29th March 2015 newsletter

Louise,

Rob and Sharon Durant

We thank God that Rob and Sharon have moved and are now living in Rudloe! Please continue to pray for them, as a family, and for the new congregation as they reach into the community at Rudloe. We give thanks to God that both children are now placed in the local primary school and will start on Monday 13th April.

Rob’s induction service as a pastor at Corsham Baptist Church will be held at Priory Street on Saturday 18th April at 2pm. The formal service will be followed by tea/coffee and cakes. Everyone is welcome to attend! Rob will preach his first sermon at Rudloe on Sunday 19th April at 10.45am.

Leadership Elections

Nominations are open for the following leadership roles: Missions’ Deacon; Children’s Deacon; Elder (Alan Christie has indicated he is willing to stand for re-nomination). Role descriptions are on the leadership board in the coffee hall. Nomination forms, procedures and a leaflet on the Ministry of Elders and Deacons are on the table at the back.   Nomination forms may be handed to Alan Kember or Michael Prior. Nominations will close at 10.45am on Sunday 5th April. Elections for these roles will be held at the church meeting on the 20th April.

9am and 11am Services

On 28th June, we will commence our two-service Sundays – one at 9am and the other at 11am. Alan Kember will be the elder overseeing the 9am service and Alan Christie will be overseeing the 11am service. Please talk to either Alan Kember or Alan Christie as you consider which service you would like to attend and serve at. Please note there will be junior church facilities at both services. Examples of areas of serving could be: junior church, worship, sound, projection, intercessory prayer and prayer ministry, greeting, money-counting, teas, communion setup, stewarding etc.

Ladies’ March Bible Study

The ladies’ bible study tomorrow night will include a curry! The cost will be £5 per head. Please sign up NOW! at the back so we know how many to cater for!

*** Epic Explorers Easter Holiday Club ***

This year’s holiday club (5-11 year olds) will run from Tuesday 7th April – Friday 10th April, 10am-12.30pm daily.  Volunteers are needed to run this club, please pray about whether you would be able to help out in any way.  The areas we need help with are set up, worship, sound desk, projector, team leaders and helpers, registration and set design. There is a sign up sheet at the back of church so please put your name down.  Most importantly, please could you pray for this event, the children and people involved in this club. Parents can register their children on the days that they attend.

Wood at the Church

We have quite a lot of wood available around the church yard from all of the cutting back work that’s recently been done. A lot of it will burn very well like the ash, sycamore, and holly (if seasoned). You are welcome to come and help yourself to it if you burn wood at home. It would be great to see it all go and be used up rather than it just being stacked in various places around the yard. Chat to Paul Garcia or Steve Bryant if necessary.

Midweek Service

Our special Easter Service will be at 2pm on Wednesday 1st April and will be led by Eric Seager. It will include communion and follow the Easter account from the ‘Last Supper’ to the ‘Resurrection’ in Luke’s gospel, with appropriate hymns. The service will be followed by drinks and home-made cakes. All are welcome.

Craft Group

There will be no Craft Group in April as it is Easter, so the next one will be on Saturday 2nd May.

Easter Cards for the Persecuted Church

Vanessa Naish has organised for Easter cards to be sent to persecuted Christians around the world through Open Doors. Please take a card and write a message or scripture. You can either send the card yourself or leave it on the table for Vanessa to post to Open Doors. Heb. 13:3 ” Continue to remember those in prison as if you were together with them in prison, and those who are mistreated as if you yourselves were suffering.”

Good Friday, Walk of Witness, 3rd April

There will be a Good Friday service at Corsham Baptist Church at 9.30am on the 3rd April. This will be a quiet, reflective service with communion, after which people will be encouraged to join other worshippers in Corsham for the annual Walk of Witness down the High Street. This will commence at 10.30am and will finish with refreshments and hot cross buns at St. Aldhelm’s Church.

The Vicar of Baghdad

Canon Andrew White is the priest in-charge of one of the world’s most beleaguered churches and the hardships faced by him and his congregation are almost intolerable. However, the resilience and faith of the Christians in Baghdad are an inspiration to us all and in spite of the repression, prejudice and persecution there is real hope and belief in the salvation to be found in Christ which is shared by us all. The moving story of Canon Andrew White and his fellow Christians is told by the Rev. David Post in a one hour audio/visual presentation which reveals the challenges and difficulties of being a Christian in one of the most unstable countries in the world. Following his retirement, David visited St George’s Church, Baghdad and on his return to Britain he decided to travel the length and breadth of the country to highlight the work of the church to as many people as possible; his mode of transport is by bicycle. David will be telling their story at St. Bartholomew’s church, Corsham on Tuesday 14th April at 7.30pm. The evening is free and refreshments will be served during the event.

