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Tuesday 19th October 2021



If you or your church is looking to run a Renew wellbeing space for children or young people; or if you work with children or young people around emotional literacy, well-being, anger management and would appreciate a space to hear from those involved in this ministry and also a chance to chat with others that are doing something similar (sharing tools, techniques, resources and support) then please do get in touch so I can send you the link to join in the conversation.
To book your free place, please email: Clare

SCBA AGM & Leader's DayAGM Clipart
Monday 8th November 2021

Andover Baptist Church

We would like to warmly invite you and your fellow leaders to our SCBA Leaders' & Ministers' Day on Monday 8th November.

We are delighted that Revd Stephen Gaukroger, Founder of Clarion Trust International - "Equipping the church to lead, speak and act in ways that bring hope and wholeness to the lives of individuals, communities and nations," will be joining us as our keynote speaker.

The whole day is scheduled to run from 10.30am to 3.30pm and as part of the day there will be a short Annual General Meeting for Southern Counties Baptist Association.  The papers, and details of the Association Day, including the AGM agenda and 2020 AGM minutes, will be circulated shortly.


SCBA Ministers' & Leaders' Conference 2022Save the Date
Monday 7th - Wednesday 9th February 2022

DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel, Cheltenham

The team and trustees are really excited about returning to our Ministers' and Leaders' Conference in person next year.

We hope that you will be able to join us to enjoy spending some time together, being refreshed in God's presence and receiving from Him, and relaxing in the comfortable facilities of a lovely hotel and spa.

As with previous years we anticipate that we will be offering additional sessions on the Monday for those in Chaplaincy and Sector Ministry, our Newly Accredited Ministers, and Children's Youth and Families Workers/Ministers

Further information will be distributed later in the year, but please save the date!


Other Events
Christians in the Created World: Creation CourseCreation Course

Churches Together in Boscombe are offering a course called "Christians in the Created World" starting on Thursday 23rd September 2021.

At present the church's message about creation - the world in which we live - is mostly that we, humankind, have to care for it.  That's true!  Genesis tells us that "the Lord God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it."

So, we have to both work and take care of the created world.  We do that both for the sake of non-human creation and for other people's sake.  If we damage non-human creation we do harm to other people, and 'love does no harm to a neighbour'.

When and how?
  • 10 lessons
  • Online, by video conference
  • One hour per week
  • The teaching part of the lesson is about 40 minutes long and is followed by about 20 minutes of discussion
  • Lesson material is provided
  • For the next courses there will be two groups
  • Group 1 will be led by Mark Davison and Simon Bartlett.  It will meet on Thursdays at 7pm, starting on Thursday 23rd September and finishing on Thursday 2nd December, with no lesson on Thursday 28th October, which is in the half-term week.
  • Group 2 will be led by John Phipps and Priscilla Bartlett.  It will meet on Mondays at 7pm, starting on Monday 27th September and finishing on Monday 6th December, with no lesson on Monday 25th October, which is in the half-term week.
  • There will be a physical certificate at the end (posted to you) for those who attend 8 out of the 10 lessons.
For more information and how to book, please go to:

To read an article written about the course for Baptists Together, please go to:


Sharon Tedford ConcertsSharon Tedford

Sharon Tedford is a Christian singer, songwriter , and author, now based in Dallas, Texas, but who was born and grew up in Weymouth.  

Sharon is appearing at the following SCBA churches during her 2021 UK concert tour:
Dorchester Baptist Church - Sunday 3rd October, 7pm -
Shirley Baptist Church - Sunday 10th October, 7.30pm -

At the concert, Sharon will sing original songs from her album 'Stand', as well as new material, and reveal the inspiration for each song as described in the accompanying book, also called 'Stand'.

Sharon's style is contemporary Christian with jazz and blues undertones.  It has been described as "melodically warm", "lyrically interesting" and "compelling".

Each church has a 'welcome and taster' video of Sharon, and one of her latest songs, on their website and you can see this here.

Please go to the Dorchester Baptist Church or Shirley Baptist Church websites to find out more. 

Thrive Online Conference
8th - 9th October 2021Thrive Online Conference

Thrive is holding an online conference on October 8th and 9th of this years for all ministers' spouses.

The theme of this, our first online conference, is "New Life" and our main speaker will be Chris Duffet, artist and evangelist.  As well as bringing teaching to us, Chris will be painting throughout the conference and leading a workshop for us on Saturday afternoon.  There will be a number of other speakers over the weekend bringing us a variety of workshop and teaching, so it promises to be an invigorating time which will include the opportunity to meet up (online) with those who we may have lost touch with over the past two years and to get to know a few new friends.

For more information, please email:

More information about Thrive can be found at:

1Life1Voice - Stop Modern Slavery1Life1Voice

15th - 25th October 2021

The project and why?
40 million people are estimated to be trapped in modern slavery worldwide:
  • 1 in 4 of them are children
  • Almost three quarters (71%) are women and girls
  • Over 10,000 were identified as potential victims by the authorities in the UK in 2019.
There is a significant problem with County Lines across Dorset and Wiltshire.  Something must change.

How you can get involved
  • Use the various resources to explore County Lines and other forms of modern slavery to raise awareness of the dangers with your family and friends.
  • Know who to contact if a crime is being committed.
  • Visit the Young People's Art Exhibition in the cloister area of Salisbury Cathedral.
  • Attend some of the virtual guest sessions (please see below).
  • Form community action groups with your local school staff and governors, the PTFA, church community, youth groups, local business, foodbanks and other organisations.
Guest speakers
Sunday 17th October, 5.30-6.30pm - Shane Tyler (Group Compliance Director, Fresca Group) - the session will further raise awareness of the increasing risks in society and explain how the exploitation model happens in practice.  Shane will share his personal stories and what is happening in the labour market.  Delegates will then have the chance to understand the signs and how to deal with challenges.  Shane will help to 'open eyes' and debunk some of the myths, he will also give practical and effective tips of what people can do.  The main aim of the session is to enable delegates to realise what they can see and what they can do.  There will be time to support, answer or redirect any questions.
Monday 18th October, 2-4pm - Detective Chief Inspector Phil Walker (Wiltshire Police) - Phil will be talking about the signs and indicators of Slavery and Trafficking, how to spot them and how we can work together to support victims and tackle perpetrators.  Phil will also provide an oversight of the current threat of slavery and trafficking in Wiltshire and how Wiltshire Police are set up to tackle this.
Wednesday 20th October, 11am-12pm - Caroline Virgo, Bishop Alastair, Rosemary Stiven - The panel will be talking about the bigger picture of modern slavery, the work of The Clewer Initiative and how to get involved in local projects and the importance of this.  This sessions will include The Mothers' Union role in raising awareness of modern slavery in the community.

Please click here to access further information and to access the talks.