Grace Place – A Blog for CBC Women and Beyond…

Corsham Baptist Church’s women’s ministry has recently launched a new website named Grace PlaceBelow is an excerpt from their site describing the purpose of the site.

Links to the most recent few posts are also available on our home page.


 

Grace Place’, a blog created for the women of CBC (Corsham Baptist Church) communities and beyond. Our passion is to help women to authentically grow and mature in their journey with God in Christ. The gospel of Jesus Christ is the one true foundation with which can transform our ordinary, everyday, messy lives!

The gospel is founded on God’s amazing love and grace which then extends to us for friendship with one another.  Thus the name ‘Grace Place’ is born. We come in all shapes and sizes, ages, and life’s experiences. We are here because we are created to do life together! Women need other women. So no matter where you are on your journey, you are not on your own. We hope that Grace Place will be a place where you can be lovingly transparent with the not-so-great stuff mixed in with the gracious goodness of God.

In addition, this blog is a link to connect with you and to bring continuity to our existing monthly studies.   We are here to share laughter and tears, sorrows and joys, heartaches and victories.  We hope you will be inspired, challenged, encouraged,feel accepted, and loved.  Our aim is to be biblically faithful, pastorally sensitive,and culturally relevant.  We want you to feel at home; as family should. There will be a weekly addition so feel free to ask questions and make relevant comments along the way.

So if you love Jesus even just a little but long to love Him more, plug in! Grab a cuppa and see what the Lord gets up to as we walk together!

Newsletter for 11th October 2015

Church Meeting

At the Church Meeting on Monday night the following people were welcomed into membership at CBC : Mark Lilley and Alexa & David Simm.

We would also like to welcome Martin Sheringham onto the leadership as our new Fabric Deacon.

Tanzania Mission Trip

CBC is sending a team to serve at a conference of AIM missionaries in Tanzania. They depart tomorrow! They return on the 20th October. The team consists of Eddie and Kathy Larkman, Rhiannon Price, Elspeth Pitman, Joey and Emily Pillinger, Katharine Mortimer, Ben Ross and Rob Durant. Eddie and Kathy will stay on to visit Steve and Ruth Lancaster at their home and work in Morogoro, returning 23rd October. Please pray for a fresh anointing of God’s Spirit for all involved in this conference.

“Grace Place”

There is a new blog which has recently been launched called “GRACE PLACE.” The website is cbcgraceplace.wordpress.com.  This is geared toward women of all ages in our two communities of CBC, Rudloe and beyond.  Take a look and find out who the contributors are! Grab a cuppa and take a look! Find out what Sharon writes about in her first blog. You’ll never guess!

‘Connected’

‘Connected’ is a new group designed to give busy parents an opportunity to get together to relax, have fun, share a meal and develop their relationships with Christian brothers and sisters, without the distraction of children! This is more than just a social; it’s about building each other up in Christ to be a light in our busy worlds and to encourage each others’ families to stay faithful to Christ in our increasingly secular society. We plan to meet once a month on a Saturday evening. Our first meeting is taking place on Saturday 14th November at Priory Street, 6-11pm. So, if you’d like to join us, speak to Tim or Beth Mills for more information.

Message from Oasis Centre, Austria

During the week the sum of 2634 euro was paid to Oasis. This is the response from Carol Halm…

“Michael,

Wow – thank you!  I’m just overwhelmed at the church’s generosity in support of us, and best of all, I know that the church prays for us. Please communicate our thanks to the church!

Blessings,”

Life Group and Future Life Group Leaders’ Day

This is taking place on Saturday 14th November from 9.30-1pm at the church. Please discuss with Vicky if you are interested.

Annual Light Party

We will be holding our Light Party on October 31st ​from 5-7pm.  There will be singing, games, crafts, snacks, puppets and lots of fun.  This is an event for 4 to 11 year olds (all primary school children). If you are able to help with this event, please sign up on the sheet at the back of church.  Areas we particularly need help with are: Set up and Set down – moving chairs on Sunday 25th October (after the evening service) and again after the event (7.30pm on 31st) and a general tidy up. Catering – Judy Davies has done a fantastic job for many years on her own and this year we would love to have a team of caterers supporting her.  If you can bake please sign up and/or speak to Judy. Helping on the evening – group leaders. games co-ordinator, welcome team, registration team, face painting and worship bandDo you have any fairy lights that we could borrow? We also need clean jam jars with lids, preferably smaller jars but any will do (please include lids).  If so, please name them and leave them in the church office or give them to Rhiannon.

Mission Prayer Meeting

This will take place at 8:00pm on Wednesday 14th October at Priory Street and everyone is welcome to attend. The Chippenham House group will be attending. Please contact Wendy Rowe, our Missions’ Deacon, for more information.

TLC

Our October TLC event for seniors is happening this Tuesday at 12 o’clock. A 3-course meal is served, followed by a talk. Please speak to Michael or Wendy Prior if you would like further information.

Youth Weekend away – Drivers needed!!

