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SEBA Update


Farewell Service for Revd Stuart Davison

Sunday 17 July 2022 - Crawley Baptist Church
After 13 years as our Regional Minister Team Leader, Stuart is retiring. There will be a thanksgiving service (and a chance to say goodbye to Stuart and Gill) which you are invited to attend.

For more information, including timings and to book your place/s (which is essential) please check out 'Celebration and farewell to Stuart Davison' on the SEBA website.  

Please book by ensure you book by Thursday 23 June, as we need to have numbers for catering.

Working It Out Together - the sustaining ministry series

Working It Out Together has returned for another series of conversations, resourcing pastors and leaders for what's next. The third, and last session in the current series, is on Thursday 23 June, at midday, Rob Stevens will be leading the conversation on 'Self Understanding'.

For more details and to book yourself into the sessions please go to the WIOT page on our website.  Click here to download a flyer. Click here to watch a video promoting it. 

Safeguarding Training

Please check out our Safeguarding training page, to see when training is happening across the Associaiton. Booking will be released once we have confirmed numbers for the hosting churches, so do please keep checking back.

Spaces are available to book on the following courses:

  • Saturday 9 July 2022 - Battle Baptist Church (level 2 & 3)
  • Saturday 9 July 2022 - Crossways Community Baptist Church, Dorking (level 2 & 3)
  • Saturday 16 July 2022 - Forest Row Baptist Church (level 2 & 3)
  • Saturday 6 August 2022 - Godalming Baptist Church (level 2 & 3)
  • Saturday 22 October 2022 - Broadwater Baptist Church (level 2 & 3)

To book spaces, please complete the form at the bottom of the Safeguarding training page.

Requests for help/advice




Please note - with all events advertised below, whilst we are publicising them, the views and comments expressed are not necessarily approved by the Association - unless they have been organised specifically by the Association. 

Living with Sight Loss in Church - taster sessions

So far this year 40 churches have signed up to become sight loss friendly, but our vision is to reach all 50,000 churches in the UK. Your help is vital so that blind and partially sighted people can be fully included in their church community. Watch our brand new insightful video where blind and partially sighted people talk about the joys and challenges of church life to get an understanding of how much your support can make a difference. 

  • Wednesday 22 June 2022, 2pm
  • Monday 4 July 2022, 2pm
  • Thursday 14 July 2022, 2pm

To book your place, go to

The Life of Christ - the greatest story of all time

21-25 June 2022, 10am-3.30pm
Wintershall, Bramley, GU5 0LR

Following over 100 actors in full costume, moving through the beautiful grounds of the Wintershall estate, with its lakes and ancient woodland, re-enacting the remarkable events of Jesus' life.

This is a performance in three acts with a lunchtime interval.

For more information, including booking tickets, please go to their website or 01483-892167

Know and Grow 1 (Count Everyone In)

Wednesday 22nd June 2022, 9:45am registration, 10am-4.30pm (bring your own lunch)
Caterham URC (1 Harestone Hill, Caterham, CR3 6SX)

£25 per person
Equipping churches in key word signing to be welcoming and accessible to adults with learning disabilities so that they can know Jesus and grow in their faith

Workshop includes:

  • Introduction to learning disability
  • A challenge and an opportunity
  • What does accessibility mean for our churches?

Advance booking essential as places are limited. Contact Revd Andy Twilley: 07552 751600 or Christine: 07751 431277 

Autism (Life Issues session)

Saturday 25 June 2022, 10am – 12 midday (Coffee available from 9.30 am)
at Godalming Baptist Church (Queen Street, GODALMING, GU7 1BA)

£5 per person
Led by Suzette Jones 
Autistic spectrum disorder (ASD) covers an extremely wide spectrum, with some people needing lifelong support through to many leading successful independent lives.
In this practical talk we will look at recognising the signs, where to get help and what we can all do to encourage and care those living with Autism. Suzette Jones is a Registered Nurse with career of over 35 years working extensively with a wide variety of people who have health problems, mental illness and/or a learning disability, in hospital and community settings. Suzette in her role as Health and Wellbeing Adviser supports and facilitates training, talks, and projects on a range of health and social related subjects to the faith, voluntary and statutory sectors.
Please reserve a place by contacting Sally Pollard by Friday 17th June. 

DNA Virtual Online Taster Days

Saurday 25 June 2022, 11.30-6pm

Do you… Dare to dream about your destiny in God?
Realise that your dream demands development?
Want your life to make a difference?

A Taster Day is your opportunity to find out more about DNA and what is on offer. There is no commitment, just come along and see what God has in store for you! DNA is a passionate community of people who would love to journey with you in your Christian discipleship and leadership development.

Click here to register for the taster day.

Discover more about God, be nurtured into greater wholeness, and put it all into action. The possibilities are endless.

DNA runs for a year, with an optional 2 further years. You can join us full or part time, with oversees placements a possibility.

They also run DNA Lite - a 3-month online course. The course works really well as a stand-alone course, but it can also be done as a taster before doing the full DNA year.  It can be done by individuals but is also really well suited to people doing it in a small group. For more information, click here

Racial Justice training session

Tuesday 28 June 2022, 10am-12pm
on Zoom

We have been given the chance to host a training session on Racial Justice, and we'd really like for as many people as possible to be involved in this (this is not just CYF (Children/Youth/Families) workers, but also Ministers, Church staff and anyone who wants to find out more).

