THE REAL REASON WE’RE HERE

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Christine Coltman, contributor for today’s blog post

I’ve always been one of those odd people that would turn more naturally to the Old Testament than to the new. I don’t know whether it was my upbringing in the Church of Scotland, or just an inbuilt inclination. Although I have always been a Christian, I was very much a rules-based Christian in my younger years. I knew Jesus, and I knew he had died for me, but I definitely wanted to tick all the boxes, and probably not always for the right reasons. I was much more comfortable talking about God the Father than Christ the Saviour.
This has changed since I came to Corsham Baptist almost ten years ago, and I am so glad for it. The focus has always been on Jesus in the teaching, and in the friendships God has blessed me with. The songs that I love most are about Jesus, and I have learned so much from studying Titus in the women’s bible study evenings.
But God always wants to take us a step further and I was challenged last week by a sermon which reminded me that the whole of the Bible is about Jesus. Every book, whether Old or New Testament, points to him. It was something that I had not fully thought through before. I had been speaking with a friend about the book of Job the night before, trying to help her understand it, and I realised that not once had I mentioned Jesus. It prompted me to apologise to her, and to share the sermon. Job was of course the first signpost of Scripture to the cross.
I’m so grateful for the way that God walks with us on our journey of faith. I’ve often found it hard that there was no ‘blinding light’ moment of conversion in my life. I was brought up in a good church, I remember asking Jesus into my heart as a small child, and the journey has gone on from there. I have so much to be grateful for yet sometimes I find it hard to distinguish between my ‘old’ life and the ‘new’. Yet there have definitely been so many seasons for me, and I’m excited that this one is leading in the right direction – straight to Jesus.
So, if you’re talking about the Bible with me and I don’t mention Jesus, please prompt me! I don’t want to know all the facts and yet forget the real reason we’re here – to be in, and grow in relationship with him.
‘I know that my Redeemer lives, and that in the end he will stand upon the earth… How my heart yearns within me.’ Job 19:25-27

A post where I try to remember what I’ve done.

Matthew Little,

The thing that I have only now realised is that I should probably start writing about the events of a week then collate all the things that happened for a month when I set down to do another update. Because, to tell the truth, I have very little memory a lot that has happened since I last wrote. Obviously, I can remember things that did happen, but not a lot. If you have read all my posts (I do a monthly post, and I have only been here for 4 months now, so there aren’t many) you may remember me mentioning how blogging is basically a chore for me now. It’s hard to settle down and remember everything you have done. I am actually impressed by some of these crew who manage a weekly blog, and write them very well. But I think it’s different for me, whilst they are only here for a few months, I am here for two years, so I feel that I have a lot more breathing room to update loved ones back home or wherever they may be and international friends that this crazy season of life has given me the chance to meet and build relationships with. Also, did I mention that I have been here for 4 months already? It seriously feels like a long time that I joined. And in three months, the  Guinea field service will over.

So please, read on, whilst I in the past try to write about the things that I remember and try to remember other things.

Everybody has to say goodbye at somepoint.

