Category: Overseas Mission

Steve B travelling to Thailand this week

Tim Stephenson,

From Sunday 8th to Friday 27th October Steve is visiting Chiang Mai in Thailand. There are two main purposes:

  • spend time at the WEC boarding home where some of WEC’s MKs (missionaries children) live. They attend Grace International School while their parents serve the Lord either in Thailand or another country. Steve’s role is to give pastoral support and practical encouragement to the couple running the home. He will be there from 10th – 17th and from 22nd – 26th October.
  • attend Asiacon, a large conference for leaders from four areas in Asia. From 17th – 22nd he will give presentations on safeguarding and talk with individuals.

Please pray for Steve to be able to minister effectively in both of these situations.

To learn more about Steve and Gill’s work download their biannual prayer letter here

A busy week…

Tim Stephenson,

Catch up on some of the people Lesley introduced us to last week (sorry for no re-post on the CBC site, maybe you should read here before going on).

Then on to a big Wednesday when Neal gave an address in six-languages; and some dancing that was truly the oil of joy instead of mourning (Isaiah 61), a glimpse of the “day of the Lord’s favour” surely.

And that’s just half-way through the week, be sure to read (and watch) to the end:

Neal and Lesley connecting with refugees in Austria

Tim Stephenson,

Sorry for the terrible pun… This week’s update sees not only an absorbing a game of Connect 4 but also connections with a range of individuals. Read their stories here Week 2 and please pray that they will connect with Jesus too.

Hitting the (Austrian) ground running …

Tim Stephenson,

As most of you will know, we fare-welled Neal and Lesley recently as they returned to Austria after their trip last year to spend four months working with the Oasis Refugee Ministry in Traiskirchen, just south of Vienna.

It certainly sounds like they’re right back in the thick of it with powerful stories of love and tragedy already, but don’t take my word for it, read for yourself:

Talking of Sanga Sanga

Tim Stephenson,

Hi to you all!

It seems strange to say we will see you all soon but if all goes according to plan we will! Next weekend we fly, arriving back late on Sunday evening in the UK.
Our last week will be a tight one as we have a few more projects we want to complete however, to quote one of our favourite TV police chiefs ‘You can only do what you can do’ (answers on a postcard please).

Talking of police….Steve and Ruth – who were with us last night for a catch up/goodbye/meal – were amazed that during our time here, although we have been stopped by the police on numerous occasions we have never been fined. Martin’s honest ploy of opening the window, smiling and greeting them with a loud and British ‘Good morning!’ seems to amuse them and after a brief glance at our licences, we are waved on.

Talking of waving…that is also how he deals with them when we pass all the police checks, while I am sinking into my seat wondering why he must draw attention to us, and now they wave back – silly me, of course, waving works…

Talking of Steve and Ruth…they have said goodbye to the Oak Hall-ers and have a brief moment to catch their breath before heading off on Tuesday to a conference where Steve will be speaking, it’s been a pretty exhausting time for them both. The feedback from the holiday group though was very encouraging, so all their efforts have been worth it.

Talking of things that are worth it…whatever our efforts, whatever we manage to achieve, there is nothing more worth it than giving of ourselves to God. He is worth our all whatever the cost because He has already paid the highest price and somehow He thought we were worth it!

Last Sunday we joined the hoilday group to visit a tiny village church over the mountains and into, what felt like, the jungle. The caretaker/evangelist from Sanga Sanga, runs the church here, planted a few years ago, in a very hostile area where there is little other Christian influence around. We were delighted by their welcome and joined in with their worship – we hope it was as encouraging for them as it was for us!

Things we will miss…the entertaining antics on the road, the amazing shops – all tiny but crammed full with anything and everything, all the folks at Sanga Sanga, the ‘wheelbarrow bird’ (we will explain all), the home entertainment system – monkey treks through the garden, learning from Cath and Tony/Steve and Ruth about Tanzanian life, cheap ‘n’ fresh fruit ‘n’ veg sold at the gate…and so much more.

‘For the Lord is good. His unfailing love continues forever, and His faithfulness continues to each generation.’

Psalm 100:5

See you soon,
Jo ‘n’ Martin

The adventure continues!

Tim Stephenson,

“Would you be willing to spend three months as short term volunteers at the Oasis Refugee Centre in Traiskirchen, Austria?”

Thus began Neal and Lesley’s journey last year. Now they are preparing to return once again. You can read about those preparations and regular updates on their blog at:

But don’t worry we’ll keep you up to date on this site and Facebook too.

Notice sheet for 20th November, 2016


Baptism Services

We are happy to announce that four people are being baptized today – one at the 9:15am service and three at the 11:15am service. We welcome their friends and family to this special occasion.

Persecuted Church Sunday 20th November

This afternoon we will have a special event focusing on the persecuted church. Tea and cakes will be served at 4:30pm, and we will be welcoming David and Sue, an experienced couple who have worked for some years in both Ghana and the Middle East, as our speakers. They are now involved in outreach to migrants in the UK and beyond. They will give a short presentation at around 5.20pm and will share further during the evening service, with David preaching.

