• Leading Them to the Father

    Leading them to the Father Children are precious treasures in our church. Where there are children in Sabbath School and in Divine Service, the church seems to come alive — these curious eyes, heartfelt smiles, soft little hands, and running feet – all these signs tell us that this church will continue in years to come. Children in church are also our responsibility. All we say and do influences them. How can we best share God’s Word with them and teach them Christian values? On 18th November Clair Sanches-Schutte, the Children and Women Ministries Department Director of the TED, and Karen Holford, the Family Ministries Department Director of the TED,…

  • Children’s Orchestra Camp

    Adventist children and youth orchestra camp that was launched in Estonia as a result of the efforts by both Hans Soosaar and the music teacher Raeli Florea (who is also the conductor of the orchestra) celebrated already its fifth anniversary this year. Unlike during previous years, the camp did not take place in Estonia, but in Valka, Latvia, and had more international participants. There were 34 instrumentalists aged 9-24 and in addition to the familiar Latvian children, this year’s camp welcomed young musicians from Lithuania as well. The participants slept in the rooms of Jānis Cimze school and the rehearsals took place at Valka Cultural Center. Since the participants came…

  • Messy Church in Tartu, Estonia

    The «Messy Church» and «Girls for Christ» training in Estonia

    On 17 June 2017, the active members of Tartu Adventist church (Estonia) came together to learn about Messy Church. The concept of Messy Church was actually born in Church of England, when a group at St. Wilfrid’s in Cowplain were frustrated because they did not seem to reach children with God’s story (https://www.messychurch.org.uk). So, they tried to create something interesting and appealing to all ages, and as the results showed, they succeeded. The idea spread quickly across the denominational borders. Now, many Seventh Day Adventist churches have embraced the idea of Messy Church and organise it successfully in many countries. In the Baltic Union, there are Messy Churches already in…

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  • Family, Children’s and Women’s Ministries’ Advisory of BAUC

    In our church, we believe that “the Holy Spirit is given to each of us in a special way” (1 Corinthians 12:7), so that there are different ways believers can serve, and different places in God’s work, “but the same God is working in all these ways and in all people” (1 Corinthians 12::6) to build up the church, and to reach out with the good news about Jesus Christ and His soon return. Hence, we have different departments in our church, so that everybody could find what is closest to their heart; what speaks to them and how they can exercise the gifts the Holy Spirit has given to…

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  • Pathfinder training in Baltics

    On September 22-25 of 2016, BAUC youth department has organised Pathfinder leadership training in Daunoriai village, Lithuania. This much needed training was conducted by the team of Pathfinder leaders from USA. Leader of the team Jonatan Tejel (GC Pathfinder director) has brought along with himself three trusted friends Mark O’Fill (Bible teacher and chaplain at Atholton Adventist Academy in the Columbia Union, Chesapeake Conference), Lile Petry (A carpenter and an ordained elder of Ellijay SDA Church)  and John Swafford (retired pastor and teacher  who served as Georgia – Cumberland Conference Pathfinder/ Adventurer/ Children’s Ministry Director) who spent four days training leaders from all three Baltic countries. The group of almost…

  • Reflections and plans

    On 29 November BAUC leaders of Children’s Ministry Department came together to reflect how we did this year, and to discuss plans for the next. We started off with a short thought about different noises in our lives and read the story in Matthew 21: 12 – 16 where priests and elders were not at all disturbed by the noises the money changers and traders made, while they were greatly troubled by children’s shouts when they praised Jesus for His miraculous work by healing the sick. It brought us to the question: Do we nowadays value children in a church? Because if we do, then the ultimate goal of ours…

  • Children’s Ministries’ leaders came together.

    On 16 November Children Ministries’ leaders of the three conferences of the BAUC came together in Riga to take part in a Messy Church experience organised by the Latvian Conference and conducted by Liepaja church. After half day full of different activities, singing and sharing, the leaders came together to the ‘upper room’ to listen to each other, pray for each other, have a look at new materials, and to make plans together for the future. We shared our joys and challenges, prayed together for the work God has invited us to do, and it was our common desire that we could cooperate more in the future, so that the children from…

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  • Seminārs par laika plānošanu «Ceļa meklētāju» vadītājiem

    Neskatoties uz aizputinātajiem ceļiem, svētdien, 29. janvārī, Rīgā uz kārtējo apmācību kursu pulcējās «Ceļu meklētāju» vadītāji. Seminārs bija par laika plānošanu — kā efektīvāk organizēt savu darba laiku. Lekcijas vadīja Baltijas Konferenču Ūnijas prezidents Valdis Zilgalvis. Guntis Bukalders, Baltijas Konferenču Ūnijas komunikāciju nodaļas vadītājs

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