I know, I know, that’s a fairly bleak (and ambigious) statement, but sorry kids, it’s true. Fil, my friend and former electronics technician from New Zealand (and Latvia), left the ship at the start of the month. But before he left the next morning we enjoyed a night out in Conakry, which looking back now semi-appeared to be a quest for some live music. Joined by Coltan, one of our officers, Kate, the Executive Assistant and Trinity, one of the bakers, we headed the Le Jardins de Guinee (Gardens of Guinea), an open air restaurant I had heard a lot about and not been to before, and I believe is a hotspot for Mercy Shippers. How can I make this hypothesis? There was another group of Mercy Shippers there at the same time, So we decided to join them. I had already eaten on the ship, so I had a gourmet coffee pudding platter-thing. It wasn’t a platter though, it was a place-mat made from slate. It was very nice, there were mini lemon tarts, candied oranges and a triple chocolate coconut mousse thing. It was one of those dishes that looked too good to eat, but I was hungry, so it didn’t last long. after a game of  doubles pool (le Jardins has a open air games room with a pool table and a table football table) we moved out to Mille Patte (I had been there before, it is in a previous post), where there was live music. And another group of Mercy Shippers! Overall, it was very nice social evening. Kate even got the musician to sing an apparently never ending ‘Happy Birthday’ to Fil after we found out it was his Birthday a few days later.  As it happens, a whole group of Mercy Shippers (I don’t think they were all in the same crowd though) were leaving the same night, including our previous captain, Milo, (Our current captain is Jon, a sort-of ‘reserve’ captain for Mercy Ships. He has captained with Mercy Ships before) so before heading out to find a taxi (totally not the most tense thing about Conakry),  we stuck around to say goodbye  to people. Where Fil was bombarded with “Are you leaving tonight!?” We also said goodbye to fellow nerd, Danita. You may be thinking “That’s a bit harsh, Matthew” but it is a self proclaimed title. And she was part of our DnD group, so you can’t get more nerdy than that. After a very nice evening and a good sleep, it was time to say goodbye to Fil.  It was upsetting to see someone off that you had bonded over a silly joke that didn’t make much sense. Goodbye guys, I miss you!

The British Embassy

The British crew and (and passport holders. We had  some Britain-born Australians) were invited to the British Embassy. I decided to dress up for it, seeing as I don’t have much opportunity to do so. We were asked to dress appropriately for meeting the Ambassador, so I did. And it surprisingly wasn’t unbearable in the heat to do so! Was I looking forward to the visit? Yes. Was I feeling the same way when I left? No. Truth be told…. I had the most boring time. What I thought would be an interesting evening was actually a social evening of conversations. I HATE those evenings, because not only am I terrified of conversation, I prefer to actually be doing things at that kind of ‘party’ which was why I didn’t have too much fun at house parties. Crack out some Mario Kart, and I’ll have a blast! The same weekend, the Men’s Retreat…. in the International Lounge…. on the ship…. was taking place. I heard some interesting responses to that, saying how good it was. I now wished I had gone to that instead.

What has work been like?

Like every job, working on Deck has it’s pros and cons. The pros are, I suppose, the new experiences and skills and lessons I have been learning, such as operating cranes, forklifts and power tools. Sure, you can tell me “You can learn how to do these things on land” But tell me if you learned how to operate a crane at 18 years old. If you can legally learn how to operate a crane at 18, I don’t know. I don’t know when cranes became a thing, either so if cranes became a thing after you turned 19, I guess my argument is invalid. I did (help)  to build a house in Mexico when I was 16, though. The cons are that, eventually, you will have do every deck related job on a ship imaginable, so then nothing is new anymore. Oh, I haven’t gone on the stage yet. I think we have finished stage work for the field service. At least staging over the side of the ship, there maybe minor, stage work that may come up between now and June. The new thing that I have done is mooring operations. Now, we haven’t left yet, but what we were doing was checking the mooring lines on the astern and forward ends of the ship. If they were too tight or too slack, and all that jazz. So that meant unwrapping the lines from the bollards, and wrapping them round the capstan. One deck hand will then operate the controls for capstan, to either give slack to the line or tightening them, whilst one or more deck hands will hold on to the line to hold the tension. This job requires focus and full attention, as you can imagine, elastic energy transfer into kinetic energy can be messy, if you let go of the line. Snapback is dangerous. and potentially fatal. Particularly with those heavy ropes. When the supervising officer has decided if the slack or tightness is just right, it is a rush to remove the mooring lines from the capstan and re-wrap them around the bollard before they become slack. That also meant more greasing for me! one of the rotating bollards was stiff, so we had to splice two ropes together and wrap them around the capstan and this smaller bollard. And then squeeze some grease into the nipple to get it turning properly. If it seemed like I was insinuating that I have done everything, I haven’t yet. It just will happen. But at the moment, I am pretty much doing everything that I have done before, but somewhere else on deck.  I just got off another week of Night Patrol. That pretty much went the same as the last two weeks. Which was good, as nothing happened, but still. It. Is. So. Draining. Going to sleep in the morning is the most rewarding thing. That and pancakes on Wednesday morning. We, the British crew, tried to get a pancake day thing going, but that that fell through. so pancake on Ash Wednesday had to suffice. Nom nom.
Better than watching the mess being made of Brexit by Westminster. Thanks, Cameron, where have you put your trotters up now? (A Danny Dyer reference, to all you non Brits)

