News from the Association
 

SEBA Update

 

SEBA's Project Fund

As most of our churches have now returned to meeting in person, we are aware that many are uncovering property and fabric issues that have arisen whilst their building was unoccupied and that now need dealing with. Similarly, a number of our churches want to be involved in new Gospel initiatives in their local communities. However, we know that several of our churches have seen a significant drop in giving whilst not meeting and are now struggling to fund with these property and mission challenges.
 
Earlier in 2021 we made changes to the long-established ‘Home Mission Project Grants Fund’ and renamed it the ‘Project Fund’. This fund is designed to enable our churches to deliver mission-focussed projects and to provide support for other one-off costs associated with their ongoing work (which includes property matters). 
 
This year rather than promote one large project as the Church Project of the Year, we would like to invite member churches in SEBA to consider giving what they can to this fund to support other SEBA churches who just need a little extra help. Any donations to this fund will be kept exclusively to be used for these purposes and if not required this year will be kept to support the fund going forward. Any SEBA church can apply for a ‘Project Grant’.
 
We hope that this ‘Project Fund’ will be a way of the SEBA family being able to support each other as we seek to find ways of ensuring we are continually able to bring the Gospel to our communities.


Annual Conference

Don't forget to book your space on SEBA's 2022 Ministers' Conference
Next year's conference, 'Back to Better', is at Ashburnham Place on Tuesday 1st-Thursday 3rd March.

This will be a time and place to relax, meet together and encourage one another, reflect on 2021, study God’s Word brought to us by our speakers and go back to our churches feeling refreshed - if you haven't booked your place yet, don't delay - bookings are open (and for the first time, you can book by credit/debit card).

Speakers:
Revd Hayley Young, incoming President of the Baptist Union for 2022/23. Hayley has over 13 years experience as a Baptist Minister and is the Transitional Strategic Leader (Regional Minister) for the Northern Baptist Association.
Commissioner Anthony Cotterill, Territorial Commander at the Salvation Army, who we all very much enjoyed at our 2021 Zoom Conference.

On Wednesday evening we will be joined by Marshall and Barnes (Paul Marshall played saxophone in Crimeless Criminals band and David Barnes played with the band Envoy on vocals and guitar). We are promised an entertaining evening of ballads, rhythm and blues, pop and melodic rock.

For more information and to book a place, click here - en-suite rooms are on first-come, first-served basis. 


Safeguarding Training:

Until we are able to return to face-to-face training, the Baptist Union have produced an Excellence in Safeguarding Update film. To book onto the training, please click here and follow the instructions


 

Events 

Please note - with all events advertised below, whilst we are publicising them, the views and comments expressed are not necessarily approved by the Association - unless they have been organised specifically by the Association. 

 

Climate Sunday webinar:

Thursday 20 January 2022, 7pm
Online

COP26 may be over but it's important for churches to continue and build on the progress made from the Climate Sunday campaign from last year. Join the webinar to hear about where you can go next in the pursuit of creation care and climate justice.

They will focus on three main questions:

  • How can churches continue to incorporate the environment and climate in their teaching and worship?
  • Why is it helpful for churches to be part of a greening scheme as they make commitments for the climate?
  • What needs to happen to keep 1.5 degrees alive?

The panellists from the Climate Sunday steering group will be joined by guests from the greening schemes to tell you about their campaigns and actions. The panel will be chaired by Andy Atkins from A Rocha UK.

Click here to register


A Day for Baptist Chaplains: 

Monday 24 January 2022
Online

We are delighted to have the chance to connect together as many as possible of our 200 Baptist chaplains. A recent survey among accredited ministers in chaplaincy highlighted a desire for a national day, so here it is – albeit in an online format on this occasion. There are three sessions – morning (10-11.45am listening to the stories of chaplains from different sectors & regions and a chance to meet, talk with and encourage a small group of fellow chaplains); afternoon (2-3.45pm with an interactive webinar 'Witnessing to Christ as Chaplains'); and evening (7-8.45pm when Rosa Hunt, Baptist minister a co-principal of Cardiff Baptist College will be speaking about 'Desire and Disorientation' - the moments when we encounter spirituality among those we meet in secular spaces; and singer-songwriter Gareth Davies-Jones will be providing some music and talking about his songwriting)We hope you will be both keen and able to come to all of them, but realise that work commitments and rotas might make this difficult, so you can register for each session separately. 

