IT’S HERE!

kathylarkman,

….Well almost! THE GATHERING TAKES PLACE BEGINNING FRIDAY through SUNDAY at CORSHAM SCHOOL off of Tynings Road.

If you haven’t already planned on coming to all or part, it isn’t too late. There will be much to share in together: the Word of God, worshipping in song, laughter, friendship over food, prayer, biblical insight, one-anothering, and much more!

I am reminded of the letter of Hebrews where the writer exhorts us:

“Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful. And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another- and all the more as you see the Day approaching.” Hebrews 10:23-25 NLT

church familyTHE GATHERING is a good place to do just that!

For details email us at office@corshambaptists.org or contact us by phone at 01249.701078.

See you there!

 

Mission News – June ’19

Tim Stephenson,

We have a number of exciting mission events coming up over the next few months and would love you to pray for each one.

Stuart and Lynne…

…. are returning from the Mercy Ship on June 21st as Lynne will be seeing an orthopaedic consultant on the 24th June in Bath with a view to having knee surgery soon after.

Matthew will be returning later as originally planned. Please pray for safe travels, for Lynne’s operation and recovery in time to re-join the ship on 6th August before it sails to Senegal.

Matthew L…

… as he stays longer, continues working and for his travels home on 8th July – flying on his own for the first time.

The Oasis Centre in Austria…

… are short staffed over the summer months and thankfully volunteers from different countries have offered to work there in order to keep the centre open. We are pleased that Neal and Lesley G and David and Sue M are able to go and support this work. Please pray for safe journeys, good health, stamina, wisdom and patience. Neal and Lesley are leaving on the 24th June and returning on the 8th July. Please pray for them as they will be one of the most experienced staff members leading the work this time. They are making their own way from the airport to the Oasis centre using trains and trams so please pray that they arrive safely and there are no problems with the journey. David and Sue are going on June 29th to July 28th. This is the first time they have been to Oasis so please pray for them as they pick up the ropes and settle into the Oasis working life.

Steve and Ruth …

… will be holding a mission event on Sunday 7th July to share about their work in Tanzania. Times will be confirmed soon. Steve is also the main speaker at The Gathering.

Steve also has other speaking engagements on the following dates:-

Tues 2nd July, 21st- 30th Aug- Oakhall Iceland, Mon 2nd – 4th Sept AIM fellowship conference.

Please pray for Steve and Ruth as they prepare for these events and have quality rest time as well.

Uganda AIM mission conference trip

The team will be leaving on Friday 9th August and arrive home on Saturday 17th August. Please pray for the team as they prepare to go, travel (Long journey) and for their various roles. Pray for good team building and good health. Those going are:-

  • Eddie Larkman – preaching and pastoral support for missionaries
  • Youth Team – Dan O, Chris S.
  • Children’s Team – Rhiannon P, Sharon D, Tom P, Sara S, Joe R, Joy W, Josh H
  • Kathy L – Pastoral Support for Missionaries

Steve and Gill Bryant

  • June 24th- 25th – Hosting a retired missionary from Australia.
  • July 9th – 10th – providing training at their house for a couple who will be taking over the WEC boarding hostel for Grace International school in Chiang Mai.
  • MK Staff Training Course at CBC – This takes place from Sunday 20th July to August 1st. Please pray for Steve and Gill Bryant as they prepare the course and arrangements, for those helping out with accommodation and meals and for the participants. Pray for good team building, a good understanding of working as Missionaries with missionary kids and good health.
  • Around 8th August- One day Skype training for a couple going to Senegal as teachers.
  • 5th- 13th September- Synergy Conference USA. – Pray for Steve and Gill in their input to discussions on the changing face of missions, especially regarding better educational support for non American families globally.
  • 17th- 20th September- Steve at WECS European Conference in Spain.

