The Baptist Peace Fellowship aims to provide a fellowship for Baptists who find that the use of military force cannot be reconciled with the teaching of Jesus Christ and His acceptance of the Cross. We ally ourselves with those who seek nonviolent means to confront and overcome injustice and so work at all times for the things that make for peace in national, community, church and personal life.
We do not believe that we have all the answers but will be led to witness in ways appropriate to the conditions in which we find ourselves. We aim to engage with our fellow Baptists on these issues so that they may come to see that armed conflict does not lead to long term peace. Like the early Christians we endeavour to talk to those whom we meet about the good news of the gospel of the Prince of Peace.
Please take some time to find out more about us by clicking on the links above.
There is a prayer request from a Peace Accompanier which can be viewed here.
Associate membership of the Baptist Peace Fellowship is open to those who have a broad sympathy with the Covenant and who share our concern for issues of peace and justice. Associate members receive our mailings.
We have no set subscription but our work is often limited by our finances. Members may make a donation to our funds and any contributions will be gladly received by the Treasurer! Regular giving helps us to plan ahead - we can send you a Standing Order Form. £10 a year is a suggested sum.
To join, please download the form below, fill it in and send it to the Secretary
Our officers are:
- President Revd R Gardiner, 21 Kingshill, Cirencester, GL7 1DE. firstname.lastname@example.org
- Secretary Revd Paul Henstock, 355 Stroud Road, Tuffley, Gloucester, GL4 0BB. email@example.com
- Treasurer & Membership Secretary Mrs Tina Parsons, 17 Vicarage Close, Littlemore, Oxford OX4 4PL. firstname.lastname@example.org
Tina Parsons (Treasurer), Pat Kember and Paul Henstock (Secretary) at Blackpool
Details of vigils and actions for peace at centres all over Britain can be found at www.quaker.org.uk.
The Baptist Peace Fellowship will again be represented at the Greenbelt Youth Festival in Cheltenham, August 26-27. (Perhaps one day we will be invited to take part in Leading Edge!?)
Our general activities include
- The publication of literature relevant to Baptists and Peacemaking.
- The organisation of meetings and conferences. We are willing to talk to groups in churches.
- The raising of issues of justice and peace at the Annual Assembly or through the Council of the Baptist Union. Issues are also aired through the columns of the Baptist Times.
- Working with other Christian Peace Groups through the Network of Christian Peace Organisations. We are affiliated to the Campaign against the Arms Trade and the Fellowship of Reconciliation.
- Many of our members attend peace demonstrations and draw attention to peace issues through writing letters to M.P.s and Government.
You might wish to read Norman Kember's account of his time of captivity and his reflections, published by Darton Longman and Todd in 2007
Other resources may be downloaded below:
- Spring 2014 Newsletter (WW1 special).
- Autumn 2012 Newsletter.
- Spring 2012 Newsletter.
- Baptists as Peacemakers by David Coffey OBE.
- BPF Poster.
- Statement on Trident by the Joint Public Issues Team.
- Two new songs/hymns about the atonement: Great God of Justice; and If He Did Not Love Us
- Leaflet - A Baptist Pacifist looks at the Bible
- Powerpoint presentation with quotes on peace
Some while ago the Baptist Peace Fellowship committee had a discussion on whether Remembrance Sunday services were still relevant and, having come to a majority decision that indeed they were, the idea of a pack of resources was pursued. This began in 1998 and we have continued to add to and amend its contents since then. No attempt has been made to produce sermon outlines nor service orders, but there are prayers, readings, meditations, material for children and hymns along with personal reflections which may inspire the reader to pursue the ideas and thoughts further for themselves.
We have made some free resources available, which can be downloaded below: