LOVE CAME DOWN AT CHRISTMAS

kathylarkman,

love came down 2” The Holy Spirit accompanied Jesus throughout the whole course of his life, from the moment of his conception until his resurrection (Luke 1 v35; Romans 1 v 4). Throughout his life he had the Holy Spirit ‘without measure’ (John 3 v 34). In the face of all the pride and failure of his little disciple band, he never said, You’re not recognizing my gifting. 

Instead….

‘Jesus knew that the Father had given him authority over everything and that he had come from God and would return to God. So he got up from the table, took off his robe, wrapped a towel around his waist, and poured water into a basin. Then he began to wash the disciples’ feet, drying them with the towel he had around him.’ John 13:3-5 NLT

Jesus had all prophetic powers; he understood all mysteries and all knowledge. He had mountain moving faith. But because he loved us, he kept coming down. See him in the upper room, kneeling at the feet of his sinful disciples. Since Judas didn’t leave the room until later on (v 30), we know that Jesus knelt down and washed the feet of his betrayer.

We see this humble in its perfect form at the first Christmas. The incarnation means that “though he was in the form of God….[Christ] made himself nothing, taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men” (Philippians 2:5-8). That is what love looks like. That is what love is. And that love came down at Christmas.” pp. 22-23

Notice sheet 8th December 2019

Louise,

Baptism Service

At the 11:15am service this morning we are having a baptismal service for Lydia Pillinger.  We would like to extend a warm welcome to her friends and family on this special occasion.

Midweek Service

The text on 11th December is James 4: 1-10. Eric is leading and David is preaching.  On Wednesday 18th December we will be holding our traditional service of Carols and Bible Readings for Christmas.  Both services are at 2.00pm and followed by refreshments. All are welcome.

Fight Night

This monthly prayer meeting for the men in our church takes place tomorrow night, Monday 9th December at 8pm.  Please contact Ian Holmes if you would like to know more!

Women’s Christmas Meal

This will take place tomorrow, Monday 9th December, at 7:30pm at Priory Street.  Women from all the services (and their friends) are invited to the now traditional “Christmas Curry and Cocoa” evening where we gather together to celebrate Jesus and have great fellowship and food (from Moonlight).  Cost is £10 per person.  There is a sign-up sheet at the back of the church!

Nativity Service

It’s that time of year again! Calling all thespians! If you are interested in taking part in the nativity service on Saturday December 14 at 4pm at Priory Street, please speak to Rhiannon. There are flyers at the back of church so please take some and invite family and friends. There will be refreshments afterwards so come and join in the fun and fellowship. The nativity isn’t just for children!  Come even if you are an adult and be reminded of the reason that we celebrate Christmas.

Carols by Candlelight Helpers Needed

Helpers are needed to serve refreshments after the Carol Service on Sunday 15th December at 6pm. This will involve serving tea and coffee and distributing warm mince pies – speak to Rhiannon!

Scratch Choir

Calling anyone who would like to get together to form a choir and learn one song to sing at the Christmas carol service on Sunday 15th December. We will only have one rehearsal on the day at 2.30pm. All welcome – please see/email Sara Taylor for any more info and to sign up.

Wadswick Green Carol Singing

You are invited to join in the singing of Carols at Wadswick Green, Greenhouse on Monday 23rd December 2019 at 10am.

Christmas Service Offerings – 2019

On Saturday 14 December, the offering taken at the Nativity Service will be given to Compassion UK’s “Most Needed Fund” and will be used to support the work of their Child Survival Programme in many poor communities across the world.  The offerings taken at the Carol Services on Sunday 15 December (Carols by Candlelight) and at the midweek service on Wednesday 18 December, will be sent to support the work of the Oasis Centre, our mission partners in Austria working alongside refugees. 

If you are able to gift aid your donation, special yellow envelopes for your monetary offering are available on the table at the back of the building.  Please do mark them “NATIVITY – COMPASSION” or “CHRISTMAS – OASIS”.  When the offering is taken on the day, only the contents of the yellow envelopes, and loose cash/cheques will be included in the amounts to be given away.  Blue envelopes will be treated as regular giving to the general work of the church.  Please do pray about how you can contribute towards this offering, and speak to Paul Garcia (COTG Rudloe), Michael Prior (Priory Street 9.15) or Roger Hammett (Priory Street 11.15) should you wish to clarify anything.

