Friday Programme

9.00 am      Registration & Refreshments

10.00 am     Baptist Union of Wales – AGM

10:00 am     South Wales Baptist Association –

SWBA: a significant and strategic morning for the churches of the Association.

Listening for God

– as we introduce and confirm members of new SWBA Regional Team

– as we listen for a word from God for us as we move forward

– as we share and pray together and for one another.

The morning will include a relatively brief SWBA Council meeting and worship led by Jon Vaughan Davies.

12:30 pm    Lunch Together

2:00 pm      Worship Together:  ‘See the Promise, Welcome the Future’

  •  Worship led by Rev Jonathan Vaughan-Davies

2.30 pm      Good News for an Uncertain World – with BMS World Mission

3:15 pm     Tea / Coffee

3:45 pm     Has God left the Building?

  • This will be an interactive session facilitated by Naomi and Jon Dickerson
  • Often when we gather together we feel we must keep up appearances and only talk about the good things God is doing; this can be true no matter the size of church. Together we will look at the Psalms and share stories to explore some of the tensions, vulnerabilities and opportunities facing churches in these uncertain times.

5:00 pm    Tea & Cake

5:30 pm    ‘A land the size of Wales’  – Evening Celebration

  • Keynote speaker: Arthur Brown
  • Arthur leads the work of BMS in Europe, the Middle East and North Africa.

7 pm.      Evening Meal

Saturday Programme

  • Halliwell Theatre
  • 10.00-10.45

    Opening worship for all ages

    With Jenny Entrican President of the European Baptist Federation

  • 11.00-12.00

    Good News for the Middle East and Europe

    Lebanon, Albania, Afghanistan and Wales. Is there good news that unites countries like these? And can we be a part of it? Arthur Brown was a BMS World Mission worker in Beirut, for almost 15 years. He and his wife Louise worked with theological education, youth outreach, peace-building, education, church work and serving refugees, and decided to stay in Beirut while it was being bombed by Israel in 2006.

    Arthur now heads up BMS work in Europe, the Middle East and North Africa. He will be bringing news, insights and stories of what God is doing in challenging places and uncertain times.

  • 12.00-1.00

    Lunch Time

  • Question Time

    An opportunity to debate and discuss the issues of the day with special guests.

  • 2.15 – 3.15

    Good News in five objects: from Timothy Richard to today’s mission pioneers

    An inspiring and fascinating tour through the great things God has done around the world in uncertain times, told through artefacts from BMS history, kindly and exclusively on loan from the Angus Archive and Library. Mission has always had to contend with uncertain times. And in it, BMS has always sought to bring (and be) good news. See the objects that played a crucial role for people like Timothy Richard. Hear their stories. Discover what God is doing today, and how you can be a part of it.

    Ben Drabble is a senior manager in the Communications Department of BMS World Mission and has a passion for BMS history and the great things BMS is doing right now.

  • 3.30-4.30

    Closing worship for all ages.

  • Cothi Room
  • 10.00-10.45

    Opening worship for all ages

    With Jenny Entrican President of the European Baptist Federation

  • 11.00 – 12:00

    A pastoral approach to transgender people

    An opportunity not primarily to debate issues but to begin to reflect on a pastoral approach to people we know and meet who identify as transgender, and to their families.

    The seminar will be led by Susan Stevenson, South Wales Baptist Association Regional Minister, Naomi Dickerson, co-pastor of Ararat Baptist Church in Cardiff and Clare Hooper, Southern Counties Baptist Association Regional Minister with special responsibility for children, youth and families’ ministry.

  • 12.00-1.00

    Lunch Time

  • Plenary session in the Halliwell Theatre
  • 2.15 – 3.15

    A pastoral approach to transgender people

    An opportunity not primarily to debate issues but to begin to reflect on a pastoral approach to people we know and meet who identify as transgender, and to their families.

    The seminar will be led by Susan Stevenson, South Wales Baptist Association Regional Minister, Naomi Dickerson, co-pastor of Ararat Baptist Church in Cardiff and Clare Hooper, Southern Counties Baptist Association Regional Minister with special responsibility for children, youth and families’ ministry.

