Notices for Sunday 28th November

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9:15 service

Matt W will bring the Word from Mark 10: 32-45; music is led by Joey. The service will be streamed online – click here to join.

Church on the Green logo

CotG is meeting at 10am at the MOD Community Centre in Rudloe as well as online. All details are at: https://www.churchonthegreen.online/event/10am-sunday-service-online/. Or Join Now

Matt W will bring the Word from Mark 10: 32-45; music is led by Nancy.

The Priory Street services will include the baptisms of some of our young people – Grace at the 9.15am and Mitch and Miriam at the 11.15am. Please pray for them as they take this step of public confession of their faith in Christ.

COTG will be sharing communion this Sunday. Please bring your own bread and something to represent the blood of Christ (e.g. grape juice, red squash, non-alcoholic wine) as we will not be serving from the front in order to reduce the risk of COVID transmission. As an act of grace towards one another, and on the basis that we would not want to do anything to cause a brother or sister to stumble, please do not bring alcoholic wine.

Women’s Bible Study

A warm welcome awaits you at the Women’s Bible Study on Monday 29th November at 7.30pm at Priory Street.  Vicki K will be sharing from John’s gospel – I am the Light of the World. Please download study notes here. You can join us via Zoom if you are unable to join us in person by using the following link….

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85959531179?pwd=YjlRSlZ6WkU5MGFxQWo2dUl4V2NFdz09
Meeting ID: 859 5953 1179

Passcode: JohnStudy

Gathered to Pray – Sunday 5th December

CH Spurgeon described the prayer meeting as the engine room of the church. Please join us at Priory Street on 5th December at 6pm for an hour of prayer together. The meeting will focus on prayers for the Persecuted Church and we will be praying specifically for our brothers and sisters in Afghanistan, Cameroon and Lebanon.

Christmas is coming – dates and information for your diaries

Saturday 11th December at 4pm: Nativity service at CBC Priory Street.

Monday 13th December: Ladies, please join us for an evening of fun, feasting and fellowship at 7.30pm at Priory Street. For more information speak to Christine, Vicki K, Anne H or Hollie. So that we may manage numbers and for catering purposes, please book your ticket here. Tickets are £10 per person (to be collected separately).

Thursday 16th-Thursday 23rd December: Nativity Trail around Corsham.  Look out for more information nearer the time. If you live within a comfortable walk to church and would like to display a picture for the trail, please speak to Rhiannon.

Carols By Candlelight – Sunday 19th December

tea lights stretching into the distance

You are warmly invited to our Carols by Candlelight service, as we prepare to celebrate the wonder of Christmas and the birth of the Prince of Peace. This year, in order to accommodate safely all who wish to attend, we will be holding two carol services on 19th December, the first starting at 5pm and the second at 7pm. You will need to book your place to attend either service – click here to book. Refreshments will be provided after the service.

Compassion Carol Service

Compassion is a ministry that many of us have supported and prayed for over the years. Their annual carol service will be held on Sunday 12th December at 8pm via YouTube and Facebook. Click here for more information.

Other Activities:

  • Community Money Advice is open for face-to-face meetings each Thursday evening and Friday morning. Do get in touch if you would like help and advice in this area. Pre-booked appointments only.
  • Craft Group Outreach: first Saturday of the month at 10am.
  • Ark Children’s Service: last Saturday of the month 10:30am-12:00pm.
  • Toddlers: Thursdays 10:00am-11:30am during term time.
  • Life groups meet in person and/or online. Contact us if you’d like to join one.
  • Youth Groups – contact Dan for further details.

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Step 4 arrangements from 19 July 2021

Important Information from our Oversight Team:

“Our STRIPE considered the latest Government announcement on Step 4 of the roadmap out of lockdown and the impact on our activities at CBC. The following are key points that were foundational in guiding us in coming up with what we believe is a balanced approach to opening up, along of course with much prayer!

  1. To expand the work and impact of the Gospel
  2. To remain at all times within the law
  3. To take note of the Government’s advisory recommendations as well as the legal requirements
  4. To act responsibly in taking care of our brothers and sisters as far as possible, commensurate with 1, 2 and 3 above
  5. To have regard to the conflicting levels of concern and anxiety expressed by different members of the fellowship and to try to steer a course which will allow as many people as possible to re engage with Church in person and to benefit from meeting together and engaging in corporate worship and other group meetings.
  6. To take account of the impact on Worship leaders and other members who facilitate our in person meetings
  7. For these measures to remain in force until the autumn when a full review will take place or of course in the event of a change in Government legislation

For the main worship services, the following will take effect from Sunday 25th July

  1. No more requirement to book places via Eventbrite
  2. A request that all attendees are either double vaccinated or have taken a lateral flow test within 24 hours of attending and are negative for COVID 19. This allows for a more “normal” worship service including the removal of masks and allowing singing with greater confidence by minimising the risk of infections being passed on or causing mass isolations!
  3. We will take a register of attendees who will sign themselves in for track and trace in the short term ( until 16th August) and to enable us to advise people of any positive cases in the period until the next review
  4. Two zones in Church – Step 3 Zone in the balcony will require the wearing of face masks and there will be no singing – much like the current worship service, Step 4 zone – the ground floor – no masks required and singing encouraged. Slightly greater spacing between rows of chairs
  5. The option to wear a colour coded badge to indicate your attitude to close contact with others. This is to provide clarity and avoid embarrassment.
  6. Live music, prayers etc
  7. Junior Church will be provided at one service only over the summer due to holidays etc but will take place as now in the garden – parents drop off at the beginning of the service
  8. There will be no 9.15 service until September when 9.15 congregational leaders will review the logistics and a further decision will be made about resumption of that service
  9. These measures apply specifically to Priory Street and a further notice will be sent to Church on the Green members detailing the arrangements for Rudloe. However, similar principles will apply