Christmas Cards for the Persecuted Church

Christmas Cards for persecuted believers are available on the table at the back with relevant information.  Please take a card and sign it with a verse of encouragement and prayer; once signed, please place back in Open Doors’ envelope in the tray.  Thank you.

Prayer challenge!

Please join us in praying for the UK and the General Election on Thursday 12th December. No meetings or travel needed – pray wherever you are, at the time that works for you. Commit to praying at a specific time by signing the sheet on the table at the back of the church.  Any questions, please see Helen Christie or Gill Bryant.

...This week @ CBC…

Monday: Mums’ bible study, 10am; fight night, 8pm

Wednesday: Midweek service, 2pm

Thursday: Toddler Group, 10am; DAC, 7:30pm

Friday: DAC, 9:30am; Encounter, 3.45pm; Engage, 4:30pm; Energize, 5:30pm

Saturday: Nativity service, 4pm

CBC Christmas Services 2019

@ Priory Street

14th Dec – nativity service, 4pm

15th Dec – Carols by Candlelight, 6pm

17th Dec – Corsham Town Carol Service, 6:45pm

18th Dec – Midweek Carol & Readings Service, 2pm

24th Dec – Christmas eve communion service, 6pm

25th Dec – Christmas day family service, 10am

29th Dec – no evening service

@ Church on the Green, Rudloe

22nd Dec – nativity, 10am

24th Dec – carolling around Rudloe community, 6pm

25th Dec – Christmas day family service, 10am

LOVE CAME DOWN AT CHRISTMAS

kathylarkman,

love came down 2Through advent, there will be excerpts from Sinclair Ferguson’s book, LOVE CAME DOWN AT CHRISTMAS. Take time to ponder and reflect the wonder of His love.

“The Christian faith has a grammar all of its own. If we mess up the grammar of a language, we will not be able to speak it properly. In the grammar of the Christian faith, what we are called to be and do, is rooted in who God is and what He has done for us in Christ. (Emphasis mine) So the resources we need to love others are found in the love of Jesus Christ for us. That is why, when we read Paul’s words in 1 Corinthians 13, we need to keep our ears open for echo’s of Jesus’ life and look for his shadow following on every line.”

Blog post 11 or 12: One Year Anniversary edition

Matthew Little,

Wow. It has just been just over 365 days since my Mercy Ships. This is counting the days since climbing the gangway of the Africa Mercy for the first time, not since I actually joined Mercy Ships. otherwise it would be about ….. 407 day. No, I’m not taking out the  month’s PTO I took during the summer, because I technically never left Mercy Ships. I still have blue lanyard, not Alumni green.
I say that, but in actual fact, I reluctantly gave into getting a replacement lanyard. Which I was saddened by. It was like a piece of my identity was taken away from me. Mainly because after a year, It didn’t look blue, it looked a dusty-brown grey. I really enjoyed when other crew members asked “So what does a grey lanyard mean?” and I would then go “It’s not a grey lanyard, it’s a blue one but just old”. Like the time in Doctor Who, when the 11th Doctor (Matt Smith) confessed that he actually enjoyed hearing “Doctor Who?” said out loud.

Ship life has been pretty standard, over the last month or so, with some interesting new things I have got up to on Deck. One of these things is learning how to maintain and repair chipping guns. That involved taking a chipping gun apart, cleaning it, checking if all the components are in order and in condition to be used again, and then putting them back together again, oiling them, and testing that they work. I did another week of Night Patrol, which went overall, pretty great! Nothing caught on fire, and there were no emergencies. Although, there is usually something that is on the back of your mind that they don’t want to happen and are out the ordinary. Nothing bad happened though.

