Notices for 08 Nov 2020 – Remembrance Sunday

This Sunday

The coming week…

…Eddie and Kathy are on holiday so please contact your congregational leaders with any pastoral issues. Next Sunday’s sermon will be from Dan, our youth pastor.

You’re invited to ‘On the ground’ with Compassion

For the first time, we’ve organised a series of online events, now called “On the Ground”. We want to give you an informative update on what sponsored children and their families are facing during this time and how our local church partners are responding to their needs. Read more here.

Women’s Bible Study

We hope you enjoyed Hollie’s talk last week. Study notes are already available for the November meeting.

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 01 Nov 2020

This Sunday

Women’s Bible Study

We hope you enjoyed Hollie’s talk this week. Study notes are already available for the November meeting.

Men in a Barn

On Tuesday 10 November there will be a Men’s Ministry evening at the Prior’s Farm. There will be prayer, worship and a short address as well as a chance to catch up over fish and chips. Please register free via EventBrite.

Souper Friday – volunteers needed

Full details about this exciting and very relevant ministry can be found here.

Coming up…

Please remember bookings are needed for all events at the moment so we do not exceed capacity. You can do this by leaving a message on the office phone or use the contact form.

If your small group wants to meet in person and does not have enough space to meet at the recommended distance the Sanctuary @ Priory Street is available. This needs to be booked and virus-limiting precautions taken but we will seek to make it available to as many as we reasonably can.

November Prayer Meeting

Silhouetted family mother and father making protective arch over children
  • Syria: Pastor George is leads a church in the north-east of Syria. He’s been an Open Doors partner since 2012 and continues to serve his local community through times of conflict and coronavirus.
  • Iraq: Dalia tells us how a women’s group set up at her local church has strengthened the faith of the women in her town in Iraq’s Nineveh Plains.
  • Nigeria: Rose is one of thousands of believers in Nigeria who are vulnerable and in need of our prayers at this time: widowed just a few months ago, she then faced life under Covid-19 lockdown with a growing family to feed.
  • Worship from Operation World conference. The song is Nara Ekele Mo originally in Igbo from SE Nigeria. There’s more explanation in the ‘show more’ section underneath the pictures.

3 – In the Beginning, GOD!

Also available to download as a pdf.

Before you meet with your study buddy……

Read Genesis 12-20:18 for yourself to keep the flow going between each monthly study. It seems like a lot, but since it is a narrative about God’s relationship with Abram/Abraham, you will be enthralled and will sure to keep your attention! Read a chapter a day, or however works best for you and your schedule! For today, we will focus on chapters 12-14. (For those who like to write, summarize each chapter in a sentence or two!)

Study Buddy Study

Today we meet Abram; a man of faith but also marked with repeated failures. This study will consider God’s call to Abram. This sets the stage for Abram’s descendants-the origins of the nation of Israel. We will also consider how our patient God deals with Abram’s failures and his messy, dysfunctional family to redeem humanity in His chosen way! (Keep in mind while you study: Who is God? Who are we? Where is Christ in all of this?)

1. Read Genesis 12:1-4, Hebrews 11:8-10, Galatians 3:7-9. What did God promise He would do for and through Abram? What do we learn from Abram’s response to God? Reflection: What promises do you need to hold onto as you seek to obey God through His word?

2. Read Genesis 12:10-20 What do we learn about Abram in this passage? How has God protected Sarai in this situation? Reflection: Is there a time when God preserved and protected you despite your own or others’ foolish, stupid, fearful or dishonest behaviour? Share with your study buddy.

3. Read Genesis 13: 5-18 What problem did Abram and Lot have? How did Abram resolve the problem? Where did Lot choose to settle? God reiterates his promise to Abram. How is this repeated promise (Genesis 12:1-2) significant to Abram at this point? Reflection: How does this passage encourage and teach you in YOUR journey with God?

4. Read Genesis 14:17-20; Hebrews 7:1-3, 15-22 (Salem’ has been considered another name for Jerusalem) Melchizedek, the King of Jerusalem at the time of Abram, was also a priest of God Most High-the very God who called Abram. This figure came out of nowhere it seems! To be a king AND a priest was unheard of at this time in history. But when they met, Abram acknowledges Melchizedek with a tithe from the booty from his military victory. What does scripture say of Melchizedek’s significance? Where is Jesus Christ in all of this? Reflection: Praise God for the Ancient Words, ever true, and how they all bring together His rescue plan which points us to Christ!

