Notices 9th December 2018

Louise,

*** Farmyard Nativity! ***

Tickets are sold out for all three sessions!  There are still opportunities to help on the day and to provide mince pies etc.  Please sign up on the sheets on the table at the back (by the red Christmas card board) or contact Rhiannon Price.

Carols by Candlelight Service – 16th December

Next Sunday evening is our carols by candlelight service.  If you would still like to be in the band for this special service, please contact David Morrell…davidsuemorrell@gmail.com.

Christmas Service Offerings – 2018

On Saturday 15 December, the offering taken at the Farmyard Nativity Events will be given to Compassion UK’s “Most Needed Fund” and will be used to support the work of their Child Survival Programme in many poor communities across the world. 

On Sunday 16 December, the offering from the Carols by Candlelight Service will be sent to support the work of the Oasis Centre, our mission partners in Austria working alongside refugees.  In February,we will be sending out a Building Team to renovate a toilet and make it fully accessible for the disabled; the money will be put towards the costs of this work.  If you are able to gift aid your donation, special yellow envelopes for your monetary offering are available on the table at the back of the building. Please do mark them “NATIVITY – COMPASSION” or “CHRISTMAS – OASIS”.  When the offering is taken on the day, only the contents of the yellow envelopes, and loose cash/cheques will be included in the offering total.  Blue envelopes will be treated as regular giving to the general work of the church.  Please do pray about how you can contribute towards this offering, and speak to Paul Garcia (COTG Rudloe), Michael Prior(Priory Street 9.15) or Roger Hammett (Priory Street 11.15) for clarification.

Christmas Cards

Our(red) Christmas card board is at the back. Please use this to pin your card to the CBC fellowship (pins in glass jar on the table). If you have cards for specific people/families, please hand deliver personally or post (please do not put/leave on the tables at the back as we end up with scores of unclaimed cards by the end of the festive season!!). There is also a card to sign for the Littles as they celebrate their first Christmas on Africa Mercy!

Fight Night

The men meet in the hut tomorrow night for another “fight night” prayer meeting.  Please speak to Ian Holmes if you would like to know more about this.

Women’s Christmas Meal – TOMORROW NIGHT !!

We are ordering curry from Haq in Corsham for our Christmas meal! There will also be delicious home-made puddings. This is an invitation to ALL the women in our church and you are welcome to invite friends as well!  Cost is £10pp.  PLEASE SIGN UP ON THE SHEET AT THE BACK!!

Elections

Elections of Safeguarding Deacon, Elder and Fabric Deacon will take place at the January Church Meeting on 21st January. Nominations for these positions will open on 23rd December and close on 6th January 2019.  Adrian Pillinger and Martin Sheringham have indicated their willingness to be renominated for positions of Elder and Fabric Deacon respectively.

Evening Services in December

There will be no evening service at Priory Street on 23rd & 30th December.

…This week…

Monday: Mums’ bible study, 9:30am

Tuesday: Men’s fight night, 8pm; women’s Christmas event, 7pm

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

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

Saturday: Christmas farmyard nativity

… Looking ahead over the next days, weeks and months…

15th December: Nativity @ Castle Combe farm

16th December: Carol Service, 6pm Priory Street

18th December: Corsham Town Carol Service, 6:45pm

19th December: Midweek Christmas service, 2pm

23rd December: Nominations open for various leadership roles

23rd December: DIY Nativity at Rudloe, 10am

23rd December: No evening service

24th December: Christmas eve service, 6pm/ Carol singing in Rudloe, 6pm

25th December: Christmas day joint service, 10am @ Priory Street/ 10am at Rudloe

30th December: No evening service

HE’S IN THE WAITING!

kathylarkman,
Silhouetted women holding hands

 

