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This week sees a poignant reflection on Hillsborough, justice and mercy from Baptist minister and Liverpool fan Phil Jump. Other comment pieces take in how smartphones are changing us; whether Baptists can live in the tension of our differences in relation to human sexuality; and the power of the gospel practice of watchfulness, which will help cultivate and enhance the gift of the prophetic in our lives.

There’s news of the (Baptist) presidency election, an update from Assembly organisers, and a heartwarming story of late-blooming love. There’s reaction to Monday’s Commons’ vote that saw MPs reject an amendment for the UK to take in 3000 unaccompanied refugee children already in Europe, which includes news of an amended amendment and what can be done to support it. Can justice and mercy be shown to these children?

Paul Hobson
Faith and Society Editor/Writer
Disappointment at child refugee vote
Charities and campaigners have reacted with dismay after MPs voted not to take in unaccompanied children stranded in Europe

Dianne Tidball receives Presidency nomination
The Regional Team Leader of the East Midlands Baptist Association (EMBA) has been appointed Vice-President of our Union

The Baptist Assembly – an update
A short article from Baptist Assembly organisers documenting recent developments with the event

Never too late to find love
Both in their 80s and widowed, Ray and Joy did not expect to be married again. Minister Alison Griffiths shares their story

The Baptist church and the bus stop
How the words “Baptist Church” were added to the bus stop in front of our building

Helwys message 'still relevant today'
An event was held marking 400 years of Baptist founder and pioneer of religious freedom Thomas Helwys

Nepal earthquakes: one year on
What is life like in the country now - and what difference has your giving made?

Hillsborough: mercy must accompany justice
Powerful reflection from Liverpool fan and Regional Minister Phil Jump after an inquest concludes the fans who died in the 1989 disaster were unlawfully killed

Your smartphone is changing you
Technology gives – and takes away. What impact is it having, and how can we recalibrate our lives in this new and complex culture?

Human sexuality and identity
As Baptists, can we live in the tension of our differences, bound together in our common love of the Risen Christ?

Putting on the Wakeful One
How can we perceive, with heightened awareness, God’s perspective on the world and other people? In his new book Shaun Lambert reveals the power of the gospel practice of watchfulness, which will help cultivate and enhance the gift of the prophetic in our lives

What do we mean by “sowing seeds”?
Digging deeper into an expression much used by Christians

Beverley Baptist Church, Hull: Fiona Rosario
Carleton Rode Baptist Church, Norfolk: Matt Court, Tim Sale and Lei Zhao Gennaris
Dover Baptist Church, Kent: Glenn Morley and Decerie Quijano
Ebenezer Baptist Church, Abertillery: Zoe Powell, Steve Green, Patrick Jones and Tara Phillips
Haddenham Baptist Church, Haddenham, Ely: Carol Isaacson
High Street Baptist Church, Tring: Reuben Nelson-Cofie
Morton New Day Baptist Church, Lincolnshire: Stephen Smith, Dave Doe
Stalham Baptist Church, Norwich: David Child
West Cliff Baptist Church, Bournemouth: Kevin & Trish Lait

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Very pleased to let you know that David Child was baptised on Easter Sunday, writes Geoff Reynolds of Stalham Baptist Church (Norwich). He shared an inspiring and amusing testimony with us and had many members of his family and friends present.


National Safeguarding Support Worker, Baptist Union of Great Britain
Pathways Manager + Church Administrator, Pathways Centre, Hinckley Baptist Church
Political Adviser and Team Coordinator, Joint Public Issues Team
Regional Ministers, South Wales Baptist Association

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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.

Hope in Higher Education forum, 4 May
Releasing the potential of the Free Churches to work with universities, students and communities. Keynote speaker Professor Les Ebdon
Bloomsbury Central Baptist Church
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