Titus 3:3-8 SALVATION CAKE INGREDIENT 2

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VICTORIA KELLY 

Last week in an excerpt from Victoria Kelly’s teaching on Titus 3:3-8, the first ingredient began the making of the “salvation cake”. These verses teach us how we conduct ourselves around humanity and within our culture. Our responsibility for the world: is to instruct others in the way of truth because we were once without God ourselves. The joy is to be found in the transformation of our lives through Jesus where we can share the good news with others and lay out the grounds of Christian doctrine, which is salvation through the trinity.

Last week -The first ingredient:
1. Facing the truth about ourselves – The need for salvation

The following is the second of three excerpts of Victoria’s talk where she teaches with the analogy of a “salvation cake” to better grasp Paul’s message to us in this letter to Titus.
2. The heart of God – Where salvation originates

“When the kindness and love of God our saviour appeared…” (Titus 3:4)
We know the appearing is referencing Jesus Christ. Douglas J.W. Milne explains it in a powerful image using 2 Timothy 1:10 as his guide: ‘When everything on the human plane was pitch-dark and hopeless, the God of love burst into the darkness of this world in the person of his earth-born son, in a definitive moment of divine epiphany.’ Jesus burst through the darkness of our sin and in his amazing love, came to save us. That is the heart of God.
Let’s bear in mind verse 4 comes directly after the hideousness of verse 3. God’s kindness was given to a world that was so undeserving. Whilst we were selfishly indulging thinking of no one else, the generosity of God was afforded to us. Kindness is the idea of being generous toward someone who cannot pay it back, he is lifting off the ‘fee’ that we owe, even though we are ungrateful and wicked. This kind of kindness that Paul refers to is a divine quality that completely contrasts the despicable behaviour and traits people display in verse 3.
v5a “He saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of His mercy…”
1. Before reconciliation between us and God he had to deal with our disobedience, our rebellion. But he didn’t just HAVE mercy, he ACTED on it. Mercy led Jesus to the cross, which is where salvation flows. God couldn’t turn a blind eye to sin. To our sin of verse 3. It HAD to be punished. But God’s mercy and love and kindness dealt with it through Jesus at the cross, knowing we could never pay for it.

2. It is all God and Jesus. NOT OUR RIGHTEOUSNESS. Paul reminds of us this for three reasons: 1) Clears the grounds for declaring the true basis of salvation; 2) Restates that God justifies the ungodly; 3) Highlights/reminds the notion supposing Paul, Titus, Cretan Christians, the Corsham Christians occupy high moral ground from which to look down on others around them. No one is different from the worst Cretan.
These verses remind us that he reached out to us, way before we reached out to him. He saved because of his mercy, that is our true hope. We receive salvation completely undeserved – it is by grace alone.

That is the very heart of our God and is a complete contrast to our hearts of verse 3.

So, we have our mixture of ingredients, our sinful selves and the heart of God. Now we need to make the cake. But here is the beauty of it (because I am certainly not very good at making cakes),God provides the method, he turns the ingredients into something good!
Look for the method next week!

Notices 7th April 2019

Louise,

Safeguarding Deacon

Nominations for Safeguarding Deacon close tonight at 6pm. Speak to Tim Stephenson or any leader if you would like more information.  The paperwork is on the table at the back of church.  Hand your completed form to your congregational leader.  The election will take place at the Church Meeting on 15th April.

Fight Night

The men of our church meet tomorrow night at 8pm for their monthly “fight night” of prayer.  Please speak to Ian Holmes or a member of the men’s ministry team if you would like more info.

** Annual Holiday Bible Club 2019 **

  • Monday April 8th to Friday April 12th
  • 10am-12:30 each day; 5-11 year olds

Holiday club starts tomorrow! Come and join us for lots of fun – it’s not too late to sign up to help, please see Rhiannon.  We need to move chairs and set up gazebos today after the 11.15 service, so please stay and help if you are able to. For all helpers who have signed up already, breakfast will be served each day at 9am (bacon butties tomorrow!), team briefing and prayer at 9.30.  Please continue to pray for the club, the children, their parents and the helpers, pray for seeds to be sown and for us to be able to reach out to the community to share the good news of God’s love and what Easter is really about. Please speak to Rhiannon if you are unsure as to how you can help.