During my week of night patrol, my Thursday was interrupted by a fire drill. Not that I didn’t already know that there would be a fire drill that Thursday, but here is the catch. It was a surprise fire drill. That happened about half past 10 in the morning. It wasn’t great to have just about fallen asleep for about 3 hours, and then suddenly to be woken up abruptly by a overhead announcement by the captain saying “Attention crew, attention crew this is a drill this is a drill. I am announcing this before the crew alert alarm so we don’t disturb the Operating Room. It’s on the dock”. Obviously, I had just woken up, and it took a very minutes to register what was going on, and then the crew alert alarm went off. So, I had to put on some trousers, not change my tshirt, because why would I, and went to my muster station. They got kitted up, I was asked to tell muster control who was missing from our team, whilst the rest of the team went to the scene. I went down, looking very confused, very tired, and squinting. And very hot. I have been outside in the sun in the bunker gear, it was not fun. My mum has some very bad photos of me in the bunker gear, completely unaware she was taking photos, looking sleepy and flustered. The drill finished, I helped with pack up, and went back to bed. Until about 3:30 in the afternoon, woken up by ANOTHER DRILL! It’s safe to say my sleep was interrupted big time. No one wants to woken up by an unexpected morning fire drill, let alone two unexpected drills. It was a security drill, and we were practising an evacuation from the ship. So I accidentally created another line waiting to get off the ship very awkwardly, until I was allowed to get off. It wasn’t a long line, but still. I then didn’t go back to sleep. A week later, on fire team training, a competition was held between the four fire teams, to which team could suit up the fastest, and ready to enter a space with a fire. That means, skin completely covered up. My team, Fire Team 4, won the contest!  On the basis that we were the only team to not be disqualified for having anything wrong with our suits! You know the saying ‘Slow and steady wins the race’? Having that mindset is crucial in fire-fighting. You may be fast, sure, but are you ACTUALLY ready?

Dreams do come true… even if they are getting Ice Cream.

After waking up on Saturday afternoon, after completing another week, I told some friends that “I really want to go out for ice cream at somepoint.” So, we tried to arrange to go out for ice cream the following Tuesday. The plan was like a plant. I provided the seed, (Hey, I wanna go get Ice Cream), a friend sowed the seed (Sure, let’s do this on Tuesday), and another friend watered the soil (Hey other friends, wanna get ice cream on Tuesday). The plant quickly withered and died. The plan conflicted with other plans. Unfortunately, the message of “hey, most of us are busy, so we are going to have to cancel the whole plan, sorry.” Didn’t make it’s way to the seed of the plan until the day of the plan. All hope of getting Ice Cream seemed lost. Or so I thought. After a Saturday full of out of town activity (more on that later), The message was sent to the Whatsapp group “Ice cream at Cremino”. It was happening. After only a week. And it happened. A few hours ago, I had been ziplining through Baobab trees, had a White Chocolate and Strawberry Magnum, and now we were getting Ice Cream. I felt I had peaked that day. And the perfect photo showing exactly how I was feeling was taken. Also, If you are in Dakar, and are looking for Ice Cream, I would highly recommend Cremino!
Together at last…. Choc
o Noisette and Salted Caramel

Safaris and ziplining through Baobab trees

Most of that Saturday was spent exploring and seeing the beauty in the natural landscapes of Senegal, in Bandia nature reserve and Accrobaobab. I, along with my parents, and a fairly large group, including Mike, the Carpenter, Nic (One of the officers), Riku (Another officer, from Japan!) and ‘Matsu’ (Engineer, also from Japan), Barry and Cheryl (British, married, chaplain and housekeeper, respectively), and about another Mercy Ships vehicle full. We weren’t the only Mercy Shippers going to Bandia, though. There were like another two Mercy Ships vehicles going to Bandia. We calculated that all but one of the vehicles for personal use had gone to Bandia. Only one was either at the ship, or elsewhere. So where was the last vehicle? That was a mystery. So, Bandia. Bandia was so nice. It was so good to just get away to get away from the hustle and bustle of the port and town, swapping people not that I don’t like people, it’s just, being around people, particularly a large number of people, does get tiring for lots of beautiful animals, and swapping the environment of dust, metal and concrete structures for baobab trees, and the breathtaking West African countryside. If that is what you call the more, natural areas of West Africa. I had never been on a Safari, but it felt like exactly how you may imagine: A big, open sided jeep, with a guide. Not the most descriptive description, but that was all there was to it. The only thing missing was the guide carrying a rifle with tranquilliser darts, in case some animals got a little bit too grabby with our food. I’m looking at you, monkeys. The animals were chill, I think they just wanted the humans to stop looking at them, and mind our own business. Especially a couple of giraffes, who kept bashing their heads into each other. I don’t blame the animals sometimes, to be honest. We also saw a juvenile tortoise trying to pick a fight with some of the older tortoises. I can imagine they were thinking “Please leave me alone. I just wanna stand around being a tortoise”

