The CABF was formerly known as the Atlantic Baptist Fellowship for more than 40 years. Because of the great affection for the ABF, many will continue to refer to it as that. The ABF was formed in 1971 by members of the United Baptist Convention of the Atlantic Provinces, who wanted to witness to historic Baptist principles of freedom and to continue involvement with non-Baptist communions in joint worship, social action and ecumenical discussions.
2016 Rushton Lecture and Luncheon - A Wrap-up
This year's event was held at the Port Williams United Baptist Church with approximately 70 people in attendance. The speaker was Ed Colquhoun, Amherst, retired educator and passionate exponent of the adult study of Biblical and theological subjects. Ed's topic was Searching for Faithful Adult Learning. The Founder's Tribute was given to the late Terry Tingley by his daughter Licentiate Vicki Brown, Minister of Bayside Baptist Church. We are grateful for Terry's impact on the formation of the CABF and all of us who knew him. Audio recordings of both talks will soon be available on this site.
Another highlight of the session was the unanimous vote to receive the First Baptist Church Brantford into CABF membership. Before the vote, a Skype connection was made with Marg Eisner, Chair of Brantford's Board of Deacons. Marg gave a short history of the church and their reasons for applying for membership. The church's compatibility with CABF's objectives were striking.
Regg Dunn a former minister of First Baptist Church Amherst and Frank Sinnott who held pastorates throughout the maritimes discuss their beliefs about what it is to be Baptist. The articles were written several years ago, but well express the essence of our Baptist beliefs and freedoms. To view the articles, click on their names.
Current Topics - Links
From Prayer and Politics:Trans-formation, a blog posting by Ken Sehested. Ken was the founding director of the Baptist Peace Fellowship of North America (1984).
Notice of Motion
At the recent Rushton Luncheon business session, the Constitution Committee presented the following notice of motion.
Section 18 (a) Current reading:
18. Business at Annual General Meeting. At the annual general meeting of the Society the following items of business shall be dealt with and shall be deemed ordinary business and all other business transacted shall be deemed special business:
(a) minutes of the previous annual general meeting,
18 (a) minutes of the previous annual general meeting and any special meetings held in the interim,
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Brantford Church Joins CABF
At the recent Rushton Lecture and Luncheon, First Baptist Church, Brantford, Ontario, was received as a member of the CABF. The joining of our first member church outside of the Atlantic Provinces was an historic occasion. The minister of the church is the Reverend Deborah Dempsey. The Church's website is found here.
Baptisms - Port Williams
On May 22, 10 young people were baptized by Rev. Dave Ogilvie at the Port Williams United Baptist Church. The baptism was the culmination of a multi-week program developed by Dave called "Pathways." (More on this in a future edition of the Bulletin.) One aspect of the program was that each member of the class choose a mentor from the congregation to accompany him or her through the process.