An early Christmas present from Church on the Green!

Our Online Advent Calendar, starting 1st December

Looking for something to encourage and build you up as we move into the Advent season? Starting on December 1st, Church on the Green are putting an online advent calendar on our website (https://churchonthegreen.online) including scripture and a short devotional video to bless you each day.
All welcome! For more information, watch the trailer below.

Daily message – 27 Nov 2020

Jesus was an initiator in relationships. He acted immediately to welcome whoever crossed his path.

— Gerald Sittser, “Love One Another”

Daily message – 26 Nov 2020

cover page showing image of lavender field

(quoting Jim Elliot): “Wherever you are, be all there. Live to the hilt every situation you believe to be the will of God.

— Elisabeth Elliot, “Keep A Quiet Heart”

ZOOM BIBLE STUDY 30 NOVEMBER at 7:30PM!

This post by kathylarkman was originally published at GRACE PLACE

HOPE YOU WILL BE ABLE TO JOIN US AS KATHY LARKMAN LEADS US IN THIS MONTH’S BIBLE STUDY. WE WILL CONSIDER THE QUESTIONS; WHO IS GOD? WHO ARE WE? WHERE IS CHRIST IN ALL OF THIS! PUT IN YOUR DIARIES!

Not too late to get with your study buddies. Read through Genesis 12-20:18 to be able to get more out of the study on Monday!

Women’s Ministry Team

Daily message – 25 Nov 2020

This divine restoration of the created order, foreseen by the prophets, is not completely ahead of us. The promised future landed in this world two thousand years ago, when Jesus announced that He was starting to fulfil the old prophecies (Lk 4:16-21). This is why Jesus healed people. His healings weren’t stunts. They were a preview of coming attractions.

— Ray Ortlund, “The Gospel: How the Church Portrays the Beauty of Christ”

HOWTO post resources to our Junior Church page

Cathy and I have experimented this week and put together a new children page on the CBC site as well as a new link from the homepage.

This is a bit of a learning curve for us all but we think we can achieve the basic goal of being quickly and easily able to share something you’ve found useful yourself with other parents.

Please note that this will be immediately and publicly visible on both the website and social media. So we do need to ask you to be wise in what is shared and only to allow official Junior Church teachers to post (as they have received safeguarding training and provided a DBS certificate).

Here is how it works

  1. Address your email to the special address (ask Tim S or Cathy D)
  2. Write the title of your post in the subject of the email
  3. Provide a photo of your activity
  4. Write a warm and friendly introduction to the activity. Write in simple words and short sentences that young children will understand if read to them or perhaps even be able to read themselves at the upper age range.
  5. Include links to the original resources you used. Please be especially careful not to include copyright material directly. For example, if you used some colouring page that is copyright then link to where you found it rather than attach it to the email. If you’re reading stories the performance is your copyright and linking to 10 of those or somewhere people could buy the book will be appreciated by the copyright holder and, I hope, avoid complaints.
  6. Include category information in square brackets, i.e. one of the following.
    1. [category children,baking]
    2. [category children,craft]
    3. [category children,stories]
    4. [category children,worship]
  7. Don’t include anyone’s full name or email address (not even your own). If you want to invite replies ask people to look up in the church directory or use the contact form on the site.
  8. To attribute your post please include your username, which is typically in the form first name last initial, as follows (with your own name not mine!).
        [author tims]
  9. You may use other shortcodes than simply category if you like as described here.

A note about videos. Videos are obviously very engaging. If you want to link to videos that’s best done as mp4. If your phone does not record mp4 please send it to me (Tim S) and I will convert it. 

If you have any questions or would like some help let me know. We can either have a training session or you can copy emails to me and I will provide hints and suggestions.

God bless this endeavour

Daily message – 24 Nov 2020

God hold us to that which drew us first, when the Cross was the attraction, and we wanted nothing else.

— Amy Carmichael, “Gold Cord”

Daily message – 23 Nov 2020

By dying he prevented us from dying. By his death he purchased life for us. But in allowing himself to be overcome by death, it was not to be swallowed up in its abyss but rather to annihilate it so that it could not annihilate us. … he laid it low, when it was hanging over us and crowing as though we were already defeated.

— John Calvin, “The Institutes of Christian Religion”

Daily message – 22 Nov 2020

Jesus warned his disciples … not to expect a greeting from others; they were to give a greeting first.

They were to be “there you are” kind of people rather than “here I am” kind of people and thus to behave like Jesus …

— Gerald Sittser, “Love One Another”

Notices for 22 Nov 2020

This Sunday

An early Christmas present from Church on the Green!

Our Online Advent Calendar, starting 1st December

Looking for something to encourage and build you up as we move into the Advent season? Starting on December 1st, Church on the Green are putting an online advent calendar on our website (https://churchonthegreen.online) including scripture and a short devotional video to bless you each day.
All welcome! For more information, watch the trailer below.

Activities for children of all ages

LOTS is happening with the various children’s ministries…

  • Journey daily with Rhiannon as she gets ready for Christmas on the CBC Junior Church channel.
  • Next week (28th) is The Ark weekend, watch out for new activities and videos on their Facebook page.
  • Christ Centered Christmas Bake off – Tuesday 22nd December: Start preparing now for the first CBC Bake off!!  Please confirm entry and get details here:Baking – Corsham Baptist Church. We need Judges!! (Help out, email Cathy D). Prizes to be won for the bake!!
  • A Christmas Trail is being organised by our lovely John & Nathalie P and Abi B. Details to follow. If you have some Christmas decorations to donate, or would like to help us organise, please let them know, it would be really helpful.
  • A new Junior Church resource page has been created to pull all these things together. If you have an activity your little ones (pre-school and key-stage 1) have loved and that helps them love Jesus then share it with one of the Junior Church teachers and you can be a published artist, author, baker or musician! If it goes well we hope to start a new theme in the New Year.

So let’s get festive and celebrate the birth of our Lord Jesus Christ who remains sovereign. May these seasons be marked, not by being miserable but how we shine and continue to uphold the Lord our God.

Women’s Bible Study – Mon 30th

Study notes are available for the November meeting which will be online only.

Souper Friday – volunteers needed

Full details about this exciting and very relevant ministry can be found here.

Coming up…

Due to the lockdown throughout England, there are no in-person meetings at the moment but that does not mean church is closed (though the building mostly is).