Reformation remix – THIS Sunday

This year marks the 500th anniversary of the Reformation starting with Martin Luther nailing his 95 Theses to the door of the church in Wittenberg. We owe a great deal to this period of church history, and to mark the occasion the Bible Society have created a show to tell the historical story in a very engaging and entertaining way. Corsham Baptist Church is hosting a live performance of the show (October 8th) and regardless of whether or not you’re are a keen historian this show is not to be missed! РYou’ll come away with a better understanding of this important period having also been well entertained by the impeccable acting, humour and music.

You can checkout more information and show your interest at https://www.facebook.com/events/860660314086674

EU Referendum Public Debate in Rudloe

Cancelled out of respect for Jo Cox

We are very sorry to announce that this event has been cancelled out of respect for MP Jo Cox. Our heartfelt condolences go out to everyone affected by this tragedy.

 


 

The coming referendum to decide whether we remain part of, or leave the European Union has the potential to have long lasting effects over the coming years. We feel that it is important that we give some consideration to how we vote, and as such we have decided to provide an opportunity for our community to come and hear from both sides of the debate and ask questions.

We are not pushing an agenda for either side of the vote, but have asked both campaign teams to provide a speaker and we hope to provide a fair and balanced debate with time for questions; allowing the various issues to be discussed and help you in your decision making.

We hope that this is one small way that we can serve our community in Rudloe & Corsham and the surrounding area.

When & Where?

Saturday 18th June –¬†7:30pm – 9pm
Rudloe Community Centre
Leylands Road
Rudloe
SN13 0NE

Speakers

The speakers have been confirmed (selected by the respective campaigns) as:

  • Remain: Dr Razvan Constantinescu chair of the “Bristol stronger IN Alliance” and¬†Honorary Consul of Romania in Bristol.
  • Leave: William Dartmouth, UKIP MEP representing the¬†South West & Gibraltar.

Easter Weekend

Easter Events

Here is a quick run-down of our Easter Weekend Events & Services. All FREE and we’d love to see you at one or more of these:

Corsham

  • Friday 9:30am Good Friday Service at Corsham Baptist Church, Priory Street
  • Friday 10:30am Walk of witness in the town centre
  • Saturday 9:30am-1pm Tea, Coffee, Hot cross buns, face paints in¬†Corsham Town Centre next to the greengrocers.
  • Saturday 10am-11am The Ark –¬†For families with children 0-7. Puppets, craft, bible stories, music & snacks¬†at Corsham Baptist Church, Priory Street
  • Sunday 9:15am¬†Easter Sunday service at Corsham Baptist Church, Priory Street
  • Sunday 11:15am¬†Easter Sunday service¬†at Corsham Baptist Church, Priory Street
  • Sunday 6pm-7pm Evening service¬†at Corsham Baptist Church, Priory Street

Rudloe

  • Friday 6pm-8pm Heart4Rudloe¬†For families with children 0-7. Drama, craft, games, snacks¬†at Rudloe Community Centre.
  • Friday¬†8pm Payer at Rob & Sharon’s home, Rudloe
  • Saturday 10am-12pm Rudloe Easter Egg Hunt (FREE) with¬†tea &¬†coffee for adults¬†at Rudloe Community Centre
  • Sunday 10am¬†Easter Sunday service at Rudloe Community Centre

Using tech to glorify God

Almost all of us now have a smartphone in our pockets, and all too often we allow them to distract us from our relationship with God instead of helping us.

It has been on my mind for sometime to highlight a few ways we might use our phones in our walk with God. The article will make a few iPhone App recommendations since these are ones I use, but there are many alternatives out there on the various App stores – so do look around and find the apps that work for you.

Reading God’s Word

Probably the area most familiar to us is the number of Bible applications that are available. These provide access to many translations of the bible both in English and foreign languages. The apps generally provide functionality to highlight passages and make notes against the text; some even come with access to a huge number of study resources for personal study and sermon preparation.

A few good examples are:

Listening to God’s Word

Our sermons at Corsham Baptist Church are made available online each week here. Rather than having to keep checking back each week for new sermons you can use a class of application called a Podcast App. These apps let you subscribe to our sermons and as soon as a new one is available it can download the latest message directly to your phone ready for your to listen to. There are many other great sermons and podcasts available on the internet too that you can subscribe to.

Example apps

Some interesting Christian Podcasts (use the app’s search feature to find these)

You can also find apps such as Audible that give you access to audio books including audio bibles. Christian Audio is another good source for getting hold of Christian Audio resources.