Tanzania building trip

This year’s building project will take place from Friday 21st Sept returning on Sunday 6th Oct. The job this year is to build 3 Bunda-like buildings to support visiting ministers attending conferences at Sanga, and will be used for other activities on site. There will also be other jobs to do around the site. Tony S will lead the devotional times and the team will be visiting two churches. The trip also includes a visit to the game park, Morogoro town and having a meal out. Please pray for preparations, team building, including with the AIM mission team and the locals working on site, safe travels, good health and safety as they work on site.

The team members are:-
Martin S, Martin D, Tim P , Coleen F and Neil F (TBC).

Pray that all our missionaries and those on short term mission trips will minister with the love and compassion of Jesus to all they meet.

Thank you for your continued support and prayers for the work of mission.

Wendy R

Notices 23rd June, 2019

Louise,

!!The Gathering Weekend – NEXT WEEKEND!!

Leaflets containing all the necessary information can be found on the table at the back………please sign up if you haven’t already done so.  We are also looking for people to serve in a variety of capacities…sign up sheets at the back.  In particular, we are looking for more volunteers to help with the children’s work over the two days. Speak to Rhiannon if you have any questions regarding the children’s programme.  Please read the green insert to familiarise yourself with the weekend’s programme.

Pledge for 16 Arnolds Mead

As you will know, we are planning some improvements to better support youth work with more room to share and eat. We realise that if you were unable to attend the Church Meeting, you may not have heard much detail so don’t hesitate to ask Tim or Roger about any questions or concerns you might have.  There will be an extension of the pledge period until Sunday 7th July. There are pledge forms at the back or go online www.corshambaptists.org/pledge.

Midweek Service

This will take place on Wednesday 26th June at 2pm.  The text is Matthew 20.1-16 and Eric will be leading and preaching.  The service is followed by refreshments at approx. 3pm.

Women’s Breakfast

There will be a breakfast for the women of our church on Saturday 13th July @ CBC from 9.30am – 11.00. There is a sign up sheet at the back to note your interest and your option/dietary preferences.  Please speak to Anne Holmes if you have any questions!

Uganda mission trip fundraiser concert

Friday 12th July, 7pm at Priory Street.  This will be a concert given by Corsham Windband (some of our young church members will be involved).  More information will be given in due course but in the meantime, put the date in your diary, pray and, as there will be refreshments served during the interval, please speak to Rhiannon if you are able to bake some savoury or sweet goodies. Help will be required on the night so watch this space for how you can help out.

Youth Day for years 7 and 8

Come and join Dan and Rhiannon for some fun times on Saturday July 13th 2pm – 7pm. This will be an opportunity to get to know Dan and Rhiannon, some of the current youth and others of the same age from different congregations.  We will be having lots of fun with some challenges, games, teaching and food!!  This will be held at church so meet us in the church Hut at 2pm.  Speak to Dan or Rhiannon if you want more information and please R.S.V.P. to Dan or Rhiannon (details in the church directory) by June 28th so that we can cater for the right number of people.

…This week…

WOMEN OF THE WORD

kathylarkman,

God has brought across my path Jen Wilken, author and Bible study teacher. She is passionate about Bible literacy. God is using her to help women over the world to take hold of the importance of becoming a woman of the Word.

The following are some quotes from Jen Wilken which I found helpful to begin seeing the truth of knowing God through the Bible, and how it will grow in awe of God which will change us more every day! Look online for books she has written.

Jen Wilken“For years I viewed my interaction with the Bible as a debit account: I had a need, so I went to the Bible to withdraw an answer. But we do much better to view our interaction with the Bible as a savings account: I stretch my understanding daily, I deposit what I glean, and I patiently wait for it to accumulate in value, knowing that one day I will need to draw on it.”

“When women grow increasingly lax in their pursuit of Bible literacy, everyone in their circle of influence is affected. Rather than acting as salt and light, we become bland contributions to the environment we inhabit and shape, indistinguishable from those who have never been changed by the gospel. Home, church, community, and country desperately need the influence of women who know why they believe what they believe, grounded in the Word of God. They desperately need the influence of women who love deeply and actively the God proclaimed in the Bible.”

