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National news stories in 2022


The Youthscape 'Satellites' event - a new five-day camp aimed specifically at Christian youth groups - takes place in Peterborough from 9-13 August
The themes of discipleship, suffering and racial justice in the context of the pandemic are explored in a new book by Baptist minister the Revd Dr Israel Olofinjana
Northern Baptist Colleges has announced the appointment of two new part-time tutors
A new survey has revealed how unsafe many LGBT+ Christians feel to be themselves in their regular places of worship
The aim was to give our chaplains a place to connect with each other, be recognised by the wider Baptist movement and reflect on the practical and theological realities of their ministry
The Racial Justice Advocacy Forum (RJAF) has launched a new website that captures all the work taking place in Britain and Ireland to address the issue of Transatlantic slavery-related reparations
Registrations are now open for this year’s Baptist Assembly, which is both our first in-person gathering in three years and our first ever hybrid event
Introducing One2Lead, a personal development and leadership training programme, which equips 16-25 year olds in leadership roles within the church
St Hild College has announced the appointment of the Revd Alex Harris to the newly created role of Director of Baptist Church Planting at the St Hild Centre for Church Planting
Investigations from a number of women in Baptist life form the third phase of Project Violet
Leaders representing the six major faith groups in the UK have written to Boris Johnson urging him to reconsider the Nationality and Borders Bill, in a letter coordinated by the Joint Public Issues Team
The grassroots friendship of growing Baptist churches helping other churches through honest, open conversations with church leadership teams has a series of new dates this year
UK churches - including Baptist churches - are being encouraged to register their support of a UK sponsorship programme for Ukrainian refugees
We are delighted to announce the appointment of Isabella Senior as Young Leaders’ Development Coordinator
The Presidents of CTE and the Fourth Presidency Group made two statements on behalf of the whole of Forum at their meeting 14-16 March 2022
On its 50th anniversary, one of the UK’s largest grant-making charities has changed its name to 'reflect the organisation’s increased charitable scope, impact and giving ethos'
A report from the latest gathering of Baptist Union Council
Baptist Insurance Company has launched a new competition: ‘Tales of Technology’ invites you to share how your place of worship has embraced technology and how this has helped to benefit your church mission, congregation and local community
As the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations fast approach, churches across the country are gearing up to mark the occasion
Church leaders have written to all MPs ahead of Wednesday’s vote on the Nationality and Borders Bill, urging them to use their influence to make changes to the Bill
A national campaign to reflect on and record the contributions of the faith community during the COVID-19 crisis – and to inform and renew our sense of mission – has been launched by Spurgeon’s College
Baptists have discerned that the Revd Tim Presswood will serve as Baptists Together President 2023-24
A loan fund which has been serving Baptists for nearly two centuries has increased the maximum amount churches can borrow
A new study suggests a more balanced perspective towards the relationship between science and religion in younger generations
Are you running a church-led project that's addressing emerging challenges in your community? Do you believe this work could be replicated across the country? If so, Cinnamon Network is inviting you to enter its 2022 Project Incubator Competition
Action, Spirituality and Change was the theme for the keynote speakers at the latest Baptist Theology North (BTN), held this year at New North Road Baptist Church, Huddersfield, our amazing hosts, writes Sally Nelson
Sanctuary Foundation launches free online training to support those welcoming Ukrainians to the UK
Can we, as a Baptist movement, build a bigger table for the sake of the gospel? That was the challenge from new President Hayley Young
Ministers, pastors and preachers who have recently transferred to the fully accredited list, and mission personnel heading overseas this year were recognised and blessed on Saturday night
Baptists have been encouraged to return to their roots and explore what it truly means to abide in Christ. The Sunday morning sermon with Alan Donaldson
There is much to be thankful for across Baptists Together amid significant challenges, General Secretary Lynn Green told the Baptist Assembly during the Baptist Union of Great Britain annual meeting
Connection was the key theme of the youth sessions at the Baptist Assembly
Spurgeon’s College has successfully secured full degree awarding powers from the Office for Students (OfS) following its assessment by the Quality Assurance Agency (QAA)
Children explored themes of community and unity together through the life of Jesus at this year’s Baptist Assembly
The report by Alpha, the Evangelical Alliance, HOPE Together, Luis Palau Association and Kingsgate Community Church shows the state of faith in the UK
Christians are being encouraged to unite as a church across denominations to offer the hope of Jesus for a year of mission starting in September 2023
Linking Lives UK is using Loneliness Awareness Week to highlight ideas on how to address loneliness in the lives of those around us
The Governing Body of Regent’s Park College, Oxford, has announced that Professor Sir Malcolm Evans KCMG OBE is to become its next Principal
A Baptist celebration to mark the retirement of Paul Goodliff took place at Regent's Park College - and culminated in the presentation of a festschrift, a set of essays in his honour
This year Urban Expression celebrates 25 years of mission in the margins, and now has teams across the UK from Cornwall to Glasgow and Belfast to Hull. Stuart Murray-Williams reports on a gathering to mark the anniversary
Are you part of a small church which is planning a small scale building project?
