Be Quick to Listen, Slow to Speak

Eddie,

From Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s sparkling little book, “Life Together” (1938):

The first service that one owes to others in the fellowship consists in listening to them. Just as love to God begins with listening to his Word, so the beginning of love for the brethren is learning to listen to them. It is God’s love for us that he not only gives us his Word but also lends us his ear. So it is his work that we do for our brother when we learn to listen to him. Christians, especially preachers, so often think they must always ‘contribute’ something when they are in the company of others, that this is the one service they have to render. They forget that listening can be a greater service than speaking. Many people are looking for an ear that will listen. They do not find it among Christians, because these Christians are talking when they should be listening…

Anyone who thinks that his time is too valuable to spend keeping quiet will eventually have no time for God and his brother, but only for himself, for his own words and plans. 

 

Notice sheet for 24th January 2016

Louise,

Church Meeting

At the recent Church Meeting the following people were welcomed into church membership : Norman and Pat Fuggle and Jacquie Hayes.

Steve Bryant

Steve is leaving on another WEC mission trip on 25th January, and will be going to several Asian and Middle Eastern countries returning on the 13th February. Please pray for Steve and the work he will be involved in.

Ladies’ Bible Study

Our next women’s bible study will take place on Monday 25th January, starting at 7.30pm. The studies are led by Kathy Larkman and Anne Holmes. The notes for the study are on the table at the back of the church.

Connected

This month’s Connected gathering will take place at Sarah & Mike Blaikley’s home at 8pm on Saturday 30th January. Mike will be cooking, so please just bring some refreshments. Please speak to the Blaikleys today if you are coming.  Chat to Beth Mills for more info on these get-togethers.

Fancy a fortnight in June building in Tanzania?

We are planning a mission trip to Tanzania towards the end of June this year (provisional dates 20th June-4th July) to assist with an (AIM) Africa Inland Mission building project in Morogoro near where Steve and Ruth Lancaster are currently serving.  The proposal is to assist with the completion of 2 or 3 simple stone huts that will provide accommodation at a retreat centre used for conferences.  Before these plans can be developed we need to advise the team in Tanzania how many of us could go so they can plan a suitable package of work for us.  If you are interested you are invited to attend a briefing at CBC after the evening service tonight.  It would be great if we can send a team of 10-15 to really make an impact on this project.  Any further questions, speak to Stuart Little or Martin Sheringham.

Grace Place

Please check out GRACE PLACE!  Kathy poses a question and needs  your feedback! Thank you!

Giving to CBC: blue envelope scheme

Blue Offering envelopes for 2016 are 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.

The Ark

Happy New year to all our Ark helpers and attendees! The new term starts on Saturday 30th January at 10.00am and we would love to see you all for fun, wonderful crafts, amazing puppets, bible stories and songs, and all rounded off with cake and friendship.  Aimed at children primarily 0-7 but all very welcome. Do come, and bring a friend if you like! (and if you are keen to support us but can’t come, please pray – we need it!) We would be very grateful if anyone is able to join us during the session to pray in the vestry for the ark, while it is taking place. For any further details, please speak to Alexa Simm or Heather Chilcott.

Tea Parties

Richard and Jude are planning to host a monthly tea party at their home in Box starting in March! The idea is to invite those of more mature years from all our services ie. Rudloe, 9.15am, 11.15am, 6pm and midweek service. There will be time and opportunity to chat, sing and pray and Jude  will provide all the refreshments! Please speak to Jude for further details.

This week at CBC…

Monday: Mum’s bible study, 10am; Ladies’ Bible Study, 7.30pm

Wednesday: Early morning prayer, 7.15am

Thursday: Toddler Group, 10am; Corsham Money & Debt Advice Centre, 7.30pm

Friday: Corsham Money & Debt Advice Centre, 9.30am

Saturday: Prayer for Corsham and Gospel expansion, The Hut, 9.30am; The Ark, 10am; Connected, 8pm

Life Groups

There are now approximately 15 life groups that meet during the week in and around Corsham!

