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Prayer Gatherings, Discussion Forum and Ordinary Assembly

As an Association we are currently working through some key questions around what it is to minister together across NSW & ACT. 

In the months ahead there will be a series of events to facilitate our seeking God, discussing key aspects of the issues at hand and discerning the ways forward together.

To do this, you are invited to attend:

1. The Association Discussion Forum Prayer Evening – online, Thursday 25 Aug 2022 7.45 – 8.30 pm

2. The Association Discussion Forum – Saturday 3rd September – 9.30 am to 4 pm

3. The Gathering – Incorporating the Ordinary Assembly Prayer Evening – online, Thursday 3rd Nov 2022 – 7:45 to 8:30 pm

4. The Gathering – Incorporating the Ordinary Assembly – Saturday 12 Nov 2022 – 9:30 am to 4 pm

 

The Association strongly encourages as many churches and individuals as possible to engage in all of these events to ensure that we as an Association make informed and Godly decisions regarding these matters. 

Yours in Christ, 

 The NSW & ACT Baptist Association Events Team 

The Association Discussion Forum Prayer Evening

Thursday 25th Aug 2022 – 7.45 to 8.30 pm

Details: 

In the lead up to the Association Discussion Forum, we want to be committed to being reliant on the Holy Spirit and to humbly recognise God’s leading in all that is before us. This prayer evening is an opportunity to gather in corporate prayer for guidance and unity around the matters being discussed. 

Location: 

Online – Zoom 

Cost: 

This is a free. 

Who can Attend: 

Everyone is welcome to attend this prayer evening however registration is required. 

The Association Discussion Forum

Saturday 3rd September 9.30 am to 4 pm

On Saturday 3 September 2022 we will be holding a movement-wide Forum.  

This Forum is intended to provide time for more informal discussion of important matters pertaining to the current discernment process around affiliating together in our Association.  

The Forum will commence at 10am, with everyone also encouraged to attend pre-forum prayer from 9.30am both onsite and online.  

What will be discussed on the day: 

The forum will consist of 2 major sections: 

In the morning will be input, reflection and discussion around matters of Baptist Distinctives identified in the affiliation discussion process so far.  These include the place of common affirmations of faith or practice in Baptist life, freedom of conscience and the place of dissent, and the postures for associating together healthily as autonomous churches.  The formats used over the morning will include specialist input, panel discussion, Q&A interaction, group discussion and prayer. 

After lunch: Assembly Council will present draft recommendations following the Special Assembly in February 2021 and provide time for questions, prayer, reflection, discussion, and feedback in a non-formal setting. Details of these recommendations will be made available 2 weeks before the Forum. 

This is not a formal assembly official voting will not occur, and it will not be necessary for churches to appoint delegates.   

10.00am              Worship 15mins – Northside Baptist team

10.15am               Welcome and Intro of Tim Dyer – MC

10.20am               DevotionalDialoguing well over difference – Tim Dyer (10mins)

10.30am              Explanation of the day and Intro of Graeme Chatfield – Steve Bartlett

10.35am               Session 1 – The place of common affirmations of faith or practice in Baptist life

Historical and contemporary perspectives – Rev Dr Graeme Chatfield (20mins)

Q&A with Graeme – Moderated by Tim Dyer (15mins)

Group Discussion: how do these insights apply in the matters we are currently working through? (15mins)

11.30am               Stretch Break

11.35am               Intro of 2nd session and the panel – Steve Bartlett

11.40am              Session 2 – Freedom of conscience in Baptist life

Panel (Facilitated by Tim Dyer) – 20mins

Rev Dr Graeme Chatfield, Rev Matt Glowacki, Rev Megan Powell duToit, Dr Nicole Starling, Rev Phil Waugh

Q&A with panel – moderated by Tim Dyer – 15mins

Group Discussion: How do these insights apply in the matters we are currently working through? – 15mins

12.35pm               Wrap – Steve Bartlett

12.40pm               Prayer in groups

12.45pm              Lunch

1.30pm                 Reconvene

Assembly Council presents & explains the draft recommendations

Questions for clarification – moderated by Tim Dyer

2.45pm                 Afternoon Tea Break

3.00pm                 Group Discussion.  Draft Questions:

What do you feel is positive about these draft recommendations?

What concerns do you have about these draft recommendations?

What questions do you have still to be answered?

Do you have any other feedback you would like to give into this process?

3.50pm                 Prayer in groups and Wrap (Allen Sibley?)

4.00pm                 Finish

Details: 

Cost: 

This is a free event however if you require lunch there will be a $15 cost payable at registration. 

Location: 

In Person – Ministry and Learning Centre in Macquarie Park, Sydney. 

Online – Via Zoom registration.  Discussion groups will be available online, mirroring those sections of the programme that contain in-person breakout group times. 

Who can Attend: 

The forum will be open to anyone who is an active member or attendee of one of our churches.  Registration will still be required for capacity and catering purposes.  

The Gathering – Incorporating the Ordinary Assembly Prayer Evening

Thursday 3rd Nov 2022 – 7.45 to 8.30pm 

Details: 

In the lead up to The Gathering – Incorporating the Ordinary Assembly, we want to be committed to being reliant on the Holy Spirit and to humbly recognise God’s leading in all that is before us. This prayer evening is an opportunity to gather in corporate prayer for guidance and unity around the matters being discussed. 

Location:  

Online – Zoom 

Cost: 

This is a free. 

Who can Attend:  

Everyone is welcome to attend this prayer evening however registration is required. 

The Gathering – Incorporating the Ordinary Assembly

Saturday 12th Nov 2022 – 9.30 am to 4 pm 

Details: 

Affiliated churches of NSW & ACT usually meet together twice a year to Connect with others in the Association, Celebrate what God has done and is doing among us & Collaborate to discern the will of God and to see the Kingdom become reality in our communities. At this Assembly significant decisions on several of the matters discussed over the last 2 years will be made through the voting process. 

Cost: 

This is a free event however if you require lunch there will be a $15 cost payable at registration. 

Locations 

Yet To Be Finalised – Further information will be sent regarding the details of this Assembly. We will have a single Sydney metro site along with several regional live sites. 

Who can Attend: 

Only official delegates as defined in the Association of NSW & ACT Constitution may attend and vote at this assembly, however non-voting delegates may also attend and observe.