Good News for Christmas!

Eddie,

Isaiah 9:6-7 New International Version (NIV)

For to us a child is born,
    to us a son is given,
    and the government will be on his shoulders.
And he will be called
    Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,
    Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
Of the greatness of his government and peace
    there will be no end.
He will reign on David’s throne
    and over his kingdom,
establishing and upholding it
    with justice and righteousness
    from that time on and forever.
The zeal of the Lord Almighty
    will accomplish this.

Mary’s Song

Eddie,

Luke 1:46-55 New International Version (NIV)

Mary’s Song

46 And Mary said:

“My soul glorifies the Lord
47     and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior,
48 for he has been mindful
    of the humble state of his servant.
From now on all generations will call me blessed,
49     for the Mighty One has done great things for me—
    holy is his name.
50 His mercy extends to those who fear him,
    from generation to generation.
51 He has performed mighty deeds with his arm;
    he has scattered those who are proud in their inmost thoughts.
52 He has brought down rulers from their thrones
    but has lifted up the humble.
53 He has filled the hungry with good things
    but has sent the rich away empty.
54 He has helped his servant Israel,
    remembering to be merciful
55 to Abraham and his descendants forever,
    just as he promised our ancestors.”

Notice sheet for 27th December 2015

Louise,

No evening service

Please note, there is no evening service at Priory Street on Sunday 27th December.

Leaders’ Retreat

Our leaders are going on their annual retreat from 8-9 January, 2016. Please lift them up in prayer.

Bath Women’s Conference, 23rd April, 2016

There will be a Bath Women’s Conference (under The South West Gospel Partnership) on Saturday 23rd April 2016 from 10am-4.15pm at Kingswood School, Bath. Tickets are £15 each. Anne Holmes would like to make a booking for the ladies of CBC by the end of December as tickets will sell fast for this event. Please sign up at the back if you would like to attend! Speak to Anne for more details.

Church Directory 2016

Please complete a contact sheet for the church directory. Even if you were listed in the 2015 directory, please complete a new form and indicate on the form the service you normally attend (ie. Rudloe, 9.15am, 11.15am, 6pm, midweek service). Please note, one sheet per family, only provide contact information you are happy to share and please write very clearly so there are no mistakes in the final production! Leave form in the box at the back. Thank you!

Giving to CBC: blue envelope scheme

Blue Offering envelopes for 2016 are now available from our treasurer, Michael Prior. If you like to give weekly to CBC by cash or cheque, one way of doing so is by putting a blue envelope into the offering bag, with your offering in it . These envelopes are dated weekly and have a reference number on them. The reference number is particularly useful if you are a Gift-Aid giver, as the number enables the treasurer to identify you when claiming the gift-aid.

Stamps

Please keep all your Christmas stamps as Paul Lobley sends them off to BMS. There is a box at the back. Thank you!

Lost Property

The lost property table is out again in the coffee hall and there is a wide variety of items which need to go home! The table will be out for a few weeks after which any unclaimed items will be disposed of.

Evening Service, 3rd January

The evening service next week will be a prayer meeting.

All meetings and groups are closed for the Christmas holidays. Please speak to your life group leader for re-opening times in 2016 of your particular group.

 

Christmas through a different lens

Ruth,

001As I type it’s mid-December and our Christmas card count is currently ten! A small fake tree sits in the corner of our lounge and a few homemade decorations hang on the wall as Ruth attempts to make it feel a bit more festive. However, it’s hard to feel festive when the temperature is 35 degrees, the humidity level is a sweaty 70%, the monkeys are chattering noisily in the tree outside, and the portable fan is whirring away on its top setting! But what is ‘feeling festive’ all about? Surely that depends on which part of the world you come from and your normal experience of how you celebrate Christmas. In the West the traditional festive image seems to be summed up in these words: mince pies and turkeys, Christmas trees and nativity sets, woolly jumpers and crackers, families and presents, and mulled wine being sipped whilst standing around a roaring log fire, having just come in from a carol service at a quaint village church which is covered in snow!

