Prayer points for Week of Prayer focussed on Church on the Green (1st – 8th March 2020)

Rob Durant,

Introduction

How you can use these prayer points?

We have 8 areas for prayer, each with a blurb giving you an update on Church on the Green (COTG) and then a list of prayer points. Some areas also have a scripture or two to meditate on and aid your time of prayer.

  1. Conveniently there are 8 headings, and 8 days of dedicated prayer for COTG. Perhaps you could pray for 1 area each day?
  2. In your house group or with a friend pick an area or two to focus your prayers on.
  3. Each prayer station at Priory Street along with visual aids will use these to provide you prayer points – please make use of the available times Priory Street is open during the week to come and pray.

Thank you so much for taking the time this week to pray for us up at Church on the Green – your prayers are deeply appreciated by us all – and please do send us feedback on your times of prayer. 

Accommodation/Building

Scripture to meditate on:

  • Psalm 127:1
  • Matthew 7:7-8

When Church on the Green was first planted in November 2014 we met on Sunday mornings in the Rudloe Community Centre on Leyland’s road. Then, back in July 2017 that community centre was closed by the Council and we had to move into the smaller MOD-owned community centre on Portal Avenue, where we continue to meet today.

Our accommodation has served us very well, however during the past 5 years we’ve been greatly blessed with numerical growth, especially with children, and we are now operating right at the capacity limit that the MOD community centre offers. In effect the church plant in Rudloe has become ‘pot-bound’ and needs re-potting!

We find ourselves at a significant turning point as we consider our next 5 years ahead, and with the backing of the CBC leadership we believe that this is a top priority as we pray for the church to reach Rudloe with the Gospel and grow in both numbers & spiritual maturity.

We don’t know where God is leading us regarding our building, but we do know God answers our prayers (Matt 7:7-8) and that unless God is part of our work we will labour in vain. (Psalm 127).

Some specific doors you can be praying for and pushing on are:

  • The possibility of the old community centre becoming available again
  • Meeting at Broadwood primary school
  • Purchasing land and building a new church
  • Purchasing an existing building 
  • If we owned a building, how could it be used to serve the community?

Junior church

Scripture to meditate on:

  • Matthew 19:14

When we first planted COTG we had just 4 children; Isaac and Esther Pillinger, joined a bit later by Eddie and Anna Durant. At the time they had a huge room to themselves and could happily run and play as well as sit and learn.

Wonderfully, over time our numbers rose as other families joined us so that now we have 4 regulars in our youngest group, 4 regulars in our middle group and 6 regulars in our oldest (Yr 5 upwards) group.

Give thanks for:

  • Our increased numbers
  • The enthusiasm of our youngsters to learn more about God
  • Their growth in confidence to share what they’ve learned with the adults
  • The exciting growth in maturity of our children as they turn from little wrigglers to happy listeners & participants, and on to develop the desire and the skills to ‘deep dive’ into God’s word

Please pray for:

  • Our children – Please pray for each child’s walk with our Lord Jesus.  At the Junior church prayer station you’ll see our kids have all created their own pictures and prayer requests.
  • Our accommodation. Space & seating are limited now we have so many children, which limits activities we can do. Thin doors between the kids and the main service constrain the volume of activities. No storage at the centre, so equipment is stored at Debbie’s and brought back-and-forth.
  • Provision of additional Junior Church leaders and continued energy and enthusiasm for those who help!

Evangelism

Scripture to meditate on:

  • Matthew 28:16-20

Church on the Green was planted 5 years ago with the specific aim to reach the Rudloe community with the Good News of Jesus Christ! We want to tell as many people in Rudloe about what Jesus has done for them and see people trust Him as their Lord and saviour.

Taking the Gospel to the Rudloe community has predominantly been done through relational evangelism, and sharing Jesus over the course of many years. We have seen real fruit in the past couple of years as the Holy Spirit has worked in people’s hearts. It has been exciting to run Christianity Explored courses and baptise new believers. 

