Notices 21st July, 2019

Louise,
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Ark Family Service

Family service run by the Ark team (and others) is taking place this afternoon at 3.30pm!  It will be a short, family-friendly service, followed by tea – perfect for inviting family and friends who don’t normally come to church! Hope to see you there.  Any queries, please chat to Heather Chilcott.

Crossing cultures for Jesus – Meet the team

During the WEC week, on Wednesday 24th July at 7.45pm at CBC, there will be an opportunity to meet new mission workers from all over the world. Come and hear the stories of eight people aged 18 to 30 plus who are about to embark on overseas missions. See Steve and Gill Bryant for more details. Hope to see you there!

CAKES and BISCUITS needed for WEC training course

Monday – Friday, over the last two weeks in July.  Either leave baked donations in the church kitchen no earlier than the Sunday before, clearly labelled – ie. for WEC use and type of cake – or drop them off during that two week period so we have a staggered run of goodies!  Speak to Liz Perks/Jo Sheringham if you have any queries. MANY THANKS!

9:15ers’ BBQ – 28th July

This will be held at the home of Tim and Vicky Stephenson (63 Pickwick Rd, use The Porch or Springfield car parks) on Sunday 28th July. It will be a bring and share and someone will be co-ordinating (volunteer?). Come over after church and it’s expected to finish around mid-afternoon. If you have a camping chair or rug please bring it but if that’s not possible, don’t worry we’ll find something suitable for everyone!  Chat to Vicky or Tim if you are unsure about anything.

Prayer Diary for the WEC MK Training Course

Thank you for your prayers for us! Please also pray especially for The hosts: the Durants, Fuggles, Gorvins, Hoggs, Hurleys, Larkmans, Mitchells, Simons, Spruijts, Stephensons, Wingraves 

The participants: Nine adults from Australia, Brazil, Finland, Germany, Netherlands, Senegal/Switzerland, the USA and the UK.  The caterers: Liz Perks and Jo Sheringham assisted by Kate Harding.  The drivers: Terry Pollard and Richard Davies, and others helping with driving, cleaning, coffee breaks, baking and being on standby for emergencies!

…This week…

The school summer holidays are commencing soon!  Please check with your life group leader regarding your small group.

… Upcoming dates…

24th July: Midweek service, 2pm; meet the team (WEC), 7:45pm

28th July: 9:15 congregational meeting, 11am

31st July: WEC week finishes

7th August: Midweek service, 2pm

21st August: Midweek service, 2pm

23rd August: Soul Survivor (youth event)

WHO ARE YOUR FRIENDS?

kathylarkman,

 

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Sharon Durant, contributor for today’s blog

A few years ago, someone asked me that question. I mentally reviewed my friends — people who grew up on my street, people I was at school with, university, people I worked with, people I saw at the children’s play dates. I know a lot of people! But trying to think of a friend, a true friend, who walks shoulder to shoulder with me in Christ, who reliably keeps in touch and selflessly keeps on loving me and giving me truth? At that moment in my life, I had one.

To my shame, my list of ‘one’ didn’t even include the Lord Jesus! Since I was asked that question, God’s been taking me on a journey of what it means to HAVE friends and what it means to BE a friend. I’ve found two amazing places for friends:

1) Christ! Jesus himself commented that no one has greater love than
laying down their life for a friend (John 15:13). That is exactly what
he did. I offered nothing, there was no favour I could return, I
couldn’t even bring a pudding, but he kindly saw my need of a Saviour
and met it before I even asked. And then, even better, he has the Holy
Spirit is in my life. The Bible describes him as Comforter (John 14:26),
the Guide, the one who points to the Truth (John 16:13) and who walks
with me every day (Galatians 5:25). The hymn writer was right when he
wrote, “What a friend we have in Jesus!”

2) Church! The church is full of people walking in the same spiritual
direction as me, people who are also aware of their own sin but being
FRIENDSHIPchanged to be more holy, like Jesus. I picked up this little book “True
Friendship” (click on true friendship for link)  which gives excellent pointers for how to wisely make and keep friends in church, walking shoulder to shoulder. I have read, studied, re-read, bought and given away this book time and time again; I heartily recommend it! It has helped me to be realistic in what I expect of my friends, and what they can expect from me, and is overflowing with biblical wisdom to be blessed and be a blessing.

