Notice sheet for 17th April 2016

Louise,

Annual Church Meeting

Please note the Annual Church Meeting will take place tomorrow night, Monday 18th April, 8pm. Previous minutes and agendas are available on the back table. Members are encouraged to attend.

** Ladies’ Supper @ Priory Street **

Monday 16th May, 7:30pm; Guest Speaker – Ruth Lancaster; Cost approx £5 for food

Big Church Day Out or New Wine for free?

Bible Society believe that when people engage with the Bible their lives can change, for good.  If you are interested in being part of this, then we are looking for lots of volunteers to help in a café at BCDO (late May) and NW1 (late July) and NW2 (early August).  This is just serving cake & coffee, no baking involved! You get a free ticket, 3 meals a day, training and uniform.  For details, please contact Susan Wingrave.

Ladies’ Bible Study

The next ladies’ bible study will be on Monday 25th April at 7.30pm. Study sheets are on the table at the back. All ladies welcome! Speak to Kathy Larkman or Anne Holmes for more information.

Midweek Service

The next midweek service will be on Wednesday 20th April at 2pm. Everyone welcome!

Christianity Explored

A new Christianity Explored course will be starting on Thursday 5th May. If you are interested in attending, or would like to know more, please contact Helen Christie or Elspeth Pitman.

James/Esther Wedding

A reminder that James King and Esther Cole are getting married on Saturday 30th April at 12:30pm at Priory Street.

Mean bean challenge 25-29th April.

In this five day challenge, some of the young people will get a taste of what over a billion people in our world experience every day – the disaster of hunger. While we eat a mean diet of just rice, plain beans and water we will be aiming to raise money for Tearfund’s local church partners that will help families and communities for whom hunger is a daily reality. It would be great if you would sponsor us as we do this. To give, please see the sponsorship form at the back of church or visit https://www.justgiving.com/teams/CBCYouth

Barn Dance

The Barn Dance will be on Saturday 7th May at Selwyn Hall in Box. Doors open at 6:30pm. Food from 7pm. Dancing from 7:30-10pm!

There is a notice board at the back of the church with lists relating to the Barn Dance for people to sign up for bringing food and to help with the organisation. PLEASE SIGN UP!!!

Suggest that 9:15 service sign up for the setting up sessions and 11:15 service sign up for the clearing away at the end.

Food – if you have any food allergies, please make sure there is food you will be able to eat! There are various food lists so everyone should be able to bring something.

Organisation – there are lists of various teams. We need teams for setting up, a set up food team, hot drinks teams, kitchen and tidy-up-as-we-go-along volunteers and a clearing up team at the end.

Any questions please see Wendy Rowe or a member of the Leadership Team.

The Ark

The Ark will be meeting on Saturday 30th April at 10am. The event will be slightly different this time as we will be meeting in the back rooms and garden, reached by the side entrance – please pray for dry weather!  We will be doing the parable of the sower. Contact Heather Chilcott or Alexa Simm for more details.

…Date for your diary…

Whole church day out to Weston Super Mare

Sunday 17th July 2016

We intend to have a coach trip to Weston Super Mare on Sunday 17th July leaving Corsham at 10:30 and returning at about 18:30. Costs will be dependent upon numbers going but expect around £5 per seat. The intention will be to find a spot on the beach as a base for the day where we will hold a short time of worship together.  There will be opportunity to relax, catch up with old friends from the other congregations, play some games and have a wander around the seafront and, if you like, visit the pier.  You will need to bring a picnic lunch.  More details will emerge over the next few weeks but if you intend to go put a big red circle around the date in your calendar! Any questions please speak to Stuart or Lynne Little on 01225 811960.

Please note there will be a service at Priory Street on that morning for those who do not wish to go on this trip. The time of this service will be confirmed in due course.

