Notices Easter Sunday 21st April 2019

Louise,
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Priory Street (Corsham)

            9.15am              Eddie Larkman

            11.15am             Eddie Larkman

            6:00pm             Gathered to Praise

Church on the Green (Rudloe)

            10:00am            Rob Durant

The Ark

Saturday 27th April is the next Ark. If you’re 0-7 (ish) come along with an adult for a fun children’s service which starts with craft, includes puppets, songs and Bible story and finishes with drinks and cake. How marvellous! We hope to see you at Priory Street at 10am.

Reckless Abandon

Reckless Abandon is the true and inspiring story of ten missionaries who, in 1956, launched ‘Operation Auca’ to share God’s love with a previously unreached stone-age tribe. This moving and inspirational story for the stage brought to you by the Christian Theatre Group ‘4Front-Theatre’ in partnership with Missionary Aviation Fellowship UK is told from the perspective of Elizabeth Elliot, the wife of one of the missionaries.  It will be at CBC for one night only on Thursday 13th June at 7.30pm, cost £7.  The son of one of our church members, Chris Drake, will be performing!  Please keep this date free and watch this space for details of booking.

Women’s Bible Study

Next one takes place on Monday 29th April at 7:30pm.  New study notes at the back! Please speak to Kathy Larkman or Anne Holmes if you have any questions!

An Interactive Journey into World Mission

Steve and Gill Bryant would like to involve you in considering world mission… what is it like to be in an unreached people group? Come and participate, and hear about how God is at work in Japan and elsewhere. Be updated on the summer training course taking place here at CBC in July, with participants from all over the world. Join us for tea and cakes on Sunday 12th May at Priory Street at 4pm!

… Dates…

27th April: The Ark, 10am

29th April: Women’s bible study, 7:30pm

1st May: Midweek service, 2pm

4th May: Craft Group, 10am

12th May: Bryant event – world mission, 4pm

13th May: Mission team meeting, 8pm; fight night, 8pm

15th May: Midweek service, 2pm

20th May: Women’s bible study, 7:30pm

25th May: The Ark, 10am

29th May: Midweek service, 2pm

1st June: Craft Group, 10am

13th June: Reckless Abandon, 7:30pm

A POIGNANT PICTURE AT NOTRE DAME CATHEDRAL

kathylarkman,

NOTRE DAME“In the middle of the ashes, the cross remains. A powerful reminder as we contemplate Good Friday. No matter the devastation we face, no matter what is burned up, the Cross of Christ is victorious and Sunday is on its way.” Sheila Walsh

A POIGNANT PICTURE AT NOTRE DAME CATHEDRAL

kathylarkman,

NOTRE DAME“In the middle of the ashes, the cross remains. A powerful reminder as we contemplate Good Friday. No matter the devastation we face, no matter what is burned up, the Cross of Christ is victorious and Sunday is on its way.” Sheila Walsh

CHRIST OUR LORD SAVES!

