Notices 1st September 2019

Louise,

Priory Street (Corsham)

  • 9.15am             Eddie Larkman
  • 11.15am           Eddie Larkman
  • 6:00pm            Gathered round the Word – Rob Durant

Church on the Green (Rudloe)

  • 10:00am           Rob Durant

Week of Prayer

Our week of prayer will start on Sunday 8th September this year.  Gathered round the Word will now take place this evening and Gathered to Pray next Sunday 8th September at 6pm

Mission Event

On Sunday 29th September at 5pm we will be holding a mission event where we will get feedback from several mission trips that have taken place, including the recent Uganda AIM trip.  We will serve tea/coffee and cake so if you are able to provide cakes, biscuits etc. please speak to Wendy.

Biblical Counselling

Following Katie Fitzgerald’s very interesting talk at The Gathering Weekend regarding biblical counselling, there are two bite-size evenings which are for anyone who is interested in thinking through giving ourselves and those around us biblical support for daily struggles. The next bite-size evenings are at 7:30pm at Widcombe Baptist Church by Bath Spa train station. They are free of charge and no need to book! 

  • September 17th:   Dealing with Perfectionism
  • November 4th:    Does the Bible have anything to say on being an extrovert/introvert?

Youth Ministry

This recommences for the autumn term today!  *Please note that our Sunday night youth group, Cornerstone and midweek bible study has a new start / finish time of 7.15 – 8.45pm!!! * If you are new to church or simply want to know more about the youth ministry, please refer to the handout at the back, youth board in the hall or speak to Dan.

Save the date: youth weekend away Friday 25th October – Sunday 27th October.  DRIVERS NEEDED so if you are able to drive young people to this event in Chepstow, please let Dan know either in person or by email at mastermarsy@hotmail.com.  Thank you.

11:15 Service Junior Church

Children will be moving into their new learning groups on 8th September. There will also be prayers for the Junior Church Team at the front of church during the service.

Midweek Service

The next midweek service is taking place on Wednesday 4th September at 2pm.  The text is Philemon and Eric will be leading and preaching.  Refreshments are served at 3pm, everyone welcome!

Craft Group

The craft group will meet this Saturday, 7th September, at 10am.  If you are interested in coming along, please contact Pam M or Hazel H.

Missions and Persecuted Church Prayer

The prayer meeting for MPC will take place on Monday 16th September at 7:45pm.  Please chat to Wendy R or contact Vanessa N for more information about these monthly meetings.

Women’s Bible Study

This will take place on Monday 30th September at 7:30pm at Priory Street.  Study notes (Rooted) are on the table at the back of church.  Please take one in advance of the meeting.  If you would like a “study buddy”, please speak to Anne H.

Spain Mission Trip

Rhiannon P will be leading a small mission team to Spain from 11-15 September.  This is supporting AIM mission work.  Please pray for Rhiannon as she prepares her material for the children.

Upcoming events:

  • Week of prayer – commences 8th September
  • Harvest service – 6th October
  • Bible Sunday – 13th October (Ecumenical Praise Evening, 6pm)
  • Church Meeting – 21st October

The school holidays are drawing to an end.  Please check with your small group co-ordinator when your group recommences this term!

SCHOOL IS FAST APPROACHING!

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Kathy Larkman

Kathy Larkman, contributor for today’s blog post

I only have to go to my email inbox to know that the new school year is around the corner! I have been inundated with a plethora of emails regarding different church rotas and upcoming events. Bring it on!

I am one who loves the changes of season, changes of schedule, new adventures- and the beginning of a school year is no different. Of course, I am in the lovely position of not having any children in school in my season of life. But I am happy to cheer you all in prayer who have this remarkable privilege and responsibility of parenting!

But I digress….

The start of school is a sign of new beginnings: New experiences. New challenges. New adventures. New teachers. New friendships. Renewing old friendships– and as followers of our Lord Jesus Christ, we are given a wider mentality about these new seasons.

We have heard it said many times in different ways: “What does God want me to do this year?” or, “What is God’s will for me as I begin this new season?” I have heard it said that a better question to ask God is “What do you want me to be?” As followers of Christ this question makes more sense. You see, God is more concerned with who you are than what you do.

His will for us as His “image bearers” (Genesis 1:27) is “being transformed into His image..which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.” (2 Cor. 3:18) Jerry Bridges says so aptly, “Christlikeness is God’s goal for all those who trust in Christ, and that should be our goal also.”

PSALMS 25I want to encourage you, and please encourage me too-instead of asking God “What should I do,” let us humbly ask the Lord daily in prayer, “Please help me to submit to you as Your image bearer to your transforming work in me. Show me your ways Lord and teach me your paths, lead me into your truth…so that I may be a reflection of You more everyday.”

God will answer our prayers as we seek His face. And the “to do’s” of our lives will fall into place…. one day at a time.

THINK ABOUT IT…

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Paul Tripp“If you’re God’s child, the gospel isn’t an aspect of your life, it IS your life; that is, it is the window through which you look at everything.” Paul Tripp 

Notices 18th August 2019

Louise,

Priory Street (Corsham)

            9.15am             Matt Grylls (1 Kings:19)

            11.15am             Alan Christie (1 Kings:19)

            6:00pm            Gathering to Praise

Church on the Green (Rudloe)

            10:00am           Adrian Pillinger

Mission Event

On Sunday 29th September at 5pm we will be holding a mission event where we will get feedback from several of the recent mission trips that have taken place, including the Uganda AIM trip which took place last week.  We will serve tea/coffee and cake so if you are able to provide cakes, biscuits etc. please speak to Wendy.

