UPDATED WITH TICKET LINK: Meeting with potential new pastor (13th June)

The Oversight Team are keen that as many people as possible have the opportunity to meet the possible new senior pastor who is visiting to preach at Priory Street on June 13th, 2021. To that end we are organising two meetings after the service to be held in the Church Hut garden, so that more people can have the opportunity to meet and chat with the candidate following the service.

Our STRIPE (COVID guidance) team, have prepared the following document that outlines the guidelines we will be asking all attendees to follow for these meetings in order that we can provide as safe an environment as possible for everyone attending.

If you would like to attend, please do take the time to read this document.

Instructions for Meet & Greet (v0.4 05.06.21)

  1. A Pastor will be visiting CBC on Sunday 13th June. He is a possible candidate for fulfilling the role of CBC Senior Pastor, and as such will be preaching at the 10am service.
  2. On completion of the service, the aim will be for as many of the CBC congregation to socialise with the Pastor and his wife.
  3. In the event of fine weather, this event will take place on the church lawn. Wet weather arrangements TBC.
  4. To remain within COVID restrictions, outdoor church events are currently limited to a bubble of 30 people, whilst maintaining social distancing rules.
  5. Therefore, to enable maximum engagement, and taking a risk-based approach, there will be two separate meetings on completion of the service, each consisting of 30 people.
  6. Arrangements as follows:
    1. Group-A: Maximum 30 people:
      1. Tickets booked via eventbrite.co.uk/e/158476117333;
      2. Timings: 11:00am-12:00pm.
    2. Group-B: Maximum 30 people:
      1. Tickets booked via eventbrite.co.uk/e/158477481413;
      2. Timings: 12:15am -1:15pm.
  7. Note: household groups can meet and chat together but for people outside of households, the 2m rule should be respected.
  8. Further mitigation:
    1. By booking a ticket, people will be agreeing to the following conditions:
      1. Not exhibiting COVID symptoms and/or do not need to isolate;
      2. Commit to no handshake or other physical contact with minister;
    2. Eventbrite will state current status of minister with regards to COVID mitigation:
      1. Both the minister and his wife confirm they have had two vaccinations;
      2. The minister and his wife will take a lateral flow test;
      3. They are not coming from an area where new COVID variants are active or have been identified.
  9. Questions and queries to be fielded by the STRIPE team.

Sue, Rob, Ian
STRIPE Team (Strategic Team Responsible for In Person Events)

Notices for Sunday 6 June 2021

This week

In-person services continue with increased capacity. Pre-booking is still required but please consider coming if you would like. You can book your family ticket (one per household) here – contact Cathy Simon if for any reason you are unable to book.

Please note that:

  • you must not attend if you have any Covid symptoms – a new cough, temperature or loss of taste or smell ;
  • you must inform us if you receive a positive Covid test within 14 days of attending ;
  • distancing rules of 1m plus mask apply.

Sunday Services

  • Church on the Screen @10am: If you prefer a more active service rather than simply watching, a warm welcome awaits from Rob and the team.
  • COTG are opening for face-face services. All details at: https://www.churchonthegreen.online/event/10am-sunday-service-online/
  • Priory Street joint service @10am: Psalm [not] on the Farm ‬https://youtu.be/YbEXONceEGY. This week our worship will be presented live by the worship team. Matt Grylls will bring us the Word and Eddie will lead us in Communion
    • Please continue to pray for our preaching team as they prepare to bring God’s word to us week by week.

Zoom Junior Church

If you would like your child to participate in these sessions but haven’t done so already, please contact Rhiannon (childrensworker@corshambaptists.org or mob (in directory)) giving permission for them to join.

There are safeguarding rules that we need to adhere to and in the first place parental consent is required for your children to take part in these meetings.  Please could you send Rhiannon an email or text / message with the following (filling in the relevant information):

  • I give permission for …………… to interact on zoom.
  • I give permission for a leader to contact me (Parent’s name) by email/ phone/text for the purpose of  setting up these Zoom meetings.And then add your name.

