A bumper post from Austria

Notice board following the Jesus Film night discussions last Thursday night in multiple languages

I’ve got behind I’m afraid so many thanks to the person I heard had posted Neal and Lesley’s last blog to Facebook. Just in case you missed out, here are both the 23rd and 30th Aug links now. Hard to believe they’re already a month into their trip!

If you’ve been moved by their posts or would like to let them know they and their work are in your prayers you can comment or ‘like’ on Facebook. Or use the form below and I will pass it on.

    Notice sheet for 21st August 2016

    Calendar image for 21st of the month

    Week of Prayer

    Our annual week of prayer will commence on Sunday 11th September, with an evening prayer service, and run through to Friday 16th September. Details about the week and church opening times will be made available in due course.

    Neal and Lesley in Austria

    The Grindrods are now in Austria for their three month mission trip. Please follow them on their blog http://nealandlesley.simplesite.com/429863455.

    Midweek Service

    The next Midweek service will take place this Wednesday 24th August. Please speak to Eric Seager for further details.

    Missions and Persecuted Church Prayer Meeting

    This will take place on Monday 5th September at 7:45pm at Priory Street. Please speak to Wendy Rowe for more details of this prayer meeting.

    Another new youth group is starting!

    Engage is a youth group for Years 3 – 5 (ages 7-10) starting on Friday September 9th, 4.30-5.30pm to be held at Priory Street. Please pray for this new group.  Please continue to pray for Energise (years 6 and 7, ages 10 -12), the first term has been a real blessing with 16 different children attending at any one time, many that don’t attend CBC. 

    Prayer points for Energize

    • Thank God for all the children who have attended Energize;

    • Pray for the group to continue to bond together and for relationships to deepen with each other and with leaders;

    • Pray for the leaders to grow through this ministry;

    • Pray for the group members who are starting secondary school;

    • Pray for the children to have a desire to know God.

    If you want to know more about the groups, please speak to Rhiannon. Thank you.

    Grace Place

    A reminder to our women to check out the GRACE PLACE blog over the summer holidays! Anxiety and worry are addressed through the gospel lens of Philippians 4:6-7.

    New Treasurer

    Roger Hammett will be taking up his new role as Church Treasurer with effect from 1st September. Michael Prior is stepping down after a six year period. Thank you, Michael!

    …Over the next few months…

    3rd Sept: Craft Club, 10:00am

    4th Sept: Lancasters’ re-commissioning service

    4th Sept: Evening service – feedback from Sanga Sanga project

    5th Sept: Missions and persecuted church prayer meeting

    11th Sept: Evening prayer meeting, 6pm

    11th-16th Sept: Week of Prayer

    17th Sept: Safe to Grow training session @ Priory Street, 9am

    24th Sept: The Ark, 10am

    Yay ….. we’re here at last!

    Map, of the Oasis centre around 20km south-west of Vienna

    Evening all! An update from Neil and Lesley came through today as you may have spotted if you’re a Facebooker.

    They’ve arrived, found their accommodation and are starting to find their way around. Tomorrow is the first meeting with refugees and it sounds like they’re approaching it with a mix of excitement and trepidation. But don’t take my word for it, jump over to here and read for yourselves. And while you’re doing it please send up a prayer for the refugees to catch a vision of God’s love for them and for Neil and Lesley too as they jump into this work.

     

    Notice Sheet for 14th August 2016

    Calendar for 14th of the month

    Week of Prayer

    Our annual week of prayer will commence on Sunday 11th September, with an evening prayer service, and run through to Friday 16th September. Details about the week and church opening times will be made available in due course.

    Neal and Lesley in Austria

    The Grindrods are now in Austria for their three month mission trip. Please follow them on their blog http://nealandlesley.simplesite.com/.

    Midweek Service

    The next Midweek service will take place on Wednesday 24th August. Please speak to Eric Seager for further details.

    Soul Survivor

    Please pray for our young people who have gone to Soul Survivor. They will be returning on Wednesday.