Looking ahead…

25th April : Ladies’ Bible Study, 7.30pm

30th April : The Ark, 10am

30th April : James and Esther’s wedding

1st May : Prior infant dedication, 11.15am

1st May : Evening prayer meeting

4th May : Midweek service, 2pm

5th May : Christianity Explored starts

7th May : Craft Club, 10am

7th May : Barn Dance at Selwyn Hall, Box

10th May : Tuesday Lunch Club, 12 o’clock

16th May : Ladies’ Supper, 7:30pm

18th May : Midweek service, 2pm

23rd May : Missions’ Prayer meeting, 7:30pm

28th May : The Ark, 10:00am

1st June : Midweek Service, 2:00pm

4th June : Craft Club, 10:00am

5th June : Prayer meeting, 6pm

6th June : Missions’ Prayer meeting (focus on Muslim World – start of Ramadan)

14th June : Tuesday Lunch Club, 12 o’clock

15th June : Midweek Service, 2:00pm

This week…

Monday: Mums’ bible study, 10am, the Hut; Annual Church Meeting, 8pm

Wednesday: Midweek service, 2pm

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

Friday: Corsham Debt Advice Centre, 9:30am

Saturday: Prayer in the Hut, 8:30am

There are 15 small groups that meet during the week in and around Corsham. Please contact Vicky Stephenson if you would like to find out more about which group might suit you.

Notice sheet 3rd April 2016

Louise,

Easter Holiday Bible Club

Rhiannon Price would like to say a very big thank you to everyone involved in the holiday bible club this past week. We had high numbers of children attend and everyone seemed to enjoy themselves. Thank you for helping to share the love of Jesus with these children!

** BARN DANCE 7th May **

We are having a barn dance on the evening of Saturday 7th May at Selwyn Hall in Box. This will be a great opportunity for all our congregations to get together. We will be needing some help for this occasion.  If you can help with setting up the hall, food and/or clearing up then please write your name on the form at the back of the church.

Leadership Nominations

Nominations are open for the leadership roles of Communications’ Deacon, Worship Deacon, Treasurer and Elder. Nominations close on 10th April. Elections will take place at the Church Meeting on the 18th April.  All paperwork is on the table at the back.

Meals on Wheels

What is your signature dish – meat and two veg – quiche and salad – veggie dish?  Whatever it is, there will be lots of babies joining us at CBC in the summer months!! As such, we need to update/ increase our list of those prepared to make meals for new families. If you can help in this way please contact Joan Cooper or Lesley Didsbury.

Midweek Service

The next Wednesday service will be held on 6th April at 2pm. The text is Luke 18.18-30 and Eric will be leading and preaching. The service lasts one hour and is followed by tea/coffee and home-made cakes. Please speak to Eric Seager for more information.

Church Meeting and Annual Church Meeting

Please note the next Church Meeting and the Annual Church Meeting will take place on Monday 18th April starting at 8pm. Previous minutes and agendas will be available on the 17th April.

Missions and Persecuted Church Prayer

The next prayer meeting for this group will take place on Monday 4th April at Priory Street at 7:45pm. Speak to Wendy Rowe for more details.

Mission News

The Lancasters will be sharing their mission news on Sunday 10th April at the evening service. Everyone is welcome to attend.

Tuesday Lunch Club

The next TLC will be held on Tuesday 12th April at 12 noon. Please speak to Wendy or Michael Prior for more information about these lunch events.

Note from the Treasurer

A few more volunteers will be needed after Easter to join the team who count and record the offerings. The duty involves about 20 minutes’ work at 12:30 after the second service, roughly once a month. If you can help in this way, please contact Michael Prior.

Ministry Booklet Reports

Would all ministry leaders prepare their ministry reports for the ACM booklet and email to Louise in the office asap! It would be a shame to not have the full complement of ministries included in the booklet. Thank you to those who have already submitted theirs.

Service Tonight

There will be a prayer evening tonight at 6pm led by Sue Wingrave and Vanessa Naish.

It is the school holidays and so groups will not be meeting next week

Looking ahead…

4th April : Missions and Persecuted church prayer meeting, 7.45pm

6th April : Midweek service, 2pm

10th April : Leadership nominations close

10th April : Evening meeting – Lancasters’ sharing

12th April : The Lunch Club, 12 o’clock

18th April : Church Meeting and Annual Church Meeting, 8pm

20th April : Midweek service, 2pm

25th April : Ladies’ Bible Study, 7.30pm

30th April : The Ark, 10am

30th April : James and Esther wedding

1st May : Prior infant dedication, 11.15am

1st May : Evening prayer meeting

4th May : Midweek service, 2pm

7th May : Craft Club, 10am

7th May : Barn Dance at Selwyn Hall, Box

10th May : Tuesday Lunch Club, 12 o’clock

16th May : Ladies’ Bible Study, 7:30pm

18th May : Midweek service, 2pm

The Lancs have landed!

