Be Patient …… With Yourself!

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Lesley Grindrod, contributor for today’s blog

The well-known car bumper sticker “Be patient with me – God hasn’t finished with me yet!” crossed my mind as I sat down to write this morning. But no sooner had my fingers touched the keyboard than I felt the Holy Spirit unexpectedly nudge me with these words: “Be patient with yourself, I haven’t finished with you yet!” Oh man! How I struggle to be patient with myself!  A constant, condescending, impatient ‘inner voice’ that shouts “That’s good, but it’s not really good enough. Why haven’t you done this yet? Why are you still doing that?” When is this going to happen?” “Be patient with yourself….” If you’re anything like me you’re a bit of a mess! We don’t want anyone else to know it and we do our best to put on a great face so no-one will ever know it …. but we know! We know every flaw, every mistake, every failure, every sin. And with every new mistake we beat ourselves up … ‘Why bother? I’m never going to make it!’ love is patient1 Corinthians 13 tells me that love is patient. God is love, and He is eternally patient with me. If I’m to imitate Him I must be patient with myself! I must believe God’s working in my life even when I don’t feel like He is. Spiritual growth is often tedious work – one small step at a time. Ecclesiastes 1:3 says “Everything in earth has its own time and season.” There are seasons in our spiritual life too. Sometimes we’ll experience  short, intense bursts of growth (Spring) but also periods of stability, testing and even barrenness (Autumn & Winter). So what about those habits and hurts you would like instantly removed from your life? Its fine to pray for a miracle, but don’t be disappointed if the answer comes from a gradual change. Be patient. Over time, a slow steady flow of water will erode the hardest rock and turn giant boulders into pebbles. Winter will eventually become Spring. Try keeping a notebook or journal. Not a diary of events but a record of what you’re learning. Write down the insights and life-lessons God teaches you about yourself, life, relationships and everything else. Recording gives you opportunity to review, to look back and praise God for every lesson learned, every victory He’s achieved in you! One of life’s frustrations is that God’s timetable is rarely the same as ours. I often feel frustrated, impatient with the seemingly slow progress I’m making in life. Remember God is never in a hurry, but He’s always ‘bang on time.’ He’s using our entire lifetime to prepare us for our role in eternity! Dear friends, I don’t know what’s been happening in your life – what struggles you’re facing, what failures you’ve made. All I know is, if you love God, He is working on you. Be patient with Him. Be patient with yourself. Love is patient. Cut yourself some slack today. You’ll make it. God has promised you will! Picture1  

BEAR WITH ONE ANOTHER BIBLE STUDY AND FRIENDSHIP

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Tonight is the night for our time together; to eat cake, to share in friendship, old and new; and to study together in Scripture what it is to Bear with One Another aka Be Patient with One Another in our ongoing One Anothering Series this school year.  Sharon Durant will be leading us, along with Anne Holmes. So, don’t miss it! Bring a friend and get ready for a rich evening!

WHERE: Corsham Baptist Church Hall

WHEN: Monday, 24 April

TIME: 7:30 PM 


Notice sheet for 23rd April 2017

Louise,

Church Meeting

At the recent church meeting the following people were welcomed into membership at Corsham Baptist Church:

Rob and Liz Perks;

            Paul and Vicky Kelly;

            Geoff and Jean Oatley;

            Matt and Kirstyn Lee;

            Sharon Pearce

Paul Garcia was also re-elected Deacon for Church on the Green; Alan Kember was re-elected Deacon at Corsham Baptist Church and reaffirmed in his role as Church Secretary.

Holiday Club

A huge superhero thank you to all the helpers at holiday club! We had an amazing time learning about some of the lesser known heroes of the Bible. We had lots of new children attending this time so it was great to get to know more families in the community. Thank you for all your prayers.

Ladies’ Bible Study

Notes for the next ladies’ bible study which will take place tomorrow, Monday 24th April, are on the table at the back of the church.  Please take one in preparation of the study or speak to Anne Holmes or Kathy Larkman.

Midweek Service – 26th April

The text will be Ruth 1.  Eric Seager will be leading and David Morrell preaching.  The service starts at 2:00pm and concludes at 3:00pm with tea/coffee and homemade cake.

Youth Fundraiser

A very big thank you to everyone who supported the youth fundraiser yesterday.  All monies raised will go towards their mission trip to Uganda later in the year.

**TANZANIA GIFT DAY** 7TH MAY

On Sunday 7th May we will have a gift day to support the building work being carried out at Sanga Sanga in Tanzania. We are aiming to raise £5,000 to cover the cost of the building materials, but if additional money is raised, it will be lodged in the Restricted Mission Fund, and used to follow mission at home or overseas in due course. Please pray about how you can contribute towards this offering.  More details in the notice sheet next week. For further information please speak to Roger Hammett or Martin Sheringham.