Give thanks and pray:

  • Thank God for his faithfulness to His promises to save us from sin, death and judgement.
  • Thank God for the times He has preserved and protected you despite your own and other people’s sin.
  • Ask God for strength and faith to obey God’s call as we grow and serve Him in sharing the good news of Jesus Christ our Lord.

Notices for 25 Oct 2020

This Sunday

Women’s Bible Study

Study notes for the next meeting on 26th Oct, 7:30pm are available here. If you want to attend in person please remember to register.

The Ark

Next Saturday, the Ark will be on Facebook at 10am. You’ll also be able to collect resource packs from the church porch between 10am and 11am.

The Light Party

Also on Saturday evening the Light Party will be released on YouTube. Get your resource packs from the church porch on Monday between 3 and 4pm.

Men in a Barn

On Tuesday 10 November there will be a Men’s Ministry evening at the Prior’s Farm. There will be prayer, worship and a short address as well as a chance to catch up over fish and chips. Please register free via EventBrite.

Souper Friday – volunteers needed

Full details about this exciting and very relevant ministry can be found here.

Coming up…

Please remember bookings are needed for all events at the moment so we do not exceed capacity. You can do this by leaving a message on the office phone or use the contact form.

If your small group wants to meet in person and does not have enough space to meet at the recommended distance the Sanctuary @ Priory Street is available. This needs to be booked and virus-limiting precautions taken but we will seek to make it available to as many as we reasonably can.

Church update – 19 Oct 2020

In the current circumstances church leadership felt that we should not attempt a ‘proper’ church meeting. However, there are some important things to share. No decisions will be sought at this stage it is just a question of keeping you all informed. Leaders recorded the update below on Monday 12th October.

There is also this written summary including links to more details in particular from Roger and about the church profile. If you or someone you know would like a printout, please leave a message with the church office and we’ll get a copy to you.

Questions & Answers

There will be an opportunity to ask questions on Monday night @ 7:30pm. If you could send questions ahead of time to the office that would be appreciated.

Notices for 18 Oct 2020

This Sunday

Gathering to praise!

This Sunday at 6pm, there will be an online praise party released. Many thanks Rob. Click to watch.

Hands raised in worship
Praise evening to be released at 6pm

Church update Q&A

If you have not yet watched the update from our leadership it is still available. There will be an opportunity to ask questions on Monday night @ 7:30pm. If you could send questions ahead of time to the office that would be appreciated.

Souper Friday – volunteers needed

Full details about this exciting and very relevant ministry can be found here.

Prayer news from Steve and Gill

Steve and Gill’s latest prayer is available to read or download here.

Women’s Bible Study

Study notes for the next meeting on 26th Oct, 7:30pm are all available here.

Men in a Barn

On Tuesday 10 November there will be a Men’s Ministry evening at the Prior’s Farm. There will be prayer, worship and a short address as well as a chance to catch up over fish and chips. Please register free via EventBrite.

Coming up…

Please remember bookings are needed for all events at the moment so we do not exceed capacity. You can do this by leaving a message on the office phone or use the contact form.

If your small group wants to meet in person and does not have enough space to meet at the recommended distance the Sanctuary @ Priory Street is available. This needs to be booked and virus-limiting precautions taken but we will seek to make it available to as many as we reasonably can.

Souper Friday – get involved

In January we started “Souper Friday”, a free lunch of soup and bread, tea and coffee from 1 to 2.30pm every Friday in Corsham Baptist Church hall. Since the lock down we have taken this ‘on the road’ in the form of delivering food parcels along with a socially distanced chat and prayer! We are collecting groceries from local supermarkets to enable this and reducing food being thrown away at the end of the day. This is available to all church folk and the wider community in Corsham, Chippenham and surrounding areas.

We need volunteers to :

  1. Assist Joan and Jo with phone calls to clients ;
  2. Assist with collecting food from Chippenham or Corsham ;
  3. Assist with sorting food for delivery (Thursday evening) ;
  4. Deliver food, chat and prayer (Friday morning) ;
  5. Assist with meeting additional needs.

You don’t need to commit to serving every week. Please contact Colin (details in directory), the office answerphone or contact page.

Notices for 11 Oct 2020

This Sunday

Church meeting

In the current circumstances church leadership felt that we should not attempt a ‘proper’ church meeting. However, there are some important things to share. No decisions will be sought at this stage it is just a question of keeping you all informed. Therefore the church meeting will now be recorded on Monday 12th October, published on YouTube and followed by a Question and Answer session on the 19th. If you know anyone not able to access YouTube please leave a message with the church office and we’ll get you a printed summary.

The return of The [Sunday evening] Gathering!