After a relaxing truck ride on the ground, observing African nature, we then used an opportunity to see the serene African nature from a different perspective, and with a slightly more active demeanor… up in the sky…. Nearly. Zipling through Baobab trees. It’s like Go-Ape, to all my fellow Brits. And maybe some Americans, as I just found out! Accept, through Baobab trees. The course we did, the highest and longest, was a mix of predominately ziplining and tight rope walking. The ziplining, surprisingly, was the easier part of the course. All it involved was hooking yourself up to the cable, and ensuring you get the wheelly system hooked up correctly, then you zoom through the sky, hoping that the cable doesn’t snap halfway through. On one of the last lines, I didn’t put in enough ‘oomph’ at my launch, so I just missed reaching the next platform without having to drag myself to the platform. And I grabbed on to the cable a bit too soon, and stopped myself. Just before the end. And rubbed my hands against the cable. Wasn’t fun. The next line, though. landed perfectly, In one. zoom. Maybe. I don’t know how to put it, but I reached the next platform in one go. The hardest part was the tight rope walk parts. The first was two cables vertically parallel too eachother. It wasn’t easy, with the fear of maybe losing a shoe. That almost happened climbing up the first ladder. And also maybe getting hit in the head by a rogue Baobab fruit. Which are heavy. Almost happened twice. But, taking the time to not slip off, (We were clipped to the top cable, so not fall off) allowed me to take a good look at the surroundings – the trees, the plains, the settlements, the odd industrial building. It is truly breathtaking. It kinda felt like being the camera of the aerial shots of a nature documentary. Or the establishing shots, just before we see the city in Wakanda in Black Panther for the first time. Nic, who was ahead of me in the course, who waited for me to get to the next platform before zooming to the next mentioned how focused and determined I looked, walking across the last tight rope walk. After completing the course, and after ice creams, it was time to head back to the port.

Other recent deck work has included greasing life boat davit cables. Not very nice, mainly because Harmattan is back, the dusty season, so cleaning the dirt off the cables wasn’t fun. Also, some not so fun enclosed space work. Though, I didn’t go in, I was just supervising, by being the standby man, but, for the guys going in, my fellow deck HANDS, James, Francis, Cherif and Ishaka (James has several names for me. the most current being ‘Supey’ – shortened from Supervisor), It has been tough work. In James’ words (or similar) “It’s like an oven. The air blowing around is hot. We have been doing maintenance underneath the stores crane. That has involved sweeping the dust inside, chipping, and yet to be done grinding. It’s a tedious job, and is a job that cannot go wrong. To all the ‘Landlubbers’, Enclosed Space work is one of the most dangerous work on a ship- that and diving operations. The entrances to the enclosed space also look like an old oven. It is apparently a job that has not been done in about 13 years. Which, in Mercy Ships history, is a year before the Africa Mercy started it’s Mercy Ships service.

WOW, EAGLES!
My Adventure Crew, an elite group of young Mercy Shippers established during shipyard. A group that we want to go down in Mercy Ships history and legend, until no one knows how it truly started. We said goodbye to another one of the ‘Founding Fathers, Simon, from New Zealand.  Simon joined at the very end of the field service in Guinea. It was a sad day. The day that we said goodbye, not when he joined! We became close friends. Mostly through his love of the way I say “Wow!” It was nice to have that close friendship with someone is a bit older than me. And someone to have a laugh playing Age of Empires 2 with, as I desperately clung on for life, trying to building farms, whilst he layed siege to my last villagers, stuck between a wall and a forest. So, a few hours before waving him off, as he left for the airport, we, aswell as some members of the Adventure Crew- old and new, went out for dinner at La Pampa, a nice local Argentinean place. Simon and I shared a Calabreasa Pizza. It was touching. After ice cream at Cremino, we went back to the ship. Simon wasn’t due to leave until 10, so I joined another group that another group of us have formed within the last week. our little ‘Mandalorian’ watching party. The Mandalorian, If you haven’t heard within the last month, is the new live action Star Wars TV series, exclusive to Disney+. Only 4 episodes in, and I am really enjoying it, the new grittier side of Star Wars, very intriguing plot. We watched the first three episodes a few days ago, and we watched chapter three again, mostly because on  of our party left before we started episode three. But that didn’t matter, but because it was worth the rewatch, because it is the best of the four at the moment. Then we watched chapter 4, which had just been released. So, then it was time to say goodbye. And then we went back to the Mandalorian. So long, Simon, I miss you already!
I also said goodbye to another friend that I had made during the last two months, Vanessa, one of the OR Nurses. If you see this, actually written not long after you left, it was a pleasure to have met you, get to know you, and call you a friend.

