Newbury Baptist Church
Save the Date - SCBA AGM & Leaders' Day
Monday 7th November 2022
Save the Date - SCBA Ministers' & Leaders' Conference
Monday 6th - Wednesday 8th February 2023
DoubleTree by Hilton, Cheltenham
Becoming a Health Leader for the Long Haul
Monday 3rd October 2022, 9.30am-12.30pm
Finchampstead Baptist Church Centre, Gorse Ride, Finchampstead, RG40 4ES
A free, in person workshop with Jason Perkins and the Further Faster Network
What do you need to become a healthy leader for the long haul?
Why are so many leaders failing right now? How can you spot the signs that your leadership platform is outgrowing your character? What can you do to develop an inner life that will help you lead a healthy church?
Jason Perkins is on a mission to help you reach your goal without losing your soul.
Leaders are always leading externally from what's going on internally. So the Further Faster Network & Jason will help you to put some time into finding out what's happening underneath. It's the greatest gift you can give your church, your team and your family!
To book your place, please click here.
Sight Loss Sunday
Sunday 16th October 2022
Join in with Sight Loss Sunday on October 16th to help your church become more accessible and inclusive.
Following the success of the first ever Sight Loss Sunday last year, the Torch Trust are excited to repeat it this year with the theme 'Made in God's Image'.
Sight Loss Sunday is an opportunity for churches to put sight loss into focus whether they have someone in their congregation experiencing sight loss or not.
Churches with visually impaired congregation members may want to encourage them to be involved in the service. This can be anything from a bible reading or testimony to spending some time with the Sunday school, leading the worship, or doing a sermon.
Churches with no know members with sight loss may want to use the prayer points, prayers of intercession or interactive prayers.
On the website you will be able to find resources covering anything from hymns and sermons to prayers and children's work. Visit Sight Loss Sunday for more information.
Sam Sharpe Project 10th Anniversary Lecture
The Mathematical Institute, Oxford
Wednesday 19th October 2022, 7pm
The Baptist Union of Great Britain and the Jamaica Baptist Union are committed to walking the ways of God's justice. One demonstration of this joint commitment is The Sam Sharpe Project. Sam Sharpe was hanged in Montego Bay on 23 May 1832 after initiating and leading a revolt for justice. Just before his execution he said: "I would rather die upon yonder gallows, then live in slavery." The revolt and Sharpe's actions played a huge role in British parliamentary deliberations, and ultimately the Slavery Abolition Act in 1833. It is this legacy the Sam Sharpe Project seeks to build upon by promoting his story and exploring his relevance in today's context. The Sam Sharpe Annual Lectures, an idea conceived by Rosemarie Davidson-Gotobed, a Partner of the Sam Sharpe Project, remains its key educational resource.
The lectures have become an important fixture in the calendar of community events marking Black History Month. The best of them have sought to create a community event where scholars, social activists and religious leaders share their vision for a just society.
The 2022 Annual Sam Sharpe Lecture
In partnership with the University of Oxford, the Sam Sharpe Partners warmly invite you to this years' 10th Anniversary Lecture
being delivered in Oxford by Professor Kehinde Andrews - Professor of Black Studies at Birmingham City University.
A reception to which all delegates are invited will be taking place after the lecture at Regent's Park College, Oxford.
There is no charge to attend the lecture but, as the venue has limited space, please register your place here
If you are unable to attend the lecture in Oxford, there is the option of joining online. Please register using the above link and the link to join the lecture will be sent nearer the time.
Introduction To Spiritual Direction Course
October 2022 - June 2023
This course is for anyone who finds themselves accompanying others on their spiritual journey; this may be in a formal capacity as a minister, pastoral assistant or mentor, or perhaps you have noticed that others turn to you as a listening ear. This course is ideal for all those who would like to explore the ministry of spiritual direction whether ordained or lay.
The course aims to:
Explore the relationship of spiritual direction in the light of our own life experience and of the experience of being alongside others.
Develop skills, understanding and resources for accompanying and encouraging personal growth and fulfilment.
Nurture a growing competence and awareness of our own sense of vocation, in relation to the Christian tradition of spiritual direction.
This is a one year programme and is usually offered every other year, one day a week, three 8-week terms from October to June. The cost of the course is £900-£1,100 depending on numbers. Acceptance on the course is subject to reference and interview by members of the course team.
For more information and to download the application form, please go to Spiritual Direction Course.