Notices 16th June 2019

Louise,
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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,
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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