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More than 40 men and women collectively walk across the beach and enter the water on a chilly February day at Barry Island. Locals and visitors are bemused, but this is actually no one off. Tredergarville Baptist Church in Cardiff is seeing a real openness to the Christian faith among the asylum seekers and refugees it is encountering, particularly people from Iran, and this was the second mass baptism in a month. 

A number of Baptist churches are reporting similar developments - and a refugee response day has now been organised, where Baptists are invited to come together for a day of listening, learning and prayer. Full details here. 

Paul Hobson
Faith and Society Editor/Writer

An extraordinary dip in the sea 
More than 40 young men and women were baptised in the waters off Barry Island earlier this month

Baptist church among first churches to gain new eco award
Lyme Regis Baptist Church, which had a front-row view of England's violent storms, has scooped one of the first Eco Church awards

Baptist Assembly tops gender balance report
For the second year running, the Baptist Assembly has topped the rankings of Christian events and conferences based on how well they achieved gender parity among speakers

The answer to radicalisation is... radicalisation
Christian charity Oasis wants to “radicalise every young person” – with a positive story of belonging, identity, self-worth and purpose

Mission priority for new pastor
The new Senior Pastor of Lighthouse Community Church in Sheringham, Norfolk has explained the importance of engaging with the community

Hope in Nepal: opened ears... and borders
Catastrophic earthquakes and months of a border blockade... yet God has shown he hasn’t forgotten this country

Catalyst Live is back in 2016
BMS World Mission is excited to announce that tickets for Catalyst Live 2016 are now on sale


Regrets - and how to deal with them
A couple of things we shouldn't do, and a couple we should

Barbie, and reaching the missing generation
The famous doll has evolved to reflect millennial concerns for social justice. That's a language the church knows – and needs to rediscover

'A new scheme to make churches green'
A Baptist minister introduces Eco Church, Christian charity A Rocha's new scheme to help churches become eco-friendly

On the edge
Voices and lessons from the margins need to be heard by all of us, for they shape our mission and discipleship, and are actually at the heart of faith, writes a Baptist who works with people who are homeless

Abingdon Baptist Church, Oxfordshire: Judy Kent and Rosie Marshall
Rushmore Baptist Church, Ipswich: Fred Allsopp and Clare Williamson, Sheila Knock, Georgie Wade, Lisa Reed, Jason Reed, Alice Pickess, Sam Pickess, Les Downing, Fay Compton, Adam Higgins
Westward Ho! Baptist Church, Devon: Kathryn Mitchell, Daniel Jukes, Saffron Brown, Nathan Jukes and Jennifer Porter

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Spring Harvest - discount code for Baptists
The missional aspect of the partnership ‘Seventy-two’ is involved at Spring Harvest week 3 this year (a seminar, an exhibition stand and a reception lunch). Baptists can use a special discount code for some money off (£15 per adult). The code can only be used for week 3 and the word to quote is BAPTIST. The code ends on 29 February

Birthday greetings for the Revd Florence Bignell, 100 years on 17 March 2016
Ruth Ledger writes: "I wanted to bring to your attention the 100th birthday celebration of Rev Florence Bignell (birthday 17 March 2016) on Saturday 19 March at Halcon Baptist Church, Taunton from 12.30 until 3.30pm. Invites have been sent out but there may be some folk who would like to send a greeting. If so this could either be sent to me before 14 March on or to the church secretary Mrs D Shelley 3 Portland Street Taunton TA1 1VY."

Reimagining Europe:
website featuring Christian reflections on the EU Referendum:

Intern opportunity, Joint Public Issues Team
Are you a young person who wants to work as part of a team making meaningful change in the world? Are you interested in making links between faith, life and politics? The JPIT internship is a fantastic opportunity to experience all this and more

Incarnate Encounter
A unique opportunity to spend time with pioneers from around the country 4-6 March in Bradford/Leeds.
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