Deck hand – Admiral (to be)

Trying to get back into Tabletop miniature war-gaming (after about 8 years, from visiting a Games Workshop in Cambridge and buying a starter set of Ultramarines) and about a year of my friend from back home trying to get me into the hobby, I decided that I would order the starter set of ‘Black Seas’, the new Age of Sail (1770- 1830) line of tabletop war-gaming miniatures. I have started to build a fleet. Or two fleets. I intend to build two small British and French Navy Fleets so I can actually play with someone. Then expand to create a massive fleet. Maybe.

This is what they looked like a few Saturdays ago.

Three 5th rate frigates, without masts. 6 Brigs, with masts

 Thank you for reading, now enjoy some beautiful photos of nature. Taken with my new phone, and I was trying to work out all the fancy photography features. So not all that great. Not that I take many pictures anyway.

See you again soon!

Matthew.

And here’s a selfie I didn’t realise I took.
What are you looking at?
“Are they gone yet, Derek? My head hurts”
“Well, you hit me with your head.”
This lake didn’t look as nice as the picture would make it to be.
But it was nice to see a different body of water
Take my ice cream. I dare you. I double dare you
An antelope, I think. I don’t remember
A beautiful black and blue bird

Notices 1st December 2019

Louise,

Priory Street (Corsham)

9.15am             Tim Stephenson (Luke 1)

11.15am           Tim Stephenson (Luke 1)

6:00pm            Gathering to Pray

Church on the Green (Rudloe)

10:00am           Rob Durant

Prayer for Missions and the Persecuted Church

This will take place tomorrow night at Priory Street at 7:45pm.  Please speak to Vanessa Naish or Wendy Rowe if you would like more details.

Baptism Service

Next Sunday at the 11:15am service we will be having a baptismal service for Lydia Pillinger.  We look forward to welcoming her friends and family to this special occasion.

Nativity Service

It’s that time of year again! Calling all thespians! If you are interested in taking part in the nativity service on Saturday December 14 at 4pm at Priory Street, please speak to Rhiannon. There are flyers at the back of church so please take some and invite family and friends. There will be refreshments afterwards so come and join in the fun and fellowship. The nativity isn’t just for children!  Come even if you are an adult and be reminded of the reason that we celebrate Christmas.

Carols by Candlelight Helpers Needed

Helpers are needed to serve refreshments after the Carol Service on Sunday 15th December at 6pm. This will involve serving tea and coffee and distributing warm mince pies. Please speak to Rhiannon if you are available.  Thank you.

Craft Group

The final Craft Group meeting of the year will take place on Saturday, 7th December at 10am.  Please speak to Pam Mitchell or Hazel Hammett if you would like to know more about this monthly ministry.

Women’s Christmas Meal

This will take place on Monday 9th December at 7:30pm in the church hall.  Women from all the services (and their friends) are invited to the now traditional “Christmas Curry and Cocoa” evening where we gather together to celebrate Jesus and have great fellowship and food (from Moonlight).  Cost is £10 per person.  There is a sign-up sheet at the back of Church; alternatively mention to Anne Holmes, Christine Coltman, or Vicky Kelly and you will be added to the list.  If you have any dietary needs, please indicate. Look forward to seeing you!

Christmas Carol Service

Our Christmas carols by candlelight service this year is being held on Sunday 15th December at 6pm at Priory Street.  If you would like to be involved in this service by way of singing/playing, please contact Nancy.

Bryant Newsletter

The latest newsletter from Steve and Gill Bryant has been released!  Please take a copy from the table at the back to catch up on all that the Bryants have been involved with.

Message from the Lancasters!

“Greetings from Tanzania! We arrived safely in Dar last Sunday night after a long day in the air – this time, with all of our luggage!! We then travelled on to Morogoro on the Monday and arrived in a downpour – albeit a very warm downpour! We found our house in good order – but had to spend two days car-cleaning due to a thick layer of fungus & mould growing on the seats! Oh the joys! It’s been great to have been back with the church family over the last seven months, and we’ve appreciated your hospitality and support – many thanks, and see you in two years”.

Scratch Choir

Calling anyone who would like to get together to form a choir and learn one song to sing at the Christmas carol service on Sunday 15th December. We would only have one rehearsal on the day at 2.30pm. All welcome – please see/email Sara Taylor for any more info and to sign up.