In less than two weeks’ time Dan will be taking a group of about 35 people to our annual youth weekend away. However, in order to make this youth trip possible we need your help! We are in need of  a couple individuals willing to drive young people to and/or from Chepstow on Friday afternoon 23rd October (We meet at Corsham Baptist Church to load up and go at 4pm)  / Sunday afternoon 25th October (Arriving at the centre at approx 3pm to bring young people back to Corsham). If you can assist in regards to this, please let Dan Ovens know. Thanks.

Youth Service – Sunday 18th October, 6pm

Next Sunday evening, the young people will be hosting a joint youth service at CBC. This event will be hosted by young people for young people, and will include a mix of refreshments, testimony, worship and teaching. Josh Holmes will host the service, four of our young people will be sharing testimony/ biblical reflections, and Matthew Little will be introducing a time of creative response. Please pray for the young people as they prepare, and meet at this event. As a result there will be no evening service held at CBC next Sunday.

…This Week…

Monday: Mums’ Bible Study, 10am; missions’ team departs for Tanzania

Tuesday: TLC, 12 noon

Wednesday: Missions Prayer, 8pm

Thursday: Toddler Group, 10am; Corsham Money Debt Advice Centre, 7.30pm

Friday: Corsham Money Debt Advice Centre, 9.30am

Saturday: Prayer in the Hut, 8.30am

…Coming up…

18th October: Special evening youth service, 6pm @ CBC (Bible Sunday at Gastard Church 6pm)

21st October: Midweek service, 2pm

23rd-25th October: Youth weekend away

26th October: Ladies’ Bible Study, 7.30pm

31st October: The Ark, 10am; The Light Party, 5-7pm

1st November: Evening prayer meeting

4th November: Midweek service, 2pm

10th November: TLC, 12 o’clock

14th November: Life Group leaders’ day, 9am; Craft Group, 10am; “Connected”, 6-11pm

18th November: Midweek service, 2pm

28th November: The Ark, 10am

 

Steve’s October Trip

On Wednesday 7th, Steve will travel to Thailand to take part in Asiacon, a conference for WEC’s team leaders in Asia. He will stay in Thailand for a few days afterwards to meet team members there, and will be back home on 29th.

Just before Asiacon starts, he will run a two day concentrated course of training for team leaders, to equip them to respond to safeguarding issues in their branch. He will also do several presentations during Asiacon.

He leaves on Weds 7th and flies to Chiang Mai, Thailand via Beijing, arriving on Thursday 8th. Asiacon is from Tues 13th to Thurs 22nd. Then there will be meetings with WEC team members in Chiang Mai. He will travel home on Weds 28th, arriving on Thursday 29th.

Notice sheet for 4th October 2015

Church Meeting

Our last church meeting of the year will take place tomorrow night, Monday 5th October at 8pm. Agendas and minutes are on the table at the back so please take a copy before the meeting.

Tanzania Mission Trip

CBC is sending a team to serve at a conference of AIM missionaries in Tanzania, 12-20 October. Eddie and Kathy will stay on to visit Steve and Ruth Lancaster at their home and work in Morogoro, returning 23rd October. Please pray for a fresh anointing of God’s Spirit for all involved in this conference.

Same-Sex Marriage

Following on from previous notices regarding book recommendations on this subject, we are planning to run a morning meeting dedicated to this issue. The meeting will take place at Church on Saturday 10th October from 9am-12.30pm. The morning will include biblical teaching and will cover pastoral issues related to SSM. There will be plenty of time for questions and discussion during the morning. Eddie, Rob and Dan will be leading the meeting.

** Harvest Offerings **

The crisis facing refugees in Austria is ongoing, and we would like to take every opportunity of helping the Oasis Centre in its work amongst them. We are currently investigating the possibility of sending out a small team to help at the Oasis Centre, and this will need our financial support. We shall be donating our harvest offerings today to the Refugee Crisis. Cheques should be made payable to CBC. Any further donations should be given in an envelope marked ‘REFUGEE CRISIS’. If you qualify for gift-aid, fill in your details on a gift-aid envelope. Our tinned donations will be going to the Corsham Churches Food Bank.

“Grace Place”

There is a new blog which has recently been launched call “GRACE PLACE.”  The website is cbcgraceplace.wordpress.com.  This is geared toward women of all ages in our two communities of CBC, Rudloe and beyond.  Take a look and find out who the contributors are! Grab a cuppa and take a look!

“Meals” Ministry

The provision of meals on wheels to new families and those who are ill and needing meals, is a busy and much-appreciated service. We are looking for a co-ordinator who can arrange the meals as needed. Mike and Sarah Blaikley have done a great job but have to stop this from December 2015. Is there someone, or a couple, who can co-ordinate from next January? If you feel you can serve in this way or would like further information, please contact the Blaikleys or Joan Cooper.

Annual Light Party

We will be holding our Light Party on October 31st ​from 5-7pm.  There will be singing, games, crafts, snacks, puppets and lots of fun.  This is an event for 4 to 11 year olds (all primary school children). If you are able to help with this event, please sign up on the sheet at the back of church.  Areas we particularly need help with are: Set up and Set down – moving chairs on Sunday 25th October (after the evening service) and again after the event (7.30pm on 31st) and a general tidy up. Catering – Judy Davies has done a fantastic job for many years on her own and this year we would love to have a team of caterers supporting her.  If you can bake please sign up and/or speak to Judy. Helping on the evening – group leaders. games co-ordinator, welcome team, registration team, face painting and worship bandDo you have any fairy lights that we could borrow? We also need clean jam jars with lids, preferably smaller jars but any will do (please include lids).  If so, please name them and leave them in the church office or give them to Rhiannon.

