Support Services Update - April 2022
I write this on my last day before taking a break with my family. As usual it’s been a hectic few days trying to finish everything that I need to do (or indeed wanted to do!) before I turn off the computer and try to chill out. It has been a busy start to 2022 with much to celebrate.
Our Annual Review for 2021 is just going to press, in time for Baptist Assembly on 14-15 May. This is always an exciting document to put together because it reminds us of all the great work God is doing through the Baptist family. In fact there was so much to talk about this year that the document ended up 16 pages longer than last year. All Treasurers, Secretaries and Ministers will get a copy in early May with extra copies available to order through our website.
Talking of Assembly, our first in-person gathering for 3 years is approaching rapidly. It’s going to be a wonderful opportunity to come together again as a Baptist family and we’re excited that on Saturday 14 May we will be joined by the BBC Songs of Praise who are filming for an episode that will focus on Baptists. This will be a great opportunity to explain to around 1 million people who tune in each week what it means to be a Baptist Christian. We really want to put on a good show so please do book your tickets. The current discounts expire on Easter Sunday so we encourage you to book now!
One of my final jobs before my holiday has been to agree the layout of our Networking Zone at Assembly. We’ve got over 30 groups and organisations there to engage in conversation about a range of topics from the practical, such as insurance, furniture and utilities, to missional opportunities or exploring a call to Baptist ministry. Among other things you will be able to get a free legal consultation from Anthony Collins, which we expect to be incredibly popular (see below for details).
I’ve not even mentioned the new scheme we’re developing to financially support new Ministers in Training. Watch out for details next month!
Praise God for all that he has done, is doing and will do. I wish you a blessed Easter and pray that you, like me, will have an opportunity to relax and refresh in the coming weeks.
Yours in Christ
Support Services Team Leader
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