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Networking Zone 2022

The Networking Zone at this year’s Baptist Assembly promises to be bigger and more interactive than ever before.  Situated in the Windsor Hall, surrounded by the catering facilities, the Networking Zone will be a space that delegates will enjoy spending time in, looking around all the stands and learning more about the organisations present.

The Networking Zone will be open all day on Saturday 14 May from 08:30 until 19:30 and on Sunday 15 May from 09:30 until 12:45.

Could your Organisation or group benefit from being part of the Networking Zone?

The Networking Zone will be an excellent opportunity for you to promote what your organisation/group does.  If you would like to know more about how to make use of this excellent opportunity, please select which type of organisation/group you are.

We do not have unlimited space so please send us your Application Form as soon as possible.  Click here for our full terms and conditions document.

Closing date for applications is 8 April 2022.
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Networking Zone

We are delighted to be welcoming the following organisations and partners who will be part of the Networking Zone at this year's Assembly. Come and meet them in the Windsor Hall at the Bournemouth International Centre throughout the weekend.
Affirm Affirm Affirm is a network of Baptists working together for LGBTQ+ inclusion in our Churches, Colleges and Associations. We aim to support LGBTQ+ ministers & church leaders and encourage open & healthy discussions about LGBTQ+ inclusion across Baptists Together.
AgapeUK Agape UK Agapé UK is working with churches across the UK, supporting leaders as they inspire, encourage and enable their members to grow in confidence to talk about their faith in Jesus.  Agapé UK has recently launched the Living & Telling course, to widespread acclaim, and we will be presenting this at Assembly 2022.    
AnthonyCollins Anthony Collins Solicitors We are proud to partner with the Baptist Union family and advise BUGB, member churches and colleges on the full range of legal issues including governance matters, charity law obligations, employment law, property issues and data protection. Do come and chat to our lawyers at our stand or legal surgery. Click here to book an appointment for a free 20 minute consultation
BaptistsTogether Baptist Colleges Baptist Colleges prepare women and men for pastoral and missional leadership: they train the next generation of accredited Baptist ministers and pioneers; they enable those wishing to specialise in chaplaincy, evangelism, counselling, pastoral supervision and children’s, youth and families; they provide a broad range of courses to enhance the skills of local church leaders; and they facilitate theological learning at every level from beginners’ studies to doctorates.
Holiday Baptist Holiday Apartments The Baptist Holiday Apartments operates eight self-catering, modernised holiday apartments on Minehead Seafront in West Somerset. We offer our guests a great value home-from-home from which to enjoy Minehead and the fantastic delights of Exmoor. Previously known as the Baptist Holiday Fellowship, we have been serving the denomination since 1912.
BaptistInsurance Baptist Insurance Company We've  provided specialist insurance solutions for Baptist churches and communities since 1905. Our long standing history means we understand the needs of your church and the growing challenges you face – that’s why we offer church insurance cover specifically designed around you. We also provide risk management advice for churches, and home insurance for Baptists Ministers, church volunteers and church members. Visit our website for more information.
BaptistsTogether Baptist Interfaith Group The Inter Faith Working Group exists to inspire, energise and provide resources to enable people to develop positive relationships with those of other faiths, and to reflect theologically. We therefore engage in inter faith dialogue on behalf of Baptists Together, give responses to relevant global and national events, and provide training and resources on inter faith relations and dialogue.
BMF Baptist Ministers' Fellowship The Baptist Ministers' Fellowship (BMF) exists for the global wellbeing of ministers and is proudly 'by ministers and for ministers'. We publish the bmj, run an annual essay prize, and will be launching a lecture in 2023.
MinistersFacebook Baptist Ministers in the UK Facebook Group Baptist Ministers in the UK is a Facebook-based group for nationally accredited ministers in local ministry, Ministers in Training and chaplains. It is a safe space to meet other ministers,  share ideas, ask for help or support, and share the journey of ministry with others who understand.
BaptistsTogether Baptists Together Pioneering & Planting Networks Calling all Baptists involved in pioneering, church planting, fresh expressions or revitalisation of churches. This is a point to connect across our family for all involved in exploring, experimenting or expanding the kingdom through our local Baptist churches, missional communities, new church plants or the thousand other ways God is at work.
BMS BMS World Mission Don’t miss the chance to come and meet BMS World Mission staff, including our Head of Fundraising, Head of Communications and senior members of the World Mission team. As well as taking the chance to take on our interactive geo-location machine, pick up your copies of the latest Engage and Mission Catalyst and find out about our latest appeals.
BUEN BUEN Photo Exhibit BUEN - the Baptist Union Environment Network - aims to inspire the Baptist Together family to engage more deeply and widely with the climate and environmental crisis,  Through our national and local association Hubs, our activities stimulate theological thinking and practical action enabling discipleship that shares in God's mission to care for creation.
CYF Children Youth & Families Round Table The CYF (Children, Young people, Families) Round Table has representatives from around our Baptist family. We look at how we can be a part of nurturing faith - inviting conversation, offering support, giving and receiving encouragement, networking, sign-posting of resources and making a place for theological reflectionfrom a CYF perspective.
FullersFinerFurniture Fullers Finer Furniture Fullers Finer Furniture specialises in furniture for churches and other places of worship. Our dedicated team provide a personal, comprehensive, and high-quality service with the aim of ensuring each item that leaves our workshop is a unique piece of beauty and practicality, custom built, to meet the client’s needs now and well into the future.
GoodNews Good News Evangelistic Newspaper Good News is the UK's most popular monthly evangelistic newspaper – a high-quality outreach aid used by churches, missions and individuals across the nation to share the Gospel in their communities. And at only 20p a copy (plus p&p), it's great value!