Christmas Cards for the Persecuted Church

Christmas Cards for persecuted believers are available on the table at the back with relevant information.  Please take a card and sign it with a verse of encouragement and prayer; once signed, please place back in Open Doors’ envelope in the tray.  Thank you.

“Remember those in prison as if you were their fellow prisoner.” Heb. 13:3.

Sponsored Compassion Child – Monthly Rate Increase.

With effect from April 2020 the monthly rate to sponsor a child will increase from £25 to £28pm.  If you already sponsor a child, you will receive a letter to inform you of the changes. If the increase will cause any financial difficulties for you, there is the option of continuing to sponsor your child at £25 and Compassion will make up the difference.  Please speak to Wendy Rowe (Mission Ministry Leader) if you would like to discuss this matter further.  Thank you.

CBC Christmas Services 2019

@ Priory Street

14th Dec – nativity service, 4pm

15th Dec – Carols by Candlelight, 6pm

17th Dec – Corsham Town Carol Service, 6:45pm

18th Dec – Midweek Carol & Readings Service, 2pm

24th Dec – Christmas eve communion service, 6pm

25th Dec – Christmas day family service, 10am

29th Dec – no evening service

@ Church on the Green, Rudloe

22nd Dec – nativity, 10am

24th Dec – carolling around Rudloe community, 6pm

25th Dec – Christmas day family service, 10am

…This week @ CBC…

Monday: Prayer for missions and the persecuted church, 7:45pm

Thursday: Toddler Group, 10am; DAC, 7:30pm

Friday: DAC, 9:30am; Encounter, 3.45pm; Engage, 4:30pm; Energize, 5:30pm

Saturday: Craft Group, 10am

Church Meetings 2020

20th January, 8pm

20th April, ACM, 8pm

20th July, 8pm

Assisting our Albanian brothers and sisters

Tim Stephenson,
WEBA logo

We’re received news via WEBA of two partner churches in Albania affected by the recent severe earthquake. Please read this report from an Albanian pastor currently ministering at Cairns Road Baptist Church in Bristol, pray for him as he goes to visit and for those from two of the churches in the worst affected areas, Durres and Lezhe as they seek to care for people made homeless.

As part of our ongoing partnership with a group of churches in the Albanian Baptist Union, we have collected almost 5000 filled WEBoxes, which are currently being processed and will soon be on their way to Albania. It would be a wonderful expression of our oneness in Christ if we could add a significant gift towards the food parcels already planned to be distributed through our partner churches at that time.

WEBA have a facility to transfer funds via the Albanian Baptist Union. Nigel Coles, regional team leader writes,

“If you would like to add a gift to express our love in Christ, I have no doubt it will be used wisely and reach those considered to be in the greatest need.”

Please make any gifts with the reference ‘Albania earthquake’ either:
Via the Virgin Moneygiving link on our WEBox page or via bank transfer to WEBA at CAF Bank sort code: 40-52-40 account: 00006162.

ADVENT AROUND THE CORNER

kathylarkman,

christmas-charlie-brownDecember is coming fast, and I feel I have lost some time somewhere…..maybe the month in Germany? Can you relate?  Well the reality is it IS that time of year which is very special if you are a follower of Christ. As ever, we need to prepare our hearts, don’t we? There is so much cultural noise and societal and even church events, that it is imperative to quiet our hearts to focus on what really matters at Christmas. Linus got it right with Charlie Brown.

I want to suggest to you some great resources for advent reading which Eddie and I have found to be so helpful in the Lord  preparing, nurturing, reminding and encouraging our hearts to celebrate and praise God for our Saviour coming into the world to save us.

LOVE CAME DOWN AT CHRISTMAS – SINCLAIR FERGUSON

“Love is at the heart of Christmas—it’s the reason behind all our gathering and gift-giving at this time of year. In this Advent devotional, Dr Sinclair B Ferguson refreshes our hearts as we reflect on the source of it all—love incarnate, Jesus Christ.”

THE ONE TRUE STORY – TIM CHESTER

“The book has 24 short meditative readings working through Bible stories from Genesis to Jesus. Each day ideas for reflection, prayer and application, designed to excite you about the Gospel message in the run up to Christmas day.”

You can purchase these on 10ofthose, The Good Book Company or Amazon.

Here we go! Thank you Lord!