*This event can’t run without your help and support. Thank you !!**

‘Connected’

Connected is a new group designed to give busy parents an opportunity to get together to relax, have fun, share a meal and develop their relationships with Christian brothers and sisters, without the distraction of children! This is more than just a social; it’s about building each other up in Christ to be a light in our busy worlds and to encourage each others’ families to stay faithful to Christ in our increasingly secular society. We plan to meet once a month on a Saturday evening. So, if you’d like to join us, please speak to Tim and Beth Mills for more information.

Proverbs 27:17 “as iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another.” 

Hebrews 10:24-25 “and let us consider how we may spur one another on towards love  and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day approaching.”

Steph Grylls in Bangladesh

Please pray for Steph as she is on mission in Bangladesh until December. You can follow her progress via this web link http://missioninbangladesh1778.blogspot.co.uk/

Midweek Baptism Service

Our midweek service on 7 October will be a service of Believer’s Baptism for two of our regular congregation. Eric Seager will lead the service and David Morrell will preach from 2 Kings 5.1-19. All are very welcome to attend!

…This Week…

Monday: Mums’ Bible Study, 10am; Church Meeting 8pm

Wednesday: Midweek service, 2pm, baptism

Thursday: Toddler Group, 10am; Corsham Money Debt Advice Centre, 7.30pm

Friday: Corsham Money Debt Advice Centre, 9.30am

Saturday: Prayer in the Hut, 8.30am; same sex marriage discussion, 9am

 …Coming up…

12th October: AIM Tanzania short term mission trip departs

13th October: TLC, 12 o’clock

18th October: Special evening youth service, 6pm @ CBC (Bible Sunday at Gastard Church 6pm)

21st October: Midweek service, 2pm

23rd-25th October: Youth weekend away

26th October: Ladies’ Bible Study, 7.30pm

31st October: The Ark, 10am; The Light Party, 5-7pm

 

Notice sheet for 27th September 2015

 

Ladies’ Bible Study/Social

The first ladies’ bible study of the autumn will take place tomorrow night, 28th September, at 7.30pm and will be a chilli night! Cost will be £4 per person. There is a sign-up sheet at the back so please write your name down if you want to attend – it’s not too late!

Same-Sex Marriage

Following on from previous notices regarding book recommendations on this subject, we are planning to run a morning meeting dedicated to this issue. The meeting will take place at Church on Saturday 10th October from 9am-12.30pm. The morning will include biblical teaching and will cover pastoral issues related to SSM. There will be plenty of time for questions and discussion during the morning. Eddie, Rob and Dan will be leading the meeting.

** Support for the Oasis Centre **

The crisis facing refugees in Austria is ongoing, and we would like to take every opportunity of helping the Oasis Centre in its work amongst them. We are currently investigating the possibility of sending out a small team to help at the Oasis Centre, and this will need our financial support. We shall be donating our harvest offerings on Sunday 4th October to the Refugee Crisis. Cheques should be made payable to CBC. Any further donations should be given in an envelope marked ‘REFUGEE CRISIS’, so that your donations can support either Oasis itself or the expenses of any worker or team which we may send out to Austria. If you qualify for gift-aid, please fill in your details on a gift-aid envelope.

Fabric Deacon

Following Paul Garcia’s resignation as fabric deacon, nominations are closing today for the election of a new deacon which will take place at the 5th October Church Meeting. All necessary paper work is on the table at the back of church. Please hand your form in to Alan Kember or Alan Christie.

CBC Craft Group

Craft Group will be meeting again on Saturday 3rd October, 10am-12.30 in the coffee hall.  This month the workshop will be looking at how to cut out a dress using a paper pattern. The fabric boxes are near completion and there is always help with other projects.  We will be thinking about Christmas Craft over coffee and cake! For more information contact Pam or Kathy or just pop in next Saturday.

Midweek Baptism Service

Our midweek service on 7 October will be a service of Believer’s Baptism for two of our regular congregation. Eric Seager will lead the service and David Morrell will preach from 2 Kings 5.1-19. All are very welcome to attend!

Harvest Service

Our annual harvest service will be held next Sunday 4th October. Please bring your items (no fresh food) on the morning and we will distribute them during the week.  Food donations will go to the Corsham Churches Food Bank.  Financial contributions may be made to CBC and marked “Refugee Crisis” on the white envelope. Thank you!