So. A question to think about over the summer: Who are your friends?

WHO ARE YOUR FRIENDS?

kathylarkman,

 

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Sharon Durant, contributor for today’s blog

A few years ago, someone asked me that question. I mentally reviewed my friends — people who grew up on my street, people I was at school with, university, people I worked with, people I saw at the children’s play dates. I know a lot of people! But trying to think of a friend, a true friend, who walks shoulder to shoulder with me in Christ, who reliably keeps in touch and selflessly keeps on loving me and giving me truth? At that moment in my life, I had one.

To my shame, my list of ‘one’ didn’t even include the Lord Jesus! Since I was asked that question, God’s been taking me on a journey of what it means to HAVE friends and what it means to BE a friend. I’ve found two amazing places for friends:

1) Christ! Jesus himself commented that no one has greater love than
laying down their life for a friend (John 15:13). That is exactly what
he did. I offered nothing, there was no favour I could return, I
couldn’t even bring a pudding, but he kindly saw my need of a Saviour
and met it before I even asked. And then, even better, he has the Holy
Spirit is in my life. The Bible describes him as Comforter (John 14:26),
the Guide, the one who points to the Truth (John 16:13) and who walks
with me every day (Galatians 5:25). The hymn writer was right when he
wrote, “What a friend we have in Jesus!”

2) Church! The church is full of people walking in the same spiritual
direction as me, people who are also aware of their own sin but being
FRIENDSHIPchanged to be more holy, like Jesus. I picked up this little book “True
Friendship” (click on true friendship for link)  which gives excellent pointers for how to wisely make and keep friends in church, walking shoulder to shoulder. I have read, studied, re-read, bought and given away this book time and time again; I heartily recommend it! It has helped me to be realistic in what I expect of my friends, and what they can expect from me, and is overflowing with biblical wisdom to be blessed and be a blessing.

So. A question to think about over the summer: Who are your friends?

(I’m) Still Alive, and an end of a beginning.

Matthew Little,

Hello everyone, thanks for coming back. I want to apologies for how belated this update (If you were keeping track of how often I do this. Something happened…. my laptop temporarily broke. It’s fine now though!)  It has been over a month since I started this, but this is what happened. My old laptop broke again, I took it to IS, and they suggested getting a new hard-drive, because it had become corrupted and crashed. Instead of ordering one, waiting for it to arrive in Rotterdam, the next container to arrive with the hard drive on for them to replace my hard drive; I decided that I would just wait until I got back on on PTO, where am I writing this now,  and get a new laptop entirely. I have an ASUS TUF fx505. It’s a gaming laptop. I have found that I have got back into gaming during my time onboard. Specifically Minecraft. So that’s what’s up.

This one also might be a short one as I have forgotten what has happened in my life for the most part. apart from some pretty significant ship activities that has happened.

The short voyage

As I mentioned last time, due to some dredging of the port, the ship had to move. After a couple weekend of postpones, a deal was made between our ship, the port and the  dredging company. Some representatives from the company visited the ship, they were so amazed by the work and service we were doing for Guinea (and I guess the work do and have done over 40 years all over the place), that they didn’t want to interrupt  our busy hospital schedule, that they decided to do the depth measurements and dredging all in one go, over a three day period. Thankfully, we had a handy ship holiday weekend coming up. (every six weeks, we have a ship holiday to give the crew a break. Unless you were a ward nurse, engine room watch keeper, on night patrol for a week I wasn’t, on reception or on call). 
So, bright and early, on a Friday morning, the crew hit the decks to get the party started (or keep it going). This time, I wasn’t on the bridge, as I was posted the first two times. Instead, I was on the Bow (or Forecastle) along with a couple fellow Deckies, Odon, the Assistant Bosun and Abdul, a rating, as well as a couple volunteer engineers, Kees, the last Mechanic/Fitter (he left a couple weeks ago), Corey, an electrician (He has also left the ship) and Harrison, still on the ship. We were also joined by my father, in the deck department, but not a deckie, and Cherif, one of our Men of Guinea who has since joined the crew. It was a smooth  ‘sail’, just up the dock, next to a bulk carrier transporting concrete. So, for a few days, it was like dusty season again, except much worse. That was part one of the voyage.