Well, those images and pictures are certainly not present here in Tanzania, which means we get to see Christmas through a very different lens. For the vast majority of people here, there won’t be a Christmas lunch and there won’t be an array of presents sitting under a tree. Forty percent of the population is Muslim, but even for many of the Christians it will simply be a ‘normal’ day with a meal of ugali and beans, and, as a treat, maybe a chicken. There will be numerous church services where the birth of Jesus is celebrated, some of which will be loud and long, but there won’t be many nativity plays (some might utter the word ‘thankfully’!) or carols, and there certainly won’t be mulled wine! There won’t be a Queen’s speech to listen to, although it would seem the new Tanzanian president has already made his Christmas speech by declaring a ban on his government officials sending Christmas cards using public money! Some people have cried ‘bah humbug’ but most Tanzanians have welcomed his cost-cutting measures as he seeks to trim unnecessary government spending.

As I drove back from meetings in Dar es Salaam yesterday I was struck how much easier it is here in Tanzania to imagine what it might have been like on that original Christmas Day. There were shepherds out in the fields (and along the roadside!) cajoling their flocks and herds, leading them to pasture and water. Many of them were Masai men or boys, wearing their traditional garb, seeking to protect their animals from the passing traffic! It was to people such as this that God sent the most incredible angelic choir of all time to announce the birth of a saviour! In the rural areas people were out and about with hoe in hand, planting up their plots with maize and trying to take advantage of the recent rains. Whilst cars and motorbikes are certainly on the increase, many people still walk to their destinations, and in the rural areas, you can still see rickety old carts being pulled by plodding donkeys or oxen, and occasionally, certainly on the outskirts of Morogoro, you’ll even catch a glimpse of a small herd of camels!

And then there are the pictures of poverty that abound here, some of which leap off the pages of scripture. There are the street beggars, the deranged, and the homeless who wait at ‘the city gate’, or outside the mosque or the mini-market! There are the women wrapped up in their colourful kangas and saris. There are those who plod wearily home with a bundle of firewood strapped to their backs so they can prepare their evening meal over an open fire.

There are those who have to draw their water from a well; those who haul their water home in used plastic cooking-oil containers! At one point I saw an elderly lady crouching over a roadside puddle trying to funnel some of the cleaner water into a plastic bottle, presumably for her to drink.

003Many of the mud-brick huts that I passed along the way made it easy for me to imagine the squalor of a stable scene; chickens scratching around the doorway and goats milling around outside. Having been here for over two years now there is a tendency for these images to lose their shock value and I need to be reminded that I lead such a privileged life and that life, for many, is so tough.

005I imagine that life was somewhat tough for Mary and Joseph too! Sometimes, due to our romanticised and sanitised view of that first Christmas, we often forget the shock-value of what was really happening! Here is a young teenage girl who’s had to try and explain to her parents and her ‘righteous’ fiancé that she is pregnant……… with the Son of God!  Where do you start?!  Here is a young woman who has accepted the words of a powerful angelic being and whose response has been “I am the Lord’s servant. May it be to me as you have said.” Wow!! Here is a heavily pregnant girl who has had to travel over 60 miles from Nazareth to Bethlehem on the back of a donkey, just because the Roman authorities have said they must. Here is a young woman who has had to give birth in a cowshed because there wasn’t any other option, and who then lays her firstborn child in a cattle feeding trough, where just a short time before, the cows have been munching. Let’s be honest, what woman would want such a situation for her first experience of childbirth!? And here’s a young woman who has seen a bunch of excited shepherds (the outcasts of society) crowd into her humble maternity suite just a few hours later, no doubt smelling of their profession, to ‘glorify and praise God’ for the arrival of this swaddled baby. Oh the shock value!

