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Progress is being made towards the UK taking in unaccompanied children stranded in Europe following this week’s passing of the Dubs amendment. Baptists contributed to the groundswell of support for the amendment, but with details so far sketchy, campaigners are urging the most at risk be in place by the next academic year: here’s one way of helping.

Talking of welcoming the stranger, Stockton Baptist Tabernacle (pictured) is one church that has reached out to the growing numbers of refugees and asylum seekers in its area. Since opening a drop-in centre in November 2014, members have helped people from more than 30 nations, and witnessed many baptisms. It’s some story.

Other news includes the appointment of the new Team Leader in the London Baptist Association, reaction to the Joint Public Issues Team EU referendum resource, Christian Aid week, and a piece about an incredible cake.

Paul Hobson
Faith and Society Editor/Writer

'Speed up child refugee process'
Campaigners are encouraging people to continue pressing MPs on welcoming unaccompanied refugee children stranded in Europe to the UK

Reaching out to refugees and asylum seekers in Teesside
Welcoming the stranger has taken on a fresh and urgent meaning for Stockton Baptist Tabernacle. In a little over a year, church members have responded to the needs of hundreds of refugees and asylum seekers from more than 30 nations, and witnessed many baptisms

Team Leader appointed at the LBA
The London Baptist Association has appointed the Revd Phil Barnard as its new Regional Minister Team Leader

New EU resources for churches
A series of briefing notes from the Joint Public Issues Team to help Free Churches reflect about the EU referendum have been well received

Stroll to support flood victims in Bangladesh
Four generations from a West Yorkshire Baptist church are to take part in a sponsored walk that will launch this year's Christian Aid Week

Sweet taste of church's 150th anniversary
An incredible cake replica was the centrepiece of Caversham Baptist Church's 150th anniversary celebrations

Double celebration at Hunslet
When the Leeds church held a baptismal service in early April it also marked a recovery from flooding damage sustained last December

Knowing their rights and standing up for them
Seeking justice for the voiceless is a key component of the new BMS World Mission strategy to transform one million lives by 2020



Saved and healed by Jesus
Powerful interview with church member who documents his journey from abuse survivor to salvation in an autobiographical book of Psalmic poems

Six ways your church can support students
It's exam season: practical tips to help ease the tension at this challenging time

All the lonely people
Who are they? God sets the lonely in families - here are the people to be looking out for in our churches and beyond

And a little child shall lead them...
There's a good reason why children have a special place in the heart of God - and they have much to teach us

Serving God’s People in Ukraine
Joshua Searle of Spurgeon's College reports on a Mission/Humanitarian trip to Ukraine earlier this year

Lymm Baptist Church, Cheshire: Jude Wynne, Hannah Gerrard, Corrie Gerrard, Abi Barrell, Emilia Evans, Sophie Instone
Sion Baptist Church, Rossendale, Lancs:  Joanne Thompson
Stanton Road Baptist Church, Luton: Cameron & Sarah Webber
Warley Baptist Church, Oldbury: Becky Goodwin
West Wickham & Shirley Baptist Church, Croydon: Jessica Ioannou

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Baptism stories
Minister Richard Starling writes: On Sunday 24 April 2016, we celebrated the baptism of Cameron & Sarah Webber at Stanton Road Baptist Church, Luton. Cam & Sarah were married here in October last year: it was great to have a packed church on both occasions!

On Easter Sunday Joanne Thompson was baptised at Sion Baptist Church, Rossendale, Lancs, by our minister the Revd Mark Faris-Robertson. Her two children, Joseph and Charlotte were dedicated on that morning too...a wonderful morning. (Ann Alden, Church Secretary)


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Tutor in Old Testament, Spurgeon's College
Tutor in Christian Doctrine and Ethics, Spurgeon's College
National Safeguarding Support Worker, Baptist Union of Great Britain
Regional Ministers, South Wales Baptist Association

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Sailors’ Society, a Christian maritime welfare charity, has launched a brand new service resource pack for churches wishing to celebrate Sea Sunday and give thanks for seafarers, the ‘heroes of the sea’. Sea Sunday, held this year on 10 July with the theme of Noah and ‘My Hero’, gives churches around the world the chance to come together to remember seafarers and pray for them, their families and those who support them.
The pack includes a sermon written by John Risbridger, minister and team leader at Above Bar Church, Southampton, and chair of Keswick Ministries, and Sunday School resources by Lisa Edwards, children and families pastor at Guildford Baptist Church.

‘(Leadership) My Journey So Far’ An evening with the Revd Karl Johnson, General Secretary of the Jamaican Baptist Union, takes place on Thursday 19 May (7-9.30pm) at Rye Lane Baptist Church. Worship with Muyiwa. Organised by Breaking Bread, a group of Black and Asian Baptist ministers who meet for prayer and fellowship.

Christian disability charity Through the Roof is inviting UK churches to participate in a new survey into churches’ experience of their disabled members. Visit for more.



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