Prayer letter – November 2019

Reaching the 42%,

Warm greetings to all of our friends. It’s time to share our news again, and we do want to thank you for your prayers and support over the last few months.

Imagine

Imagine living in a place where….

…earth tremors are commonplace, and you may often need to wear a mask to protect yourself from pollution………your daughter may be at risk from bride kidnap………the mountains are beautiful but your apartment is infested with cockroaches………your activities are under surveillance constantly and bureaucracy is an ongoing challenge.

Imagine living there not just for a week or a month, but long term, through all seasons, coping with sickness, ethnic uprisings and the ongoing stress of being a foreigner.

Recently we had the privilege of hosting a family who live in just such a situation. It was so good to have the opportunity to spend time with them doing some training, eating together, sharing and praying. It is crucial to pray for those who live and work in difficult places – it is costly to see areas like this reached with the Gospel.

Training and travel

Our MK Staff Training group

The last few months – as with the earlier part of the year – have been characterised by training and travel. At the end of July we ran the MK (Missionary Kids) Staff Training course at our church in Corsham. There were 8 participants from 8 different countries (well, two from Germany but one person from two cultures!). Most of them went to BCS in Senegal but one lady from a Swedish mission agency has gone to Ethiopia to
teach children at home in a remote area of the country. In addition we did one day of training with a local primary teacher, at the end of June – she is now serving in Chiang Mai, Thailand. In August we arranged for alternative training for a couple who applied very late to go to BCS. Thanks to some of our WEC colleagues, we were able to ensure that they got the input that they needed, as well as spending a day ourselves talking with them over Skype.

In September, both of us travelled to the USA to attend two conferences at a mission centre in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. The first conference was a small gathering of people from all over the world, involved in supporting missionary families. Those who attended came from Korea, Brazil, Spain and India as well as the UK, USA and Australia. The vision for this gathering was to establish ways of working together globally to ensure that care for missionary kids is genuinely international. There are now many new sending countries, especially in parts of Africa and Asia that have traditionally received missionaries in the past. This is an exciting development, but there is a need for all of us to continue to work together to improve care for our families. The second conference was much bigger and provided good opportunities for networking with others.

An ingenious cucumber-shaped water pump at the Amish farm

While there we were able to take a day off to visit the Amish Farm Museum in Lancaster County. It was fascinating to learn more about their way of life, and we especially enjoyed chatting to the teacher at their one room school house.

Almost straight after the visit to the USA, Steve went to Spain to attend Eurocon, a WEC regional conference for all of our teams in Europe. As a result of his presentation on safeguarding, he has now been asked to do some safeguarding training for leaders in Europe, probably in the Netherlands in the spring.

Holiday time

At the end of September we were able to go away to Norfolk for a two week break, which was a wonderfully restful time. We enjoyed visiting nature reserves, windmills and beautiful deserted beaches with more seals than people. In November Gill was able to make a brief visit to Liverpool with her sister, to meet her cousin (not seen since our wedding day in 1982!) and see the area where her mum grew up. It has changed a lot!

Family news

Peter and Miriam continue to live in Nottingham and have just celebrated their first wedding anniversary. They managed a week’s holiday in Scotland with only half a day of rain. David has recently passed his driving test and is looking forward to having a car – this will make things a lot easier for him as he currently cycles many miles to work in all weathers. Michael and Bethany are busy at the ELWA hospital where they have recently introduced a nutrition programme for children under 5. Please pray for the success of this programme, as it is hard to get the supplies to the places where they need to be.

Praise and prayer

As it is only a few weeks till December 25th, we want to wish you a happy and peaceful Christmas season and God’s blessing and peace for the New Year. We look forward to hearing your news too.

Love from Steve and Gill

Notices 24th November 2019

Louise,

Priory Street (Corsham)

  • 9.15am             Dan Ovens – Ps. 88
  • 11.15am           Dan Ovens – Ps. 88
  • 6:00pm             Gathering to Remember

Church on the Green (Rudloe)

  • 10:00am           Rob Durant

Women’s November Bible Study

There will be another women’s bible study tomorrow night at 7:30pm.  The study sheets are on the table at the back so please make sure you take a copy in advance of the meeting.

Midweek Service

The next midweek service takes place this Wednesday, 27th Nov at 2pm, and the text is James 3: 13-18.  Eric S will be leading and preaching.