Throughout the day, Baptist Union president Geoff Colmer will be on hand to lead us in some reflection as he continues to encourage all of Baptists Together to be 'attentive to the rhythms of grace'.      
 
Cost per person: The event is free. 
Closing date for bookings: Friday 21 January 2022

Please click here to register to attend the Day.


Sight Loss Friendly Church Taster Sessions:


Every 6 minutes someone in the UK starts to lose their sight. Sight Loss Friendly Church (SLFC), from Torch Trust, the UK Christian sight loss charity, are pleased to announce further dates of our popular Tasters. These 30 minute  Zoom sessions offer the opportunity to hear all the benefits of SLFC, meet the SLFC team and ask your questions.

Sessions available are:
  • Monday 24 January at 2:00 PM
For more information please email SLFC@torchtrust.org.uk 

Life Issue events - Bereavement:

Saturday 5 February 2022, 9.30 am - 4 pm (Coffee available from 9 am)
Godalming Baptist Church, Queen Street, GODALMING, GU7 1BA

Led by Revd Peter Jackson
Whilst focusing particularly on losing someone through death, the day's course offers an opportunity to look at any losses, experienced either recently or in the past.

In a safe environment there is the opportunity to listen to prepared talks, to share confidentially, if we choose to, and we can learn from, help and support one another.

We recommend that the course is not attended within three months of a bereavement, but anyone who has suffered a loss is welcome to bring someone to support them. The course is equally suitable for those who want to understand more about bereavement in order to become more sensitive and helpful to others experiencing loss.

With the universal experience of death and bereavement, it is helpful for those of any or no faith. Peter has vast experience and understanding of bereavement. He has led numerous courses, tutored ‘Insight into Bereavement’ at Waverley and helped lots of individuals on the journey. He is a retired Baptist minister and presently Moderator of GBC.

Voluntary contributions are invited for the work of Cruse

Please reserve a place by contacting Sally Pollard pollard3@hotmail.co.uk 01483-428646, by Friday 28th January. Click here for a poster.


SEBA's 2022 Ministers' Conference:

Tuesday1-Thursday 3 March 2022, Ashburnham Place
Click here for more details


Holy Land tour:

11-19 May 2022
Postponed from this autumn to May 2022 there are a few spare places in the next Introductory Tour led by Rev David Ronco. This nine day trip is ideal for first time visitors exploring key Biblical sites in Galilee, Nazareth, Jerusalem and Bethlehem. 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 more information visit www.baptisttwinningisrael.org.uk or contact David on dcronco@gmail.com


 

Advice, Resources and Information 

Information & support from the Baptist Union

Coronavirus Essential Guidance:

The guidance on re-opening Baptist church buildings was updated on 13 January, please check out the changed to the essential guidance page, to ensure the advice you are using is the most up-to-date


**NEW** Transform

The latest edition of the Baptists Together magazine is out now - and in it, the latest copy of Transform (essential for all in church leaders, especially those involved in finance, administration and safeguarding). You can download a copy here, which you can share with your deacons etc.


**NEW**Virtual & Hybrid Church Members' Meetings

If your church members want to be able to hold church meetings online or in a hybrid format then you should adopt the new and amended constitution clauses that BUGB have provided for this purpose.  Further information can be found in the Legal and Operation Updates for November 2020 (for unincorporated churches) and December 2020 (for CIOs).


Annual Returns

The BU's Annual Returns process is currently open (until 31 January) for Church Secretaries to provide the latest contact details and church statistics. For more details about the process, click here


Online CIO training 2022:

The BUGB Legal and Operations Team and Anthony Collins LLP will continue to host training on Charitable Incorporated Organisations (CIOs), via Zoom in 2022. Dates for these training sessions will be: 
  • 9 February
  • 27 April 
  • 29 June
  • 12 October
Booking for the February date is now open - please click here to register. 
 