For other meetings – Life and small Groups, men’s and women’s ministries, etc

  1. These can proceed in person once again without formal restrictions such as the rule of six but should follow the general guidance above on mitigation actions.
  2. The use of Eventbrite will be left to the discretion of the ministry leader. It can be a useful tool to promote the event or track attendees but compulsory use will no longer apply
  3. We would advise liaising with your group on how they feel about resuming in person meetings and aiming to include as many as possible by taking appropriate measures to mitigate risk. This may include lateral flow testing where not all members of the group are fully vaccinated, meeting outdoors if weather permits, using well ventilated spaces and avoiding over crowded rooms.
  4. For outreach events, please seek further specific guidance from the STRIPE team. Because these events will include people from our wider community, we want to take particular care and proposals with planned mitigation measures should be submitted to STRIPE for approval until further notice please.

What CBC will do for you:

  1. Offer live worship, prayers and sermon which will also be live streamed for those who are still uncomfortable with in person meetings. The aim is not to have pre-recorded aspects of the service.
  2. Tell you if someone at an event tests positive.
  3. For in person events, we will have 2 zones; one for those wishing to adhere to Step 3 restrictions (before 19 July) and another for those wishing to adhere to Step 4 restrictions (after 19 July).
  4. Offer hand washing or sanitisation facilities to use on entering the building
  5. Have disposable masks available in case the building becomes crowded
  6. Keep meeting spaces well ventilated where reasonable to do so
  7. Offer red/yellow/green stickers to help you bear with those who have a different view of risk to you.
  8. Refreshments will not be provided until the Autumn at the earliest.
  9. Hold junior church outside for the whole duration of the service, at Stage 4 restrictions only. We will keep a register of attendance.
  10. Space the rows downstairs in the sanctuary to allow 1m spacing

What you must do because the law requires it:

  1. Continue to act carefully and remain cautious.

2. Self-isolate if you develop Covid-19 symptoms, test positive for Covid-19 or NHS Track and trace contact you.

What we ask you to do because the Government recommend it:

  1. Limit the close contact you have with those you do not usually live with
  2. Meet outdoors where possible and maintain good ventilation in meeting rooms (responsibility of ministry leader)
  3. Government expects and recommends that you wear face coverings in crowded areas such as public transport, or if the meeting room is at capacity, ie. more than 1 person per seat.
  4. Where possible, avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
  5. Cover your mouth and nose with disposable tissues when you cough or sneeze. If you do not have a tissue, cough or sneeze into the crook of your elbow, not into your hand. Dispose of tissues into a rubbish bag and immediately wash your hands.
  6. Tell the Church office if you test positive for Covid-19 within 10 days of attending a CBC event – office (at) corshambaptists.org
  7. We invite and encourage adults attending church to register on arrival and indicate that they are either double vaccinated or have had a negative Lateral Flow Test within the past 24 hours.

Please pray

  • For everyone to show kindness and grace towards each other as we navigate these difficult times, understanding that everyone has different levels of concern about their health and the wellbeing of their families
  • For everyone to support and positively engage with the carefully considered measures we are putting in place for the time being to care for our Church family
  • For continued patience as we gradually return to more “normal” Church life but recognising there is still further to go!
  • Pray for us as leaders as we feel the responsibility of fulfilling our Lord’s commission to us to care in the way that he does for his precious family “Be shepherds of the church of God, which He purchased with His own blood.”
  • To be encouraged that  “The LORD himself goes before us and will be with us; he will never leave us nor forsake us. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.”

‘Angels, Dreams and Prophecies’ – an audio book for Christmas by Jo Sheringham

Nativity scene

There’s a lot of great material available to read at this time of year, and yet it is possibly the time of year when we are busiest of all. So here is something you can listen to instead: twelve voices from the Nativity story based on the first two chapters of Matthew and Luke, including… singing and silence, maps and mystery, plans and plots, flights and frights, a birth and a death, as well as angels, dreams and prophecies.

Written for grown-ups rather than children, each audible episode is about 20 minutes long. These are perfect for when you are up to your elbows in sprouts or curling the ribbon on your perfectly wrapped presents or ironing those creases into your festive socks…

Starting on the 1st of December a new episode will be released every other day in the run-up to Christmas, and available on our CBC website, Youtube channel and Facebook page.

If you find these difficult to access, we can provide a written copy. Please contact the church office (office@corshambaptists.org) or message the Facebook page for more details.

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Jane and James

This post by Published Anonymously was originally published at Seventy Two

Jane joined our church about 5 years ago, she was shy but got involved in some creative elements of the church. About a year later she met James, they started dating, but there were some issues, mainly around his divorce not being finalised and some questions she had about his intentions. He also joined the church, and after counselling both to hold off on marriage until he had time to process his divorce they eventually got married, which I officiated.

Not long after, they announced a pregnancy. It was a turbulent time, the pregnancy was not a simple one, but eventually the baby was born premature. Many people in the church community were involved in supporting the family through this time. We did a dedication for the baby a month or so before the government locked the country down and forced us all online.

We are now back in the building and the baby is now a two-year-old, very energetic toddler. Currently we have not got our kids groups back, and some of the people who have volunteered previously have taken a step back. We are a small church and we have limited resources, we do have families that come which means we can have around 5 children on a Sunday, but mostly there are just two. The two-year-old and a five-year-old. Providing weekly children’s groups would mean two people take out of the service each week. We don’t have two people for that every week.

We have now scraped together a small team and said once a month we can offer something, but the mum and dad are part of that team. Apparently for them, this is not enough, they have already told me that they are looking at the church “down the road” that can offer them more.

In my decade at the church, I have been here before. Families that have been central to the church are now spread across the bigger churches in the city. Choosing to drop their church family like a stone when they are no longer being served.