Please speak to Vicky Stephenson if you would like to join a group.

Looking ahead…

3rd February: Midweek Service, 2pm

6th February: Craft Club, 10am

7th February: Evening service, prayer meeting

9th February: The Lunch Club, 12 o’clock

17th February: Midweek Service, 2pm

22nd February: Ladies’ Bible Study, 7.30pm

27th February: The Ark, 10am

2nd March: Midweek service, 2pm

5th March: Craft Club, 10am

6th March: Evening prayer meeting, 6pm

 

Steve Bryant’s trip to South Korea – Jan 2016

Adrian,

Steve will leave on the 25th January to go to South Korea for just over a week. He will be working there with Sejong Global School (about 50 miles south of Seoul), which was set up to meet the needs of Korean mission families. They may be returning permanently, taking home leave, or serving overseas while sending the children to school there. When families from Korea leave their home to serve overseas, their children lose or fall behind on academic Korean, and become outsiders who can struggle to return there. Many of these children study in English, as that is the language of almost all home education systems and international schools that are available to them while living abroad. For this reason Sejong is a bilingual school, but finding the right balance of how much teaching should be given in each language has proven difficult. While Steve is there he will be working with the staff to help resolve this and other issues such as staff recruitment and training.

After Korea he will fly on to SW Asia on the 4th February to teach at a conference of around 130 of our leaders from various Central Asian and Middle Eastern countries. He will be teaching an intensive 2-day child safeguarding investigation course for our own designated staff in countries where there are no social service or police authorities able to deal with any incidents. Our response to any incidents, and our potential teaching for national colleagues, is particularly important as most of the countries concerned have very high rates of all kinds of child abuse and the related problem of domestic violence.

He will also teach a seminar on the related theme of internet safety.
There will be sessions on more general mission children themes such as multilingualism, which is a concern for almost all families in mission, and supporting mission children in major transitions, including big international moves, such as returning to the passport country.

He will return to the UK on 13th February.

News from Grace International School, Chiang Mai, Thailand

Adrian,

This is a school for mission children and has around 550 on roll from years 1-13 (US-system K-12) and around 60-70 being supported in home education. This was the school that Reinier and Hannah Spruijt, our members sent out by CBC worked at for the 2013/14 school year. After several years of legal action the final appeal in court was lost on 18/12/2015 and the school has lost ownership of the property that was bought about 15 years before from the sports club. Ownership had been contested by a group of local residents and affects the middle and high school building and land surrounding it. The elementary (primary) building and its playground are not affected by this ruling.

The school leadership is looking for ways to keep stability for the time being and hoped to rent back the property for the next few months at least. After that they plan to build on a new site about 6 miles from the current one. The land has been bought, but money is needed to build classroom space. The long-term aim is to relocate all the children there, but the essential first step is new classrooms for the approx 350 middle and high school students.  The school leadership are asking for prayer to consistently show a godly and gracious attitude to all concerned. They also would appreciate prayer as they plan for the huge challenge ahead of building and relocation.

Begin the Day with God

Eddie,

Wise words from Hudson Taylor:

Do not have your concert first, and tune your instruments afterward. Begin the day with God

 

To Avoid Love is to Find Hell

Eddie,

As C S Lewis explains:

Love anything, and your heart will certainly be wrung and possibly be broken. If you want to make sure of keeping it intact, you must give your heart to no one, not even an animal. Wrap it carefully round with hobbies and little luxuries; avoid all entanglements; lock it up safe in the casket or coffin of your selfishness. But in that casket — safe, dark, motionless, airless — it will change. It will not be broken; it will become unbreakable, impenetrable, irredeemable. The alternative to tragedy, or at least to the risk of tragedy, is damnation. The only place outside Heaven where you can be perfectly safe from all the dangers and perturbations of love is Hell.