GWD GWD Donation Station GWD helps socially-minded organisations transition to digital systems, to build stronger relationships through impactful products and services. The Donation Station by GWD is an integral part of fundraising for faith groups, charities and socially-minded organisations, using interactive storytelling and intuitive design to enhance the donor experience and create a lasting impression.
BaptistsTogether Hayley Young, Baptist Union President What does building a bigger table look like for you?  Come and join me in exploring what this might be like in your context. I would be honoured to hear your story and see how we can walk together to create a space where communities are transformed by the hospital nature of Jesus. 
HolyFamilyChurch Holy Family Church LEP, Blackbird Leys Holy Family Church, Blackbird Leys, Oxford is a unique Local Ecumenical Partnership of five denominations, comprising Church of England, Baptist, Methodist, Moravian and United Reformed Church members. Our building - an icon in its time - has collapsed and has been condemned. We aim to demolish and rebuild, with worship space, residential, business starter units, a café and community hall.
iSingPop IsingPop iSingPOP is a singing, performing, and resourcing project that helps children and families engage in worship at school, church, and home. www.isingpop.org
The Worship Zone - worship resources for churches of all sizes.  www.theworshipzone.com
JPIT Joint Public Issues Team (JPIT) To share the work of the Joint Public Issues Team, including promoting resources for churches and individuals, and signposting people to where they can get involved with campaigning and advocacy work around peace and justice issues. To provide a place to ask questions after BU JPIT team members have presented from the main stage.
KeithJones Keith Jones Christian Book shop Keith Jones Bookshop is one of the largest Christian Bookshops in the UK and we have been supplying books, Bibles, CDs, DVDs, cards, gifts and more for over 60 years. You can find us at www.keithjones.co.uk or 2 Hinton Road, Bournemouth, BH1 2EE, or contact us on 01202 292272.
Ministries Ministries Team - CMD Are you a church leader wondering how to support your minister’s development and well-being? Are you a minister wondering exactly what all this talk of CMD is about, or how you might access more support or learning? Or do you just have a question that you would like to address to the Baptists Together Ministries Team? If so, please come and find the Ministries/CMD stand and we will do what we can to help.
Ministries Ministries Team - Young Leaders Development Is your church considering taking on an intern? Are you looking to support those aged 18-25 to develop as disciples and in leadership? Come and have a chat with Isabella, our Baptists Together Young Leaders Development Coordinator. Isabella will share about internships and other young leaders’ development opportunities across our Baptist family. She can also advise on running an internship with the soon-to-be Internship Best Practice Handbook.
NewHousingHub New Housing Hub New housing is springing up everywhere! We believe God is calling us to work together to share God’s love in every new community. If you want to build community, share faith and birth contextually relevant church in new housing areas, or you are doing so already, come and connect with us!
NewKapporet New Kapporet Christian Helpline New Kapporet is a listening and prayer ministry run by a multi-denominational group of Christian volunteers. The golden cover of the Ark of the Covenant was called Kapporet, the 'Seat of Mercy', where God would listen to His people. New Kapporet, through its freephone helpline and email service, offers a new space where all people are invited to approach God, in the person of His son, Jesus Christ.
OperationAgri Operation Agri Operation Agri launches its new appeal resources for 2022, focussing on a development project in Mozambique supporting women's groups growing Vital Vegetables - with video, poster, ideas for worship and children, etc.
RenewWellbeing Renew Wellbeing Renew spaces are simple cafe style spaces run by local churches where hobbies and activities are shared or co-produced. Each cafe space is attached to a quiet room or prayer space where inner habits of wellbeing are shared. Each church partners with a mental health professional  to ensure good inclusive practices for safe spaces where it's OK not to be OK can be sustained.
RBMHO Retired Baptist Ministers Housing Organisation (RBMHO) For over 45 years, RBMHO has been ensuring that,  ministers reaching retirement age, who do not have access to other accommodation, can enjoy a safe and secure retirement in their own home. RBMHO is an independent charity registered with the Charity Commission.
Safeguarding Safeguarding Specialist Team Have you got a safeguarding question? Is your church working hard towards Excellence in Safeguarding? Members of the national and regional safeguarding teams will be on the stand and can talk with you about our training, resources and support for churches. If you have a specific concern you would like to discuss in more detail, you can book a time slot at our safeguarding clinic.
SmallChurchConnexion Small Church Connexion Come and visit Hilary Taylor on the Small Church Connexion stand to explore how to set up a hub for training, resourcing and encouraging the smaller churches in your local area.
SupportServices Support Services Specialist Team The Support Services Team offers practical support and advice to our member churches across a broad range of topics including finance and accounting, property, legal issues, church governance and church trusts.  We also operate the Baptists Together Deposit Accounts, Loan scheme and Pastoral Fund.
Thrive Thrive Thrive promotes networking for the spouses of Baptist Ministers. We run a Conference, Wellbeing Days, regular Prayer Meetings, Facebook Groups etc. We facilitate the coming together of ministers' spouses locally to encourage and inspire them in whatever their situation is - such as family life, job, profession, and career.
UtilityAid Utility Aid Utility Aid are the largest energy broker for the not-for-profit sector in the UK. Dedicated to working in a way that is fair for all. We specialise working in the Not-for-Profit sector.
WelcomeDirectory Welcome Directory The Welcome Directory is a multi-faith organisation which helps faith communities, such as churches, to offer welcome to people leaving prison with faith. We maintain a directory, used by Prison Leavers, Prison Chaplains and Approved Premises, to help them to identify welcoming and supportive faith communities beyond the gates.
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Application form for organisations in the Assembly networking zone