A couple hours later, at around quarter past 6 in the evening, the Captain gave a message on the PA telling all crew onboard who were involved with the shifting to meet in the cafe. We had to move. Again. An unexpected arrival of a ship bringing a mobile crane later that evening meant that we had to move another 20 feet forward. Another agreement was made between us and the port, who had originally asked to do something else, going like this:

1. Our ship goes back to our original berth (Friday evening)
2. After the new ship has unloaded the crane, and departed, we go back to where we were moved to.
 (Somepoint between Saturday and Sunday)
3. Our ship moves away from the dock, to sit, at anchor for about 6 hours (Monday)
4.We finally move back to our original position (Monday)

Or it was something like that, I can’t remember.

So, those who were involved but not ashore, as some crew had gone, mustered at our mooring stations for the second time that day. It was cooler, so easier to work in. Our Deck day crew had also gone home for the day. They were on the dock pulling our Yokohamas (big thing covered in tyres to stop the ship scraping along the wall) and attaching our mooring lines to the bollards, so transportation stepped in. So my team, on the bow pretty much pulled the ship to our new position using the mooring lines. It was quite a cool experience, pretty much pulling the ship there. There was very little engine on.

And so that was our new location for the weekend. The ship also got covered in concrete from the next ship over, as it was bringing concrete to Conakry.

Monday moving- back to our berth

Then came  the time to move back to our berth. Or so we thought. It wasn’t as dramatic as I make it out to be. The plan was to go out to anchor for a few hours. What ended up happening was we moored close to our berth, with mooring mooring lines. Only to move  back to our proper place. 

So that was the tale of our move.

Apart from the Day Crew celebration, I can’t remember what happened between that move and prepping to sail. My father and a few others from the ship visited the church that we had visited the day after my birthday. It also happened that I shared a birthday with one of the youngest members of that congregation, so we had a joint celebration that Sunday. The last time we visited the church before leaving Guinea, we were invited to lunch with the pastor and a few of the senior members of the church. It was nice to spend time in fellowship with them one last time

Prepping to leave.

With the sail coming up, our preparation for leaving included: lashing down everything on deck and and around the ship that could have moved, and using the transfer container to lift every vehicle from the dock to deck 8. It was a very smooth operation. Then, on the last days before we left, we had to take down all of our fencing on the dock, pack all that we could fit into a container, the rest craning them up. That was an experience watching. A bit of a nail biting one. The deck department, along with our day crew also went to a Lebanonese/Moroccan restaurant as an appreciation for them working with us. That was also the last night we saw them, so it was a bit emotional, saying goodbye to an amazing group of gentlemen

Sailing the seas.

So, after weeks of preparation, we were ready to set sail, and ride the open ocean. After one or two stowaway searches. Then we left, hauling in our mooring lines, and stowing them in the bosun’s locker. There is an art to stowing those lines. By the time we were at sea, It was my first watch. So,  I donned my watch shirt, epaulets, and made my way upto the bridge. The sail was smooth, and I got my first experience of steering ships. In the middle of the night. I had two watches, one in the middle of the night, the other in the middle of the day. My first watch, during the day, I spent as a lookout, spotting other ships, smaller boats and the occasional marine life. To get my steering certification, I need to have 10 steering by both day and night, and by both Gyro and Magnetic compass. The sail from Guinea to the Canary Islands is 5 days, so I had enough time to do that, however, I am only a few hours off. I should most definitely get those ten hours done during the sail from the Canary Islands to Senegal. I tried sailing by Magnetic compass, easy during the day, however, during the night, I somehow managed to steer off course by a lot a couple times. A ship is not like a car, so it took about 5 minutes to get back on course. I could be looking at the magnetic compass, then look down at the Gyro and be like “AGH! This is definitely not where I want to be”.