On the third Sunday we will be Gathering to Praise. This will be a combination of worship and testimony premiering on YouTube at 6pm and available for you to rewatch whenever you like. At this extraordinary time God has doubtless been teaching you, refining you or blessing you so why not encourage your brothers and sisters by sharing it? Contact Rob.

Mission Prayer meetings

We would love you to join us to pray for our missionaries, Open Doors  and mission organisations on a Tuesday evening, once a month. This is a great opportunity to receive up to date prayer requests from our missionaries and join together as a church to pray for their work. If you are not confident to pray out loud, don’t worry, you do not need to. If you would like to join us, to receive an email with the updated prayer requests, or to know more than please contact Wendy Rowe.

Meetings are held at 7:45pm via Zoom. Here are the dates for the next three meetings.

  • Tues 13th Oct
  • Tues 3rd Nov
  • Tues 1st Dec

And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people.

Ephesians 6 v 18

Souper Friday Volunteers needed

In January we started “Souper Friday”, a free lunch of soup and bread, tea and coffee from 1 to 2.30pm every Friday in Corsham Baptist Church hall. Since the lock down we have taken this ‘on the road’ in the form of delivering food parcels along with a socially distanced chat and prayer! We are collecting groceries from local supermarkets to enable this and reducing food being thrown away at the end of the day. This is available to all church folk and the wider community in Corsham, Chippenham and surrounding areas.

We need volunteers to :

  1. Assist Joan and Jo with phone calls to clients ;
  2. Assist with collecting food from Chippenham or Corsham ;
  3. Assist with sorting food for delivery (Thursday evening) ;
  4. Deliver food, chat and prayer (Friday morning) ;
  5. Assist with meeting additional needs.

You don’t need to commit to serving every week. Please contact Colin (details in directory).

Prayer news from Steve and Gill

Steve and Gill’s latest prayer is available to read or download here.

Youth update

Unfortunately, due to Covid restrictions the annual youth weekend will not be taking place in the Autumn half term. As a result, I’d ask that you please pray and consider the following two things:

Firstly, without the weekend away or the summer camp this year, the youth have missed out on two key opportunities they would normally have for a prolonged time together to help them grow relationships with each other and with God. Please pray that the absence of these opportunities would not hamper young people’s walk with God. Pray that God would overrule and despite the restrictions, that young people will bond with one another and through the weekly youth meetings grow in their relationship with God.

Also, for the last several years we have benefited from holding the weekend away at Woodcroft Christian Centre. They have been very good to us, and the centre has been fundamental in many of our young people’s Christian journeys as well as my own. However, with no overnight stays allowed under Covid restrictions, Woodcroft find themselves short of finances. Please consider whether you can support them in one of the following ways: 

— Dan

Women’s Bible Study

Study notes for the next meeting on 26th Oct, 7:30pm are all available here.

Men in a Barn

On Tuesday 10 November there will be a Men’s Ministry evening at the Prior’s Farm. There will be prayer, worship and a short address as well as a chance to catch up over fish and chips. Please register free via EventBrite.

Coming up…

Please remember bookings are needed for all events at the moment so we do not exceed capacity. You can do this by leaving a message on the office phone or use the contact form.

If your small group wants to meet in person and does not have enough space to meet at the recommended distance the Sanctuary @ Priory Street is available. This needs to be booked and virus-limiting precautions taken but we will seek to make it available to as many as we reasonably can.

Tearfund’s Autumn Partner Church Update

Dear Friends,

2020 has been a year like no other. We have all been deeply affected by the Coronavirus pandemic and for the communities where Tearfund is working, the impact has been severe.

Many communities have found accessing healthcare, clean water and basic hygiene supplies difficult, while lockdowns have made it impossible for many people to provide for their families.  

But thanks to your prayers and support, Tearfund has been able to respond. Our partners and local churches are providing information, supplies and support to communities around the world.

In our latest update to you Nigel Harris, Tearfund’s CEO, has shared what challenges communities face and how we are responding. Please make time in your services to share this video, thank God for what He has been doing and pray with us for the millions affected by the Coronavirus pandemic.

Thank you so much for your support. 

Tearfund’s Churches Team
churches@tearfund.org

Please pray:

  • Give thanks for the way we have been able to respond so far. Pray for the local partners and churches we are working with who are serving their communities so faithfully.
  • Pray for the safety and protection of our partners, and the people they are serving. Particularly those in situations where social distancing is not possible.
  • Pray for provision, for those around the world who are not able to earn a living due to local lockdowns. Pray that their needs would be met and they would not be pushed further into poverty.