From “The Four Loves”

Newsletter for 17th January, 2016

Louise,

Church Meeting

The first Church Meeting of 2016 will take place tomorrow night Monday 18th January at 8pm. The agenda and minutes of the previous meeting are on the table at the back. Please take a copy and read before the meeting.

Giving to CBC: blue envelope scheme

Blue Offering envelopes for 2016 are 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.

Week of Prayer for Christian Unity

This will take place from 18–24th January 2016. A list of venues and times is on the sheet on the table at the back of the church.

Connected

This month’s Connected gathering will take place at Sarah & Mike’s home at 8pm on Saturday 30th January. Mike will be cooking, so please just bring some refreshments. Please let the Blaikleys know if you are coming by Sunday 24th.  Chat to Beth for more info on these get-togethers.

Fancy a fortnight in June building in Tanzania?

We are planning a mission trip to Tanzania towards the end of June this year (provisional dates 20th June  – 4th July) to assist with an (AIM) Africa Inland Mission building project in Morogoro near where Steve and Ruth Lancaster are currently serving.  The proposal is to assist with the completion of 2 or 3 simple stone huts that will provide accommodation at a retreat centre used for conferences.  Before these plans can be developed we need to advise the team in Tanzania how many of us could go so they can plan a suitable package of work for us.  If you are interested you are invited to attend a briefing at CBC after the evening service on Sunday 24th January.  It would be great if we can send a team of 10-15 to really make an impact on this project.  Any further questions, speak to Stuart Little or Martin Sheringham.

Midweek Service

The next midweek service will be held on Wednesday 20th January at 2pm followed by tea and cake. The texts will be Luke 17.11-19 and 18.35-43. Eric Seager will be leading the service and David Morrell will be preaching.

Grace Place

Please check out GRACE PLACE!  Kathy poses a question and needs  your feedback! Thank you!

The Ark

Happy New year to all our Ark helpers and attendees! The new term starts on Saturday 30th January at 10.00am and we would love to see you all for fun, wonderful crafts, amazing puppets, bible stories and songs, and all rounded off with cake and friendship.  Aimed at children primarily 0-7 but all very welcome. Do come, and bring a friend if you like! (and if you are keen to support us but can’t come, please pray – we need it!) For any further details, please speak to Alexa Simm or Heather Chilcott.

Ladies’ Bible Study

Our next women’s bible study will take place on Monday 25th January, starting at 7.30pm. The studies are led by Kathy Larkman and Anne Holmes. The notes for the study are on the table at the back of the church.

This week at CBC…

Monday: Mum’s bible study, 10am; Church Meeting, 8pm

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

Thursday: Toddler Group, 10am; Corsham Money & Debt Advice Centre, 7.30pm

Friday: Corsham Money & Debt Advice Centre, 9.30am

Saturday: Prayer for Corsham and Gospel expansion, The Hut, 9.30am

There are now approximately 14 life groups that meet during the week in and around Corsham! Speak to Vicky Stephenson if you would like to join a group.

Looking ahead…

25th January: Ladies’ Bible Study, 7.30pm

30th January: The Ark, 10am

30th January: Connected @ 8pm

3rd February: Midweek Service, 2pm

6th February: Craft Club, 10am

7th February: Evening service, prayer meeting

9th February: The Lunch Club, 12 o’clock

17th February: Midweek Service, 2pm

22nd February: Ladies’ Bible Study, 7.30pm

27th February: The Ark, 10am

 

