A message of encouragement from Nigel Coles

Tim Stephenson,

In case you don’t know him, Nigel Coles is our regional Team Leader within the West of England Baptist Network (webnet). You can watch his message below.

Daily message – 24 Mar 2020


As long as I still have something, I believe I own it. But when I give it away, I relinquish control, power and prestige. At the moment of release the light turns on. The magic spell is broken. My mind clears. I recognise God as owner, myself as servant, and others as intended beneficiaries of what God has entrusted to me.

— Randy Alcorn, “The Treasure Principle”

CBC YouTube Channel

Tim Stephenson,

Thanks to all of you have been in touch to say thanks to Rhiannon for the amazing Junior Church and to Rob for a very timely piece of teaching on Psalm 1.

Today we met as staff and talked about the next iteration of the plan. This weekend Eddie will preach for Priory Street and Rob for Rudloe. We’re also looking at how to support small groups to meet virtually to chat and pray and that will be rolling out this week.

Tonight I’ve launched an ‘official’ CBC YouTube channel for the adults to complement the Junior Church one.

And, yes, for all those who would like us to add some worship, we’re looking into that too. Volunteers always appreciated!

Daily message – 23 Mar 2020


When destruction and lies are persistently perpetrated on you from a particular person, there is a good chance that he or she is being used as an instrument of the devil. Sometimes it seems that the person is not doing this intentionally, but interactions with him or her are laden with negative spiritual consequence. … behind the scenes the evil one is using that person.

— Cliff Boone, “Christ Victorious”

Church on 22 Mar 2020

Tim Stephenson,

Today marks our first attempt at online church. Already I have personally had a fabulous amount of messages with ideas and initiatives to keep in touch with one another and pull our church family together so thank you everyone for all you’re doing. Keep doing it and especially keep an eye out for anyone we might be missing.

So for today I’d just like to signpost a few things:

And for everything else that I’ve forgotten, please write in the contact form below:

22 Mar Junior Church supporting activities (primary age)


Challenge activity

Sink or swim – fill a bowl with water (or when you’re in the bath) collect a load of objects. Choose one object and predict whether it will sink or swim.  Challenge your grown up to join in too.

Selection of songs to sing

Wonder kids Footprints on the water song and actions (not great quality graphics)

Do not worry – Matt 6:25-26. 28-33

Ellie Holcomb

Randall Goodgame – Do not worry / Seek first

Trust in the Lord with all your heart Proverbs 3:5-6

Rend Co Kids (Not afraid)

Activity – Origami boats


More difficult

Other craft ideas

Additional resources

Daily message – 22 Mar 2020


What does it look like to be patient with the sanctification process without excusing sin?

— Jen Wilkin, “In His Image”

Daily message – 21 Mar 2020


LOVE IS a making a daily commitment to admit your sin, weakness, and failure and to resist the temptation to offer an excuse or shift the blame.

— (Paul Tripp, Weekly Devotional)

Sovereign Over Us!


colossiansTree[5971]Wow. Isn’t it amazing how the world can change so quickly? In the time that Ed and I have been away in USA visiting family, we have arrived back to daily changing world of Covid-19. Thank you for your prayers to get us home. I thank God every time I think of you, my church family, who held us up in prayer. Whew.

Concerning our Women’s Bible study on 30 March, it of course will not happen. We will keep in touch by Grace Place and our Facebook page, Captivated CBC in the coming weeks.

As God’s children we can be comforted in the sovereignty of our Creator God during these uncertain times. I was reminded of the song that Michael W Smith wrote, and want to share it with you. May we trust and serve our Sovereign and Loving God, knowing His purposes will be fulfilled.

Love and prayers to you all,
sovereign over usSovereign Over Us
Michael W. Smith
There is strength within the sorrow
There is beauty in our tears
And You meet us in our mourning
With a love that casts out fear
You are working in our waiting
You’re sanctifying us
When beyond our understanding
You’re teaching us to trust
Your plans are still to prosper
You have not forgotten us
You’re with us in the fire and the flood
You’re faithful forever
Perfect in love
You are sovereign over us
You are wisdom unimagined
Who could understand Your ways
Reigning high above the Heavens
Reaching down in endless grace
You’re the lifter of the lowly
Compassionate and kind
You surround and You uphold me
And Your promises are my delight
Your plans are still to prosper
You have not forgotten us
You’re with us in the fire and the flood
You’re faithful forever
Perfect in love, you are sovereign over us.
Even what the enemy means for evil
You turn it for our good
You turn it for our good and for Your glory
Even in the valley, You are faithful
You’re working for our good
You’re working for our good and for Your glory
You’re faithful forever
Perfect in love
You are sovereign over us