymns fund may be able to help. To find out more visit


Christmas Alone

Is your church hosting something beyond a Christmas morning service – a lunch, gathering, light entertainment for those people who might be on their own? The Christmas Alone campaign lists all the venues on an interactive map which are open on Christmas day who are running something. Can we encourage you to sign up and be listed on our UK wide map? It’s a simple form that takes no more than a minute or so just listing what the Christmas day event

Association Events/ Dates

Safeguarding training

Combined Level 2 and Level 3 Training

Dates for 2018 have started to be confirmed and can be found on the EBA website


Modern Slavery Summits

More details can be found on the EBA website

27 January 2018 – Norwich

3 March 2018 – Cambridge

17 March 2018 – Chelmsford


EBA Ministers Conference 2018

19-21 February. High Leigh Conference Centre. Booking forms have all been sent out, if you have not received one then please contact me.


Other Events and Information

An evening with Noel and Tricia Richards

2 December 2017, Stalham Baptist Church, Norfolk. Entry to the concert is free, but by pre-ordered ticket only. Donations towards the church building fund will be accepted on the night.

Tickets can be ordered by emailing:

Christmas Carol Concert

9 December 2018, 7.30pm Colchester Road Baptist Church, Ipswich IP4 4ST, will be hosting a Christmas Concert by Suffolk Phoenix Brass It will feature some pieces of Christmas music as well as carols for everyone to sing and is free to attend, although a collection will be taken for the Mayor of Ipswich’s chosen charities.  Everyone is welcome to come along.

Faith in Seniors – a glorious opportunity

17 March 2018, Romford Baptist church, 10am-3pm. £10 per person. A range of topics opening up a Biblical view of God’s purposes in later life, including practical and spiritual support for those affected by dementia etc. Hosted by Pilgrims Friend

Y-Pray, A women’s world day of prayer initiative

4-6 May 2018. Kings Park conference centre. Places are limited so book now!  Visit  Y-PRAY is sponsored by the Women’s World Day of Prayer – England, Wales and Northern Ireland and is aimed at Young women.


Volunteer Chaplain at Ely Cathedral

The Cathedral are looking for more people to become chaplains who spend a day in the cathedral leading short prayers every hour from 10-4 and being available to anyone (visitors or staff) for spiritual counsel and encouragement.  Do you know of any people who might be able to carry out this ministry?  They may be clergy or suitably qualified lay people who can be commended by their own denominational authorities.

Travel expenses are paid at 45p to the mile and drinks and a subsidised lunch are provided in the cathedral refectory.  There’s also a 20% discount on anything bought in the cathedral shops or eateries!  So, it’s not without its perks. Please contact Paul Hills for more information

External PT Chaplain Vacancy: Free Church Ordained Chaplain, HMP Rochester, London, South East

Detail of the post can be found on FCG website here.

Youth Worker, Hornchurch, Essex

Part-time (22.5 hours), £19,000 – £21,000 p.a. pro rata plus pension contributions

Hornchurch Baptist Church is made up of a bunch of people of all shapes, sizes, and opinions; from your sweet old granny to your prayerful African uncle to your annoying little brother. But we do our best to get along and worship God together as a family.

Do you know your Facebook from your Twitter, Genesis from Revelation, and Harry Potter from Game of Thrones? Of course you do…

Are you motivated to move faith forward and help teens out in their walk with Jesus, as well as helping them to reach out to their friends? Yes?

Then apply to come and join us as our youth worker, but be warned… there’ll be a teenager on the interview panel 😉

Please see attached for the job description.  If interested, email your CV and covering letter to Vivienne Alexander (, copying in

Deadline for applications: 12th January 2018

Flexible start date to suit the right candidate, from February 2018 onwards.

Holy Land Tour 

David Ronco (Hertford) is leading another of his popular introductory trips to the Holy Land in April 2019 (3rd – 11th). This nine day tour is ideal for first time visitors.  As well as walking where Jesus walked the trip also provides unique opportunities to meet local Christians and understand how the Lord is working today through his church in Israel/Palestine. For a review of his last trip and brochure for this next one visit or contact David on

Enough for Everyone

Every day, children in South Sudan and Burkina Faso are dying from hunger. They are bearing the brunt of ongoing conflict and climate change.

At Christmas, a time of plenty, when we come together with family and friends to celebrate, relax and often overindulge, it feels particularly unjust that so many families will go without food, security and hope.

More than three years of devastating conflict in South Sudan has displaced nearly four million people, disrupted harvests, food prices have soared and the economy has collapsed. Half of the population urgently need food.

In Burkina Faso, a series of droughts and floods have devastated rural farming communities. And at the heart of the destruction are families like yours or mine, who no longer have enough food to survive.

Please consider donating the collection from one of your Christmas Services to this appeal.  Donations made to the Christmas appeal between 6 November 2017 and 5 February 2018 will be matched up to £2.7 million.

New Life Wood is an inspirational new ministry, at the heart of local communities across South Essex. Our mission is to introduce Jesus Christ to individuals within these communities, and transform lives by helping to relieve unemployment and poverty. We are a wood regeneration and recycling initiative – taking lives and goods that others would discard, and providing the means to see those lives and goods renewed and become a valued part of our community. New Life Wood will be actively helping local people who have been marginalised in the job market – those with a past history of drug, alcohol, mental health issues and ex-offenders. We will also offer employment and volunteering opportunities within our organisation.

Please pray for this important work and feel free to get in touch via if you would like to find out more or make a donation – or call Peter Hall on 07904 150180.


Other Updates

Monthly Update October

2nd October 2018

Monthly Update September

30th August 2018

Monthly Update July

27th June 2018