Let there be Science – David Hutchings

David Hutchings is a physics teacher who has recently co-authored a book on science and religion.  He will be coming to give a presentation on Christianity and science working hand in hand. This will be followed by a Q&A session and refreshments.  Date: Saturday 13th May @ 7:30pm at Priory Street.  Please invite non-Christian friends!

The Ark

After the excitement of Easter and the holidays, don’t forget the next ark is on again on Saturday 29th April at 10.00am at CBC, Priory Street.  It is aimed at 0-7yrs but all are welcome, with an adult.

Traidcraft

Julie King will be stepping down from Traidcraft at the end of May.  If you would like to take this on, please speak to Julie.

Craft Group

The quilt that has been made for the lady in Ruth and Steve’s community at Morogoro by the Craft group will be in the coffee hall on Sunday 30th before it goes out to Tanzania.  Craft group will be meeting again on Saturday 6th May 10-12.30. For more information please speak to Kathy Ewins or Pam Mitchell.

Parents’ Evening (for parents of Young People)

Dan Ovens would like to invite all parents of teens to his house (16 Arnolds Mead) on Thursday 4th May 7.30pm for a parents’ evening. The idea is to provide an opportunity for you to find out how your child is getting on, about what they get up to and future youth ministry plans (without relying on prising information out of your child!).  There will also be space for you to give honest evaluation, ask questions and share any concerns.

Kathy Larkman

Kathy Larkman and Debbie Jackson are going to Tanzania from 3rd-9th May.  Kathy will be speaking at an AIM women’s retreat.  Please pray for her as she prepares her talks and as they both get ready to travel to Africa.

 

…This week…

Monday: Mums’ bible study, 9:30am; Ladies’ bible study, 7:30pm

Tuesday: Rudloe Tots, 10:00am

Wednesday: Midweek service, 2pm

Thursday: Toddler Group, 10:00am; Corsham Money and Debt Advice Centre, 7:30pm

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

Saturday: Prayer for gospel expansion 8.30am; the Ark, 10:00am; Rudloe Cafe, 2:30pm

 

….At a quick glance….

4th May: Parents’ evening Dan’s house, 7:30pm

6th May: Craft Club, 10am

7th May: Tanzania Gift Day; Prayer evening, 6pm

10th May: Midweek service, 2pm

13th May: Corsham Money and Debt Advice Centre training, 10am-4pm; Let there be Science, 7:30pm

14th May: Bailey infant  dedication, 9:15am

15th May: Prayer for missions and the persecuted church, 7:45pm

18th May: Lucie Whiting wedding, 12:30pm

20th May: Corsham Money and Debt Advice, 10am-4pm

21st May: Infant dedication 9:15am service22nd May: Ladies’ bible study, 7:30pm24th May: Midweek service, 2pm27th May: The Ark, 10am3rd June: Craft Club, 10am4th June: Pentecost service, 6pm7th June: Midweek service, 2pm11th June: Infant dedication: 11:15am service; afternoon social for 9:15er’s;13th June: Men’s night, bbq social 

 

 

EVERY DAY PATIENCE

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Hannah Spruijt, contributor of today’s post

Patient. It’s not a word that describes me best! And unfortunately, it is those who are nearest and dearest to me who know it all too well. Don’t get me wrong, I can keep my cool to a certain extent, but then I have a definite ‘snapping’ point and all too easily, I lose it.  Since having my little boy I’ve learned SO much about my inability to be patient; two year olds have a marvellous way of pushing all the right buttons to reveal our true colours! Sometimes in the evening when I reflect back over the day’s happenings, I feel shame and guilt that my sin has impacted my parenting. What does the Bible have to say about patience in bearing with one another? What do I need to learn?

Firstly, God’s character gives us the blueprint to follow. Psalm 103 (one of my favourites) says “The LORD is merciful and gracious; he is slow to get angry and full of unfailing love” (v8, NLT).  Mercy means to have patience and a forgiving disposition towards someone who is in your power; God is patient with us and He is always ready to forgive us when we turn to Him.  Secondly, we are commanded to be patient!  In amongst lots of advice for the young church in Thessalonica, Paul instructs the new believers to “be patient with one another” (1 Thess 5v14) in preparing for Christ’s return; he doesn’t give any exclusions like ‘if you feel like it’ or ‘in certain situations’ or ‘only if the other person is worth being patient for’! Simply, we must be patient with everyone.  Another Bible passage that comes to mind is where the fruits of the Spirit are listed in Galatians 5 (v22-23).  As Christians, we know if we are truly seeking to grow in our walk with God and are committed to learning and changing to become more like Jesus, the Holy Spirit will enable us to cultivate these Christ-like character traits in our hearts and lives. But how does this happen?