The last night I was on watch was a beautiful one, as when I started the watch, and the previous watch were just finishing, there were several fishing boats around, so there were a bunch of lights on the horizon all around us. Then, at the end of the four hours, a faint glow of orange street lights from Gran Canaria could be seen in the distance.

Two weeks of living in an oven in  shipyard.

As was planned stayed on ship for two weeks during shipyard, before flying home on Personal Time Off. However, because of a potential operation, my parents went home two weeks before for my mum. They went home for a consultation, and it turned out that she didn’t need to operation. Praise God for that. So I took their cabin as a cabin-sitter before I went home. What had been said about dry-dock was that the Air Con would be taken offline, leaving the inside of the ship as an oven. My mum got a fan from the wards, so the cabin was cooler. It was a very strange reversal, going from “It’s too hot to go outside, I’ll stay on ship” to “It’s too hot to stay inside, I’ll have to go outside”
The thing that I was dreading about the end of the field service and Shipyard was knowing that most my friends would be leaving. The day that the ship was taken out of the water, two of the first people I met on the ship, Caleb and Laura, left the ship. They rented a couple apartments for a few weeks in Las Palmas, before going back to their respective countries, and/or, a tour around Europe. So we managed to get a few meet-ups around town before they both left. It was hard to say goodbye to them. But, it turns out that a similarly sized group of similarly aged people will still be on ship during Senegal, so my fear was wrong.
Working in dry dock was…. interesting. There are a bunch of projects going on all over the ship, from the Engine room to the bridge, but a whole load of volunteers come only during shipyard to do those projects, whilst work on deck has been pretty much the same as normal, but a bit of a support role for the projects. One evening, whilst I was on call, I had to help with the bringing in several boxes of vinyl flooring for one of the projects.
Also on the day that the ship went into drydock, me and my parents rented a car and went exploring around the island. We visited one of the highest points on the Island; breath taking views of the rock formations around, and even Tenerife can be seen! The peak on the volcanic island, at least. I was supposed to be on ship helping with the move, but because I had a day off owed and my parents left the next day, I was allowed off to go with them. We also took a trip to IKEA.
The Sunday before I left, was a black out day, because of some cleaning of the main switchboard meant power to the entire ship had to be shut off. which also meant no way for fires to be detected by the system, and also no way to alert the crew. So everyone who wasn’t involved had to be off-ship. Me, Sam, Rachel, Angela, and a new Dutchie called Arne, who arrived literally the evening before, and is also only there for shipyard, went to the Aquarium. Sam and I had been wanting to go the Aquarium for a while, and Sunday was the opportunity.  It was amazing. Discussions about the existence of Jellyfish were instigated, and I learned just how small clown fish are. After that, we went on a very nice walk around the city, then up into the elevated outskirts of the city, to get a very cool view of the port, the beach and the skyline. 
I also found out that I had given our Chief Engineer a bit of an energy boost one Thursday. In the morning, I gave my Testimony to the technical crew and led devotions. I recalled one of  the sermons I had heard at Soul Survivor, A christian youth festival, a few years ago. That sermon was one of the main inspirations for me joining Mercy Ships. It was the story of Moses, and how he protested to God about going to speak to Pharaoh, so God sent Aaron, Moses’ Brother, along with him. Later that Thursday, during our community gathering, our Chief Engineer recalled what I had said that morning, and the message being “We all need to work together. If we can’t work together, nothing can get done.” That was his intepretation. It was so nice to hear that I, one of the youngest crew members, could inspire the older generation.
And that’s all I have.
Sorry that this one is literally just text, but having no laptop for a month, I really wanted to get this one out. I am so looking forward to going back to the ship and going to Senegal, where I will be continuing this blog!
Thank you for reading, and goodbye.
-Matthew.  

Notices 14th July 2019

Louise,

11:15 service BBQ

There will be a lunch time BBQ today after the 11:15am service.  A donations’ box will be out but all food and drink will be provided.  All 11:15’ers welcome!

Church Meeting

Next Church meeting takes place tomorrow Monday 15th July at 8pm at Priory Street.  Agenda and previous minutes are on the table at the back of church next week.