LESLEY NEW PHOTO

LESLEY GRINDROD, contributor for today’s blog post

A huge part of our lives as followers of Jesus here on earth revolves around ‘waiting.’ I’ve no idea how many times the Bible tells us to wait (it must run into the hundreds at least) but it’s pretty telling that one of the fruits of the Spirit is patience!
But waiting is SO hard, isn’t it? Even waiting for a bus causes me to grumble, shuffle my feet and constantly check my watch! I must be one of the most impatient people I know – ask Neal. He only has to respond with “Wait a minute…” when asked to do something, to be confronted with the most un-holy displays of impatience, ingratitude and frustration!
In Titus chapter 2 Paul describes how we ladies should behave as we wait for ‘the blessed hope – the appearance of our Lord Jesus.’ Verses 3 and 4 tell us we should be full of dignity and self-control, Take-Courage-He-is-in-the-Wait-Bethel-In-Due-Time-Blog-400x400displaying solid faith, generous love, and patient endurance; loving, respecting and caring for our husbands, children, our homes and each other. We should always model behaviour that will point those who see us to Jesus!
Oh my, such beautiful words (who wouldn’t want to live like this?) but how horribly tough they are to put into practise! But my dear sisters – ‘practise’ is the key word here! It’s only as I repent over each stumble, each impatient word and deed, that I grow in my ability to ‘wait with patience.’ I need to constantly practise being patient, practise being loving, kind and respectful, practise living my life as an example of Godly behaviour, just as a musician needs to practise their instrument. All the while trusting my heavenly Father to forgive my mistakes, clean me up, and set me off again on this bumpy road called life.
Living ‘right’ while we’re waiting relates to every part of our lives. I’m pretty sure we’re all waiting for something – a promise as yet unfulfilled, an improvement in our finances or health, the salvation of a loved one, the restoration of a broken relationship. But whatever we’re waiting for, the message is the same: “…Live self-controlled, upright and Godly lives in this present age, while we wait for the blessed hope ….”Titus 2:12-13
Here’s a beautiful example of ‘Godly living while waiting.’ My son and daughter-in-law have been waiting for 12 years for a baby of their own. Despite the many disappointments and ever-present heartbreak, they purposed to honour God by bravely sharing their difficult journey through infertility with other couples facing similar problems. They’ve organised several Bible-focused retreats with expert speakers and ae6b231aa4f6720ab0c19ae058175512worship leaders to encourage, support and pray with precious couples who were utterly weary and disillusioned. God has greatly blessed these events over the years.
Then suddenly in April this year their miracle happened – they became pregnant! And on Friday last week my tiny little grandson, Ezra, made his appearance, 7 weeks early but absolutely perfect in every way!
So be encouraged my dear sisters. Whatever it is we’re waiting for, let’s hold onto God, believe His Word, trust Him for the future and be determined to live ‘right’ in the waiting.

Times of Transition, Successful Seminars and Confused Cockerels!

Ruth,
Picture of Steve and Ruth

“So much effort measuring speed but we’re still overwhelmed with accidents.”

Our last update began with the words “three down, three to go”. Four months later, in terms of our IBM regional conferences, it’s now “six down, none to go”! Project Peter is now complete and we have much to be thankful for! All six conferences went to plan and I was able to teach all of my allotted sessions: 46 in total. Despite travelling 3,000 miles on the dicey roads of Tanzania, we didn’t experience any hold-ups, punctures or accidents along the way, just numerous police checkpoints which continue to suck the joy out of driving! Oh that these large figures dressed in white uniforms were angels! Alas, they are not! In terms of attendance at these events, we had a combined total of 160 pastors, evangelists and wives turn up, the largest number we’ve had for a few years. All seemed to be very happy with our focus on the book of 1 Peter, and of particular relevance to the pastors was chapter 5, where Peter urges elders in the church to be shepherds of God’s flock, serving as humble overseers, and being examples to those they lead.

It’s been encouraging to read the feedback from the pastors, although one did question why we were studying 1 Peter when Paul had written many other letters! Another pastor commented that the letter had been brought to life for him, and at the Kilwa seminar, it was great to hear that, as a group of churches in the area, the pastors had decided to use my notes to teach their congregations. It was a timely reminder for me that those hours of labour spent in the study have not been in vain and that the audience is wider than just those who attend the conferences. The teaching material has now been put into book form so that the pastors can have something more permanent for future reference and study. You’re welcome to a copy – if you can read Swahili!

