Notices for 2nd December

Tim Stephenson,
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“Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path.”

Psalm 119:105

Prayer Evening

 This evening Vanessa will be leading ‘Gathered to Pray’ focusing on the Persecuted Church. If that sounds remote from us in Corsham, I urge you to come along as Open Doors have prepared some very illuminating and encouraging first-hand stories that we will be sharing. Please take this prompt to consider whether you can support the work of our mission partner, Open Doors, either with a one-off gift or more regularly. CBC recommends you do this directly and prayer diaries at the back of church contain details on how, as wellas plenty of information for your prayers. Details for sending Christmas cards to persecuted believers are also available at the back of the church.

Midweek Service

Eric will be leading and preaching on Wednesday 5th December, starting at 2pm. The reading is Psalm 145 and there will be communion. All welcome. Refreshments follow at 3pm.

*** Farmyard Nativity! ***

 Thank you to all who helped in the ‘work party’ at the farm yesterday, a job well done! Tickets are selling out fast, only a few remaining, if you haven’t booked yet go to www.born-in-a-barn-live-nativity.eventbrite.co.uk to get yours. There will be refreshments served at the Nativity so we are looking for donations of mince pies and gingerbread men and cookies (bought or homemade; recipes can be provided if you want to make gingerbread but don’t have one!).  Please check the “best before” dates on the boxes to ensure they are in date for the 15th December.  Please speak to Rhiannon if you are able to make a donation.  Donations can be left at church from Sunday 9thDecember until Friday 14th December (or passed directly to Rhiannon). Please continue to pray for this amazing event.

Carols by Candlelight Service – 16th December

Once again this year it would be great to get a band together for the carol service, to give the occasion a certain something extra! So if you play an acoustic instrument and would like to be part of the band, David M would love to hear from you. If you have not been part of this before, please let David know what you play, and to roughly what standard, together with your contact details if you’re not already in the church directory.  Many thanks.

Women’s Christmas Meal – 10th December

We are ordering curry from Haq in Corsham for our Christmas meal! There will also be delicious home-made puddings. This is an invitation to ALL the women in our church and you are welcome to invite friends as well! Monday 10th December @ 7.30pm. Cost £10pp. PLEASE SIGN UPON THE SHEET AT THE BACK!!

Men’s Bible Study

Tuesday 4th December @ Priory Street, 7:30pm – “Jesus as King.”

Christmas decoration workshop

Come and make some decorations for your tree on Saturday 8th December between 10am and 12pm at Priory street, all are welcome. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Volunteers are needed so if you would like to help at this event, please contact Rhiannon. Thank you.

Elections

Elections of Safeguarding Deacon, Elder and Fabric Deacon will take place at the January Church Meeting on 21st January. Nominations for these positions will open on 23rd December and close on 6th January 2019. Adrian Pillinger and Martin Sheringham have indicated their willingness to be renominated for positions of Elder and Fabric Deacon respectively.

Church Directory 2019

Please take the time to complete the information for the new church directory if you are new to this fellowship or if any of your personal details have changed. There is also a section to complete if you would like specific information on any aspect of church life. You may complete either online or the paper copy which can be left inthe white box on the table at the back. (Blank forms at the back). Remember…please write clearly!!

Corsham Food bank – Feeding Back to You

The Christmas Hamper project will be run again this year, and we expectto be blessing in excess of 50 households. If you would like to support this project by donating edible seasonal treats with a post-Christmas best before date, please leave them in or by the collection bin in the porch at Priory Street. Tonight is the deadline! Items which would enable us to bless children would be particularly welcome.

Christmas Service Offerings – 2018

On Saturday 15 December, the offering taken at the Farmyard Nativity Events will be given to Compassion UK’s “Most Needed Fund” and will be used to support the work of their Child Survival Programme in many poor communities across the world.