Ministry Reports

Would all ministry leaders and housegroup leaders write up a short report on the activity of their ministry to be included in the ministry report booklets which will be produced for the Annual Church Meeting on 20th April 2015. The report is for ministry done in 2014 and should cover what you’ve done, future work and prayer points. Please could these be emailed to Louise by Wednesday 8th April. Thank you very much.

Our Missionaries – Steve and Ruth Lancaster

Copies of the Lancaster newsletter for March are on the table at the back. Please take one and keep up to date with their activities and ministry in Tanzania.  Their blog can be found at lancsintanz.blogspot.com

…This week is half term…

Monday: Ladies’ bible study and curry evening, 7.30pm

No Mums’ bible study on Monday morning

Wednesday: Early morning prayer, 7.15am, Midweek service, 2pm

No Mums ‘n Tots on Thursday morning

Friday: Good Friday service at 9.30am followed by Walk of Witness in Corsham

Saturday: NO prayer for gospel expansion in the Hut

Looking ahead…

5th April: Nominations for leadership positions close, 10.45am

7th-10th April: Holiday Bible Club

8th April: Prayer for Missions and the Persecuted Church, 7.30pm

12th April: Baptism service, 10.45am

14th April: The Vicar of Baghdad presentation, 7.30pm, St. Bart’s

18th April: Rob Durant induction service, 2pm Corsham Baptist Church, Priory Street

20th April: Annual Church Meeting and Ordinary Church Meeting, 8pm

 

 

 

 

Steve’s visit to Central Asia, 7th to 24th April 2015

Adrian,

Please pray for our missionaries Steve and Gill. Listed below are some prayer points.

  • Good travel there and back and within Central Asia. Road travel within this region can be challenging.

Travel dates:
7th-8th April, fly to T via Istanbul.
19th April fly to K.
24th-25th April fly back home via Istanbul.

  • Planning for sessions with children – approximately 8 hours with senior school children on “re-entry” (return to the passport country), and around 3 hours with junior age children. This is all in a small cooperative school where several families have joined together to share in teaching their children.
  • Planning for 4 or 5 seminars and a devotional talk for an adult audience, in T. Three seminars at the SHARE Educational Services conference in one city and the others for a team of foreign workers in another city.
  • Remaining planning for a programme from 19th – 24th April in K.
  • Encouraging and effective communication in all of the lessons, seminars and devotionals.
  • For Gill and the family, protection and blessing while Steve is away.

Newsletter 22nd March 2015

Louise,

Leadership Elections

Nominations are now open for the following leadership roles: Missions’ Deacon; Children’s Deacon; Elder (Alan Christie has indicated he is willing to stand for re-nomination). Role descriptions are on the leadership board in the coffee hall. Nomination forms, procedures and a leaflet on the Ministry of Elders and Deacons are on the table at the back.   Nomination forms may be handed to Alan Kember or Michael Prior. Nominations will close at 10.45am on Sunday 5th April. Elections for these roles will be held at the church meeting in April.

9am and 11am Services

On 28th June, we will commence our two-service Sundays – one at 9am and the other at 11am. Alan Kember will be the elder overseeing the 9am service and Alan Christie will be overseeing the 11am service. Please talk to either Alan Kember or Alan Christie as you consider which service you would like to attend and serve at. Please note there will be junior church facilities at both services.

Compassion sponsors’ lunch

There will be a lunch following the morning service today for all those who sponsor children through Compassion. After the meal a short video will be shown, followed by time to share ideas and pray for our sponsored children.

*** Epic Explorers Easter Holiday Club ***

This year’s holiday club (5-11 year olds) will run from Tuesday 7th April – Friday 10th April, 10am-12.30pm daily.  Volunteers are needed to run this club, please pray about whether you would be able to help out in any way.  The areas we need help with are set up, worship, sound desk, projector, team leaders and helpers, registration and set design.  Please speak to Rhiannon Price if you have any questions.  There is a sign up sheet at the back of church so please put your name down. If you can only help for an hour, please do so.  Most importantly, please could you pray for this event, the children and people involved in this club.

