Notice of nominations for elders and deacons

If you’re a regular here you’ll know that we have not held ‘normal’ church meetings for a while and indeed we did not hold our Annual Church Meeting last year. However, the leadership have met and feel the time is now right to catch up a little.

We plan to hold a church meeting and annual church meeting including elections for the leadership positions that have reached the end of their terms.

Our church rules lay out that we will announce that nominations for posts are open for two weeks and nominations must be complete three weeks before the meeting where elections will be held. To nominate a candidate you must first seek the consent of that person and then you and a second member must sign your support for the nomination. You can return these to the church office.

After nominations close existing leaders will interview the nominees to ascertain they have suitable spirituality, gifting, experience and character for the role.

It’s proposed that the church meeting will be held in the Sanctuary at Priory Street with appropriate Covid-precautions on Monday 17th May. It is important to the congregational nature of our church that we jointly undertake to discern the will of God. Votes will take place by secret ballot. If you have any questions please address them to a member of the leadership team. Because of the unusual situation at the moment we need to ask people to book and those bookings must be complete a week in advance (10th May) in order for us to make any changes, for example if every member wished to come we may not be able to accommodate them all with the current distancing requirements but we do urge and encourage you to give prayerful consideration to making nominations and to come to participate in the meeting and the vote.

Two elders’ terms (Norman and Ian) and one deacon (Roger) have been completed. In addition to which the leadership wish to stregthen the team with an additional elder and an additional deacon. So that means each member may nominate up to 3 elders and 2 deacons. Ian has indicated he is willing to stand for another term but Norman and Roger have decided not to stand again and so we thank them for their faithful service. Roger has however indicated that he would be prepared to serve until Jan 2022 to provide continuity and handover. That may mean he does stand for a shortened term but the church should be aware this is time limited.

Graphic representation of timeline in the text

You may read teaching and information on the role of elders and deacons or paper copies are available from the office on request.

UPDATED 23 Apr 21: The correct teaching that Eddie prepared a few years back is now linked above.

Need some fuel for a Monday?

Following his “Hope in Uncertain Times” last year, Nigel Coles has teamed up with The Fuelcast again for a new 6-part series titled “Way, Truth & Life”.

This week, faced with a barrage of Covid statistics, Nigel asks “What on earth can anyone say that can make any difference?” And yet faced with their own crisis, Jesus said to his followers “Do not let your hearts be troubled.” Who is this Jesus?

From Tanzania to Corsham Baptist

Picture of Steve and Ruth

As you may know Steve and Ruth landed back in the UK after their Tanzanian service just before Christmas and had to quarantine over Christmas period.

They are now wrapping up their time with AIM and readjusting to life back in the UK. One aspect of this is, following Paul and Barnabus’ example in Acts 14:26-27, has been reporting back to various churches on their work and what God has been doing. They hope to return to living in Corsham in mid-March.

You can see the full report below.

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

Compassion – Jan 2021

Periodically, we have guest speakers from our various mission partners and this week it is time to hear from Paul Wagstaff of Compassion, who has recorded a specific video for CBC where he reports back on the impact of donations from people in our church.

Paul also speaks of storms he has experienced as we do too and asks what we seek to anchor ourselves to in order to weather them.

The disciples in Matt 8:23-27 knew they were in a storm but they were oblivious to where their hope came from even as Jesus lay in the boat with them. Watch Paul’s full message below.

The link Paul mentions at the end is: https://compassionuk.org/hope/CORSHAMBC.

Next Sunday evening at 6pm we will have the opportunity to pray for these children and the work of Compassion in our monthly prayer meeting.

Notices for 31 Jan 2021

This week

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

Church update and Q&A

You’re probably aware that we would typically hold a church meeting in January but that is not possible at the moment. More than ever the Leadership want all of you to feel involved and connected even if it must be at a distance.

So on Monday 25th Jan we’ll be releasing a video update here. Please try to watch at some time during the week and join us at a live follow up on Monday 1st Feb at 8pm.

Compassion

Join us to listen to Paul Wagstaff of Compassion, this Sunday evening @6pm.
https://corshambaptists.org/mission-and-ministries/compassion-jan-2021/

Souper Friday making an impact

If you missed this, you can listen to the Souper Friday interview on BBC Radio Wiltshire below:

The Ark Sat 30th Jan 10 am

Pray for the team as they lead the Ark activities on Saturday morning.

Lots of family fun : puppets; songs; things to make and a powerful story of Jesus’ parents searching for him after they became separated in the crowd in Jerusalem. All details here: https://corshambaptists.org/children/january-ark-2021/

Mission Prayer During February

Please note this will take place on Tuesday 9th Feb 7:45pm.

Contact Wendy Rowe for details

Happy Birthday

Paul Lobley is celebrating a very special birthday on Wednesday.

Happy Birthday Paul!

Birthday cake with candles

Call for Volunteers from LINK

Are you able to drive people to their Covid vaccination appointments? If so, please contact the local Chippenham Link transport scheme chippenhamlinktransport@gmail.com  or the national Community First number: 01380 722241 linkproject@communityfirst.org.uk

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.

HOWTO publish notices

In summary:

  1. Open this website and click the Login button top right
  2. Click on ‘Corsham Baptist Church’ in the top (black) bar and select ‘Dashboard’
  3. Select ‘Posts’ in the left sidebar
  4. Find the most recent notices and mouse-over it to see several options including ‘Copy’ appear. Click ‘Copy’.
  5. This will place you in the a new Post filled with last week’s info. This can be dangerous but I prefer it to starting completely from scratch.
  6. Edit as necessary
  7. When you’re done, click ‘Preview’ top right and then ‘Preview in new tab’
  8. Proof-read and check you’re happy.
  9. Return to the first tab and click Publish.
  10. Return to the Posts list, select the Quick Edit for last week’s notices and remove the ‘Make this post sticky’. Finally, turn it on for this week’s.

Emailing the Notices

At this stage this is a manual task consisting of:

  1. Copy this template into your email tool

Corsham Baptist Church

Dear church

MAIN TEXT GOES HERE

Our full calendar of events is at: https://corshambaptists.org/calendar

We think you are part of our CBC family because you have provided this address to us in the past for the church directory. If that is no longer true or you want to update what we contact you about please accept our apologies and update us here. (Please note it will take us a short while to action your update)

  1. Copy the notices page between the blue and grey bars
  2. Address to info@corshambaptists.org and bcc the all list found here (it’s restricted so you have to request access).

Notices for 24 Jan 2021

This week

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

Church update and Q&A

You’re probably aware that we would typically hold a church meeting in January but that is not possible at the moment. More than ever the Leadership want all of you to feel involved and connected even if it must be at a distance.

So on Monday 25th Jan we’ll be releasing a video update here. Please try to watch at some time during the week and join us at a live follow up on Monday 1st Feb at 8pm.

Be inspired

If you did not have a chance yet to join in with Gathered to praise that Rob once again compiled and in particular to hear Dave share his testimony it remains available here.

Similarly, if you missed the Webnet prayer gathering that is also available and includes a compelling testimony of conversion during lockdown. Watch 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 ;
  • We hope to have a presentation on the work of Compassion soon ;
  • Several small groups meet and share online.