The Baptist Times News Round Up
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Welcome to the Baptist Times News Round-up, which features recent stories and opinion pieces from the Baptists Together website, as well as baptism news, death notices, reviews, events and resources.  

This edition features tributes to a Baptist historian and former Principal of Regent's Park College, a snapshot of the recent Catalyst Live events, continuing reflections on this year's election results, plus much more. 

With all good wishes,
Paul Hobson
Faith and Society Editor/Writer


 Tributes to leading Baptist historian
Autumn statement church call
Neville Callam to retire in 2017
Tributes to leading Baptist historian
Tributes have been paid to Baptist historian and former Principal of Regent’s Park College, the Revd Dr Barrington (Barrie) White, who has died, aged 82

'Protect the most vulnerable’
Ahead of the Autumn Statement on Wednesday, the Joint Public Issues Team calls for assurances from the Government

Neville Callam to retire
Neville Callam – the first Black general secretary of the Baptist World Alliance (BWA) – has given notice of his intention to retire on December 31, 2017

Parish nursing continues to grow
Thirteen more nurses prepare to work with their churches, extra training courses have been organised and a Grove booklet produced

Walking Together, Stepping Out
Encouraging report from an Association day to nurture relationships between Home Mission supported churches and pioneers

Restoring the lives of trafficked women
There are more slaves in 2016 than ever before in history - and a Devon charity is working with victims to ensure they can live an independent life again

First UK Pentecostal symposium
Hundreds are set to mark Pentecostal presence in Britain in the first ever national Pentecostal symposium and celebration

Catalyst Live: how then shall we live?
Technology, migration, peace-making, creativity and church decline were just some of the topics explored at Catalyst Live 2016


Dealing with post election anger
Don't tell me as a Christian I can't be angry, and just to pray. I can do both.

The Dawning of a Dark Age    
We are living through turbulent times - and I fear the next few years will be darker still

Walking the Fragile Path Between Life and Death
How a Baptist church member faced a life threatening condition - just as she was writing a novel about one  

The New Ecumenism?
Ecumenism is extending its long-established commitment to church unity with an increasing emphasis on the wholeness of living

'May God help us to be beacons of hope'
Scriptures for reflection and prayer from the Fellowship of Baptists in Britain and Ireland in light of the challenging global situation

Calais, and why planning matters
The chaos when the Calais camp was dismantled is down to a lack of planning on the part of both British and French governments

The Bible from Scratch by Simon Jenkins; Redeeming Gender by Adrian Thatcher, Arab Evangelicals in Israel By Azar Ajaj, Duane Miller & Philip Sumpter. Film: Free State of Jones

Baptisms and other notices

Alvechurch Baptist Church, Worcestershire: Mary Lim
Blaby Baptist Church, Blaby, Leicestershire: Kate Thurlow
Dewsbury Baptist Church, Yorkshire: Pat Stogdale
East Barnet Baptist Church, London: Amanda Yu and Jocelyn Karikari Mensah
Moriah Baptist Church, Risca, Newport: Sian Colbourne and Alan Royle
Rayners Lane Baptist Church, Middlesex: Louise Ogundere, Steven Muiyuro, Catherine Muiyuro, Fenoj Leslie
Zion Baptist Church in Forge-Side, Blaenavon, Gwent: Christine Walters and Angela Dash

Baptism stories
On Sunday 6 November we had a joyous occasion of the baptism of Pat Stogdale. She was baptised on her birthday and she was received into membership at Dewsbury Baptist Church. We had a buffet lunch after the service and friends and family were warmly welcomed to a lovely uplifting time. We warmly welcomed Pat into our worshipping community.

Mary Lim was baptised at Alvechurch Baptist Church on 20 November by minister the Revd Fiona Lee. Mary's husband and daughter and many other family members and friends were present for the occasion. Later in the service, Mary was accepted into Membership at the church.

Sian Colbourne  and Alan Royle were baptised by Pastor the Revd Marc Owen (Moriah Baptist Church) last Sunday morning 13 November. We are all so thrilled about this.

We were greatly encouraged on 16 October 2016 morning service at East Barnet Baptist Church, where Amanda Yu and Jocelyn Karikari Mensah were baptised. We were really blessed as the two shared their touching testimonies on how God touched and changed their lives.

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PARKINSON (nee Fleming) Catherine Nora: 1919-2016

Nora Parkinson passed away peacefully at Southport Hospital on 2 November 2016 aged 97 years. The daughter of Peter Fleming, a Baptist Minister in Edinburgh. In 1942 Nora married Rev Kenneth Parkinson who was then a chaplain in the RAF and in 1947 they were called to minister at Christ Church Baptist, Welwyn Garden City, where they remained until 1963.

Nora continued to live and work in Welwyn Garden City following her husband's death in 1965. She was well known in Baptist and Ecumenical circles as well as the wider community. Her memory was phenomenal and she had a knack of finding a point of connection to everyone she met.

Nora remained in Welwyn Garden City until moving to live with her daughter & son-in-law in Lancashire a year ago. She sadly lost her eldest son Ian in August, but is survived by her son David and her daughter Kathleen, 6 grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren. A family funeral is being held on 24 November in Lancashire. The plan is to hold a memorial service in WGC next year.

WHITE, The Revd Dr Barrington Raymond: 1934-2016
Barrie White, Principal of Regent’s Park College, Oxford 1972-1989, Church history tutor at Regent’s 1963-1972, and Minister of Andover Baptist Church 1959-63, died on 12 November 2016, aged 82.

He was a significant figure in the Baptist Union, including the early years of Mainstream, and was deeply trusted and respected in progressive Baptist circles in North America. Throughout his time at Regent’s, and particularly as Principal, the community of the college, the nurturing and encouragement of its members and its connections to the wider community of the Baptist denomination was at the heart of his vision and his joy.

A thanksgiving service for Barrie's life will be held at New Road Baptist Church, Oxford, at 12 noon on 28 November 2016.

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Green Communion - 5 February
To mark the first birthday of A Rocha’s Eco Church award scheme, churches across England and Wales are being invited to hold a ‘Green Communion’ as part of their worship services on Sunday 5th February, 2017.
Churches are asked to use a green communion cloth or frontal on the communion table/altar. A Green Communion Liturgy has also been prepared.
For full details visit:

Pop-up nativity
Want a fun and easy Nativity at your church this Christmas, with no rehearsals needed? Bible Society has produced a free Nativity script, accompanied by other free resources.

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

Social media guidelines
Baptists Together have published social media guidelines to help churches safely navigate social media
Green Communion resources
Pop-up nativity - Bible Society
New evangelism hub for churches
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