Our carver friend Ambrose with his giant nativity set

Our carver friend Ambrose with his giant nativity set

And in all of these incredible scenes, at the centre of all that is happening, lies the Son of God, the firstborn over all creation, the Word becoming flesh, God ‘putting on skin’, the second person of the trinity pitching his tent amongst humanity! Oh the shock value – but oh, how marvellous and humbling and awe-inspiring is this plan of salvation hatched by the Almighty God! Father, as we celebrate the birth of your son the Lord Jesus Christ, as we seek to sift the meaningful from the trite this Christmas time, help us to marvel in reverence at what you have done for us, help us “to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ” as he stooped to become one of us – in order to save and restore humanity to a right relationship with God. And furthermore, help us “to know this love that surpasses knowledge that we may be filled to the measure of the fullness of God.”

I’ll leave you with a quote from the Victorian preacher, Charles Spurgeon, who suggests that the squalid and shocking surroundings of Jesus’ birth were intended to show the humility of Christ and his association in life with the poorest and the lowest in society: “Would it have been fitting that the man who was to die naked on the cross should be robed in purple at his birth? Would it not have been inappropriate that the Redeemer who was to be buried in a borrowed tomb should be born anywhere but in the humblest of sheds? The manger and the cross seem to fit together well, encompassing the whole of his earthly life. He is to wear peasants’ clothing; he is to associate with fishermen; the lowly and the sinners are to be his disciples; the cold mountains are often to be his only bed. Nothing therefore could be more fitting for a man who is laying aside all his glory and taking upon himself the form of a servant that he should be laid in a humble feeding trough.”

The past month – and the next few:
I think the last six weeks can best be summed up with these phrases: management meetings, monetary matters, missionary reviews, translation work and preaching appointments, a bishops’ retreat, a team retreat, a very loud and hot AIC church celebration, a four day holiday on the beach, and even the wielding of a bow-saw as I got to do some tree work at our AIM guesthouse! We’re looking forward to a break over Christmas and then we’ll head into the home straight of our first term here, continuing to finish up our current work as well as making preparations for our home assignment beginning on 8th March. There are obviously a number of churches and AIM prayer groups that we hope to speak at during our six months in UK, but we’ll let you know nearer the time as to where they’ll be happening, on the off-chance you want to come along and listen! Whilst I’m aware you’ve probably got Christmassy matters on your mind, for those who like to plan summer hols well in advance, here’s an option for some of you to consider! God willing I will be leading another Oak Hall trip to Israel in June 2016 and it would be great to have some familiar faces on the trip! If you are interested, please go to www.oakhall.co.uk and click on the “Israel & Palestine” link – and see trip code IS16 for more details.

The cheeky monkey!

The cheeky monkey!

This gecko had the bright idea of hiding in our fridge to escape the heat - sadly he couldn't find the way out again!

This gecko had the bright idea of hiding in our fridge to escape the heat – sadly he couldn’t find the way out again!

As we come to the end of the year we want to say again how thankful we are for your support and partnership in the work we’re involved with. To those of you who support us financially and prayerfully, thank you so very much. We’re blessed to be backed-up by folks such as you, and we look forward to being able to say a personal ‘thank you’ to many of you during the middle period of next year! I think our prayer requests for the next few months would be these:

  • That we would finish this first term well;
  • That we’d prepare as well as we can for home assignment;
  • That we’d be able to do well the hand-over process of our various responsibilities to our team members;
  • That the church here in Tanzania would become more Christ-centred,
  • And that we’d know the love of Christ more and more in our lives.

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Christmas through a different lens

Ruth,

001As I type it’s mid-December and our Christmas card count is currently ten! A small fake tree sits in the corner of our lounge and a few homemade decorations hang on the wall as Ruth attempts to make it feel a bit more festive. However, it’s hard to feel festive when the temperature is 35 degrees, the humidity level is a sweaty 70%, the monkeys are chattering noisily in the tree outside, and the portable fan is whirring away on its top setting! But what is ‘feeling festive’ all about? Surely that depends on which part of the world you come from and your normal experience of how you celebrate Christmas. In the West the traditional festive image seems to be summed up in these words: mince pies and turkeys, Christmas trees and nativity sets, woolly jumpers and crackers, families and presents, and mulled wine being sipped whilst standing around a roaring log fire, having just come in from a carol service at a quaint village church which is covered in snow!