Return to Kassa 

The Squad! or crew. I don’t know yet
Before I started the long stretch of Night Patrol, I had a night away on Kassa with Caleb, Laura, Laura Kate (USA. Apparently it’s just LK for short) Imani, Rimke (Netherlands) and Michiel (Netherlands). It was so good to get off the ship for a bit. We went to a different beach that I went to before. The others had been to this beach. I also had the first experience of a moto-taxi. We weren’t going to walk, since the beach was the other side of the island, and when we got to the island off the ferry, it was about half past five, and we wanted to set up camp before dark. We got a fire going, and just chilled. And then we chilled on the beach and swam for a bit before heading back to the ferry. Rimke also brought her Ukulele along for some light entertainment

This is the hat I have basically stolen from my mum.
My hat makes me look like a middle aged travelling woman.

LK and Michiel were determined to catch some crabs. And they did

This is the Photo of the Month

See that white speck? That’s the ferry. About half an hour away.

The lives that we save.

This is the story of one of the patients that we have “given new life to” over the course of four months, from the crew that I have spoken to,  heard  at the Wednesday Evening Medical In-Services and promotional material I have seen whilst preparing to work with Mercy Ships, that is one of the statements that stands out to me. I love how powerful it is, and it really does bring up questions in my mind about the lives of the patients. (As previously mentioned before, the communications team on board works to produce material ready for crew use, such as this one, as well as hosting media teams and vision trips)

Going back to losing memory of the last month, I don’t have amnesia, it was just…. it felt like nothing happened. But, as the Doctor says “Stories are just where memories go when they are forgotten” So as this vast and wonderful world keeps spinning through our universe, and whilst memories fade, at least know; no matter how small a memory created is, you still leave an invisible mark on the world.

Ok, so no more inspirational messages and philosophy. I’ll finish up now.

Thanks for reading and see you again soon!

Notices for 17th March 2019

Louise,

Priory Street (Corsham)

9.15am              Matt Lee (John 18:15-27)

11.15am            Ian Holmes (John 18:15-27)

6:00pm             Gathering to Praise

Church on the Green (Rudloe)

10:00am            Rob Durant

Family service (The Ark)

A family service will take place at Priory Street this afternoon at 3.30pm.  The service will be fairly short and will finish with tea.

Midweek Service

The next midweek service takes place this Wednesday 20th March at 2pm.  The text is Matthew 7:1-12. Eric Seager will lead and David Morrell will preach.

Prayer for Missions and the Persecuted Church

This will take place tomorrow night at 7:45pm at Priory Street.  Please contact Wendy Rowe or Vanessa Naish for more details.

Women’s Bible Study

The next women’s bible study will take place on Monday 25th March at 7:30pm.  Notes for the next study on Titus are on the table at the back.  Please take a copy!

Steve Bryant’s Travels

Steve will be visiting East Asia until the 24th March. Your prayers are appreciated. Please speak to Gill for more information.

** Annual Holiday Bible Club 2019 **

Monday April 8th to Friday April 12th, 10am-12:30 each day; 5-11 year olds

This year’s theme will be animals, so come and join us for a noisy, fun-filled week! In order for this week to be a success your help is needed – there are sign-up sheets and registration forms at the back of church so please put your name down. Help is needed for set up (Sunday 7th), set down (Friday 12th at 12.30), group leaders and helpers, registration, sign in and out, worship, catering, serving refreshments, kitchen help, sound desk, projector. There are many roles so please speak to Rhiannon if you have any questions. Please pray for the preparation and planning for the club in the coming weeks.