We as a church are quite happy with children in the service, and most are quite happy with a robust two-year-old’s occasional screams, but the family say they are not being fed, they are not getting anything out of Sundays. I can see why, and although I would love to help them more, the simple problem is – we can’t, so I am resigned to losing them, as we have lost so many more!

I look online and see other churches with teams of volunteers all dressed in their team uniforms, or a paid children’s worker, ready to take the kids away. And while we love the kids in our services, and think they make a vital contribution to church life, I would love to be able to provide something that keeps families in our church.

We are not alone, across the country there are smaller church facing the same crisis, wanting to be available to families but without the volunteers to provide the groups. So, they like us, know that there will come a time when young families in the church will start to indicate that that are looking around. This is even more poignant in areas of high deprivation, when we see the families disappear to “successful” churches a few minutes up the road.

We then wonder why some smaller churches gradually get old and die. We say it’s because they weren’t outward looking enough, missional enough, but the reality is that many smaller churches will die because too many Christians see church as a place that serves their needs rather a place where they exercise their gifts. Sadly, in many parts of our nation, urban inner city, rural and seaside towns, we have many areas that will become de-churched over the next decade, often these are the places where a church that is supposed to follow in the footsteps of Jesus and preach Good News to the poor, should be, but we have failed to live by that example, and the failure is most acute when a baby appears and suddenly “our” needs overtake the mission and ministry we are called to.

The danger is that more and more families are going to end up in fewer and fewer churches. Meanwhile churches on the margins or in deprived communities will gradually get older and die. If we are truly to follow Jesus, and to live in cross shaped ways, sometimes that may include taking our families into places that are uncomfortable, and that may mean rather than complaining about the lack of resource, trying to be part of the solution. How different might things be if families with older children relocated to churches with very little children’s work and were prepared to live and serve the community by looking after the children?

As a small church we often bemoan the lack of musicians or preachers, but it seems that it’s the lack of children’s work that will ultimately limit our missional impact.

**names have been changed***

 

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What Really Matters

This post by Nigel Coles was originally published at Seventy Two

‘Do not take a purse or bag or sandals’ Luke 10:4

My followership is what really matters. Certainly way more than my leadership. That’s where I’ve landed following a couple of months sabbatical recently. I’ve preached a few times since re-starting and whilst I’ve grappled with different passages, the summary of my conviction as the UK church emerges from pandemic restrictions is ‘be the church’, and to everyone who belongs to Jesus ‘be holy’. My sense is we are about to enter the most turbulent season for the church that I have ever known. My prayer is it will become the most fruitful.

I’m passionate about seeing everyone joining the missional movement of Jesus, so I’m hardly going to turn down an opportunity to speak about ‘from addition to multiplication’, am I? Where do I begin?

The passage of scripture which gave birth to Seventy-two is Luke 10:1-12, so that’s where I’m starting. I’m meeting with an amazing group of leaders. I want to provide people with the answer to their question ‘how’? Everyone has their own story. There’s a whole room full of gifted people, committed followers of Jesus, leaders of larger churches, yet I know the collective reality, which is a microcosm of the whole UK church; we are shrinking numerically.

12 x 6 = 72. Jesus sending out the seventy-two is a great place to look for the ‘how’. After all, Jesus only sends out ‘the twelve’ in the previous chapter and there are seventy-two one chapter later. How many does he send out in chapter eleven? We’re not told. In my view, it’s a good job we’re not, as people like me will work out the equation and if the answer had been 432, which is another multiple of six times seventy-two, then that’s what I’d be hoping for.

The other side of my talk, I’ve not provided any answers for anyone else, but through dwelling in the passage the Lord has highlighted the words ‘do not take a purse or bag or sandals’ and I’m left facing the question what must I do whether I have the money, resources, or material means, or not?

Jesus is Lord. That’s why the seventy-two went when he sent them. Jesus is my Lord and I try and be responsive to his sending. I’m trying not to get hung up on the exact words ‘do not take a purse or bag or sandals’, although I am secretly grateful Jesus says I don’t need to buy a pair of sandals to follow him! My sense is Jesus is helping the seventy-two to walk in such a way where they are wholly reliant on him. It’s more a case of ‘give us this day our daily bread’ than ‘don’t worry the stipend will keep coming, regardless’.

Jesus is in fact repeating himself. In Luke 9:3 he told the twelve ‘take nothing for the journey – no staff, no bag, no bread, no money, no extra shirt’. If the twelve needed to be reminded, then I need to be reminded. In other words, the fact that Jesus was my Lord yesterday does not equal automatic assumed obedience today. Lord help me to not simply listen to your words, but truly hear what you are speaking into my life.

There’ve been many occasions when I wish it had been different, but when I first responded to Jesus’ ‘come follow me’, he provided everything I required in order to do just that. I wasn’t exactly told this, but the answer to my question what do I do now?, was in a nutshell, pray and read your Bible. I’ve discovered since then that I can trust the Holy Spirit of God and I can trust the word of God. I’ve been exploring disciple-making-movements (DMM) and desperately want to see a similar impact through everyday Christians (these don’t rely on paid clergy) here across the UK. One of the criticisms is, because of their rapid multiplication and because of their lack of paid clergy they are somehow inferior or their knowledge of the Bible is shallow. Here’s the thing – you’re more likely to become a heretic by attending a Bible college in the western world than by listening and obeying the plain reading of scripture.

Here I am. I’ve been a Baptist Minister for thirty-five years. I’ve been reliant, therefore, on the people of God, for most of my life and the vast majority of my working life (my pension from Barclays Bank amounts to around £100/year). I’ve remembered the song the Chinese fellowship taught when I first started following Jesus, ‘I have decided to follow Jesus, no turning back, no turning back’. This is still about today – where, who are sending me to today Lord?