Well, those images and pictures are certainly not present here in Tanzania, which means we get to see Christmas through a very different lens. For the vast majority of people here, there won’t be a Christmas lunch and there won’t be an array of presents sitting under a tree. Forty percent of the population is Muslim, but even for many of the Christians it will simply be a ‘normal’ day with a meal of ugali and beans, and, as a treat, maybe a chicken. There will be numerous church services where the birth of Jesus is celebrated, some of which will be loud and long, but there won’t be many nativity plays (some might utter the word ‘thankfully’!) or carols, and there certainly won’t be mulled wine! There won’t be a Queen’s speech to listen to, although it would seem the new Tanzanian president has already made his Christmas speech by declaring a ban on his government officials sending Christmas cards using public money! Some people have cried ‘bah humbug’ but most Tanzanians have welcomed his cost-cutting measures as he seeks to trim unnecessary government spending.

As I drove back from meetings in Dar es Salaam yesterday I was struck how much easier it is here in Tanzania to imagine what it might have been like on that original Christmas Day. There were shepherds out in the fields (and along the roadside!) cajoling their flocks and herds, leading them to pasture and water. Many of them were Masai men or boys, wearing their traditional garb, seeking to protect their animals from the passing traffic! It was to people such as this that God sent the most incredible angelic choir of all time to announce the birth of a saviour! In the rural areas people were out and about with hoe in hand, planting up their plots with maize and trying to take advantage of the recent rains. Whilst cars and motorbikes are certainly on the increase, many people still walk to their destinations, and in the rural areas, you can still see rickety old carts being pulled by plodding donkeys or oxen, and occasionally, certainly on the outskirts of Morogoro, you’ll even catch a glimpse of a small herd of camels!

And then there are the pictures of poverty that abound here, some of which leap off the pages of scripture. There are the street beggars, the deranged, and the homeless who wait at ‘the city gate’, or outside the mosque or the mini-market! There are the women wrapped up in their colourful kangas and saris. There are those who plod wearily home with a bundle of firewood strapped to their backs so they can prepare their evening meal over an open fire.

There are those who have to draw their water from a well; those who haul their water home in used plastic cooking-oil containers! At one point I saw an elderly lady crouching over a roadside puddle trying to funnel some of the cleaner water into a plastic bottle, presumably for her to drink.

003Many of the mud-brick huts that I passed along the way made it easy for me to imagine the squalor of a stable scene; chickens scratching around the doorway and goats milling around outside. Having been here for over two years now there is a tendency for these images to lose their shock value and I need to be reminded that I lead such a privileged life and that life, for many, is so tough.

005I imagine that life was somewhat tough for Mary and Joseph too! Sometimes, due to our romanticised and sanitised view of that first Christmas, we often forget the shock-value of what was really happening! Here is a young teenage girl who’s had to try and explain to her parents and her ‘righteous’ fiancé that she is pregnant……… with the Son of God!  Where do you start?!  Here is a young woman who has accepted the words of a powerful angelic being and whose response has been “I am the Lord’s servant. May it be to me as you have said.” Wow!! Here is a heavily pregnant girl who has had to travel over 60 miles from Nazareth to Bethlehem on the back of a donkey, just because the Roman authorities have said they must. Here is a young woman who has had to give birth in a cowshed because there wasn’t any other option, and who then lays her firstborn child in a cattle feeding trough, where just a short time before, the cows have been munching. Let’s be honest, what woman would want such a situation for her first experience of childbirth!? And here’s a young woman who has seen a bunch of excited shepherds (the outcasts of society) crowd into her humble maternity suite just a few hours later, no doubt smelling of their profession, to ‘glorify and praise God’ for the arrival of this swaddled baby. Oh the shock value!