  • 3.30-4.30

    Closing worship for all ages.

  • Taf Room
  • 10.00-10.45

    Opening worship for all ages

    With Jenny Entrican President of the European Baptist Federation

  • 11.00-12.00

    Good News for Churches in Uncertain Times

    How can our churches best prepare for the future with ageing buildings and a declining membership? Sometimes the way ahead is not clear, but we hope to offer some practical advice on a range of issues that ensure the witness and testimony of the local church is celebrated and continued in whatever shape that might be.

    On hand to present some practical help will be Christian Williams and Helen Wyn who deal with everything from church trusts to cemeteries and Simeon Baker, Director of Mission for the Baptist Union of Wales.

  • 12.00-1.00

    Lunch Time

  • Plenary session in the Halliwell Theatre
  • 2.15 -3.15

    Good News for Churches in Uncertain Times

    How can our churches best prepare for the future with ageing buildings and a declining membership? Sometimes the way ahead is not clear, but we hope to offer some practical advice on a range of issues that ensure the witness and testimony of the local church is celebrated and continued in whatever shape that might be.

    On hand to present some practical help will be Christian Williams and Helen Wyn who deal with everything from church trusts to cemeteries and Simeon Baker, Director of Mission for the Baptist Union of Wales.

  • 3.30-4.30

    Closing worship for all ages.

  • Lecture Room
    (in the main building opposite the Halliwell)
  • 10.00-10.45

    Opening worship for all ages

    With Jenny Entrican President of the European Baptist Federation

  • 11.00 – 12.00

    Good News for the 95%

    Scripture Union have been running The 95 Campaign to inspire and equip those with a heart for the 95% of children not being reached with the gospel today in Wales. John Settatree and the Scripture Union Cymru team will lead a seminar to show how we can give children who don’t go to church the chance to discover Jesus for themselves, with recommendations to help you achieve success in your own missions based on the latest research.

    Speaker: John Settatree
    Scripture Union National Co-ordinator for Wales

  • 12.00-1.00

    Lunch Time

  • Plenary session in the Halliwell Theatre
  • 2.15 – 3.15

    Good News for the 95%

    Scripture Union have been running The 95 Campaign to inspire and equip those with a heart for the 95% of children not being reached with the gospel today in Wales. John Settatree and the Scripture Union Cymru team will lead a seminar to show how we can give children who don’t go to church the chance to discover Jesus for themselves, with recommendations to help you achieve success in your own missions based on the latest research.

    Speaker: John Settatree
    Scripture Union National Co-ordinator for Wales

  • 3.30-4.30

    Closing worship for all ages.

  • College Chapel
    (in the main building opposite the Halliwell)
  • 10.00-10.45

    Opening worship for all ages

    With Jenny Entrican President of the European Baptist Federation

  • 11.00 – 12.00

    Listening for God in uncertain times…

    What is God saying to us in these uncertain times, as a nation, as churches, as followers of Jesus? How is God calling us to walk, where is God calling us to step out in our particular circumstances as a Baptist family in Wales? We can be full of good ideas, but how do we hear God’s ideas in it all?

    An hour focussed on listening for and to God, led by Jonathan Vaughan-Davies, our worship leader at this year’s Momentum, together with Daphne Godwin and a team from Ffald-y-Brenin.

  • 12.00-1.00

    Lunch Time

  • Plenary session in the Halliwell Theatre
  • 2.15 – 3.15

    Listening for God in uncertain times…

    What is God saying to us in these uncertain times, as a nation, as churches, as followers of Jesus? How is God calling us to walk, where is God calling us to step out in our particular circumstances as a Baptist family in Wales? We can be full of good ideas, but how do we hear God’s ideas in it all?

    An hour focussed on listening for and to God, led by Jonathan Vaughan-Davies, our worship leader at this year’s Momentum, together with Daphne Godwin and a team from Ffald-y-Brenin.

  • 3.30-4.30

    Closing worship for all ages.