Newsletter 4th January 2015

Louise,

Midweek Service

The next midweek service will be held this Wednesday, 7th January, at 2pm. The reading is from Luke 9:18-27. Eric will be leading and preaching and there will be communion.

Ladies’ Bible Study

The first ladies’ bible study of the year will take place on Monday 19th January at 7.30pm. The study notes (pink sheets) are on the table at the back of church. The study is open to all women. Please speak to Anne or Kathy.

Leaders’ Retreat

Please pray for our leaders as they go away for the night on their annual retreat to Childswickham on the 9th January.

Stamp Collection

Just a reminder that there is a box on the table at the back to collect all your stamps. Paul sends these off to BMS. Please remember to keep yours!

Saturday morning prayer

Saturday morning prayer for gospel expansion in Corsham will start again on Saturday 17th January at 8.30am.

Questions and Cake!

Vicky will be organising some dates when housegroups will get together over “questions and cake” – the next one will be on Wednesday 14th January. 7.45pm start and 9.15pm finish. Please speak to Vicky for more details.

Life in the Lancs Lane

Steve and Ruth, our missionaries in Tanzania, are currently enjoying a short Christmas break in the UK. They have compiled another interesting and information-packed newsletter for December. There are paper copies on the table at the back or you can visit their blog at http://www.lancsintanz.blogspot.co.uk/

CBC Craft Group

Have you a craft or sewing skill you can share or something you would like to learn? Come and join CBC Craft Group on the first Saturday of the month between 10am–12.30pm in the coffee hall starting on February 7th. For more information contact Pam or Kathy Ewins or just pop in in February to see what we are doing!

Can you help?!

Ginny is requesting help! She needs to collect different sized, cleaned, jam jars for her wedding. Please bring them to church or leave in the office. Thank you.

Joan’s report on her visit to the Oasis Centre, Traiskirchen, December 2014

“Recently I had the privilege of revisiting the Oasis Centre near Vienna, and for a few precious days I was part of the team that reached out and touched the lives of refugees from many nations.  We had a clothing room for ladies and it was such a joy to be able to give out baby bags to two Syrian ladies who were about to have their babies. These little ones would not have many of the things that we take for granted, but they did have blankets lovingly knitted and crocheted by our local ladies, and clothes to keep them warm – and the knowledge that the love of Jesus was being given to them too.

On the Wednesday evening, the Christmas story of Jesus’ birth was preached at Oasis by an American.  It was translated into German, Farsi, French and Egyptian!  Besides the speaker and  translators, the team included other volunteers  who talked  with refugees, prepared the room, cleaned at the end of the night, marked in Bibles, and prepared coffee and tea and cake.  For some of these workers, they paid their own train ticket from Vienna to come and serve.  

This was not a special event, but something that happens every week – plus a coffee evening every Thursday, weekly German classes, a monthly ladies’ evening, German classes for refugees, and an Alpha course. So much is happening – the Oasis team is reduced in numbers, and the Lagar refugee centre just down the road is far too full, but on the positive side, there are now many volunteers coming to help and the Oasis building is well used.

The highlights of that packed week? The joyous entrance of six Iranians who had just been baptized who came to Oasis for a pizza party, and the ladies’ evening when “Silent Night” was sung  (in a room lit only by glow sticks – great excitement!) and they were told the story of Christ’s birth,  most hearing this for the first time.  It was a privilege to share all of this with the Team and to encourage them with our support.”

 

Steve Bryant’s visit to Senegal January 2015

Adrian,

On 2nd January Steve will be travelling to Senegal, where he and Gill lived and worked from 1990 to 2001 at the WEC run school for missionaries’ children. While there he will participate in the team conference, which is held every year at this time. WEC Senegal has several teams working in different parts of the country, doing both urban and rural evangelism and church planting among several people groups. Other team members are involved in running an orphanage for street children, teaching English, youth work, sports ministry, administration, guest house management and leadership responsibilities. Steve is very much looking forward to renewing fellowship with the members of WEC Senegal.

The conference will be held at Bourofaye Christian School, where Steve and Gill used to teach. In the photo you can see the children, missionary staff and local African staff.

Bourofaye Christian School

Steve will teach seminars on child protection, and also do one of the devotional talks.  After the conference he will stay on at the school to spend time with the staff and children, participating in the various activities going on, and also assisting them in addressing any issues where help is sought.

Please pray for Steve as he prepares for this visit.  We know from our time overseas that a visitor can bring enormous encouragement.  Pray also for the following points:

  • That the seminars he gives will be effective, well understood and useful for all ministries and situations involving children.
  • For his devotional talk, for the Holy Spirit to enable him as he prepares and delivers this.
  • That his presence will be a help and an encouragement, both to colleagues that he has know for many years, and for those he has not met before.
  • For wisdom in areas where he needs to give advice.
  • For good health and safe travel.  We praise the Lord that there is no Ebola in Senegal at this time.
  • For Gill as she holds the fort at home.

Thank you!

Newsletter 14th December, Nativity Service

Louise,

Rob and Sharon

At the Special Church Meeting held on Monday 1st December it was agreed, by majority vote, that Rob be called to join the staff at Corsham Baptist Church as a pastor. Rob and his wife, Sharon, have accepted the offer and Rob will commence his ministry with us in April 2015. We give grateful thanks and praise to God for guiding us during this church plant process and would ask that you continue to pray for the fledgling work in the Rudloe community.

