Mid-way point on the expedition to Austria

Tim Stephenson,

A quick update from Austria as we approach the midway point:

Day 3 report from The Oasis. After working two long days well into the evenings we are making good progress and now believe we can complete the task before us. The Oasis team have made us very welcome and send blessings and thanks to all at CBC. Today we start tiling floors and walls before fitting shower toilet and basin. Thanks for all the prayer support.

Martin, Chris, Paul and Stu

Good to see you’ve made time for a quick game of Tetris Chris! 😉

Please keep praying for the CBC team, the Austria team and indeed all the refugees that will be without their regular programme this week.

oasis building trip

Tim Stephenson,

Chris,Martin, Paul and Stuart left at 4 this morning to spend the week on some much needed refurbishments at the Oasis’s refugee accommodation.

Please pray for them and the team already in Austria this week.

Also, a reminder that tomorrow (Monday) at 7:45pm is our monthly prayer for mission and persecuted church at Priory Street.

Notice sheet for 18th February 2018

Louise,

Baptism Services

Today we are having baptisms at both the 9:15am and 11:15am services.  We look forward to welcoming the friends and families of George Partridge, Mike Woodberry and Emily Robinson.

Midweek Service

This is taking place on Wednesday 21st February at 2pm.  Eric Seager will be leading and preaching and there will be communion.  The passage will be John 21.

The Ark

What a fabulous Ark we had in January – Praise God! It will be lovely to see you at the next one on Saturday 24th February so do come and tell/bring your friends. 10am at CBC for crafts, bible story, songs and puppets, all finished off with drink and cakes at 11.00am. Aimed at ages 0-7 years with an adult, but older children welcome. If anyone would like more fliers to take into school/ nursery/hand out/leave in local businesses, please take from the back or ask Heather Chilcott – she has plenty!

Women’s Bible Study

The next women’s bible study will take place on Monday 26th February at 7:30pm.  The study notes are on the table at the back.  Please take one in preparation of the meeting.  If you have any questions about these meetings, please speak to Anne or Kathy.

Men’s Curry Night with Renton Baker – Tuesday 13th March

Cost £7:50; time: 7:30 for 8pm; please contact Paul Kelly, Ian Holmes, Tim Mills or Tim Harding if you would like to attend or sign up at the back.

Women’s World Day of Prayer

This year it is our turn to host The Women’s World Day of Prayer at CBC on Friday 2nd March at 7.00pm.  We are looking for some volunteers to be readers in the service and to help with refreshments afterwards. Please speak with Anne Holmes if you are able to help.

Women’s Retreat 20th-22nd April, Lox Lane, Shaftesbury

There are still a few places left!  Please speak to Anne Holmes if you would like to go.

Prayer for Pewsham

Prayer for Pewsham (Chippenham), second Sunday evening of each month.  Please speak to Phil or Helen Osmond for details of where these meetings are held.

Missions and Persecuted Church Prayer

There will be a meeting for the above tomorrow night, Monday 19th February, at 7:45pm.  The country of the month is China and there are prayer requests on the Mission and Persecuted Church board.  Please contact Vanessa Naish or Wendy Rowe if you require more information.

Bake Sale Fundraiser

The Spruijts are holding a bake sale and afternoon tea on Saturday 24th February to raise much needed support for a missionary friend they met while in Chiang Mai, Thailand. Kosharah Dunham works for the Family Connection Foundation in Chiang Mai and has three adopted Thai daughters.  Drop in between 1.30-5pm for a cup of tea and slice of cake and find out more!  Spruijts’ details in the church directory.

Toddler Group – Leader and Helpers

We need more workers and a lead person for our Thursday morning Toddler Group.  Please step up to embrace this wonderful evangelistic opportunity in which to serve Christ. Talk to Kathy Larkman if you would like to know more about what this outreach entails.

Ministry Report Annual Booklet

If you are a ministry leader, please would you prepare your report for inclusion in the ministry booklet which is produced for the Annual Church Meeting.  Please include information on activity for the past year and prayer requests. Please send the report by 30th March to the church office.  Contact Louise in the office if you are unsure.  Thank you.

The Gathering Weekend

This exciting weekend is taking place on 7th and 8th July 2018.  Meetings on the Saturday will be at Priory Street and on the Sunday at the Springfield Campus. Tickets at £5 per person are available through your congregational leader.  Jenny Gaisford at the 9:15am service; John Godwin at the 11:15am service; Norman Fuggle at the midweek service and Adrian Pillinger at Church on the Green.

