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EBF Council 2022

Riga, Latvia

Invitation

21-24 September 2022 — Riga, Latvia

It is with great joy that we write to invite you to our council gathering in Riga this September. We believe that this council has the potential to be one of the most significant Baptist gatherings in Europe, Central Asia and the Middle East.

It is our desire to gather together leaders from our member bodies, mission and aid partners across the globe, and from the next generation of Baptist leaders in our region. We will explore together: mission and ministry in a post-Covid world; a world impacted by old and new conflicts; challenging economics; global environmental concerns; new opportunities to demonstrate the beauty, wonder and hope of the Kingdom of God.

We invite you to come ready to participate in an interactive council. We plan to hear many voices, sharing their hopes and dreams for our region, and for our growing European Baptist Family, as the Spirit of God moves among us. We would especially like to emphasise our desire that you seek to bring leaders from across the generations.

We want this event to include those serving in children’s, youth and family ministries across the EBF. Please endeavour to bring some of those in your union who are involved in these ministries. It is important for us to hear from a broad generational mix and those serving among the next generation.

It is now more important than ever that we jointly invest as the European Baptist Family in building together for the future.

Alan Donaldson, General Secretary

Kaspars Šterns, Bishop of the Union of Baptist Churches in Latvia

Samantha Mail, Chair of Youth & Children's Work Committee

Helle Liht, Assistant General Secretary

Together with Youth & Children's Workers

This is a very special year in the life of the European Baptist Federation. EBF Council will incorporate the EBF Youth and Children’s Workers Conference CONNECT for the first time all together in one place at the same time.

 

We are excited to journey together as representatives from across the EBF with a passion for God’s Kingdom, our communities, and the whole Baptist family.

REGISTRATION

The registration deadline is Monday, 1 August 2022. Please register as early as possible.

SCHEDULE

Wed, 21 Sep – Sat, 24 Sep 2022

  • Check-in time at 14.00 on the day of arrival.

  • Check-out time at 12.00 on the day of departure.

  • EBF Event registration opens on Wednesday, 21 Sep at 10.00 in the hotel lobby.

  • On Wednesday we will start with dinner at the hotel at 17.00. This is followed by the Opening Celebration in one of the Riga churches. Busses will take participants to the church and back to the hotel.

  • The Council meeting will end with lunch on Saturday and will be followed by an optional visit to the Baptist House and/or other sightseeing

Sun, 25 Sep

There is a possibility to visit a local church. Please indicate your wish to participate in it on the registration form.

VENUE

Riga Islande Hotel

PAYMENT

EBF Council registration fee is 195 Euros per person. This includes:

  • 6 main meals from Wednesday dinner to Saturday lunch

  • Coffee breaks on Thursday, Friday and Saturday

  • General costs (conference rooms and equipment, materials, transport to the opening worship service, admin, etc.)

Payments can be made:

  • In cash during the EBF Joint Event meeting, OR

  • By a bank transfer into the EBF bank account. Please ensure that you mark any transfers EBF Joint Event followed by your name.

 

Please indicate on the registration form how you will be paying.

EBF Bank Account Detail

  • Beneficiary: European Baptist Federation Address: Baptist House, Postjesweg 150, 1061 AX Amsterdam, The Netherlands

  • Bank Name: Spar- und Kreditbank Evangelisch-Freikirchlicher Gemeinden eG, Bad Homburg, GERMANY

  • IBAN: DE64 5009 2100 0000 1717 00

  • BIC: GENODE51BH2

ACCOMMODATION

Please note that this year you need to book your accommodation directly with the hotel.

Room rates:

  • Single room – 46 EUR/per night

  • Twin/Double room – 51 EUR/per night

 

Room rate includes:

  • Breakfast

  • Wi-Fi internet

  • Parking lot

  • Service charge and VAT

 

Please send an email to reservation@islandehotel.lv, giving the following information:

  • First name

  • Surname

  • Room category (single/twin/double/sharing with)

  • Arrival date

  • Departure date

  • Password: EBF 2022 (important for the special rate)

 

The special rate won’t apply to reservations made via the hotel home page, booking.com or other channels. You will be asked to pay on your arrival at the hotel reception in cash or with a credit card.

CANCELLATION POLICY

In case of cancellation of an individual booking, the Council fee can be refunded only when a written request arrives at the EBF office (helle@ebf.org) before 1 August. We regret that cancellations made after 1 August will result in the loss of the entire registration fee.

SCHOLARSHIPS

EBF scholarship fund will be allocated to those who submit their registration forms and apply for a scholarship by the registration deadline on 1 August. Applications submitted after this date will not be considered.

 

There is also a separate scholarship fund for those who are involved in Youth & Children’s work.

 

Please note that normally the EBF scholarship covers only a part of the full cost of attending the Council.

TRAVEL INFORMATION

You will need to fly into Riga RIX Airport. On the website, you find information about the airlines serving this airport as well as the timetables. One of the main airlines is AirBaltic which you may consider.

 

For those arriving by car, there is a free of charge parking space available next to the hotel.

 

Riga has a very good public transport system, further instruction will be sent to all registered participants nearer the time.

VISA
VISA

Follow this link for visa information for Latvia:

 

If you need to obtain a visa, please contact Helle Liht (helle@ebf.org) to start the visa application process.