“If we want to feel a deeper love for God, we must learn to see him more clearly for who he is. If we want to feel deeply about God, we must learn to think deeply about God.”

“Sanctification is the process of learning increasing dependence, not autonomy.”

“The heart cannot love what the mind does not know.”

“If we want to feel deeply about God, we must learn to think deeply about God.” “The Bible does tell us who we are and what we should do, but it does so through the lens of who God is. The knowledge of God and the knowledge of self always go hand in hand.”

“The second thing I got backwards in my approach to the Bible was the belief that my heart should guide my study. The heart, as it is spoken of in Scripture, is the seat of the will and emotions. It is our “feeler” and our “decision-maker.” Letting my heart guide my study meant that I looked for the Bible to make me feel a certain way when I read it. I wanted it to give me peace, comfort, or hope. I wanted it to make me feel closer to God.”

Notices 16th June 2019

Louise,

Priory Street (Corsham)

  • 9.15am             Eddie Larkman
  • 11.15am Eddie Larkman
  • 6:00pm Gathering to Praise

Church on the Green (Rudloe)

  • 10:00am           Rob Durant

PLEDGE DAY

Commitment to Pledge Funds: Improvements Planned for 16 Arnolds Mead

Last Sunday was our official pledge day but there is still opportunity today to pledge money towards the building work at 16 Arnolds Mead.  There are forms at the back and the box is on the table.  In light of final cost estimates, we will bring a final proposal to the July Church Meeting.  If approved, we will communicate with donors giving details of when and how to fulfil the pledge, probably in September.  We request that you give prayerful consideration to this appeal.  Once the work is completed, our capacity to deliver the gospel message through our Youth programme will be much improved.  Should you wish to pledge your financial support for this project, please post your paper form in the box at the back of church, OR do it online at corshambaptists.org/pledge.  Any queries, please speak to Tim or Roger H.

The Gathering Weekend 29-30 June

There are only two weeks left before the Gathering Weekend.  Leaflets containing all the necessary information can be found on the table at the back………please sign up if you haven’t already done so.  We are also looking for people to serve in a variety of capacities…sign up sheets at the back.  In particular, we are looking for more volunteers to help with the children’s work over the two days.  There are one hour slots available so there is plenty of choice as to when you serve.  Last year was a great success for the children (and adult helpers) so don’t miss out this year on the fantastic time with the children – sign up before it’s too late.  Speak to Rhiannon if you have any questions regarding the children’s programme.

Women’s Breakfast

There will be a breakfast for the women of our church on Saturday 13th July @ CBC from 9.30am – 11.00. There is a sign up sheet at the back to note your interest and your option/dietary preferences.  Please speak to Anne H if you have any questions!

Family Service by the Ark Team+

The next family service run by the Ark Team (plus others) will be on Sunday July 21st at 3.30pm.  It will be a short service with puppets, suitable for all ages, followed by tea.  So why not start inviting any friends and family members who don’t normally come to church?  And please pray!

9:15 Congregational Meeting

Please note there will be a 9:15am congregational meeting on the 28th July from 11am-2ish.  This will be a meeting with lunch.  Venue to be decided.

!!Mission News!!

Next week we will be giving you information about……

            The Morrells going to Oasis!

                        The Littles returning for a short break from Mercy Ships!

                                    The Grindrods going to Oasis!

                                                AIM mission trip to Uganda!

                                                            Building trip to Sanga Sanga!

                                                                        and more!

Watch this space!!

Church on the Green Dates:

  • 23rd June – bring and share for Littles after service
  • 13th July – Andy and Georgia Wahl’s baptism, 2pm
  • 21st July – bring and share for Ben and Ruth Fry after service
  • 4th August – Eric Seager preaching at Church on the Green

…This week…

HIS GRACE IS TRAINING US

kathylarkman,

CHRISTINE COLTMAN, CONTRIBUTOR FOR TODAY’S BLOG POST

They say that when you become a parent, everything changes. That is definitely true. Your own wants and desires are put behind those of the child you bring into this world. The one thing that I have found most unexpected upon having children is how they are absolutely and completely their own person. In some ways this is wonderful; in others, terrifying. Particularly when you realise that they are totally in control of their relationship with God.