There will be a meeting for everyone who has signed up for this year’s holiday club  as well as anyone else who would like to find out more about the club.  The meeting will be held at church this Tuesday (March 24th) at 7pm. We are still collecting activia yogurt pots and kitchen roll tubes, so don’t throw them out! We are also in need of 45 gingerbread men for the Wednesday session of the holiday club (April 8th)! Are you able to make some or all for us?  Please speak to Rhiannon if you are able to help.  Thank you very much!

Ministry Reports

Would all ministry leaders and housegroup leaders write up a short report on the activity of their ministry to be included in the ministry report booklets which will be produced for the Annual Church Meeting on 20th April 2015. The report is for ministry done in 2014 and should cover what you’ve done, future work and prayer points. Please could these be emailed to Louise by Wednesday 8th April. Thank you very much.

Ladies’ March Bible Study

The ladies’ bible study on Monday 30th March will include a curry! The cost will be £5 per head. Please sign up at the back so we know how many to cater for!

The Ark

Another session of The Ark will take place this Saturday, 28th March, from 10-10.45am. This is an outreach activity to the community for parents with young children. Please speak to Rachel for more details.

Easter Cards for the Persecuted Church

Vanessa Naish has organised for Easter cards to be sent to persecuted Christians around the world through Open Doors. Please take a card and write a message or scripture. You can either send the card yourself or leave it on the table for Vanessa to post to Open Doors. Heb. 13:3 ” Continue to remember those in prison as if you were together with them in prison, and those who are mistreated as if you yourselves were suffering.”

Good Friday, Walk of Witness 3rd April

There will be a Good Friday service at Corsham Baptist Church at 9.30am on the 3rd April. This will be a quiet, reflective service with communion, after which people will be encouraged to join other worshippers in Corsham for the annual Walk of Witness down the High Street. This will commence at 10.30am and will finish with refreshments and hot cross buns at St. Aldhelm’s Church.

…This week…

Monday: Mums’ bible study, 10am

Tuesday: Holiday Bible Club meeting, 7pm

Wednesday: Early morning prayer, 7.15am

Thursday: Mums ‘n Tots, 10am; Corsham Money & Debt Advice Centre, 7.30pm

Friday: Corsham Money and Debt Advice Centre, 9.30am

Saturday: Prayer for gospel expansion, 8.30am, The Hut; The Ark, 10am

Looking ahead…

30th March: Ladies’ bible study (with curry!), 7.30pm

1st April: Midweek service, 2pm

3rd April: Good Friday service at 9am followed by Walk of Witness in Corsham High St.

5th April: Nominations for leadership positions close, 10.45am

7th-10th April: Holiday Bible Club

8th April: Prayer for Missions and the Persecuted Church, 7.30pm

12th April: Baptism service, 10.45am

14th April: The Vicar of Baghdad presentation, 7.30pm, St. Bart’s

18th April: Rob Durant induction service, 2pm Corsham Baptist Church, Priory Street

20th April: Annual Church Meeting and Ordinary Church Meeting, 8pm

 

8th March newsletter

Louise,

Compassion sponsors’ lunch – Sunday March 22nd

There will be a lunch following the Sunday morning service on 22nd March for all those who sponsor children through Compassion. After lunch a short video will be shown, followed by time to share ideas and pray for our sponsored children. Please sign the sheet at the back of church to help us with catering arrangements. For more information please see John & Rachael Loescher, or Roger & Hazel Hammett.

Men’s Curry Night

Ian Holmes is organising a men’s curry night  Monday 9th March 7.30pm here at the church, £7.50. Please contact Ian if you would like to attend.

Epic Explorers Easter Holiday Club

This year’s holiday club (5-11 year olds) will run from Tuesday 7th April – Friday 10th April, 10am-12.30pm daily.  Volunteers are needed to run this club, please pray about whether you would be able to help out in any way.  The areas we need help with are set up, worship, sound desk, projector, team leaders and helpers, registration and set design.  Please speak to Rhiannon if you have any questions.  There is a sign up sheet at the back of church so please put your name down. If you can only help for an hour, please do so.  Most importantly, please could you pray for this event, the children and people involved in this club. Thank you.

Prayer for missions and the persecuted church

The next meeting will be at CBC this Wednesday 11th March from 7.30 to 9.00pm.  We will pray for our own missionaries, the Oasis Centre and those suffering for their faith.  The country of the month is Saudi Arabia.  Please note change of venue.  All welcome – see Gill Bryant for further details.

