Report from building trip to Sanga Sanga

Tim Stephenson,
Building Team in front of the work site

I hear the team are getting back into life in the UK after quite a life-changing couple of weeks. Here are some of their thoughts and reflections. Please mark Sun 4th Sept in your diaries when they will be feeding back in person at the evening service.

Neil  “The experience in Tanzania was fantastic – bridging significant language barriers with sweat and service. The least comfortable thing was the bumpy roads as the site itself was basic but well equipped. The fact between us all we managed to play a part in building accommodation blocks with hammers, axes, a bunch of 6″nails and a couple of saws was a contrast to how things are done in the UK.  An amazing place for some fellowship, focused around a project that will help the in-country team particularly with the kids camps”

Hannah  “Thanks again for an incredible couple of weeks, I really enjoyed working with you all and our discussions around our studies of Ezra and Nehemiah. Working at a desk all day with the grey sky isn’t quite the same as being a sweaty mess building the banda’s with that fabulous mountain view! Looking forward to seeing you again for our wrap-up meal 🙂
Matt and Tony, thank you for providing for us so well and making us feel so welcome.
For me, the most difficult part was also the most rewarding part – communicating over an enormous language barrier with the local workers. Despite speaking extremely limited Swahili (and them English), we were able to form great bonds with them by the end.
I would particularly like to encourage other women who are unsure about doing something like this. I have never done anything to this scale before and learnt a whole range of practical skills on the job. I’m definitely not the tallest or strongest, but there was always something productive to do within my boundaries. As long as you’re willing to get your hands dirty (or wear gloves), work hard and have an ounce of DIY in you, then this is an accessible trip – don’t be put off because it’s seen as a ‘mens trip’!

Stuart  “A real privilege to support the work of the bible institute in this way by building accommodation units that can be let out and help the institute become financially independent.  Having spoken to the team in Tanzania and listening to Steve and Ruth, there is a real need for quality gospel teaching to counter distorted views of Christianity coming into Africa via some satellite TV (e.g the prosperity gospel message).  As I am more called to practical work i feel my God given skills contribute to the core work of the Bible institute”.

Martin D
Q: What was the least expected thing about the trip?
A: I wasn’t expecting to have such a good friendship and a time of fellowship with my fellow travellers. I was very surprised how much Swahili I remembered after 30 years.

Q. What was the hardest / least comfortable thing about the trip?
A: We had cold showers to start with until hot water was switched on. I seemed to wake up very early for some reason? Maybe for the excitement of a new day. Felt a bit constrained in a compound, maybe just missed the use of a car.

Q: What encouragement did you receive from travelling to Tanzania, meeting the people and seeing the work there at first hand?
A: It was great to go back to my home land and forget all the challenges of the last few months. It was great to relate to the local Tanzanians, to try and understand their challenges and swap photos.

Q: Did the experience challenge any attitudes or perspectives you had before you left?
A: Yes, before going back I was questioning the value of sending expensive missionaries to Africa when the support of local pastors may be more effective. I believe a joint partnership is important to build bridges especially as we seem so insular here in the UK . I’m wondering if there is a unintentional  “us & them” mentality or slightly colonial outlook between missionary & local. Or is is just employer & employee , educated v uneducated ???

Q: Why should someone in Corsham reading this consider a similar trip?
A: Going to Africa is perpetually life changing if you can get out and about. Hopefully it would develop links of support both ways.

Notice sheet for 24th July 2016

Louise,

Church Meeting

At the recent church meeting we welcomed the followed people into membership of Corsham Baptist Church: Jean Jones; June Jones; Sheila Nowell; Mitch & Anne Hankin.

Midweek Service

The next midweek service will be held on Wednesday 27th July. The text will be from Philippians 1. 1-11. Eric will be leading and preaching and there will be communion.

New Wine

Please pray for our youth as some of them are serving at New Wine in Shepton Mallett.

Missions and Persecuted Church Prayer

This is taking place tomorrow, Monday 25th July. God is keeping us busy on the mission front and during this meeting we will be praying for Neal and Lesley Grindrod, the Lancasters and the Sanga Sanga building project, Hannah Little and the Bryants along with Karen and Anna Hurley. We will also be praying for the persecuted Church – our brothers and sisters in Christ worldwide. We would love you to join us from 7:45 to 9:00pm.