I want to share a little testimony to God’s goodness. In the last six months God has been working in my life in a way I have never known before. A very dear lady has been investing her time and energy in praying with me, encouraging me and holding me accountable for my personal prayer life, Bible study and other areas too. It has been amazing that our series on ‘One-Anothering’ has coincided with this time and I have been able to relate very personally to all the areas we’ve covered! My walk with God, my anxiety levels, how I make choices, my marriage and even how I parent have all been impacted.

I can see that as I seek to be more Christ-like and I daily commit myself to God, the Holy Spirit prompts me and I feel his ‘nudging’ in the moments when my patience is draining and anger is rising.  If I am truly in step with Him, it is far easier to feel the nudge and act upon it; I ask God for immediate help in a quick prayer, I think about what I say before I say it, and I remember God’s kindness and mercy to me before I deal with my son.

I am still definitely not getting it right all the time, and I can tell when I am not in step with the Spirit and I have to repent, but I am so glad to be a work in progress (Phil 1v6) and thankful to God for his goodness in how he ‘giveth more grace when the burdens grow greater’ as the old hymn says. If He extends His grace and His mercy to us, day by day and moment by moment, how much more should we be bearing with one another with patience, kindness and gentleness in response?

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Notice sheet for 16th April 2017

Louise,

Superhero Holiday Bible Club

THIS WEEK!

18th April – 21st April, 10am- 12.30pm

This is for primary school aged children.  This year we will be looking at some Bible heroes as we gather together for our fun-filled holiday club. As always this cannot be done without the support of our fantastic church family.  If you would like to serve God then there are many areas in which you can serve: Worship, leading and helping small groups, catering, welcome, registration, kitchen help, serving refreshments, sound desk, projector, set up and set down.  If you would like to know more about the holiday club including how to serve, please speak to Rhiannon, who will be only too willing to talk things through with you.  Please start praying for this amazing opportunity to share God with the next generation.

Uganda Youth Fundraiser

Several young people are going on the mission trip to Uganda in the summer and are holding a fundraising event at Priory Street on Saturday afternoon, 22nd April, commencing at 2pm and will include coffee and cake and an auction of promises.

Traidcraft

Julie King will be stepping down from Traidcraft at the end of May.  If you would like to take this on, please speak to Julie.

Ladies’ Bible Study

Notes for the next ladies’ bible study which will take place on Monday 24th April are on the table at the back of the church.  Please take one in preparation of the study or speak to Anne Holmes or Kathy Larkman for more information.

Parents’ Evening (for parents of Young People)

Dan Ovens would like to invite all parents of teens to his house (16 Arnolds Mead) on Thursday 4th May 7.30pm for a parents’ evening. The idea is to provide an opportunity for you to find out how your child is getting on, about what they get up to and future youth ministry plans (without relying on prising information out of your child!).  There will also be space for you to give honest evaluation, ask questions and share any concerns.

Let there be Science – David Hutchings

David Hutchings is a physics teacher who has recently co-authored a book on science and religion.  He will be coming to give a presentation on Christianity and science working hand in hand. This will be followed by a Q&A session and refreshments.  Date: Saturday 13th May @ 7:30pm at Priory Street.  Please invite non-Christian friends!

Cards for Persecuted Church

Easter cards for Persecuted Believers are available at the back. Please send with prayer and a verse of encouragement. Please contact Vanessa Naish for further details.

From the Treasurer

We are looking for volunteers to add to our team of counters for the weekly offering. This involves being available to count and record the Sunday morning offerings at 12.30pm for about 20 minutes approximately once a month, starting in May. The task is always done by a counter and a recorder.  If you are willing to join the team please contact Roger Hammett or Michael Prior.

The Ark

After the excitement of Easter and the holidays, don’t forget the next ark is on again on Saturday 29th April at 10.00am at CBC, Priory Street.  It is aimed at 0-7yrs but all are welcome, with an adult.

 

EASTER HOLIDAYS CONTINUING THIS WEEK  SO REGULAR GROUPS WILL NOT BE MEETING.

….At a quick glance….

24th April: Ladies’ Bible Study, 7:30pm

26th April: Midweek service, 2pm

29th April: The Ark, 10am

4th May: Parents’ evening Dan’s house, 7:30pm

6th May: Craft Club, 10am

7th May: Prayer evening, 6pm

10th May: Midweek service, 2pm

13th May: Corsham Money and Debt Advice Centre training, 10am-4pm; Let there be Science, 7:30pm

14th May: Bailey infant  dedication, 9:15am

15th May: Prayer for missions and the persecuted church, 7:45pm

20th May: Corsham Money and Debt Advice, 10am-4pm

21st May: Infant dedication 9:15am service

22nd May: Ladies’ bible study, 7:30pm

24th May: Midweek service, 2pm

27th May: The Ark, 10am

3rd June: Craft Club, 10am

4th June: Pentecost service, 6pm