On Sunday 16 December, the offering from the Carols by Candlelight Service will be sent to support the work of the Oasis Centre, our mission partners in Austria working alongside refugees. In February, we will be sending out a Building Team to renovate a toilet and make it fully accessible for the disabled; the money will be put towards the costs of this work. If you are able to gift aid your donation, special yellow envelopes for your monetary offering are available on the table at the back of the building. Please do mark them “NATIVITY – COMPASSION” or“CHRISTMAS – OASIS”. When the offering is taken on the day,only the contents of the yellow envelopes, and loose cash/cheques will be included in the offering total. Blue envelopes will be treated as regular giving to the general work of the church. Please do pray about how you can contribute towards this offering,and speak to Paul Garcia (COTG Rudloe), Michael Prior (Priory Street9.15) or Roger Hammett (Priory Street 11.15) should you wish to clarify these arrangements

VIRTUES OF A WOMAN

kathylarkman,
Silhouetted women holding hands

 

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Catherine Donovan, contributor for today’s blog post

It is amazing how one can pick a new message every time you read the Bible. Reading through the book of Titus again I was struck by the words in Chapter 2 verses 3 to 5 on the virtues of a woman.

I pondered whether I would consider myself to be in the older women category or the younger women? Obviously I would like to put myself in the category of the younger women. That has a certain appeal to my vanity as it virtually means my age is static and that is flattering to my ego. This thinking is of course contrary to the spirit of Paul’s teaching in Titus where the outward appearance appears to bear absolutely no relevance and the focus is on eternal life. So my thoughts are indicative of the fact that I have a long way to go on being more Christ like.

The message for the younger woman is so hard in our current generation and God knows I have struggled and failed at so many levels. Paul says in Chapter 2 verses 4-5 that the younger women are to:
“Love their husbands and children, to be self-controlled and pure, to be busy at home, to be kind, and to be subject to their husbands, so that no one will malign the word of God.”

thKYNGM54IThis is not an easy task! On the face of it I could easily say: but of course I do this every day; of course I love my husband and children and am busy at home, in fact, too busy. However, every time I fail at self-control with my tongue speaking or biting back at something said, I am not reflecting self-control, love or purity. When I think about this scripture, I become instantly uncomfortable in the knowledge that sometimes the love I am giving my children by indulging their every wish is perhaps not pure. After all the best love I can give them is teaching them the values for life and godliness. The instant Amazon purchase for something they are after may stop them nagging at me, but may not necessarily be love and a reflection of the purity that God desires from us. I am also equally baffled by the meaning of the words “subject to their husbands” in this day and age of “independent women” and “gender equality”. These are certainly no easy tasks and it takes God’s grace and the Holy Spirit for us to perceive and understand the meaning of these scriptures for application in our lives on a daily basis. I wonder whether if Paul looked at my life, he would say “you are a good example of what a young Christ like woman should be?” I find myself falling very short if I place myself against the standard God has set before us and am thankful for God’s grace to forgive me every time I fail and the knowledge that “ I am the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus” ( 2 Corinthians 5:21). So I am not there yet, but on my way, as God continues to purify me.

So perhaps it’s easier to switch camp and get the message for the older women:
“To be reverent in the way they live, not to be slanderers or addicted to much wine, but to teach what is good. Then they can train the younger women…(Titus 2:3-4)

I guess this scripture explains why I am drinking more wine; perhaps one is more prone to drinking a bit more as they grow older. I did not drink wine until I got married to my husband but I can admit that the amount has gone up every year and whilst my coffee addiction is more prevalent than the wine drinking, the question is: “Can I be considered to be reverent in the way I live? Am I a slanderer? Am I teaching what is good or in fact am I teaching anyone at all? Paul adds to the older women the responsibility to teach the younger woman. It would appear that if I do not learn the virtues Paul specified for the younger woman, I will not in fact be qualified to train the younger women as an older woman.

We live in a society that appreciates the importance of qualifications to do a job, the need for training and career progression. How much more important it is to understand the message for daily living and eternal life on how we must live our lives, acquiring God’s virtues for godliness, acknowledging we are in training, so that we can reflect Christ to the world so that “no-one will malign the word of God”.

I am encouraged that whilst I can achieve none of the required traits or virtues on my own, there is abundant grace for me and for you as Paul says:
“For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men. It teaches us to say “No” to ungodliness and worldly passions, to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age, while we wait for the blessed hope- the glorious appearing of our great God and Saviour, Jesus Christ, who gave himself for us to redeem us from all wickedness and to purify for himself a people that are his very own, eager to do what is good” (Titus 2:11-14).

Notices 25th November 2018

Tim Stephenson,
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Infant Dedication

We would like to welcome the friends and family of Joe and Anne Saunders as their infant son, Oscar, is dedicated this morning at our 11:15 service!