Ruth Lancaster

Ruth will be running the Nairn Half Marathon on 20th August and is raising funds for the Institute of Bible & Ministry, the project Steve and Ruth are involved with in Tanzania.  If you would like to sponsor her, they can do so online at https://mydonate.bt.com/fundraisers/ruthlancaster1

If you don’t have internet access you can give your gift to Ruth directly.

Hannah Little

Hannah Little is going to serve in the Calais refugee camp, “The Jungle” and she leaves tomorrow! Message from her…“Thank you everyone for all your kind donations. I am able to take a full car load of much needed clothing and bedding, and about £200 worth of food! For people with nothing, this will go an incredibly long way. Thank you again.” Please pray for Hannah as she involves herself in this project.

Minibus

The CBC minibus will not be charging fares to users, who will be able to travel free of charge. Support for the costs of minibus journeys and maintenance will be paid for by the church as a whole. If you would like to make a specific donation for the support of the minibus, please put it into the offering in an envelope marked ‘MINIBUS SUPPORT’. Some pre-printed envelopes are available at the back of the church.

Connected

The next “Connected” group will be meeting at the home of the Spruijts on the evening of Saturday 30th July. Please speak to Hannah or Reinier for more information about these events!

Grace Place

Just a reminder to our women to check out the GRACE PLACE blog over the summer holidays! The subjects of anxiety and worry are addressed through the gospel lens of Philippians 4:6-7.

Lancasters’ Funding

Steve and Ruth Lancaster are almost fully-funded for their next three years in Tanzania on the mission field. However there is approximately a £250 monthly shortfall. If you would like to give, please complete a form at the back or speak to Michael Prior.

Week of Prayer

Our annual week of prayer will commence on Sunday 11th September, with an evening prayer service, and run through to Friday 16th September. Details about the week and church opening times will be made available in due course.

Renee Broom

The memorial service for the late Mrs. Renee Broom, one of our seniors who attended TLC and the midweek service, will take place on Friday 29th July at 1:15pm at Priory Street.

The school holidays have begun so the usual church ministries, groups, meetings will not be taking place.

If you would like to join a life group in September, please have a chat to, or contact Vicky Stephenson who is our Life Group Co-ordinator

 …Looking ahead…

25th July: Missions and persecuted church prayer meeting, 7:45pm

27th July: Midweek service, 2:00pm

30th July: “Connected” @ the Spruijts’

10th August: Midweek service, 2:00pm

13th August: Soul Survivor for Youth

19th August: Tim Harding wedding, 2:00pm

24th August: Midweek service, 2:00pm

1st Sept: Roger Hammett commences his role as CBC Treasurer

3rd Sept: Craft Club, 10:00am

4th Sept: Lancasters’ recommissioning service

11th Sept: Evening prayer meeting, 6pm

11th-16th Sept: Week of Prayer

17th Sept: Safe to Grow training session @ Priory Street, 9am

Reminder for Sunday 17th July….

Louise,

PLEASE REMEMBER THERE IS A FAMILY DAY OUT TO WESTON SUPER MARE ON SUNDAY 17TH JULY.

THERE WILL NOT BE A 9:15am SERVICE NOR A 6:00pm SERVICE.

THE CONGREGATION AT CHURCH ON THE GREEN WILL NOT BE MEETING.

THERE WILL BE AN 11:15am SERVICE AT PRIORY STREET.

Please pray for Steve and Gill Bryant, Karen and Anna Hurley

Tim Stephenson,
Silhouetted family mother and father making protective arch over children

In late July, Steve and Gill will be training new mission workers heading overseas.

There are 16 adults and 7 children on the course, from the UK, Germany, Switzerland, Korea and France. Karen and Anna will be running the children’s programme.

The course takes place at Bulstrode, the home of WEC International, but the participants are from other agencies too. The new staff will be working at Bourofaye Christian School in Senegal, Faith Academy in Manila, Sejong Global School in Korea, and the International Christian School of Budapest.

Thank you for your prayers!