Sunday 13th June: Save the date.

The Leadership Team are delighted to announce a preliminary visit with a Candidate for the Senior Pastor post is confirmed for Sunday 13th June when he has been invited to preach on Mark 4: 1-20. The Leadership Team are not announcing names at this point out of a desire for first impressions to be by a personal meeting.  Please commit the whole weekend to prayer asking for wisdom and discernment for any decisions that are to be made.

Ministry Training Course: South West Gospel Partnership.

The South West Gospel Partnership are recruiting to their Ministry Training Course for the 2021/2 academic year.

MTC doesn’t just equip people who teach and preach, but those who lead Bible studies, homegroups or evangelistic courses, or indeed any disciple-making disciple of the Lord Jesus – which is all of us!

Please take a look at the video here to find out more.

Part-time Job Opportunity Emmaus School, Staverton

Keen to teach computer science for 6 hrs per week? Please see the advert for part time work at the Emmaus Christian School in Trowbridge here

Souper Friday on Facebook

Souper Friday is now in Facebook! We want to reach local people who need support with food parcels, so if you’re on Facebook please ‘like’ the page and engage with the posts via likes/shares/comments. You can find the page here: www.facebook.com/souperfriday
If you have any questions about Facebook, feel free to contact Jasmine Warren.”

Activities during lockdown

  • Souper Friday continues to reach out to our community and neighbours
  • Community Money Advice is handling work remotely, but do get in touch if you are aware of or are having money difficulties ;
  • Several small groups meet and share online.
  • Youth Groups- Contact Dan for further details

Please send items for next week’s notices to Cathy Simon and/or Tim Stephenson by 12 noon on Friday

CHECK IT OUT!!!!

This post by kathylarkman was originally published at GRACE PLACE

This is the last Bible study in our Genesis series this year. Victoria Kelly has provided us with study 8, In The Beginning God. Repentance, Reconciliation, and Forgiveness. (Genesis 34-50)

Be sure and get with your study buddy! The study is on this blog and your email!

May you be blessed, and praying we will all continue to grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord Jesus!

Love from Women’s Ministry Team

Notices for Sunday 30 May 2021

This week

In-person services continue with increased capacity. Pre-booking is still required but please consider coming if you would like. You can book your family ticket (one per household) here – contact Cathy Simon if for any reason you are unable to book.

Please note that:

  • you must not attend if you have any Covid symptoms – a new cough, temperature or loss of taste or smell ;
  • you must inform us if you receive a positive Covid test within 14 days of attending ;
  • distancing rules of 1m plus mask apply.

Sunday Services

  • Church on the Screen @10am: If you prefer a more active service rather than simply watching, a warm welcome awaits from Rob and the team.
  • COTG are opening for face-face services from this Sunday 30 May All details at: https://www.churchonthegreen.online/event/10am-sunday-service-online/
  • Priory Street joint service @10am: ‬https://youtu.be/YbEXONceEGY. This week (and next) our worship will be presented live by the worship team. We then continue with the Good News according to Mark brought by Ian Holmes. You can read the passage : Mark 3:20-25 here.
    • Please continue to pray for our preaching team as they prepare to bring God’s word to us week by week.
    • Next week (6 June ) Matt Grylls will bring us will bring Psalm in the Sanctuary

Zoom Junior Church

If you would like your child to participate in these sessions but haven’t done so already, please contact Rhiannon (childrensworker@corshambaptists.org or mob (in directory)) giving permission for them to join.

There are safeguarding rules that we need to adhere to and in the first place parental consent is required for your children to take part in these meetings.  Please could you send Rhiannon an email or text / message with the following (filling in the relevant information):

  • I give permission for …………… to interact on zoom.
  • I give permission for a leader to contact me (Parent’s name) by email/ phone/text for the purpose of  setting up these Zoom meetings.And then add your name.

