By Gracious Powers

Published: Tuesday, 07 November 2017

ByGraciousPowers1"This book has been a slow cook." So begins the Preface of By Gracious Powers by Ron Ham. The idea emerged in 2004 in a conversation between Ron Ham and Geoff Pound. It's only taken 13 years for this offering to be plated and presented. What's more, slow cooking has come back into vogue. Slow cooking makes for a tasty meal. It ensures the food is tender. It adds richness to the taste. The aroma tantalises for much longer. We hope your mouth is watering and your salivary glands are stirring as you await the serving of these delicious slices of ham. Since the launch of this site, many are asking this question. 

By Gracious Powers will be available from the Ashburton Baptist Church (Australia) at the launch on 26 November 2017 at 2.30pm and afterwards from the church. It will be possible to order and purchase this online. All in time for Christmas gifts.

If you can’t wait for the book, listen to some of Ron’s sermons here.

Safe Church Policy

Published: Monday, 05 December 2016

Ashburton Baptist Church has had a Safe Church policy in place for several years but new standards will become mandatory from 1 January 2017. In their November meeting, the deacons endorsed a new Safe Church and Child Safe Policy and related procedures. These have been developed in line with the Baptist Union of Victoria Safe Church Manual and also the guide prepared by the Commission for Children and Young People.

The new policy will be presented to members at a church meeting in February. It is important for all people at ABC to be aware of the policy and to understand how it affects our programs. Training for program leaders will be provided in 2017.

Would you please take a few minutes to read the Safe Church and Child Safe Policy.  

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2016 AGM Presentation

Published: Monday, 28 November 2016


At our AGM on Sunday 20th November, Geoff Pound presented an overview of the year in pictures. You can watch it here.

Petition Regarding Markham Redevelopment

Published: Wednesday, 23 November 2016

One of the points arising from the Markham Redevelopment Forum (22 November 2016) organised by the Ashburton Residents Action Group (ARAG) was the importance of people power.

Different speakers urged the writing to the government to express concerns about the redevelopment plans. They also stressed the value of Graham Watt's petition which when signed he will present to parliament.

We can't do this as an online petition as parliament won't accept that. We gave Graham over 200 signatures last night. He'd like 1,000 to present to parliament. Please download and print off the petition and get your friends, family and neighbours to sign it.

The deadline for submissions is Friday 2nd December.