Notices for 04 Oct 2020

This Sunday

The return of The [Sunday evening] Gathering!

We will be restarting the monthly prayer meeting with options to join in the Sanctuary and from home via computer or regular telephone on the first Sunday of each month.

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.

Church meeting

We are planning a combined online and in person church meeting on Monday 12th October. Yes, that’s next week. Full details in next week’s notices.

Watch back the WEC online conference

Letter from Steve and Gill and all details 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

Meal Train – update and call for chefs

A massive thank you to Sarah for her dedication to the Meal Train team over several years.

For those of you who may not be aware, CBC’s Meal Train Ministry provides up to 2 weeks of evening meals, delivered to the doorsteps of brothers and sisters who:

  • have a new baby
  • leave hospital or are taken unwell
  • are facing hardship or difficulty without a support network to provide meals

Those of you who have received meals will know this is both a practical and spiritual blessing especially at this bizarre time.

To ensure the requests don’t always fall on the same group, it would be
amazing to increase our pool of ‘chefs’. There is absolutely no requirement
to be a great cook and delivery of meals can be arranged.

For more details, or if you know of anyone who would benefit from this
ministry, or to volunteer, please contact Lucy L or Joan C (details in the directory or use our contact form).

Mercy Ships need tradespeople

You will undoubtedly have heard of the Mercy Ships work to bring a mobile hospital as well as healthcare training to parts of Africa from our great friends Stuart, Lynne and Matthew. Now you too could get involved for as little as two weeks commitment. Read more 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.

World Mission: From the Inside Out

WEC logo

Dear Friends,

We are having a really inspiring time taking part in the WEC UK conference online. We would like to invite you to an open event which is part of this conference. If you are able to join it would be brilliant, even for part of the time.

Vision:Unplugged An inspiring hour sharing WEC’s Vision!  Come and find out more.

It will be live streamed on both YouTube and Facebook.  You are very welcome to join – Wednesday 30th September 7.30pm –and available for replay for one month afterwards.

We do hope that some of you may be able to join.

Blessings,
Gill and Steve

Notices for 27 Sept 2020

Church on the Farm – next week

Due to weather and increasing virus infections Church on the Farm Oct 4 will be slightly different. We will be directing people into more formally defined rows to double-down on distancing between household groups. Also, rather than staying for a picnic we will ask you to leave fairly quickly afterwards. Please do book here and bring things so we can celebrate communion together.

If anyone would like a lift please contact the office and we will arrange those.

Please feel no pressure to come to the farm if that makes you uncomfortable – a warm welcome is available online from Church on the Screen.

The return of The [Sunday evening] Gathering!

We will be restarting the monthly prayer meeting with options to join in the Sanctuary and from home via computer or regular telephone on the first Sunday of each month.

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.

Mercy Ships need tradespeople

You will undoubtedly have heard of the Mercy Ships work to bring a mobile hospital as well as healthcare training to parts of Africa from our great friends Stuart, Lynne and Matthew. Now you too could get involved for as little as two weeks commitment. Read more here.

Meal train

Could you spare some time to help support vulnerable members / new mums / those out of hospital and needing food by co-ordinating the CBC and Rudloe Meal Train? The job involves a person or family being nominated, often by other church members, you making contact with the nominee to find out food preferences, days of delivery, number to cook for then activating your meal support team. These are groups of people within both churches who do a wonderful act of service for their brothers and sisters and the wider Corsham family. You would be called upon around once a month and it takes maybe an hour or so to activate the links on an existing website. You would need access to a car in order to deliver some meals yourself and for those of your team who cannot drive. For more information please speak with Joan C and Sarah B for hand over details.

Women of CBC!

Our monthly Bible studies are back on 28th Sept! This year we will be studying Genesis; ‘In the beginning, God’ and we’re excited to be going back to the very beginning of God’s word together.

As church is likely to be looking different for the immediate future, we want to encourage you to get together with a Study Buddy prior to our monthly meetings.  You will receive a short study each month with questions that you can work through together: encourage and build each other up in Christ; all the while learning more about our awesome God. You can meet in person (follow government guidelines) or zoom or chat over the phone. Download your study here or go to Grace Place.

Please do register here if you plan to come to the building.

When we meet together, we will build on the study with a more in-depth view of Genesis. Please do register here if you plan to come to the building. Or contact Anne or your congregation rep for Zoom details.

We look forward to studying and growing together as we delve deeper into the scriptures. God bless you ladies.
Love
The Women’s Ministry Team

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.

Fancy using your trade skills in a completely different way?

Paint brush, pliers and other tools

Our great friends and partners at Mercy Ships need our help – and it involves two weeks in the Canary Islands next summer…  Mercy Ships deploy hospital ships to some of the poorest countries in the world, delivering vital, free healthcare to people in desperate need. But a ship takes a whole lot of maintenance, and every summer their massive hospital ship goes into shipyard – this is a critical time when serious renovations and heavy-duty projects are tackled. 