Prayer

Your phone can aid your prayer life. PrayerMate is a great application to help guide and plan your prayers. Organise your areas of prayer into various groups (e.g. Family Members, Mission, Friends & Colleagues, Countries, Personal growth as a Christian etc.) and also subscribe to prayer request feeds from various mission organisations and churches.

During your prayer time the app will pick an assortment of items each day to pray for – covering a broad range of¬†prayer points and¬†making sure you don’t forget the people you said you’d pray for etc.

Journalling

It can be helpful as a Christian to keep a Journal – and now¬†with your phone you can do this digitally and have it with you everywhere you go!¬†I’m by no means perfect at logging items but I do find the following helpful to record:

  • Sermon notes
  • Things I’ve prayed for – so I am reminded of answers to prayer
  • Books I’ve read
  • Bible/book quotes that have particularly impacted me
  • Jotting down¬†notes when God reveals something in a fresh way to me

A great app serving this purpose on the iPhone is DayOne. It lets you categorise entries so you can easily look through past prayer points for example. Also a great place to record photos and notes as a family journal too.

My hope and prayer is that something in this article has been helpful to you as you follow Jesus.

Adrian

Steve Bryant’s trip to South Korea – Jan 2016

Steve will leave on the 25th January to go to South Korea for just over a week. He will be working there with Sejong Global School (about 50 miles south of Seoul), which was set up to meet the needs of Korean mission families. They may be returning permanently, taking home leave, or serving overseas while sending the children to school there. When families from Korea leave their home to serve overseas, their children lose or fall behind on academic Korean, and become outsiders who can struggle to return there. Many of these children study in English, as that is the language of almost all home education systems and international schools that are available to them while living abroad. For this reason Sejong is a bilingual school, but finding the right balance of how much teaching should be given in each language has proven difficult. While Steve is there he will be working with the staff to help resolve this and other issues such as staff recruitment and training.

After Korea he will fly on to SW Asia on the 4th February to teach at a conference of around 130 of our leaders from various Central Asian and Middle Eastern countries. He will be teaching an intensive 2-day child safeguarding investigation course for our own designated staff in countries where there are no social service or police authorities able to deal with any incidents. Our response to any incidents, and our potential teaching for national colleagues, is particularly important as most of the countries concerned have very high rates of all kinds of child abuse and the related problem of domestic violence.

He will also teach a seminar on the related theme of internet safety.
There will be sessions on more general mission children themes such as multilingualism, which is a concern for almost all families in mission, and supporting mission children in major transitions, including big international moves, such as returning to the passport country.

He will return to the UK on 13th February.

News from Grace International School, Chiang Mai, Thailand

This is a school for mission children and has around 550 on roll from years 1-13 (US-system K-12) and around 60-70 being supported in home education. This was the school that Reinier and Hannah Spruijt, our members sent out by CBC worked at for the 2013/14 school year. After several years of legal action the final appeal in court was lost on 18/12/2015 and the school has lost ownership of the property that was bought about 15 years before from the sports club. Ownership had been contested by a group of local residents and affects the middle and high school building and land surrounding it. The elementary (primary) building and its playground are not affected by this ruling.

The school leadership is looking for ways to keep stability for the time being and hoped to rent back the property for the next few months at least. After that they plan to build on a new site about 6 miles from the current one. The land has been bought, but money is needed to build classroom space. The long-term aim is to relocate all the children there, but the essential first step is new classrooms for the approx 350 middle and high school students.  The school leadership are asking for prayer to consistently show a godly and gracious attitude to all concerned. They also would appreciate prayer as they plan for the huge challenge ahead of building and relocation.

Steph Gryll’s Newsletter

Hello,

This last year has been incredible, as any year there has been ups and downs. At the beginning of 2015 I asked God to send me on another mission trip. I loved going to Kenya in December 2013 and knew then that I was home. So God sent me on 3 trips. First to Uganda in June, then Bangladesh in September and finally Uganda again in December. Even in 1 year I can see how God has guided me. I wasn’t accepted into Uni in February and then got an email a month later saying I might be able to go on a Teafund ICS trip.‚Äč ‚ÄčI had ‚Äčto go for an interview and I was accepted and then 12 weeks later‚Äč on ‚Äč20th September, I went off to Bangladesh for 3 months. I always thought God has called me to Africa so I didn’t know why ‚ÄčI was going to Bangladesh but I had to trust Him and trust in Him I did. I am sure all of you know that I was called back to the UK by Tearfund early after IS were shooting Christians and foreigners. Returning from Bangladesh was a very difficult and sad time, it took time for me to recover and get back into normality. I started to think of this trip as a mission failure, ‚Äčand I listened to myself and not God. But during my time there I grew closer to Him and I learnt that I can trust in the ‚ÄčB‚Äčible and relate to it. Realising this made me feel a lot more positive and that going to Bangladesh wasn’t a waste of time or money and God had called me there.