Our August conference took place in the dead-end town of Ifakara! It’s a one-street African town with many dusty side-roads leading off it, and a real sense of run-down-ness. Yet despite its location and its last century feel, we had 43 pastors/evangelists/wives travel in for the event. Guesthouse prices ranged from £3.20-£8.50 and all of the cooking was done right outside the church under the shade of a mustard tree! On the menu for the three days was typical Tanzanian fare: rice, beans, ugali, spinach, and watermelon, although I was concerned that some super-sized catfish might make it onto our plates at one point! A random guy on a bike turned up one afternoon trying to sell five of the large slimy wrigglers for £3 each! At the end of the conference it was a real encouragement to see that the pastors had collected £30 towards the work of IBM – and this wasn’t the only conference where this happened. This year we’ve found that there is a growing sense amongst the pastors that they appreciate what IBM is all about, and want to step up and help with costs.

Our conferences in September and October (Magambua and Mbeya) also went well. The beauty of the Magambua event is that it’s way out in the bush with the nearest tarmac road being 100 miles away! That means few noisy distractions to contend with for the teacher, just the occasional herd of cows or goats trotting past the church door! The other benefit for Ruth and I was that we were able to stay with some fellow missionaries, who supplemented our rice and beans diet and ensured we didn’t have to stay in a spartan pastor’s house which had only two working lightbulbs! As we wrap up this conference season, we’re able to say that God’s Word has indeed been taught, and we pray that these church leaders will grow in their faith and lead their congregations into a closer relationship with Jesus – because that’s what this is all about. I’m thankful to God that he’s enabled me to teach again this year. Teaching in Swahili is still far out of my comfort zone but the bottom line is that it is He who has empowered me to do so! I’m very much aware of Paul’s words in 2 Cor. 3: 5 & 6: “For we are not competent in ourselves, but our competence comes from God.” In other words, as the Good News version says, “There is nothing in us that allows us to claim that we are capable of doing this work, for the capacity we have comes from God alone.”

Oak Hall Returns: In August Ruth and I hosted an Oak Hall group at Sanga for two weeks, with 22 guests coming to experience the sights of Tanzania and a taste of mission. They worked hard on various projects at Sanga, helped to paint a dormitory at Agape Children’s Village (an orphanage), went on safari and climbed into the Uluguru mountains, but one of the highlights was visiting a small AIC church out in the rurals, set in the midst of a Muslim village. The eye-opening moment for the group came during the service when they were ceremoniously presented with a confused-looking cockerel and a tonne of bananas as a gift! The welcome and the generosity the church showed towards us in the midst of their humble surroundings was overwhelming. The intrepid Oakies returned home with some precious memories and, for one guest in particular, the African adventure looks set to continue as she’s since applied to teach with AIM somewhere in Africa! A taste of mission seems to have developed into wanting more!

“The times they are a changin”!
For our team here in Morogoro there is plenty of change ahead, although it seems as though missionaries serving overseas live within a revolving-door environment where people are constantly coming and going. Our team mates Tony and Cath Swanson are in the process of saying their goodbyes and packing their bags after being in Tanzania for 20 years. In a weeks’ time, they’ll head to the UK for six months before continuing their consultancy roles with AIM, based in Uganda. Tony became the Co-ordinator of IBM way back in 2004 and he’s been at the forefront of developments at Sanga over the last 14 years. He’s lived and breathed all things Sanga, and I’m sure if you were to cut him in half you’d find Sanga blood flowing out! Both Tony and Cath have been an enormous support to us and we’ll miss their wisdom and maturity as well as their friendship and support. On a more playful note, I’ll particularly miss my battles with Tony on the ‘browns’ of Morogoro golf course, and to hearing Cath recall her latest missionary mishap during the course of her many travels!