kathylarkman,

vicky kellyThese last few weeks, Victoria Kelly has been sharing with us the ingredients of our “salvation cake”…..
“So, we have our mixture of ingredients- first, our sinful selves. Second, the heart of God. Now we need to make the cake. But here is the beauty of it (because I am certainly not very good at making cakes), God provides the method, he turns the ingredients into something good!
3. The free gift – How salvation comes to us
So how are we saved? Loving kindness and mercy of God took Jesus to the cross to pay for our sins, but it is only ‘through the washing of rebirth and renewal of the Holy Spirit’ that changes our being, that cleanses our hearts to make us new, to literally give us a new birth. It is the Holy Spirit who applies God’s saving mercy in Christ directly onto us in the event of Spiritual rebirth. It washes our hearts leaving us holy and pure, one that is fit for the indwelling of God in the form of the Holy Spirit. We are made right, we are made righteous.
The simple imagery of the water washing us like we would to get the dirt of our outward bodies, is the powerful imagery used to describe the washing of the very souls of us. This same notion is in John 3 where Jesus himself is explaining this transformation: Jesus answered, “Very truly I tell you, no one can enter the kingdom of God unless they are born of water and the Spirit. 6 Flesh gives birth to flesh, but the Spirit[b] gives birth to spirit. 7 You should not be surprised at my saying, ‘You[c] must be born again.’” (John 3:5-8)
The ‘rebirth’ is literally a new creation. It is an individual experience for us all. God hasn’t just repaired the brokenness, but has made us new! Hallelujah! Thank you Jesus.
And look how it was given to us: ‘he poured out generously.’ Has anyone ever had a really bad shower experience? I mean, I love my shower. To get 5/10mins of alone time in the shower really is luxury, but as it has to be a quick shower before I’m needed to solve a toddler dispute, wipe a bum or provide a much needed snack that can’t wait an extra minute or two, I really need the shower to be powerful. So have you ever got into a shower, excitedly anticipate the warm embrace of the water pouring over you only to turn on the dial, but instead of the powerful stream of water you’re expecting, you get a slow, lukewarm trickle which splatters parts of your body. You’re left more cold than if there was no water at all and you’re disappointed! And if you’re like me, you’re stressed as the ‘ticking time bomb’ of children will explode at any given minute! Now, I’m pleased to say that is the complete OPPOSITE experience that our loving Heavenly Father gives titus-3-5-6-washing-cleansing-poured-outus. Praise God the renewal of the Holy Spirit is not like this. It doesn’t come in dribs and drabs, it is ‘poured out generously’. It is a full stream of renewal. So when the guilt or questions creep in, ‘Maybe that sin was just too big; I knew what I was doing when I committed this sin, but did it anyway; God can’t forgive that or renew that part of me,’ tell Satan to be quiet and get behind you as the promise of God is that we are a complete new creation. ‘Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!’ (2 Corinthians 5:17) That is our confidence! That is our assurance. So through the renewal and rebirth of the Holy Spirit, we become new people. New hearts. New loves. New desires. How awesome is that?”

What a poignant word as we are in the midst of holy week! The week that will forever change history, change us, and gives us a sure and certain hope! Thank you for rescuing us dear Lord through the renewal and rebirth of the Holy Spirit!

Titus 3:3-8 SALVATION CAKE INGREDIENT 2

kathylarkman,
vicky kelly

VICTORIA KELLY 

Last week in an excerpt from Victoria Kelly’s teaching on Titus 3:3-8, the first ingredient began the making of the “salvation cake”. These verses teach us how we conduct ourselves around humanity and within our culture. Our responsibility for the world: is to instruct others in the way of truth because we were once without God ourselves. The joy is to be found in the transformation of our lives through Jesus where we can share the good news with others and lay out the grounds of Christian doctrine, which is salvation through the trinity.

Last week -The first ingredient:
1. Facing the truth about ourselves – The need for salvation

The following is the second of three excerpts of Victoria’s talk where she teaches with the analogy of a “salvation cake” to better grasp Paul’s message to us in this letter to Titus.
2. The heart of God – Where salvation originates

“When the kindness and love of God our saviour appeared…” (Titus 3:4)
We know the appearing is referencing Jesus Christ. Douglas J.W. Milne explains it in a powerful image using 2 Timothy 1:10 as his guide: ‘When everything on the human plane was pitch-dark and hopeless, the God of love burst into the darkness of this world in the person of his earth-born son, in a definitive moment of divine epiphany.’ Jesus burst through the darkness of our sin and in his amazing love, came to save us. That is the heart of God.
Let’s bear in mind verse 4 comes directly after the hideousness of verse 3. God’s kindness was given to a world that was so undeserving. Whilst we were selfishly indulging thinking of no one else, the generosity of God was afforded to us. Kindness is the idea of being generous toward someone who cannot pay it back, he is lifting off the ‘fee’ that we owe, even though we are ungrateful and wicked. This kind of kindness that Paul refers to is a divine quality that completely contrasts the despicable behaviour and traits people display in verse 3.
v5a “He saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of His mercy…”
1. Before reconciliation between us and God he had to deal with our disobedience, our rebellion. But he didn’t just HAVE mercy, he ACTED on it. Mercy led Jesus to the cross, which is where salvation flows. God couldn’t turn a blind eye to sin. To our sin of verse 3. It HAD to be punished. But God’s mercy and love and kindness dealt with it through Jesus at the cross, knowing we could never pay for it.

2. It is all God and Jesus. NOT OUR RIGHTEOUSNESS. Paul reminds of us this for three reasons: 1) Clears the grounds for declaring the true basis of salvation; 2) Restates that God justifies the ungodly; 3) Highlights/reminds the notion supposing Paul, Titus, Cretan Christians, the Corsham Christians occupy high moral ground from which to look down on others around them. No one is different from the worst Cretan.
These verses remind us that he reached out to us, way before we reached out to him. He saved because of his mercy, that is our true hope. We receive salvation completely undeserved – it is by grace alone.