The Ark

Don’t forgot the next Ark is on Saturday 30th March, 10am at Priory Street. We have a children’s service with puppets suitable for children up to seven years old (but all are welcome). It starts with craft and ends with drinks and cake!!

Paul Nossent

There will be a Thanksgiving Service for the life of Paul Nossent at CBC Priory Street on Friday 22nd March at 2pm followed by tea and cake.  All welcome to attend.

Help Required @ The Gathering Weekend 29-30 June 2019

These are the following areas where we still need help for the above event: Refreshments; PA; Stewards / welcomers; Communion team; First aiders; Setup / breakdown team.  There is a sign-up sheet at the back so please consider where you may be able to serve. Thank you.

Safeguarding Deacon

Nominations for a Safeguarding Deacon will open on Sunday 24th March.  Please pray about this and whether you feel God is leading you to take on this important role in church life.  Speak to Tim Stephenson or any leader if you would like more information.  Nominations will close on Sunday 7th April and the election will take place at the Church Meeting on 15th April.

Annual Church Meeting

Our Annual Church Meeting will be held on Monday 15th April at 8pm.  Previous minutes and agenda will be available at the back in due course.  Everyone encouraged and welcome to attend!

Week 6 for Neal and Lesley

Tim Stephenson,
Neal with children in Oasis centre, 'playing tea parties'

It must always be physically, emotionally and spiritually difficult to meet people arriving at the Oasis. People who have just arrived having fled their homelands often in fear for their lives. People who are stuck apparently endlessly in bureaucracy. People who are facing being returned to exactly the places they fled.

However, it seems to have been particularly sensitive set of conversations and some hard ones this week. As you read, please pray for the refugees and perhaps you can share a word of encouragement with Neal and Lesley?

http://lesleyandneal.simplesite.com/442030382

OUR BELIEF LEADS TO OUR BEHAVIOUR

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Sharon Durant, contributor for today’s blog

Excerpt from notes on study: Titus 2:15-3:2 by Sharon Durant

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If we believe that Jesus has lived the Good Life, the BEST life in fact, and then sacrificed himself for us and poured out grace upon us… if we believe that grace is training us and making us more holy like Jesus… if we believe that this life is not all there is, that heaven is where we’re going and that holy character lasts for eternity…

We will be willing to listen to the Holy Spirit. To throw off the things that distract us. To bite back a cutting remark that is just slanderous. Because my life is not lived for my glory, it’s lived for God’s, and to tell people about his grace through the way I live my life.

Don’t make light of sin. The only thing that separates us from those outside the Church is God’s grace. And God’s grace came to us not because we were nice, or we graduated top of the class, or earned a particularly large bonus, No God’s grace came to us by God’s gift. Through the humility of Jesus Christ. So we show humility not just to our friends, or people in the church, but to all.

How can we live Christ-life without Christ’s life inside of us? How can we live a life of grace without God’s grace in us?

So we don’t make light of sin. These 6 commands(Titus 3:1-2) we’ve looked at tonight set the standard of holiness high. But remember we come to the Cross, where Jesus poured out grace upon us, and we receive grace upon grace (James 4:6). We come to Christ who gladly pours out his spirit in our hearts (Luke 11:13, Rom 5:5). Grace trains us every day.

(For entirety of notes, click on 2018-2019 Bible Study-Titus: The Good Life, 5 Notes by Sharon Durant)

Notices 10th March 2019

Louise,
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Mission Trips’ Offering (Supporting Volunteers)

Many thanks to those who gave to the above offering.  The total collected, including gift aid, was £3,560.

Paul Nossent

There will be a Thanksgiving Service at CBC Priory Street, on Friday 22nd March at 2pm followed by tea and cake.  All welcome to attend.

Family service (The Ark)

A family service will take place at Priory Street next Sunday, 17th March at 3.30pm.  The service will be fairly short and will finish with tea. Please put the date in your diary and start inviting family and friends along. We’ll also be advertising it at the Ark, Toddler group etc.  Many thanks.