I’ve accumulated responsibilities over the years. Some of them can become heavy, especially when it’s the future livelihood of another Minister or the future of a church. This question comes into play what must you do whether I have the money, resources, or material means, or not?  The pandemic has pulled back the curtain on reality. As those who have become followers of Jesus – are we? As churches planted by and for the gospel of Jesus – is that our raison d’etre? The essence of the mission of God as we read it in Luke 10 is about people bringing the kingdom of God to other people. When money or resources or material means get in the way, then we must ensure our focus is upon Jesus alone.

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Twelve Steps To Freedom: Good Cop, Bap Cop or Fair Cop?

This post by Dave Gregory was originally published at Seventy Two

The annual jamboree that is COP – the UN Climate Conference – is over.  World leaders and representatives of the nations have returned home.  Those from global corporations and business have gone back to their day jobs making the world go round.  Scientists are back in the lab and campaigners from civil society and faith organisations have left, ready to plan their net big push.  And perhaps Glasgow breathes a sign of relief that it is all over.

There have been twenty-six COP meetings since the 1990s.  There have been terrible COPs, like the one on Copenhagen in 2009, when everyone expected action but nothing was agreed.  There have been mundane COPs, where discussions made few headlines.  There was a fantastic COP in Paris in 2015, the Paris Climate Accord affirming an aim of limiting global warming to 2 degrees Centigrade, and preferably 1.5 degrees Centigrade by 2100, which means reaching net-zero carbon emissions by 2050.  And this COP – COP26 – was significant in that nations were to come with revised plans to reduce greenhouse gas emissions towards reaching net-zero by 2050.

So, was it a good COP?  A bad COP?  Or, fair COP?

Well, it might be said it was a good COP.  India committed to a net zero target of 2070.  Although 20 years later than the science says is needed, it’s a significant step.  There were agreements too on reducing methane emissions and many nations – including Brazil – pledged to end deforestation by 2030.  And for the first time in any COP agreement – and there have been 26 of them – there was mention of reducing the use of coal and fossil fuel subsidies.

On the other hand, it might be said to be a bad COP.  Before Glasgow, the world was looking at around 3 degrees warming by 2100.  After COP26, with plans put in place by nations, scientists now estimate we are heading for 2.5 C.  Still more than science tells us is needed to avert dangerous climate change which will affect all peoples and the whole community of creation, especially those who are already the poorest and most vulnerable. Yet, nations have been challenged to come back to next year’s COP in Egypt with more ambitious targets to transition to green energy, keeping the hope of “1.5 degrees alive”.

And what about a fair COP?  Back at the bad COP in Copenhagen back in 2009, the rich nations of the world promised to provide $100 Billion a year by 2020 to help developing nations adapt and develop using greener technology.  This promise has now been pushed back to 2024, a delay that is to be lamented.  And while Loss and Damage finance to support nations already feeling the impact of climate change – a key call from many mission and campaign groups – is mentioned in the final agreement, there is little detail and even less cash. So, a fair COP – perhaps not.

Many people and groups have been commenting about COP26 over the past weeks.  Some stress a good COP theme.  Others say it’s a bad COP, and still others focus upon the unfairness of it all.  One group of voices that have stood out for me are those of the young campaigners who have put so much energy in raising up climate change on the global agenda.  Over the past year I have met some of them, walked and talked with them.  Post COP, many of these voices I am hearing sound frustrated and disappointed.  I was struck by comments made in a video post shared in the BUEN Facebook feed of four young adults from the Methodist Climate Justice for All team who were at COP26.  One, from the Pacific Islands, already heavily affected by sea-level rise and more intense storms said they felt coming to COP26 had been a waste of time.  And speaking with an Environmental Group in my local secondary school this week, one young person asked, “Do you think there is still time to save the planet?”

But whether it’s been a good, bad or fair COP, I don’t think this is the time to COP out.

I recently read a story in Northumbria Community Morning Prayer (Aidan Series, Nov 15) attributed to Elie Wiesel.  It’s based upon the Old Testament story of the judgement of the city of Sodom;

“A just man of God went to Sodom, determined to save its inhabitants from sin and punishment. In the beginning people listened … then they stopped listening; he no longer amused them.

One day a child, moved by compassion for the unfortunate teacher, approached him with these words; “Poor stranger, you shout, you scream, don’t you see that it is helpless?” 

“Yes, I see”, answered the man.

“Then why do you go on”?

“I’ll tell you why. In the beginning I thought I could change man. Today, I know I cannot. If I still shout today, if I still scream, it is to prevent man from ultimately changing me”[1]

Now, hear me right.  I don’t think it’s helpless.  There is still time to save the planet!  Yet, I am reminded that the struggle is not one of facts and figures, of possible global warmings and dates to stop polluting the atmosphere.  It is a spiritual struggle, against the “rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil on the heavenly realms” (Eph 4v12).  The fact that mention of coal and fossil fuels has been excluded from previous twenty-five COP agreements is one sign of this, of the powerful global influence of the fossil fuel industry.  Yet, we are all entwined and influenced by these powers and our minds and hearts are tainted and in need to redemption and renewal.

So, we need to keep praying – for the rulers and peoples of the nations, and also for ourselves.  As Paul says, pray in the Spirit at all times in every prayer and supplication. To that end keep alert and always persevere in supplication for all the saints” (Eph 4v18).  That despite disappointment, our hope will remain strong.  That we will not COP out, but continue as individuals, churches and a whole Baptist Together family to seek to increasing walk lightly with God among the garden of creation as New Creation disciples.  Inviting others too to share the journey with us towards freedom.  Freedom for people, communities and the whole community of creation who in Christ God is “pleased to reconcile to himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, by making peace through the blood of his cross”  (Col 1v20).

