The Baptist Times News Round Up
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Welcome to The Baptist Times News Round-up, featuring a selection of recent news stories and reflections, as well as baptism notifications and upcoming events. This latest edition has the usual mix of local, national and international, with pieces about Aberfan, Aleppo and a church's involvement with an Alzheimer's cafe.

There's a report from the recent Baptist Union Council, a great account of how a youth club has grown numerically and spiritually, and a reflection asking how Christians can respond to the growing epidemic of mental ill health.

Yours in Christ, 
Paul Hobson
Faith and Society Editor/Writer


 Remembering the Aberfan disaster 50 years on 
A report from the October 2016 Council
Churches demand end to Aleppo bombardment
Baptist Union Council: October 2016 
A report from the October 2016 meeting of Baptist Union Council

Searle appointed to Northern Pioneer role 
The Revd Roy Searle has been appointed as the Baptist Union Northern Pioneer Co-ordinator

'Churches demand action on Aleppo'
The Baptist Union of Great Britain has joined other denominations in appealing to the Syrian and Russian Governments

Remembering Aberfan
Baptists were among many participating in events to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Aberfan disaster

Dementia cafe hosted by Baptist church 
A dementia cafe hosted by a Baptist church in Yorkshire and run in partnership with the Alzheimer's Society has officially opened

Climate campaigners lobby MP
Baptist campaigners support national ‘Week of Action’ on climate change by meeting with Alan Campbell MP at the iconic St Mary’s Island

Pioneering Community Chaplaincy in Melton Mowbray
A recent Home Mission Grant recipient in the East Midlands Baptist Association is motivated by the love of God and of all people

BMS responds to Hurricane Matthew
BMS World Mission authorises a grant to help provide cholera treatment in the hard-hit south of Haiti


Three ideas to change your faith - live generously, live gratefully, live slowly

Listen to the Voices
How should Christians respond to the growing epidemic of mental ill health?

Taboo... or to do?
Is Christianity complementary with yoga, martial arts, Hallowe'en, mindfulness and other alternative practices?

Exodus leads the way forward 
The book of Exodus is sometimes viewed with scepticism - but it need not be

Faith, teamwork and prayer 
How a youth club, open to all, has grown numerically and spiritually


Bilston Baptist Church, West Midlands: Usha Talluri
Broadway Baptist Church, Derby: Marcia Thompson and John Morgan
Hertford Baptist Church, Hertford: Paula Hine
Quinton Park Baptist Church, Coventry: Alecks Kostandinov from Bulgaria, baptised by Dick Prior at his penultimate service
Shipley Baptist Church, West Yorkshire: Abigail Baylis
South Woodham Evangelical Church, South Woodham Ferrers: Chanelle Leher, Deirdre (Dee) Taylor, Jill Downton, Georgina Morlham, Esther Nguyen
Union Baptist Church, High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire: Amber Barnes, Michael Hazell, Marcus Horn, Becca Manktelow, Joel Morriss & Jenny Rooke
Yeovil Baptist Church, Somerset: Sarah Smalley 

Baptism stories
On Sunday 25 September 2016 we had the privilege of sharing in the baptism of Sarah Smalley from Yeovil Baptist Church. However, instead of being baptised at church, Sarah wished for her service to be held on the beach and so a group of approximately 40 people travelled to Castle Cove beach near Weymouth and witnessed her being baptised in the sea by the Revds Barbara Carpenter and Derek Hills. As we remember Jesus being baptised in the river Jordan and how He walked along the sea shores, we continue to be blessed with the work He has installed for us and for the many rich blessings he bestows upon us all.

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  • Children's and Youth Worker, Newport Pagnell Baptist Church 
  • Regional Team Leader, Eastern Baptist Association 


Baptist Peace Fellowship - Annual Conference
Exploring the peace legacy of Martin Luther King and its global message for today is the theme of the joint annual conference of the Baptist Peace Fellowship and URC Peace Fellowship on 29 October at Bloomsbury Baptist Church

Great Commission website
New website from the Evangelical Alliance - the Great Commission will inspire and equip you to be talking about Jesus. Planned launched 26 October.

Join Radio 4 Live from The Well, Retford, Notts, this Sunday as they mark the work of Baptist Thomas Helwys, one of the earliest campaigners for freedom of religious conscience. They will also explore the work of those who advocate for freedom of conscience across the world today.

Disney’s Queen of Katwe
Free official community and educational resources available at, including a short downloadable video about the film, presented by Alicia Keys, in which she comments: 'When women are empowered, the world changes.'

Charity Fraud Awareness Week: 24 - 28 October
The week promotes fraud awareness and encourages everyone working within the charity and not-for-profit sectors to start a conversation about fraud.
For more visit:

From Bangkok to Bristol - Wednesday 2 November
What can we learn about incarnational living?  Urban Life, in conjunction with Bristol Baptist College, presents an afternoon with Ash Barker, founding director of Urban Neighbours of Hope, at Lawrence Weston Baptist Church in Bristol.  Ash will reflect on what he has learned about incarnational missional communities from his time in Bangkok and how this might shape the way we approach mission in our urban contexts.  Click here for more details, and to book your place.
Learning about incarnational living
Official resources for new Disney
New evangelism hub for churches
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