For the first few years I was calm about this (they were, after all, tiny, sweet and mostly well-behaved). Then their speech and bad behaviour kicked in. Well-meaning Christian friends told me that I should use every example of bad behaviour as a teaching opportunity to tell them about Jesus. Try doing that as your three year old throws a truck at your head. I felt panicked, worried and upset by the ‘monsters’ I could see rising up in my children’s eyes as the bad behaviour kicked in.
I realised then that nothing terrifies me as much as the thought of my children choosing not to love Jesus. Yet God does not want us to be terrified of anything and gives us tools for these situations – prayer, and his Word. Bible verses are, and always have been, my peace in these moments. Nathan’s youth pastor and his wife wrote this verse on Arya’s dedication tree, and it has given me both comfort and direction:
‘Those who are planted in the house of the Lord will flourish in the courts of our God.’ Psalm 92 v 13

God has not promised that my children will become Christians. That decision belongs to them alone. But he has given us an abundance of promises – to be with me as I try to teach them about Jesus, that he will give me the words to say through his Holy Spirit, and most importantly that their Redeemer is strong, and that he will ‘thoroughly plead their case’ (Jeremiah 50).

God has given me the children I have for a reason. He has revealed himself to me for his glory. So I take heart that my Redeemer, who has overcome the world, will use the feeble efforts I make on his behalf to increase his kingdom, however that may be. I hope these verses below will encourage you in whatever field you are working, or for whoever you are praying desperately for. Our God is with us, his grace is training us, so let us fix our eyes on Jesus.
‘My sheep hear my voice,’ John 10 27
‘Men ought always to pray and not to lose heart.’ Luke 18 v 1
‘You have given me the heritage of those who fear your name.’ Psalm 61 v 5

Notices 9th June 2019

Louise,

PLEDGE DAY

Commitment to Pledge Funds: Improvements Planned for 16 Arnolds Mead

Today is our pledge day!!…please read the insert carefully.  In light of final cost estimates, we will bring a final proposal to the July Church Meeting.  If approved, we will communicate with donors giving details of when and how to fulfil the pledge, probably in September. 

We request that you give prayerful consideration to this appeal.  Once the work is completed, our capacity to deliver the gospel message through our Youth programme will be much improved.  Should you wish to pledge your financial support for this project, please post your paper form in the box at the back of church, OR do it online at corshambaptists.org/pledge.  Final deadline – 16th June

Any queries, please speak to Tim S or Roger H.

Reckless Abandon

As you are by now all aware,  ‘Reckless Abandon’ will be performed at church this Thursday (13th) at 7.30pm. Please either book online via the 4Front-Theatre website, or contact Louise to reserve a seat and pay on the door. If any remaining doubt or any difficulty with booking online, please contact Paul G on 077 0606 3851 or Louise at the church office 01249 701078. 

Also we still need: 

  • one or two more offers of accommodation for the actors for the Thursday night ;
  • ushers for the performance, and
  • help with drinks etc. for serving during the interval.

If you can help with any of these, please sign the sheet at the back of the church OR let Paul G know.

Midweek Service

Next service is on this Wednesday, 12th June, at 2pm.  The text is Mat.18:15-35. Eric will be leading and David will be preaching.

Ark News

A reminder that there won’t be an Ark in June due to the Gathering Weekend but we’ll be back in September.  AND there’ll be chance to see the wonderful puppets again at the planned Family Service on July 21st at 3.30pm.

Family Service by the Ark Team+

As mentioned, the next family service run by the Ark Team (plus others) will be on Sunday July 21st at 3.30pm.  It will be a short service with puppets, suitable for all ages, followed by tea.  So why not start inviting any friends and family members who don’t normally come to church?  And please pray!

