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The previous Baptist Times News Round-up appeared a day before the European Union Referendum, which seems an awfully long time ago. There are a number of thoughtful responses looking at how churches can face the challenges that have arisen from the Referendum result and campaign.

The people might have changed, but the business of Government goes on. There is an assessment of the implications of Brexit on climate change, and Theresa May's green credentials. Five Churches have issued a statement ahead of a Parliament debate describing the replacement of Trident as "unwarranted and unethical".

In other news the South Wales Baptist Association has appointed new regional ministers, the Baptist Union initiative helping people with learning difficulties (BUild) is coming to an end, and there are moving tributes to two ministers who have recently died. 
Paul Hobson
Faith and Society Editor/Writer


Replacement of Trident is "unwarranted", say Churches
Baptists urged to switch to renewables in campaign
Minister “The Least Known Best Theologian in the World”
Replacement of Trident is "unwarranted" and "unethical" say Churches
Statement from the Joint Public Issues Team ahead of a Parliamentary debate on Trident, where the UK Government will seek approval to spend £41 billion on building new submarines to carry nuclear weapons

Baptists urged to switch to renewables
The Big Church Switch is a campaign that encourages churches to change energy supply from fossil fuels to renewables

'Change perception of refugees'
A campaign to challenge the way refugees are portrayed has been launched by Christian Aid

To everything a season: the end of BUild
Why the Baptist Union initiative with people with learning disabilities is drawing to an end

Baptist World Alliance round-up
News from the recent annual gathering of the BWA

Regional ministers appointed in SWBA
The South Wales Baptist Association has announced the appointment of three regional ministers

Tributes to ministers:
‘A man of deep faith, enormous grace and overflowing thankfulness’
The Revd Jim Graham, who led Gold Hill Baptist Church for nearly 30 years

‘The Least Known Best Theologian in the World’
The Revd John Peck, minister of Framlingham Baptist Church in Suffolk, and co-founder of Greenbelt


Referendum challenges and opportunities
Political preaching, befriending a Baptist church in Europe - suggestions for how churches could face the challenges of the Referendum

Racism only sleeps - it never dies
Amid the increased racism unleashed by the EU referendum, Baptists are called to be truly multicultural and radically hospitable

How can we put Britain back together?
How Christians might engage constructively in the politics currently unfolding

The rebuilding of a nation
In post-EU Referendum United Kingdom, churches are well-placed to demonstrate the mutual benefits of being part of diverse communities

Brexit and climate change
John Weaver, a former Baptist Union President, assesses what impact Brexit and a new Prime Minister may have on the climate change agenda

Wilderness wanderings, or the Promised Land?
With so many refugees trapped in Europe, the Exodus story is being re-enacted: the situation calls Christians to a dual response

Latest book reviews "Well-written book that would be suitable for use subsequent to an Alpha or similar course, and for busy ministers" + suffering, science and religion, and voices of faith from the First World War

Baptisms and other notices

Blaby Baptist Church, Blaby, Leicestershire: Ann James
Bushey Baptist Church, Oxhey, Herts: Elizabeth Holland, Azeezat and Baba Ogonkanmi
Colchester Baptist Church, Essex: Ross Ardley
Haddenham-cum-Dinton Baptist Church, Buckinghamshire: David Francis
London Road Baptist Church, Lowestoft, Suffolk: Ruthie Evans, Carol Knight, John Wade, Hannah Moreira
Lymm Baptist Church, Cheshire: Sam Smith and Dylan Stanway
Milford on Sea Baptist Church, Hampshire: Gina Dos Santos
Open Door Baptist Church, Peterborough: Denisa Luptakova
Rodbourne Baptist Church, Swindon, Wilts: Eric Adjie, Eunice Adutwumwaa, and Mark Money
Orchard Baptist Church, Colchester, Essex: Mark Simpson, Kathy Green
Tunbridge Wells Baptist Church, Kent: Vanessa Beth Crocker
Waterlooville Baptist Church, Hampshire: Colin Wells, Carole Wells, Zina Robertson, Darren Wishart, Helen Wishart

