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National news stories in 2021

 

Want to keep in touch with a loved one in a care home without further burdening the overworked staff there? Tina English of Embracing Age shares a new development
Baptist church member Krish Kandiah has been given an exciting opportunity to improve the adoption system after being appointed as the new chair of the Adoption and Special Guardianship Leadership Board (ASGLB)
Several Baptist church buildings have become vaccination centres as the national programme accelerates
A report from the annual Fresh Streams conference, which was an online gathering this year called Back to the Future. By Doug Waller
A new resource that seeks to help people meet God as they walk the path of grief has been launched by The Message Trust
The Give Hope campaign encourages Christians to facilitate 'clear and kind conversations with some who may be reticent about taking the vaccine'
Christians Against Poverty (CAP) founder John Kirkby has announced he will be stepping back from his role, 25 years after he founded the organisation
The Esther Collective Podcast is a community of 18-30s women exploring the issues young women face with honesty, hope and a sense of humour
A new initiative to help churches play their part in welcoming people from Hong Kong has launched
The Friends of the Angus Library is sponsoring a special series of online seminars that will share the stories of Baptist women, as well as giving tips on how to write the history of a church and trace the stories of our Baptist ancestors
Christians are gaining hope and confidence during the pandemic through reading the Bible, a survey finds
British Baptists have joined Baptists across the world in campaigning for equitable global access to Covid-19 vaccinations
The official launch of a book charting the denominational reforms of the 1990s drew an audience of 80 participants to reflect on a key period of Baptist life and ask important questions about how Baptists do theology today
A new survey seeks to find out people's thoughts as they look forward to a post-pandemic future for their denomination - and Baptists are encouraged to participate
A statement opposing the expansion of the UK's nuclear weapons stockpile has been issued featuring signatories from seven denominations
The Evangelical Alliance (EA) has published a new resource that focuses on young adults in our churches
Amid a continuing rise in food banks, the Trussell Trust says the provision of emergency food should not become part of the fabric of society
Pioneering and divestment were a key focus at the latest Baptist Union Council
The Revd Hayley Young has been elected President of our Baptist Union 2022-23
Baptist ministers Beth Allison-Glenny and David Mayne chat with some of the people who make them glad to be part of the Baptist movement
Church leaders from Britain and Ireland will call for justice at a national service marking the first anniversary of the killing of George Floyd on 25 May 2021
A response to the Government's recent report on race relations in the UK has been issued by the Racial Justice Advocacy Forum
A new book that aims to equip Baptist ministers to preach in an intercultural congregation has been published
A competition to help build the capacity of churches to support adults and young people back into employment has launched
University students have had a hugely disrupted year. Joni Roberts and Josh Edah give an insight into their experiences in the pandemic.
Colin Richards, Christians Against Poverty Debt Centre manager at Kirkintilloch Baptist Church, East Dunbartonshire, shares his experiences of the pandemic so far – and outlines what may be ahead.
Parish nurses walk alongside those who are struggling in the communities they serve. How has the pandemic impacted their ministry, and what needs do they perceive as we move forward?
Incoming President Geoff Colmer introduces the presidential theme for 2021-2022
The Baptist Deliverance Study Group is expressing its concern that some people are turning to spiritualism in the belief they can make contact with their departed and so find the closure they so desperately need
Baptist Building CIO (BBCIO) has recently taken over the functions of the Baptist Building Fund (BBF) - and has a new administrator
The Joint Public Issues Team has joined more than 80 faith groups and faith leaders in asking the Home Office to embed principles of compassion and respect for human dignity in its New Plan for Immigration (NPFI)
Shane Claiborne invited Baptists 'to make a fresh commitment to lean into the suffering of the world' in his address on Friday night
New President Geoff Colmer encouraged Baptist churches to be attentive to God and not rush back to what they have always done
The AGM featured a reflection from Lynn Green, the Presidential handover, a finance update and three resolutions
What does it look like to live out the Gospel in our neighbourhood? That was the challenge from Shane Claiborne during the Sunday morning session at the Baptist Assembly
BMS World Mission will have an increased focused on refugees as part of its new five year strategy
The Institute for Children, Youth and Mission – CYM – is relaunching as an independent college focused on supporting ministry and mission for children, young people and families
The Centre for Baptist Studies, Regent’s Park College, Oxford is pleased to announce Project Violet, a three-year participatory research project that will examine the place of women in Baptist ministry
There are likely to be informal carers in your church communities. Tina English of the charity Embracing Age highlights an initiative designed to support them
Spring Harvest has announced that after a two-year break from meeting together, it is now planning to return to Butlin’s resorts in 2022
A coalition of national Christian charities which has been in operation for six years is encouraging churches and individual Christians to engage in Loneliness Awareness Week
A new focus on promoting and facilitating internships for young adults in Baptist life is gathering pace
Spurgeon’s College has announced new degree courses as it responds to the educational needs of the Borough of Croydon
Baptists have paid tribute to the Revd Dr Joel Edwards, the former General Director of the Evangelical Alliance, who has died
Clare Hooper on the importance of continuing to discover what it means to share the good news and to be good news to the children, families and young people in our communities, and how the college can help
General Secretary Lynn Green has joined leaders in the Methodist Church and United Reformed Church to express dismay at the government's ‘heartless’ move to reduce the UK’s commitment to international aid
Sharon Shek has been appointed Baptists Together Hong Kong Response Co-ordinator
A number of Baptist writing projects have been published in 2021, with more to come before the year is done, writes Andy Goodliff
A coalition of Christian churches and charities has called on churches to hold a ‘Climate Sunday’ and commit to effective action themselves before COP 26, the critical climate summit in November
A new wellbeing resource built on spirituality and positive psychology will help young people to live life well
The Baptist minister, historian and theologian has been presented with a set of essays to honour the contribution she has made to Baptist life
The Angus Library and Archive is delighted to announce that the digitised records of Cripplegate Baptist Church and Hexham and Hamsterley Baptist Church are now available to view online
The Disability Justice Group of the Baptist Union is developing resources to help Christians and churches explore and talk about disability, church and faith
More than 70 youngsters from the local community enjoyed a competitive and fun afternoon of football at the Preventing Knife Crime (PKC) Academy’s summer football tournament
Forty Christian denominations and charities from across the UK came together for a special service marking ‘Climate Sunday’ at Glasgow Cathedral - close to where the COP26 climate summit will take place in two months’ time.
DNA, a national discipleship programme, is urgently seeking to partner with two Baptist churches to host trainees from Cameroon
Baptist Building CIO would like to announce its latest round of Empowering Change Fund grants with a deadline of 30 November 2021
Sarah Eberle’s Psalm 23 Garden at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show is set to spearhead a campaign to see the creation of community gardens around the country as we emerge from the pandemic
On 29 October 1961, Martin Luther King Jr preached in the UK for the first time, at Bloomsbury Central Baptist Church. Now 60 years on, the church is hosting an event to explore the ongoing significance of his message for the UK.
Introducing the new Baptists Together Children, Young People and Families podcast
Sight Loss Sunday on 17 October is encouraging churches to become more aware of the needs of blind and partially sighted people in their communities
Black History Month 2021 sees the launch of a series of webinars dedicated to British engagement with reparations for descendants of enslaved and colonised African peoples.
UK faith leaders have called on governments to take urgent action to avert damage threatened by climate change, ahead of the crucial climate summit
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