Easter Cards for the Persecuted Church

Vanessa Naish has organised for Easter cards to be sent to persecuted Christians around the world through Open Doors. Please take a card and write a message or scripture. You can either send the card yourself or leave it on the table for Vanessa to post to Open Doors. Heb. 13:3 ” Continue to remember those in prison as if you were together with them in prison, and those who are mistreated as if you yourselves were suffering.”

The Lunch Club

The next Lunch Club event will take place Tuesday 10th March at 12 o’clock. This is a meal and talk for our seniors. If you would like more information about these lunches, please have a chat to Michael or Wendy.

CBC Cooking Rota

We would like to establish a short term cooking rota service for new families, people just discharged from hospital or any who would benefit from this. We are looking for volunteers to cook and help serve in this way. Please contact Mike B if you would like to receive this service or if you could join the team of volunteers.

The Vicar of Baghdad

Canon Andrew White is the priest in-charge of one of the world’s most beleaguered churches and the hardships faced by him and his congregation are almost intolerable. However, the resilience and faith of the Christians in Baghdad are an inspiration to us all and in spite of the repression, prejudice and persecution there is real hope and belief in the salvation to be found in Christ which is shared by us all. The moving story of Canon Andrew White and his fellow Christians is told by the Rev. David Post in a one hour audio/visual presentation which reveals the challenges and difficulties of being a Christian in one of the most unstable countries in the world. Following his retirement, David visited St George’s Church, Baghdad and on his return to Britain he decided to travel the length and breadth of the country to highlight the work of the church to as many people as possible; his mode of transport is by bicycle. David will be telling their story at St. Bartholomew’s church, Corsham on Tuesday 14th April at 7.30pm. The evening is free and refreshments will be served during the event.

Ministry Reports

Would all ministry leaders and housegroup leaders write up a short report on the activity of their ministry to be included in the ministry report booklets which will be produced for the Annual Church Meeting on 20th April 2015. The report is for ministry done in 2014 and should cover what you’ve done, future work and prayer points. Please could these be emailed to Louise by Wednesday 8th April. Thank you very much.

Saturday morning prayer

There is a prayer meeting every Saturday morning for the new work in Rudloe and for wider gospel expansion in Corsham. We meet in the hut at 8.30am. Everyone is welcome.

Stamps

Paul Lobley has been thanked for the contribution of used stamps he has sent to BMS stamp bureau, so thank you to all who have given. Please keep them coming in!

 …This week…

Monday: Mums’ bible study, 10am; Men’s curry night, 7.30pm

Wednesday: Early morning prayer, 7.15am; Prayer for Missions and the Persecuted Church, 7.30pm

Thursday: Mums ‘n Tots, 10am; Corsham Money & Debt Advice Centre, 7.30pm

Friday: Corsham Money and Debt Advice Centre, 9.30am

Saturday: Prayer for gospel expansion, 8.30am, The Hut;

Looking ahead…

18th March: Midweek service, 2pm

21st March: WEC Prayer Day at CBC – focus on the Middle East

22nd March: Nominations open for new deacons

28th March: The Ark, 10am

30th March: Ladies’ bible study, 7.30pm

1st April: Midweek service, 2pm

3rd April: Good Friday service at 9am followed by Walk of Witness in Corsham

7th-10th April: Holiday Bible Club

12th April: Baptism service, 10.45am

14th April: The Vicar of Baghdad presentation, 7.30pm, St. Bart’s

18th April: Rob Durant induction service, 2pm Corsham Baptist Church, Priory Street

20th April: Annual Church Meeting

Running with perseverance…

Steve and Ruth Lancaster,

The past two months have mainly involved four aspects for us: preparation, planning, perseverance …… and teaching!  I’ve been preparing IBM conference talks as well as preparing for a half marathon; Ruth has been teaching her second English course to the staff at Sanga Sanga; we’ve both been helping to plan developments at Sanga, and we’ve both been learning to persevere through church, the hot season, accounts and frequent power cuts!

Everywhere right of the line is in the
Pwani (Coastal) Diocese!