Christmas Offerings

The offering at the Nativity service will be donated the the Corsham Food Bank. The offering at the ‘Carols by Candlelight’ service will go to Tearfund in support of their work in combating Ebola.  If you wish to gift-aid your offering, please put it into one of the white gift-aid envelopes (available on the table at the church entrance), and fill in the appropriate details.

Ladies’ Christmas Meal

This will be held Monday night, 15th December at 7.30pm.   We will have home-made soup and pudding.  Cost is £3 per person. Please sign up on the sheet at the back so we have an idea of numbers for catering purposes or speak to Anne Holmes or Kathy Larkman. Thank you.

Church Directory 2015

If you would like to be entered in the booklet, please complete the blue form at the back and place in the box or leave in the office. Please do not enter information that you do not want published in the directory. If you are already in the directory and all your details remain unchanged, there is no need to complete a form.

Prayer Meeting

We are continuing with our regular prayer meetings for gospel expansion in Corsham and surrounding areas. The meetings take place in The Hut from 8.30-9.30am on Saturday mornings. We would encourage people to attend this meeting and everyone is welcome!

Life in the Lancs Lane

Steve and Ruth, our missionaries in Tanzania, have compiled another interesting and information-packed newsletter for December. There are paper copies on the table at the back or you can visit their blog at http://www.lancsintanz.blogspot.co.uk/

Midweek Service

The midweek service on Wednesday 17th Dec will be the annual carol service, starting at the usual time of 2pm, followed by tea and cake. Please speak to Eric for more info.

Questions and Cake!

Vicky is organising some dates when housegroups will get together over “questions and cake” – the December date has been cancelled and so the next one will be on Wednesday 14th January. 7.45pm start and 9.15pm finish. Please speak to Vicky for more details.

Christmas Services 2014 at CBC

17th Dec 2pm – carol service

21st Dec 6pm – carols by candlelight

24th Dec 6pm – Christmas eve, with communion

25th Dec 10am – Christmas day family worship service

 

There are A6 fliers on the table to hand out to neighbours, friends and family!

The town Christmas card is also available to take away.

Don’t forget the Carol Service down the High Street on Tuesday 16th December at 6.45pm!!

This week:

Monday: Young mums’ bible study, 10am; Ladies’ supper, 7.30pm

Wednesday: Morning prayer, 7.15am; Carol Service 2pm

Thursday: Mums ‘n Tots, 10am; Debt Advice Centre 7.30pm

Friday: Debt Advice Centre, 9.30am

Saturday: Prayer for gospel expansion in and around Corsham, 8.30am, the Hut

Waterholes and weddings!

Steve and Ruth Lancaster,

This post by Steve and Ruth Lancaster was originally published at Life in the Lancs Lane

2014 is fast drawing to a close and this time next week (18th) we’ll be on a plane UK-bound for 2 weeks of holiday and catching up with family!  It’s been a year of adjusting and learning; a year of grappling with Tanzanian culture and a year of new experiences – most of them good ones!  

Meeting in the pump house at Sanga Sanga

Since our last newsletter we have attended two pastors’ conferences – one at Sanga Sanga and the other in Lindi, a 12 hour drive away in the south of the country.  The conference at Sanga Sanga was well attended with over 70 pastors and their wives coming from all over the diocese.  We all crammed into the very first building put up on the Sanga site, which is essentially the pump house!  We look forward to the day when our conference hall is built and we can welcome even bigger groups of pastors for Bible training, fellowship and respite – no pressure Matt Dixon!  More details about that next month.
 

The Lindi conference was the last of 8 this year.  As well as Tanzanian pastors and evangelists, it was good to meet up with some of our AIM colleagues who are based in various locations near Lindi, some on TIMO and post-TIMO teams.  Lindi is right on the coast and was picture-postcard pretty in some ways but boy, was it hot and sticky!  In future Steve will be following the example of the Tanzanians and taking a ‘preacher’s flannel’ with him to mop his dripping brow!  He taught three sessions in Swahili and was encouraged to receive good feedback on his pronunciation.  That seminar brought to a close his preaching this year on the subject of ‘Miraculous Movements’ and in the first few months of next year he’ll be preparing talks for the 2015 calendar of seminars.

The newlyweds shimmy down the aisle

In the last few weeks we’ve had a couple of interesting and very different cultural experiences; a baptism and a wedding.  Tanzanian weddings aren’t known to be brief affairs and we braced ourselves for a long day.  The service was due to start at 2pm and we were assured in advance by the pastor that it would start on time.  When we arrived at 2.30pm the church was still only a quarter full, the bridegroom was sitting outside in his car (making the most of the AC) and the bride had not yet arrived!  When things eventually got underway we were interested and slightly amused to see all the members of the wedding party dance down the aisle – the groom, his best man, the bridesmaids and the bride – imagine that in the UK!  The bride came in by herself, sashaying demurely halfway up the aisle where she waited for her groom to come and meet her, he looking rather self-conscious as he shimmied down towards her!  He lifted up her veil and the two of them continued up the aisle together.  There was a real atmosphere of celebration and of course the music and singing was full on!  Needless to say, at the end of the service the whole wedding party shimmied back down the aisle!