Plumbing, welding, painting, installing new equipment; all together, they need 50 people to step up and offer their trade, to keep the medical ministry moving and make an impact for the Kingdom.

They are looking for people who can just spare 2 weeks (or more) in summer 2021 to work on the world’s biggest hospital ship in the Canary Islands.  Your trade is a mission skill, and they need you to use it to serve God.

Check out this video clip of one of their ships in dry dock undergoing annual maintenance

Want to know more? Why not get in touch with the team at Mercy Ships for a chat  volunteering@mercyships.org.uk

We are proud to stand with Mercy Ships as they are changing the lives of the poor but the success of their mission depends on guys like you – let’s do this!

Notices for 20 Sept 2020

Church on the Screen, Sunday @ 10am

Sunday at Priory Street @ 10am

Matt G will bring us lessons on dealing with a crisis from Hezekiah this week.

We’re going to try our first streaming ‘live’ in anticipation of being able to welcome some people into the Priory Street building from next week so please bear with us as we try to master this new skill.

The ‘new normal’ continues with prayer and fellowship – contact your LIFE group leaders for when and how that is happening. Or use the contact form if you’re not part of one but would like to join in.

Evening prayer @ 8pm

Maybe it is easier to concentrate in the evening, after the children are in bed? If you’d like to join a small group, via Zoom, for a couple of Bible readings and to share and receive prayer reach out to Joey, Natalie or use the contact form.

Meal train

Could you spare some time to help support vulnerable members / new mums / those out of hospital and needing food by co-ordinating the CBC and Rudloe Meal Train? The job involves a person or family being nominated, often by other church members, you making contact with the nominee to find out food preferences, days of delivery, number to cook for then activating your meal support team. These are groups of people within both churches who do a wonderful act of service for their brothers and sisters and the wider Corsham family. You would be called upon around once a month and it takes maybe an hour or so to activate the links on an existing website. You would need access to a car in order to deliver some meals yourself and for those of your team who cannot drive. For more information please speak with Joan C and Sarah B for hand over details.

The Ark

Next Saturday, the Ark, for families up to 7 years or so, will be online once again at https://www.facebook.com/groups/726702974088284/.

Women of CBC!

Our monthly bible studies are back on 28th Sept! This year we will be studying Genesis; ‘In the beginning, God’ and we’re excited to be going back to the very beginning of God’s word together.

As church is likely to be looking different for the immediate future, we want to encourage you to get together with a Study Buddy prior to our monthly meetings.  You will receive a short study each month with questions that you can work through together: encourage and build each other up in Christ; all the while learning more about our awesome God. You can meet in person (follow government guidelines) or zoom or chat over the phone. Download your study here or go to Grace Place.

For more information contact Anne (details in the directory or or use the contact form).

When we meet together, we will build on the study with a more in-depth view of Genesis. We realise it may not be possible for everyone to meet at church so we are also looking at an online option. Details to follow.

We look forward to studying and growing together as we delve deeper into the scriptures. God bless you ladies.
Love
The Women’s Ministry Team

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.

Notices for 13 Sept 2020

A warm welcome awaits you at Church on the Green

Sunday at Priory Street @ 10am

Eddie continues his series on 1 Peter

The ‘new normal’ continues with prayer and fellowship – contact your LIFE group leaders for when and how that is happening. Or use the contact form if you’re not part of one but would like to join in.

Evening prayer @ 8pm

Maybe it is easier to concentrate in the evening, after the children are in bed? If you’d like to join a small group, via Zoom, for a couple of Bible readings and to share and receive prayer reach out to Joey, Natalie or use the contact form.

A new season

If you did not see notices last week, please read this message from the Oversight Team about how we hope to fellowship together in the next few months.

Women of CBC!

Our monthly bible studies are back on 28th Sept! This year we will be studying Genesis; ‘In the beginning, God’ and we’re excited to be going back to the very beginning of God’s word together.

As church is likely to be looking different for the immediate future, we want to encourage you to get together with a Study Buddy prior to our monthly meetings.  You will receive a short study each month with questions that you can work through together: encourage and build each other up in Christ; all the while learning more about our awesome God. You can meet in person (follow government guidelines) or zoom or chat over the phone. Download your study here or go to Grace Place.

For more information contact Anne (details in the directory or or use the contact form).

When we meet together, we will build on the study with a more in-depth view of Genesis. We realise it may not be possible for everyone to meet at church so we are also looking at an online option. Details to follow.

We look forward to studying and growing together as we delve deeper into the scriptures. God bless you ladies.
Love
The Women’s Ministry Team

Coming up…

Activities are starting up again over the next week or so, please contact your leaders for details. 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.

