Focus Edition 36 (Autumn 2016) is now in churches and here


Cambridgeshire Prayer Requests
Suffolk Prayer Requests
Essex Prayer Requests
Norfolk Prayer Requests

Mission Shaped Ministry September 2017

A new course starting in September 2017. There are discounts available for EBA churches please speak to Simon Goddard.

Course details and dates can be found here

The Business of Mission

Appointment of Regional Minister Team Leader

Eastern Baptist Association New Regional Minister – Team Leader

The Council & Trustees of the Association are delighted to announce the appointment of

Rev Beth Powney as the new Regional Minister – Team Leader in succession to Richard Lewis.

Beth will take up her appointment on 1st September 2017. In the meantime she will start top familiarise herself with the Association, although she is no stranger to it in many ways.

Commenting on Beth’s appointment Linda Turner, Moderator of the Association, said: “This is an exciting and important time in the life of the Association. Beth’s skills complement those of the other Regional Ministers and together they will lead the Association into the new missional phase of its life.”

A member of the nominating panel adds

“As the Nominating Group gathered at the end of the day of interviews, there was a real sense of God working in and through our conversations. Throughout the whole process from the initial shortlisting, God took us on a journey, and it was a privilege to be a part of it. As we went round the group for the final time, God had spoken through his people, and there was an overwhelming sense of God directing in the nomination, and subsequent appointment, of Beth as the EBA Regional Minister Team Leader. I am truly excited by what I have heard and seen, and believe wholeheartedly that Beth will bring the best out of Simon and Nick and together they will form a very strong Regional team, continuing on the excellent work of previous Regional Ministers. Thank you for your prayers for us – God heard and answered.”

Beth has been asked to introduce herself to the Association, so she writes:

I feel privileged, excited, delighted and challenged to be joining the EBA in 2017.  Some of you I will already know, but others, I will never have met and I look forward to the opportunity of both rekindling old friendships and developing new ones.  So who am I and how has God led me to this point?

Stephen and I moved to Essex in 1980 when we were first married, when I was working as an Occupation Therapist for the NHS.  We soon settled as members of Billericay Baptist Church and there we remained and our family grew as Emma, our daughter came along and Rich our son, in due course, not forgetting my stepsons, regularly visiting.  I returned to work as an OT when the children were older working in a variety of roles for 11 years.  Then in 2001 the Lord called me into fulltime Christian ministry, when I accepted the role of Gap Year Co-ordinator with Viz-A-Viz ministries.  I had a delightful and exciting seven years with them as I worked both with the young people on their Gap year and more widely with the leadership of the charity.  Then in 2008 God led me into pastoral ministry as I started my training with Spurgeon’s College as an ordained minister.  It was at this time that we moved away from Billericay and came to live in Sandy in Bedfordshire.  Here I have served the local church for the last 8 years, seeing God restore and renew Sandy Baptist Church.  In local church ministry in Sandy I have loved working with our community, with the other churches across this rural area, as well as forming relationships with many people who are seeking to grow in the their knowledge of Jesus.  God has been good to us here, but the time is right to move on and see what new challenges lie ahead.  I look forward to what the future may hold as we work together to further God’s kingdom across the diverse region of the EBA.

Cambourne Church – Building Community in an new Community

A short video telling the story of Cambourne Church – a multi denominational church that was started in the new town of Cambourne.

Peterborough Theological Society

The Peterborough Theological Society Programme 2016-17.

An ecumenical society, open to all.

President: Rev Canon Jonathan Baker.

Meetings are held on Wednesdays, 7.30 – 9.15 pm,

at the Friends’ Meeting House, Thorpe Road, Peterborough, PE3 6AB.

Parking is available.

Subscriptions: Annual – £20 (couples £30; unwaged students £10); Individual meetings – £4.


26 April: Rev’d Dr. Harvey Kuiyam  (Ripon College, Cuddesdon)

African Christianity in Britain – Emerging Missional Impulses.


24 May: Dr. Elaine Storkey  (President, TEAR Fund; member of the Board of A Rocha)

Montgomery Lecture.

Theology for World Development, Sustainability and Justice.


28 June: Rev’d Dr. Marian Carter (formerly Senior Lecturer in Pastoral Theology, St. Mark and St. John’s College, Plymouth)

A Time to Die – Theological Reflections on Death.
