Annual Light Party

We will be holding our Light Party on October 31st ​from 5-7pm.  There will be singing, games, crafts, snacks, puppets and lots of fun.  This is an event for 4 to 11 year olds (all primary school children). If you are able to help with this event, please sign up on the sheet at the back of church.  Areas we particularly need help with are: Set up and Set down – moving chairs on Sunday 25th October (after the evening service) and again after the event (7.30pm on 31st) and a general tidy up. Catering – Judy has done a fantastic job for many years on her own and this year we would love to have team of caterers supporting her.  If you can bake please sign up and/or speak to Judy. Helping on the evening – group leaders. games co-ordinator, welcome team, registration team and many other roles. Face painting; Worship band – Do you have any fairy lights that we could borrow?  If so, please name them and leave them in the church office or give them to Rhiannon. This event can’t run without your help and support. Thank you !!

‘Connected’

Connected is a new group designed to give busy parents an opportunity to get together to relax, have fun, share a meal and develop our relationships with our Christian brothers and sisters, without the distraction of children! This is more than just a social; it’s about building each other up in Christ to be a light in our busy worlds and to encourage each others’ families to stay faithful to Christ in our increasingly secular society. We plan to meet once a month on a Saturday evening. So, if you’d like to join us, please speak to Tim and Beth Mills for more information.

Proverbs 27:17 “as iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another.” 

Hebrews 10:24-25 “and let us consider how we may spur one another on towards love  and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day approaching.”

“Meals” Ministry

The provision of meals on wheels to new families and those who are ill and needing meals, is a busy and much-appreciated service. We are looking for a co-ordinator who can arrange the meals as needed. Mike and Sarah Blaikley have done a great job but have to stop this from December 2015. Is there someone, or a couple, who can co-ordinate from next January? If you feel you can serve in this way or would like further information, please contact the Blaikleys or Joan Cooper.

Lancasters’ Request

The Lancasters are asking our mission team going out to Tanzania next month to bring three or four used board games/jigsaws in fairly good condition (things like Scrabble, Uno, Jenga, card games etc). They want to use them for Sanga Sanga visitors. If you can help please contact Kathy Larkman. Thank you!

Steph Grylls in Bangladesh

Please pray for Steph as she is on mission in Bangladesh until December. You can follow her progress via this web link http://missioninbangladesh1778.blogspot.co.uk/

…This Week…

Monday: Mums’ Bible Study, 10am; ladies’ chilli night, 7.30pm

Thursday: Toddler Group, 10am; Corsham Money Debt Advice Centre, 7.30pm

Friday: Corsham Money Debt Advice Centre, 9.30am

Saturday: Prayer in the Hut, 8.30am; craft group 10am

…Coming up…

3rd October: Craft Group, 10am

4th October: Harvest service; evening prayer meeting

5th October: Church Meeting, 8pm

7th October: Midweek service, 2pm, Baptism

10th October: Same Sex Marriage discussion 9am-12.30pm

12th October: AIM Tanzania short term mission trip

18th October: Special evening youth service, 6pm @ CBC (Bible Sunday at Gastard Church 6pm)

21st October: Midweek service, 2pm

23rd-25th October: Youth weekend away

26th October: Ladies’ Bible Study, 7.30pm

31st October: The Ark, 10am; The Light Party, 5-7pm

 

Notice sheet for 20th September 2015

Ladies’ Bible Study/Social

The first ladies’ bible study of the autumn will take place on Monday 28th September at 7.30pm and will be a chilli night! Cost will be £4 per person. There is a sign-up sheet at the back so please write your name down if you want to attend!

Same-Sex Marriage

Following on from previous notices regarding book recommendations on this subject, we are planning to run a morning meeting dedicated to this issue. The meeting will take place at Church on Saturday 10th October from 9am-12.30pm. The morning will include biblical teaching and will cover pastoral issues related to SSM. There will be plenty of time for questions and discussion during the morning. Eddie, Rob and Dan will be leading the meeting.

The Ark

The next Ark will take place at church on Saturday 26th September from 10- 10.45am. It’s aimed at 0-7 year olds but all welcome for bible stories, songs, wonderful crafts, puppets and cake! We would be grateful for any help with moving the chairs from 9.00am on the morning and putting them back about 11.00ish. If you would like to know any more about the Ark or you are able to help, please see Heather Chilcott.

Men’s Weekend Away

This is taking place from 25th-27th September. Please speak to Ian Holmes if you would like more information about this.

** Support for the Oasis Centre **

The crisis facing refugees in Austria is ongoing, and we would like to take every opportunity of helping the Oasis Centre in its work amongst them. We are currently investigating the possibility of sending out a small team to help at the Oasis Centre  for a few weeks, and this will need our financial support. We shall be donating our harvest offerings on Sunday 4th October to the Refugee Crisis. Due to your generosity we were able to send a further £537 to Oasis last week. This brings our total giving to £1995 to Oasis this year. Cheques should be made payable to CBC. Any further donations should be given in an envelope marked ‘REFUGEE CRISIS’, so that your donations can support either Oasis itself or the expenses of any worker or team which we may send out to Austria. If you qualify for gift-aid, please fill in your details on a gift-aid envelope.

Extract of a letter from Carol Halm at Oasis

“With all of the recent developments in Austria ie. so many refugees coming, I appreciate more than ever … your churches’ prayers! God has been so good thus far to give me an extra measure of strength and endurance in the midst of very long, hot and challenging days.”

