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There’s quite an evangelism focus this week. Our latest Baptists Together magazine, which explores everyday evangelism, has been hitting doorsteps, and we carry a couple of the pieces here: Glen Marshall explains how evangelism is getting on with life in such a way that people have a chance to discover Jesus for themselves, while Lynn Green reminds us that our calling from Christ to go and make disciples must begin and continue in prayer… in the knowledge that God often works through you and me.

Elsewhere the 40 Days of Good News initiative has begun, while Gavin Calver, director of mission at the Evangelical Alliance, writes about why it’s time to build on the church’s amazing social engagement and strengthen its muscles for evangelism.

Naturally baptism follows: it’s the first Round-up since Easter, and we have a bumper crop to report. Thanks to everybody who has been in touch, and I hope you all find encouragement in the baptism stories shared below.

Paul Hobson
Faith and Society Editor/Writer

'A moving act of faith and witness'
A Hebden Bridge Baptist church flooded over Christmas rolled back the years to hold a baptism in its garden on Easter Sunday

Churches switch to clean energy
More than 400 UK churches are planning to switch to renewable energy providers

'We can achieve so much together'
A small fellowship in Birkenhead shares the Easter message with 200 pupils after asking for help

'Nothing good comes out of Wythenshawe?'
The estate of his placement church has undeniable problems... but God is passionately involved, writes a Baptist minister-in-training

The Servant Queen; the King she serves
The Queen turns 90 in 2016, and a new book which chronicles her faith could be a great catalyst for conversation

Ebola: the role of faith leaders
Faith leaders played a key role in tackling the Ebola crisis, as this new film from Christian Aid shows


Some Good News About Goodnewsing
Evangelism is getting on with life in such a way that people have a chance to discover Jesus for themselves, writes Glen Marshall

Confidence in the gospel
Our calling from Christ to go and make disciples must begin and continue in prayer, writes Lynn Green... in the knowledge that God often works through you and me

Equipping the Church to share the gospel
It’s time to build on the church’s amazing social engagement and strengthen its muscles for evangelism, writes Gavin Calver

A call to pray for the steel industry
The potential closure of the Port Talbot steelworks has far reaching consequences for all involved: a former Baptist industrial chaplain highlights what's at stake, and ways we can pray into the situation

I nearly died laughing
Is there a specifically Christian view of laughter

‘Really life-enhancing’
As Jenni Entrican nears the end of her presidential year, she's been reflecting on the nuggets imparted by her 18 Daring Greatly bloggers

Aylestone Baptist Church, Leicester: Helena Barratt, Steve Atkinson, Ann Buxton, Jan Anderson
Ashurst Drive Baptist Church, Ilford Essex: Dianne Holder
Bishop's Stortford Baptist Church, Herts: Emma Meaden, Aastha Singh
Blaby Baptist Church, Leicestershire: Nev Taylor and Elaine Parsons
Cemetery Road Baptist Church, Sheffield: Mehrdad,Vahid, Mohsen, Siamand, Mostafa, Mina, and Marzie
Cherry Hinton Baptist Church, Cambridge: Fay Elbourn
Combe Martin Baptist Church, North Devon: Jaycee Lorrimer, Harriet Holmes, Nigel Bower, Oliver Bower, Toby Bower, Jack Bower
Cottingham Road Baptist Church, Hull: Pat De Santos
Dagenham Baptist Church, Essex: Hannah Chesney
Dedworth Green Baptist Church, Windsor: Hannah
Gilgal Baptist Church, Porthcawl: Beryl Smith and Julia Morris
Griffithstown Baptist Church, Pontypool, Torfaen: Kath Howells and Pauline Kelsey
Haddenham Baptist Church, Cambridgeshire: Carol Isaacson
Holmer Green Baptist Church, High Wycombe: Mathew Torbati
Hook Norton Baptist Church, Oxfordshire: Matt Duval
Hope Baptist Church, Hebden Bridge: Terry Ward and Roz Goodwin
Laindon Baptist Church, London: John Perry;Sonia Perry and Karen Sage
Limbrick Wood Baptist Church, Coventry: Chloe Darboe
London Road Baptist Church, Lowestoft, Suffolk: Martha Evans, Jeine Santos
Long Buckby & Brington Baptist Church, Northamptonshire: Sarah Collins
Longfleet Baptist Church, Dorset: Nicola Cornes
Moriah Baptist Church, Risca: Vivienne Coughlin and June Iles
Newport Pagnell Baptist Church, Bucks:  Tricia Espey and her granddaughter, Jade Espey
Preston Grange Community Church, Tyne & Wear: Craig Barrass
Ross Baptist Church, Herefordshire: Tammy Price and Tina Jones
Rye Baptist Church, East Sussex: Betty Masters
Salisbury Baptist Church, Wiltshire: Emma Vaughan
Spalding Baptist Church, Lincolnshire: Hannah Ruddle, Jacques Klompas and John Willett
St Andrews Baptist Church, Bletchley: Malcolm Ashurst
South Woodham Evangelical Church, Essex: Mick Fieldhouse
St Anne’s, Northumberland (see below): Toni Brewer and Joyce Bartlett, Sue Maskell and Annie Clacey
Tabernacle Baptist Church, Penarth: Heather Bliss  and Elspeth Robertson
Teddington Baptist Church, London: Helena King, Jessica Darvill
Underhill Baptist Church, Barnet: Richard Batchelor
Upminster Baptist Church, Essex: John Connor, Andrew Stapleton, Victoria Kuponiyi
Upton Vale Baptist Church, Torquay: Joyce Nie, Sophia Nie, Steve Phillips, Samuel Dean & Matt Redmond
Wealdstone Baptist Church, London: Joshua Gorde, Andrew Hill and Diane Hosten
Zion Baptist Church, Notts: David Becket, Margaret Sankey, Robert Quincey, Kath Kellet, John Kellet, Allison Baker and Dennis Cheetham