Good Friday

There will be a service at Priory Street at 9:30am on Good Friday, 19th April.  This will be followed by the annual Walk of Witness through Corsham Town at 10:30am. Everyone is welcome and encouraged to attend these events.

Celebrating Easter @ Church on the Green

Good Friday afternoon “Easter trail”: This Easter, we are joining with Heart 4 Rudloe to run an Easter outreach event at Crumpets Cafe on Good Friday in the afternoon, time to be confirmed, using Bible Society Easter trail material. 

Delivering flyersIf you are willing and able to deliver some flyers in the week following Sunday 31st March, that would be very helpful!.

Easter Sunday service, 10am: There will be a service at the normal time to celebrate the resurrection. If you are having people for a meal on that day, why not invite them to come to church with you first!?

Annual Church Meeting

Our Annual Church Meeting will be held on Monday 15th April at 8pm.  Previous minutes and agenda will be available at the back next week.  There are no ministry booklets being produced this year but if you are a ministry leader and you would like to share something with the church, please speak to Tim Stephenson.

Youth Matters!

Dan Ovens, our Youth Pastor, is looking for help with the following:

Soul Survivor: August 23-28 (Peterborough) – driver/s needed.  Dan is taking a large team of young people but in order to enable even more to go, we need additional driver/s (you would be using your own vehicle). Please speak to Dan if you are able to help.

Help Required @ The Gathering Weekend 29-30 June 2019

These are the following areas where we still need help for the above event: Refreshments; PA; Stewards / welcomers; Communion team; First aiders; Setup / breakdown team.  There is a sign-up sheet at the back so please consider where you may be able to serve. Thank you.

Women’s Bible Study

Next one takes place on Mon 29th April at 7:30pm.  New study notes at the back!

…This week is Easter holidays…

Please check with your lifegroup leader regarding your midweek meeting

… Dates for your diary …

GRACE PLACE 2019-04-03 11:27:26

kathylarkman,

Hi Sisters!

I hope and pray that you are enjoying and growing as we study “The Good Life” in Titus this school year!

Victoria Kelly taught us from Titus 3:3-8 last time. She explained: “Chapter 3 sees the shift from our duties in the church and the home, to how we conduct ourselves around humanity and within our culture. Our responsibility for the world: is to instruct others in the way of truth because we were once without God ourselves. Without a personal experience of salvation, we lack the right to instruct others, but because of the joy to be found in the transformation of our lives through Jesus, we can share the good news with others and lay out the grounds of Christian doctrine, which is salvation through the trinity.”

The following is the first of three excerpts of Victoria’s talk where she teaches with the analogy of a “salvation cake” to better grasp Paul’s message to us in this letter to Titus. Take time to read the first ingredient and reflect and share with someone today! Love, Kathy

The first ingredient:
1. Facing the truth about ourselves – The need for salvation
“At one time we too were foolish, disobedient, deceived and enslaved by all kinds of passions and pleasures. We lived in malice and envy, being hated and hating one another.” (Titus 3:3)

Why do we need salvation? It is explained fully here in verse 3.
We were: Foolish, disobedient, deceived, enslaved, envious, full of malice, hating each other. It paints an unsavoury picture of us as people before we had Christ.

  • This picture is the image of human life without grace. It describes our brokenness and rebellion in our lack of relationship with God.

So what does it mean to have a personal rebellion towards God?