HARVEST SERVICE

Our annual harvest service will be held on Sunday 4th October. Please bring your tins (no fresh food) on the morning and we will distribute them during the week. Donations will go to the Corsham Churches Food Bank – see the board in the coffee hall for the wide range of items that you can donate.  Financial contributions may be made to CBC and marked “Refugee Crisis” on the white envelope.  Thank you!

Fabric Deacon

Following Paul Garcia’s resignation as fabric deacon, nominations are now open for the election of a new deacon which will take place at the 5th October Church Meeting. All necessary paper work is on the table at the back of church. Please hand your form in to Alan Kember or Alan Christie.

Chippenham Street Pastors

Chippenham Street Pastors are in desperate need of more volunteers. A new training course will start on the 23rd September with an information evening from 7.30-9.30pm at Sheldon Road Methodist Church Chippenham. If you are interested come along to the information evening or contact the Chippenham Street Pastors’ Co-ordinator or speak to Elspeth at CBC.

Lancasters’ Request

The Lancasters are asking our team going out next month to bring three or four used board games/jigsaws in fairly good condition (things like Scrabble, Uno, Jenga, card games etc). They want to use them for Sanga Sanga visitors. If you can help please contact Kathy Larkman. Thank you!

DBS checks (Disclosure and Barring service)

As part of our church Safeguarding Policy, it is required that all volunteers working with children and vulnerable adults must have a DBS check.  If you volunteer in junior church and are not sure if you have had a current DBS check or are having difficulties with the application procedure, please speak to Bev Grylls who is more than willing to help.  We have a responsibility to keep the children and adults safe in junior church so please complete your application if you have not already done so. Thank you.

Midweek Service

The next midweek service will be held this Wednesday at 2pm at the church. the text will be Luke 14.1-24 and Eric shall be leading and preaching. There will be communion.

Steph Grylls in Bangladesh

Please pray for Steph as she goes on mission to Bangladesh until December. You can follow her progress via this web link http://missioninbangladesh1778.blogspot.co.uk/

…This Week…

Monday: Mums’ Bible Study, 10am

Wednesday: Midweek service, 2pm

Thursday: Toddler Group, 10am; Corsham Money Debt Advice Centre, 7.30pm

Friday: Corsham Money Debt Advice Centre, 9.30am; Men’s weekend away

Saturday: Prayer in the Hut, 8.30am; The Ark, 10am

…Coming up…

27th September: Nominations close for Fabric deacon

28th September: Ladies’ Bible Study, 7.30pm, chilli night

3rd October: Craft Group, 10am

4th October: Harvest service

5th October: Church Meeting, 8pm

7th October: Midweek service, 2pm

10th October: Same Sex Marriage discussion 9am-12.30pm

12th October: AIM Tanzania short term mission trip

18th October: Special evening youth service, 6pm @ CBC (Bible Sunday at Gastard Church 6pm)

Seeking extra help with our online sermon ministry

Weekly we publish our sermons online here on our website to share the Gospel message with our congregation and people from across the globe.

We have a team who currently share the job of uploading our sermons each week, but we would really like to bolster these numbers by a few more. If you are a member of Corsham Baptist Church and think you could help, we would love to have you join the team. Please drop us an email (see the contact page for details) or speak to Adrian Pillinger to find out what is involved (training will be provided).

Notice sheet for 13th September 2015

OUR TWO MORNING SERVICES START TODAY!  9.15 AND 11.15am

Junior Church change over – 11.15am service

Some children will be moving to their new classes today, so if your child has started in Reception then they will be moving to the Kestrels group (in the main hall). If your child has started in year 2 – girls will be joining the Falcons (church hut) boys will be joining the Hawks (Scout hut). If you are unsure which class your child should be in then please speak to their teacher.

Ladies’ Bible Study/Social

The first ladies’ bible study of the autumn will take place on Monday 28th September at 7.30pm and will be a chilli night! Cost will be £4 per person. There is a sign-up sheet at the back so please sign up!

Same-Sex Marriage

Following on from previous notices regarding book recommendations on this subject, we are planning to run a morning meeting dedicated to this issue. The meeting will take place at Church on Saturday 10th October from 9am-12.30pm. The morning will include biblical teaching and will cover pastoral issues related to SSM. There will be plenty of time for questions and discussion during the morning. Eddie, Rob and Dan will be leading the meeting.

The Ark

The next Ark will take place at church on Saturday 26th September from 10 – 10.45am. Aimed at 0-7 year olds but all welcome for bible stories, songs, wonderful crafts, puppets and cake! We would be grateful for any help with moving the chairs from 9.00am on the morning and putting them back about 11.00ish. If you would like to know any more about the Ark or you are able to help, please see Heather Chilcott.

Men’s Weekend Away

This is taking place from 25th-27th September. Please speak to Ian Holmes if you would like more information about this.