Steph Gryll’s Newsletter

Adrian,

Hello,

This last year has been incredible, as any year there has been ups and downs. At the beginning of 2015 I asked God to send me on another mission trip. I loved going to Kenya in December 2013 and knew then that I was home. So God sent me on 3 trips. First to Uganda in June, then Bangladesh in September and finally Uganda again in December. Even in 1 year I can see how God has guided me. I wasn’t accepted into Uni in February and then got an email a month later saying I might be able to go on a Teafund ICS trip.​ ​I had ​to go for an interview and I was accepted and then 12 weeks later​ on ​20th September, I went off to Bangladesh for 3 months. I always thought God has called me to Africa so I didn’t know why ​I was going to Bangladesh but I had to trust Him and trust in Him I did. I am sure all of you know that I was called back to the UK by Tearfund early after IS were shooting Christians and foreigners. Returning from Bangladesh was a very difficult and sad time, it took time for me to recover and get back into normality. I started to think of this trip as a mission failure, ​and I listened to myself and not God. But during my time there I grew closer to Him and I learnt that I can trust in the ​B​ible and relate to it. Realising this made me feel a lot more positive and that going to Bangladesh wasn’t a waste of time or money and God had called me there.

A week or so after I came back from Bangladesh I was asked if I wanted to go Uganda. At first I declined the offer, I didn’t feel ready to let go of Bangladesh and then after someone talked some sense into me I decided to go and suddenly became all excited​ yet ​nervous in case something bad would happen. I left for Uganda in beginning of December and returned​ on the​ 18th. Uganda was AMAZING! My highlight of the year…and w​h​ere God spoke to me the most.​ ​God was testing me in Uganda. I kept missing ​seeing any births ​b​y minu​te​s. I felt down and ​thought ​that maybe this was God showing me that midwifery wasn’t for me. Then my friend said that she thinks that this is God testing me and telling me not to give up. We missed a couple more births and I just felt ​deflated then the next evening at 9:30pm we decided to go hospital and not even 5 minutes after we arrived we were called into the Labour room and I saw a deliver​y​. WOW, I loved it, there and then I knew that God ha​s called me to midwifery. Later that night my friend was reading her book and the​ B​ible verse the book gave her was James 1:24 “Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.” God will provide and show the way. Not only did this bible verse relate to me in Uganda with missing births but also last February when I wasn’t accepted into Uni I came a cross this picture.

closed-doors

And through out this year God has really tested me with relying on him to close doors. And he has tested me over and over again and will do until I am ‘mature and complete’.

I can see how God has used every situation I have been in​,​ for his glory. If ​I​ had got into uni, ​I​ wouldn’t have gone to Uganda or Bangladesh. If ​I wasn’t sent home from Bangladesh​, I​ wouldn’t have gone to Uganda. It is amazing how God works.

This year I am going to apply for University, I know the odds are not in my favour since I only have just over 1 week to write a personal statement. There will be 1500 applicants and they will get that down to 200 just on their personal statements and then after an interview and Maths and English test then there will only 70 spaces on the course. So I would appreciate your prayers in this area. I am also trying to find a Job so I can save and support myself while I am at Uni. But I am trusting that God has a plan and I know His is always better than mine.

God Bless
Stephanie 🙂

Notice sheet for 10th January 2016

Louise,

Church Meeting

The first Church Meeting of 2016 will take place on Monday 18th January at 8pm. Agenda and minutes of previous meeting will be made available in due course.

Giving to CBC: blue envelope scheme

Blue Offering envelopes for 2016 are 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.

Week of Prayer for Christian Unity

This will take place from 18–24th January 2016. A list of venues and times is on the sheet on the table at the back of the church.

Youth Ministry by Dan Ovens

“At the start of this New Year, I thought it would be good to let you know how you can best pray for the young people in 2016, as we partner together in ‘telling the next generation the praiseworthy deeds of the Lord’.

My plan here is to give you a series of bullet points that can inform our prayers for the young people through the year.

  • Praise God for the many children & young people we have in our church and the ministries we have that bring Jesus to the young people of our community.
  • Praise God for a fruitful 2015, some highlights included:    

– Joy’s help leading the school Christian Union. The lower years Christian Union particularly continues to thrive.

– Steph serving on overseas mission in Bangladesh and Uganda.

– The opportunity for almost 40 of us to go to Chepstow for our Annual Youth Weekend Away, exploring Samson.

– Several young people sharing at two joint youth services, in March and October.

– Several young people stepping up to serve in areas of church life in both Corsham & Rudloe congregations.