Women’s Bible Study

The next women’s bible study will take place on Monday 25th March at 7:30pm.  Notes for the next study on Titus are on the table at the back.  Please take a copy!

Prayer for Unsaved Relatives

There is another opportunity to pray for your unsaved relatives on Wednesday March 13th from 2.00-3.00pm in the church.  Please speak to Helen C for further details.

Steve B’s Travels

Steve will be visiting East Asia until the 24th March. Your prayers are appreciated. Please speak to Gill if you would like to know more.

Safeguarding Deacon

Nominations for a Safeguarding Deacon will open on Sunday 24th March.  Please pray about this and whether you feel God is leading you to take on this important role in church life.  Speak to Tim Stephenson or any leader if you would like more information.  Nominations will close on Sunday 7th April and the election will take place at the Church Meeting on 15th April.

Chippenham Street Pastors

Several of our church members are involved in Chippenham Street Pastors.  There will be a celebration service on 13th March at 7:30pm at St. Paul’s Church, Chippenham.  The night will include worship, testimony and prayer to celebrate this ministry which started in 2011.  Please go along if you are interested in joining or simply wish to encourage those already involved.

** Annual Holiday Bible Club 2019 **

  • Monday April 8th to Friday April 12th
  • 10am-12:30 each day; 5-11 year olds

This year’s theme will be animals, so come and join us for a noisy, fun-filled week! In order for this week to be a success your help is needed – there are sign-up sheets and registration forms at the back of church so please put your name down. Help is needed for set up (Sunday 7th), set down (Friday 12th at 12.30), group leaders and helpers, registration, sign in and out, worship, catering, serving refreshments, kitchen help, sound desk, projector. There are many roles so please speak to Rhiannon if you have any questions. Please pray for the preparation and planning for the club in the coming weeks. 

The Ark

Don’t forgot the next Ark is on Saturday 30th March, 10am at Priory Street. We have a children’s service with puppets suitable for children up to seven years old (but all are welcome). It starts with craft and ends with drinks and cake!! (Also don’t forget that the clocks go forward the following day!)

Help Required @ The Gathering Weekend 29-30 June 2019

These are the following areas where we still need help for the above event: Refreshments; PA; Stewards / welcomers; Communion team; First aiders; Setup / breakdown team.  There is a sign-up sheet at the back so please consider where you may be able to serve. Thank you.

Lent Course 2019

There will be a five week Lent Course titled ‘Daring to see God now’ for all churches in the Corsham area starting from week commencing 11th March. A poster with more details is at the back. The course will run on a Monday evening at 7:30pm in St. Aldhelm’s Church Hall (coffee/tea from 7pm) and repeated on the Thursday morning of the same week at 10:30am in St. Patrick’s Hall (coffee/tea from 10am). A limited number of course booklets are available as an optional purchase (but not essential to attending the course) at £3 each. They can also be purchased direct from the website www.yorkcourses.co.uk or 01904 466516.  David M will be speaking on Week One – The Good News of God.

…Coming up…

HOW CAN OUR BEHAVIOR GLORIFY GOD?

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Sharon Durant, contributor for today’s blog

Excerpts from Sharon Durant Titus 3 Notes

…The world is watching us Christians. And we are presenting the Gospel to them. Christian behaviour is important for sharing the Good News about Jesus. The way Christians behave is linked to the impact the Gospel makes in the world around.

If I am claiming to be a Christian, but my life is exactly the same as people who do not, then the watching world says, “There’s nothing to this Christianity lark! There’s no power in the Gospel! What’s the difference? Why follow Christ?”
And yes, since I am a sinner, I am the same as my friends who are not Christians.
BUT I believe that God’s grace has saved me. And that God’s grace is training me to be like Jesus, not like my human great-great-great-great-grandfather Adam.
And my behaviour is therefore different. I’m in a different family now.