** Support for the Oasis Centre **

The crisis facing refugees in Austria is ongoing, and we would like to take every opportunity of helping the Oasis Centre in its work amongst them. We are currently investigating the possibility of sending out a small team to help at the Oasis Centre  for a few weeks, and this will need our financial support. We shall be donating our harvest offerings on Sunday 4th October to the Refugee Crisis, but in the meantime any donations already given will be sent to Oasis in the next few days, and any further donations should be given in an envelope marked ‘REFUGEE CRISIS’, so that your donations can support either Oasis itself or the expenses of any worker or team which we may send out to Austria. If you qualify for Gift-Aid, please fill in your details on a gift-aid envelope. TINNED FOODS FROM THE HARVEST OFFERING WILL GO TO THE CORSHAM CHURCHES FOOD BANK – SEE BOARD FOR DETAILS.

 

Extract of a letter from Carol Halm at Oasis

“With all of the recent developments in Austria ie. so many refugees coming, I appreciate more than ever … your churches’ prayers! God has been so good thus far to give me an extra measure of strength and endurance in the midst of very long, hot and challenging days.  I hope Julie and Naomi’s visit soon will be a blessing and lots of fun.”

The Oasis Centre in Austria

The Oasis Centre is a ministry to refugees run by International Teams and based in Traiskirchen, Vienna.

CBC has been supporting this work for over 13 years and around 25 of our members have been out there to help with this ministry, both individually and in groups. Several ‘van dashes’ have been undertaken, in which a team has packed a van full of much-needed clothing donated by the church, and driven it to Austria.

The focus of the team at the Oasis is to reflect the heart of God to refugees and offer them the hope, life and refuge that can only be found in Jesus. Working with Austrian and ethnic churches in the Vienna area, the team seeks to equip those who come to faith to be able to share Jesus with others, including their own people, both in Austria and in their countries of origin.

The ministries include: an evening coffee bar, evangelistic meetings, clothing room, the use of the Jesus film in the different languages represented among the refugees (available in over 40 different languages), distribution of Bibles and Christian literature in the mother tongue of the refugees, women’s ministries, personal Bible study groups, discipleship relationships, visiting refugees, relief ministry (meeting some of the basic needs of refugees which at the moment includes fresh food distribution), practical assistance (filling out forms, transportation for medical help), emergency assistance, computer help   and also helping to maintain the Oasis building.

Julie and Naomi from Oasis are spending a few days with us in Corsham and are joining us today at CBC. You are invited to join us for tea, coffee and compulsory cake at 4.30pm before this evening’s service. Julie will be talking to Alan Kember during the service.

At the missions’ meeting on Wednesday 16th we shall be praying for all our missionaries, and for the Oasis Centre and the refugee situation.

Fabric Deacon

Following Paul Garcia’s resignation as fabric deacon, nominations are now open for the election of a new deacon which will take place at the 5th October Church Meeting. All necessary paper work is on the table at the back of church. Please hand your form in to Alan Kember or Alan Christie.

Infant Dedication

Next Sunday at the Rudloe congregation, Reuben Matthews, the son of Dave and Laura Matthews will be dedicated. Please feel free to come along to this celebration at 10am.

Chippenham Street Pastors

Chippenham Street Pastors are in desperate need of more volunteers. A new training course will start on the 23rd September with an information evening from 7.30-9.30pm at Sheldon Road Methodist Church Chippenham. If you are interested come along to the information evening or contact the Chippenham Street Pastors’ Co-ordinator or speak to Elspeth at CBC.

DBS checks (Disclosure and Barring service)

As part of our church Safeguarding Policy, it is required that all volunteers working with children and vulnerable adults must have a DBS check.  If you volunteer in junior church and are not sure if you have had a current DBS check or are having difficulties with the application procedure, please speak to Bev who is more than willing to help.  We have a responsibility to keep the children and adults safe in junior church so please complete your application if you haven’t already done so. Thank you. Rhiannon.

…This Week…

Monday: Mums’ Bible Study, 10am

Wednesday: Missions’ prayer evening, 7.30pm with visitors from the Oasis Centre

Thursday: Toddler Group, 10am; Corsham Money Debt Advice Centre, 7.30pm

Friday: Corsham Money Debt Advice Centre, 9.30am

…Coming up…

20th September: Infant Dedication, Reuben Matthews, at Rudloe; Steph leaves for Bangladesh mission trip

23rd September: Midweek service, 2pm

25th-27th September: Men’s weekend away

26th September: The Ark, 10am

27th September: Nominations close for Fabric deacon

28th September: Ladies’ Bible Study, 7.30pm, chilli night

3rd October: Craft Group, 10am

4th October: Harvest service

5th October: Church Meeting, 8pm

7th October: Midweek service, 2pm

10th October: Same Sex Marriage discussion 9am-12.30pm

12th October: AIM Tanzania short term mission trip

18th October: Evening youth service, 6pm @ CBC (Prayer meeting @ Rudloe)

Impressions of Ifakara

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

Rachel and Ruth celebrating their birthdays

As many of you begin to prepare for the Autumn months we’re preparing for the onset of heat!  The last three months have been pleasant to say the least – mid to late 20’s (temperature not age!) and on the whole, some cloudy skies that have kept the temperatures down. September will see the thermometer rising and the humidity levels increasing as we begin the climb to a hot and sweaty Christmas!  Thank you to those who have been praying for us.  We’ve done a lot of travelling, but all without hitch and without a scratch to either bumper, although I won’t talk about the numerous and rather exasperating police checkpoints along the way!  Ruth has continued to manage the Retreat House at Sanga and oversee the staff accounts, along with the conference administration, marketing, fundraising etc… We enjoyed a holiday with Ruth’s twin sister and brother-in-law in August, and celebrated the birthday of those ‘tenacious twins’ on the beaches of Zanzibar!  It was great to be able to show them around, and to introduce them to some of the things that make Tanzania famous: snorkelling in the Indian ocean, listening to the night-time noises of the laughing hyenas, playing golf on the ‘browns’ of Morogoro golf course, and having our safari tent attacked by a lizard-eating Genet! 