  • Monday 18th July to Tuesday 19th July: Steve and Gill travel to Bulstrode; preparation and set up.
  • Wednesday 20th July: Participants arrive; welcome evening. Pray for safe travel and the group to gel together well.
  • Thursday 21st July: Karen and Anna arrive; first day of teaching -the subjects are looking after boarding students and teaching for the inexperienced. Pray especially for those for whom English is not the first language.
  • Friday 22nd July: First day of children’s programme. Pray that the children will settle well and for Karen and Anna as they look after them. The children have very limited English.
  • Saturday 23rd July: More teaching, children’s programme
  • Sunday 24th July: More participants arrive for the second part of the course. Pray for the welcome evening as the group dynamics change.
  • Monday 25th July: Today we have two extra children – pray that they will enjoy and benefit from their programme. Adults continue with safeguarding and a teaching workshop. Pray for good interaction and teamwork.
  • Tuesday 26th July to Friday 29th July: Teaching on cultural issues and transition, third culture kids, working in an international team. Testimonies and devotional times.  Pray for the group to grow spiritually. Pray for the guest speakers who will share their experiences of life overseas.
  • Saturday 30th July: Departure. Pray for the participants as they get ready to head out to their new countries of service.

Notice sheet for 10th July, 2016

Louise,

Missions’ Sunday

Today is Missions’ Sunday! Steve Lancaster is preaching at all three services today and Ruth will be speaking to Junior Church during both morning services. To celebrate Mission Sunday we will be having an international tea from 4:00 pm to 5:45pm today. We would like people to bring finger food such as sandwiches, cakes, biscuits and anything else you can think of that comes from a different country! We will also welcome donations of non- alcoholic cold drinks. If you have any questions, speak to Wendy Rowe.

Weston Super Mare – Next week!

We are aware that a few of you will be making your own way rather than coming on the coach.  If this is you, please let Stuart and Lynne know before hand with your mobile number so we can contact you to let you know where we are on the beach.   If there are any final questions contact Stuart or Lynne Little on 01225 811960, otherwise we will see you outside Corsham Baptist Church Priory Street at  10:30 next Sunday.

If you do not wish to go on the trip, there will be a service at 11:15am – no 9:15am service.

** There will be no evening service on the 17th July. **

Church Meeting

Our next Church Meeting will be held on Monday 18th July at 8:00pm. Members are encouraged to attend.

Midweek Service

The next midweek service will be held on Wednesday 13th July. The text will be from Luke 21.20-38. Eric Seager will be leading and David Morrell preaching.

Hannah Little

Hannah Little will be going to serve in the Calais refugee camp, “The Jungle”, and is looking to collect items of clothing to take with her which must be brought to the church before the 17th July. These can be stored on the left hand side of stage in the church.

Missions and Persecuted Church Prayer

This is taking place on Monday 25th July. God is keeping us busy on the mission front and during this meeting we will be praying for Neal and Lesley Grindrod, the Lancasters and the Sanga Sanga building project, Hannah Little and the Bryants along with Karen and Anna Hurley. We will also be praying for the persecuted Church – our brothers and sisters in Christ worldwide. We would love you to join us from 7:45 to 9:00pm.

Ruth Lancaster

Ruth will be running the Nairn Half Marathon on 20th August which also happens to be her 50th birthday!  To make this special day even more memorable, Ruth is raising funds for the Institute of Bible & Ministry, the project Steve and Ruth are involved with in Tanzania.  Her goal is to raise £1,966.  If people would like to sponsor her, they can do so online at https://mydonate.bt.com/fundraisers/ruthlancaster1If you don’t have internet access you can give your gift to Ruth directly.  Steve is also running, and so is Ruth’s twin sister who, funnily enough, will also be 50 on that day! Many thanks.

New Ministries

Please continue to pray for the following two ministries which have started at Corsham Baptist Church, one at Priory Street and one at Church on the Green:

Energize, which is an outreach event on Friday nights for years 6 and 7 from 5:30-6:30pm at Priory Street. Please pray that young people’s lives would be changed through the hearing of God’s word.

Cafe on the Green, a new ministry of our Rudloe congregation, Church on the Green. This is taking place every Saturday afternoon at the Rudloe Community Centre from 2:30-4:30pm. Please pray that people from the local community would come down for tea and cake and we continue to build relationships with them.

