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NBA Prayer Walk

Rev Charles Whitfield was ‘the most significant person in Baptist history of in North East England’, a minister who came to a Baptist conviction of faith in his teens and joined the Baptist church in Newcastle (to which Westgate Baptist Church is the successor), and who served in Hamsterley for fifty years until his death 200 years ago in 1821.  He was an evangelist, preacher, organiser, educator, and was instrumental in reviving the Northern Baptist Association as a fellowship of churches.

Inspired by his example, this prayer pilgrimage has been routed to commence in Newcastle and finish in Hamsterley.  We will visit several Baptist churches en-route, a number of which have historic connections with Whitfield’s ministry, meeting leaders and members of these churches for prayer and reflection.  We will talk and pray on the way, considering what of Whitfield’s legacy is relevant to us today, what is God speaking to us in these days as we start to emerge from the Covid pandemic, and also considering our future as we enter a significant process of review and transition under Hayley’s leadership. 

We will also enjoy some the North East’s superb landscapes and visit some of its historic centres.  It’s an opportunity to receive from God, to enjoy fellowship, and to grow a larger vision of our Baptist life and witness.  And to get a little fitter as well!

Full details and a booking form are contained in the pdf file below:


Regional Minister Induction

A special welcome message from Rev Hayley Young can be found on the NBA Facebook page here


Reverend Hayley’s Induction as the new Transitional Strategic Regional Minister for the Northern Baptist Association is on Saturday 2nd October at 3.00pm.

We wanted to make sure there was room for everyone to be included; we also understand that many people still do not feel comfortable with large physical gatherings so we have decided that the service will be online via zoom.

It would be great for as many of our churches to be represented.

The service will include:

  • Worship
  • Prayers for Hayley and the NBA
  • A message from Rev Phil Barnard (Regional Minister London Baptist Association)
  • An opportunity to hear about the role from Rev Tony Ruddle (the Moderator of the NBA) and from Rev Hayley

You can join the Zoom Service via the following details:
Direct Web Link: https://us06web.zoom.us/j/5777623739 
Meeting ID for Zoom App: 577 762 3739
To Join via the Phone: +442034815237

Please do share this invite with all those in your churches.

Elaine Webster
NBA Admin Support


Dear Friends,

It is my joy and delight to announce today the appointment of the Rev Hayley Young as our Transitional Strategic leader (Regional Minister).  This decision was taken at our Assembly last Saturday with overwhelming support by those present and is more publicly made known today.

Hayley comes with gifts that fit her for this role and will compliment those of Paul Revill as they share in leading our Association.

Between her interview and our Assembly Hayley was also elected to be President of Baptists Together for 2022-2023.  This enables both local and national strategic influence to work together.  We believe this juxtaposition of appointments has resonance with the word that Lynn Green gave to the minister’s conference last year.

You can find Hayley on the internet if you want to see more of her message to the Baptist Union at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5H0z7CXZRUI&t=1s

Hayley comes to us from the South Wales Baptist Association and we appreciate that for them and Rumney Baptist Church her departure will have mixed emotions.  We pray that they will find much blessing in their new future in God’s plan.

The SWBA team with Hayley put out this announcement today with a real sense of humour https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mihz7d8CBpg

Please pray for Hayley and our team as we make all the necessary arrangements and in developing deeper relationships with each other and yourselves.

It is our intention to purchase a home for Hayley to live in and we ask that you consider as churches, individually or have any suggestions to help us raise the finance for this.  The possibilities are a one time gift, a pledge over time, an interest free loan, or one with very low interest for an extended period.  Perhaps even transferring some investment form elsewhere to help the NBA at this time.  But please ensure that in doing this you do not divert any money from the giving towards Home Mission.

Yours with thanks to God for His provision so far.

Tony Ruddle (NBA Moderator)


A message and video from out outgoing regional minister John Claydon

Intro

Twenty years have flown by! In March 2001 I had attended the interview for the post of Regional Minister Team Leader during the day, and in the evening was preparing to leave the house to chair a Church Meeting at Durham City Baptist Church. Shortly before leaving the house Paul Merton, a friend from teenage years if not earlier, and also the Moderator of the Association, rang to inform me that I was to be recommended for appointment to this ministry. I had enough time to tell Janet, Yvonne and Tim, but then I had to go and chair the Church Meeting as though everything was normal.

Life and ministry was going to be different. I had experience of translocal ministry in the East Midlands and was glad and excited to have the opportunity to serve the NBA. It has been a great privilege and I have been blessed to serve with so many encouraging and supportive people. It has been a wonderful experience to serve amongst and within the churches, leading many inductions, seeing manses decorated variously for different ministers, seeing churches bounce back after distressing times and seeing ministers grow and develop. There are many stories that I would love to share, but there is not the time. God has been faithful in so many amazing ways.

