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Monthly Update October

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.

October 2018



Regional Minister Induction

The induction of Revd Graeme Ross as Eastern Baptist Association Regional Minister will happen at 2pm on 20 October at Orchard Baptist Church, Colchester. The service will be followed by tea and cakes. It would great to see as many of our churches represented as possible.

Equipped to Minister (Lay ministry training)

Starting September, Hosted by Histon Baptist Church for more details or to book please visit Equipped to Minister provides the training component for Baptist recognition as a lay pastor or preacher, but it has been very popular with across the board with house group leaders, youth workers, worship leaders and people who simply want to develop their own faith and discipleship to a deeper level. People can opt to complete the optional assignments for certification or simply pay to attend and listen to the lectures.

Chairs available

Brentwood Baptist church are updating their building and are offering 55 chairs to any church who may need them. More details or to express interest please contact Nick Gaughan


Association Events/ Dates

Just a reminder on the EBA website there is a guide to the fees for booking a Regional Minister visit. Find it on the resources page under “stewarding shared resources


Safeguarding training

Combined Level 2 and Level 3 Training

Dates for 2018

13 October, Garland Street Baptist Church, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk

10 November, Fore Street Baptist Church, Harlow, Essex

Cost £10 per person per level attended. Please book with

Dates for 2019 are currently being confirmed.


Whitley Lecture

5 November 2018, 7.30pm, Tyndale House, Cambridge.  To book please click here

“Dead and Buried? “Attending to the voice of the victim in the Old Testament and today. Delivered by Helen Paynter


Stay Red!

27 November 2018 9.30-3.30pm Gamlingay Baptist Church (A NAM reflection day open to all)

Our congregations are called to be agents of change. We as ministers are called to equip and release our people to be those agents of change….missionaries in their scattered, every day contexts! But…where do we start and how do we do it without burning out?!

Faced with a rapidly changing world and a rapidly changing mission context, the gathered church must find ways to disciple their people to live counter-cultural lives – to ‘stay red’ and not ‘grey out?’

How as ministers can we hold together the church, discipleship and mission challenges that all this presents whilst ‘staying red’ ourselves?

The day will be led by Lindsay Caplen and include input as well as time for discussion, reflection and lunch!  Please BYO lunch

Please book with


Other Events and Information

Church Training day

2 October 2018 Delivered by LICC, How can we grow disciples who are truly prepared to follow Jesus in every area of their lives? 9.30am-3.30pm £20 inc Lunch Kingsland Church, Colchester. Booking via


Planning and managing major building works in places of worship

3 October 2018. Delivered by Historic Religious Buildings Alliance in partnership with Purcell UK at St Andrews Street Baptist Church, Cambridge. Anyone thinking about or starting to plan a major building project for their place of worship will find it invaluable.


Home Truths, 2018 Badfaithed Inaugural Conference

4 October 2018 Bloomsbury Central Baptist Church, 10am-5pm. The Badfaithed #Home Truths Conference 2018 sets out to explore aspects of “ecclesial abuse” which are seldom openly discussed. It will be of interest to all those currently working in response to clergy/ministerial marriage breakdown, tied housing arrangements, safeguarding, child protection, family therapy, policies promoting well-being, pension arrangements, family law and domestic abuse. It will seek positive ways to address the blame and shame cultures which can operate so powerfully within our churches and other faith communities.


Prayer Spaces in Schools Training event

13 October 2018, Earls Hall Baptist Church, 9am -1pm. Inspiring stories, hands on activities and practical ideas for anyone wanting to know more about how to run a prayer space in a primary or secondary school. To book please contact Katie Stanton


Gospel of Mark, A live performance of the life of Jesus

10 November 2018, 6.45pm. Hosted by Church from Scratch and Belle Vue Baptist Church. For one night only Howard Jones brings the characters of Mark’s gospel to life in this inspiring solo performance. Buy tickets at


Growing whole life disciples in a Baptist Context

23 November 2018, Training day run by LICC. St Peter’s Church, Vere Street, London, £20 inc lunch to book please visit


Spurgeons College are looking for a governor with HR experience, if this is something you would be interested in please contact Sophie Ellis To read the responsibility of a governor please visit

Youth Specialist

London Road Baptist Church Lowestoft, is a growing, family focused evangelical Baptist church, with a lively ministry amongst young people, children and families. The cornerstone of our Church vision is “Totally Committed to God, Empowered by the Holy Spirit, Introducing others to Jesus.”

Key Responsibilities

To help coordinate a lively and exciting youth programme for 11 to 18 year olds. To build and nurture relationships with our young people and make contact with new young people. To train and oversee leaders and volunteer helpers, thus shaping, empowering and envisioning our youth work.

The successful applicant will:

  • Be gifted and trained in youth work
  • Have good written and verbal communication skills
  • Lead, encourage, develop and train our team of committed volunteers
  • Help shape, empower and envision our youth work
  • Demonstrate a passion and vision for youth work
  • Have experience of working with young people
  • Be able to relate to our young people (11-18 years) and work alongside their families

There is a genuine occupational requirement for the post holder to have a Christian faith.

Salary:£20,000 to £25,000 per annum dependent upon experience Hours:39 hours per week including some weekend work

Contract Length: Initially 3 years

Applications of interest will be processed as received. For more information and application form, please contact: Email –  Tel – 07740 452873

SWBA Association Administrator

The Association Administrator will be a member of the Association Team. He/She will be responsible for ensuring that the SWBA Office functions efficiently and delivers the administration support required for the Association to engage in mission and to achieve its goals. The Administrator will be the primary interface with the churches in the Association for communication and administrative matters. This is a full-time appointment based on 37½ hours per week and carries a salary of £22,750 per annum.
The closing date for applications is Friday 26th October 2018.
If you would like to be considered for this role, please complete the application form which can be found on our website:

Journey of the Magi – A festive, witty and thoroughly Christmassy event for your church

Share the joy and wonder of Christmas with your church and local community through this exhilarating, critically acclaimed performance. With sparkle and songs to keep the children engrossed and bags of good humour for the grown-ups, Journey of the Magi delights audiences of all ages. The show offers a bridge between contemporary life and Jesus’s birth, portraying the journey that the wise men took 2000 years ago, whilst drawing hilarious and poignant parallels with our own preparations for Christmas day.

Springs is inviting churches to host a performance of Journey of the Magi, which will be available nationally from 17th November to 23rd December 2018.

Further information can be found on the Springs Dance Company website page, by emailing or by calling 07876 752 910

York Courses

Our two latest courses for discussion groups are available now in digital format as downloads (as well as in printed format) at

LIFE TO THE FULL? has 4 sessions, making it ideal for the 4 weeks of Advent. It’s written by best-selling author and broadcaster Revd Matt Woodcock, who also features on the course audio in relaxed conversation with Simon Stanley.

DARING TO SEE GOD NOW is a 5-session course, which many groups will follow at Lent although (as with all of our courses ) it’s not tied to a specific season, so can be used at any time of year. The course booklet is written by Bishop Nick Baines, and the contributors on the course audio are:

  •     Keith Ward; Rachel Lampard; David Wilbourne and Cathy Galvin



Other Updates

Monthly Update September

30th August 2018

Monthly Update July

27th June 2018

June 2018

31st May 2018