DBS Check arrangements


As of 1 November 2015, our DBS check service is being provided by Due Diligence Checking Ltd (DDC). This new arrangement covers all BUGB churches across England and Wales.

If you act as a DBS verifier for your church and have any questions relating to the DBS process, please contact DDC on 01162 603055 or email Their customer support team will be very happy to talk with you. Alternatively you can visit the Baptist section of the DDC website for more information including Quick Start Guides for their system:

If you need to add or change a verifier then please contact

More information and FAQs can be found on the Baptists Together safeguarding pages:

BUild (Baptist Union Initiative with people with learning difficulties) newsletter

Please download here

Regional Minister Working Practices

June 2014

Dear Friends, I’m writing to all of our Association Churches following our EBA Assembly in Sheringham to share with you some of the exciting and significant developments in the life of the Association.

A new way of working for our Regional Ministers

During the Listening/Conversation exercise earlier this year there was an overwhelming indication from the churches that you would value more direct contact with Regional Ministers other than a preach at an occasional Sunday Service.  The regional team have taken that on board and offered to Assembly a new pattern of working which could possibly mean that a Regional Minister would visit every church in their Sector at least once a year.
Using a 3 year rolling plan Regional Ministers will seek to: – visit a deacon/leadership meeting on one occasion during a three year period; – will attend a church meeting on one occasion during a three year period – preach on one occasion during a three year period. That would mean that Regional Ministers would be available to preach on 18–21 Sundays per year.  In addition Regional Ministers will be encouraged to be present as a member of a congregation in one of their Sector Churches on between 9–12 Sundays per year.  The EBA Council have also been aware that Regional Ministers are in membership of a local church and therefore would want to encourage them to worship with their own Church family on approximately 9 Sundays per year.

The other 9 Sundays in the year will be free of all EBA responsibilities (5 as holiday, and 4 to be used at Regional Minister’s discretion).  Any additional Sundays not allocated will again be used at the Regional Minister’s discretion.

We believe that this pattern of working will enable the Regional Team to engage with churches in a more creative manner.
To book a Regional Minister for a preaching appointment please contact Hayley Beckett, our Association Secretary, who will be managing the RM Preaching Diaries.

Association Sector Re-organisation.

As part of our desire that our Regional Ministers can be more pro-active in encouraging us all in our mission, Assembly received a report on how in the future our team will engage with the churches.  Part of that report included a small re-organisation and reallocation of the churches within the three sectors.  This has been done with reference to where churches relate as opposed to the actual geography of the area.  The result of this is that the following churches will, from 1st November 2014, become part of the Central Sector and receive their pastoral support and other encouragement from Simon Goddard: Bishop’s Stortford, Cottenham, Girton, Histon, Landbeach, Waterbeach and Re-New.

Future EBA Assemblies.

The EBA covers around 6500 square miles and this creates a number of issues for us when it comes to working out where and how it might be best for us to gather together.  The Assembly received and discussed a proposal from the EBA Council that for a period we should trial new ways of gathering together. After some discussion the following was agreed, and will be trialled over the next 6 year period:

  1. The Association will gather for a weekend Assembly (similar to our well received time in Sheringham) in 2016, 2018 and 2020.
  2. In 2015, 2017 and 2019 there will be a gathering held in each of the Sectors on a Saturday or Sunday for discussion, deliberation, training and celebrationThe Regional Team and representatives of the EBA Council will be present at all three gatherings.
  3. In the years that we have 3 Sector gatherings, one will be designated to include the Annual General Meeting.  People from across the Association can attend any, or indeed all, of the Sector gatherings.

We hope that these changes, now approved by Assembly, will further enable us to deliver on our mission statement: To see God’s Kingdom grow in the East of England, through healthy churches, living as wholesome communities and engaging in relevant mission.

If you have any questions do get in touch with one of the Regional Ministers.

On behalf of the EBA Assembly,

Rev David R Mayne

Moderator, Eastern Baptist Association





Resources for the Rural Church

A downloadable list of the resources from The Arthur Rank centre can be viewed here.

Resources List

Baptist Voice

Audio Magazine

Each edition of Baptist Voice is around 90 minutes long and features a mix of news drawn from The Baptist Times, BMS World Mission’s Engage magazine and other Baptist sources, plus hymns, prayers and a reflection

Visit Baptist Voice website for editions