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Baptism stories
On Palm Sunday evening Hannah was baptised at Dedworth Green Baptist Church in Windsor, writes church secretary Carol Edwards. Hannah has grown up within the church having first come when just a few months old following her family’s move to Windsor. In her testimony Hannah shared as to how she committed her life to Christ two years ago at New Wine but now felt it was the right time to be baptised. Hannah plays an active part within the church playing her cello as part of the music group, is an active member of the Zoned Out Youth Group and is also part Y@S (a youth group which is run by Slough Baptist Church for their young people and others from the local area). The church was packed for the service with many of Hannah’s  friends, family and teachers joining the congregation.

The Revd Philip Young writes: Easter Sunday celebrations fully complete with six believers baptisms in Combe Martin Baptist Church North Devon. To have so many at one time for a small village church fellowship is a first in living memory. Also on the 165th church anniversary we celebrated the wedding of Richard Leat and Mandy McMillan.

Good news from Haddenham Baptist Church near Ely in Cambridgeshire - our first baptism this year, writes Church Secretary Paul Shepherd. Senior citizen Carol Isaacson was baptised on Sunday 10 April and was well supported by her family and friends. Rev. Jim Mullin led the service and about 40 people enjoyed a sumptuous 'bring and share' lunch afterwards

St Anne’s Northumberland: The service was an ecumenical one at which Toni Brewer and Joyce Bartlett were baptised.  Having witnessed this, two Methodists who were present also came forward, shared their testimonies and were baptised – Sue Maskell and Annie Clacey. A memorable evening!

FAIRWEATHER TALL, the Revd John (82) died peacefully on 6 April. Faithful servant of God, much loved husband and father of Christine, Andrew, Mark and Stephen

In Memoriam
Treasured memories of our dearest Dad & Grandad, Rev Garwood S Tydeman who died on 4th April, 2001. Always in our thoughts. Love from all his family.
'Great was his faithfulness'


Regional Ministers, South Wales Baptist Association
Mission Enabler, Telford Christians Together and Churches Together in Shropshire

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Flames of Prayer
Lynn Green is encouraging all our Baptist churches to join together in creating a Beacon of Prayer – sharing the ways in which God is at work in and through our churches and communities.  She would like church leaders to download and print a flame template (if possible on yellow or orange paper), and then write down where you see God at work in and through your church/community.  Bring it with you to this year’s Baptist Assembly in Oxford on 14 May, or send it to the Assembly office by 29 April.  Full details are on the Baptists Together website.

Every Tribe, Nation and Language: Growing Multi-ethnic Churches
A day conference for church leaders seeking to integrate people from different ethnic backgrounds into the life and mission of their church. A collaboration between Birmingham Churches Together, the Queen's Foundation and the Centre for Missionaries from the Majority World
2 July at the Queen’s Foundation, Birmingham.




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