Notices for 13 Dec 2020

This Sunday

Next Sunday morning there will be a choice of a carol service (to be recorded live at next week’s Wednesday congregation) and a Zoom-hosted interactive Nativity service (read more here).

We hope to return to weekly Sunday and Wednesday, in person, services from 10th and 13th Jan respectively.

Carols, Carols, Carols

  • Mon 14th Dec Women’s Carol Service: Come and join us for a Women’s Carol Service from 7.30pm via Zoom.  For more details contact Anne H, Victoria K or Christine C ;
  • Wed 16th Dec Midweek Carol Service: In the church, starting 2pm, please book with Norman, David or the Church Office (01249 701078) ;
  • Tues 22nd Dec Town Carols: Unfortunately this year we will not be able to walk through the town accompanied by the wind band but we are able to join with the other churches around, hosted by Dan on the CBC YouTube channel ;
  • Christmas Eve, CBC Carol Service: Our own family affair, led by Eddie, also on YouTube.

CBC Nativity trail*

…around Corsham High Street and surrounding homes. Come wearing your favourite nativity costume:

Who: Everyone from CBC and the community. 
What: Trail around Corsham High street, Priory street and adjoining roads. Look out for words in households windows which will match a sticker they place on their clue sheet.
When: Saturday 19th December 2020 4.00pm – 7.00pm Pack collection at the church on Monday and Thursday after school and on the Saturday from 3.00pm. 

Activities for children of all ages

… let Rhiannon and Rob help you get Christmas in focus with Advent videos. Also:

  • Christ Centred 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 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.

Christmas Holiday Club

You might be thinking,”What am I going to do with the children in the run up to Christmas?” Well, I have the answer: Join me for a three day holiday club starting on Monday December 21 through to Wednesday December 23, starting at 10am each morning.  This will be an online holiday club so if you are otherwise engaged at 10am you can watch the club at your convenience as it will be available on CBC Junior Church YouTube channel for the foreseeable. There’ll be singing, crafts, Bible stories, fun, games, general silliness and of course the fire drill!!!

You can pick up an activity pack from the church gates on Monday 14th December, Thursday 17th December or Saturday 19th December between 3pm and 4.30pm. All you need to provide is an orange for day 3.

— Rhiannon

Coming up…

Date for your diary: A very 2020 Nativity

On the morning of Sunday 20th December, we are going to be hosting a very 2020 style Nativity service over Zoom – we’re not going to let a piddly thing like a worldwide pandemic spoil our fun this Christmas! Details for logging in and times will be announced nearer the time, but for now there’s a few things you need to know…

  1. Everyone (and I mean everyone) from any service is very welcome
  2. Everyone (and I mean everyone) should dress up in some kind of Christmassy or Nativity-esque way – use your imagination
  3. And we need a little acting help (four households and one single)

We’d like volunteer households to take part mostly, kids and adults together. There are no lines to learn, just be prepared for some spontaneous miming! And if you are a single person, or the rest of your family are boring spoilsports, there is a role for a single person too.

Please get in touch with Matt G from the 9.15 service (address in the directory or use the contact form).

Notices for 29 Nov 2020

This Sunday

Watch next week’s notices for news of the return of in-person services.

Join us in prayer for Ethiopia

Following Gill’s intercessions today, you might like to follow up with this link. (Click on the photo on the right for a 4 minute video to help you to pray for Ethiopia).

Advent is almost upon us…

… let Rhiannon and Rob help you get Christmas in focus.

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.
  • Christ Centred 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 Trailthe Road to Bethlehem – is being organised by our lovely John & Nathalie P and Abi B. Get in touch if you’d like to help out.
  • 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 – this Monday!

Study notes are available for the November meeting which will be online only. Contact Kathy or Anne for sign-in details.

Souper Friday – in the news

Thanks to those who have come forward to help, though there is still room to get involved. Did you see our splash in the Gazette and Herald? Full details about this exciting and very relevant ministry can be found here.

Coming up…

Following the Government announcement this week we will be restarting limited in-person meetings from Wednesday. Youth (and their parents) should have details of this already, other ministries including services watch out for an update in next week’s notices.

Discover the Road to Bethlehem – nearer than you think!

If you have run out of Veggie Tales and just need to get out and run and maybe even stomp in puddles then read on.

Coming to the streets of Corsham this year is a very special adventure. Follow the clues, collect the stickers, arrive at Bethlehem.

On Saturday 19th December between the hours of 16:00-19:00. Start work on your costume today!

Collect your map and stickers from outside Corsham Baptist Church on Priory Street at 3pm on Monday 14th, Thursday 17th or on the day itself. Or download a map right now.

The small print

Families will have strict guidelines to follow which include Covid safety regulations and the route is designed so that you can start and end at any point therefore avoiding gatherings at any one area. 

Download instructions and safety advice here.

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).

Notices for 15 Nov 2020

Today!

Our friends Stuart and Lynne are about to rejoin the Africa Mercy in Tenerife.

Wendy R and Gill B have arranged to pray for them at 7:30 tonight on Zoom. Please contact Wendy or Gill for the link.

This Sunday

Women’s Bible Study

Study notes are already 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).