A week or so after I came back from Bangladesh I was asked if I wanted to go Uganda. At first I declined the offer, I didn’t feel ready to let go of Bangladesh and then after someone talked some sense into me I decided to go and suddenly became all excited‚Äč yet ‚Äčnervous in case something bad would happen. I left for Uganda in beginning of December and returned‚Äč on the‚Äč 18th. Uganda was AMAZING! My highlight of the year…and w‚Äčh‚Äčere God spoke to me the most.‚Äč ‚ÄčGod was testing me in Uganda. I kept missing ‚Äčseeing any births ‚Äčb‚Äčy minu‚Äčte‚Äčs. I felt down and ‚Äčthought ‚Äčthat maybe this was God showing me that midwifery wasn’t for me. Then my friend said that she thinks that this is God testing me and telling me not to give up. We missed a couple more births and I just felt ‚Äčdeflated then the next evening at 9:30pm we decided to go hospital and not even 5 minutes after we arrived we were called into the Labour room and I saw a deliver‚Äčy‚Äč. WOW, I loved it, there and then I knew that God ha‚Äčs called me to midwifery. Later that night my friend was reading her book and the‚Äč B‚Äčible verse the book gave her was James 1:24 “Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.” God will provide and show the way. Not only did this bible verse relate to me in Uganda with missing births but also last February when I wasn’t accepted into Uni I came a cross this picture.

closed-doors

And through out this year God has really tested me with relying on him to close doors. And he has tested me over and over again and will do until I am ‘mature and complete’.

I can see how God has used every situation I have been in‚Äč,‚Äč for his glory. If ‚ÄčI‚Äč had got into uni, ‚ÄčI‚Äč wouldn’t have gone to Uganda or Bangladesh. If ‚ÄčI wasn’t sent home from Bangladesh‚Äč, I‚Äč wouldn’t have gone to Uganda. It is amazing how God works.

This year I am going to apply for University, I know the odds are not in my favour since I only have just over 1 week to write a personal statement. There will be 1500 applicants and they will get that down to 200 just on their personal statements and then after an interview and Maths and English test then there will only 70 spaces on the course. So I would appreciate your prayers in this area. I am also trying to find a Job so I can save and support myself while I am at Uni. But I am trusting that God has a plan and I know His is always better than mine.

God Bless
Stephanie ūüôā

Report on Steve Bryant’s recent visit to Thailand (7th – 29th October)

Thanks to all who were praying for us during Steve’s time in Thailand which went very well. He started with a 2-day course teaching our local child protection officers what to do where there are no social services or specialised police units to report to (true for around ¬ĺ of the countries we work in). Although modelled on other training and experience, teaching this was new. There was a really positive response from the group of 25 delegates and it was a great help to draw on the experiences of some of them in counselling, social work, and working in law.

The next stage was our WEC Asia-Pacific Region Conference with around 130 team leaders from over 20 different countries. It was great to be part of the praise and teaching, meet up with some of our first new members from NE India, see how we can help fulfil the big vision for world mission in the Philippines, hear about the growth of the church in many countries through our drug and alcohol rehab work called Betel, and much more. Of course there are many challenges to face, not least of which is the slow down in mission recruitment from Western countries and now even from Korea.
Steve spoke to the whole conference about internet safety, and supporting children through the stresses of international moves. Most of the work though was in smaller groups or one to one discussion.

Immediately after the conference there were meetings with our staff at Grace International School and at our boarding home for teenage students. The school supports the mission work of hundreds of families from dozens of different agencies in Thailand and the surrounding countries and is a vital part of spreading the Gospel in East and SE Asia.

News for those concerned about and praying for Grace International School –
Because of the court case contesting the current main school building the plan is still to build on a brand new site. The school’s final court appeal was made some years ago, but there is still no indication when a decision will be made. Should the case be lost there could be the need to move out at short notice but there are emergency plans in place before the new site is built.