To mark the end of this era, we headed to the wilds of Mikumi National Park a few weeks ago and enjoyed a team day on safari. The highlights of our day in the bush included watching over 200 buffalo jostling for position at a waterhole, and a lone leopard out on the plains. The lowlight, however, was receiving a phone call telling us that there was a fire in the upper room of the newly-built conference centre! One of the free-standing halogen lamps had been placed too near the curtains and it hadn’t taken long for the fire to spread up into the ceiling boards and roofing sheets. The alarm was raised quickly and our amazingly brave Sanga team were able to put out the fire with the use of ladders and buckets of water! It could have been so much worse, but thankfully our guys were able to deal with it before it caused too much damage, and the repair work was completed within a week. A footnote to the story is that the local fire brigade (think Trumpton!) turned up once the fire had been put out!

All that remains for us to say as we approach the end of another year, is an enormous THANK YOU for your prayers and support and, although it feels way too early to be sending festive greetings, once it arrives, have a wonderful Christmas and a blessed New Year!

Diary Dates:

8-13 Dec:       Unit leader meetings in Dar and Lindi (south Tanzania)
16 Dec:          Preaching at Emmanuel Church, Morogoro
18 Dec:         Amani School Board meeting in Dar (Unit)
23-27 Dec:    Christmas hols
6-10 Jan:       Unit Leader meetings in Nairobi
8 March:       Term 2 complete! Return to UK for six months!

Prayer Points:

  • You might remember that we were looking to recruit an accountant for 12 months for IBM. The AIC has actually appointed someone on a part time basis to cover Ruth’s absence during our home assignment (March-Sept 2019), so that’s an answer to prayer, at least in the short term. Ideally Ruth would like this person to continue managing the accounts when we return to Morogoro next year.
  • Please pray for the Morogoro AIM team as we enter this time of transition. Whilst Tony and Cath will leave on 9th Dec, we’re hoping to have a new family (Wildasins) joining the team in February, depending on the issuing of work permits! Please pray for this to happen soon! Ruth and I will then be heading back to UK on home assignment in early March, and the Dixons will then also be leaving Tanzania in July! Please pray for Pastor Yohana Batano as he picks up the baton passed on by Tony as the Co-ordinator of IBM!
  • Please pray that we would finish our second term well! In many ways this has been a hard year with an on-going sinusitis battle for me, increased responsibilities for Ruth at Sanga, discouraging pastoral situations within the AIC church, growing cultural fatigue, and a seemingly growing police presence on the roads! I’ll admit that my levels of patience and grace are running low as we enter the final three months of this term. It makes me more aware of just what a fragile clay vessel I am! Thankfully, “we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us.” (2 Cor. 4:7)

Friends of Sanga Sanga
We invite you to become a Friend of Sanga Sanga. What does that mean? It means that we keep you updated with news and prayer requests of the ministry at Sanga Sanga via WhatsApp or email. You will receive a newsletter (written by Ruth!) via email twice a year. You can ask for a speaker to come to your church or mission event. And you will receive invitations to come and see what we do and perhaps help with some practical work. If you would like to become a Friend of Sanga Sanga please let us know or click here to sign up!

Easter Sunday in Jerusalem?! If you’re looking for something to do over Easter next year, then how about heading to Israel and Palestine with Oak Hall? I’m leading another trip (trip code IS19) from 16th-26th April, and it would be great to see some familiar faces on the trip. For a detailed itinerary and more details please see the following link: www.oakhall.co.uk/israel/Israel

Every blessing,

Steve & Ruth

Notices for 2nd December

Tim Stephenson,
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“Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path.”

Psalm 119:105

Prayer Evening

 This evening Vanessa will be leading ‘Gathered to Pray’ focusing on the Persecuted Church. If that sounds remote from us in Corsham, I urge you to come along as Open Doors have prepared some very illuminating and encouraging first-hand stories that we will be sharing. Please take this prompt to consider whether you can support the work of our mission partner, Open Doors, either with a one-off gift or more regularly. CBC recommends you do this directly and prayer diaries at the back of church contain details on how, as wellas plenty of information for your prayers. Details for sending Christmas cards to persecuted believers are also available at the back of the church.

Midweek Service

Eric will be leading and preaching on Wednesday 5th December, starting at 2pm. The reading is Psalm 145 and there will be communion. All welcome. Refreshments follow at 3pm.

