Wendy Rowe would like to say a very big thank you to everyone who provided cakes/biscuits and helped out in any way at the last two mission events.
There are two Christmas cards, for our missionaries, at the back of church which you are encouraged to sign – one for the Bryants and one for the Lancasters. If anyone would like to make a donation for a parcel for the Lancasters, please see Wendy Rowe.
Ladies’ Bible Study
The next ladies’ bible study notes are available on the table at the back. Please take one in preparation of the study which is taking place tomorrow night, 28th November. Contact Kathy Larkman or Anne Holmes for more details on these meetings.
The Craft Group
The Craft Group will meet on Saturday 3rd December and we will have the opportunity of making Christmas Cards or carrying on with quilt blocks for the next quilt! If anyone has any scraps of cotton print material they wish to clear out, the craft group could make use of them for the next quilt which will be for Steve and Ruth. Any donations of materials can be given to Pam Mitchell or Kathy Ewins.
The Toddler Group is praying for someone to lead the team. They are also in need of more helpers. It is held on Thursday mornings following the school calendar. Please see Kathy Larkman for details.
This will take place on Wed 30th November from 2-3pm. Please speak to Eric Seager for further details of these services.
*** Town Carol Service ***
Each year a different church in Corsham organizes the town carol service and this year it is our turn! The event, which takes place through the High Street and ends at St. Bart’s, is on Tuesday 20th December, starting at 6:45pm. Thanks to the few people who have signed up to help…we now really just need someone to put the banner up in a few weeks’ time. Please contact Louise if you can do this. Thank you.
Men’s Christmas Event
There is a men’s Christmas event on the 29th November at Priory Street at 7:20pm. Sign up!!
Bible Society’s Advent Challenge
This starts on Monday 1st. Please join our online Advent calendar which challenges you to do a small, practical act of kindness every day, to share goodwill and make a difference in this season of Advent. Sign up by visiting adventchallenge.org.uk or visit the Bible Society Facebook page. Last year 13,000 took part, so don’t miss out this year! Any questions, ask Susan Wingrave (Church on the Green) or Alan Kember (9.15am at Priory St).
Carol Service Band
Do you play an acoustic instrument? – strings, woodwind or brass? If so, it would be great to include you in this year’s Carol Service Band which will accompany the carols on the evening of Sunday 18th December. There are likely to be a couple of practices beforehand, one of which will probably be on the afternoon of the carol service itself. The band last year were brilliant, despite some struggles along the way. If you’re interested in taking part, please either speak to David Morrell, or email him at email@example.com – and let him know what you play, and roughly what standard you’re used to playing (so he doesn’t write parts that are too hard this year!!).
Prayer in Chippenham
This evening in Chippenham at St Paul’s church there is a prayer meeting from 7-9pm in conjunction with SAT7 and Open Doors to pray for Hope in the Middle East and North Africa. You can drop in at any point during the 2 hours. More details on the St. Paul’s website (http://www.stpaulsweb.org.uk)
“Christmas Cards for persecuted believers” available at back of church. Please take one and send with a verse of encouragement. (Open Doors). Please contact Vanessa Naish if you need more information.
Ladies Bible Study – Christmas event
Monday 12th December @ 7:30pm at CBC.
If you would like to attend this year’s event, please sign up using the sign up sheets at the back of the church. A buffet style meal will be provided – please indicate any dietary requirements you may have. We need helpers to move chairs (men can help too!) after the evening service on 11th Dec plus setting up and helping with cooking. Please sign up on the sign up sheet at the back if you are able to help in any way or speak to either Vicky Stephenson or Roz Shillaker.
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 a weekly numbered blue donation envelope for their offering. Moreover, 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 on the blue envelope scheme for 2017, or would like to set up a standing order or make a Gift Aid Declaration, do please speak to one of the Treasury Team: Roger Hammett (Priory Street 11:15 service); Lynne Little (Church on the Green, Rudloe) or Michael Prior (Priory Street 9:15 service). Many thanks.
Monday: Mums’ bible study, 9:30am; Ladies’ Bible study, 7:30pm
Tuesday: Rudloe Tots, 10am, Rudloe Centre; Men’s Quiz and Pizza night, 7:20pm
Wednesday: Morning prayer, 7:15am; 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; Engage, 4:30pm; Energize, 5:30pm.
Saturday: Prayer for gospel expansion 8.30am; The Craft Club, 10am; Café on the Green, Rudloe, 2:30pm
4th Dec: Prayer evening – praying for the persecuted church, 6pm
10th Dec: Tree decorating 3-5pm
12th Dec: Ladies’ social, 7:30pm
13th Dec: Seniors’ Christmas meal, 12pm
14th Dec: Midweek Christmas service, 2pm
17th Dec: Nativity service, 5pm @ Priory St.
18th Dec: Carols by Candlelight, 6pm
19th Dec: Missions’ prayer, 7:45pm
20th Dec: Corsham Town Carol Service, 6:45pm
24th Dec: Christmas eve service, 6pm
25th Dec: Christmas day joint service @ Priory St, 10am; no evening service on Christmas day
1st Jan: Joint service at Priory St. @ 10am; no evening service on new year’s day
There are small leaflets at the back of church which list all the Christmas services and activities taking place at Priory Street. Take one either for your own use or take a few for friends, family & neighbours.