Musings on the Ifakara Conference: To boldly go where few fear to tread! Well, maybe that’s a slight exaggeration but our travel guidebook did tell us that “few travellers ever make it to the Udzungwa National Park, and fewer still follow the road further south to Ifakara”!  And there’s a good reason for that!  The dirt road is bumpy and dusty for much of the way, and it’s a dead-end town unless you happen to be heading to the Kilombero swamps or the Selous National Park, which is a wilderness area twice the size of Belgium! 

Good to see so many smiling faces at the end of the conference

But it was here in Ifakara that our fourth conference of the year was held, and it turned out to be the best yet, and indeed the most encouraging!  From the start there seemed to be a good atmosphere amongst the 37 pastors and evangelists, some of them travelling over 100 miles to be there. As the conference kicked off and each pastor stood to introduce themselves, it sounded like a role call from the Old Testament!  Ezekiel, Daniel, Lamech, Shadrach, Hosea, Zephaniah, Samuel, Reuben, and Joseph were all present, and even Pastor Gabriel put in an appearance!  I felt a bit sorry for Leonard who I’m sure must have felt the odd one out!  It was also good to see a representative from the New Testament there in the form of Stephanos, which is of course an extremely fine name!  There was even a one-year old toddler called ‘Steve’ – and therein lies a story!  At last year’s Ifakara conference one of the ladies had been ‘carrying luggage’ (a polite Tanzanian way of saying she was pregnant!) and a month later had given birth to a baby boy, who she then decided to name after me! 

My eight teaching slots went well and I found that I was more relaxed and ‘at home’ in pronouncing and emphasising the content of my talks on the Holy Spirit.  The man who helped to lead the conference was a young pastor by the name of Tobotobo and, although it was his first time in leading an IBM conference, he did a top job and we worked well with each other.  He was obviously taking his role seriously, because on the third day he turned up wearing a second-hand Lufthansa pilot’s jacket!  It’s amazing what you can pick up on the street-stalls of Tanzania!  It was also encouraging to see the pastors send round the collection basket on a couple of occasions in support of their colleagues who were in need, and a few pastors even made a small contribution to the costs of the seminar. 

On our way home, Pastor Shadrach asked us to call in at his house because he wanted to give us a gift. We arrived in his village, and were ushered into a small room which was no bigger than your average garden shed, and which had a huge ‘Jesus’ picture stuck to the coarsely plastered wall. Even though it was only 10am we were then served a lunch of rice and beans, which had been cooked in a makeshift kitchen outside. Meanwhile, the children of the village had gathered excitedly around the car and were fascinated by their own reflections in the metallic paintwork; a sure sign that there weren’t too many mirrors hanging up in their homes!

Just before we left, Shadrach went into his store and pulled out a big bag of rice, which he then presented to us as a gift.  Talk about humbling! These AIC pastors and evangelists don’t get a regular salary but receive a percentage of the Sunday morning offering.  Whereas this might provide you with a reasonable income if you work at a large church, it’s a different matter if you happen to be pastoring a small church out in the sticks with only a handful of folks attending. Pastor Shadrach falls into the latter category and would probably count it a good week if the percentage he received from the offering enabled him to buy the equivalent of five or six 1st class stamps in UK!  And that’s the reason why you’ll see the likes of Shadrach wearing a ‘health & beauty’ T-shirt which he purchased at a second-hand clothes stall, but was probably a free promotional gift at a UK trade fair!  That’s also the reason why he’s only got a small house to live in and that the walls are left unpainted.  And you would think that would be a good enough reason to keep hold of a 10kg bag of rice!  Not at all.  This was the gift we were presented with as we got up to leave; a token of his thanks for the teaching that I had done during the week. Needless to say we felt humbled and blessed, but also found ourselves wondering if we would be as extravagantly generous if we owned so little.   

There was something else that I was impressed with at this particular conference and it relates to a couple of my favourite Bible passages; the well known foot-washing passage in John Ch 13, and the not-so-well-known passage in 2 Kings Ch 3.  Just hours before his arrest Jesus does something that isn’t associated with status or position: that of washing the feet of his disciples. In humility he considered others better than himself and stooped to serve his followers.  The latter passage involves the prophet Elisha who was known by one of the king’s officials as a man “who used to pour water on the hands of Elijah”.  What a wonderful statement!  Here was a man who had already been anointed as Elijah’s successor and yet he continued to serve Elijah by assisting him in his ministry. 