Please pray that we will use every opportunity we have to share the Gospel message. Some areas you might pray for are:

  • The Spirit to be preparing hearts to receive the Gospel
  • To have deep personal relationships where we share the hope we have in Christ
  • People are drawn in to events that we organise (e.g. Easter/Christmas)
  • A burning fire in our hearts to share Jesus!
  • Flyers delivered to doorsteps to be read rather than recycled.
  • Sunday morning meetings to proclaim the Gospel through all aspects of the service

Mission

Scripture to meditate on:

  • Matthew 20:30-34

At Church on the Green our dear family members Stuart, Lynne & Matthew Little have been called to serve Christ onboard the Mercy Ship currently stationed in Senegal. This ship provides medical care that is not readily available in countries like Senegal. It is an amazing ministry of a ship full of Christians providing life changing surgery and a wonderful opportunity to share Jesus.

Please pray for the Little’s and their roles. Lynne has suffered with knee problems, and with so many steps onboard it can exacerbate the pain. Also, they’re likely to be extending their current term.

  • Stuart (carpenter)
  • Lynne (administrator in the hospital)
  • Matthew (deck hand)

Discipleship / church life

Scripture to meditate on: 

  • 1 John 5:14-15
  • Matt 7:15-27 

As a congregation we want to be faithful disciples to our Lord and Saviour, building one another up in our faith and spiritual walks, on Sunday mornings and through the week. In doing this we are encouraging and coming alongside each other in all areas of our lives, being held accountable with an eagerness for our hearts to be changed and to become more like Christ. 

Areas to pray for:

  • Discipleship of the congregation – each producing good fruit 
  • Our 3 life groups
  • Leaders will be built up and given God’s wisdom and guidance to lead His people 
  • That we are a community that proclaims the Gospel and shines a light into Rudloe.
  • For members currently posted overseas (the Frys, the Matthews and the Littles)

Heart 4 Rudloe

COTG has partnered with Janet from Box Parish for the past 5 years at Heart 4 Rudloe. It is a messy-church service aimed at families with younger children; we are primarily reaching military housing and it runs twice a month. Each service has a Bible story as it’s theme and involves various crafts and activities e.g. puzzles/games, duplo challenge, all linked to the Bible story and what we are aiming to teach. The Bible story will be told in an interactive way with the children and a few worship songs sung. Then there is a time of prayer before we enjoy a light tea together.

Heart is a great opportunity to sit down and get to know the families a little better, to build up those relationships. We have seen fruit from our relationships and families who have then started coming along to our Sunday morning services. We are excited to see more of God at work in the future through this outreach ministry.

Areas to pray for:

  • God would provide more people able to serve
  • Word will spread and more people will come and hear the gospel message
  • Relationships will grow deeper and more seeds will be sown in the families who attend

Sunday mornings

Scripture to meditate on:

  • Ephesians 3:10-11
  • 1 Corinthians 14:26

So much goes on on a Sunday morning, but we want this time to be a time of glorifying God and worshiping Him, and a time that builds one another up in our faith.

Please pray for:

  • Heartfelt & Christ centred worship
  • Gospel centred bible preaching that is spoken in love
  • For all areas of service (e.g. Preaching, Junior church, Worship, Teas & Coffees, Intercessions)
  • Great time of fellowship

Get involved

Church on the Green is a young church congregation planted by CBC 5 years ago to reach Rudloe. Taking the image of plant a little further, for it to grow it needs nurturing by being regularly fed and watered. We very much want the relationship between Priory Street congregations and COTG to be a Gospel partnership to ensure the church flourishes and grows in Rudloe. To that end we want you to pray for this partnership and how you specifically might be involved in bringing Good News to Rudloe and building us up.

Areas you could pray for:

  • We’d love visitors from Priory Street – come and worship God with us and see what is happening!
  • Regularly pray for Church on the Green and ask us for updates
  • Come and support outreach events, Heart4Rudloe etc.
  • Preaching opportunities arise from time-to-time
  • Perhaps you have ideas on how you might support us?!

Daily message – 28 Feb 2020

Eddie,

God owns everything. I’m His money manager. … God has entrusted – not given – to me.

Randy Alcorn, “The Treasure Principle”

Daily message – 27 Feb 2020

Eddie,

We often run into unknowns when engaged in spiritual conflict. That is okay, for it is the nature of this realm. We are not instructed to seek the answers to those unknowns, just to resist the devil, and then get on with life.

