Trinity Baptist opened its doors for our Autumn Assembly, where over 90 delegates were welcomed from 31 churches across our movement. To kick off a night of worship, thanks, celebration, and discernment, we shared cheerful fellowship over coffee and treats made by the crew at Trinity Baptist.
Melinda Cousins shared a message from Mark 14, a story of unexpected faith and grace told in all four gospels to teach, model and inspire us. We were challenged to think about what stories would be told about us in the future – what would be our stories of generosity and abundant giving, our stories of faith where we stepped out and looked foolish.
In the business section, members celebrated Miranda Dixon’s accreditation and noted new pastoral positions. We heard updates on churches currently seeking new pastors and staffing changes at the Baptist Centre. COVID-19, Child Protection, Redress, camps, conferences, and training and resource availability updates were also provided. The budget for 2022/23 was accepted, pre-approval of funds was approved for new office premises, and the go-ahead given to work towards amalgamation with the Baptist Union of Northern Territory.
Scott Berry shared an update from Trinity Baptist and the way God is bringing people to connect with them. Lisa Cornish (Baptist Mission Australia) encouraged churches to make use of the resources for May Mission Month, and introduced Suzanne from Port Pirie who is planning to travel to the Silk Road. Shane Austin (CEO, Baptist Care SA) highlighted the great work being done to support disadvantaged families, people with disabilities, and those experiencing homelessness.
The night ended with members gathering into small groups to pray. We sincerely thank Trinity Baptist for their hospitality.
Glory to God for continuing to bless us, inspire us, and give us wisdom as a movement of Baptist Churches.