 

Jobs and Vacancies 

 

 

**NEW**Northern Baptist College - multiple vacancies


Edifi Co-ordinator

(Part-time, one day a week.)
Northern Baptist College is looking to appoint a co-ordinator to oversee, develop and promote Edifi, our programme of learning for local leaders.

The Co-ordinator will:

  1. Work with the college’s Associate Tutors and others to oversee the
  2. delivery and development of Edifi.
  3. Liaise with the regional association teams.
  4. Create and roll out new courses using both online and onsite delivery.
  5. Promote and advertise Edifi.
  6. Identify and respond to new learning needs / opportunities.

As Edifi is primarily an online programme, the Co-ordinator will work mainly from home although travel to Manchester and other venues will be necessary.
Salary: pro rata (1/6): £ 33368

Part Time Tutor with responsibility for the inclusion of Black and Brown people 
(1 day a week)
Northern Baptist College is proud of its heritage as a radically inclusive college.
We are seeking to appoint a part-time tutor to offer specialist diversity and inclusion training and to help increase recruitment of Black and Brown people as ministers in training.
The person appointed will work as part of a team alongside our recently appointed tutors with responsibility for LGBT+ inclusion, and inclusion of people with disabilities.

The tutor will

  • support and encourage NBC’s work with regard to the inclusion of Black and Brown people
  • teach and provide training on specific issues of diversity and inclusion across the college community
  • help recruit of a more diverse range of students
  • represent NBC in wider denominational discussions
  • participate in the wider life of Northern Baptist College
The tutor role is not geographically based, and the expectation is that the post holder would mostly work from home. However, there is a requirement for occasional travel such as to attend staff away days, teaching events etc. which are usually held in the northern half of England. There may also be an occasional requirement to travel to visit students on placement.

The role is for one day a week and will start as soon as possible after interview, ideally from March 2022.

Salary (pro rata 1/6): £33683
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For applications and further information (on either vacancy), please contact College Manager, Tim Presswood, on email admin@northern.org.uk
Deadline for both vacancies is 5pm, Friday 28 January 2022

**NEW**Spinnaker Christian Schoolswork - multiple job opportunities:

Spinnaker are looking to appoint 4 new members to their Team: 

City Hub Leader (London)
Eastbourne Schoolsworker
Bromley Administrator
Lambeth Support Worker

For more information, check out their website https://www.spinnaker.org.uk/pages/43-job-opportunties

Closing date for all applications is 27 January 2022 (interviews w/c 7 February)

Administrator - Godalming Baptist Church

This post is currently part–time for 12 hours per week to include Friday mornings.
Salary £10. 88 per hour
The person appointed will have good IT skills and be sympathetic to our Christian ethos.

When appointed he/she will:

  1. Undertake administrative tasks for the Pastor and leadership team.
  2. Be a focal point for initial and ongoing contact for members of the public and church members.
  3. Co-ordinate the lettings of the church building.
  4. Manage the Church’s social media presence.

If you are interested, a fuller job description and application form can be found on the GB website godalmingbaptistchurch.org.uk

Closing date 28th February 2022.


Vacancies to represent SEBA across the area:

SEBA have some vacancies on groups that you may be interested in (see list below).

Three SACRE vacancies - on the panels, who provide input into how Religious Education is taught and collective worship is undertaken in our schools - the vacancies are in LEA areas of Surrey Medway and West Sussex- click on the area for the role description. If you would like more information about the role of a SACRE representative, our current East Sussex SACRE rep, Peter White, is more than happy to have a chat - if you would like his details, please contact Steph Tidy (admin@seba-baptist.org.uk) 
up to two Trustee vacancies for the Kent Workplace Mission - the KWM work in Kent, Medway, Bromley & Bexley supporting people of faith, at work; developing chaplaincy ministries in workplaces and helping local Christian communities to actively engage with their local economic community.  For more information, go to their website

If you are interested in being involved in this way, please email Steph steph@seba-baptist.org.uk 



If you would like to add a church-based, or Christian charity vacancy to the weekly emailing, please let me know steph@seba-baptist.org.uk

Please note, we cannot post vacancies for Church Minister positions, as these should go through Revd Stuart Davison, and the Settlement system.