Souper Friday on Facebook

Souper Friday is now in Facebook! We want to reach local people who need support with food parcels, so if you’re on Facebook please ‘like’ the page and engage with the posts via likes/shares/comments. You can find the page here: www.facebook.com/souperfriday
If you have any questions about Facebook, feel free to contact Jasmine Warren.”

Activities during lockdown

  • Souper Friday continues to reach out to our community and neighbours
  • Community Money Advice is handling work remotely, but do get in touch if you are aware of or are having money difficulties ;
  • Several small groups meet and share online.
  • Youth Groups- Contact Dan for further details

Please send items for next week’s notices to Cathy Simon and/or Tim Stephenson by 12 noon on Friday

Leadership in the Wilderness: Am I willing to ‘not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God’?

This post by Nigel Coles was originally published at Seventy Two

Each morning everyone gathered as much as they needed, and when the sun grew hot, it melted away. Exodus 16:21

Bear in mind that the Lord has given you the Sabbath; that is why on the sixth day he gives you bread for two days. Everyone is to stay where they are on the seventh day; no one is to go out.’ Exodus 16:29

Moses’ father-in-law replied, ‘What you are doing is not good. You and these people who come to you will only wear yourselves out. The work is too heavy for you; you cannot handle it alone. Exodus 18:17-18

And he passed in front of Moses, proclaiming, ‘The Lord, the Lord, the compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness, maintaining love to thousands, and forgiving wickedness, rebellion and sin. Yet he does not leave the guilty unpunished; he punishes the children and their children for the sin of the parents to the third and fourth generation.’ Exodus 34:6-7

Earlier this year I sensed six questions, the Lord was prompting me to ask myself as a result of reading through Exodus again. Five months on, the largest element by far which has stayed with me is the powerful connection with Jesus’ experience in the wilderness: the context of his battle with the devil. Moses’ journey with God through forty years of wandering in the wilderness was, make no mistake, hugely significant in the history of the people of God. However, I can’t help sensing the greatest significance for Moses was not in any sense the achievement of having been ‘the greatest legislator and commander-in-chief of the first liberation army’ (Elie Wiesel), but his relationship with Yahweh, the One, True, Living, God. As Ruth Haley Barton puts it so powerfully: ‘for Moses the presence of God was the Promised Land’. Wow – you mean I should stop striving to get somewhere I’m not and stop and acknowledge the Lord is with me, right here, right now? Pretty much.

I shall be defined more by my relationship with my heavenly Father, than my context

We talk and hear others talk a lot of about context today. I remember Tom Smail coming to speak when I was at Spurgeon’s back in the 1980’s. He was the first person I heard talk about ‘contextual theology’. We’ve come a long way since then, (almost forty years in fact!) but have we? I like to think I’ve learnt some important lessons about how to engage and operate as a missional disciple in varying contexts, but I’ve also heard a lot of nonsense. Jesus knew how to sift through words, words of God. Me? I’ve not always been so good, but I’m learning. Remember Jesus’ response to what is recorded as the first of a series of temptations:

Jesus answered, ‘It is written: “Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.” Matthew 4:4 although it’s a quote from Deuteronomy 8:3.

Be careful to follow every command I am giving you today, so that you may live and increase and may enter and possess the land that the Lord promised on oath to your ancestors. Remember how the Lord your God led you all the way in the wilderness these forty years, to humble and test you in order to know what was in your heart, whether or not you would keep his commands. He humbled you, causing you to hunger and then feeding you with manna, which neither you nor your ancestors had known, to teach you that man does not live on bread alone but on every word that comes from the mouth of the Lord. Your clothes did not wear out and your feet did not swell during these forty years. Know then in your heart that as a man disciplines his son, so the Lord your God disciplines you. Deuteronomy 8:1-5