  1. To be foolish is referenced as someone who doesn’t live as though there is a God. Ignoring God. Ignorant of the true purpose of life….
  2. … To be disobedient is to reject God’s rule and we want to run our own life. We repress the conscience within us, ignoring it and living the life we want….
  3. …. We were ‘deceived and enslaved’. We allow ourselves to reason, excuse various passions. Without God we were at the beck and call of sinful desires. The enemy takes pleasure in this and blinds us and takes us captive. We were slaves to him, but also slaves to our own sin. Trapped by the habits that we choose. Enslaved, is such a powerful image. To be a slave to something is hard work, torturous, relentless, it has control of you. Whilst the sin itself may come easy, the consequence of sin is painful. The enemy is quick to prowl and bring us down, he will rejoice in doing this. At the same time we can’t disregard our own responsibility of sin and saying no to it.
  4. …Our relationship with others was disruptive. Paul states we were full of ‘malice’ and ‘envy’. Wishing evil and resenting the good, fed by personal jealousies and ambitions and then ‘hate’. Having hostility towards each other and not wanting to do good to them.

What an ugly picture we have been. It is clear when we see a list like that that there was a fracture in our relationship with God, but also with everyone else too. Our choices have created patterns of personal behaviour that enslave us. No wonder we needed saving.

But how can we go from that life to another?

We can’t just exchange addiction for freedom on our own. It doesn’t work like that, especially as we were blind to needing to be changed in the first place. We need someone to save us. To rescue us. The answer is in verse 5: “he saved us”.
Look what we brought to the table in verse 3. We brought nothing good! We faced condemnation, judgement and death. But, “he saved us”. Romans 5:8 reminds us, “But here is how God has shown his love for us. While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”

Because of the knowledge and understanding of God saving us from our own selves, it should give us the confidence to share this good news with others, as we come from a personal experience of salvation.
It is not the end of the baking! The salvation cake is not made yet! Look for ingredient two next week!

 

 

Notices 31st March 2019

Louise,

Safeguarding Deacon

Nominations for Safeguarding Deacon are still open. Please pray about this and whether you feel God is leading you to take on this important role in church life.  Speak to Tim Stephenson or any leader if you would like more information.  The paperwork is on the table at the back of church.  Hand your completed form to your congregational leader. Nominations will close on 7th April; the election will take place at the Church Meeting on 15th April.

Midweek Service

The next midweek service is taking place on Wednesday 3rd April at 2pm.  The text is Matthew 7.13-29 and Eric Seager will be leading and preaching.  The service is followed by tea/coffee and cake.

** Annual Holiday Bible Club 2019 **

Monday April 8th to Friday April 12th

10am-12:30 each day; 5-11 year olds

This year’s theme will be animals, so come and join us for a noisy, fun-filled week! In order for this week to be a success your help is needed – there are sign-up sheets and registration forms at the back of church so please put your name down. Help is needed for set up (Sunday 7th), set down (Friday 12th at 12.30), group leaders and helpers, registration, sign in and out, worship, catering, serving refreshments, kitchen help, sound desk, projector.  Speak to Rhiannon if you have any questions. Please pray for the preparation and planning!

Craft Group

The Craft Group meets on Saturday 4th April at 10am at Priory Street.  Please chat to Pam Mitchell or Hazel Hammett if you would like more information about this monthly meeting or read their news on the board in the coffee hall.

Mission Team Meeting

If you are on the newly-created Mission Team, please be advised that there will be a meeting on Friday 5th April at 8pm.  Chat to Wendy Rowe if you need to!

Annual Church Meeting

Our Annual Church Meeting will be held on Monday 15th April at 8pm.  Previous minutes and agenda will be available at the back in due course.

Good Friday

There will be a service at Priory Street at 9:30am on Good Friday, 19th April.  This will be followed by the annual Walk of Witness through Corsham Town at 10:30am. Everyone is welcome and encouraged to attend these events.

Celebrating Easter @ Church on the Green

Good Friday afternoon “Easter trail”: This Easter, we are joining with Heart 4 Rudloe to run an Easter outreach event at Crumpets Cafe on Good Friday in the afternoon, time to be confirmed, using Bible Society Easter trail material. 

Delivering flyersIf you are willing and able to deliver some flyers in the week following Sunday 31st March, that would be very helfpul!.