  • Thank God for the amazing youth team, without which most ministry would not be possible. Pray that God will continue to empower, equip and grow each leader: Bex Larkman, Dan & Natalie Ovens, Nathan & Christine Coltman, James King, Joe & Anne Saunders, Hannah Spruijt, Joey & Emily Pillinger, Lucy Lewis, Jordan & Sam Wheeler, Callum Turnbull.
  • Please pray for the young people who moved on to university last summer and those heading off this summer. Pray that God would use this time to deepen faith in Him.
  • Please pray for our packed programme of activities for young people, that the programme will serve the young people in a way that is conducive to faith being nurtured and built up.
  • Please pray for the young people themselves. For their relationship with each other, family, friends and ultimately with God.
  • Please pray for me. In particular, God’s guidance in regards to some possible opportunities to extend the youth work further in our community. I am exploring possibilities of starting something in the community campus, Rudloe or in the Town Centre. I am also considering whether opening a prayer space in Corsham School and an Easter/Summer youth mission trip are an option.
  • Please pray for Gideon’s; they are an organization that give out bibles in prisons, hotels, schools and hospitals. The opportunity has arisen to take some representatives from Gideon’s into Corsham School with me when I next undertake assemblies. We will be distributing bibles to years 7-11 from 18th – 22nd

Finally, some dates for your diaries, if you are the parent of a young person…

Solid Joint Youth Event: 11th March, 7pm. Hosted by Kensington Baptist Church, Bristol.

Soul Survivor: 13-17th August. Shepton Mallet.

Youth Weekend Away: 21–23rd October. Chepstow.

For details of the weekly programme of activities we run for young people (aged 11-19), please refer to the youth & children’s flyer at the back of church, the youth board in the hall or the church website.

Connected

This month’s Connected gathering will take place at Sarah & Mike Blaikley’s home at 8pm on Saturday 30th January. Mike will be cooking, so please just bring some refreshments. Please let the Blaikleys know if you are coming by Sunday 24th.  Chat to Beth Mills for more information on these get-togethers.

Mission Prayer

The Mission Prayer Meeting will be held on Wednesday 13th January at 7:45pm for an 8:00 start at the church. All are welcome.

This week at CBC…

Monday: Mum’s bible study, 10am

Wednesday: Early morning prayer in the Hut, 7.15am

Thursday: Toddler Group, 10am; Corsham Money & Debt Advice Centre, 7.30pm

Friday: Corsham Money & Debt Advice Centre, 9.30am

Saturday: Prayer for Corsham and Gospel expansion, The Hut, 9.30am

Life groups have recommenced meeting. There are now approximately 13 life groups that meet during the week in and around Corsham! Please speak to Vicky Stephenson if you would like to join a group.

Looking ahead…

18th January: Church Meeting, 8pm

20th January: Midweek Service, 2pm

25th January: Ladies’ Bible Study, 7.30pm

30th January: The Ark, 10am

30th January: Connected @ the Blaikleys’ 8pm

3rd February: Midweek Service, 2pm

6th February: Craft Club, 10am

7th February: Evening service, prayer meeting

9th February: The Lunch Club, 12 o’clock

17th February: Midweek Service, 2pm

22nd February: Ladies’ Bible Study, 7.30pm

27th February: The Ark, 10am

All will be well, gloriously well

Eddie,

My favourite quotation from Dostoyevsky, who glimpsed something of the future God has for us in Christ:

“I believe like a child that suffering will be healed and made up for, that all the humiliating absurdity of human contradictions will vanish like a pitiful mirage, like the despicable fabrication of the impotent and infinitely small Euclidean mind of man, that in the world’s finale, at the moment of eternal harmony, something so precious will come to pass that it will suffice for all hearts, for the comforting of all resentments, for the atonement of all the crimes of humanity, for all the blood that they have shed; that it will make it not only possible to forgive but to justify all that has happened.”  The Brothers Karamazov