Here’s the thing. Neither Moses, Jesus, nor Bear Grylls allowed themselves to be shaped by their context. Bear Grylls? Me? You? I like Bear Grylls. Christian, adventurer, at last I can admit to being a Scout in public without people sniggering! This week he spoke again about the dangers of protecting young people too much:

“The ninjas of the future,” says Bear Grylls, “are going to be those who can learn how to navigate the fear. It’s like a firefight. You can’t move backwards. You’ve got to move towards it, you know?” (Interview with the Irish Times May 13 2021)

Today’s wisdom provides us with a choice invariably between play safe and avoid the danger or immerse yourself in the culture you want to identify with. Jesus offers a third way. The Jesus way is incarnation, full identification, yet without being changed by the culture, rather being transformed by the word of God.

I remember when I moved to North Cheam being told ‘it’s really hard ground for the gospel in suburbia’; when I moved to Bristol, ‘South Bristol is really hard ground’, when I became a Area Superintendent ‘you won’t be able to do it with a young family’. Basically, everywhere I go there’s someone ready to inform me, it can’t be done. I’ve developed a two-word answer: ‘but God’. Our context is important, absolutely, but it doesn’t change the good news of Jesus Christ. We need to be self-aware and not blind to our own limitations, but they don’t determine the call of God.

Here’s Ruth Haley Barton again: ‘Every time I read about Moses’ relationship with God I am filled with longing and it is not the longing to get somewhere – although there are always new places to get to. It is the longing to be a certain kind of person. A person who knows God. A person who is faithful against all odds and does not shrink back. A person through whom God can perform whatever deeds need to be done – mighty or otherwise – but also a person who can just be as content settling down beside a well or sitting on the side of a mountain in God’s presence. Someone whose face shines because he has been talking to God. Someone whose every move is a result of an attempt to listen to God and then do what he says’. (Strengthening the Soul of your Leadership. P219)

That’s me. I want to be more like Jesus. I talk a lot about Jesus’ DNA, but talk alone doesn’t cut it, I want people to get Jesus’ DNA themselves and that’s exactly what the Holy Spirit delivers in us all. Given space and permissive freedom, the Holy Spirit multiplies Jesus’ DNA in whoever allows him.

I shall trust whichever words from God, He speaks into my life, more than any others 

It’s an exciting week. We’ve been nudging towards launching an App based on The Discipleship Cycle. You can get an insight via the Seventy-two website:

In a nutshell, The Discipleship Cycle encourages everyone to go beyond listening to God, to looking to live out in practice, whatever God speaks into our lives. Listening is where we start, but not where we need to finish (how many of your Sunday gathering do you reckon get beyond listening any given week?).

My daily time in the presence of the Lord (anyone else remember that Eric Clapton song of the same name or am I alone in being that old!?) has become the most dynamic space of my life in recent years. I’m not proud of that fact as I’ve been a Baptist Minister for thirty-five years and I’m sure plenty of people might have assumed I should have said that a long time ago! However, I’ve come to the place where I intentionally seek to co-operate with what I now recognise as the process for transformation the Holy Spirit utilises in our lives. It strikes me it also happens to be the same process Clive Woodward employed, which enabled England to win the Rugby World Cup and Dave Brailsford used, which transformed British Cycling from the Olympic also-rans of 2002 to the dominant force of 2008 at Beijing. I’m not claiming any great Christian leadership insights for either guy, simply they implemented a process, which embraced how change actually takes place 99.9% of the time: incremental, daily, 1% at a time. Today I no longer stress about whether I’ll remember the content or background of the Bible passage I’ve just read, as long as I sense I’ve moved a phase around the Discipleship Cycle of listening, looking, living and learning. I don’t worry if I’ve not understood the impact of every facet of the culture clash between post-modernity and the kingdom of God, as long as I’m staying attentive to what the Lord is highlighting to me and acting on that. I’m not focusing on keeping the weeds down but nurturing every seed of the word of God he wants sown into my heart.