That is the very heart of our God and is a complete contrast to our hearts of verse 3.

So, we have our mixture of ingredients, our sinful selves and the heart of God. Now we need to make the cake. But here is the beauty of it (because I am certainly not very good at making cakes),God provides the method, he turns the ingredients into something good!
Look for the method next week!

Notices 7th April 2019

Louise,
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Safeguarding Deacon

Nominations for Safeguarding Deacon close tonight at 6pm. Speak to Tim Stephenson or any leader if you would like more information.  The paperwork is on the table at the back of church.  Hand your completed form to your congregational leader.  The election will take place at the Church Meeting on 15th April.

Fight Night

The men of our church meet tomorrow night at 8pm for their monthly “fight night” of prayer.  Please speak to Ian Holmes or a member of the men’s ministry team if you would like more info.

** Annual Holiday Bible Club 2019 **

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

Holiday club starts tomorrow! Come and join us for lots of fun – it’s not too late to sign up to help, please see Rhiannon.  We need to move chairs and set up gazebos today after the 11.15 service, so please stay and help if you are able to. For all helpers who have signed up already, breakfast will be served each day at 9am (bacon butties tomorrow!), team briefing and prayer at 9.30.  Please continue to pray for the club, the children, their parents and the helpers, pray for seeds to be sown and for us to be able to reach out to the community to share the good news of God’s love and what Easter is really about. Please speak to Rhiannon if you are unsure as to how you can help.

Good Friday

There will be a service at Priory Street at 9:30am on Good Friday, 19th April.  This will be followed by the annual Walk of Witness through Corsham Town at 10:30am. Everyone is welcome and encouraged to attend these events.

Celebrating Easter @ Church on the Green

Good Friday afternoon “Easter trail”: This Easter, we are joining with Heart 4 Rudloe to run an Easter outreach event at Crumpets Cafe on Good Friday in the afternoon, time to be confirmed, using Bible Society Easter trail material. 

Delivering flyersIf you are willing and able to deliver some flyers in the week following Sunday 31st March, that would be very helpful!.

Easter Sunday service, 10am: There will be a service at the normal time to celebrate the resurrection. If you are having people for a meal on that day, why not invite them to come to church with you first!?

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 next week.  There are no ministry booklets being produced this year but if you are a ministry leader and you would like to share something with the church, please speak to Tim Stephenson.

Youth Matters!

Dan Ovens, our Youth Pastor, is looking for help with the following:

Soul Survivor: August 23-28 (Peterborough) – driver/s needed.  Dan is taking a large team of young people but in order to enable even more to go, we need additional driver/s (you would be using your own vehicle). Please speak to Dan if you are able to help.

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.

Women’s Bible Study

Next one takes place on Mon 29th April at 7:30pm.  New study notes at the back!

…This week is Easter holidays…

Please check with your lifegroup leader regarding your midweek meeting

… Dates for your diary …

GRACE PLACE 2019-04-03 11:27:26

kathylarkman,

Hi Sisters!

I hope and pray that you are enjoying and growing as we study “The Good Life” in Titus this school year!

Victoria Kelly taught us from Titus 3:3-8 last time. She explained: “Chapter 3 sees the shift from our duties in the church and the home, to how we conduct ourselves around humanity and within our culture. Our responsibility for the world: is to instruct others in the way of truth because we were once without God ourselves. Without a personal experience of salvation, we lack the right to instruct others, but because of the joy to be found in the transformation of our lives through Jesus, we can share the good news with others and lay out the grounds of Christian doctrine, which is salvation through the trinity.”

The following is the first of three excerpts of Victoria’s talk where she teaches with the analogy of a “salvation cake” to better grasp Paul’s message to us in this letter to Titus. Take time to read the first ingredient and reflect and share with someone today! Love, Kathy

The first ingredient:
1. Facing the truth about ourselves – The need for salvation
“At one time we too were foolish, disobedient, deceived and enslaved by all kinds of passions and pleasures. We lived in malice and envy, being hated and hating one another.” (Titus 3:3)

Why do we need salvation? It is explained fully here in verse 3.
We were: Foolish, disobedient, deceived, enslaved, envious, full of malice, hating each other. It paints an unsavoury picture of us as people before we had Christ.

  • This picture is the image of human life without grace. It describes our brokenness and rebellion in our lack of relationship with God.