Children's charity Action for Children is encouraging people to sign a letter asking the UK Government to take urgent, targeted action to help the poorest families during the cost of living crisis
The interactive six-week Welcome Course from UKHK aims to help new arrivals find information, friends and support as they settle and integrate into their local churches and communities
Former Baptist Union General Secretary the Revd Jonathan Edwards shared tips to encourage leaders to embrace disability inclusion during an online talk for the charity Through the Roof
Ministries Team Leader Andy Hughes is to leave his role to become the new Secretary and Tenant Relations Manager for the Retired Baptist Ministers Housing Organisation (RBMHO)
A Baptist environment project that helps people encounter God through creation has won additional funding
Current President Hayley Young is donning her walking boots to raise funds for Home Mission, and will be joined by several others passionate about the cause. She explains more
Take part in a 10 minute survey about children's ministry
Faith groups, charities and politicians have called on the government to take urgent action to bridge the cost of living gap faced by the lowest income families, following a report from the Joint Public Issues Team
The leadership team at Fresh Streams has released a statement highlighting points of agreement following the 'engaging and positive' theology school on human sexuality the network hosted in June
The place and impact of Baptists in higher education was discussed at the annual Baptist Scholars International Roundtable (BSIR), which took place in Oxford in August. Sally Nelson was among those invited to present a paper, and explains more
Begun in 2017 as a series of conversations, the Firestarters Network is expanding the ways it can support and help Baptist churches grow through reaching people for Jesus
A reflection and prayer from our General Secretary, Lynn Green
Charities LICC and Bible Society are releasing a poignant hymn of remembrance, assurance, and thanksgiving, featuring world-renowned mezzo-soprano Katherine Jenkins, written by Andy Flannagan with Sam Hargreaves
Baptist churches have responded to the death of the Queen in a variety of ways, including opening their buildings for prayer and reflection, hastily re-organising services and creating plans to screen Monday’s funeral. Here's a snapshot of recent activity
Young Leaders’ Development Coordinator Isabella Senior reports on encouraging developments - including the launch of our new Internship Best Practice Handbook
A campaign to support churches and other community organisations open their doors and provide warm and welcoming spaces this winter will launch on Wednesday (28 September)
Our latest article from Baptist Insurance highlights the winners of its Tales of Technology competition
Notes from a recent Baptist Union Smaller Church online gathering (22 September), which featured representatives from several Associations
Amanda Higgin, in her second year of training as a Baptist minister at Regent's Park College, Oxford, was crowned the winner in the live final of Theology Slam
Professor Paul Fiddes marks a 50 year association with Regent's Park College in October
An update ahead of October's Baptist Union Council meeting
The Revd Dr Stephen Finamore, who leads Bristol Baptist College, has been presented with a Festschrift, a set of essays written in his honour
A conference to equip Baptist ministers and church leaders to build genuinely multi-ethnic churches is taking place in January
General Secretary Lynn Green has joined leaders in The Methodist Church in Britain and the United Reformed Church to call on the Government to reaffirm its commitment to uprate benefits in line with inflation
New film released as UK churches unite in prayer to mark Safeguarding Sunday and ask God’s help in becoming a safer place for all
A new private Facebook group is launched to support communications across Baptists Together. National Communications Manager Mike Lowe explains more
This year's Black History Month sees the release of a comprehensive training course that aims to equip Baptist ministers to develop anti-racism action plans for their local churches
Challenges facing our Union were highlighted at the October 2022 Baptist Union Council, which took place at the Hayes Conference Centre, Swanwick, Derbyshire 12-13 October
Do you feel you have to choose one or the other? Would you like to explore whether the two could go together? If so, you are invited to an event on Saturday 26 November 2022 at New Hope Baptist Church in Coseley
Baptists from as far afield as Dorset and Buckinghamshire made a bee-line for the national Christian Resources Exhibition (CRE), held over three days at Sandown Park, Esher, Surrey, from October 11 to 13
Around 100 Baptist ministers, leaders and volunteers have participated in a series of Firestarter conversations this year - and now more conversations are planned for 2023
Bloomsbury Central Baptist Church has announced the creation of the annual Bloomsbury Essay Prize in Black British History and Christianity
Tim Fergusson introduces a new Baptist video-based training course which explores what discrimination is, the meaning of equality and diversity in secular society, and how this relates to the Bible and our own experience
A new appeal to fundraise for charities and churches providing emergency relief in the face of the cost of living crisis has launched
A report from the National New Housing Summit, which saw around 100 leaders gather at Regents Hall in London to explore reaching every new housing area with God’s love, and hear stories of where this is happening
Hubs enable smaller Baptist churches to meet for training, resourcing and general encouragement. Two have already taken place, with more planned. Hilary Taylor explains more
At least 240 Baptist churches have registered their buildings as warm spaces this winter.
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