Easter Sunday service, 10am: There will be a service at the normal time to celebrate the resurrection. If you are having people for a meal on that day, why not invite them to come to church with you first!?

Youth Matters!

Dan Ovens, our Youth Pastor, is looking for help with two events:

The Noise is being held on Saturday 4th May in Bristol (an event joining volunteers and churches across Bristol engaging in social/community activities).  Dan will be taking the group but he needs another leader for the day.  They will be leaving at 8:30am, returning around 5:30pm.  Please speak to Dan if you think you can help.

Soul Survivor: August 23-28 (Peterborough) – driver/s needed.  Dan is taking a large team of young people but in order to enable even more to go, we need additional driver/s (you would be using your own vehicle). Please speak to Dan if you are able to help.

Help Required @ The Gathering Weekend 29-30 June 2019

These are the following areas where we still need help for the above event: Refreshments; PA; Stewards / welcomers; Communion team; First aiders; Setup / breakdown team.  There is a sign-up sheet at the back so please consider where you may be able to serve. Thank you.

Next one takes place on Mon 29th April at 7:30pm.  New study notes at the back!

Coming up…

THE REAL REASON WE’RE HERE

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Christine Coltman, contributor for today’s blog post

I’ve always been one of those odd people that would turn more naturally to the Old Testament than to the new. I don’t know whether it was my upbringing in the Church of Scotland, or just an inbuilt inclination. Although I have always been a Christian, I was very much a rules-based Christian in my younger years. I knew Jesus, and I knew he had died for me, but I definitely wanted to tick all the boxes, and probably not always for the right reasons. I was much more comfortable talking about God the Father than Christ the Saviour.
This has changed since I came to Corsham Baptist almost ten years ago, and I am so glad for it. The focus has always been on Jesus in the teaching, and in the friendships God has blessed me with. The songs that I love most are about Jesus, and I have learned so much from studying Titus in the women’s bible study evenings.
But God always wants to take us a step further and I was challenged last week by a sermon which reminded me that the whole of the Bible is about Jesus. Every book, whether Old or New Testament, points to him. It was something that I had not fully thought through before. I had been speaking with a friend about the book of Job the night before, trying to help her understand it, and I realised that not once had I mentioned Jesus. It prompted me to apologise to her, and to share the sermon. Job was of course the first signpost of Scripture to the cross.
I’m so grateful for the way that God walks with us on our journey of faith. I’ve often found it hard that there was no ‘blinding light’ moment of conversion in my life. I was brought up in a good church, I remember asking Jesus into my heart as a small child, and the journey has gone on from there. I have so much to be grateful for yet sometimes I find it hard to distinguish between my ‘old’ life and the ‘new’. Yet there have definitely been so many seasons for me, and I’m excited that this one is leading in the right direction – straight to Jesus.
So, if you’re talking about the Bible with me and I don’t mention Jesus, please prompt me! I don’t want to know all the facts and yet forget the real reason we’re here – to be in, and grow in relationship with him.
‘I know that my Redeemer lives, and that in the end he will stand upon the earth… How my heart yearns within me.’ Job 19:25-27

A post where I try to remember what I’ve done.

Matthew Little,

The thing that I have only now realised is that I should probably start writing about the events of a week then collate all the things that happened for a month when I set down to do another update. Because, to tell the truth, I have very little memory a lot that has happened since I last wrote. Obviously, I can remember things that did happen, but not a lot. If you have read all my posts (I do a monthly post, and I have only been here for 4 months now, so there aren’t many) you may remember me mentioning how blogging is basically a chore for me now. It’s hard to settle down and remember everything you have done. I am actually impressed by some of these crew who manage a weekly blog, and write them very well. But I think it’s different for me, whilst they are only here for a few months, I am here for two years, so I feel that I have a lot more breathing room to update loved ones back home or wherever they may be and international friends that this crazy season of life has given me the chance to meet and build relationships with. Also, did I mention that I have been here for 4 months already? It seriously feels like a long time that I joined. And in three months, the  Guinea field service will over.