Conference Season Preparation: As most of you will now be aware IBM (Institute of Bible & Ministry) is a theological programme designed to enable, mobilise and inspire the pastors and evangelists of the Africa Inland Church in Eastern Tanzania.  We want them to grow in their walk with God and be effective in their ministries as they serve their congregations and seek to reach out to those who haven’t heard the gospel before. That’s what we’re here for and that’s our main focus for being in Tanzania.  Every year we run 7-8 conferences in various locations in the AIC Pwani (Coastal) Diocese, which covers over half the country and includes 14 different regions.  In fact the diocese covers just over 347,000 square miles which is 7 times the size of England!  So now you can see why we often have to build in a full day’s travel either side of each conference, and request prayer for safety as we travel! 

The first four months of every year are set aside for organisation and the preparation of teaching material, as well as raising the necessary funds to hold the events.  The conference season begins in May and ends in December.  I’ve been tasked with preparing teaching material on the Holy Spirit and so for the last two months I’ve been reading, writing, prepping and praying my way through seven teaching sessions on that subject.  The topic of the Holy Spirit often sparks a lot of interest but, sadly, it’s often surrounded by much confusion and controversy.  In my reading I came across a quote by the former president of the Proclamation Trust, David Jackman, which sums up how I’ve been feeling about the issue over the last few years.  “For many Christians the great and glorious biblical truths about the Holy Spirit have been lost in the cross-fire of argument and counter argument, so that the whole subject has become a ground of contention and dispute, rather than of enlightenment and joy.  There is a place for a simple restatement of the great doctrines of the Spirit’s person and work for a new generation of Christians, many of whom have been forced to adopt positions and take sides in arguments, perhaps without fully realising the foundation principles on which such discussions are based.”


So, this is what I’m hoping to cover as I very simply restate the great doctrines of the Holy Spirit: what does the Bible say about the Holy Spirit?  What are the important tasks he carries out?  What are his roles in the life of the Christian and the Church?  Where does he fit into the Trinity?  What about the spiritual gifts that the Holy Spirit gives?  What does it mean to be filled with the Holy Spirit?  What about the gift of speaking in tongues and baptism in the Spirit? And hopefully – all of this within eight three-day conferences!  I’ll be honest, although it’s been hard going getting down to study at times, it’s also been a privilege to take a more in-depth look at this vital subject and to wrestle with some of the issues involved.  I’ll quote the American evangelist of yesteryear, DL Moody, as I think he sums up how I feel getting to the end of this study period: “If you ask, do I understand what is thus revealed in the Scriptures about the Holy Spirit, I say ‘no’. But my faith bows down before the inspired Word and I unhesitatingly believe the great things of God when even reason is blinded and the intellect confused.”  I look forward with excitement and trepidation to the start of our conference season and to the teaching of His Word! 

Waiting for the start of the Kili Half Marathon

Running a half-marathon: a new African experience!  It’s 7am on the 1st March and I’m on the starting line with thousands of other runners waiting for the starter’s orders.  A number of questions come to mind as I wait for the start of the Kilimanjaro Half Marathon to begin: will my legs endure the 13 mile run around the town of Moshi? Will my asthmatic lungs cope with running at 3000ft? Will it be too hot and humid? What will the organisation of the race be like?  Will there be enough water stations on the way round?  The sun is on its way up and in the distance the snow covered peak of Africa’s highest mountain, Kilimanjaro, looms out of the early morning haze.  As I glance around it’s easy to spot the seasoned runners, a few of whom possibly fancy their chances of claiming the £710 first prize.  Incidentally, the first prize for the winner of the full marathon is £1420; compare that with the £36,000 that the London Marathon winner got last year!  

We’re off!  It’s a slow shuffle at first as I jog/walk across the start line doing my best to avoid treading on the heels of those in front.  The first 5 miles of the route are all uphill on a tarred road and it’s hard to get into a rhythm, although the sights and sounds of other runners distract me from the uphill effort.  A Tanzanian guy passes me with a pair of black slip-on shoes on his feet (later to be discarded for a bare-foot race); another guy is wearing Crocs, and still another, a pair of over-sized work-boots!  And here I was concerned as to whether my four-year old trainers would cushion my feet!  A number of messages on the backs of various T-shirts catch my eye: “Excellence in Service” and “One elephant killed every 15 minutes in Africa”. We run past many shed-shops selling bananas and phone vouchers, and groups of people stop to stare, many in silent wonderment at why one would choose to do what we’re doing.  A group of children, some of them bare-foot, are standing on the edge of one of the coffee plantations which cover the lower slopes of Kili, and some of them are collecting the discarded plastic water cups for later use. 