Steve and Gill’s interactive missions evening

There are two more opportunities to attend the Bryants’ missions presentation on Wednesday evening 12th June and Tuesday evening 18th June.  For more details, please speak to the Morrells for 12th or the Albons for 18th June, or contact Steve and Gill.

**The Gathering Weekend Children’s programme**

Please sign up at the back to join the team.  There are one hour slots available so there is plenty of choice as to when you serve.  Last year was a great success for the children (and adult helpers) so don’t miss out this year on the fantastic time with the children – sign up before it’s too late.  Speak to Rhiannon if you have any questions regarding the children’s programme.

WEC Training childcare request 21st-31st July

There may be two children (from the same family) aged 18 months and three years who require childcare only (no teaching) during the WEC training week – just someone to be with the children while their parents attend the training.  If you can offer even an hour to look after these children please let Rhiannon Price know.  If you would like to buddy up with someone and bring your own children to play that is perfectly reasonable.  The training timetable is not yet available but last year there were slots that were no longer than two hours each (broken up by tea breaks and lunch throughout the day, during which time the parents resumed supervision). The training day was from around 9.30  till 4.30.  Please speak to Rhiannon if you are available in any capacity or if you have any questions.  Thank you.

9:15 Congregational Meeting – CHANGE OF DETAILS

Please note there will be a 9:15am congregational meeting on the 28th July from 11am-2ish.  This will be a meeting with lunch.  Venue to be decided.

Church on the Green Dates:

  • 23rd June – bring and share for Littles after service
  • 13th July – Andy and Georgia Wahl’s baptism, 2pm
  • 21st July – bring and share for Ben and Ruth Fry after service
  • 4th August – Eric Seager preaching at Church on the Green

…This week and beyond…

NONE LIKE HIM

kathylarkman,

Kathy Larkman

I have recently read(and re-reading) a book called None Like Him by Jen Wilken. I came across Jen on The Gospel Coalition and have found a great gospel resource in learning how to know God better! I highly recommend this book. The following is Jen’s own words as to the reason she wrote this book. Take time. You will be blessed. Lots of love, Kathy

“I wrote this book because of two convictions I hold regarding the importance of knowing what the Bible says about God’s character. 
Meditating on God’s character enriches our understanding of Scripture.
When I write my Bible studies, I ask my students to look first for what the text says is true about God. I have found this can be a hard question for them to answer. I know it was for me for many years. The more I learned of God’s character, the clearer it became that the Bible was first and foremost a book about who God was before it had anything to say about who I was. Once I began reading to discover God’s character I was able to see my own in relation to His, rather than independent of His. 
We don’t often take time to meditate on God’s attributes beyond just a passing acknowledgment, but when we do, our time in the Word is enriched.
My prayer is that None Like Him would help us become more fluent in our vocabulary of those truths, and that we would see God and ourselves more clearly as a result.
Meditating on God’s character is intensely practical.
Our daily lives would look very different if we took God’s character into consideration. God’s incommunicable attributes, in particular, should elicit a worshipful awe from us that causes us to see and embrace our limitedness in light of His limitlessness. Without that reference point, we can become convinced of our own awesomeness and work tirelessly to sustain it. We begin striving to take on the attributes that are not ours to possess, thus committing the idolatry the serpent offered Eve: “you will become like Him.” Once we recognize our desire for limitlessness as destructive, we are better able to submit willingly and joyfully to the God-ordained limits we have been given. And we are better able to worship Him.
If you’re looking for a book to use for a small group discussion time, or just for personal reflection or growth, I’ve structured the book with that in mind. Each of the ten short chapters explores one attribute, and then concludes with verses for meditation, four application questions, and a prayer. I hope you’ll keep a journal as you read, copying out the verses and writing your reflections and personal prayers in response to the questions. But however you use the book, I hope you’ll see God’s character emerge from the scriptures with greater clarity, and that you’ll be drawn to worship Him anew as you meditate on His perfections.
Happy reading!” -Jen Wilken