Lancaster Newsletter

Copies of Ruth and Steve’s latest newsletter is on the table at the back.  Alternatively you can go online https://lancsintanz.aimsites.org/flexing-the-sinews-and-ligaments/

…This week…

PLEASE NOTE THERE ARE NO AFTER SCHOOL FRIDAY CLUBS FOR THE NEXT TWO WEEKS

Monday: Mums’ bible study, 10am; missions and persecuted church prayer, 7:45pm

Wednesday: Midweek service, 2pm

Thursday: Toddler Group, 10am; CMDAC 7:30pm

Friday: CMDAC 9:30am

Saturday: Prayer for gospel expansion and other church activities 8.30am; the Ark 10:00am; bake sale @ Spruijts’ home from 1:30pm

…Coming up…

25th February: Infant Dedication, 11:15am service

26th February: Women’s Bible Study, 7:30pm

2nd March: Women’s World Day of Prayer, 7:00pm

3rd March: Craft Group, 10am

7th March: Midweek service, 2pm

11th March: Mothering Sunday

13th March: Men’s curry night with Renton Baker

13th-28th March: Eddie and Kathy – trip to USA

21st March: Midweek service, 2pm

25th March: Nominations for Elder open

26th March: Women’s bible study, 7:30pm

30th March: Good Friday service 9:30am @ Priory Street followed by Walk of Witness in town at 10:30am

31st March: The Ark, 10:00am (Easter Saturday)

7th April: Craft Club, 10:00am

8th April: Nominations for Elder close, 6pm

9th-13th April: Holiday Bible Club @ Priory Street

16th April: Annual Church Meeting, 8pm

20th-22nd April: Women’s Retreat, Lox Lane

28th April: The Ark, 10:00am

30th April: Women’s Bible Study, 7:30pm

5th May: Craft Club

6th May: “The Gathering” on Sunday evenings starts

** Sunday evening services in April, 6pm **

1st April – Eddie preaching

8th April – Prayer evening

15th April – Praise evening

22nd April – learn to witness

29th April – learn to witness

 

WORD OF GOD

kathylarkman,

This post by kathylarkman was originally published at GRACE PLACE

Keller Unless we preach Jesus

Flexing the sinews and ligaments

Steve and Ruth Lancaster,

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

When we last wrote we were just about to head off to the UK for a short break with family and to celebrate my (Ruth’s) parents’ 60th wedding anniversary. We had a wonderful time and made many special memories. Christmas was spent with my parents and family (with the obligatory pork pie for Christmas breakfast—it’s an East Midlands tradition!). The anniversary celebration on Boxing Day went very well and it was great to meet up with siblings and cousins that we haven’t seen for years. My parents even received a lovely card from HM The Queen!

The Willows clan at the Diamond Anniversary do, four generations together.

Then it was north, travelling through snow, heading to Scotland for a few days in Nairn with my sister and over to Elgin for New Year with Steve’s sister and the wider Lancaster clan, which, with 8 adults and 6 kids in one house, was a noisy, active and fun time! In between we managed a quick overnight visit to our pastor and his wife in Corsham and a couple of days in Bicester with Steve’s brother. We thoroughly enjoyed our trip, not least feeling cold again!

The Lancaster clan on Lossie beach  Yes, it was cold!

Our journey back to Africa was broken by a few days in Kenya attending Unit Leader meetings. This was the first time that I had attended these meetings and it was an interesting experience seeing first-hand this part of Steve’s ministry. AIM’s Eastern Region comprises Tanzania and Kenya and each country is split into different units with a leader being responsible for member care and for implementing the strategy set by the Region. As you can imagine, a lot of administration comes with this role and this was reflected in the meetings with discussions on annual leave paperwork, language learning requirements and immigration matters—not terribly exciting stuff but necessary in order to facilitate AIM’s missionaries who are at the coal face of planting Christ-centred churches in Africa. So spare a thought—and a prayer—for Steve as he juggles this role with his other work. Perhaps these tasks are the ligaments and sinews that Paul talks about in Colossians 2: 19—supporting and holding together the whole body.

