The first Church Meeting of the year will take place on Monday 21st January 2019 at 8pm. Agenda and previous minutes available next Sunday.
We will be having two baptisms on 27th January at Priory Street…Tom Price at the 9:15am and Adrianna Hurley at the 11:15am service. If you feel you would like to be baptised, or have any questions about this, please speak to Eddie Larkman or one of the church leaders.
Men’s Bible Study
Men’s bible study at 7:30pm on Tuesday 15th January “Jesus as King”. Speak to Ian Holmes for more information. (FREE CHIPS to help fuel the evening!).
Steve and Gill Bryant have put out their December newsletter. Please take a copy from the table at the back.
A reminder that the Littles‘ blogs can be found at matthewswestafricanadventure.blogspot.com and alittleodyssey.blogspot.com as they continue serving the Lord on Africa Mercy off the coast of West Africa.
Neal and Lesley Grindrod leave for Vienna on Sunday 27th January and return on Monday 8th April. Prayer requests:
* That God would keep them both strong and healthy as they prepare to leave for Austria
* That they will be able to ‘hit the ground running’ and be a blessing to the team and refugees
* That God will continue to use them to build up and encourage Ali and Marzia in the faith (they have begun to look to Neal and Lesley as their spiritual parents)
* That the team dynamic (relationships) will be healthy and they will fit in easily under the new leadership at Oasis
Accommodation for summer course 2019
For the last two years, CBC has hosted the WEC MK Staff Training course in July/August. It has been a great opportunity for us to help and get to know people of all ages from numerous countries, whom God has called to serve overseas. The course is scheduled to take place again, from Sunday 21st July to Thursday 1st August 2019. Some participants will only stay till Saturday 27th July. If you are able to provide accommodation (including breakfast and most evening meals) for someone for all or part of this time, please contact Steve and Gill Bryant. Thank you so much for your help.
Oasis Building Mission Trip
Martin Sheringham is leading a building team to the Oasis Centre, Traiskirchen, Vienna on 2/3rd February returning 9/10th February. They will be remodelling a toilet to allow for wheel chair access. Please pray for the preparations required to make this trip successful. Thank you.
NEW REQUEST: DOES ANYONE HAVE ANY SNOW CHAINS WHICH MARTIN COULD BORROW FOR THE DRIVE TO AUSTRIA?
Clothing Donations to the Oasis Refugee Centre
Martin and the team would like to take clothing aid as they will be going in a mini-van. Oasis would like donations of clothing but they are mainly in need of new adult men’s/women’s underwear and socks. Other warm second hand clothing – coats, hats etc would be welcome, but the greatest need is for the former. Please bring donations to church during the week preceding the trip ie. from January 26th onwards and leave in the big box which will be in the church entrance. Any queries, please contact Jo or Martin Sheringham.
Women’s Bible Study
This will be held on Monday 28th January at the usual time of 7:30pm. Study notes are on the table at the back. Please take one in advance of the meeting.
The Ark 2019
The next Ark is on Saturday 26th January 10.00am at Priory Street. Do come along and bring your friends for craft, bible story, singing, puppets and refreshments. Aimed at 0-7s with an accompanying adult (but all welcome!)
An opportunity has arisen to help the most vulnerable in our community from the end of January. The Blaikleys will be re-homing a Syrian refugee family, with children, from 22nd January in Katherine Park. The Vulnerable Persons’ Resettlement Officer has given authorisation to share with the congregation the need for provisions for this family in the form of becoming one of their seven volunteers who help with things like taking them to register with a GP, showing them around schools, teaching them how to use public transport etc. They would also appreciate any toys and blankets, warm clothes for adults and children (school uniform help when we know the school they are to attend especially winter coats/hats/shoes). Sarah Blaikley will be setting up a meal train for the family at the end of January but if you are able to offer any provisions, would like to volunteer in any way or would like more information so you can pray for the family, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
A family service will take place at Priory Street on March 17th at 3.30pm. The service will be fairly short and will finish with tea. Please put the date in your diary and start inviting family and friends along. We’ll also be advertising it at the Ark, mums and tots etc. Many thanks.
Monday: Mums’ bible study, 9:30am; Fight night; prayer for persecuted church and missions, 7:45pm
Tuesday: Men’s bible study, 7:30pm
Thursday: Toddler Group, 10am; Corsham Money and Debt Advice Centre, 7:30pm
Friday: Corsham Money and Debt Advice Centre, 9:30am
Life groups meet in and around Corsham and neighbouring towns and villages during the week. If you would like more information on any small groups, please speak to your congregational leaders.
… Looking ahead…
18th-19th January: Leaders’ retreat
21st January: Church Meeting, 8pm
23rd January: Midweek service, 2pm
26th January: The Ark, 10am
27th January: Baptism service, 9:15am and 11:15am service; Grindrods leave for Austria
28th January: Women’s bible study, 7:30pm
2nd February: Craft club, 10am
3rd February: Swansons visiting and preaching at Priory Street
6th February: Midweek service, 2pm
11th February: Men’s fight night
18th February: Missions and persecuted church prayer meeting, 7:45pm
20th February: Midweek service, 2pm
23rd February: The Ark, 10am
25th February: Women’s bible study, 7:30pm
1st March: Women’s World Day of Prayer (Slovenia)
2nd March: Craft Club, 10am; Bible Society Event, 7:15pm