Notices for 14 Feb 2021

This week

Just to remind you there are no in-person meetings at the moment.

Holiday Bible Club

The February half term holiday Bible club session will run on Thursday 18th February from 10am. It will be available on the ‘CBC Junior Church’ YouTube channel. Craft packs are available for collection from outside Corsham Baptist Church,  Priory Street on Monday 15th February 10am11am. Contact Rhiannon to register or for more information: childrensworker@corshambaptists.org

Activities during lockdown

  • Souper Friday continues to reach out to our community and neighbours ;
  • Community Money Advice is handling work remotely, but do get in touch if you are aware of or are having money difficulties ;
  • Several small groups meet and share online.

Please send items for next week’s notices to Cathy Simon and/or Tim Stephenson by 12 noon on Friday

Lent Lessons from Luke

Lent is the period of 40 days, excluding Sundays, leading up to Easter. Traditionally, Christians use this time to remember Jesus’ period of preparation for His ministry when He withdrew to the desert.

These days Lent tends to be associated most with cutting things out (chocolate, coffee, meat etc.) and that is appropriate as Jesus fasted during His time in the desert. Luke 4 tells us that Jesus ate nothing for 40 days and at the end He was hungry. (As an aside, if you think that is the most redundant statement ever written, perhaps it is to underline that Jesus, though fully God, was also fully human with all the implied frailties).

But I’d argue it’s perhaps even more important to add things in. Jesus is clearly putting in some serious prayer and meditation as we see with some of the temptations that are recorded for us. Each and every one is met immediately with a verse of scripture. Such fluency, and confidence, does not come without work methinks.

So what will you be putting in this Lent? Each Wednesday one of us from 9:15 or Church on the Green congregations will provide a little video reflection to help get you thinking. You’ll be able to find them here or on the CBC YouTube channel.

Entire playlist from the beginning
week 1
week 4
week 2
week 3

CHECKING IN!

This post by kathylarkman was originally published at GRACE PLACE

Hi friends!

Hope you are staying cosy in the cold temperatures!

Our next zoom Women’s Bible study is on Monday, 22 February at 7:30. Sharon Durant will be leading us in our study on Jacob.

So, we encourage you to get with your study buddy via phone/zoom/ ? if you haven’t already! Your bible study questions and readings were sent to you by Anne via email. It is also on GRACE PLACE or download a PDF.

I found it to be SO helpful and really amazing to consider our human sinful hearts, the wonders and faithfulness of God, and how it all points to Jesus! All through the narrative of Jacob in the Genesis. Such a treasure.

Don’t miss out! Enjoy your time with Jacob! See you on the 22nd! Save the date!!!

Lots of love and cheering you on,

Women’s Ministry Team x

Arguing People into the Kingdom?

This post by Michael Shaw was originally published at Seventy Two

I am a big social media fan, and as an Enneagram 8, I love an argument. I have been reading a lot of Richard Rohr recently, which has allowed me to realise that that online argument is probably not as important as I like to think it is!

But one thing I have tried not to do, is argue with people of no faith.  Most of my responses are to Christians who, in my opinion, are talking nonsense (I am also prone to talking nonsense sometimes). I genuinely believe that we cannot argue people into the Kingdom of God, and that ridiculing or baiting people of no faith is counter-productive and an unbelievably bad witness.

But I have seen two examples recently, one was a Facebook friend who posted a rather trite Christian Meme (you probably know the type I mean), one of her clearly not-yet-believing friends commented with a facetious comment about fairies, and within a few minutes another (this time Christian) friend piled-on, there was an attempt to “prove” God existed. Luckily, the argument was defused, but I wondered if there might have been a better way to handle this.

I recently had an article published in a local paper, about why our church had opted to move online during Lockdown 3.0. I tried to avoid the comments section as my local paper’s online edition can get rather toxic. But my wife did look and saw an ex-church member had commented. The comments section contained a few comments by the “usual” commentators, mostly saying that religion was a nonsense, and “you may as well stay closed”. But this ex-member, who is theologically in a different place to me (probably why he is an ex-member) weighed in with a proof text Bible verse and with a few comments aimed at “the atheists”, which probably didn’t help things!

But it made me think, how could we be better at using social media when we face opposition. Sadly throwing proof-texts at people will never work (they won’t read them for a start) nor will trying to “prove” them wrong. The answer to me comes back to when Jesus faced opposition, he very rarely tried to win the argument, but often found better ways of engaging with people. He would often meet a question with a question, and let his opponent find the answer!

My advice is, next time someone replies to you with “you may as well believe in fairies” or “Jesus wasn’t real”, rather than trying to prove or to win, maybe the offer should be to further dialogue, to meet face to face for a coffee, to listen and learn about why they feel so hurt by Christians, let down by faith or so angry at church, maybe there is story here that needs to be heard?