Steve and Ruth Lancaster,

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

“He drew a deep breath. ‘Well, I’m back,’ he said.”  Those of you who are familiar with the JR Tolkien trilogy ‘Lord of the Rings’ will recall these words uttered in the very last sentence by Frodo’s travelling companion, Sam Gamgee.  He had just returned to his hobbit-hole of a home in the Shire following his epic adventures, having succeeded in helping to destroy the evil powers that had threatened to destroy Middle Earth.  Well, I’ve just returned from the land of Tanzania with my faithful travelling companion following our 31-month adventure, and now that we’ve settled into our Wiltshire stable cottage, we’re able to sit back and draw a breath, ponder our adventures and take stock of what’s been happening, and finally say those words: “We’re back”!

“Count your blessings, see what God has done.”  We arrived safely back in the UK on 8th March, together with our luggage, which is always a blessing!  Whilst it might sound strange to most of you, we felt a tinge of excitement and relief as we landed in a snow-covered Zurich airport!  The temperatures in Delightful Dar had been 35oC when we left.  Before we took off from Zurich bound for London, the plane had to be de-iced!  We then had fun hauling our five pieces of luggage across the London underground system before taking a train to Carlisle where a blustery Cumbrian platform was the scene for a much-anticipated reunion with Ma & Pa Lancs!  The requested fry-up duly appeared, followed the next day by the desired pork pie and celery!  It’s amazing what brings pleasure to a returning missionary!  Mum & Dad have lent us their run-around car for the next five months so we haven’t had the added hassle of looking for some wheels to use – yet another blessing!

Having rummaged through our stored stuff we grabbed our winter gear and travelled down to Newark to spend some time with Ruth’s parents, and then headed to the Swiss Alps with Oak Hall to ski the pistes above Wengen, Grindlewald and Murren.  After three years, it was great to be skiing again, especially in the place where it all began for us, in the shadow of the north face of the Eiger!  We tried to make the most of being in such majestic surroundings – covering 130,000 ft of ascent and descent; using 140 ski lifts in the process, and enjoying six days of good snow and blue skies!  Could it get any better!?  Needless to say – we came away feeling extremely blessed and very refreshed, despite putting our legs through 160 miles of downhill distance!

We arrived back in Wiltshire last Thursday – and straight into another couple of blessings!  Through a friend at church a cottage has been made available for us to use during our time here, on a farm about six miles from Corsham, near Yatton Keynell.  Our nearest neighbours, who we’re getting to know quite well with the help of some carrots, are a couple of donkeys!  Incidentally, to get to Corsham from Yatton Keynell, you drive through the delightfully-named village of ‘Tiddleywink’.  Not sure how I’d explain that to a Tanzanian!  And to think that we laughed at the meaning of the village name Sanga Sanga!  Furthermore, to add blessing upon blessing, we arrived to find that someone from our church had been in and stocked the shelves with all sorts of edible goodies!  Yet again, awesomely blessed!

Stable Cottage, our home during Home Assignment

Over the next few weeks and months, we’ll be spending time with our home church in Corsham, meeting up with family members we’ve never met before (and those we have!), and talking to folks about the work we’ve been involved in, and I’ll be back in the pulpit to do some preaching – although this time in English!  Among the more routine matters that need attending to are visits to doctors, dentists and opticians, renewing passports, preparing presentations and sermons, sorting out tax and pension issues, and having debriefs at AIM’s HQ in Nottingham.  We’ve listed below our current speaking appointments and diary dates to give you an idea of where we’ll be and when – and we look forward to seeing many of you along the way at some of these events!

