Church Family News, May 2022

Hobart Baptist Church, Sunday,15th May

Welcome to the Baxter family! Last year we were privileged to follow Stephen and Jenny’s holiday in Europe, including Alice and AJ’s wedding. Today we have the opportunity to meet the newly weds along with the rest of Stephen and Jenny’s family.

Hope in the Darkness

SERMON: This Sunday Sean Priest will continue the Hope in the Darkness sermon series with a message entitled “The Blessings of Darkness”.

We will join together in unity to share the Lord’s supper.

BIBLE READING: Psalm 139:1-18, 23-24 (NRSV)

WATCH: YouTube service, available 10.15am Sunday >>

STAY FOR Lunch after morning tea! Everyone is welcome to morning tea after the service and, following that, to have fellowship over a BYO lunch.

PS Kids’ and Youth programmes are on today.




SUNDAY 15 May 10am. Sean Priest continues the Hope in the Darkness sermon series.

SATURDAY 21 May 1:30-8:30pm. Tasmania Celebration with Will Graham. See below for more details.

SUNDAY 29 May 10am. Special Offering to support Jan and Jit Yawan and their ministry in Thailand.


Luminous Festival

Luminous Festival is set to return and includes the 3rd Christmas in Winter.

There is so much to look forward to, please don’t miss out! Click on the link to see what is coming up and pop the dates in your diaries. More information to come soon.


“It’s a fact … Night and day, darkness and light, they’re all the same to God” – Psalm 139:12 Message

Hope in the Darkness

It’s a profound reality, wherever light shines shadows are created. In fact, we only fully appreciate light through its contrasting opposite, darkness.

Pure light is blinding, shadows help us see more clearly. This is true in so many ways.

In this series we will explore how darkness is no enemy to God’s purposes. We will learn how God embraces darkness as a powerful ally to bring about deep transformation in our lives both individually and corporately.

May is Mission Month

May Mission Month

The theme for May Mission Month 2022 is ‘Crossing the Street’.

Australian Baptists have long regarded May as Mission Month – a time to focus on our intercultural workers.

We have the opportunity to support Jan and Jit Yawan and their Lanternlight ministry with the disabled on the Thai/Myanmar border with a Special Offering to be taken up on Sunday 29 May, the last Sunday in May. Your offering may take the form of money boxes (Harder to fill with the little use of cash!) or a specially marked donation – through the offering boxes in church or online through the HBC bank account.

Click here to read Jan and Jit’s latest newsletter or watch their latest Vimeo Link: with captions or without captions.

As followers of Jesus, we are called to cross the street, step out, build bridges and meet people where they are. We are called to live alongside our neighbours with the hope of Jesus. That’s what our intercultural teams around the world do! And it’s what church communities in Australia are called to as well. 

News from Tas Baptists Mid Year Assembly

The Tas Baptists mid year Assembly was held at Riverlands, Longford last Saturday, 7 May.

Hobart Baptist was well represented – Stephen and Jenny Baxter, Matt and Kylie Henderson, Paw Nay and Moo Lay, David Knox, Heather Galloway, Michael Henderson (Tas Baptists) and Pastor Samuel Jo (HVC).

Some of the business of the assembly included:

  • Matt was one of 4 Pastors gaining recognition as Pastoral Leaders (pictured),
  • Scott Ambrose was elected as Vice Chairman of Council, and
  • Hobart Vision Church (Korean Fellowship) was endorsed as a Member Church of Tasmanian Baptists.


Tasmania Celebration with Will Graham

Don’t miss the Tasmania Celebration with Will Graham, a free, family-friendly one-night event on May 21, 2022. Musical guests will perform, and Will Graham will offer a message of hope. 

ALL EVENTS TAKE PLACE ON 21st May at My State Bank Arena.

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The event is free and all are invited, however a ticket for each event is required.

KIDZFEST | 1.30 pm – 3.30 pm Music guests and “The Quest,” an interactive presentation with a fun gospel message. There will be petting zoo, games, balloon animals and other fun activities all for free!

YOUTH CELEBRATION | 4.30 pm – 8.30 pm Fun for youth with with food vans, games and more before the main event.

HOBART CELEBRATION | 7.00 pm – 8.30 pm The Main event with music and a message from Will Graham.

“Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have.” —1 Peter 3:15, NIV

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COVID-19 IN 2022!

Hands, Face and Space

Most restrictions have been lifted as the Community attempts to get “back to normal” but with Covid continuing to circulate.

We all still have the opportunity to care for each other and ourselves with the following basics:-

  • Stay home if you feel unwell and get tested.
  • Remember to use the hand sanitiser provided and wash hands frequently.
  • Wear a mask – although no longer required it is still prudent to do so in many settings
  • Respect social distancing – it is good to remember the 1.5m
  • Being vaccinated – including boosters and ‘flu shots.

Let us know if you need any assistance.

Heather Galloway
Duty of Care Officer

GIVING – Your tithes and offerings

‘Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.’
2 Corinthians 9:7

We thank all who give faithfully on a regular basis, as without this support we would not be able to operate. Your offerings support our budget: and through that it enables the church to continue to be an important part of the North Hobart landscape and the place from where we can prophetically serve the City of Hobart.

It is where we can know the benefit of worshipping with others, where we hear the stories of Jesus and how they apply to us, where we are encouraged in our journey with Jesus, from where we can share God’s love with others and help them to know and trust in God themselves. Our influence can also be far reaching – there is no limit to God’s love through our deeds and actions. Thank you for your generosity.

EFT is a great way to ensure regular giving and as well there are offering boxes available for use as you leave the Sanctuary.

You can give online here>>>