*** Farmyard Nativity! ***

 Thank you to all who helped in the ‘work party’ at the farm yesterday, a job well done! Tickets are selling out fast, only a few remaining, if you haven’t booked yet go to www.born-in-a-barn-live-nativity.eventbrite.co.uk to get yours. There will be refreshments served at the Nativity so we are looking for donations of mince pies and gingerbread men and cookies (bought or homemade; recipes can be provided if you want to make gingerbread but don’t have one!).  Please check the “best before” dates on the boxes to ensure they are in date for the 15th December.  Please speak to Rhiannon if you are able to make a donation.  Donations can be left at church from Sunday 9thDecember until Friday 14th December (or passed directly to Rhiannon). Please continue to pray for this amazing event.

Carols by Candlelight Service – 16th December

Once again this year it would be great to get a band together for the carol service, to give the occasion a certain something extra! So if you play an acoustic instrument and would like to be part of the band, David M would love to hear from you. If you have not been part of this before, please let David know what you play, and to roughly what standard, together with your contact details if you’re not already in the church directory.  Many thanks.

Women’s Christmas Meal – 10th December

We are ordering curry from Haq in Corsham for our Christmas meal! There will also be delicious home-made puddings. This is an invitation to ALL the women in our church and you are welcome to invite friends as well! Monday 10th December @ 7.30pm. Cost £10pp. PLEASE SIGN UPON THE SHEET AT THE BACK!!

Men’s Bible Study

Tuesday 4th December @ Priory Street, 7:30pm – “Jesus as King.”

Christmas decoration workshop

Come and make some decorations for your tree on Saturday 8th December between 10am and 12pm at Priory street, all are welcome. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Volunteers are needed so if you would like to help at this event, please contact Rhiannon. Thank you.

Elections

Elections of Safeguarding Deacon, Elder and Fabric Deacon will take place at the January Church Meeting on 21st January. Nominations for these positions will open on 23rd December and close on 6th January 2019. Adrian Pillinger and Martin Sheringham have indicated their willingness to be renominated for positions of Elder and Fabric Deacon respectively.

Church Directory 2019

Please take the time to complete the information for the new church directory if you are new to this fellowship or if any of your personal details have changed. There is also a section to complete if you would like specific information on any aspect of church life. You may complete either online or the paper copy which can be left inthe white box on the table at the back. (Blank forms at the back). Remember…please write clearly!!

Corsham Food bank – Feeding Back to You

The Christmas Hamper project will be run again this year, and we expectto be blessing in excess of 50 households. If you would like to support this project by donating edible seasonal treats with a post-Christmas best before date, please leave them in or by the collection bin in the porch at Priory Street. Tonight is the deadline! Items which would enable us to bless children would be particularly welcome.

Christmas Service Offerings – 2018

On Saturday 15 December, the offering taken at the Farmyard Nativity Events will be given to Compassion UK’s “Most Needed Fund” and will be used to support the work of their Child Survival Programme in many poor communities across the world.

On Sunday 16 December, the offering from the Carols by Candlelight Service will be sent to support the work of the Oasis Centre, our mission partners in Austria working alongside refugees. In February, we will be sending out a Building Team to renovate a toilet and make it fully accessible for the disabled; the money will be put towards the costs of this work. If you are able to gift aid your donation, special yellow envelopes for your monetary offering are available on the table at the back of the building. Please do mark them “NATIVITY – COMPASSION” or“CHRISTMAS – OASIS”. When the offering is taken on the day,only the contents of the yellow envelopes, and loose cash/cheques will be included in the offering total. Blue envelopes will be treated as regular giving to the general work of the church. Please do pray about how you can contribute towards this offering,and speak to Paul Garcia (COTG Rudloe), Michael Prior (Priory Street9.15) or Roger Hammett (Priory Street 11.15) should you wish to clarify these arrangements

VIRTUES OF A WOMAN

kathylarkman,
Silhouetted women holding hands

 

Cathy Photo

Catherine Donovan, contributor for today’s blog post

It is amazing how one can pick a new message every time you read the Bible. Reading through the book of Titus again I was struck by the words in Chapter 2 verses 3 to 5 on the virtues of a woman.