Our new neighbours

Diary Dates: 

April 4th      Wimborne Africa Prayer Group (7.30pm)
10th          Corsham Baptist Church – reporting back to our church (6pm)
11th:          Chippenham: Ladyfield Church ladies meeting
13th:           Lincoln Evangelical Church – Ruth speaking at Ladies meeting (10.30am)
14th:           Nottingham AIM offices for debrief
23rd:           Wallington (Surrey) for AIM South Conference (1.30-6pm)
24th:           Corsham Baptist Church – Steve preaching (6pm)
27th:           Elgin – Steve to visit family until 6th May – Ruth to Elgin on 2nd 

May 8th:     Chippenham Ladyfield Evangelical Church – Steve preaching (11am)
11th:           Street Baptist Church missions meeting (7.30pm)
15th:           Corsham Baptist Church – Steve preaching (6pm)
16th:           London AIM prayer group (10.30am)
20-22:       Otford, Kent – Oak Hall team weekend
23rd:           Leamington Spa – Midlands AIM prayer group (7.30pm)
29th:           Corsham Baptist Church – Steve preaching (11.15am)

June 5th:    Corsham Baptist Church – Steve preaching (11.15am)
14-25:       Israel Oak Hall trip – Steve leading

July 10th:   Corsham Baptist Church – Steve preaching (11.15am & 6pm)
14-23:       France family holiday
26th:          Atworth Chapel Wiltshire – AIM presentation

Aug 14thStreet Baptist Church – Steve preaching (11am & 6.30pm)
20th:          Nairn half-marathon & Ruth’s 50th birthday! 


Sept 7th:    Return to Tanzania!   

Praise & Prayer Points:

  • Please join us in thanking God for the completion of our first term, for safety and good health, and for the little accomplishments along the way! “All that we have accomplished, You have done for us.” Is. 26: 12

  • We’re certainly thanking God for the many blessings that he has poured out upon us during this first term and for those we’ve received since we’ve been back: for faithful supporters who have prayed and given, for good travel home, for the use of a wonderful farm cottage near to our home church, and for the generosity of parents prepared to lend cars!

  • Please pray for times of refreshing as we reconnect with friends and family, and as I prepare sermons. Pray, as we prepare and deliver our various presentations, that we would inspire, encourage and challenge.

  • Please continue to pray for the work of IBM and for the team we’ve left behind; for Tony as he will be doing the bulk of this year’s Bible teaching; for Matt as he continues to supervise the building of the conference centre at Sanga; for Amy as she takes up some of Ruth’s responsibilities, and for Cath as she continues with her child protection work and takes on the unit leader role in my absence.

The Lancs have landed!

Ruth,

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

“He drew a deep breath. ‘Well, I’m back,’ he said.”  Those of you who are familiar with the JR Tolkien trilogy ‘Lord of the Rings’ will recall these words uttered in the very last sentence by Frodo’s travelling companion, Sam Gamgee.  He had just returned to his hobbit-hole of a home in the Shire following his epic adventures, having succeeded in helping to destroy the evil powers that had threatened to destroy Middle Earth.  Well, I’ve just returned from the land of Tanzania with my faithful travelling companion following our 31-month adventure, and now that we’ve settled into our Wiltshire stable cottage, we’re able to sit back and draw a breath, ponder our adventures and take stock of what’s been happening, and finally say those words: “We’re back”!

“Count your blessings, see what God has done.”  We arrived safely back in the UK on 8th March, together with our luggage, which is always a blessing!  Whilst it might sound strange to most of you, we felt a tinge of excitement and relief as we landed in a snow-covered Zurich airport!  The temperatures in Delightful Dar had been 35oC when we left.  Before we took off from Zurich bound for London, the plane had to be de-iced!  We then had fun hauling our five pieces of luggage across the London underground system before taking a train to Carlisle where a blustery Cumbrian platform was the scene for a much-anticipated reunion with Ma & Pa Lancs!  The requested fry-up duly appeared, followed the next day by the desired pork pie and celery!  It’s amazing what brings pleasure to a returning missionary!  Mum & Dad have lent us their run-around car for the next five months so we haven’t had the added hassle of looking for some wheels to use – yet another blessing!

Eiger aHaving rummaged through our stored stuff we grabbed our winter gear and travelled down to Newark to spend some time with Ruth’s parents, and then headed to the Swiss Alps with Oak Hall to ski the pistes above Wengen, Grindlewald and Murren.  After three years, it was great to be skiing again, especially in the place where it all began for us, in the shadow of the north face of the Eiger!  We tried to make the most of being in such majestic surroundings – covering 130,000 ft of ascent and descent; using 140 ski lifts in the process, and enjoying six days of good snow and blue skies!  Could it get any better!?  Needless to say – we came away feeling extremely blessed and very refreshed, despite putting our legs through 160 miles of downhill distance!