A new season

Mid-September will mark six months of living and ministering in Covidland and we wanted to look back on that as well as forward to the next six or so.

Current conditions are different, so our fellowships need to be different too. Where previously our greatest constraint was where we met, now it is more about how: online or offline; interactively, watching or in person?

Our top priority is that we should all continue to minister to one another according to our own gifts and one another’s needs. These are the ‘services’ we plan:

  1. Interactive Church on the Green Screen, Sunday @ 10am: Usually this is led by Rob using Google Meet or telephone (a London number so please consider any phone charges). At this time you should not think this is limited to just Rudloe people. Consider attending this service if you want to be able to participate more than just watching online allows.
  2. Recorded church, Sunday @ 10am: This will continue the recorded worship and usually Eddie will preach as before summer. From the 20th Sept we hope to stream live from Priory Street with a small congregation in the building, giving priority to those not online. For those attending in person, masks and booking are necessary.
  3. In person church, every Wednesday @ 2pm: This cannot replace the Mid-Week Service previously led by Eric and team – and we’d like to pay particular thanks to David, who stepped into the breach since Eric’s illness. This will be a small, physically-distanced service, again with priority given to those not online. This will usually be led by Eddie and use the same teaching material as Sunday. However it will be informal and allow room for questions and conversation. Once again masks and booking are necessary.

Small groups

Perhaps most important of all – given the current advice to restrict the number and frequency of people you meet – are the many different small group and individual meetings. Whether by phone call, in person, Zoom, video calls, Whatsapp groups, we urge you all to be in contact with at least a few brothers and sisters regularly. Be bold! Reach out to someone, whether you know them a little or a lot. If you’re really stumped, ask your congregational leaders or leave a message on the office answerphone.

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 can.

This is our current plan through until Easter ’21 but we will keep all under review as circumstances and Government advice change.

— The Oversight Team

The latest update on using the building in Priory Street, including response to Government changes this week is now available.

Notices for 06 Sept 2020

Welcome back to a new season.

Mid-September will mark six months of living and ministering in Covidland and we wanted to look back on that as well as forward to the next six or so.

Current conditions are different, so our fellowships need to be different too. Where previously our greatest constraint was where we met, now it is more about how: online or offline; interactively, watching or in person?

Our top priority is that we should all continue to minister to one another according to our own gifts and one another’s needs. These are the ‘services’ we plan:

  1. Interactive Church on the Green Screen, Sunday @ 10am: Usually this is led by Rob using Google Meet or telephone (a London number so please consider any phone charges). At this time you should not think this is limited to just Rudloe people. Consider attending this service if you want to be able to participate more than just watching online allows.
  2. Recorded church, Sunday @ 10am: This will continue the recorded worship and usually Eddie will preach as before summer. From the 20th Sept we hope to stream live from Priory Street with a small congregation in the building, giving priority to those not online. For those attending in person, masks and booking are necessary.
  3. In person church, every Wednesday @ 2pm: This cannot replace the Mid-Week Service previously led by Eric and team – and we’d like to pay particular thanks to David, who stepped into the breach since Eric’s illness. This will be a small, physically-distanced service, again with priority given to those not online. This will usually be led by Eddie and use the same teaching material as Sunday. However it will be informal and allow room for questions and conversation. Once again masks and booking are necessary.

Small groups

Perhaps most important of all – given the current advice to restrict the number and frequency of people you meet – are the many different small group and individual meetings. Whether by phone call, in person, Zoom, video calls, Whatsapp groups, we urge you all to be in contact with at least a few brothers and sisters regularly. Be bold! Reach out to someone, whether you know them a little or a lot. If you’re really stumped, ask your congregational leaders or leave a message on the office answerphone.

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 can.

This is our current plan through until Easter ’21 but we will keep all under review as circumstances and Government advice change.

— The Oversight Team

Church on the Farm – this Sunday

Eddie preaching from the back of a hay bailer

We hope to see you back at the Priors’ Farm. Eddie will lead us in communion so please bring your own bread and wine (or equivalent). Afterwards we will picnic and share fellowship – at a suitable distance of course.

The forecast is dry at the moment so we hope there will be no need to cancel but we’ll only be able to do so if you have registered here.

Church on the Green Screen @ 10am

For anyone not able or keen to join together at the farm a warm welcome awaits you at Church on the Green

Evening prayer @ 8pm

Maybe it is easier to concentrate in the evening, after the children are in bed? If you’d like to join a small group, via Zoom, for a couple of Bible readings and to share and receive prayer reach out to Joey, Natalie or use the contact form.