So please, read on, whilst I in the past try to write about the things that I remember and try to remember other things.

Everybody has to say goodbye at somepoint.

I know, I know, that’s a fairly bleak (and ambigious) statement, but sorry kids, it’s true. Fil, my friend and former electronics technician from New Zealand (and Latvia), left the ship at the start of the month. But before he left the next morning we enjoyed a night out in Conakry, which looking back now semi-appeared to be a quest for some live music. Joined by Coltan, one of our officers, Kate, the Executive Assistant and Trinity, one of the bakers, we headed the Le Jardins de Guinee (Gardens of Guinea), an open air restaurant I had heard a lot about and not been to before, and I believe is a hotspot for Mercy Shippers. How can I make this hypothesis? There was another group of Mercy Shippers there at the same time, So we decided to join them. I had already eaten on the ship, so I had a gourmet coffee pudding platter-thing. It wasn’t a platter though, it was a place-mat made from slate. It was very nice, there were mini lemon tarts, candied oranges and a triple chocolate coconut mousse thing. It was one of those dishes that looked too good to eat, but I was hungry, so it didn’t last long. after a game of  doubles pool (le Jardins has a open air games room with a pool table and a table football table) we moved out to Mille Patte (I had been there before, it is in a previous post), where there was live music. And another group of Mercy Shippers! Overall, it was very nice social evening. Kate even got the musician to sing an apparently never ending ‘Happy Birthday’ to Fil after we found out it was his Birthday a few days later.  As it happens, a whole group of Mercy Shippers (I don’t think they were all in the same crowd though) were leaving the same night, including our previous captain, Milo, (Our current captain is Jon, a sort-of ‘reserve’ captain for Mercy Ships. He has captained with Mercy Ships before) so before heading out to find a taxi (totally not the most tense thing about Conakry),  we stuck around to say goodbye  to people. Where Fil was bombarded with “Are you leaving tonight!?” We also said goodbye to fellow nerd, Danita. You may be thinking “That’s a bit harsh, Matthew” but it is a self proclaimed title. And she was part of our DnD group, so you can’t get more nerdy than that. After a very nice evening and a good sleep, it was time to say goodbye to Fil.  It was upsetting to see someone off that you had bonded over a silly joke that didn’t make much sense. Goodbye guys, I miss you!

The British Embassy

The British crew and (and passport holders. We had  some Britain-born Australians) were invited to the British Embassy. I decided to dress up for it, seeing as I don’t have much opportunity to do so. We were asked to dress appropriately for meeting the Ambassador, so I did. And it surprisingly wasn’t unbearable in the heat to do so! Was I looking forward to the visit? Yes. Was I feeling the same way when I left? No. Truth be told…. I had the most boring time. What I thought would be an interesting evening was actually a social evening of conversations. I HATE those evenings, because not only am I terrified of conversation, I prefer to actually be doing things at that kind of ‘party’ which was why I didn’t have too much fun at house parties. Crack out some Mario Kart, and I’ll have a blast! The same weekend, the Men’s Retreat…. in the International Lounge…. on the ship…. was taking place. I heard some interesting responses to that, saying how good it was. I now wished I had gone to that instead.

What has work been like?

