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CotG is meeting at 10am at the MOD Community Centre in Rudloe as well as online. All details are at: https://www.churchonthegreen.online/event/10am-sunday-service-online/. Or Join Now
COVID-19 – new guidelines
The STRIPE team has issued updated guidelines following the government’s recent announcement of moving into Plan B with regard to Covid restrictions. Read the guidelines here.
Our next church members’ meeting will be held on Monday 17th January and at that meeting we will be voting on 6 leadership roles – 2 elders and 4 deacons. Our current elders Alan Christie and Adrian Pillinger are willing to stand for re-election. The deacon roles are that of Treasurer, Fabric deacon, Safeguarding deacon and Facilitation deacon. Nominations will close after the morning service on Sunday 9th January. Nomination forms are available at the back of the church or from the church office. Please be prayerfully considering who might best be nominated for these roles. To guide your thoughts you may wish to read Rob D’s notes of a sermon he preached recently about choosing leaders.
Christmas Events and Services
Thursday 16th-Thursday 23rd December: Nativity Trail around Corsham! Collect a map and activity sheet from Priory Street on Saturday 18th Dec between 4.30pm-6.30pm. Return your completed activity sheet to church to receive your goodie bag and join us for a mince pie and a drink on either Saturday 18th Dec between 4.30pm-6.30pm or Thursday 23rd Dec between 10.30am-12pm.
Carols by Candlelight – Sunday 19th December at Priory Street. There are only a few tickets left for our carol services! You will need to book your (free) place to attend either the 5pm or 7pm service – click here to book. Refreshments will be provided after the service. Gifts received at the carol services will be given to the ministry of our mission partner The Oasis Centre in Austria. To find out how to give please click here.
COTG DIY Nativity – Sunday 19th December at 10am. Dress up as a nativity character, bring your friends and family and join in the fun! Places are limited so booking is essential! Click here to book.
Christmas Eve service – Friday 24th December at Priory Street. Please join us at 6pm for a short service reflecting on what we are really celebrating in this very busy and commercial time of year. Alan C will bring a short devotional word and we will share communion together – please bring your own bread and something (non-alcoholic) to represent the blood of Christ as we will not be serving from the front in order to reduce the risk of COVID transmission.
Christmas Day services: we will be meeting together to celebrate Christmas at 10am at Priory Street and at COTG. All welcome!
Boxing Day – Sunday 26th December: all our congregations will be joining together for worship at Priory Street at 11am. Rob D will bring the Word and Matt E will lead worship.
Town Carol Service – Tuesday 21st December at 6.45pm
This year’s town carol service will be held in Church Square (St. Bartholomew’s Church/Corsham Court car park). Wrap up warmly and bring a torch. A collection will be taken in aid of Mary’s Meals and Doorway Chippenham. Please note that in the event of wet weather the service will be cancelled.
CBC Bake-off is back!
Join us for a virtual Zoom bake-off session on Tuesday 21st December at 1:30pm-3.30pm. Awards this year will be based on 4 categories based on these Christmas carols:
- Away in a manger
- Hark the herald angels sing
- We three kings
- Whilst shepherds watched their flocks
In addition there is an award for Best Overall based on best look, best effort and the taste test! We will of course have a judging panel. Plan your bake-off now and register your details with Cathy Donovan via email or mobile. All ages welcome! Get baking!
CBC Treasury Transition
In anticipation of Roger H stepping down from his role as Treasurer in January, from now on please direct your expense claims and invoices, electronic or otherwise, to Ruth in the church office. Thank you.
We are in need of volunteers for the refreshments rota. If you would like to help prepare, serve and clear away refreshments once in a while after the 11.15 service at Priory Street, please contact Wendy Rowe.
- Community Money Advice is open for face-to-face meetings each Thursday evening and Friday morning. Do get in touch if you would like help and advice in this area. Pre-booked appointments only.
- Souper Fridays: every Friday 9am-10am. Open for help with food items to take away. Speak to Colin W, Esther A, Joan C or Jo S for more information.
- Ark Children’s Service: last Saturday of the month 10:30am-12:00pm during term-time only.
- Craft Group – please note that the craft group will not be meeting until next year – date to be confirmed. Watch this space!
- Toddlers: Thursdays 10:00am-11:30am during term-time only.
- Life groups meet in person and/or online. Contact us if you’d like to join one.
- Youth Groups – contact Dan for further details.
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