I pondered whether I would consider myself to be in the older women category or the younger women? Obviously I would like to put myself in the category of the younger women. That has a certain appeal to my vanity as it virtually means my age is static and that is flattering to my ego. This thinking is of course contrary to the spirit of Paul’s teaching in Titus where the outward appearance appears to bear absolutely no relevance and the focus is on eternal life. So my thoughts are indicative of the fact that I have a long way to go on being more Christ like.

The message for the younger woman is so hard in our current generation and God knows I have struggled and failed at so many levels. Paul says in Chapter 2 verses 4-5 that the younger women are to:
“Love their husbands and children, to be self-controlled and pure, to be busy at home, to be kind, and to be subject to their husbands, so that no one will malign the word of God.”

thKYNGM54IThis is not an easy task! On the face of it I could easily say: but of course I do this every day; of course I love my husband and children and am busy at home, in fact, too busy. However, every time I fail at self-control with my tongue speaking or biting back at something said, I am not reflecting self-control, love or purity. When I think about this scripture, I become instantly uncomfortable in the knowledge that sometimes the love I am giving my children by indulging their every wish is perhaps not pure. After all the best love I can give them is teaching them the values for life and godliness. The instant Amazon purchase for something they are after may stop them nagging at me, but may not necessarily be love and a reflection of the purity that God desires from us. I am also equally baffled by the meaning of the words “subject to their husbands” in this day and age of “independent women” and “gender equality”. These are certainly no easy tasks and it takes God’s grace and the Holy Spirit for us to perceive and understand the meaning of these scriptures for application in our lives on a daily basis. I wonder whether if Paul looked at my life, he would say “you are a good example of what a young Christ like woman should be?” I find myself falling very short if I place myself against the standard God has set before us and am thankful for God’s grace to forgive me every time I fail and the knowledge that “ I am the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus” ( 2 Corinthians 5:21). So I am not there yet, but on my way, as God continues to purify me.

So perhaps it’s easier to switch camp and get the message for the older women:
“To be reverent in the way they live, not to be slanderers or addicted to much wine, but to teach what is good. Then they can train the younger women…(Titus 2:3-4)

I guess this scripture explains why I am drinking more wine; perhaps one is more prone to drinking a bit more as they grow older. I did not drink wine until I got married to my husband but I can admit that the amount has gone up every year and whilst my coffee addiction is more prevalent than the wine drinking, the question is: “Can I be considered to be reverent in the way I live? Am I a slanderer? Am I teaching what is good or in fact am I teaching anyone at all? Paul adds to the older women the responsibility to teach the younger woman. It would appear that if I do not learn the virtues Paul specified for the younger woman, I will not in fact be qualified to train the younger women as an older woman.

We live in a society that appreciates the importance of qualifications to do a job, the need for training and career progression. How much more important it is to understand the message for daily living and eternal life on how we must live our lives, acquiring God’s virtues for godliness, acknowledging we are in training, so that we can reflect Christ to the world so that “no-one will malign the word of God”.

I am encouraged that whilst I can achieve none of the required traits or virtues on my own, there is abundant grace for me and for you as Paul says:
“For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men. It teaches us to say “No” to ungodliness and worldly passions, to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age, while we wait for the blessed hope- the glorious appearing of our great God and Saviour, Jesus Christ, who gave himself for us to redeem us from all wickedness and to purify for himself a people that are his very own, eager to do what is good” (Titus 2:11-14).

Notices 25th November 2018

Tim Stephenson,
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Infant Dedication

We would like to welcome the friends and family of Joe and Anne Saunders as their infant son, Oscar, is dedicated this morning at our 11:15 service!

*** Farmyard Nativity! ***

Nativity service – Born in a Barn (literally!).  This year’s nativity service will be held on Saturday 15th December and it will be a LIVE nativity at John and Nathalie’s farm in Castle Combe!!  There will be showings at 2.30pm, 3.30pm and 4.30pm and free tickets can be obtained from eventbrite

Please remember that EVERYONE attending the nativity needs a ticket (including children) so that we can have an accurate number attending for safety reasons.