That was true in Crete, for people living in a hostile Roman, pagan world, and it’s true now for us living in a hostile, British, secular world. Those who have trusted in God devote themselves to doing good, just as we have been taught.
It’s all over the letter in Titus (2:5, 2:8, 2:10, 2:14…)
and it should be all over our lives, too…

…Because of the grace given to us, we can pour it out onto others. We can be trained by the Holy Spirit to become more like Jesus. Everyday we can read the Bible find out more about the Lord Jesus and how he has called us to die to ourselves, but to find our new life in Him.

titus 3These 6 things from Titus 3:1-2, glorify God because they show God’s character to the world. They are counter-cultural, unexpected ways to live — which are the ways that Jesus lived.

How can my good life make the Gospel attractive and glorify God?

– when it reflects God’s character to the watching world
– when it points to how great God is, not how great I am…

(To read the entirety of these notes, click under the heading of 2018-2019 Bible Study-Titus: The Good Life, 5)

Forty-two percent of what?

Steve and Gill Bryant,

So what is it? 42% of the world’s people groups are classified by the Joshua Project as unreached. This is a disturbing statistic. It means that in these groups, there is little or no history of Christianity and there are millions who do not know who Jesus is. There may be a handful of evangelical Christians but they make up less than 2% of the population. Many of the groups have no known Christians at all.

One unreached group in Bangladesh has more than twice as many people as the UK. Japan with so few Christians has almost twice our population. Some colleagues who recently returned to the UK from Japan commented that Britain seemed to be full of Christians, compared to the situation they had come from.

So what can we do? It’s too big for each one of us and despairing about it won’t help. Neither will dismissing it and finding a distraction. It is one which should challenge us deeply and drive us to our knees, and there is something we can do……we can ask God to give us a burden for one, single unreached group, and make them part of our daily time with God. Or we can pray for a different group each day using an app from the Joshua Project at https://joshuaproject.net/

It may only take 2 minutes of our day, and let’s face it, we are on our phones anyway. You can even see how many others are praying alongside you, so you are not alone.

Phew! That’s OK then. Sorted. But be prepared! As you ask God to open your eyes and give you a burden for unreached peoples, there may be more……..

Catching up on week 4 at the Oasis

Tim Stephenson,
One of our colourful 'craft and fellowship' tables at Ladies Night on Friday

If you thought that after the building trip and clean up was over it would be a quiet time at Oasis you’d be wrong. This week there are updates from Mary and Shiela (as well as the disabled loo!) and new arrivals from Nigeria too.

Head over to http://lesleyandneal.simplesite.com/441916944 for all the details.

A quick reminder: you can access all our weekly blogs from the same link.. Just click on the drop-down menu and chose the week you want to read about – see picture below smile

Notices for 3rd March 2019

Louise,

Mission Trips’ Offering (Supporting Volunteers)

As we seek to play our part in spreading God’s love around the world, this morning we will be holding a thank offering to build up a fund to support self-funding adults who volunteer to serve on our future Mission Teams. This year, teams will be going out to support an AIM conference in Uganda and to help with construction work at the AIM Sanga Sanga conference centre in Tanzania.  The money raised will be lodged in our Restricted Mission Trips Fund. Special yellow envelopes for your Gift Day offering are available on the table at the back of the building. Please mark the envelope MISSION TRIPS’ THANK OFFERING, and if you are able to gift aid your donation, please complete the declaration on the envelope.  If you are not able to do this, please just score out the declaration. Only the contents of the yellow envelopes will be included in the Thank Offering total.  Blue envelopes and loose cash/cheques will be treated as regular giving to the general work of the church.

The mission team list going to Uganda from 9-16 August is almost complete; those definitely going are: Eddie and Kathy Larkman, Dan Ovens, Rhiannon Price, Chris Sapiano, Sharon Durant, Joy Wingrave, Sara Stone, Joe Rowe, Tom Price.  We look forward to announcing the remaining team members soon!