Talking of sinews and ligaments….Steve is in training to run the Kilimanjaro half marathon in March. His brother Ian and sister-in-law Kerri are coming out to run it too and to visit us for a week. I will be happy to wait at the finish line to cheer them all in!

Steve is now well and truly into preparation for this year’s Institute seminars. He is basing his talks on 1 Peter and has 11 sessions to prepare. His method is to prepare them all in English first and then, with the help of a Tanzanian friend, to tackle the mammoth task of translation into Swahili. We are thanking God that he has completed 8 talks so far with 3 to do. He is planning to start translation work mid-March. Please pray for him!

Meanwhile I have been handling the usual tasks of admin and accounts for Sanga Sanga Retreat Centre. There is one important task coming up that fills me with foreboding—the annual project report for the Eastern Region Office! It’s due in by the end of February so in the next couple of weeks I will be immersed in the books and trying not to get confused! I am thankful for the help of Brenda, my accountant friend, who is able to see the wood for the trees and translate a year’s worth of Tanzanian shilling transactions back into US dollars for the report!  Please pray for us!

Another aspect of my role is to teach English. Last week I ran a course for Intermediates. In amongst the grammar teaching were fun, games and lively discussions that really got the students talking! These courses are a great opportunity to demonstrate what a ‘real’ Christian is like, in front of people who may be nominal Christians or Muslims. Two of the students requested Bibles but, seeing that I’d brought 5, the other students also wanted a copy.

Happy English students with their certificates!

Radio gaga? I have been given the exciting opportunity of teaching English on the radio! Faith Baptist Church in Morogoro is setting up a local radio station and has invited me to record some short English teaching programmes. This is a new and unfamiliar venture—how to teach English with no direct interaction with students. Watch this space for more news!

White-throated Bee-eaters – another ‘cop’ for us

10th anniversary! On 19th January we celebrated 10 years of marriage with a weekend away on the coast, in fact on a small tropical island! Getting there involved a short journey by motorboat (having waded out to it to begin with!). We had two days of unwinding, swimming, reading and resting. There really wasn’t much else to do on the island! We took our binoculars in hope, not expecting to see much, but boy, were we surprised! We saw 5 or 6 ‘new’ birds with some wonderful names, including Caspian Tern, Blue-cheeked Bee-eater and the Blue-naped Mousebird. Beautiful birds and two very happy bird-watchers!

Diary Dates

18th Feb                      Steve preaching at AICT Morogoro (2 services)
March/April                  1 Peter prep for Steve
2nd-10th March           Holiday. Kilimanjaro half marathon! Bro Lancs coming out.
30th Mar-11th Apr       Steve leading Oak Hall Israel trip

Prayer and Praise

  • Praise God for the progress Steve has made to date with his preparation. Pray that it will continue to flow and that the translation work will go quickly and
  • Pray for Steve as he juggles this prep with his Unit Leader work, and for Ruth as she prepares financial reports.
  • Pray for the 5 English students who received Bibles, and the opportunity to teach English over the radio.
  • Praise God for 10 years of marriage!

Thanks for all your prayers and support,

Steve & Ruth

Bird of the month

Pin-tailed Whydah, seen in our garden.

My Mum and the Queen – but which is which?!

Flexing the sinews and ligaments

Ruth,

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

When we last wrote we were just about to head off to the UK for a short break with family and to celebrate my (Ruth’s) parents’ 60th wedding anniversary. We had a wonderful time and made many special memories. Christmas was spent with my parents and family (with the obligatory pork pie for Christmas breakfast—it’s an East Midlands tradition!). The anniversary celebration on Boxing Day went very well and it was great to meet up with siblings and cousins that we haven’t seen for years. My parents even received a lovely card from HM The Queen!

The Willows clan at the Diamond Anniversary do, four generations together.

Then it was north, travelling through snow, heading to Scotland for a few days in Nairn with my sister and over to Elgin for New Year with Steve’s sister and the wider Lancaster clan, which, with 8 adults and 6 kids in one house, was a noisy, active and fun time! In between we managed a quick overnight visit to our pastor and his wife in Corsham and a couple of days in Bicester with Steve’s brother. We thoroughly enjoyed our trip, not least feeling cold again!

The Lancaster clan on Lossie beach. Yes, it was cold!