As I begin the downhill section a couple of men stand on the back of a pick-up truck spraying water over the runners with a leaky hosepipe and some nearby loudspeakers rattle the eardrums as I pass by.  There are no half measures when it comes to volume and loudspeakers here in Tanzania!  The halfway point is passed and I continue to keep a steady pace, aiming to keep running for as long as I can.  Police sirens can be heard behind me and soon a group of Tanzanian/Kenyan runners glide effortlessly past me with their lanky long legs. These are the full marathon guys who have joined our route and are at their 18 mile mark!  I’m stunned by the length of their stride and the speed with which they are running.  My stubby legs are probably taking two strides for every one of theirs – no wonder I’ve no chance of taking that first prize!  The last few miles jar the knees but I know that the race is nearly run, and as I turn into the somewhat dishevelled ‘stadium’ for the last few hundred yards, I’m reminded of the great cloud of witnesses mentioned in Hebrews, and so l throw off the growing tiredness that hinders me, and I manage to increase the pace and run with determined perseverance the race track that is now clearly marked out in front of me. 

Congrats to our team-mate Cath Swanson for
completing her first half marathon

Rather unsurprisingly, the ribbon has already been broken and so I settle for a medal and a T-shirt; grab a bottle of water, and look for a place in the shade to rest my weary bones.  And as I sit there listening to the rather loud MC announcing the names of those crossing the finishing line I ponder the many similarities and parallels of a physical race and the spiritual race I’m involved in: encouragement, crowds, fatigue, endurance, finishing.  I’ve managed to finish this particular physical race in a very pleasing 2 hours and 16 minutes, which was better than I had hoped for, but obviously I’m still involved in running the more important race that the writer to the Hebrews mentions.  The beauty and wonderment of the spiritual race is that, because of Christ, everyone who crosses that finishing line gets to share in an eternal inheritance that is beyond all imagination!  Yes, there are ups and downs, there are trips and falls, there are times of fatigue and tiredness as well as times of elation and enjoyment.  There are even times when we might need to get rid of unsuitable footwear and get serious about “fitting our feet with the readiness that come from the gospel of peace”.  Wherever we are in that race, “let us run with perseverance the race that is marked out for us and let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith” (Heb 12:1-2). 

For the record – one of the long legged Tanzanians won the half marathon in a time of 1 hour 3 minutes (only 73 mins quicker than me!), and the guy who ran the full-marathon was a lanky-long-legged Kenyan who ran his 26 miles in 2 hours and 16 mins, the same time as I managed for my 13 miles!  So, as you can see, still some way to go, but maybe next year…..?! 


For those who PRAY: 

  • Thank God for continued good health for Ruth.
  • We are very thankful that Steve has managed to prepare his teaching material for this year’s conferences – at least in English! 
  • Praise God that He saw fit to bring a friendly accountant to Morogoro at just the right time to help Ruth with the IBM accounts.   
  • Please pray for Steve he begins the translation work for these talks.
  • Please pray for Steve as he prepares to take over unit leadership on 6th April .
  • As part of that process we will both be travelling to Arusha to take park in unit leadership training from 16th–19th March.  
  • Please pray for the work of the Institute and in particular the next phase of development as we look to start building a conference centre. 

Random photos of the month:

Never heard them called that before!

The wall came tumbling down!  Our lovely bougainvillea
was just too heavy for the wall.

Giant grasshopper!


Middle East Let’s Pray 21st March

Adrian,

To download the event flyer click here. Scroll down for the full programme.
WEC Prayer Day Flyer

Below is the event programme. If you can’t come for long, why not drop in on one of the sessions highlighted in bold.

Programme

10:00 Tea, Coffee & Refreshments
10:30 Welcome + Worship with Nancy
10:45 Intro to WEC (James)
10:55 Devotional (David Frampton)
11:15 A Personal Perspective on Mission (David & Sue) + Prayer for the Middle East
12:30 Lunch
13:30 Song (Joan) + Challenges faced by MKs and families in missions(Steve)
13:50 More on the Middle East (David & Sue) + The Challenges Ahead
14:45 Up-Date from the Region (James)
15:00 Tea, Coffee & Refreshments

1st March 2015 newsletter

Louise,

Wec Prayer Day, 21st March

Everyone is welcome to attend all or part of this day, when we will be privileged to have David and Sue, experienced workers in the Middle East, as our main speakers. We are looking forward to an interesting and inspiring time of prayer and fellowship, starting at 10.00am with refreshments and finishing at 3.30pm.  Gill would appreciate some help in serving teas/coffees at various times and two or three home made cakes.  If anyone can help, please contact her. Thank you.