Men’s Curry Night

This Tuesday 5th March; CBC Priory Street; 7:30pm – please communicate with Ian Holmes or a member of the Men’s Ministry Team so they can gauge numbers for the event.

Paul Nossent

The short cremation service for Paul will be on Friday 8th March at West Wilts Crematorium (Semington) at 9am. There will be a Thanksgiving Service at CBC Priory Street, on Friday 22nd March at 2pm followed by tea and cake.  All welcome to attend.

Midweek Service

The text for the Wednesday service on 6th March is Matthew 6.19-34.  Eric Seager will be leading and preaching and there will be communion.  All welcome.

Church Directory 2019

The church directory is now available.  It may be accessed in three ways: on our website (log in to the members’ area – speak to Tim Stephenson if you are unsure how to do this); emailed to you in PDF format; paper copy (make a request through the office).

Family service (The Ark)

A family service will take place at Priory Street on 17th March at 3.30pm.  The service will be fairly short and will finish with tea. Please put the date in your diary and start inviting family and friends along. We’ll also be advertising it at the Ark, Toddler group etc.  Many thanks.

Accommodation for summer course 2019

For the last two years, CBC has hosted the WEC MK Staff Training course in July/August.. The course is scheduled to take place again, from Sunday 21st July to Thursday 1st August 2019. Some participants will only stay till Saturday 27th July. If you are able to provide accommodation (including breakfast and most evening meals) for someone for all or part of this time, please contact Steve and Gill Bryant. Thank you so much for your help.

Chippenham Street Pastors

Several of our church members are involved in Chippenham Street Pastors.  There will be a celebration service on 13th March at 7:30pm at St. Paul’s Church, Chippenham.  The night will include worship, testimony and prayer to celebrate this ministry which started in 2011.  Please go along if you are interested in joining or simply wish to encourage those already involved.

Opportunities to Serve the Corsham Community as a Foodbank Trustee

The Corsham Churches Foodbank has been serving the community for around seven years now, and many of the Trustees have served from the outset.  Whilst we have the experience, we are all getting older and are looking for new blood to refresh both us, and our work.  If you would like to find out more about serving as one of our Trustees, we would love to hear from you. For more information contact Roger or Hazel Hammett in the 11.15 or call 01249 715816.

Help Required @ The Gathering Weekend 29-30 June 2019

These are the following areas where we still need help for the above event : Refreshments; PA; Stewards / welcomers; Communion team; First aiders; Setup / breakdown team.  There is a sign up sheet at the back so please consider where you may be able so serve. Thank you.

Lent Course 2019

There will be a five week Lent Course titled ‘Daring to see God now’ for all churches in the Corsham area starting from week commencing 11th March. A poster with more details is at the back. The course will run on a Monday evening at 7:30pm in St. Aldhelm’s Church Hall (coffee/tea from 7pm) and repeated on the Thursday morning of the same week at 10:30am in St. Patrick’s Hall (coffee/tea from 10am). A limited number of course booklets are available as an optional purchase (but not essential to attending the course) at £3 each. They can also be purchased direct from the website www.yorkcourses.co.uk or 01904 466516.  David Morrell will be speaking on Week One – The Good News of God.

Women’s Bible Study

The next women’s bible study will take place on, Monday 25th March at 7:30pm.  Notes for the next study on Titus are on the table at the back.  Please take a copy!

Prayer for Unsaved Relatives

There is another opportunity to pray for your unsaved relatives on Wednesday March 13th from 2.00-3.00pm in the church.  Please speak to Helen Christie for further details.

Steve Bryant’s Travels

Steve will be visiting East Asia from 3rd to 24th March. Your prayers are appreciated. Please see Steve or Gill if you would like to know more.

Safeguarding Deacon

Nominations for a Safeguarding Deacon will open on Sunday 24th March.  Please pray about this and whether you feel God is leading you to take on this important role in church life.  Please speak to Tim Stephenson or any leader if you would like more information.  Nominations will close on Sunday 7th April and the election will take place at the Church Meeting on 15th April.

…This week…