Every word because every day can be a step forwards on my journey towards the likeness of Jesus. ‘Every word that comes from the mouth of God’ is, for me, a seed which needs to be planted, nurtured and grown to fruition. ‘Every word’ can become a 1% incremental change, towards the likeness of Jesus in my shoes. Every word because they’re all fully aligned with who he is. They’re not just words from a God who says what he means and means what he says, they are who he is, they’re intrinsic to his very essence. His character and practice are one.

I had to laugh, or else I’d have cried. May 17th arrived. The most significant lifting of restrictions as a result of the pandemic, for what felt like ages. Also, the day on Sabbath rest we’d set up, as one of four for Webnet leaders, under this years’ leaders conference focus ‘rhythms of grace’. It was the worst attended of anything we’ve so far provided, since last March and lockdown 1. One by one, people cancelled, ‘I’m too busy’, ‘I’ve too much on this week’ were apparently the main reasons. How many decisions, conversations, plans have I made, which dissipate at the first opportunity?

I shall trust God is with me and for me, whatever the wilderness

The wilderness is good for me. Have you read ‘God Has a Name’, by John Mark Comer yet? You need to. I hadn’t until someone gave me a copy, but I am now hugely grateful for that lovely gift. It’s no new or novel theology and one might question the wisdom of anyone setting out to write a book, which is essentially an exposition of Exodus 34:4-7, for today’s generation. It is both fresh as well as refreshing. I love it. John Mark Comer has given me a renewed confidence to speak to young adults. He doesn’t get side-tracked by popular culture; he addresses it straight. ‘There are no short-cuts to life. You can’t microwave character. It’s more like a tree that you grow slowly, one season after another.’ (p213) I read it, slowly, alongside my Bible and it’s helped strengthen my roots. There’s a good reason: the whole book brings into focus my relationship with God as it revolves around the nature of God and his dealings with human beings and I’m one! I underlined plenty, but my summary was:

  • I can trust God more than I do, because God is who he says he is
  • I need to take sin more seriously wherever it appears, because God does

The thing that’s really grabbed me reading through Exodus is the relationship between Moses and the Lord. God calls Moses, he has a role, he has responsibilities, but where can you distinguish between his relationship with the Lord and his role, responsibilities, etc? You can’t. You can try, but you won’t find there’s any compartmentalising. Sure, there’s stuff here we might call our ‘day-off’ (Ex.16:29) or ‘self-care’ (Ex.18:17-18, but there’s no hint this thing called life in all its fulness is anything but a whole. Manna in Exodus and grace in the New Testament are sufficient, because God is. Every word because the grace of God is always sufficient for today.

Remember how the Lord your God led you all the way in the wilderness these forty years, to humble and test you in order to know what was in your heart, whether or not you would keep his commands. Dt.8:2

What is in my heart? Surely God knew what was in Moses’ heart, but he ‘led’ him ‘all the way in the wilderness these forty years’. Remember Jesus too was ‘led by the Spirit into the wilderness’ Mt.4:1. It was Moses, I think, not Tolkien who first came up with the idea ‘not all who wander are lost’. God led him daily for forty years. That’s not how it looks from the outside and maybe that’s not how my life looks from the outside. However, I’m looking to keep in step with the Spirit, day by day.

Pardon for sin and a peace that endureth,
Thine own dear presence to cheer and to guide;
Strength for today and bright hope for tomorrow,
Blessings all mine, with ten thousand beside!

Great is Thy Faithfulness. Thomas Chisholm (1866-1957)

 

This is part 5 in the 6 part series Leadership in the Wilderness. You can find the rest of the series here.

The post Leadership in the Wilderness: Am I willing to ‘not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God’? appeared first on Seventy Two.

Notices for Sunday 23 May 2021

A prayer for Pentecost Sunday

This week

In-person services continue with increased capacity. Pre-booking is still required but please consider coming if you would like. You can book your family ticket (one per household) here – contact Cathy Simon if for any reason you are unable to book.