IMG_4174IMG_4114

We arrived back in Wiltshire last Thursday – and straight into another couple of blessings!  Through a friend at church a cottage has been made available for us to use during our time here, on a farm about six miles from Corsham, near Yatton Keynell.  Our nearest neighbours, who we’re getting to know quite well with the help of some carrots, are a couple of donkeys!  Incidentally, to get to Corsham from Yatton Keynell, you drive through the delightfully-named village of ‘Tiddleywink’.  Not sure how I’d explain that to a Tanzanian!  And to think that we laughed at the meaning of the village name Sanga Sanga!  Furthermore, to add blessing upon blessing, we arrived to find that someone from our church had been in and stocked the shelves with all sorts of edible goodies!  Yet again, awesomely blessed!

IMG_4302

Stable Cottage, our home during Home Assignment

Over the next few weeks and months, we’ll be spending time with our home church in Corsham, meeting up with family members we’ve never met before (and those we have!), and talking to folks about the work we’ve been involved in, and I’ll be back in the pulpit to do some preaching – although this time in English!  Among the more routine matters that need attending to are visits to doctors, dentists and opticians, renewing passports, preparing presentations and sermons, sorting out tax and pension issues, and having debriefs at AIM’s HQ in Nottingham.  We’ve listed below our current speaking appointments and diary dates to give you an idea of where we’ll be and when – and we look forward to seeing many of you along the way at some of these events!

Our new neighbours

Our new neighbours

Diary Dates: 

April 4th          Wimborne Africa Prayer Group (7.30pm)
10th          Corsham Baptist Church – reporting back to our church (6pm)
11th:          Chippenham: Ladyfield Church ladies meeting
13th:           Lincoln Evangelical Church – Ruth speaking at Ladies meeting (10.30am)
14th:           Nottingham AIM offices for debrief
23rd:           Wallington (Surrey) for AIM South Conference (1.30-6pm)
24th:           Corsham Baptist Church – Steve preaching (6pm)
27th:           Elgin – Steve to visit family until 6th May – Ruth to Elgin on 2nd May
May 8th:     Chippenham Ladyfield Evangelical Church – Steve preaching (11am)
11th:           Street Baptist Church missions meeting (7.30pm)
15th:           Corsham Baptist Church – Steve preaching (6pm)
16th:           London AIM prayer group (10.30am)
20-22:       Otford, Kent – Oak Hall team weekend
23rd:           Leamington Spa – Midlands AIM prayer group (7.30pm)
29th:           Corsham Baptist Church – Steve preaching (11.15am)
June 5th:    Corsham Baptist Church – Steve preaching (11.15am)
14-25:       Israel Oak Hall trip – Steve leading
July 10th:   Corsham Baptist Church – Steve preaching (11.15am & 6pm)
14-23:       France family holiday
26th:          Atworth Chapel Wiltshire – AIM presentation
Aug 14thStreet Baptist Church – Steve preaching (11am & 6.30pm)
20th:          Nairn half-marathon & Ruth’s 50th birthday! 
Sept 7th:    Return to Tanzania!   

Praise & Prayer Points:

  • Please join us in thanking God for the completion of our first term, for safety and good health, and for the little accomplishments along the way! “All that we have accomplished, You have done for us.” Is. 26: 12
  • We’re certainly thanking God for the many blessings that he has poured out upon us during this first term and for those we’ve received since we’ve been back: for faithful supporters who have prayed and given, for good travel home, for the use of a wonderful farm cottage near to our home church, and for the generosity of parents prepared to lend cars!
  • Please pray for times of refreshing as we reconnect with friends and family, and as I prepare sermons. Pray, as we prepare and deliver our various presentations, that we would inspire, encourage and challenge.
  • Please continue to pray for the work of IBM and for the team we’ve left behind; for Tony as he will be doing the bulk of this year’s Bible teaching; for Matt as he continues to supervise the building of the conference centre at Sanga; for Amy as she takes up some of Ruth’s responsibilities, and for Cath as she continues with her child protection work and takes on the unit leader role in my absence.

The Lancs have landed!