Like every job, working on Deck has it’s pros and cons. The pros are, I suppose, the new experiences and skills and lessons I have been learning, such as operating cranes, forklifts and power tools. Sure, you can tell me “You can learn how to do these things on land” But tell me if you learned how to operate a crane at 18 years old. If you can legally learn how to operate a crane at 18, I don’t know. I don’t know when cranes became a thing, either so if cranes became a thing after you turned 19, I guess my argument is invalid. I did (help)  to build a house in Mexico when I was 16, though. The cons are that, eventually, you will have do every deck related job on a ship imaginable, so then nothing is new anymore. Oh, I haven’t gone on the stage yet. I think we have finished stage work for the field service. At least staging over the side of the ship, there maybe minor, stage work that may come up between now and June. The new thing that I have done is mooring operations. Now, we haven’t left yet, but what we were doing was checking the mooring lines on the astern and forward ends of the ship. If they were too tight or too slack, and all that jazz. So that meant unwrapping the lines from the bollards, and wrapping them round the capstan. One deck hand will then operate the controls for capstan, to either give slack to the line or tightening them, whilst one or more deck hands will hold on to the line to hold the tension. This job requires focus and full attention, as you can imagine, elastic energy transfer into kinetic energy can be messy, if you let go of the line. Snapback is dangerous. and potentially fatal. Particularly with those heavy ropes. When the supervising officer has decided if the slack or tightness is just right, it is a rush to remove the mooring lines from the capstan and re-wrap them around the bollard before they become slack. That also meant more greasing for me! one of the rotating bollards was stiff, so we had to splice two ropes together and wrap them around the capstan and this smaller bollard. And then squeeze some grease into the nipple to get it turning properly. If it seemed like I was insinuating that I have done everything, I haven’t yet. It just will happen. But at the moment, I am pretty much doing everything that I have done before, but somewhere else on deck.  I just got off another week of Night Patrol. That pretty much went the same as the last two weeks. Which was good, as nothing happened, but still. It. Is. So. Draining. Going to sleep in the morning is the most rewarding thing. That and pancakes on Wednesday morning. We, the British crew, tried to get a pancake day thing going, but that that fell through. so pancake on Ash Wednesday had to suffice. Nom nom.
Better than watching the mess being made of Brexit by Westminster. Thanks, Cameron, where have you put your trotters up now? (A Danny Dyer reference, to all you non Brits)

Return to Kassa 

The Squad! or crew. I don’t know yet
Before I started the long stretch of Night Patrol, I had a night away on Kassa with Caleb, Laura, Laura Kate (USA. Apparently it’s just LK for short) Imani, Rimke (Netherlands) and Michiel (Netherlands). It was so good to get off the ship for a bit. We went to a different beach that I went to before. The others had been to this beach. I also had the first experience of a moto-taxi. We weren’t going to walk, since the beach was the other side of the island, and when we got to the island off the ferry, it was about half past five, and we wanted to set up camp before dark. We got a fire going, and just chilled. And then we chilled on the beach and swam for a bit before heading back to the ferry. Rimke also brought her Ukulele along for some light entertainment

This is the hat I have basically stolen from my mum.
My hat makes me look like a middle aged travelling woman.

LK and Michiel were determined to catch some crabs. And they did

This is the Photo of the Month

See that white speck? That’s the ferry. About half an hour away.

The lives that we save.

This is the story of one of the patients that we have “given new life to” over the course of four months, from the crew that I have spoken to,  heard  at the Wednesday Evening Medical In-Services and promotional material I have seen whilst preparing to work with Mercy Ships, that is one of the statements that stands out to me. I love how powerful it is, and it really does bring up questions in my mind about the lives of the patients. (As previously mentioned before, the communications team on board works to produce material ready for crew use, such as this one, as well as hosting media teams and vision trips)

Going back to losing memory of the last month, I don’t have amnesia, it was just…. it felt like nothing happened. But, as the Doctor says “Stories are just where memories go when they are forgotten” So as this vast and wonderful world keeps spinning through our universe, and whilst memories fade, at least know; no matter how small a memory created is, you still leave an invisible mark on the world.

Ok, so no more inspirational messages and philosophy. I’ll finish up now.

Thanks for reading and see you again soon!

Notices for 17th March 2019

Louise,

Priory Street (Corsham)

9.15am              Matt Lee (John 18:15-27)

11.15am            Ian Holmes (John 18:15-27)

6:00pm             Gathering to Praise

Church on the Green (Rudloe)

10:00am            Rob Durant

Family service (The Ark)

A family service will take place at Priory Street this afternoon at 3.30pm.  The service will be fairly short and will finish with tea.

Midweek Service

The next midweek service takes place this Wednesday 20th March at 2pm.  The text is Matthew 7:1-12. Eric Seager will lead and David Morrell will preach.