Please note that:

  • you must not attend if you have any Covid symptoms – a new cough, temperature or loss of taste or smell ;
  • you must inform us if you receive a positive Covid test within 14 days of attending ;
  • distancing rules of 1m plus mask apply.

Sunday Services

  • Church on the Screen @10am: If you prefer a more active service rather than simply watching, a warm welcome awaits from Rob and the team.
  • COTG are opening for face-face services from next Sunday 30 May All details at: https://www.churchonthegreen.online/event/10am-sunday-service-online/
  • Priory Street joint service @10am: ‬https://youtu.be/YbEXONceEGY. This week (and next) our worship will be presented live by the worship team. We then continue with the Good News according to Mark brought by Eddie. You can read the passage : Mark 3:7-19 here.
    • Please continue to pray for our preaching team as they prepare to bring God’s word to us week by week.
    • Next week (30 May) Ian Holmes will bring you Good News from Mark.

Zoom Junior Church

If you would like your child to participate in these sessions but haven’t done so already, please contact Rhiannon (childrensworker@corshambaptists.org or mob (in directory)) giving permission for them to join.

There are safeguarding rules that we need to adhere to and in the first place parental consent is required for your children to take part in these meetings.  Please could you send Rhiannon an email or text / message with the following (filling in the relevant information):

  • I give permission for …………… to interact on zoom.
  • I give permission for a leader to contact me (Parent’s name) by email/ phone/text for the purpose of  setting up these Zoom meetings.And then add your name.

Appointment of Elders and Deacons

Following our Church Meeting on Monday 17th May:

Ian Holmes, Rob Perks and John Prior have been elected as Elders and Sue Wingrave as Deacon.

Sue has also been affirmed as Church Secretary following her election as Deacon.

Please hold our whole leadership in prayer as they guide us through the coming months.

Ladies Bible Study 24 May 7:30 pm

The ladies are meeting in person this month

If you have not done so already, please book your place here.

For those wishing to attend online the link is as follows:

Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82973000518?pwd=ZmdOL2trblQ5WW1sMTNKcmVTazYvUT09

Meeting ID: 829 7300 0518

Passcode:777

Any questions, please contact Anne H,  Victoria K, or Christine C.

Ark Children’s Service Sat 29 May 10:30

Please pray for the The Ark Children’s Service and the whole team as they prepare for and run thi event

Booking has been brisk, including new families, and there are very few family tickets left.

Click on the link here to get your tickets – one per household please!

We need to ask that masks are worn by over 11s and hand gel is used on arrival, please. You will be allocated seats to ensure social distancing with socially distanced entry and exit too.  We would be grateful if you  don’t attend if you have any Covid symptoms. 

Psalm on the Farm Sunday 6th June: Cancelled.

Although there has been a significant relaxation in restrictions in wider society, notably being able to meet as two households indoors and in groups of up to 30 outdoors, there are no changes relevant to church included in the most recent changes. Notably the restriction on meeting off church premises has not been lifted as was hoped

Thus, in light of recent Government Covid guidelines and the updated Baptist Union advice, we will not be holding Psalm on the Farm on the 6th June. The Leadership Team know this is desperately disappointing and have not taken the decision lightly. Safety is of course important and Tim will keep us updated on our roadmap towards the end of restrictions.

Please note that the planned Youth activities can go ahead. Contact Dan Ovens in you have any queries.

Message from Rhiannon: Children’s Activities

[Our children] walk past the church and say ‘There’s our old church’….

As restrictions continue to ease, the church leadership are very aware that adults have the choice of coming to Priory Street or, shortly, Rudloe Cafe on Sundays but that is not so easy for our younger children.

Please access the link here to read the message from Rhiannon including exciting plans to provide an opportunity  for children to access in person meetings at church.