Thank you

Thank you so much for your friendship, encouragement, support and partnership in the gospel over all these years. I am very conscious of all the help that has been given and that very little, if anything, is down to one person. As an Association we should be grateful for the many who serve behind the scenes, whose roles are unsung, and yet their service is a great blessing to our common life, to the mission of many of our churches and the support of many who minister amongst us. So, a big thank you to all who help and serve in any way.

Thank you for the gifts, comments, cards and messages that I and Janet have received as I approach retirement. Your kindness is really amazing and they are all very much appreciated. I am very grateful!

Different contexts

All ministry brings its challenges and demands, as well as privileges and encouragements. This is true of regional ministry as well as local ministry. I have missed the local opportunities of baptisms, weddings and funerals etc. although I have been involved in a few of each. On the other hand, it is great privilege to share in ordinations, inductions and other times of celebrations for churches and ministers. Different relationships develop across the churches and beyond the Association which bring great opportunities to walk with people, offer guidance and support and to see God at work enabling churches to move forward in God’s purposes. It has been my privilege to represent our Association in the wider life of our Union and in ecumenical circles, all of which has enriched and developed my ministry and helped with local situations. The opportunity to engage in further study at Durham University has been a personal blessing and, I hope, richly equipping for my ministry in the Association.

The Association Team has changed, and changed again, over the years with different people and configurations, yet we have always kept a focus on mission, equipping, supporting, and being there for ministers and churches. Each person who has shared in the Team has brought their unique gifts, insights, wisdom and vision to enrich our life together. The ‘paid staff team’ has been supplemented by others and well supported by Moderators, Treasurers and others. I have not named people here for fear of missing someone out. Whilst we can talk about the Association Team it is important to remember that we are all one team in working together for the gospel and God’s mission.

Partnerships

Our Association life has been enriched by a range of partnerships; some were initiated by others outside the Association Team and others from within the Team. Obviously our most natural partnerships are with fellow Baptists in our Baptist Union and with BMS World Mission. This has included helpful collaboration with other Associations and with Northern Baptist College which has been particularly useful in supporting Newly Accredited Ministers and the establishing of a route for Baptist ministerial formation at Cranmer Hall in Durham. Beyond our shores we have had good links with American Interim Pastors Ministries based in Texas which has enabled a several Interim Ministers to serve our churches, enabling them to move forward in their life and mission. Also, and again in Texas, we have had a mission partnership with the Tryon Evergreen Baptist Association which led to mission teams visiting our churches to stimulate and enable mission, and to teams from the NBA visiting Texan churches. Our link with Lithuanian Baptists has continued for over ten years with visits both ways seeking mutual encouragement, support and help in church life and mission. We have continued our partnership across the denominations, seeking to support one another in God’s mission, find ways of acting and speaking together, praying for one another as well as supporting those churches which are local ecumenical partnerships.

God’s blessing for the future

There is so much to say and so many to thank. There are so many individuals who have been a blessing to me and our Association life, too many for me to mention here, but I greatly appreciate all that has been done and recognise that we are family together in the mission of God. That mission continues as we follow His lead. Now we enter new chapters: for me this takes me into the new calling called ‘retirement’ to see what doors God would open and what new opportunities may come; for the Association the configuration of the Team changes with a renewed emphasis on dreaming for a new future and the strategic transformation God would bring about in the NBA. I have been blessed in so many wonderful ways on this journey and in our partnership in the gospel for the past twenty years.

God bless you all as you seek His will for the future as an Association, in each of our churches and in all of our ministries and opportunities of service.

Yours in Christ

John


John Claydon Retirement

Dear friends
 
On Saturday 10th July we held a farewell for John and Janet Claydon as John enters his retirement at the end of August. This was the only date available and due to Covid restrictions numbers had to be limited. However we thought it would be good if all were able to see the event and what was said. 
 
John received a DSLR camera and a cheque expressing your love and appreciation of his ministry over the last 20 years. Janet was given flowers, a special box of chocolates and the opportunity for them both to have time out at Lumley Castle when they choose.
 
We thank Ian Britton for this excellent movie of the occasions.
 
Tony Ruddle
NBA Moderator
 

As the NBA are not currently in a position to offer the printed version of their quarterly newsletter we have attached their latest NBA Newsletter and hope that you will still enjoy this edition.

Please feel free to share this newsletter with family, friends and all who think may benefit / enjoy it.


Please find attached flyer advertising the online NBA Spring Assembly which is taking place over the weekend of 23th to 25th April 2021. Please feel free to advertise this within your church communities.

Details on joining instructions will be sent nearer the time.

We look forward to you joining us.
Elaine Webster (NBA Admin Support)


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