Our journey back to Africa was broken by a few days in Kenya attending Unit Leader meetings. This was the first time that I had attended these meetings and it was an interesting experience seeing first-hand this part of Steve’s ministry. AIM’s Eastern Region comprises Tanzania and Kenya and each country is split into different units with a leader being responsible for member care and for implementing the strategy set by the Region. As you can imagine, a lot of administration comes with this role and this was reflected in the meetings with discussions on annual leave paperwork, language learning requirements and immigration matters—not terribly exciting stuff but necessary in order to facilitate AIM’s missionaries who are at the coal face of planting Christ-centred churches in Africa. So spare a thought—and a prayer—for Steve as he juggles this role with his other work. Perhaps these tasks are the ligaments and sinews that Paul talks about in Colossians 2: 19—supporting and holding together the whole body.

Talking of sinews and ligaments….Steve is in training to run the Kilimanjaro half marathon in March. His brother Ian and sister-in-law Kerri are coming out to run it too and to visit us for a week. I will be happy to wait at the finish line to cheer them all in!

Steve is now well and truly into preparation for this year’s Institute seminars. He is basing his talks on 1 Peter and has 11 sessions to prepare. His method is to prepare them all in English first and then, with the help of a Tanzanian friend, to tackle the mammoth task of translation into Swahili. We are thanking God that he has completed 8 talks so far with 3 to do. He is planning to start translation work mid-March. Please pray for him!

Meanwhile I have been handling the usual tasks of admin and accounts for Sanga Sanga Retreat Centre. There is one important task coming up that fills me with foreboding—the annual project report for the Eastern Region Office! It’s due in by the end of February so in the next couple of weeks I will be immersed in the books and trying not to get confused! I am thankful for the help of Brenda, my accountant friend, who is able to see the wood for the trees and translate a year’s worth of Tanzanian shilling transactions back into US dollars for the report!  Please pray for us!

Another aspect of my role is to teach English. Last week I ran a course for Intermediates. In amongst the grammar teaching were fun, games and lively discussions that really got the students talking! These courses are a great opportunity to demonstrate what a ‘real’ Christian is like, in front of people who may be nominal Christians or Muslims. Two of the students requested Bibles but, seeing that I’d brought 5, the other students also wanted a copy.

Happy English students with their certificates!

Radio gaga? I have been given the exciting opportunity of teaching English on the radio! Faith Baptist Church in Morogoro is setting up a local radio station and has invited me to record some short English teaching programmes. This is a new and unfamiliar venture—how to teach English with no direct interaction with students. Watch this space for more news!

White-throated Bee-eaters – another ‘cop’ for us.

10th anniversary! On 19th January we celebrated 10 years of marriage with a weekend away on the coast, in fact on a small tropical island! Getting there involved a short journey by motorboat (having waded out to it to begin with!). We had two days of unwinding, swimming, reading and resting. There really wasn’t much else to do on the island! We took our binoculars in hope, not expecting to see much, but boy, were we surprised! We saw 5 or 6 ‘new’ birds with some wonderful names, including Caspian Tern, Blue-cheeked Bee-eater and the Blue-naped Mousebird. Beautiful birds and two very happy bird-watchers!

Diary Dates

18th Feb                      Steve preaching at AICT Morogoro (2 services)
March/April                  1 Peter prep for Steve
2nd-10th March           Holiday. Kilimanjaro half marathon! Bro Lancs coming out.
30th Mar-11th Apr       Steve leading Oak Hall Israel trip

Prayer and Praise

  • Praise God for the progress Steve has made to date with his preparation. Pray that it will continue to flow and that the translation work will go quickly and
  • Pray for Steve as he juggles this prep with his Unit Leader work, and for Ruth as she prepares financial reports.
  • Pray for the 5 English students who received Bibles, and the opportunity to teach English over the radio.
  • Praise God for 10 years of marriage!

Thanks for all your prayers and support,

Steve & Ruth

Bird of the month

Pin-tailed Whydah, seen in our garden.

My Mum and the Queen – but which is which?

Notices 11th February 2018

Louise,

Baptism Services

Next Sunday, 18th February, we will be having baptisms at both the 9:15am and 11:15am services.  We look forward to welcoming the friends and families of George Partridge, Mike Woodberry and Emily Robinson.