Prayer for Missions and the Persecuted Church

This will take place tomorrow night at 7:45pm at Priory Street.  Please contact Wendy Rowe or Vanessa Naish for more details.

Women’s Bible Study

The next women’s bible study will take place on Monday 25th March at 7:30pm.  Notes for the next study on Titus are on the table at the back.  Please take a copy!

Steve Bryant’s Travels

Steve will be visiting East Asia until the 24th March. Your prayers are appreciated. Please speak to Gill for more information.

** Annual Holiday Bible Club 2019 **

Monday April 8th to Friday April 12th, 10am-12:30 each day; 5-11 year olds

This year’s theme will be animals, so come and join us for a noisy, fun-filled week! In order for this week to be a success your help is needed – there are sign-up sheets and registration forms at the back of church so please put your name down. Help is needed for set up (Sunday 7th), set down (Friday 12th at 12.30), group leaders and helpers, registration, sign in and out, worship, catering, serving refreshments, kitchen help, sound desk, projector. There are many roles so please speak to Rhiannon if you have any questions. Please pray for the preparation and planning for the club in the coming weeks.

The Ark

Don’t forgot the next Ark is on Saturday 30th March, 10am at Priory Street. We have a children’s service with puppets suitable for children up to seven years old (but all are welcome). It starts with craft and ends with drinks and cake!!

Paul Nossent

There will be a Thanksgiving Service for the life of Paul Nossent at CBC Priory Street on Friday 22nd March at 2pm followed by tea and cake.  All welcome to attend.

Help Required @ The Gathering Weekend 29-30 June 2019

These are the following areas where we still need help for the above event: Refreshments; PA; Stewards / welcomers; Communion team; First aiders; Setup / breakdown team.  There is a sign-up sheet at the back so please consider where you may be able to serve. Thank you.

Safeguarding Deacon

Nominations for a Safeguarding Deacon will open on Sunday 24th March.  Please pray about this and whether you feel God is leading you to take on this important role in church life.  Speak to Tim Stephenson or any leader if you would like more information.  Nominations will close on Sunday 7th April and the election will take place at the Church Meeting on 15th April.

Annual Church Meeting

Our Annual Church Meeting will be held on Monday 15th April at 8pm.  Previous minutes and agenda will be available at the back in due course.  Everyone encouraged and welcome to attend!

Week 6 for Neal and Lesley

Tim Stephenson,
Neal with children in Oasis centre, 'playing tea parties'

It must always be physically, emotionally and spiritually difficult to meet people arriving at the Oasis. People who have just arrived having fled their homelands often in fear for their lives. People who are stuck apparently endlessly in bureaucracy. People who are facing being returned to exactly the places they fled.

However, it seems to have been particularly sensitive set of conversations and some hard ones this week. As you read, please pray for the refugees and perhaps you can share a word of encouragement with Neal and Lesley?

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OUR BELIEF LEADS TO OUR BEHAVIOUR

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Sharon Durant, contributor for today’s blog

Excerpt from notes on study: Titus 2:15-3:2 by Sharon Durant

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If we believe that Jesus has lived the Good Life, the BEST life in fact, and then sacrificed himself for us and poured out grace upon us… if we believe that grace is training us and making us more holy like Jesus… if we believe that this life is not all there is, that heaven is where we’re going and that holy character lasts for eternity…

We will be willing to listen to the Holy Spirit. To throw off the things that distract us. To bite back a cutting remark that is just slanderous. Because my life is not lived for my glory, it’s lived for God’s, and to tell people about his grace through the way I live my life.

Don’t make light of sin. The only thing that separates us from those outside the Church is God’s grace. And God’s grace came to us not because we were nice, or we graduated top of the class, or earned a particularly large bonus, No God’s grace came to us by God’s gift. Through the humility of Jesus Christ. So we show humility not just to our friends, or people in the church, but to all.

How can we live Christ-life without Christ’s life inside of us? How can we live a life of grace without God’s grace in us?