[1] Northumbria Daily Prayer, Aidan Series, November 15

 

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Notices for Sunday 21st November

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9:15 service

Dan O will bring the Word from 2 Tim. 3: 16-17; music is led by Matt G.

Church on the Green logo

CotG is meeting at 10am at the MOD Community Centre in Rudloe as well as online. All details are at: https://www.churchonthegreen.online/event/10am-sunday-service-online/. Or Join Now

Dan O will bring the Word from 2 Tim. 3: 16-17; music is led by Matt E.

Streaming is from Church on the Green. You can join here.

Evening service 6pm – Gathered to Praise

We have a wonderful opportunity this Sunday evening to gather from the different congregations at CBC and celebrate God’s saving grace together. You are welcome to join us for a time of word, praise and prayer, including the baptism of one of our young people, Anna D.

Midweek Service

The next Midweek Service is Wednesday, 24th November at 2pm.

Women’s Bible Study

A warm welcome awaits you at the Women’s Bible Study on Monday 28th November at 7.30pm at Priory Street.  We are currently following a series –  Behold our God!  Victoria Kelly will be sharing from John’s gospel – I am the Light of the World. If you would like study notes, please download them here. You can join us via Zoom if you are unable to join us in person by using the following link….

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85959531179?pwd=YjlRSlZ6WkU5MGFxQWo2dUl4V2NFdz09
Meeting ID: 859 5953 1179

Passcode: JohnStudy

We look forward to our time in fellowship.
Women’s Ministry Team

Youth Work Activities

– Baptism Services involving young people: Sun 21st Nov (6pm) and 28th Nov (9.15am & 11.15am services)

– Rescheduled Youth Weekend Away:  Fri 3rd – Sun 5th Dec. 

– Youth Christmas Meal & Awards: Sun 12th Dec.

And finally, to ponder: it is estimated some 95% of under 18s in England and Wales don’t go to church; that’s around 12 million kids! If you want to see that number go down and would like to know how you can get involved in youth work in the future, please come and chat to me. Thanks, Dan O.

Gathered to Pray – Sunday 5th December

The monthly prayer meeting will take place in person on the 5th December at 6pm at Priory Street. The meeting will focus on prayers for the Persecuted Church using prayer news videos from Open Doors and we will be specifically praying for our brothers and sisters in Afghanistan, Cameroon and Lebanon. We look forward to seeing you at the meeting and praying together for our brothers and sisters!

Souper Friday: Can you help?

We need volunteers to help run this event every Friday. We still plan to continue with a small number of deliveries and have our ‘market stall’ open, whilst at the same time there will be refreshments available.

If you can help with…

  • Food packing (market stall) 
  • Providing soup
  • Serving in the kitchen
  • Sitting in the coffee hall to listen and chat
  • Setting up/down

…then please contact Colin W, Esther A, Joan C or Jo S. 

Christmas is coming – dates and information for your diaries

Saturday 20th November (10am-12pm): Christmas tree decoration-making session for our entry to the St Bart’s Christmas tree festival. Drop in to church to help make our tree, just turn up ready to get crafty, open to all. Refreshments will be available.

Saturday 11th December at 4pm: Nativity service at CBC Priory Street.

Monday 13th December: Ladies, please join us for an evening of fun, feasting and fellowship at 7.30pm at Priory Street. For more information and tickets speak to Christine C, Vicki K, Anne H or Hollie G. And dig out your sparkly outfits!

Thursday 16th-Thursday 23rd December: Nativity Trail around Corsham.  Look out for more information nearer the time. If you live within a comfortable walk to church and would like to display a picture for the trail, please speak to Rhiannon.

Other Activities:

  • Community Money Advice is open again for face to face meetings each Thursday evening and Friday morning. Do get in touch if you are aware of or are having money difficulties. Pre-booked appointments only.
  • Craft Group Outreach: first Saturday of the month at 10am.
  • Ark Children’s Service: last Saturday of the month 10:30am-12:00pm.
  • Toddlers: Thursdays 10:00am-11:30am during term time.
  • Life groups meet in person and/or online. Contact us if you’d like to join one.
  • Youth Groups – Contact Dan for further details.

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Song sheet for 9:15 on Sun 21 Nov 21

CBC Song Sheet

Hallelujah (Your Love Is Amazing)

Your love is amazing
Steady and unchanging
Your love is a mountain
Firm beneath my feet

Your love is a mystery
How You gently lift me
When I am surrounded
Your love carries me

Your love is surprising
I can feel it rising
All the joy that’s growing
Deep inside of me
And every time I see you
All your goodness shines through
And I can feel this God song rising up in me

Hallelujah, hallelujah, hallelujah
Your love makes me sing
Hallelujah, hallelujah, hallelujah
Your love makes me sing

Your love is surprising
I can feel it rising
All the joy that’s growing
Deep inside of me
And every time I see you
All your goodness shines through
And I can feel this God song rising up in me

Holy Is The Lord

We stand and lift up our hands
For the joy of the Lord is our strength
We bow down and worship Him now
How great, how awesome is He

And together we sing

Holy is the Lord God Almighty
The earth is filled with His glory
Holy is the Lord God Almighty
The earth is filled with His glory
The earth is filled with His glory

We stand and lift up our hands
For the joy of the Lord is our strength
We bow down and worship Him now
How great, how awesome is He

And together we sing
Everyone sing

Holy is the Lord God Almighty
The earth is filled with His glory
Holy is the Lord God Almighty
The earth is filled with His glory
The earth is filled with His glory

It’s rising up all around
It’s the anthem of the Lord’s renown
It’s rising up all around
It’s the anthem of the Lord’s renown

Together we sing
And everyone sing

Holy is the Lord God Almighty
The earth is filled with His glory
Holy is the Lord God Almighty
The earth is filled with His glory
The earth is filled with His glory

The earth is filled with His glory

Holy, holy is the Lord Almighty, holy, holy
Holy, holy is the Lord Almighty, holy, holy
Holy, holy is the Lord Almighty, holy, holy
Holy, holy

How Great Thou Art

Oh Lord My God, When I In Awesome Wonder,
Consider All The Worlds Thy Hands Have Made;
I See The Stars, I Hear The Rolling Thunder,
Thy Power Throughout The Universe Displayed.