Seniors’ Summer Party

This is taking place next Saturday 20th July 3-5pm at Priory Street.  We need help so please sign up at the back ie. cakes, scones, food prep, set up, etc.

Ark Family Service

Family service run by the Ark team (and others) Sunday 21st July 3.30pm CBC, Priory Street. The puppets have had a bit of a rest as we didn’t have an Ark in June but they’re ready and raring to go for the FamiIy Service and they’ll be doing two songs!! It will be a short, family-friendly service, followed by tea – perfect for inviting family and friends who don’t normally come to church! Hope to see you there.  Any queries, please chat to Heather Chilcott.

Crossing cultures for Jesus – Meet the team

We have some visitors at CBC from 21st July to 1st August. On Wednesday 24th July at 7.45pm at CBC in Priory Street, there is an opportunity to meet new mission workers from all over the world. Come and hear the stories of eight people aged 18 to 30 plus who are about to embark on overseas missions. See Steve and Gill Bryant for more details. Hope to see you there!

CAKES and BISCUITS needed for this year’s WEC training course

Monday – Friday, over the last two weeks in July.

Either leave baked donations in the church kitchen no earlier than the Sunday before, clearly labelled – ie. for WEC use and type of cake – or drop them off during that two week period so we have a staggered run of goodies!

Speak to Liz Perks/Jo Sheringham if you have any queries. MANY THANKS!

Mercy Ship Mission Feedback…the story so far!

There is an opportunity to hear how Stuart, Lynne and Matthew Little are getting on as they have a short break from their mission experience on Mercy Ships.  They will be at Priory Street  this Wednesday 17th July starting at 7:30pm.  All welcome to attend!

SOS MWS

We are desperately seeking a keyboard player for the Midweek Service on July 24th.  The service runs from 2-3pm, though it’s possible for a musician to get away by 2.30, or if they prefer, to stay for cakes at 3pm! At the moment it looks likely that the service will not include any sort of songs or hymns, which would be a pity. So if you can play anything (more than Chopsticks!!) and can be available on 24th, please contact Eric Seager (eric@seager.me) or 01225811761 to let him know. 

9:15ers’ BBQ – 28th July

This will be held at the home of Tim and Vicky Stephenson (63 Pickwick Rd, use The Porch or Springfield car parks) on Sunday 28th July. It will be a bring and share and someone will be co-ordinating (volunteer?). Come over after church and it’s expected to finish around mid-afternoon. If you have a camping chair or rug please bring it but if that’s not possible, don’t worry we’ll find something suitable for everyone!  Chat to Vicky or Tim if you are unsure about anything.

…This week…

Monday: Mums’ bible study, 9:30am; Church Meeting, 8pm

Wednesday: Stuart and Lynne Little feedback, 7:30pm, CBC

Thursday: Toddler Group, 10am

Friday: Corsham Money and Debt Advice Centre, 9:30am; Encounter, 3.45pm; Engage, 4:30pm; Energize, 5:30pm

Saturday: Seniors’ summer party, 3pm

… Upcoming dates…

21st July: WEC week commences

21st July: Family service, 3:30pm (The Ark)

24th July: Midweek service, 2pm; meet the team (WEC), 7:45pm

28th July: 9:15 congregational meeting, 11am

31st July: WEC week finishes

7th August: Midweek service, 2pm

21st August: Midweek service, 2pm

23rd August: Soul Survivor (youth event)

WOMEN’S BREAKFAST!

kathylarkman,

ENGLISH BREAKFASTHi ladies! This is just a reminder that we are having our second annual women’s breakfast. This is a perfect time to bring along your friends, and enjoy a time of food and friendship! If you haven’t signed up, no problem! Just let Anne Holmes know!

WHERE: Corsham Baptist Church Hall

WHEN: Saturday, 13 July

TIME: 9:30

SEE YOU THERE!

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Notices 7th July 2019

Louise,

Pledge for 16 Arnolds Mead – FINAL DAY!

As you will know, we are planning some improvements to better support youth work with more room to share and eat. We realise that if you were unable to attend the Church Meeting, you may not have heard much detail so don’t hesitate to ask Tim or Roger about any questions or concerns you might have.  The pledge period ends today, Sunday 7th July. There are pledge forms at the back or go online www.corshambaptists.org/pledge.