Ruth,

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

“He drew a deep breath. ‘Well, I’m back,’ he said.”  Those of you who are familiar with the JR Tolkien trilogy ‘Lord of the Rings’ will recall these words uttered in the very last sentence by Frodo’s travelling companion, Sam Gamgee.  He had just returned to his hobbit-hole of a home in the Shire following his epic adventures, having succeeded in helping to destroy the evil powers that had threatened to destroy Middle Earth.  Well, I’ve just returned from the land of Tanzania with my faithful travelling companion following our 31-month adventure, and now that we’ve settled into our Wiltshire stable cottage, we’re able to sit back and draw a breath, ponder our adventures and take stock of what’s been happening, and finally say those words: “We’re back”!

“Count your blessings, see what God has done.”  We arrived safely back in the UK on 8th March, together with our luggage, which is always a blessing!  Whilst it might sound strange to most of you, we felt a tinge of excitement and relief as we landed in a snow-covered Zurich airport!  The temperatures in Delightful Dar had been 35oC when we left.  Before we took off from Zurich bound for London, the plane had to be de-iced!  We then had fun hauling our five pieces of luggage across the London underground system before taking a train to Carlisle where a blustery Cumbrian platform was the scene for a much-anticipated reunion with Ma & Pa Lancs!  The requested fry-up duly appeared, followed the next day by the desired pork pie and celery!  It’s amazing what brings pleasure to a returning missionary!  Mum & Dad have lent us their run-around car for the next five months so we haven’t had the added hassle of looking for some wheels to use – yet another blessing!

Eiger aHaving rummaged through our stored stuff we grabbed our winter gear and travelled down to Newark to spend some time with Ruth’s parents, and then headed to the Swiss Alps with Oak Hall to ski the pistes above Wengen, Grindlewald and Murren.  After three years, it was great to be skiing again, especially in the place where it all began for us, in the shadow of the north face of the Eiger!  We tried to make the most of being in such majestic surroundings – covering 130,000 ft of ascent and descent; using 140 ski lifts in the process, and enjoying six days of good snow and blue skies!  Could it get any better!?  Needless to say – we came away feeling extremely blessed and very refreshed, despite putting our legs through 160 miles of downhill distance!

IMG_4174IMG_4114

We arrived back in Wiltshire last Thursday – and straight into another couple of blessings!  Through a friend at church a cottage has been made available for us to use during our time here, on a farm about six miles from Corsham, near Yatton Keynell.  Our nearest neighbours, who we’re getting to know quite well with the help of some carrots, are a couple of donkeys!  Incidentally, to get to Corsham from Yatton Keynell, you drive through the delightfully-named village of ‘Tiddleywink’.  Not sure how I’d explain that to a Tanzanian!  And to think that we laughed at the meaning of the village name Sanga Sanga!  Furthermore, to add blessing upon blessing, we arrived to find that someone from our church had been in and stocked the shelves with all sorts of edible goodies!  Yet again, awesomely blessed!

IMG_4302

Stable Cottage, our home during Home Assignment

Over the next few weeks and months, we’ll be spending time with our home church in Corsham, meeting up with family members we’ve never met before (and those we have!), and talking to folks about the work we’ve been involved in, and I’ll be back in the pulpit to do some preaching – although this time in English!  Among the more routine matters that need attending to are visits to doctors, dentists and opticians, renewing passports, preparing presentations and sermons, sorting out tax and pension issues, and having debriefs at AIM’s HQ in Nottingham.  We’ve listed below our current speaking appointments and diary dates to give you an idea of where we’ll be and when – and we look forward to seeing many of you along the way at some of these events!

Our new neighbours

Our new neighbours

Diary Dates: 

April 4th          Wimborne Africa Prayer Group (7.30pm)
10th          Corsham Baptist Church – reporting back to our church (6pm)
11th:          Chippenham: Ladyfield Church ladies meeting
13th:           Lincoln Evangelical Church – Ruth speaking at Ladies meeting (10.30am)
14th:           Nottingham AIM offices for debrief
23rd:           Wallington (Surrey) for AIM South Conference (1.30-6pm)
24th:           Corsham Baptist Church – Steve preaching (6pm)
27th:           Elgin – Steve to visit family until 6th May – Ruth to Elgin on 2nd May
May 8th:     Chippenham Ladyfield Evangelical Church – Steve preaching (11am)
11th:           Street Baptist Church missions meeting (7.30pm)
15th:           Corsham Baptist Church – Steve preaching (6pm)
16th:           London AIM prayer group (10.30am)
20-22:       Otford, Kent – Oak Hall team weekend
23rd:           Leamington Spa – Midlands AIM prayer group (7.30pm)
29th:           Corsham Baptist Church – Steve preaching (11.15am)
June 5th:    Corsham Baptist Church – Steve preaching (11.15am)
14-25:       Israel Oak Hall trip – Steve leading
July 10th:   Corsham Baptist Church – Steve preaching (11.15am & 6pm)
14-23:       France family holiday
26th:          Atworth Chapel Wiltshire – AIM presentation
Aug 14thStreet Baptist Church – Steve preaching (11am & 6.30pm)
20th:          Nairn half-marathon & Ruth’s 50th birthday! 
Sept 7th:    Return to Tanzania!   