The Ark

What a fabulous Ark we had in January – Praise God! It will be lovely to see you at the next one on Saturday 24th February so do come and tell/bring your friends. 10am at CBC for crafts, bible story, songs and puppets, all finished off with drink and cakes at 11.00am. Aimed at ages 0-7 years with an adult, but older children welcome. If anyone would like more fliers to take into school/ nursery/hand out/leave in local businesses, please take from the back or ask Heather Chilcott – she has plenty!

Toddler Group – Leader and Helpers

We need more workers and a lead person for our Thursday morning Toddler Group.  Please step up to embrace this wonderful evangelistic opportunity in which to serve Christ. Talk to Kathy Larkman if you would like to know more about what this outreach entails.

Women’s Bible Study

The next women’s bible study will take place on Monday 26th February at 7:30pm.  The study notes are on the table at the back.  Please take one in preparation of the meeting.  If you have any questions about these meetings, please speak to Anne or Kathy.

Men’s Curry Night with Renton Baker – Tuesday 13th March

Please contact Ian Holmes or Paul Kelly if you would like to go or for more details.

Women’s World Day of Prayer

This is taking place on Friday 2nd March at 7pm and CBC is organising/hosting it this year.  We need readers!  Please speak to Anne Holmes if you would like to help/be involved.

Women’s Retreat 20th-22nd April, Lox Lane, Shaftesbury

There are still a few places left!  Please speak to Anne Holmes if you would like to go.

Prayer for Pewsham

Prayer for Pewsham (Chippenham), second Sunday evening of each month.  Please speak to Phil or Helen Osmond for details of where these meetings are held.

The Gathering Weekend

This exciting weekend is taking place on 7th and 8th July 2018.  Meetings on the Saturday will be at Priory Street and on the Sunday at the Springfield Campus. Tickets at £5 per person are available through your congregational leader.  Jenny Gaisford at the 9:15am service; John Godwin at the 11:15am service; Norman Fuggle at the midweek service and Adrian Pillinger at Church on the Green.

…This week…

Thursday: CMDAC 7:30pm

Friday: CMDAC 9:30am

Saturday: Prayer for gospel expansion and other church activities 8.30am

 

THIS WEEK IS HALF TERM SO MANY OF OUR NORMAL ACTIVITIES WILL NOT TAKE PLACE.  PLEASE CHECK WITH YOUR MINISTRY / LIFEGROUP LEADER

 

…Coming up…

21st February: Midweek service, 2pm

24th February: The Ark, 10am

25th February: Infant Dedication, 11:15am service

26th February: Women’s Bible Study, 7:30pm

2nd March: Women’s World Day of Prayer, 7:00pm

3rd March: Craft Group, 10am

7th March: Midweek service, 2pm

11th March: Mothering Sunday

13th March: Men’s curry night with Renton Baker

13th-28th March: Eddie and Kathy – trip to USA

21st March: Midweek service, 2pm

25th March: Nominations for Elder open

26th March: Women’s bible study, 7:30pm

30th March: Good Friday service 9:30am @ Priory Street followed by Walk of Witness in town at 10:30am

31st March: The Ark, 10:00am (Easter Saturday)

7th April: Craft Club, 10:00am

8th April: Nominations for Elder close, 6pm

9th-13th April: Holiday Bible Club @ Priory Street

16th April: Annual Church Meeting, 8pm

20th-22nd April: Women’s Retreat, Lox Lane

28th April: The Ark, 10:00am

30th April: Women’s Bible Study, 7:30pm

5th May: Craft Club

6th May: “The Gathering” on Sunday evenings starts

Sunday Evening Services in April, 6pm

1st April – Eddie preaching

8th April – Prayer evening

15th April – Praise evening

22nd April – Learn to Witness

29th April – Learn to Witness

LISTENING TO GOD

kathylarkman,

This post by kathylarkman was originally published at GRACE PLACE

charles spurgeon bibleIn our Living Out God’s Grace Bible study series, we have been exploring the grace of the gospel which brings us to faith in Christ and motivates us to live out our salvation.
As we enter into the second half of this series, we will slightly shift our focus to the “means of grace” by which our Triune God gives us as blessings to not only grow us in the grace and knowledge of our Lord Jesus, but to know and enjoy Jesus more and more. May it continue to comfort and challenge you as you learn to rest in God’s grace in your journey to become more like Christ.
Through the beautiful lens of the Gospel Good News, we consider the most vital means of grace to discipleship in Jesus: Listening to God through HIS WORD.