History project

I am currently well into writing an in-depth History of Corsham Baptist Church, 200 years old in three years’ time, including of the village chapels, Biddestone, Moor Green, Velley (Gastard) and Atworth, for which Priory Street was the ‘mother’ church, and would really like anything you might have in the way of: 

  • Photographs; do you have either old (the older the better) photos of the church or its chapels inside or out, or of people or any past church events etc?  
  • Documents; have you inherited or have access to old minute books, deacons’ minutes of meetings, or other documents of interest?  
  • Memories; do you have memories of events from times past that you would be willing to set down in writing? 

If you, or someone you know that might not see this notice, has anything that fits this description please contact me via the church office, contact form or directly (details in the church directory).
Paul G

Response to survey about in-person church activities

Many thanks to all of you who responded to our survey. We’ve collated the results, which you may view here if you’d like.

Coming up…

Activities are starting up again over the next week or so, please contact your leaders for details.

Responses about the future of in person meetings

Thank you to all who have completed our survey over the summer. As the Baptist Union warned us people have differing views based on their situations and experience as well as their perception of their own risk and those near to them. No question resulted in a clear consensus, which I believe indicates we need to pursue a range of options. I’m conscious we must not turn church into a consumer product but supporting a range of situations probably needs a range of options.

The first headline is that many people are not yet ready to return to in person meetings but a significant minority (about a third) are ready right now (or even back in July).

38% say they are ready to return to church right now.

The greatest majority came in response to whether we should wait for a vaccine before returning to meeting in person. Just 20% thought “Yes, we should wait”. However, this should be read in the context of the majority also responding “Not yet”.

80% of respondents thought we should wait for a vaccine before returning to church.

To my surprise, the majority did not see going without sung worship as a show-stopper, but around a third did.

65% would attend a service even without being able to have sung worship.

I think the question about how to deal with limiting people in the building – rationing that space if you like – was tricky to answer with a Yes or No but I think this response sums up what others were also saying:

I would like to see the plans for church pre-vaccine focus on those who are most struggling/lonely/vulnerable and I’m not part of that group, so if only 20 people could come to church I would feel comfortable doing so but I probably wouldn’t come, because others would benefit more from the physical presence in church.

Probably it is not surprising that smaller groups have more support than full services.

75% would be ready to attend small groups such as prayer meetings or Bible studies.

And finally, a good number of people see this as an opportunity to ‘do church’ differently. Of course it does not mean all these people share a common vision of what to do differently but a common theme supported continuing the online services. For example:

We feel that streaming is likely to be the only effective way of maintaining effective corporate teaching for some while to come.

I think it will be important to continue church both in the building and online.

We have managed to utilise technology in a way completely new to church and it would be right to assess what could form part of our ministry going forward.

Now that the holiday peak is past, Oversight will be getting to work this week on how to best respond and I know Eddie is keen to share some concrete plans as soon as possible. More details soon.

Notices for August 2020

Church on the Green @ 10am

Joint Priory Street service @ 10am

Eddie continues his series on 1 Peter through August. You can find the videos on our YouTube channel and audio on the Sermons page.

Several groups meet together after the sermon each week. If you’d like to find out more contact your LIFE group leader, call the office or use our contact form.

Evening prayer @ 8pm

Maybe it is easier to concentrate in the evening, after the children are in bed? If you’d like to join a small group, via Zoom, for a couple of Bible readings and to share and receive prayer reach out to Joey, Natalie or use the contact form.

Holiday club online

10am Monday Aug 10th to Friday Aug 14th All details are here.

Survey about in-person church activities

We’d really like to hear what you think about the church activities we should prioritise. Please fill out our survey here.

Calling all gardeners and allotment-eers

Dear all, Do you have an allotment? Or a garden with fruit trees ? Do you have any spare fruit and veg that is going to go to waste. Then we at Souper Friday would love to take it off your hands and share it out to others. So if you are able to get it to the church by Thursday evening each week,we will ensure it goes to a grateful home. If you could let  Joan Cooper know either by phone , email or text that you have left some at the church then we will see to the rest. If you could leave it tucked in the corner to the right of the far doors.

Thanking you all in advance for your generosity.

The Souper Friday Team

Coming up…

Next notices will be 05 Sept

Church on the Farm – 06 Sept

Eddie preaching from the back of a hay bailer

We hope to see you back at the Priors’ Farm on the 6th September. Please register here.

Webnet’s BLESS Prayer Gathering on Sunday 16th Aug at 7pm

We warmly invite you to join in with our Prayer Gathering on Sunday 16th of August at 7pm. This event will be hosted by Lindsay Caplen and Nigel Coles and we’ll be focusing on where we are planted, what it is we are seeing and how we are responding. Most of all, we look forward to God joining with us – to inspire us so that we might see His kingdom come more fully and His will being done more completely throughout our region.
Please invite your congregations and join us on Sunday evening via the Webnet YouTube Channel.

Updated 12 Aug 19