…This week…

Monday: Mums’ bible study, 9:30am

Wednesday: Midweek Service, 2pm

Thursday: Toddler Group, 10am; Money and Debt Advice Centre, 7:30pm

Friday: Corsham Money and Debt Advice Centre, 9:30am; Energize, 5:30-6:30pm

Saturday: Prayer @ 8:30am

…Looking ahead…

18th July: Church Meeting, 8:00pm

25th July: Missions and persecuted church prayer meeting, 7:45pm

27th July: Midweek service, 2:00pm

30th July: “Connected” @ the Spruijts’

10th August: Midweek service, 2:00pm

13th August: Soul Survivor for Youth

19th August: Tim Harding wedding, 2:00pm

24th August: Midweek service, 2:00pm

Notices for 3rd July, 2016

Louise,

Weston-Super-Mare trip – Sunday 17th July 10.30am to 6.30pm

Thanks to all who have completed a form and paid for this trip so far – the numbers currently stand at 55!  We need to confirm numbers for the coaches this week so please, if possible, pay by today.  If you are unable to do this today, please let Stuart or Lynne Little know by Wed 6th July.  We look forward to a great day out.  Many thanks.  Lynne and Stuart Little. There will be a service at Priory Street at 11:15am for those not going on this trip.

Mission Team

Our mission team returned from Tanzania this morning. We look forward to hearing how God used them in the service of his kingdom in Africa.

TLC Annual Summer Party

This is taking place on Saturday 9th July, 3-5pm. We require cakes for the event so please sign up at the back. We also need people to help in the following areas: pre-event food preparation; serving at tables; serving in the kitchen; clear up team. If you are willing to help, please see Alan Christie or Joan Cooper. Thank you.

The Ark

No Ark now until September 24th.  Thank you so much to everyone who came along to the Ark this year and to everyone who helped in any way whether large or small. We had a fantastic year and are very grateful to God for his provision and we look forward with excitement to September. We hope to see you then. Heather & Alexa.

Safe to Grow (Child Protection) Training

Saturday 17th September: 9 – 12.30pm @ CBC. For ALL involved in children’s and youth work in the Church, as part of new Baptist Union regulations. This includes helpers for the Ark, Junior Church, Toddler Group & Youth work activities. Please note the date in your diaries and confirm availability with Louise du Toit or Rhiannon Price. We can train 30 at a time, so once full we will arrange a second training date.

Missions and Persecuted Church Prayer

This is taking place on Monday 25th July. God is keeping us busy on the mission front and during this meeting we will be praying for Neal and Lesley Grindrod, the Lancasters and the Sanga Sanga building project, Hannah Little and the Bryants along with Karen and Anna Hurley. We will also be praying for the persecuted Church – our brothers and sisters in Christ worldwide. We would love you to join us from 7:45 to 9:00pm.

Mission Sunday

This is happening on 10th July. This year we have Steve Lancaster preaching at the three services being held at Corsham and Ruth will be speaking to Junior Church during both morning services. To celebrate Mission Sunday we will be having an international tea from 4:00 pm to 5:45pm.

We would like people to bring finger food such as sandwiches, cakes, biscuits and anything else you can think of that comes from a different country.  We will also need donations of non- alcoholic cold drinks. There are sign-up sheets in the coffee hall to show if you are coming, able to help and if you are able to bring any food/ drinks. If you have any questions, speak to Wendy Rowe.

Hannah Little

Hannah Little will be going to serve in the Calais refugee camp, “The Jungle”, and is looking to collect items of clothing to take with her which must be brought to the church before the 17th July. These can be stored on the left hand side of stage in the church.

Mission Trip Photos

Have you been on a mission trip? Do you have any photos? If you do, please email Wendy Rowe a photo of your trip (by Thursday evening) with a caption of where you were and what you were doing. We would like to show the photos on a screen during the International tea next week.

..This week…

Monday: Mums’ bible study, 9:30am

Thursday: Toddler Group, 10am; Money and Debt Advice Centre, 7:30pm

Friday: Corsham Money and Debt Advice Centre, 9:30am; Energize, 5:30-6:30pm

Saturday: Prayer @ 8:30am; Annual TLC Summer Party, 3:00pm

Looking ahead…

10th July: Mission Sunday & International Tea

13th July: Midweek Service, 2:00pm

17th July: Church day out to Weston; service at 11:15am for those not going to Weston

18th July: Church Meeting, 8:00pm

25th July: Missions and persecuted church prayer meeting, 7:45pm

27th July: Midweek service, 2:00pm

30th July: “Connected” @ the Spruijts’

10th August: Midweek service, 2:00pm

13th August: Soul Survivor for Youth

19th August: Tim Harding wedding, 2:00pm

24th August: Midweek service, 2:00pm