The Tanzanians are big on washing hands before meals!  Go to a Tanzanian home to eat, and out comes the washbasin and the soap, normally brought to you where you’re siting.  During the Ifakara conference we ate at the church where the meetings were held but before every meal, a long line of pastors formed, first of all to have their hands washed, and then to collect their rice, beans and ugali, which would often be eaten with the hands, and not with cutlery.  And on every occasion I observed the same pastor quietly standing with jug and soap in hand, offering to ‘pour water on the hands of’ his colleagues; offering to serve and therefore be the last in the queue for his meal.  Quite often the issue of servant leadership seems to be a hard one to grasp in the Tanzanian church, so it was encouraging to see this pastor selflessly serving, and putting others first, without drawing attention to himself; an example I need to heed particularly at a time (26 months in!) when the patience levels begin to wear thin and the annoyances seems to be magnified, and the last thing I feel like doing is serving others!  Let’s make it our aim, with the help of the Holy Spirit, to be a people who delight to pour water on the hands of others.   

Prayer & Praise: 

  • Praise God for safe travels and a good holiday.
  • Thank God for a top Ifakara conference, where the Swahili flowed and where people seemed hungry to learn.
  • Praise God for good progress on the construction of the conference centre. Still at the foundation stage but great to report savings made and no injuries to the 53 workers on site! 
  • Steve has been below par in terms of general health for the last few weeks, so would be grateful for prayer in terms of stamina and energy as we approach a busy two months of conferencing, the first of which starts on the 2nd Sept. Pray that God would use us both. 
  • Pray that the AIM Tanzania conference in October would be special!  That God would really use Eddie Larkman and the team from Corsham Baptist Church to speak into lives. 

Diary dates for Sept/Oct: 

1st Sept:            Travel to Iringa
2nd-4th:             Teaching at Pastors’ conference
5th:                    Return to Morogoro
13th:                  Preaching at the Shed Church, Dakawa
22nd:                 Travel to Magambua 
23rd-25th:          Teaching at Pastors’ conference 
26th:                  Return to Morogoro
14th-19th Oct:    AIM Tanzania Conference in Dar 
19th-22nd:         Our Corsham Baptist pastor and his wife staying with us
30th/31st:          Bible teaching at Church weekend conference in Iringa

Random photos of the month:

Can’t see this labelling taking off in a UK supermarket!

Maybe this is where the Army got it’s camouflage idea from?
One of the children playing outside
the Ifakara church

Newsletter for 30th August, 2015

Two services

With effect from 13th September we will be starting our two morning services. The early service will start at 9.15am with Alan Kember overseeing this; the 11.15am service will be overseen by Alan Christie. Please speak to either of them to indicate which service you would prefer to attend and where you can serve. Thank you.

Same-Sex Marriage

Several people have been asking Eddie questions on this subject. He recommends the following books for their biblical faithfulness and pastoral sensitivity (both are written by pastors who themselves experience same-sex attraction): Ed Shaw: “The Plausibility Problem”; Sam Allberry: “Is God Anti-Gay?” Eddie also recommends this website: www.livingout.org

Week of Prayer

Our annual week of prayer will now take place from the 6th-11th September. The church will be open for prayer at certain times during the week. Details will be available in next week’s newsletter. The evening service on the 6th will focus on prayer.

Men’s Weekend Away

This is taking place from 25th-27th September. Please speak to Ian if you would like more information about this.

Chippenham Street Pastors

Chippenham Street Pastors are in desperate need of more volunteers. A new training course will start on the 23rd September with an information evening from 7.30-9.30pm at Sheldon Road Methodist Church Chippenham. If you are interested in finding out more then please come along to the information evening or contact the Chippenham Street Pastors’ Co-ordinator, Michael Weeks or speak to Elspeth Pitman at CBC.

CBC Craft Group

The Craft Group is meeting after the summer break on Saturday 5th September, 10-12.30pm in the coffee hall.  There will be a ‘soap making’ workshop during the morning as well as help with ongoing projects including the fabric boxes. We welcome new ideas for projects and would love to see what you have been doing over the summer. Bring yourself and a friend if only for a chat and coffee and cake! For more information contact Pam Mitchell or Kathy Ewins.

Lost Property

The lost property table is out in the coffee hall. Please go through the items and take whatever belongs to you. It will be out for three weeks after which any unclaimed items will be disposed of. Thank you.

Oasis Team Members

Julie and Naomi from the Oasis Centre in Vienna will be visiting Corsham for a week, arriving on Friday 11th September. They will attend the Sunday services on the 13th as well as the Missions Prayer meeting on the 16th September at 7.30pm. Please feel free to chat to them about the work that they do with refugees in Austria. Joan is co-ordinating their visit so please speak to her for further information.

…Coming up…

5th September: Craft group, 10am

6th-11th September: Week of Prayer

8th September: TLC, 12 o’clock

13th September: Two morning services commence, 9.15am and 11.15am

13th September: Evening service, visit from Oasis reps

16th September: Missions Prayer evening, 7.30pm

25th September: Men’s weekend away

26th September: The Ark, 10am

4th October: Harvest service

5th October: Church Meeting, 8pm

With the school holiday period almost over, please check with your housegroups or other meeting leaders as to when they re-commence.