Praise & Prayer Points:

  • Please join us in thanking God for the completion of our first term, for safety and good health, and for the little accomplishments along the way! “All that we have accomplished, You have done for us.” Is. 26: 12
  • We’re certainly thanking God for the many blessings that he has poured out upon us during this first term and for those we’ve received since we’ve been back: for faithful supporters who have prayed and given, for good travel home, for the use of a wonderful farm cottage near to our home church, and for the generosity of parents prepared to lend cars!
  • Please pray for times of refreshing as we reconnect with friends and family, and as I prepare sermons. Pray, as we prepare and deliver our various presentations, that we would inspire, encourage and challenge.
  • Please continue to pray for the work of IBM and for the team we’ve left behind; for Tony as he will be doing the bulk of this year’s Bible teaching; for Matt as he continues to supervise the building of the conference centre at Sanga; for Amy as she takes up some of Ruth’s responsibilities, and for Cath as she continues with her child protection work and takes on the unit leader role in my absence.

The Incomparable Cross

Eddie,

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 an offering far too small;
Love so amazing, so divine,
Demands my soul, my life, my all.

Isaac Watts

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Easter Weekend

Adrian,
Easter Events

Here is a quick run-down of our Easter Weekend Events & Services. All FREE and we’d love to see you at one or more of these:

Corsham

  • Friday 9:30am Good Friday Service at Corsham Baptist Church, Priory Street
  • Friday 10:30am Walk of witness in the town centre
  • Saturday 9:30am-1pm Tea, Coffee, Hot cross buns, face paints in Corsham Town Centre next to the greengrocers.
  • Saturday 10am-11am The Ark – For families with children 0-7. Puppets, craft, bible stories, music & snacks at Corsham Baptist Church, Priory Street
  • Sunday 9:15am Easter Sunday service at Corsham Baptist Church, Priory Street
  • Sunday 11:15am Easter Sunday service at Corsham Baptist Church, Priory Street
  • Sunday 6pm-7pm Evening service at Corsham Baptist Church, Priory Street

Rudloe

  • Friday 6pm-8pm Heart4Rudloe For families with children 0-7. Drama, craft, games, snacks at Rudloe Community Centre.
  • Friday 8pm Payer at Rob & Sharon’s home, Rudloe
  • Saturday 10am-12pm Rudloe Easter Egg Hunt (FREE) with tea & coffee for adults at Rudloe Community Centre
  • Sunday 10am Easter Sunday service at Rudloe Community Centre

Young And Old Together

Eddie,

I’ve been reading accounts of the Hebridean Revivals that took place in the twentieth century and was struck by this comment from a young man converted at that time:

It was amazing to see how the older Christians cared for the converts. They were so supportive, so caring. They were so well nurtured and the young converts desired to be in the company of older Christians whenever they could.

I think a lot of the young converts nowadays miss out on that. They don’t desire the company of older Christians. They were our College, our Theological College. We learned so much from them. One thing the young do not have is experience. We gained so much. (From Colin and Mary Peckham, “Sounds From Heaven”).

A challenge for young(er) and old(er) alike!

What Does Your Discipleship Mean?

Eddie,

Some Christians want enough of Christ to be identified with him but not enough to be seriously inconvenienced. —D.A. Carson

 

His Perfect Work

Eddie,

“I like those words, ‘Our life is like the weaver’s web’ for it is so true to life.   We only see the wrong side of the fabric now, for the Weaver has not finished his work.   But in the Day to come, where we shall see it from his side, then we shall behold the beauty of his work and not the knots and ends which our sins and failures have caused.”   -Vera E. Pink