Do lift up these plans and events and especially our youngest members in your prayers. For them, the last 14 months represents a significant chunk of their young lives.

If you would like to get involved in the children’s work or have any queries, do contact Rhiannon.

Souper Friday on Facebook

Souper Friday is now in Facebook! We want to reach local people who need support with food parcels, so if you’re on Facebook please ‘like’ the page and engage with the posts via likes/shares/comments. You can find the page here: www.facebook.com/souperfriday
If you have any questions about Facebook, feel free to contact Jasmine Warren.”

Activities during lockdown

  • Souper Friday continues to reach out to our community and neighbours
  • Community Money Advice is handling work remotely, but do get in touch if you are aware of or are having money difficulties ;
  • Several small groups meet and share online.
  • Youth Groups- Contact Dan for further details

Please send items for next week’s notices to Cathy Simon and/or Tim Stephenson by 12 noon on Friday

Children’s focus

As restrictions continue to ease, the church leadership are very aware that adults have the choice of coming to Priory Street or, shortly, Rudloe Cafe on Sundays but that is a big ask for younger children. A small group met recently to try to work out what is possible and this is the result (from Rhiannon). For some of you perhaps this is an opportunity to get involved? But for everyone please lift up these plans and events and especially our youngest members in your prayers. For them, the last 14 months has been a significant chunk of their lives. I’m sure you’ll agree with the parent who reported:

[Our children] walk past the church and say ‘There’s our old church’, which breaks our hearts.

Over to Rhiannon:

Hi all

I’m excited to let you know that I am going to trial a couple of things with the children in mind to provide an opportunity  for children to access in person meeting at church.

Firstly, I want to thank you for your patience, encouragement and support over the last 14 months with the online activities and more recently, the live Zoom sessions.  I am aware that accessing things online has not been ideal but I’m thankful that it has been helpful to many of you.

So what is the plan?

The hope is that restrictions will continue to ease however, I want to approach the next few months with a positive but cautious approach, adhering to government guidelines at all times.  We have a great opportunity to trial some different approaches to children’s ministry so, with that in mind, what we start back with may undergo changes and develop as we work out what is best for our children and end up looking different rather different from the initial plan.

Over the next few months we will be meeting on the farm for the first Sunday of the month, during theses services you will be able to collect an activity pack for your child, which will include colouring sheets, puzzles etc for them to complete during the service or at home later in the day. Hopefully, this will encourage the children to engage in the sermon at the right level. Please remember to bring your own pencils / crayons as there won’t be any provided in order to minimise contact between us.

On Sunday June 20th at 10am there will be a children’s service (the usual service with John preaching from Mark will be moved to 5pm on that day).  This will be a short service that will be focussed on the children, there won’t be a sermon for adults, it will all be aimed at the children so that they can be reminded of what it’s like to be in church with their family, and of course for us to welcome some children into the church building for the first time!! I’m working on the final structure of the service but there will be sung worship (led from the front as we aren’t able to sing aloud yet) interactive story, craft to complement the story and lots of fun and enjoyment celebrating being able to worship together in person. As we will be restricted with numbers able to attend you will need to book your place for the service and details of how to do this will be in the notices nearer the time so keep your eyes open.

I hope that you are all keeping well and positive and I’m looking forward to seeing you all very soon.
God bless
Rhiannon

Annual and Ordinary Church Meeting

On Monday 17th almost forty households met in the Sanctuary with a further score online to reflect on the year concluding Aug 20, thank Norman and Roger for service (almost) completed and to hold elections for several posts going forward.

With apologies for the plainness of most of these slides, I nonetheless commend them to you as they contain a number of useful links. Minutes will be available shortly.

Notices for Sunday 16 May 2021

This week

In-person services continue with increased capacity. Pre-booking is still required but please consider coming if you would like. You can book your family ticket (one per household) here – contact Cathy Simon if for any reason you are unable to book.