*** Farmyard Nativity! ***

Nativity service – Born in a Barn (literally!).  This year’s nativity service will be held on Saturday 15th December and it will be a LIVE nativity at John and Nathalie’s farm in Castle Combe!!  There will be showings at 2.30pm, 3.30pm and 4.30pm and free tickets can be obtained from eventbrite

Please remember that EVERYONE attending the nativity needs a ticket (including children) so that we can have an accurate number attending for safety reasons.

There will also be a work party to help get the venue ready as well as a rehearsal at the farm on Saturday 1st December from 10am-12.20. If you weren’t able to be at the meeting on Tuesday but can be involved in any way with the nativity please speak to Rhiannon.

Carols by Candlelight Service – 16th December

Once again this year it would be great to get a band together for the carol service, to give the occasion a certain something extra! So if you play an acoustic instrument and would like to be part of the band, David M would love to hear from you.  If you have not been part of this before, please let David know what you play, and to roughly what standard, together with your contact details if you’re not already in the church directory.  Many thanks. David

Women’s Bible Study

Study sheets are available at the back for the next women’s bible study which is taking place tomorrow, 26th November at 7:30pm.

The Craft Club

The craft club takes place again on Saturday 1st December at 10am.  Please chat to Pam or Hazel for details.

Women’s Christmas Meal – 10th December

We are ordering curry from Haq in Corsham for our Christmas meal! There will also be delicious home-made puddings. This is an invitation to ALL the women in our church and you are welcome to invite friends as well!  Monday 10th December @ 7.30pm. Cost £10pp. PLEASE SIGN UP ON THE SHEET AT THE BACK!!

Men’s Bible Study

PLEASE NOTE DATE : Tuesday 4th December @ Priory Street, 7:30pm – “Jesus as King.”

Christmas decoration workshop

Come and make some decorations for your tree on Saturday 8th December between 10am and 12pm at Priory street, all are welcome. Children must be accompanied by an adult.  Volunteers are needed so if you would like to help at this event, please contact Rhiannon. Thank you.

Meal Train – the CBC food rota

 Our meal rota – which is a vital support for those newly out of hospital, those being treated with chronic conditions and families with new babies – is in need of volunteers! The meals can be offered as little as once a month and just requires you to email or sign up on facebook messenger to be part of the CBC food rota. You do not need to be Michelin Star to become a part of this awesome ministry!  Anything you cook for your family is more than good enough for our members! Please contact Sarah Blaikley for more details. Thank you!

Church Directory 2019

Please take the time to complete the information for the new church directory if you are new to this fellowship or if any of your personal details have changed.  There is also a section to complete if you would like specific information on any aspect of church life. You may complete here online or the paper copy which can be left in the white box on the table at the back.  (Blank forms at the back). Remember…please write clearly!!

Keep up with the Littles

The Littles are serving on Africa Mercy (Mercy Ships) and you can follow their adventures by reading their blog at https://alittleodyssey.blogspot.com (It also contains useful information if you would like to send them anything!).

Corsham Foodbank – Feeding Back to You

Once again we would like to thank you for your generous and consistent support of the Foodbank project, and also for the bumper offering made at the Harvest Festival last month.  God remains faithful in blessing this ministry both through the churches and the community, and continues to enable us to meet the need. The Christmas Hamper project will be run again this year, and we expect to be blessing in excess of 50 households.  If you would like to support this project by donating edible seasonal treats with a post-Christmas best before date, please leave them in or by the collection bin in the porch at Priory Street by Sunday 2nd December.  Items which would enable us to bless children would be particularly welcome.

Opportunities for Regular Giving

If you would like to give to the work of the church on a regular basis, you might wish to consider setting up a standing order through your bank.  Alternatively, some people find it helpful to use our weekly or monthly envelope giving schemes for their offering. And of course, if you are a UK tax payer, then the value of your gift can be increased by 25%, at no extra cost to yourself, if you complete a Gift Aid Declaration.

If you would like to enrol in the envelope giving scheme for 2019, or would like to set up a standing order or make a Gift Aid Declaration, do please speak to one of the Treasury Team: Paul G (Church on the Green, Rudloe) Roger (Priory Street 11.15 Service); or Michael (Priory Street 9.15 Service).

…This week…

THE LAST FRUIT

kathylarkman,
THE LAST FRUIT

Kathy Larkman, contributor of today’s blog post