Ladies’ Bible Study

The next ladies’ bible study notes are available on the table at the back. Please take one in preparation of the study on the 28th November. Contact Kathy Larkman or Anne Holmes for more details on these meetings

The Craft Group

The Craft Group will meet on the first Saturday in December and we will have the opportunity of making Christmas Cards or carrying on with quilt blocks for the next quilt! The first quilt for Tanzania is well on the way now and when completed we hope to show it to the church folk before it is taken out to Tanzania. If anyone has any scraps of cotton print material they wish to clear out, the craft group could make use of them for the next quilt which will be for Steve and Ruth. A couple of people have suggested we visit charity shops and buy good quality cotton skirts, or similar, to use! Any donations of materials can be given to Pam Mitchell or Kathy Ewins.

Toddler Group

The Toddler Group is praying for someone to lead the team. They are also in need of more helpers. It is held on Thursday mornings following the school calendar.  Please see Kathy Larkman for details.

The Ark

You are invited to the Ark Christmas Party on Saturday 26th November 10-11am at Corsham Baptist Church. Puppets, songs, games, food, party bags and the Christmas story. Please bring an adult to stay with you for the party. Aimed at 0-7 but all welcome. We are excited and look forward to seeing you there! If you want to know more, please speak to Alexa Simm or Heather Chilcott.

Town Carol Service

Each year a different church in Corsham organizes the town carol service and this year it is our turn!

The event, which takes place through the High Street and ends at St. Bart’s, is on Tuesday 20th December, starting at 6:45pm. Louise would like help with the following activities:

  • 3 x stewards to crowd manage
  • 3 x helpers to heat up mince pies
  • 4 x helpers to hand out mince pies
  • 2 x helpers to erect and remove banner from town
  • This is a lovely community event but quite big to organize so please sign up on the sheet at the back if you can help, or contact Louise in the office. Many thanks to those people who have already done so!

Short Refugee Video Clips

Recently there was a feedback session from Neal and Lesley regarding their time in Austria. These are the links to the videos that were shown.

How can one mend a broken heart?

Children have a right to claim international protection

Men’s Christmas Event

There is a men’s Christmas event on the 29th November at Priory Street. Please sign up at the back if you want to attend.

Carol Service Band

Do you play an acoustic instrument? – strings, woodwind or brass? If so, it would be great to include you in this year’s Carol Service Band which will accompany the carols on the evening of Sunday 18th December. There are likely to be a couple of practices beforehand, one of which will probably be on the afternoon of the carol service itself. The band last year were brilliant, despite some struggles along the way. If you’re interested in taking part, please either speak to David Morrell, or email him at – and let him know what you play, and roughly what standard you’re used to playing (so he doesn’t write parts that are too hard this year!!).

Bible Society Christmas Aids

The Bible Society has wonderful Christmas aids again this year for spreading the Good News.  Steve and Heather Chilcott’s daughter, Emma, designed the Bible Verse Calendar and costs 50p and a new ‘free’ set of stickers for your Christmas cards.  The ‘free’ stickers from last year are still available too. will show you what’s available or call 01793 418300.

Christmas tree decorating!!

Invitation to all (young and old!) to come and help decorate our church Christmas tree on Saturday December 10th, 3-5pm.  Crafts, food and some carol singing!

Nativity Service

This year the Nativity will be held on Saturday December 17th at 5pm at Priory Street.

…This week…

Monday: Mums’ bible study, 9:30am

Tuesday: Rudloe Tots, 10am, Rudloe Centre

Wednesday: Morning prayer, 7:15am

Thursday: Toddler Group, 10:00am; Corsham Money and Debt Advice Centre, 7.30pm

Friday: Corsham Money and Debt Advice Centre, 9.30am; Engage, 4:30pm; Energize, 5:30pm.

Saturday: Prayer for gospel expansion 8.30am; The Ark, 10am; Café on the Green, Rudloe, 2:30pm

…Looking ahead…

28th Nov: Ladies’ Bible Study, 7:30pm

29th Nov: Men’s “Christmas Chili” night, 7:15pm

30th Nov: Midweek service, 2pm

3rd Dec: Craft Club, 10:00am

4th Dec: Prayer evening, 6pm

10th Dec: Tree decorating 3-5pm

12th Dec: Ladies’ social, 7:30pm

13th Dec: Seniors’ Christmas meal, 12pm

14th Dec: Midweek Christmas service, 2pm

17th Dec: Nativity service, 5pm @ Priory St.

18th Dec: Carols by Candlelight, 6pm

19th Dec: Missions’ prayer, 7:45pm

20th Dec: Corsham Town Carol Service, 6:45pm

24th Dec: Christmas eve service, 6pm

25th Dec: Christmas day joint service @ Priory Str, 10am; no evening service on Christmas day

1st Jan: Joint service at Priory Str. @ 10am; no evening service on new year’s day