    Another new youth group is starting!

    Engage is a youth group for Years 3 – 5 (ages 7-10) starting on Friday September 9th, 4.30-5.30pm to be held at Priory Street. Please pray for this new group. Please continue to pray for Energize (years 6 and 7, ages 10 -12), the first term has been a real blessing with 16 different children attending at any one time, many that don’t attend CBC. 

    Prayer points for Energize

    • Thank God for all the children who have attended Energize;

    • Pray for the group to continue to bond together and for relationships to deepen with each other and with leaders;

    • Pray for the leaders to grow through this ministry;

    • Pray for the group members who are starting secondary school;

    • Pray for the children to have a desire to know God.

    If you want to know more about the groups, please speak to Rhiannon. Thank you.

    Grace Place

    A reminder to our women to check out the GRACE PLACE blog over the summer holidays! Anxiety and worry are addressed through the gospel lens of Philippians 4:6-7.

    Harding Wedding

    Tim and Kate are getting married on Friday 19th August at 2pm. Everyone is welcome to attend the church ceremony.

    …Over the next few months…

    19th August: Tim Harding wedding, 2:00pm

    24th August: Midweek service, 2:00pm

    3rd Sept: Craft Club, 10:00am

    4th Sept: Lancasters’ re-commissioning service

    11th Sept: Evening prayer meeting, 6pm

    11th-16th Sept: Week of Prayer

    17th Sept: Safe to Grow training session @ Priory Street, 9am

    24th Sept: The Ark, 10am

    Could I cram anything more into this case as we set off for Oasis?

    Packing luggage

    Image by Freepik

    A new post from Neal and Lesley is available here. Hopefully we’ll alert you as these come out both here and on social media.

    Our intention is to update it weekly (but time will tell if this is feasible or not). In future blogs I’d also love to include some photos and of course some of the refugees’ stories, praise reports and prayer requests as they occur. Of course, it’s unlikely we’ll be able to use photos of the refugees themselves, but I’ll do my best to keep you informed whilst being sensitive to individuals’ privacy.

    Thanks again to you all for the love, support, prayer and financial blessings that have enabled us to go. We will carry you all with us in our hearts, and we’ll miss you all dreadfully, for sure!

    With love in Jesus
    N&L
    xx

    Report from building trip to Sanga Sanga

    Building Team in front of the work site

    I hear the team are getting back into life in the UK after quite a life-changing couple of weeks. Here are some of their thoughts and reflections. Please mark Sun 4th Sept in your diaries when they will be feeding back in person at the evening service.

    Neil  “The experience in Tanzania was fantastic – bridging significant language barriers with sweat and service. The least comfortable thing was the bumpy roads as the site itself was basic but well equipped. The fact between us all we managed to play a part in building accommodation blocks with hammers, axes, a bunch of 6″nails and a couple of saws was a contrast to how things are done in the UK.  An amazing place for some fellowship, focused around a project that will help the in-country team particularly with the kids camps”

    Hannah  “Thanks again for an incredible couple of weeks, I really enjoyed working with you all and our discussions around our studies of Ezra and Nehemiah. Working at a desk all day with the grey sky isn’t quite the same as being a sweaty mess building the banda’s with that fabulous mountain view! Looking forward to seeing you again for our wrap-up meal 🙂
    Matt and Tony, thank you for providing for us so well and making us feel so welcome.
    For me, the most difficult part was also the most rewarding part – communicating over an enormous language barrier with the local workers. Despite speaking extremely limited Swahili (and them English), we were able to form great bonds with them by the end.
    I would particularly like to encourage other women who are unsure about doing something like this. I have never done anything to this scale before and learnt a whole range of practical skills on the job. I’m definitely not the tallest or strongest, but there was always something productive to do within my boundaries. As long as you’re willing to get your hands dirty (or wear gloves), work hard and have an ounce of DIY in you, then this is an accessible trip – don’t be put off because it’s seen as a ‘mens trip’!

