Wow, what a weekend! Hopefully as you go back to the office, shop, school or where ever you are today you have a little extra spring in your step from spending a little more time in fellowship together not only within your own congregation but also catching up will old friends or making new ones?
Hopefully you didn’t forgot your ‘gospel glasses’ in the rush to get out of the house this morning?
If that last comment makes no sense to you or you just need to bask a little longer in the teaching head over to The Gathering website where you will find recordings from throughout the weekend. If you have any difficulties get in touch with us here.
Due to popular demand we now have extra seats available for The Greatest Story Ever Toured on 25 May at Gateway Church, Swindon. We have been overwhelmed by the response and want those of you on the waiting list to have a seat on the night. So please do visit the website and get your tickets now.
It’s a Goliath of a show that explains how key events, books and characters fit together and, like Samson, it’s sure to bring the house down.
Join comedian Paul Kerensa and The Bible Course creator, Dr Andrew Ollerton, for a night of laughter and learning, as the big story of the Bible is unfolded in The Greatest Story Ever Toured.
Buy tickets for Friday 25 May 2018 at Gateway Church, Swindon.
The Mission Shaped Ministry course helps to make ‘Mission Impossible’ to become ‘Mission Possible’. It helps to find effective ways in which you can share your faith with friends and neighbours, without scaring them away.
It shows you that mission is not difficult and anyone can do it!
What could God be calling YOU to do to change your town or village?
The course will focus especially on mission and ministry in a rural context, in market towns and villages like Chippenham and the surrounding area.
This taster session is taking place on 11th November 10am-1pm in Chippenham. The speaker is Tim Lea from Fresh Expressions.
This year marks the 500th anniversary of the Reformation starting with Martin Luther nailing his 95 Theses to the door of the church in Wittenberg. We owe a great deal to this period of church history, and to mark the occasion the Bible Society have created a show to tell the historical story in a very engaging and entertaining way. Corsham Baptist Church is hosting a live performance of the show (October 8th) and regardless of whether or not you’re are a keen historian this show is not to be missed! – You’ll come away with a better understanding of this important period having also been well entertained by the impeccable acting, humour and music.
“Shouldn’t you have had mercy on your fellow servant just as I had on you?”
The amount discussed in the parable is huge, something like 20 years salary. God has forgiven us a similarly immense debt. We live in a culture of “you get what you deserve” and “what goes around comes around” but it’s wrong.
God does not believe in karma!
And if God is so abounding in mercy, how can we hold on to our grudges?
At New Wine this week, I thought I’d try to distill the essence of Simon Ponsonby’s morning message: questions Jesus asked. Question 1:
“Don’t you know me, Philip, even after I have been among you such a long time?” John:14-9
The Lord invites and wants us to know Him better. No matter if he’s talking to Philip and the other disciples that had spent night and day with him for 3 years or someone in Corsham with a few tentative questions.
Either way, His answer is not a dismissive “Haven’t you got it yet?”, remember it was Adam and Eve that hid from God, He went looking for them.
Sorry for the terrible alliteration in the title, it just seemed irresistible ;-).
You will have seen in the church notices that Gill and Steve Bryant are holding an open evening with the WEC course participants this evening and we (the wider congregation) have been invited to join them.
So why not take this opportunity to find out more about both Steve and Gill’s work and that of the participants? Perhaps God is calling you to support this work in prayer, financially or some other way?
Science and faith are so often seen as enemies in our culture. Perhaps you’ve encountered them as opposites that must be reconciled for a person to call themselves a Christian and a scientist? Or is that just an impossibility in your mind? But David Hutchings argues that there is an innate, God-given curiosity in us that is the very essence of science and they are highly compatible.
Join us to hear David for yourself and quiz him afterwards:
Saturday 13th May at 7:30pm
Corsham Baptist Church, Priory Street
Update: Many thanks to David, the recording of the evening is now available below.