Then Sings My Soul, My Saviour God, To Thee,
How Great Thou Art! How Great Thou Art!
Then Sings My Soul, My Saviour God, To Thee,
How Great Thou Art! How Great Thou Art!

And When I Think, That God, His Son Not Sparing;
Sent Him To Die, I Scarce Can Take It In;
That On The Cross, My Burden Gladly Bearing,
He Bled And Died To Take Away My Sin.

Then Sings My Soul, My Saviour God, To Thee,
How Great Thou Art! How Great Thou Art!
Then Sings My Soul, My Saviour God, To Thee,
How Great Thou Art! How Great Thou Art!

When Through The Woods, And Forest Glades I Wander,
And Hear The Birds Sing Sweetly In The Trees.
When I Look Down, From Lofty Mountain Grandeur
And Hear The Brook, And Feel The Gentle Breeze.

Then Sings My Soul, My Saviour God, To Thee,
How Great Thou Art! How Great Thou Art!
Then Sings My Soul, My Saviour God, To Thee,
How Great Thou Art! How Great Thou Art!

When Christ Shall Come, With Shout Of Acclamation,
And Take Me Home, What Joy Shall Fill My Heart.
Then I Shall Bow, In Humble Adoration,
And Then Proclaim, “My God, How Great Thou Art!”

Then Sings My Soul, My Saviour God, To Thee,
How Great Thou Art! How Great Thou Art!
Then Sings My Soul, My Saviour God, To Thee,
How Great Thou Art! How Great Thou Art!

Mighty To Save

Everyone needs compassion
A love that’s never failing
Let mercy fall on me

Everyone needs forgiveness
The kindness of a Saviour
The hope of nations

[Chorus:]
Saviour, he can move the mountains
My God is mighty to save
He is mighty to save
Forever Author of Salvation
He rose and conquered the grave
Jesus conquered the grave

So take me as you find me
All my fears and failures
Fill my life again

I give my life to follow
Everything that I believe in
Now I surrender

[Chorus]

Shine your light and let the whole world see
We’re singing for the glory of the risen king Jesus [2x]

[Chorus x2]

Shine your light and let the whole world see
We’re singing for the glory of the risen king Jesus [6x]

When I Survey the Wondrous Cross

When I survey the wondrous cross
On which the Prince of glory died,
My richest gain I count but loss,
And pour contempt on all my pride.

Forbid it, Lord, that I should boast,
Save in the death of Christ my God!
All the vain things that charm me most,
I sacrifice them to His blood.

See from His head, His hands, His feet,
Sorrow and love flow mingled down!
Did e’er such love and sorrow meet,
Or thorns compose so rich a crown?

Were the whole realm of nature mine,
That were a present far too small;
Love so amazing, so divine,
Demands my soul, my life, my all.

Who O Lord

Who, O Lord, could save themselves,
their own soul could heal?
Our shame was deeper than the sea;
your grace is deeper still,
yes, your grace is deeper still

You alone can rescue,
you alone can save.
You alone can lift us from the grave.
You came down to find us,
led us out of death.
To you alone belongs the highest praise.

You, O Lord, have made a way,
the great divide you healed.
For when our hearts were far away,
your love went further still,
yes, your love goes further still.

We lift up our eyes, lift up our eyes

You’re the giver of life

Rescuer (Good News)

He’s our rescuer
He’s our rescuer
We are free from sin forever more
Oh how sweet the sound
Oh how grace abounds
We will praise the Lord our rescuer

There is good news for the captive
Good news for the shamed
There is good news for the one who walked away
There is good news for the doubter
The one religion failed
For the Good Lord has come to seek and save

He’s our rescuer
He’s our rescuer
We are free from sin forever more
Oh how sweet the sound
Oh how grace abounds
We will praise the Lord our rescuer

He is beauty for the blind man
Riches for the poor
He is friendship for the one the world ignores
He is pasture for the weary
Rest for those who strive
For the Good Lord is the way, the truth, the life
Yes the Good Lord is the way, the truth, the life

He’s our rescuer
He’s our rescuer
We are free from sin forever more
Oh how sweet the sound
Oh how grace abounds
We will praise the Lord our rescuer

So come and be chainless
Come and be fearless
Come to the foot of Calvary
There is redemption
For every affliction
Here at the foot of Calvary
So come and be chainless
Come and be fearless
Come to the foot of Calvary
‘Cause there is redemption
For every affliction
Here at the foot of Calvary

He’s our rescuer
He’s our rescuer
We are free from sin forever more
Oh how sweet the sound
Oh how grace abounds
We will praise the Lord our rescuer
We will praise the Lord our rescuer

Song sheet for 9:15 on Sun 14 Nov 21

CBC Song Sheet

Praise to the Lord

Praise to the Lord,
the Almighty, the King of creation!
O my soul, praise Him,
for He is thy health and salvation!
All ye who hear
Brothers and sisters draw near;
Praise Him in glad adoration.

Praise to the Lord,
who o’er all things so wondrously reigneth,
Shelters thee under His wings,
yea, so gently sustaineth!
Hast thou not seen
how thy desires e’er have been
Granted in what He ordaineth?

Praise to the Lord,
who doth prosper thy work and defend thee;
Surely His goodness and mercy
here daily attend thee;
Ponder anew
what the Almighty can do,
If with His love He befriend thee.