Our carver friend Ambrose with his giant nativity set

Our carver friend Ambrose with his giant nativity set

And in all of these incredible scenes, at the centre of all that is happening, lies the Son of God, the firstborn over all creation, the Word becoming flesh, God ‘putting on skin’, the second person of the trinity pitching his tent amongst humanity! Oh the shock value – but oh, how marvellous and humbling and awe-inspiring is this plan of salvation hatched by the Almighty God! Father, as we celebrate the birth of your son the Lord Jesus Christ, as we seek to sift the meaningful from the trite this Christmas time, help us to marvel in reverence at what you have done for us, help us “to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ” as he stooped to become one of us – in order to save and restore humanity to a right relationship with God. And furthermore, help us “to know this love that surpasses knowledge that we may be filled to the measure of the fullness of God.”

I’ll leave you with a quote from the Victorian preacher, Charles Spurgeon, who suggests that the squalid and shocking surroundings of Jesus’ birth were intended to show the humility of Christ and his association in life with the poorest and the lowest in society: “Would it have been fitting that the man who was to die naked on the cross should be robed in purple at his birth? Would it not have been inappropriate that the Redeemer who was to be buried in a borrowed tomb should be born anywhere but in the humblest of sheds? The manger and the cross seem to fit together well, encompassing the whole of his earthly life. He is to wear peasants’ clothing; he is to associate with fishermen; the lowly and the sinners are to be his disciples; the cold mountains are often to be his only bed. Nothing therefore could be more fitting for a man who is laying aside all his glory and taking upon himself the form of a servant that he should be laid in a humble feeding trough.”

The past month – and the next few:
I think the last six weeks can best be summed up with these phrases: management meetings, monetary matters, missionary reviews, translation work and preaching appointments, a bishops’ retreat, a team retreat, a very loud and hot AIC church celebration, a four day holiday on the beach, and even the wielding of a bow-saw as I got to do some tree work at our AIM guesthouse! We’re looking forward to a break over Christmas and then we’ll head into the home straight of our first term here, continuing to finish up our current work as well as making preparations for our home assignment beginning on 8th March. There are obviously a number of churches and AIM prayer groups that we hope to speak at during our six months in UK, but we’ll let you know nearer the time as to where they’ll be happening, on the off-chance you want to come along and listen! Whilst I’m aware you’ve probably got Christmassy matters on your mind, for those who like to plan summer hols well in advance, here’s an option for some of you to consider! God willing I will be leading another Oak Hall trip to Israel in June 2016 and it would be great to have some familiar faces on the trip! If you are interested, please go to www.oakhall.co.uk and click on the “Israel & Palestine” link – and see trip code IS16 for more details.

The cheeky monkey!

The cheeky monkey!

This gecko had the bright idea of hiding in our fridge to escape the heat - sadly he couldn't find the way out again!

This gecko had the bright idea of hiding in our fridge to escape the heat – sadly he couldn’t find the way out again!

As we come to the end of the year we want to say again how thankful we are for your support and partnership in the work we’re involved with. To those of you who support us financially and prayerfully, thank you so very much. We’re blessed to be backed-up by folks such as you, and we look forward to being able to say a personal ‘thank you’ to many of you during the middle period of next year! I think our prayer requests for the next few months would be these:

  • That we would finish this first term well;
  • That we’d prepare as well as we can for home assignment;
  • That we’d be able to do well the hand-over process of our various responsibilities to our team members;
  • That the church here in Tanzania would become more Christ-centred,
  • And that we’d know the love of Christ more and more in our lives.

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Be Thou My Vision

Eddie,

How different our lives could be if we made work into worship: as working for the Lord, not for man. And what if we did this, too, with our play, our leisure, our family time, our garden chores?

Imagine.