Click on the link to join the Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 830 7818 2570
Passcode: 776760 

**NEW** Ordination & Induction of João Bolzan

Saturday 9 July 2022, 3pm
Chiddingfold Village Hall, Coxcombe Lane, GU8 4QA

Chiddingfold Baptist Church warmly invite you to join them to celebrate their minister's ordination and induction.
RSVP (by 27 June) to

Celebration & Farewell to Stuart Davison

Sunday 17 July 2022
Crawley Baptist Church

For more information, including timings and to book your place/s (which is essential) please check out 'Celebration and farewell to Stuart Davison' on the SEBA website.  Please book before Thursday 21 June. 

Open Day at Spurgeon's College

for Undergraduate & Postgraduate Studies in Theology

Saturday 6 August 2022, 9.301m-12pm
Spurgeon's College, South Norwood Hill, LONDON, SE25 6DJ

Are you interested in studying Theology at undergraduate or postgraduate level and would like to find out more?
We are delighted to open our Campus and invite you to come and meet our staff and hear about the courses we offer at Spurgeon’s College
You will be able to hear presentations, tour the campus including the library as well as finding out more about the courses we offer.
For more information, please contact our Admissions department: or register here for your place.


Resources and Information 


Spurgeon's College

Taster Days for Professional Certficate in Pastoral Supervision
13 July & 21 September 2022, 9am-12pm
Spurgeon’s College, South Norwood Hill, London, SE25 6DJ 

This is a course for Pastors, Pastoral Care Team Leaders, Lay Leaders/Ministers, Counsellors, Psychotherapists, Chaplains and Spiritual Directors to develop understanding and skills in reflective practice in pastoral and ministerial settings. This course is taught entirely online. Join one of our Taster Days to find out more and be interviewed for the course.

For more information on the course, check out their website
Register here for the free event.

Information & support from the Baptist Union

BU Home Mission collections

Please note, the BU's collecting of used stamps & other collectibles, for the support of Home Mission, will be ceasing at the end of this year. Due to logistical issues, they will no longer accept any donations after 31 December 2022. Please ensure that any stamp donations are sent, in plenty of time, to the Baptist Union (Baptist Union of Great Britain, Baptist House, P O Box 44, 129 Broadway, DIDCOT, OX11 8RT).  They send their thanks for everyone who has donated, in this way, over the years.

There are a number of charities who still collect stamps - details can be found here

10th Annual Sam Sharpe Lecture

Wednesday 19 October 2022, 7pm
The Mathematical Institute, Andrew Wiles Building, Woodstock Road, OXFORD, OX2 6GG

delivered by: Professor Kehinde Andrews (Professor of Black Studies at Birmingham City University)

There is no charge to attend, but as the venue has limited space, please register here to reserve your place.

If you are unable to attend the lecture in Oxford, there is the option of joining online - register here to be sent a link for the lecture, nearer the time. 

Baptists Together webinars

CMD Workship on the Habit of Attentiveness:
Wednesday 23 June 2022, 10am-12noon & 1-3pm
online event in two 2-hour sessions

Cost: £35
For more information click here 

Experience Sharing webinar for HK welcoming churches
Thursday 30 June, 2022 11am-12.30pm
online, via Zoom

Different resources have been produced and some churches in Reading and Bristol have had great experiences of welcoming people from Hong Kong. We are happy to invite Yinka Oyeken and Joanna Parmar from The Gate Sindlesham, along with a Hong Kong minister, Walter Wong from Broadmead Baptist Church. They will all share their exciting news and experience in welcoming and helping Hong Kongers.

Click here to register 


Jobs and Vacancies 

Northern Baptist College Hub Tutor - Based with The Light College

Together with The Light College, Northern Baptist College is looking to appoint a part-time Hub Tutor for one day per week for an initial 12 months. This is a great opportunity to be involved in an exciting partnership to form pioneers and church planters for nationally accredited Baptist ministry across two diverse training colleges. 

The hub tutor will: 

  • Work in partnership with Northern Baptist College and The Light College supporting Baptist pioneers and church planters. 
  • Oversee the formation of Baptist Ministers in Training studying with The Light College.
  • Work with churches, local ministers, regional ministers and others to facilitate and support ministerial formation.
  • Facilitate the integration of Ministers in Training into the wider Northern Baptist College community. 
  • Participate in the wider life of Northern Baptist College and The Light College including the gathered Baptist Leadership programme and the lecture blocks. (In total 8 weekends a year.) 

The role is 1/6 time (one day a week) and will start as soon as possible after interview, with a September 2022 start for the new academic year. 

For a full job description and details of the application procedure please contact Tim Presswood via email

Deadline for applications: Wednesday 29th June 2022 at 1pm 
Date of interviews: Wednesday 6th July 2022 at 1-5pm 

Vacancies to represent SEBA across the area

SEBA have some vacancies on groups that you may be interested in (see list below).

Three SACRE vacancies - on the panels, who provide input into how Religious Education is taught and collective worship is undertaken in our schools - the vacancies are in LEA areas of Surrey Medway and West Sussex- click on the area for the role description. If you would like more information about the role of a SACRE representative, our current East Sussex SACRE rep, Peter White, is more than happy to have a chat - if you would like his details, please contact Steph Tidy ( 
up to two Trustee vacancies for the Kent Workplace Mission - the KWM work in Kent, Medway, Bromley & Bexley supporting people of faith, at work; developing chaplaincy ministries in workplaces and helping local Christian communities to actively engage with their local economic community.  For more information, go to their website

If you are interested in being involved in this way, please email Steph 

If you would like to add a church-based, or Christian charity vacancy to the weekly emailing, please let me know

Please note, we cannot post vacancies for Church Minister positions, as these should go through Revd Stuart Davison, and the Settlement system.