Please note that:

  • you must not attend if you have any Covid symptoms – a new cough, temperature or loss of taste or smell ;
  • you must inform us if you receive a positive Covid test within 14 days of attending ;
  • distancing rules of 1m plus mask apply.

Sunday Services

  • Church on the Screen @10am: If you prefer a more active service rather than simply watching, a warm welcome awaits from Rob and the team. All details at: https://www.churchonthegreen.online/event/10am-sunday-service-online/
  • Priory Street joint service @10am: ‬https://youtu.be/YbEXONceEGY. This week our worship will be recorded. Then we continue the Good News according to Mark brought Alan Christie. You can read the passage : Mark 2:18-3:6 here.
    • Please continue to pray for our preaching team as they prepare to bring God’s word to us week by week.
    • Next week (23 May) Eddie will bring you Good News from Mark.

Zoom Junior Church

If you would like your child to participate in these sessions but haven’t done so already, please contact Rhiannon (childrensworker@corshambaptists.org or mob (in directory)) giving permission for them to join.

There are safeguarding rules that we need to adhere to and in the first place parental consent is required for your children to take part in these meetings.  Please could you send Rhiannon an email or text / message with the following (filling in the relevant information):

  • I give permission for …………… to interact on zoom.
  • I give permission for a leader to contact me (Parent’s name) by email/ phone/text for the purpose of  setting up these Zoom meetings.And then add your name.

Church Meeting 17 May @ 8pm

The Eventbrite tickets have now closed for the Church Meeting on the 17th May. You may of course attend online:

  • Computer or smartphone: https://meet.google.com/gqv-uapk-mrm
  • Telephone (London call rate): 020 3957 0549‬ PIN: ‪196 426 011#

It is essential to our church culture that we meet together to discern God’s will but if you are minimising contact due to Coronavirus it will be possible to participate online. However, to vote you will have to deliver that in person to the church within 30 minutes of the ballot opening. There will be someone to collect your vote outside so you don’t need to come into the building.

The agenda is now available and reports will be forthcoming within the next week.

Ladies Bible Study 24 May 7:30 pm

Great news: We can meet in person for this month’s Bible study.

We are meeting on Monday 24th May at Corsham Baptist Church at 7:30pm…it is fast approaching.

Please book your place here.

We will of course be following all the government Covid-19 guidelines so please remember to bring your mask and your own Bible.

Zoom is available for those not able to join us in person.

Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82973000518?pwd=ZmdOL2trblQ5WW1sMTNKcmVTazYvUT09

Meeting ID: 829 7300 0518

Passcode:777

Any questions, please contact Anne H,  Victoria K, or Christine C.

Ark Children’s Service Sat 29 May 10:30

Please pray for the The Ark Children’s Service – for numbers and for the team preparing for the event.

It will be held at Corsham Baptist Church on Saturday 29th May, at 10.30 for about half an hour.  There will be a take-home craft available. The service in church will be similar to normal with songs, Bible story and puppets.
There is still space if you would like to book.

Click on the link here to get your tickets!

We need to ask that masks are worn by over 11s and hand gel is used on arrival, please. You will be allocated seats to ensure social distancing with socially distanced entry and exit too.  We would be grateful if you  don’t attend if you have any Covid symptoms. 

Souper Friday on Facebook

Souper Friday is now in Facebook! We want to reach local people who need support with food parcels, so if you’re on Facebook please ‘like’ the page and engage with the posts via likes/shares/comments. You can find the page here: www.facebook.com/souperfriday
If you have any questions about Facebook, feel free to contact Jasmine Warren.”

Activities during lockdown

  • Souper Friday continues to reach out to our community and neighbours
  • Community Money Advice is handling work remotely, but do get in touch if you are aware of or are having money difficulties ;
  • Several small groups meet and share online.
  • Youth Groups- Contact Dan for further details

Please send items for next week’s notices to Cathy Simon and/or Tim Stephenson by 12 noon on Friday