Cliff Boone, “Christ Victorious”

Daily message – 26 Feb 2020

Eddie,

If we can’t be patient longer than five seconds for a website to load, we are not likely to weather a lengthy trial or sustain a hard relationship very well. Our anger will be easily kindled every time we don’t get what we want when we want it. Amazon gets the package here the same day we order it. If we are not careful, we may begin to resent God’s lack of concern to offer goods and services according to our timetable. We may even question his goodness. We may overlook the possibility that the waiting itself could be the good and perfect gift, delivered right to our doorstep.

Jen Wilkin, “In His Image”

Daily message 25 Feb 2020

Eddie,

I know nothing more effective for quieting a Christian soul and getting contentment than this, setting your heart to work in the duties of the immediate circumstances that you are now in, and taking heed of your thoughts about other conditions as a mere temptation.

Jeremiah Burroughs, “The Rare Jewel of Christian Contentment”

Daily message – 24 Feb 2020

Eddie,

Occasionally we hear that some public event has been ‘cancelled due to circumstances beyond our control.’ The fact is, however, all circumstances are beyond our control. We are absolutely dependent upon God for the carrying out of our plans. The person who fears God not only acknowledges this, but delights to do so. He or she finds great joy in realizing our dependence on the moment-by-moment care of our loving, sovereign heavenly Father.

Jerry Bridges, “The Fear of God”

Daily message – 23 Feb 2020

Eddie,

Whatever treasures we store up on earth will be left behind when we leave. Whatever treasures we store up in heaven will be waiting for us when we arrive.

Randy Alcorn, “The Treasure Principle”

Daily message – 22 Feb 2020

Eddie,

Why does evil exist? The answer is: God doesn’t tell us the answer. He purposefully does not tell us the answer. Our peace increases when we submit to God’s wisdom and rest in Him. The point is to seek God Himself rather than seeking the answer, and to rest in Him without knowing the answer.

Cliff Boone, “Christ Victorious”

Notices 23rd February 2020

Louise,

Infant Dedication

At our 11:15am service today we would like to welcome the friends and family of Jonny and Amy Street as their infant son, Heath, is dedicated to the Lord.

Women’s Bible Study

The next women’s monthly bible study will be tomorrow, Monday 24th February at 7:30pm.  Study notes are available on the table at the back. If you would like more information about these meetings, or you would like to have a “study buddy”, please speak to Anne Holmes or one of the women who are part of the women’s ministry team – Vicky Kelly, Vicky Stephenson, Sharon Durant, Christine Coltman.

Holiday Club

Rhiannon Price would like to say a huge thank you to everyone who helped make the Holiday Club such a success.  Our theme this year was Love and we were thrilled to share the love of Jesus with not only our “church children”, but children in the wider community!

Easter on the Farm

Following the huge success of “Born in a Barn”, our nativity on the farm Christmas 2018, we are very excited to announce that we will be having “Easter on the Farm” at the Prior’s farm in Castle Combe on Easter Saturday, 11th April.  More details to follow but put this date in your diaries, start mentioning it to friends and family and speak to Rhiannon about how you can be involved. We will need lots of willing volunteers to run this event so come and chat with Rhiannon.

Pledges to Support the Arnolds Mead Building Works

As was affirmed at the Church Meeting on 10th February 2020, we will be going ahead with the works at 16 Arnolds Mead with the aim of improving the facilities for our Youth Ministry. We are now close to appointing a builder, and we hope that work will start in May.  The Treasurer will shortly be writing to all those who have pledged financial support for this project, to set out the arrangements by which to redeem pledges. And of course, it is not too late to make a donation if you have not already made a pledge; please contact Roger Hammett (rogerhammett1950@yahoo.co.uk) if you would like to do this.