The post Arguing People into the Kingdom? appeared first on Seventy Two.

Notices for 7 Feb 2021

This week

Just to remind you there are no in-person meetings at the moment.

  • Church on the Screen @10am: If you prefer a more active service rather than simply watching, a warm welcome awaits from Rob and the team. All details at: https://www.churchonthegreen.online/event/10am-sunday-service-online/
  • Priory Street joint service @10am: Worship, intercessions and Eddie will speak on Daniel 12. Watch on YouTube. Subtitles should be provided live and a transcript and audio podcast will be published shortly after at: https://corshambaptists.org/teaching/
  • Please note we will be joining together online for Communion at this service
  • Zoom Junior Church starts this Sunday
  •  Please join Rhiannon for our first online, live junior church session starting this Sunday (Feb 7th).  Details are:
  • KS1 junior church:starts at 10 am and the joining details are:
  • Join Zoom Meeting https://us04web.zoom.us/j/74667394889?pwd=TTZFbE94Kzlwa2ZxMlMrK1JQd3NPdz09
  • Meeting ID: 746 6739 4889
  • Passcode: JCKs1 
  • KS2 junior church:starts at 11am and the joining details are:
  • Join Zoom Meeting https://us04web.zoom.us/j/78440614259?pwd=OUtlaVN5Qm4zdzFzNEVsalY4VUp5dz09
  • Meeting ID: 784 4061 4259
  • Passcode: JCKs2
  • If you would like your child to participate in these sessions but haven’t done so already, please contact Rhiannon (childrensworker@corshambaptists.org or mob: 07579062921) giving permission for them to join
  • There are safeguarding rules that we need to adhere to and in the first place parental consent is required for your children to take part in these meetings.  Please could you send Rhiannon an email or text / message with the following (filling in the relevant information):
  • I give permission for …………… to interact on zoom. 
  • I give permission for a leader to contact me (Parent’s name) by email/ phone/text for the purpose of  setting up these Zoom meetings. And then add your name.
  • Youth continues online @7pm.
  • Junior Church songs from Adrian and Jo Pillinger are available on the CBC Junior church YouTube channel this Sunday. They can also be found in the church website worship section.‬

Lent Reflections.

There will be a weekly series of short (2-3 min) Lent reflections starting in 10 days (Lent starts Weds 17th), please watch the website / Facebook or contact the office to receive email notifications

News from our Mission Partners:

Bible Society Webinar 09 Feb 10:00-11:30

The Bible Society are hosting another webinar in February where the Church is invited to pray and lament for our nation, seeking God for his missional heart for this cultural moment. Register for the event here.

Tearfund.

Do watch the latest Tearfund video here which is part of Tearfund’s 2021 Lent appeal. Further Lent resources are available from the Tearfund website here

Activities during lockdown

  • Souper Friday continues to reach out to our community and neighbours ;
  • Community Money Advice is handling work remotely, but do get in touch if you are aware of or are having money difficulties ;
  • Several small groups meet and share online.

Please send items for next week’s notices to Cathy Simon and/or Tim Stephenson by 12 noon on Friday

IN THE BEGINNING- GOD! JACOB

This post by kathylarkman was originally published at GRACE PLACE

Excerpt of Bible Study Questions from Sharon Durant, teaching on Jacob on 22 February

The life of Jacob crosses half of Genesis – he is born in chapter 25 and dies in chapter 49! He is a man well known to us by his deceitful name, Jacob, and God-given name, Israel. This study is going to focus on the earlier parts of his life and if you want to read them through in the weeks leading up to the Monday night zoom study, here are the Bible references for the main episodes of his life:

  1. Jacob is born (Genesis 25:19-26)
  2. The thing with the birth-right (Genesis 25:27-34)
  3. The thing with the blessing (Genesis 27:1-41)
  4. Jacob leaves home to find a wife (Genesis 27:42-28:5)
  5. Jacob has a vision of a stairway to heaven (Genesis 28:10-22)
  6. The thing with Rachel and Leah (Genesis 29:1-30)
  7. The thing with the sheep (Genesis 30:25-43)
  8. Jacob leaves Laban (Genesis 31:1-55)
  9. Jacob prepares to meet Esau and prays (Genesis 32:1-21)
  10. Jacob wrestles with God (Genesis 32:22-32)
  11. Jacob and Esau are reunited (Genesis 33:1-20)

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The life of Jacob is long with many twists and turns. Sometimes he behaves greedily. Sometimes he lies. Sometimes he prays. Sometimes he is cocky. Sometimes he is afraid. He is clearly not an example to follow, yet he is incredibly important because he is part of the family of God and a great-great-great-etc-grandfather of Jesus.

  • At his best, Jacob points to Christ.
  • At his worst, he points to us and our sinful nature.

(The entirety of this study is on GRACE PLACE)