Prayer meeting

The missions and persecuted church prayer meeting is cancelled for tomorrow night.

Midweek Service

The text for MWS on 10 July is Matthew 23. Eric S will be leading and preaching and there will be communion.  The service is followed by refreshments at 3pm.

Women’s Breakfast

There will be a breakfast for the women of our church on Saturday 13th July @ CBC from 9.30am – 11.00. There is a sign up sheet at the back to note your interest and your option/dietary preferences. Please speak to Anne H if you have any questions!

Uganda mission trip fundraiser concert

Friday 12th July, 7pm at Priory Street.  This will be a concert given by Corsham Windband (some of our young church members will be involved).  As there will be refreshments served during the interval, please speak to Rhiannon if you are able to bake some savoury or sweet goodies.  There will be donations taken on the door (buckets).  The money raised will be used to support the Uganda mission trip 9-17 August 2019 as well the work of Corsham Windband.

11:15 service BBQ

There will be a lunch time bbq next Sunday 14th July for those attending the 11:15am service.  A donations’ box will be out but all food and drink will be provided.

Fight Night

This will take place tomorrow night at Priory Street at 8pm for the men in our church.  Speak to Ian H or a member of the men’s ministry for more information.

CAKES and BISCUITS needed for this year’s WEC training course

Monday – Friday, over the last two weeks in July.

Either leave baked donations in the church kitchen no earlier than the Sunday before, clearly labelled – ie. for WEC use and type of cake – or drop them off during that two week period so we have a staggered run of goodies!

Speak to Liz P/Jo S if you have any queries. MANY THANKS!

Seniors’ Summer Party

This is taking place on Saturday 20th July 3-5pm at Priory Street.  We need help so please sign up at the back ie. cakes, scones, food prep, set up, etc.

Church Meeting

Next Church meeting takes place on Monday 15th July at 8pm at Priory Street.  Agenda and previous minutes will be on the table at the back of church next week.

Crossing cultures for Jesus – Meet the team

We have some visitors at CBC from 21st July to 1st August. On Wednesday 24th July at 7.45pm at CBC in Priory Street, there is an opportunity to meet new mission workers from all over the world. Come and hear the stories of eight people aged 18 to 30 plus who are about to embark on overseas missions. See Steve and Gill B for more details. Hope to see you there!

Church on the Green Dates:

  • 13th July – Andy and Georgia W’s baptism, 2pm
  • 21st July – bring and share for Ben and Ruth F after service
  • 4th August – Eric S preaching at Church on the Green

…This week…

KNOWING GOD

kathylarkman,

“This is what the Lord says: ‘Don’t let the wise boast in their wisdom, or the powerful boast in their power, or the rich boast in their riches. But those who wish to boast should boast in this alone: that they truly know me and understand that I AM THE LORD who demonstrates unfailing love and who brings justice and righteousness to the earth, and that I DELIGHT in these things. I, the Lord, have spoken.’” Jeremiah 9:23-24 NLT

Knowing God-  Just. Righteous. Unfailing love. Not only is this blatantly countercultural, but is a direct word from God. He delights in our knowing and understanding Him;  Our Father God, Our Redeemer and merciful Saviour Jesus Christ, and our Counselor and Comforter, the Holy Spirit!

And, the more we understand and know God, then we will know and understand ourselves. Why? Because we are His image bearers; He is our identity.

He is our foundation for us to accept what God does even when we don’t understand it. When we’re confused, we can fall back on what we know about God from his Word.

Each aspect of His character is a window into His beauty, another chance to trust Him, and another reason to love Him.

 

 

IT’S HERE!

kathylarkman,

….Well almost! THE GATHERING TAKES PLACE BEGINNING FRIDAY through SUNDAY at CORSHAM SCHOOL off of Tynings Road.

If you haven’t already planned on coming to all or part, it isn’t too late. There will be much to share in together: the Word of God, worshipping in song, laughter, friendship over food, prayer, biblical insight, one-anothering, and much more!