Missing Keys

Three keys have gone missing from the outside key box.  They are the main church key, the key to the Debt/Finance office and the key to the church administrator’s office. If someone has taken these keys to access the church or offices, please could they return them to Alan Simon.

Midweek Service

The next midweek service will be held this Wednesday 21st August at 2pm.  The text is Matthew 27.62 – 28.20. Eric will be leading and preaching and there will be communion.  Refreshments at 3pm.

Week of Prayer

Our week of prayer will start on Sunday 8th September this year.  Gathering round the Word will now take place on the 1st September (6pm) and Gathering to Pray will take place on Sunday 8th September at 6pm to commence the week of prayer.

Lost Property

There is a trolley of lost property in the coffee hall.  Please take what belongs to you.  Unclaimed items will be disposed of in two weeks’ time.

Bible Society in Swindon

Two roles available – full details at biblesociety.org.uk/about-us/jobs/, but in summary: Executive Support Assistant – Full-time position, closing date is 22-08-19 with interviews 03-09-19.  Supporter Care Officer – Full-time position.

Short Term Mission: Day 5

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“Let us think of ways to motivate one another to acts of love and good works. And let us not neglect our meeting together, as some people do, but encourage one another especially now that the day of His return is drawing near.” Hebrews 10:24-25 NLT

As you read this, our short term missions team is on Day 5 in growing in Christ as we serve Him. Tomorrow is our last day, and we thank you for your continued prayers.

As our team have been considering our discipleship and service under the Lordship of our Jesus Christ, we realize that our church family is an integral partnership in all of this. Although our journey in Christ is very personal, it isn’t private. Community is integral in the work of discipleship. As we as a missions team contemplate in Africa,  I also encourage you to do the same.  Is there someone you can come alongside this week in Christ? What are some ways that we can do this as individuals church familyand as a church family?

My prayer for us is Paul’s prayer to the church: May “our love overflow more and more, and that we will keep on growing in knowledge and understanding in what really matters, so that we may live pure and blameless lives until the day of Christ’s return. May we always be filled with the fruit of our salvation- the righteous character produced in our lives by Jesus Christ- for this will bring much glory and praise to God.” Amen  

See you soon!

Growing In Christ As We Serve Him

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short-term-missions“Now all glory to God, who is able, through His mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think!” Ephesians 3:20

As many of you know, Eddie and I and a team of nine are going out to Uganda tomorrow to serve Christ through coming alongside missionaries and their children for a week. We know that you are praying and we appreciate this as this is always a community endeavour for Christ’s Kingdom. Thank you.

serve-rgb-1024x326There are two goals for our short-term mission team: First is service; and second is discipleship. These trips are as much a part of how we grow in Christ as it is about how we serve others.

Please pray for us as we endeavour to follow the paradigm of Jesus. I am reminded in the gospel of the feeding of the 5000 that Jesus fed the people through the disciples. Initially, the disciples focused on the problem of no food and not on God. But Jesus was teaching them about ministry and serving. Jesus was also teaching them about who He was. He gave to the disciples to distribute the food. In this way, Jesus’ disciples had to trust the Lord for it all. They gave as they received from Jesus. Through Christ’s three years on earth, He modelled intentional actions and habits in relationships with people in every day opportunities and hands on experience.

Isn’t it the same with all of us, whether we are in Rudloe, Corsham, or Africa? As followers of Jesus, we must bring our lives everyday to God in a spirit of obedience and sacrifice, no matter how insignificant…..or how confident we may think our gifts and talents are.

So please pray for us, and we will pray for you to that end. Thank you Lord.

Workers together for His Kingdom,
Kathy

FLOWER POWER- THE FLOWER MINISTRY OF CORSHAM BAPTIST CHURCH

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Wendy Prior, Guest Contributor for today’s blog post 

See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labour or spin.  Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendour was dressed like one of these. (Matthew 6.28)

Its lovely to have flowers in church during our services, and people have sometimes testified as to the powerful impact that they have had. They are a vivid reminder of the beauty and wonder of God’s creation – something which most of us can enjoy in our gardens, in parks, and sometimes in the open fields – and something which can be brought in to our services as a reminder of what God can do. His creative power is infinite, and it follows that His power to heal, to calm us and to uplift our spirits is just as great. I know of an occasion when a lady came into a service in some distress – she was a visitor – and said afterwards that she remembered little of what went on or what was said, but was greatly affected by the flowers on display which spoke to her and calmed her.

03 flowers croppedThose who support the flower ministry are contributing to a further objective too. Not everyone is able to go out and enjoy the beauty of flowers in their natural environment. There are quite a number of people known to us who have become housebound, and often the flowers go to one or another of them during the week, and this is greatly welcomed. In addition, there are people recently bereaved, people recently out of hospital, new parents, people with special birthdays, who are greatly encouraged when flowers are brought to them. It’s a point of contact in which the love of God and Christian fellowship can be expressed, both to CBC members and sometimes to others too, for whom it can be an opportunity to bring into the conversation the subject of CBC and whom we worship. It’s a rewarding ministry and we’re thankful to all who are involved.