So we don’t make light of sin. These 6 commands(Titus 3:1-2) we’ve looked at tonight set the standard of holiness high. But remember we come to the Cross, where Jesus poured out grace upon us, and we receive grace upon grace (James 4:6). We come to Christ who gladly pours out his spirit in our hearts (Luke 11:13, Rom 5:5). Grace trains us every day.

(For entirety of notes, click on 2018-2019 Bible Study-Titus: The Good Life, 5 Notes by Sharon Durant)

Notices 10th March 2019

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Mission Trips’ Offering (Supporting Volunteers)

Many thanks to those who gave to the above offering.  The total collected, including gift aid, was £3,560.

Paul Nossent

There will be a Thanksgiving Service at CBC Priory Street, on Friday 22nd March at 2pm followed by tea and cake.  All welcome to attend.

Family service (The Ark)

A family service will take place at Priory Street next Sunday, 17th March 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, Toddler group etc.  Many thanks.

Women’s Bible Study

The next women’s bible study will take place on Monday 25th March at 7:30pm.  Notes for the next study on Titus are on the table at the back.  Please take a copy!

Prayer for Unsaved Relatives

There is another opportunity to pray for your unsaved relatives on Wednesday March 13th from 2.00-3.00pm in the church.  Please speak to Helen C for further details.

Steve B’s Travels

Steve will be visiting East Asia until the 24th March. Your prayers are appreciated. Please speak to Gill if you would like to know more.

Safeguarding Deacon

Nominations for a Safeguarding Deacon will open on Sunday 24th March.  Please pray about this and whether you feel God is leading you to take on this important role in church life.  Speak to Tim Stephenson or any leader if you would like more information.  Nominations will close on Sunday 7th April and the election will take place at the Church Meeting on 15th April.

Chippenham Street Pastors

Several of our church members are involved in Chippenham Street Pastors.  There will be a celebration service on 13th March at 7:30pm at St. Paul’s Church, Chippenham.  The night will include worship, testimony and prayer to celebrate this ministry which started in 2011.  Please go along if you are interested in joining or simply wish to encourage those already involved.

** Annual Holiday Bible Club 2019 **

  • Monday April 8th to Friday April 12th
  • 10am-12:30 each day; 5-11 year olds

This year’s theme will be animals, so come and join us for a noisy, fun-filled week! In order for this week to be a success your help is needed – there are sign-up sheets and registration forms at the back of church so please put your name down. Help is needed for set up (Sunday 7th), set down (Friday 12th at 12.30), group leaders and helpers, registration, sign in and out, worship, catering, serving refreshments, kitchen help, sound desk, projector. There are many roles so please speak to Rhiannon if you have any questions. Please pray for the preparation and planning for the club in the coming weeks. 

The Ark

Don’t forgot the next Ark is on Saturday 30th March, 10am at Priory Street. We have a children’s service with puppets suitable for children up to seven years old (but all are welcome). It starts with craft and ends with drinks and cake!! (Also don’t forget that the clocks go forward the following day!)

Help Required @ The Gathering Weekend 29-30 June 2019

These are the following areas where we still need help for the above event: Refreshments; PA; Stewards / welcomers; Communion team; First aiders; Setup / breakdown team.  There is a sign-up sheet at the back so please consider where you may be able to serve. Thank you.

Lent Course 2019

There will be a five week Lent Course titled ‘Daring to see God now’ for all churches in the Corsham area starting from week commencing 11th March. A poster with more details is at the back. The course will run on a Monday evening at 7:30pm in St. Aldhelm’s Church Hall (coffee/tea from 7pm) and repeated on the Thursday morning of the same week at 10:30am in St. Patrick’s Hall (coffee/tea from 10am). A limited number of course booklets are available as an optional purchase (but not essential to attending the course) at £3 each. They can also be purchased direct from the website www.yorkcourses.co.uk or 01904 466516.  David M will be speaking on Week One – The Good News of God.

…Coming up…