Praise to the Lord,
O let all that is in me adore him
All that hath life and breath
Come now with praises before him
Let the amen,
Sound from his people again
Gladly forever adore Him

The Lord’s my shepherd

The Lord’s my shepherd, I’ll not want;
He makes me lie in pastures green.
He leads me by the still, still waters,
His goodness restores my soul.
And I will trust in You alone,
And I will trust in You alone,
For Your endless mercy follows me,
Your goodness will lead me home.
He guides my ways in righteousness,
And He anoints my head with oil,
And my cup, it overflows with joy,
I feast on His pure delights.
And though I walk the darkest path,
I will not fear the evil one,
For You are with me, and Your rod and staff
Are the comfort I need to know.

Amazing grace

Amazing grace how sweet the sound
That saved a wretch like me
I once was lost but now am found
Was blind but now I see

Twas grace that taught my heart to fear
And grace my fears relieved
How precious did that grace appear
The hour I first believed

My chains are gone, I’ve been set free
My God my Saviour has ransomed me
And like a flood His mercy reigns
Unending love, amazing grace

Through many dangers, toils and snares
I have already come
Twas grace that brought me safe thus far
And grace will lead me home

My chains are gone, I’ve been set free
My God my Saviour has ransomed me
And like a flood His mercy reigns
Unending love, amazing grace

When we’ve been there a thousand years
Bright shining as the sun
We’ve no less days to sing God’s praise
Than when we first begun

The splendour of the King

The splendour of the King,
clothed in majesty
Let all the Earth rejoice
let all the Earth rejoice

He wraps himself in light
And darkness tries to hide
And trembles at His voice
and Trembles at His voice

How great is our God, sing with me
How great is our God, and all will see
How great, how great is our God

Age to age He stands
And time is in His hands
Beginning and the end
Beginning and the end

The Godhead Three in One
Father Spirit Son
The Lion and the Lamb
The Lion and the Lamb

How great is our God, sing with me
How great is our God, and all will see
How great, how great is our God

Name above all names
Worthy of all praise
My heart will sing
How great is our God

How great is our God, sing with me
How great is our God, and all will see
How great, how great is our God

Cornerstone

My hope is built on nothing less
Than Jesus blood and righteousness
I dare not trust the sweetest frame
But wholly trust in Jesus name

My hope is built on nothing less
Than Jesus blood and righteousness
I dare not trust the sweetest frame
But wholly trust in Jesus name

Christ alone, Cornerstone
Weak made strong in the Saviour’s love
Through the storm, He is Lord
Lord of all

When darkness seems to hide His face
I rest on His unchanging grace
In every high and stormy gale
My anchor holds within the veil
My anchor holds within the veil

Chorus

When He shall come with trumpet sound
Oh may I then in Him be found
Dressed in His righteousness alone
Faultless stand before the throne

Chorus

Song sheet for 11:15 Sun 14 Nov 21

CBC Song Sheet

Glorious Day

One day when Heaven was filled with His praises
One day when sin was as black as could be
Jesus came forth to be born of a virgin
Dwelt among men, my example is He
Word became flesh and the light shined among us
His glory revealed

Living, He loved me
Dying, He saved me
Buried, He carried my sins far away
Rising, He justified freely forever
One day He’s coming

Oh glorious day, oh glorious day
One day they led Him up Calvary’s mountain
One day they nailed Him to die on a tree
Suffering anguish, despised and rejected
Bearing our sins, my Redeemer is He
Hands that healed nations, stretched out on a tree
And took the nails for me

Living, He loved me
Dying, He saved me
Buried, He carried my sins far away
Rising, He justified freely forever
One day He’s coming

One day the grave could conceal Him no longer
One day the stone rolled away from the door
Then He arose, over death He had conquered
Now is ascended, my Lord evermore
Death could not hold Him, the grave could not keep Him
From rising again

Living, He loved me
Dying, He saved me
Buried, He carried my sins far away
Rising, He justified freely forever
One day He’s coming
Oh glorious day, oh glorious day

One day the trumpet will sound for His coming
One day the skies with His glories will shine
Wonderful day, my Beloved One bringing
My Saviour Jesus is mine

Living, He loved me
Dying, He saved me
Buried, He carried my sins far away
Rising, He justified freely forever
One day He’s coming
Oh glorious day, oh glorious day
Glorious day
Oh glorious day

Lord I lift your name on high

Lord I lift Your name on high
Lord I love to sing Your praises
I’m so glad You’re in my life
I’m so glad You came to save us


You came from heaven to earth to show the way
From the earth to the cross, my debt to pay
From the cross to the grave, from the grave to the sky
Lord I lift Your name on high

What a beautiful name it is

You were the Word at the beginning
One with God the Lord Most High
Your hidden glory in creation
Now revealed in You our Christ
What a beautiful Name it is, What a beautiful Name it is
The Name of Jesus Christ my King

What a beautiful Name it is, Nothing compares to this
What a beautiful Name it is
The Name of Jesus
You didn’t want heaven without us
So Jesus, You brought heaven down
My sin was great, Your love was greater
What could separate us now?
What a wonderful Name it is, What a wonderful Name it is
The Name of Jesus Christ my King

What a wonderful Name it is, Nothing compares to this
What a wonderful Name it is
The Name of Jesus
Death could not hold You, The veil tore before You
You silenced the boast of sin and grave
The heavens are roaring, The praise of Your glory
For You are raised to life again
You have no rival, You have no equal
Now and forever, God You reign
Yours is the kingdom, Yours is the glory
Yours is the Name above all names

What a powerful Name it is, What a powerful Name it is
The Name of Jesus Christ my King
What a powerful Name it is, Nothing can stand against
What a powerful Name it is
The Name of Jesus
What a powerful Name it is, The Name of Jesus
What a powerful Name it is, The Name of Jesus

I’m giving you my heart (Surrender)

I’m giving You my heart and all that is within
I lay it all down for the sake of You my King
I’m giving You my dreams, I’m laying down my rights
I’m giving up my pride for the promise of new life

And I surrender
All to You, all to You
And I surrender
All to You, all to You

I’m singing You this song, I’m waiting at the cross
And all the world holds dear, I count it all as loss
For the sake of knowing You for the glory of Your Name
To know the lasting joy, even sharing in Your pain

And I surrender
All to You, all to You
And I surrender
All to You, all to You

Because He Lives.