Compassion sponsors’ lunch – Sunday March 22nd

There will be a lunch following the Sunday morning service for all those who sponsor children through Compassion. After lunch a short video will be shown, followed by time to share ideas and pray for our sponsored children. Please sign the sheet at the back of church to help us with catering arrangements. For more information please see John & Rachael, or Roger & Hazel.

Men’s Curry Night

Ian is organising a men’s curry night on Monday 9th March 7.30pm here at the church, £7.50. Please contact Ian if you would like to attend.

*** Epic Explorers Easter Holiday Club ***

This year’s holiday club (5-11 year olds) will run from Tuesday 7th April – Friday 10th April, 10am-12.30pm daily.  Volunteers are needed to run this club, please pray about whether you would be able to help out in any way.  The areas we need help with are set up, worship, sound desk, projector, team leaders and helpers, registration and set design.  Please speak to Rhiannon if you have any questions.  There is a sign up sheet at the back of church so please put your name down. If you can only help for an hour, please do so.  Most importantly, please could you pray for this event, the children and people involved in this club. Thank you.

Craft Group

Do you have a craft or sewing skill you can share or something you would like to learn? Come and join CBC Craft Group on the first Saturday of the month from 10am–12.30 in the coffee hall. We are meeting again on Saturday 7th March. For more information contact Kathy or just pop in next Saturday and see what we are doing!

Midweek Service

The next midweek service will take place on Wednesday, 4th March, at 2pm. The text will be from Luke 10.1-24 with Eric leading and preaching. The service will be followed by tea/coffee and home-made cakes. Please speak to Eric for more information on these fortnightly services.

CBC Cooking Rota

We would like to establish a short term cooking rota service for new families, people just discharged from hospital or any who would benefit from this. We are looking for volunteers to cook and help serve in this way. Please contact Mike Blaikley on michaelblaikley@gmail.com if you would like to receive this service or if you could join the team of volunteers.

Saturday morning prayer

There is a prayer meeting every Saturday morning for the new work in Rudloe and for wider gospel expansion in Corsham. We meet in the hut at 8.30am. Everyone is welcome to attend.

The Vicar of Baghdad

Canon Andrew White is the priest in-charge of one of the world’s most beleaguered churches and the hardships faced by him and his congregation are almost intolerable. However, the resilience and faith of the Christians in Baghdad are an inspiration to us all and in spite of the repression, prejudice and persecution there is real hope and belief in the salvation to be found in Christ which is shared by us all.

The moving story of Canon Andrew White and his fellow Christians is told by the Rev. David Post in a one hour audio/visual presentation which reveals the challenges and difficulties of being a Christian in one of the most unstable countries in the world. Following his retirement, David visited St George’s Church, Baghdad and on his return to Britain he decided to travel the length and breadth of the country to highlight the work of the church to as many people as possible; his mode of transport is by bicycle.

David will be telling their story at St. Bartholomew’s church, Corsham on Tuesday 14th April at 7.30pm. The evening is free and refreshments will be served during the event. Please make it a date in your diary and come along to learn about and support the work of our fellow Christians in Iraq.

…This week…

Monday: Mums’ bible study, 10am

Wednesday: Early morning prayer, 7.15am; Midweek service, 2pm

Thursday: Mums ‘n Tots, 10am; Corsham Money & Debt Advice Centre, 7.30pm

Friday: Corsham Money and Debt Advice Centre, 9.30am

Saturday: Prayer for gospel expansion, 8.30am, The Hut; Craft Group, 10am

…Looking ahead…

9th March: Men’s curry night, 7pm

10th March: The Lunch Club, 12 noon

11th March: Prayer for Missions and Persecuted Church

18th March: Midweek service, 2pm

21st March: WEC Prayer Day at CBC – focus on the Middle East

22nd March: Nominations open for new deacons

28th March: The Ark, 10am

30th March: Ladies’ bible study, 7.30pm

1st April: Midweek service, 2pm

7th-10th April: Holiday Bible Club

12th April: Baptism service, 10.45am

14th April: The Vicar of Baghdad presentation, 7.30pm, St. Bart’s

18th April: Rob Durant induction service, 2pm Corsham Baptist Church, Priory Street

20th April: Annual Church Meeting