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Baptism stories
At Tunbridge Wells Baptist Church on Sunday 10 July Vanessa Beth Crocker was baptised by our Pastor Rachel Hayward and Youth Leader Chris Payne. The service was vibrant with a moving testimony given by Vanessa. An amazing variety of cakes and refreshments were provided after the service provided by her mother Jennie and friends. (Carol Anderson, administrator)

ATKINSON, Brenda (1934-2016)
Much-loved mother of Hazel, Peter and Trevor and widow of the late Charles Harold Atkinson, a member of Durham City Baptist Church since 1973 and a long-standing officer of Girls Brigade 1st Durham Company, Brenda went to be with her Lord on 2 July 2016 after a long illness. She will also be a much-missed Grandma and Great Grandma. Rest in peace and rise in glory!

CLOUGH, the Revd Joy (nee Ford)
On Saturday 2 July, 2016 at the Royal Blackburn Hospital peacefully after a long illness. Joy aged 88 years of Brierfield. Dearly loved wife of Trevor Clough. Formerly minister of Haggate Baptist Church, Briercliffe (1974-1984); Deaconess of Leavesden Road Baptist Church, Watford (1955-1962); Minister of Hook Norton and Bloxham Baptist Churches (1962-1970); Secretary for Women’s work, Baptist Union (1971-1974). A funeral service was held on Wednesday 13 July, 2016 at The Burnley and Nelson United Reformed Church prior to cremation at Burnley Crematorium. The Revd L. Jewitt officiated. Donations if desired are being received for ‘DEBRA’ c/o Helliwells Funeral Service, Reedley House Burnley Road, Brierfield. TEL:01282 614777

PECK, the Revd John Roderick
The Peck family are sad to announce the passing of their beloved patriarch, John, who died peacefully 1 July 2016 aged 92. The funeral took place at St Mary's church, Earl Soham, Suffolk on 8 July 2016. A celebration of his life and work will follow in August, details to be announced. No flowers, but please email for details of charitable giving to Christian International Peace Service.

Passed away peacefully on 19 June surrounded by his family. Claud was a much loved father of Elizabeth. father in law of Ian , Grandfather of Ashley and husband of the late Win. A service of thanksgiving was held at St. Andrew's Garrison Church of Scotland, Aldershot on 12 July.  Donations in memory of Claud to Baptist Missionary Society.


  • Finance Director and Support Services Team Leader, Baptist Union of GB
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  • National Safeguarding Support Worker, Baptist Union of GB
  • Project Coordinator / PA to Support Services Team Leader
  • Youth Pastor, Oasis Church
  • Lead Chaplain, Ashford and St. Peter's Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
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  • Schools Counsellor, Fegans


msm Online
Bookings are now open for the (mission shaped ministry) msn Online course. The course is led by Baptist Regional Minister Simon Goddard and is for anyone thinking of starting a new congregation, fresh expression of church or just thinking about being more missional: msn will help you think what you’re trying to do. Last year 73 people in 17 groups across the UK and overseas participated in this new online version of the course.

“Made for goodness: A faithful response to the refugee crisis”
This new briefing from the Joint Public Issues Team provides context and information on the refugee crisis, biblical reflection and suggestions for an effective response.
It looks at the history and consequences of the current humanitarian crisis and highlights four specific areas that Churches can engage with and campaign on.

Resources from Christians in Sport
Christians in Sport has released a free resource to download called the Sports Mission Pack 2016, which includes: Guides on how to run different sports events including sports tournaments and ‘big-screen’ events, a multimedia sports quiz, a 2-minute gospel film called ‘Born to Play’ along with a 5-minute sports-themed gospel talk, and help on how to follow up with people coming to your events.

Registration for msm Online opens
Briefing about refugee crisis
Resources from Christians in Sport
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