The Ark

For children up to the age of 7…another Ark is taking place this Saturday from 10am…puppets, songs and lots of fun learning about Jesus…   

Opportunities for Giving

As you may have heard at the recent Church Meeting or from the pulpit, CBC has grown in the number of people attending each week and also in the work that we support. However the giving has remained flat for several years. Consequently we will face some challenging decisions on what to prioritise in the year starting from September if circumstances remain the same. So if you consider this your home church please consider prayerfully what you should give.  If you would like to give to the work of the church on a regular basis, you may wish to consider setting up a monthly standing order through your bank. Alternatively, some people find it helpful to use our envelope giving schemes to make their offering. And of course, if you are a UK tax payer, then the value of your gift can be increased by 25%, at no extra cost to yourself, if you complete a Gift Aid Declaration. Do please speak to one of the Treasury Team: Paul Garcia (Church on the Green, Rudloe) Roger Hammett (Priory Street 11.15 Service); or Michael Prior (Priory Street 9.15 Service) if you would like to find out more.

Men’s Breakfast

We will be having a CBC Men’s Breakfast on Saturday 7th March, 9am start, provisionally at the Greenhouse Restaurant, The Pavilion, Wadswick Green, Corsham, SN13 9RD.  John Prior will be sharing with us on God’s Provision. Look forward to seeing you there. There will be a sign-up sheet at the back of the church or speak to one of the men on the men’s ministry team.

New-comers’ Lunch

This will take place after the 11:15am service on the 29th March in the coffee hall.  There is a sign up sheet at the back of the church…please come along if you are new to CBC!

Accommodation needed for WEC Summer Course

From 26th July to 6th August 2020, CBC will be hosting the MK Staff Training course for new mission workers going overseas. We need more accommodation for the participants – this involves providing bed and breakfast and evening meals for them.  Some will only be here until 1st August. A contribution is provided for their stay. If you can help even for a few days, please get in touch with Steve and Gill Bryant.

1-8 March: Week of Prayer: Praying for Church on the Green

Corsham Baptist Church’s Rudloe church plant “Church on the Green” is five years old, and doing well, but somewhat pot-bound – requiring more space if it is to continue to grow.  The leadership team as a whole believes seeking accommodation for Church on the Green is a current priority of CBC.

Over the week beginning Sunday 1st March and finishing with the evening prayer service on the 8th March, we will have various opportunities to pray that God would show us the next steps to see the congregation continue to grow in size and depth, and reach out even more effectively into the community.

In addition to personal prayer, we will be organising a variety of opportunities to pray together

  • Open building at Priory Street with prayer stations:

Monday 2nd March:    9am-3pm; 7pm-9pm

Tuesday 3rd March:    1pm-3pm       

Wednesday 4th March:    2pm-3pm

Thursday 5th March:   7pm-9pm

Friday 6th March:       9am-3pm

Saturday 7th March:  8:30am-9:30am; Prayer @ Durants 7:30pm-8:30pm

Sunday 8th March:    Evening prayer service

  • Prayer for gospel expansion (Saturday, 8.30-9.30am, Priory Street)
  • Prayer walks around Rudloe. (Wednesday 10-11am, Saturday 10-11am, 2-3pm, all starting from Crumpets Cafe at the top of Portal Avenue)
  • LIFE groups – as you meet, why not spend your prayer time praying for our mission in Rudloe.  Notes will be supplied to guide your prayer.
  • Who might you pray with?  Just get together to pray with one or more for our work in Rudloe. (Wouldn’t it be great if every person in the church were praying?!) 
  • Day of fasting: (Tuesday 3rd March)

There will be a box at the back of church into which you can put your feedback.

…This week…

Monday: Mums’ bible study, 10am; women’s bible study, 7:30pm

Thursday: Toddler Group, 10am; Corsham Money and Debt Advice Centre, 7:30pm

Friday: Corsham Money and Debt Advice Centre, 9:30am; Souper Friday, 1pm; after-school children’s bible groups

Saturday: The Ark, 10am

Coming up…

1st March – Infant dedication, 11:15am

7th March – Men’s breakfast, Greenhouse, Wadswick Green, 9am

1st-8th March – prayer for Church on the Green

4th March – Midweek service, 2pm

7th March – Craft group, 10am

9th March – Fight night, 8pm

15th March – Ark Family Service, 3pm

29th March – Newcomers’ lunch