Scratch Choir

Calling anyone who would like to get together to form a choir and learn one song to sing at the Christmas carol service on Sunday 15th December. We would only have one rehearsal on the day at 2.30pm. All welcome – please see/email Sara T for any more info and to sign up.

Last Ark of 2019

Come along to Priory Street at 10am on the 30th November for the last Ark of the year!  The Ark is a children’s service aimed at 0-7 year olds and we’ll be celebrating Christmas early with lots of fun, puppets, songs, video and crafts.  It’s all topped off with drinks and cake served at 11.00am. 

Women’s Christmas Meal

This will take place on Monday 9th December at 7:30pm in the church hall.  Women from all the services (and their friends) are invited to the now traditional “Christmas Curry and Cocoa” evening where we gather together to celebrate Jesus and have great fellowship and food (from Moonlight).  Cost is £10 per person.  There is a sign-up sheet at the back of Church; alternatively mention to Anne H, Christine C, or Vicky K and you will be added to the list.  If you have any dietary needs, please indicate. Look forward to seeing you!

Christmas Carol Service

Our Christmas carols by candlelight service this year is being held on Sunday 15th December at 6pm at Priory Street.  If you would like to be involved in this service by way of singing or playing, please contact Nancy S, whose details can be obtained from the church office.

Sponsored  Compassion Child – Monthly Rate Increase.

We have been informed by Compassion UK that with effect from April 2020 the monthly rate to sponsor a child will be increasing from £25 to £28 per month.  If you already sponsor a child, you will be receiving a letter to inform you of the changes. If the increase will cause any financial difficulties for you, there is the option of continuing to sponsor your child at £25 and Compassion will make up the difference.  Please speak to Wendy R (Mission Ministry Leader) if you would like to discuss this matter further or if you would like to sponsor a Compassion Child.  Thank you.

Message from the Lancasters!

“Greetings from Tanzania! We arrived safely in Dar last Sunday night after a long day in the air – this time, with all of our luggage!! We then travelled on to Morogoro on the Monday and arrived in a downpour – albeit a very warm downpour! We found our house in good order – but had to spend two days car-cleaning due to a thick layer of fungus & mould growing on the seats! Oh the joys! It’s been great to have been back with the church family over the last seven months, and we’ve appreciated your hospitality and support – many thanks, and see you in two years”.

…This week @ CBC…

  • Monday: Women’s bible study,, 7:30pm
  • Wednesday: Midweek service, 2pm
  • Thursday: Toddler Group, 10am;  DAC, 7:30pm
  • Friday: DAC, 9:30am;Encounter, 3.45pm; Engage, 4:30pm; Energize, 5:30pm
  • Saturday: The Ark, 10am

CBC Christmas Services 2019

@ Priory Street

  • 14th Dec – nativity service, 4pm
  • 15th Dec – Carols by Candlelight, 6pm
  • 17th Dec – Corsham Town Carol Service, 6:45pm
  • 18th Dec – Midweek Carol & Readings Service, 2pm
  • 24th Dec – Christmas eve communion service, 6pm
  • 25th Dec – Christmas day family service, 10am
  • 29th Dec – no evening service

@ Church on the Green, Rudloe

  • 22nd Dec – nativity, 10am
  • 24th Dec – carolling around Rudloe community, 6pm
  • 25th Dec – Christmas day family service, 10am

THERE ARE SMALL CARDS ON THE BACK TABLE ADVERTISING OUR CHRISTMAS SERVICES…PLEASE TAKE SOME TO GIVE TO FRIENDS & FAMILY

ROOTED

kathylarkman,

colossiansTree[5971]“This is the secret: Christ lives in you. This gives you assurance of sharing His glory.” Colossians 1:27 

“Paul was writing to the Colossians to remind them that Jesus was all they needed- no more and no less. This is the ‘entire gospel’ (v25) Despite other teachers preaching the ‘mere Christianity’ was not enough, Paul describes the wonderful riches that are ours in Christ, and states that only through His complete work are we set free.”

The above quote is taken from Christine Coltman in our bible study for this month.  I pray that you have been blessed know God better and love Him more through this bible study with your study buddy. It is a great way to prepare ourselves for our time together as Women of the Word come together for our third study in the book of Colossians.

A gentle reminder, our next group study is: 
MONDAY, 25 November, 2019 7:30-9:00 

There will be a time of cake, a cuppa, and friendship at the beginning, followed by singing and then being led by Christine in Colossians 1:24-29.

So, see you there! You are loved and prayed for!