BU Assembly

Baptist Assembly 2012

(Blatant plug alert!)

Over on my other blog, there’s a post with my (rather lengthy!) reflections on this year’s Baptist Assembly.  As they were personal opinions, it seemed best to put them there.  On here, this week (hopefully!) I’ll post some more thoughts about what went on that I hope will be of relevance to our church.  So stay tuned!

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Baptist Assembly

Well, we’re back from the Baptist Assembly in Bournemouth – and what a fantastic time it was!  It was great meeting with so many others, sharing stories (even if only in the “how far did you come?” type) and worshipping together.  Those who spoke, both at the big events and the smaller seminars, were inspiring, encouraging and challenging.  I’ll post more throughout the week as I get my head around it.  But I was intrigued (and slightly surpised) to find an interview with Jonathan Edwards, the General Secretary of the BUGB, posted on the BBC News website on Friday.  If you want to read it, it’s here.

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Baptist Union Assembly

As we mentioned during Sharing on SUnday, we won’t be around this weekend, because we’re in Bournemouth.  Not because of a holiday (though we’re hoping for some sun…), but because it’s the Baptist Union Assembly.

And it’s an important one as well.  This year has been chosen as the year to mark the 400th anniversary of the establishment of the first Baptist congregations.  Clearly, this is a significant milestone and the whole Assembly is geared around this; the title is “Who do we think we are”, exploring our identity as Baptists, where we’ve come from and where we’re going to.

It should be a good weekend – and it’s our first BU Assembly, so we’re not quite sure what to expect.  There’s childcare for Amy in the mornings, when the main business meetings are, but none in the afternoon when the seminars are on.  Also, there’s evening worship times but we’ll need to work out childcare for those as well. But between us, we hope to sample something of the Assembly.  And no doubt it’ll be a very weary Smith family that wend their weary way back to Urmston on Bank Holiday Monday…

Please pray, not just for us, but for everyone attending that as we celebrate this important milestone, we’ll gain a new sense of what it means to be Baptist and how that affects us as we seek to serve God and each other.

I’ll make sure I report back when we return!

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