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This week we highlight some reaction to President Trump’s controversial executive order on immigration, including a statement from the Baptist World Alliance, and why a UK Baptist church invited other faith and community leaders to “stand together for peace”.   

New beginnings also feature in this edition. A church has opened a new facility which is the talk of the town, while a minister is just weeks away from opening a community micropub.

Not unrelated, one of the reflective pieces looks at the importance of presence in a community, while another notes this is something sadly lacking for a forgotten section of our society. How do we break into the hollowed-out lives of those sitting alone in the hidden places of our communities, whose only company is the ever-present television screen?
Paul Hobson
Faith and Society Editor/Writer


 Baptist minister to open micropub in March
BWA 'decries' US immigration moves
Becoming the heart of the community
BWA responds to immigration moves
The Baptist World Alliance has issued a statement 'decrying' the US Government's recent immigration tightening

'Stand together for peace'
A Baptist church in London invites faith and community leaders to “stand together for peace” in response to President Donald Trump’s immigration curbs and the attack on a mosque in Canada

Baptist minister to open micropub
St Canna's will be a meeting point for people in the community and the "diametric opposite” of “plastic” chain pubs

Cirencester Baptist Church opens brand new building
But though the new facility is the talk of the town, it’s not the main focus of the church

Eco Church celebrates first year
A scheme to help churches undertake positive environmental steps resulted in hundreds of actions taken

Proclaiming God’s love to the Arab region
A Baptist church in Beirut that has learnt to love its refugee neighbours is now testifying to audiences across the Arab world

Messy Church is "probably the most effective thing that we are doing as a church"



Loitering with intent
Jesus offers really only one strategy for mission... and it is this

Screened Out
How do we break into the hollowed-out lives of those sitting alone in the hidden places of our communities, whose only company is the ever-present television screen?

Leadership in smaller churches
There are many encouragements amid the challenges of leading smaller churches, including growing network support across our Baptist Union

The IBTS Centre Amsterdam
Having been involved with European Baptists for several decades, Alec Gilmore recently visited the IBTS Centre in Amsterdam for the first time. These are his thoughts

'Stories capture the imagination'
Looking for a book for the 9-14 year olds in your life? A Baptist member has drawn on her years as a Head of Philosophy and Religion to write a well received children’s book

Beginnings, Christian Aid Cymru: The story of Christian Aid through the lens of Wales' experience, a tale of which Welsh and English readers alike can be proud

Anthony Gielty: Out of the darkness
Autobiography documenting the transformation of one of Scotland’s most violent prisoners

Church Planting in the Secular West
'By far the best book on church planting to have been published for many years'

Mount Sinai: a History of Travellers
Scholarly book which will appeal to those who like foreign names and many, many facts… but not an easy read

Baptisms and other notices

Ashurst Drive Baptist Church, Ilford, Essex: 1
Bedworth Baptist Church, Warwickshire: Justin Tidmarsh, Mirjam Ridout
Cemetery Road Baptist Church, Sheffield: Akbar, Amin, Sherko, Hamidreza, Jevad, Ali Reza, Meisam, Sadegh, Hamid, Keywan, Mahdi, Zahra
Christ Church, Ramsbottom: Rosie Barnes
Desborough Baptist Church, Kettering: David Hutchinson
Upton Vale Baptist Church, Torquay: Mike Loveridge, Mike Edney, Debbie Mountford, Karl Quirk, Geoff Ennals, Roisin Payne

The Revd Margaret Piper (née Phillips): 1925-2016 'A pioneer among Baptist women'

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Baptist Assembly - 13 May 
Bookings have now opened for this year’s Baptist Assembly, which will take place at the Harrogate International Centre Saturday 13 May 2017. Through the generosity of HIC, there will also be a communion service on Sunday morning which will be open to all.

Justification and Justice Symposium - 8 April
Five hundred years ago Martin Luther spearheaded the Reformation.  Many years later Martin Luther King led the Civil Rights Movement. Two very different men, living in different ages both challenging injustice.  This symposium at Spurgeon’s College, London will investigate the histories of both Martins and apply them to our churches.  Click here for details and to book your place.

The Incarnate Houseparty - 6-8 March
The annual gathering which provides a great opportunity to meet with those involved in pioneering, those overseeing it and those simply wanting to find out more. Speakers include Anna Roddick and Keith Hebden.
To book, visit:

Lest we Forget
Studies prepared to equip Baptists to reflect on the 2007 Baptist Union Apology and explore ways to address the legacy of the transatlantic slave trade, ten years on.

100+ James Chase 'CHURCHILL' Padded, upholstered wooden church chairs - in brown pseudo leather (wipe clean vinyl) upholstery. All have the metal leg brackets for linking into straight lines and many still have the small communion cup holders set within the bible shelves beneath the seats. Good condition for 40 years old. Offers around £12 per chair, discounts considered for bulk purchases. Buyer collects for Seer Green, Buckinghamshire.
Contact Tim Cox Church Secretary at or 07904129609
The Baptist Assembly 2017
Studies on the 2007 Apology
Martin Luther and MLK symposium
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