I am reminded of the letter of Hebrews where the writer exhorts us:

“Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful. And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward 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.” Hebrews 10:23-25 NLT

church familyTHE GATHERING is a good place to do just that!

For details email us at office@corshambaptists.org or contact us by phone at 01249.701078.

See you there!

 

Mission News – June ’19

Tim Stephenson,

We have a number of exciting mission events coming up over the next few months and would love you to pray for each one.

Stuart and Lynne…

…. are returning from the Mercy Ship on June 21st as Lynne will be seeing an orthopaedic consultant on the 24th June in Bath with a view to having knee surgery soon after.

Matthew will be returning later as originally planned. Please pray for safe travels, for Lynne’s operation and recovery in time to re-join the ship on 6th August before it sails to Senegal.

Matthew L…

… as he stays longer, continues working and for his travels home on 8th July – flying on his own for the first time.

The Oasis Centre in Austria…

… are short staffed over the summer months and thankfully volunteers from different countries have offered to work there in order to keep the centre open. We are pleased that Neal and Lesley G and David and Sue M are able to go and support this work. Please pray for safe journeys, good health, stamina, wisdom and patience. Neal and Lesley are leaving on the 24th June and returning on the 8th July. Please pray for them as they will be one of the most experienced staff members leading the work this time. They are making their own way from the airport to the Oasis centre using trains and trams so please pray that they arrive safely and there are no problems with the journey. David and Sue are going on June 29th to July 28th. This is the first time they have been to Oasis so please pray for them as they pick up the ropes and settle into the Oasis working life.

Steve and Ruth …

… will be holding a mission event on Sunday 7th July to share about their work in Tanzania. Times will be confirmed soon. Steve is also the main speaker at The Gathering.

Steve also has other speaking engagements on the following dates:-

Tues 2nd July, 21st- 30th Aug- Oakhall Iceland, Mon 2nd – 4th Sept AIM fellowship conference.

Please pray for Steve and Ruth as they prepare for these events and have quality rest time as well.

Uganda AIM mission conference trip

The team will be leaving on Friday 9th August and arrive home on Saturday 17th August. Please pray for the team as they prepare to go, travel (Long journey) and for their various roles. Pray for good team building and good health. Those going are:-

  • Eddie Larkman – preaching and pastoral support for missionaries
  • Youth Team – Dan O, Chris S.
  • Children’s Team – Rhiannon P, Sharon D, Tom P, Sara S, Joe R, Joy W, Josh H
  • Kathy L – Pastoral Support for Missionaries

Steve and Gill Bryant

  • June 24th- 25th – Hosting a retired missionary from Australia.
  • July 9th – 10th – providing training at their house for a couple who will be taking over the WEC boarding hostel for Grace International school in Chiang Mai.
  • MK Staff Training Course at CBC – This takes place from Sunday 20th July to August 1st. Please pray for Steve and Gill Bryant as they prepare the course and arrangements, for those helping out with accommodation and meals and for the participants. Pray for good team building, a good understanding of working as Missionaries with missionary kids and good health.
  • Around 8th August- One day Skype training for a couple going to Senegal as teachers.
  • 5th- 13th September- Synergy Conference USA. – Pray for Steve and Gill in their input to discussions on the changing face of missions, especially regarding better educational support for non American families globally.
  • 17th- 20th September- Steve at WECS European Conference in Spain.

Tanzania building trip

This year’s building project will take place from Friday 21st Sept returning on Sunday 6th Oct. The job this year is to build 3 Bunda-like buildings to support visiting ministers attending conferences at Sanga, and will be used for other activities on site. There will also be other jobs to do around the site. Tony S will lead the devotional times and the team will be visiting two churches. The trip also includes a visit to the game park, Morogoro town and having a meal out. Please pray for preparations, team building, including with the AIM mission team and the locals working on site, safe travels, good health and safety as they work on site.

The team members are:-
Martin S, Martin D, Tim P , Coleen F and Neil F (TBC).

Pray that all our missionaries and those on short term mission trips will minister with the love and compassion of Jesus to all they meet.

Thank you for your continued support and prayers for the work of mission.

Wendy R