Mark Buchanan, “Your God is too safe”

Notice sheet for 20th December 2015

Louise,

Carols by Candlelight

Our Carols by Candlelight service will be held this evening at 6pm at Priory Street followed by tea/coffee and mince pies. Everyone is welcome to attend! The offering from this service will be donated to the Oasis Centre at Traiskirchen.

Christmas Cards for Persecuted Believers

These are available in the porch. Please send with a verse of encouragement and prayer. See “Connect & Encourage” www.csw.org.uk. Next to the cards are Open Doors’ leaflets re their appeal for the Iraq/Syrian Churches. “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.” Heb 13:3

Bath Women’s Conference, 23rd April, 2016

There will be a Bath Women’s Conference (under The South West Gospel Partnership) on Saturday 23rd April 2016 from 10am-4.15pm at Kingswood School, Bath. Tickets are £15 each. Anne Holmes would like to make a booking for the ladies of CBC by the end of December as tickets will sell fast for this event. Please sign up at the back if you would like to attend! Speak to Anne for more details.

Church Directory 2016

Please complete a contact sheet for the church directory. Even if you were listed in the 2015 directory, please complete a new form and indicate on the form the service you normally attend (ie. Rudloe, 9.15am, 11.15am, 6pm, midweek service). Please note, one sheet per family, only provide contact information you are happy to share and please write very clearly so there are no mistakes in the final production! Leave form in the box at the back. Thank you!

Giving to CBC: blue envelope scheme

Blue Offering envelopes for 2016 are now available from our treasurer, Michael Prior. If you like to give weekly to CBC by cash or cheque, one way of doing so is by putting a blue envelope into the offering bag, with your offering in it . These envelopes are dated weekly and have a reference number on them. The reference number is particularly useful if you are a Gift-Aid giver, as the number enables the treasurer to identify you when claiming the gift-aid.

Town Carol Service

The annual Christmas town carol service will take place in Corsham on Tuesday night commencing at 6.45pm in the precinct. Take your lanterns and join in the singing as the crowd moves down the High Street to the courtyard of St. Bart’s. The evening ends with mince pies!

Christmas 2015

As we have done in previous years, please use the boards at the back to pin on your Christmas card to CBC folk. Please also take some CBC Christmas fliers, and the Churches of Corsham leaflet, to give to friends, family, neighbours & invite them to services over this period.

Stamps

Please keep all your Christmas stamps as Paul Lobley sends them off to BMS. There is a box at the back. Thank you!

The Christmas school holidays have now commenced and so all meetings and groups will close for the next two weeks. Please speak to your life group leader for re-opening times of your particular group.

The church office will be open on Monday and Wednesday this week.

…This week…

Tuesday 22nd December:

Corsham town carol service in the High Street, 6.45pm

Thursday 24th December:

Christmas eve service, 6pm, with communion (led by Rob Durant)

Friday 25th December:

Christmas day, 10am family service

Sunday 27th December:

One service at Priory Street at 10am and no evening service

(the Rudloe congregation will be joining Priory Street)

Why don’t people believe in God?

Eddie,

Perhaps the most common reason people don’t believe in God is simply this: They don’t want anyone telling them what to do. —Kevin DeYoung

 

God is good – but He’s not safe.

Eddie,

Does anyone have the foggiest idea what sort of power we so blithely invoke? Or, as I suspect, does no one believe a word of it? The churches are children playing on the floor with their chemistry sets, mixing up a batch of TNT to kill a Sunday morning. It is madness to wear ladies’ straw hats and velvet hats to church; we should all be wearing crash helmets. Ushers should issue life preservers and signal flares; they should lash us to our pews.

Annie Dillard.

Newsletter 13th December 2015

Louise,

Priory Street Carol Service

Our Carols by Candlelight service will be held next Sunday night at 6pm at Priory Street followed by tea/coffee and mince pies. Everyone is welcome to attend!