There will also be a work party to help get the venue ready as well as a rehearsal at the farm on Saturday 1st December from 10am-12.20. If you weren’t able to be at the meeting on Tuesday but can be involved in any way with the nativity please speak to Rhiannon.

Carols by Candlelight Service – 16th December

Once again this year it would be great to get a band together for the carol service, to give the occasion a certain something extra! So if you play an acoustic instrument and would like to be part of the band, David M would love to hear from you.  If you have not been part of this before, please let David know what you play, and to roughly what standard, together with your contact details if you’re not already in the church directory.  Many thanks. David

Women’s Bible Study

Study sheets are available at the back for the next women’s bible study which is taking place tomorrow, 26th November at 7:30pm.

The Craft Club

The craft club takes place again on Saturday 1st December at 10am.  Please chat to Pam or Hazel for details.

Women’s Christmas Meal – 10th December

We are ordering curry from Haq in Corsham for our Christmas meal! There will also be delicious home-made puddings. This is an invitation to ALL the women in our church and you are welcome to invite friends as well!  Monday 10th December @ 7.30pm. Cost £10pp. PLEASE SIGN UP ON THE SHEET AT THE BACK!!

Men’s Bible Study

PLEASE NOTE DATE : Tuesday 4th December @ Priory Street, 7:30pm – “Jesus as King.”

Christmas decoration workshop

Come and make some decorations for your tree on Saturday 8th December between 10am and 12pm at Priory street, all are welcome. Children must be accompanied by an adult.  Volunteers are needed so if you would like to help at this event, please contact Rhiannon. Thank you.

Meal Train – the CBC food rota

 Our meal rota – which is a vital support for those newly out of hospital, those being treated with chronic conditions and families with new babies – is in need of volunteers! The meals can be offered as little as once a month and just requires you to email or sign up on facebook messenger to be part of the CBC food rota. You do not need to be Michelin Star to become a part of this awesome ministry!  Anything you cook for your family is more than good enough for our members! Please contact Sarah Blaikley for more details. Thank you!

Church Directory 2019

Please take the time to complete the information for the new church directory if you are new to this fellowship or if any of your personal details have changed.  There is also a section to complete if you would like specific information on any aspect of church life. You may complete here online or the paper copy which can be left in the white box on the table at the back.  (Blank forms at the back). Remember…please write clearly!!

Keep up with the Littles

The Littles are serving on Africa Mercy (Mercy Ships) and you can follow their adventures by reading their blog at https://alittleodyssey.blogspot.com (It also contains useful information if you would like to send them anything!).

Corsham Foodbank – Feeding Back to You

Once again we would like to thank you for your generous and consistent support of the Foodbank project, and also for the bumper offering made at the Harvest Festival last month.  God remains faithful in blessing this ministry both through the churches and the community, and continues to enable us to meet the need. The Christmas Hamper project will be run again this year, and we expect to be blessing in excess of 50 households.  If you would like to support this project by donating edible seasonal treats with a post-Christmas best before date, please leave them in or by the collection bin in the porch at Priory Street by Sunday 2nd December.  Items which would enable us to bless children would be particularly welcome.

Opportunities for Regular Giving

If you would like to give to the work of the church on a regular basis, you might wish to consider setting up a standing order through your bank.  Alternatively, some people find it helpful to use our weekly or monthly envelope giving schemes for their offering. And of course, if you are a UK tax payer, then the value of your gift can be increased by 25%, at no extra cost to yourself, if you complete a Gift Aid Declaration.

If you would like to enrol in the envelope giving scheme for 2019, or would like to set up a standing order or make a Gift Aid Declaration, do please speak to one of the Treasury Team: Paul G (Church on the Green, Rudloe) Roger (Priory Street 11.15 Service); or Michael (Priory Street 9.15 Service).

…This week…

THE LAST FRUIT

kathylarkman,
THE LAST FRUIT

Kathy Larkman, contributor of today’s blog post