So what does it mean to have a personal rebellion towards God?

  1. To be foolish is referenced as someone who doesn’t live as though there is a God. Ignoring God. Ignorant of the true purpose of life….
  2. … To be disobedient is to reject God’s rule and we want to run our own life. We repress the conscience within us, ignoring it and living the life we want….
  3. …. We were ‘deceived and enslaved’. We allow ourselves to reason, excuse various passions. Without God we were at the beck and call of sinful desires. The enemy takes pleasure in this and blinds us and takes us captive. We were slaves to him, but also slaves to our own sin. Trapped by the habits that we choose. Enslaved, is such a powerful image. To be a slave to something is hard work, torturous, relentless, it has control of you. Whilst the sin itself may come easy, the consequence of sin is painful. The enemy is quick to prowl and bring us down, he will rejoice in doing this. At the same time we can’t disregard our own responsibility of sin and saying no to it.
  4. …Our relationship with others was disruptive. Paul states we were full of ‘malice’ and ‘envy’. Wishing evil and resenting the good, fed by personal jealousies and ambitions and then ‘hate’. Having hostility towards each other and not wanting to do good to them.

What an ugly picture we have been. It is clear when we see a list like that that there was a fracture in our relationship with God, but also with everyone else too. Our choices have created patterns of personal behaviour that enslave us. No wonder we needed saving.

But how can we go from that life to another?

We can’t just exchange addiction for freedom on our own. It doesn’t work like that, especially as we were blind to needing to be changed in the first place. We need someone to save us. To rescue us. The answer is in verse 5: “he saved us”.
Look what we brought to the table in verse 3. We brought nothing good! We faced condemnation, judgement and death. But, “he saved us”. Romans 5:8 reminds us, “But here is how God has shown his love for us. While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”

Because of the knowledge and understanding of God saving us from our own selves, it should give us the confidence to share this good news with others, as we come from a personal experience of salvation.
It is not the end of the baking! The salvation cake is not made yet! Look for ingredient two next week!

 

 

Notices 31st March 2019

Louise,
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Safeguarding Deacon

Nominations for Safeguarding Deacon are still open. 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.  The paperwork is on the table at the back of church.  Hand your completed form to your congregational leader. Nominations will close on 7th April; the election will take place at the Church Meeting on 15th April.

Midweek Service

The next midweek service is taking place on Wednesday 3rd April at 2pm.  The text is Matthew 7.13-29 and Eric Seager will be leading and preaching.  The service is followed by tea/coffee and cake.

** 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.  Speak to Rhiannon if you have any questions. Please pray for the preparation and planning!

Craft Group

The Craft Group meets on Saturday 4th April at 10am at Priory Street.  Please chat to Pam Mitchell or Hazel Hammett if you would like more information about this monthly meeting or read their news on the board in the coffee hall.

Mission Team Meeting

If you are on the newly-created Mission Team, please be advised that there will be a meeting on Friday 5th April at 8pm.  Chat to Wendy Rowe if you need to!

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.

Good Friday

There will be a service at Priory Street at 9:30am on Good Friday, 19th April.  This will be followed by the annual Walk of Witness through Corsham Town at 10:30am. Everyone is welcome and encouraged to attend these events.

Celebrating Easter @ Church on the Green

Good Friday afternoon “Easter trail”: This Easter, we are joining with Heart 4 Rudloe to run an Easter outreach event at Crumpets Cafe on Good Friday in the afternoon, time to be confirmed, using Bible Society Easter trail material. 

Delivering flyersIf you are willing and able to deliver some flyers in the week following Sunday 31st March, that would be very helfpul!.

Easter Sunday service, 10am: There will be a service at the normal time to celebrate the resurrection. If you are having people for a meal on that day, why not invite them to come to church with you first!?

Youth Matters!

Dan Ovens, our Youth Pastor, is looking for help with two events:

The Noise is being held on Saturday 4th May in Bristol (an event joining volunteers and churches across Bristol engaging in social/community activities).  Dan will be taking the group but he needs another leader for the day.  They will be leaving at 8:30am, returning around 5:30pm.  Please speak to Dan if you think you can help.

Soul Survivor: August 23-28 (Peterborough) – driver/s needed.  Dan is taking a large team of young people but in order to enable even more to go, we need additional driver/s (you would be using your own vehicle). Please speak to Dan if you are able to help.

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.

Next one takes place on Mon 29th April at 7:30pm.  New study notes at the back!

Coming up…