    Stuart  “A real privilege to support the work of the bible institute in this way by building accommodation units that can be let out and help the institute become financially independent.  Having spoken to the team in Tanzania and listening to Steve and Ruth, there is a real need for quality gospel teaching to counter distorted views of Christianity coming into Africa via some satellite TV (e.g the prosperity gospel message).  As I am more called to practical work i feel my God given skills contribute to the core work of the Bible institute”.

    Martin D
    Q: What was the least expected thing about the trip?
    A: I wasn’t expecting to have such a good friendship and a time of fellowship with my fellow travellers. I was very surprised how much Swahili I remembered after 30 years.

    Q. What was the hardest / least comfortable thing about the trip?
    A: We had cold showers to start with until hot water was switched on. I seemed to wake up very early for some reason? Maybe for the excitement of a new day. Felt a bit constrained in a compound, maybe just missed the use of a car.

    Q: What encouragement did you receive from travelling to Tanzania, meeting the people and seeing the work there at first hand?
    A: It was great to go back to my home land and forget all the challenges of the last few months. It was great to relate to the local Tanzanians, to try and understand their challenges and swap photos.

    Q: Did the experience challenge any attitudes or perspectives you had before you left?
    A: Yes, before going back I was questioning the value of sending expensive missionaries to Africa when the support of local pastors may be more effective. I believe a joint partnership is important to build bridges especially as we seem so insular here in the UK . I’m wondering if there is a unintentional  “us & them” mentality or slightly colonial outlook between missionary & local. Or is is just employer & employee , educated v uneducated ???

    Q: Why should someone in Corsham reading this consider a similar trip?
    A: Going to Africa is perpetually life changing if you can get out and about. Hopefully it would develop links of support both ways.

    Please pray for Steve and Gill Bryant, Karen and Anna Hurley

    Silhouetted family mother and father making protective arch over children

    In late July, Steve and Gill will be training new mission workers heading overseas.

    There are 16 adults and 7 children on the course, from the UK, Germany, Switzerland, Korea and France. Karen and Anna will be running the children’s programme.

    The course takes place at Bulstrode, the home of WEC International, but the participants are from other agencies too. The new staff will be working at Bourofaye Christian School in Senegal, Faith Academy in Manila, Sejong Global School in Korea, and the International Christian School of Budapest.

    Thank you for your prayers!

    • Monday 18th July to Tuesday 19th July: Steve and Gill travel to Bulstrode; preparation and set up.
    • Wednesday 20th July: Participants arrive; welcome evening. Pray for safe travel and the group to gel together well.
    • Thursday 21st July: Karen and Anna arrive; first day of teaching -the subjects are looking after boarding students and teaching for the inexperienced. Pray especially for those for whom English is not the first language.
    • Friday 22nd July: First day of children’s programme. Pray that the children will settle well and for Karen and Anna as they look after them. The children have very limited English.
    • Saturday 23rd July: More teaching, children’s programme
    • Sunday 24th July: More participants arrive for the second part of the course. Pray for the welcome evening as the group dynamics change.
    • Monday 25th July: Today we have two extra children – pray that they will enjoy and benefit from their programme. Adults continue with safeguarding and a teaching workshop. Pray for good interaction and teamwork.
    • Tuesday 26th July to Friday 29th July: Teaching on cultural issues and transition, third culture kids, working in an international team. Testimonies and devotional times.  Pray for the group to grow spiritually. Pray for the guest speakers who will share their experiences of life overseas.
    • Saturday 30th July: Departure. Pray for the participants as they get ready to head out to their new countries of service.

    Mission Sunday International Tea

    To celebrate Mission Sunday we will be holding an international tea from 4:00 pm to 5:45pm on 10th July. Below are some of the mission trips undertaken by members of the CBC congregations over a number of years

    Game of shuttle run
    Conference venue
    Bubbles!
    Powerful preaching
    End of day 1
    Building team, Tanzania
    Wendy Rowe - Miango, Jos, Nigeria. 1990-1991