Rudloe Carol Service

The Rudloe congregation is having their carol service on the 19th December at the Rudloe Community Centre at 6.45pm. It would be wonderful if some of our Priory Street worshippers attended this event to swell numbers and make a joyful noise! Also, does anyone have any outdoor lanterns/lights that can be borrowed for this event? Please contact Louise in the office or Rob.

Ladies’ Christmas Event, 14th December

Tomorrow evening from 7.30pm; soup and pudding £4; talk by Sharon; we will also be showing a short dvd. Ladies, this is our time of oasis and reflection on the birth of our Saviour before we get caught up in the business of all the preparation we have to do.  Please sign up at the back!!

Midweek Service

Our MWS on 16th December at 2pm is a service of traditional Carols and Readings led by Eric Seager and followed by home-made refreshments.

Connected

For our next gathering (Sat 19th Dec, 8-10pm), we’ll be ordering a Chinese take-away from Hong Kong House in Corsham. No online menu is available, so please either get a menu from Beth, or get your own menu. Please place your order either via Connected@CBC Facebook page, or via Beth’s email beth.r.mills@googlemail.com by Friday 18th. Thank you!

Christmas Cards for Persecuted Believers

These are available in the porch. Please send with a verse of encouragement and prayer. See “Connect & Encourage” www.csw.org.uk. Next to the cards are Open Doors’ leaflets re their appeal for the Iraq/Syrian Churches. “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.” Heb 13:3

Grace Place

Be sure you get on the blog and read Anne and Hannah’s contributions to choices they have made with a Gospel mindset. It will inspire and encourage you!

Bath Women’s Conference, 23rd April, 2016

There will be a Bath Women’s Conference (under The South West Gospel Partnership) on Saturday 23rd April 2016 from 10am-4.15pm at Kingswood School, Bath. Tickets are £15 each. Anne Holmes would like to make a booking for the ladies of CBC by the end of December as tickets will sell fast for this event. Please sign up at the back if you would like to attend! Speak to Anne for more details.

Church Directory 2016

Please complete a contact sheet for the church directory. Even if you were listed in the 2015 directory, please complete a new form and indicate on the form the service you normally attend (ie. Rudloe, 9.15am, 11.15am, 6pm, midweek service). Please note, one sheet per family, only provide contact information you are happy to share and please write very clearly so there are no mistakes in the final production! Leave form in the box at the back. Thank you!

Mobile Phone

Does anyone have an old, simple smart phone that they no longer want?  If so, please speak to Helen Christie as the old prayer chain mobile is not working very well and we would like to replace it.  Many thanks.

Giving to CBC: blue envelope scheme

Blue Offering envelopes for 2016 are now available from our treasurer, Michael Prior. If you like to give weekly to CBC by cash or cheque, one way of doing so is by putting a blue envelope into the offering bag, with your offering in it . These envelopes are dated weekly and have a reference number on them. The reference number is particularly useful if you are a Gift-Aid giver, as the number enables the treasurer to identify you when claiming the gift-aid.

Christmas 2015

As we have done in many previous years, please use the boards at the back to pin on your Christmas card to CBC folk. Please also take a few CBC Christmas fliers, as well as the Churches of Corsham leaflet, to give to friends, family, neighbours and invite them to services over this festive period.

…This week…

Monday: Mums’ study, 9.30am in the Hut; Ladies’ Christmas meal, 7.30pm

Wednesday: Morning prayer meeting 7.15am; Midweek carol service, 2pm

Thursday: Toddler Group 10.00am; Corsham Money and Debt Advice Centre 7pm

Friday: Corsham Money and Debt Advice Centre, 9.30am

Saturday: Prayer, 8.30am; Rudloe carol service, 6.45pm; Connected, 8pm

…Coming up…

20th December: Carols by candlelight, 6pm

22nd December: Corsham town carol service in the High Street, 6.45pm

24th December: Christmas eve service, 6pm

25th December: Christmas day, 10am family service

27th December: One service at Priory Street at 10am and no evening service