God sent His son, they called Him Jesus;
He came to love, heal and forgive;
He lived and died to buy my pardon,
An empty grave is there to prove my Saviour lives!

Chorus
Because He lives, I can face tomorrow,
Because He lives, all fear is gone;
Because I know He holds the future,
And life is worth the living,
Just because He lives!

How sweet to hold a new-born baby,
And feel the pride and joy he gives;
But greater still the calm assurance:
This child can face uncertain days because He Lives!

Chorus
Because He lives, I can face tomorrow,
Because He lives, all fear is gone;
Because I know He holds the future,
And life is worth the living,
Just because He lives!

And then one day, I’ll cross the river,
I’ll fight life’s final war with pain;
And then, as death gives way to victory,
I’ll see the lights of glory and I’ll know He lives!

Chorus
Because He lives, I can face tomorrow,
Because He lives, all fear is gone;
Because I know He holds the future,
And life is worth the living,
Just because He lives!

Notices for Sunday 14th Nov – Remembrance Sunday

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9:15 service

Rob D will bring the Word from Mark 10:17-31; music is led by Joey P.

Church on the Green logo

CotG is meeting at 10am at the MOD Community Centre in Rudloe as well as online now. All details are at: https://www.churchonthegreen.online/event/10am-sunday-service-online/. Or Join Now

Rob D will bring the Word from Mark 10:17-31; music is led by Helen O.

Streaming is from Church on the Green. You can join here.

We will be sharing communion at Priory Street this coming Sunday (14th November) in the 9.15am and 11.15am services. It’s a great opportunity to celebrate that we can once more gather to remember Christ’s sacrifice on the cross!  Church on the Green will be sharing communion on the 21st November.


Please bring your own bread and something to represent the blood of Christ (e.g. grape juice, red squash, non-alcoholic wine) as we will not be serving from the front in order to reduce the risk of COVID transmission. As an act of grace towards one another, and on the basis that we would not want to do anything to cause a brother or sister to stumble, please do not bring alcoholic wine.

Mission Prayer Meeting

Please join us to pray for our missionaries on Tuesday 16th November at 7.30pm. Contact Gill B for Zoom details.

Midweek Service

The next Midweek Service is Wednesday, 24th November at 2pm.

Youth Work Activities

Hi Church. I know how much you desire to pray and support the youth ministry so below are some details about what is coming up to fuel your prayer for young people! 


– The Meet Up (Joint youth-led event co-run with Trinity Church, Chippenham): Fri 19th Nov 7-9pm

– Baptism Services involving young people: Sun 21st Nov (6pm), 28th Nov (9.15 & 11.15 services)

– Rescheduled Youth Weekend Away:  Fri 3rd – Sun 5th Dec. 

– Youth Christmas Meal & Awards: Sun 12th Dec.

And finally, to ponder: it is estimated some 95% of under 18s in England and Wales don’t go to church; that’s around 12 million kids! If you want to see that number go down and would like to know how you can get involved in youth work in the future, please come and chat to me. Thanks, Dan O.

Toddlers Call for Help

We’re delighted to have so many people wanting to come to our Toddler group on a Thursday morning at CBC, but we really need more helpers. Please contact Heather C if you’re able to help in this way. And, if you can’t help in person, please PRAY! (And for God’s wisdom knowing how to accommodate all who want to come with restricting numbers due to Covid.) Many thanks.

Souper Friday: Can you help?

Souper Friday – we are planning to open up again for soup/roll/tea/coffee very soon!

We need volunteers to help run this event every Friday.

We still plan to continue with a small number of deliveries and have our ‘market stall’ open, whilst at the same time there will be refreshments available.

If you can help with…

  • Food packing (market stall) 
  • Providing soup
  • Serve in the kitchen
  • Sit in the coffee hall to listen and chat
  • Setting up/down

…then please contact:  

Colin W, Esther A, Joan C or Jo S. 

Christmas is coming – dates and information for your diaries

Saturday November 20th (10am – 12pm) – Christmas tree decoration making session for our entry to the St Bart’s Christmas tree festival. Drop in to church to help make our tree, just turn up ready to get crafty, open to all. Refreshments will be available.


Saturday December 11th at 4pm – Nativity service at CBC Priory Street.


Thursday December 16th – Thursday 23rd – Nativity Trail around Corsham.  Look out for more information nearer the time. If you live within a comfortable walk to church and would like to display a picture for the trail, please speak to Rhiannon.

200 Years of Corsham Baptist Church

This fascinating book by Paul G is on sale at the back of the church or directly from the author. See CBC website for more information. Extra donations will be given towards ministry amongst the Persecuted Church.

Other Activities:

  • Souper Friday continues to reach out to our community and neighbours.
  • Community Money Advice is open again for face to face meetings each Thursday evening and Friday morning. Do get in touch if you are aware of or are having money difficulties. Pre-booked appointments only.
  • Craft Group Outreach: first Saturday of the month at 10am starting in the New Year 2022.
  • Ark Children’s Service: last Saturday of the month 10:30am-12:00pm.
  • Toddlers: Thursdays 10:00am – 11:30am during term time.
  • Life groups meet in person and/or online. Contact us if you’d like to join one.
  • Youth Groups – Contact Dan for further details.

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