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We have now returned to pre-pandemic timings
Steve B will bring the word from Mark 9:30-10
This week we are streaming the 09:15 service. You can join here
CotG are meeting @10am at the MOD Community Centre in Rudloe as well as online now. All details are at: https://www.churchonthegreen.online/event/10am-sunday-service-online/. Or Join Now
Important Message from the STRIPE Team
Please read carefully
The STRIPE team have met to reconsider our COVID policy in the light of the Government Press conference on 22nd October. For those who tuned in, it was clear that the Government is concerned about the rising infection levels going into winter and there was a strong emphasis on getting booster jabs for those who are eligible but also that the public take sensible precautions even though, at this stage, they are not being mandated.
In the light of that and the high levels locally, we decided that the wise and responsible thing to do at this point is to step up our precautionary measures, to protect our more vulnerable members in particular, and so that Church can remain open and worship can be as free and meaningful as possible. Clearly, the rational thing to do is to prevent infection entering the Church if at all possible and then to mitigate with additional measures too.
Advice set out at https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus is as follows
Coronavirus remains a serious health risk. You should stay cautious to help protect yourself and others.
- Let fresh air in if you meet indoors.
- Wear a face covering in crowded and enclosed spaces where you come into contact with people you do not normally meet
- Get tested and self-isolate if required
- If you haven’t already, get vaccinated
On 1, we are carrying out a technical survey which will tell us how well air is circulating within the building and if additional ventilation is felt necessary, we will be recommending to the Trustees that investment into ensuring windows all open and other practical measures are implemented with all speed possible
On 2, We are providing zones where face coverings are mandatory (in the balcony) and can be used by those who feel more comfortable in that environment. When and if the Church becomes crowded, face masks can be worn in any part of the Church or you can elect to attend one of the other weekly services where numbers are lower – 9.15 on Sunday or the Midweek on a Wednesday. Alternatively, services will continue to be live streamed.
- if you develop COVID symptoms, you should get a PCR test and stay away from Church until you have a negative result or isolate if the test is positive,
- If you have no COVID symptoms, to protect others, we strongly encourage and request you to take a lateral flow test if you are over 12 years of age before attending church, regardless of vaccination status, and stay away if you get a positive result. If you have COVID in your household but you test negative on a test, please wear a face covering when you attend Church
- We don’t believe it’s the role of the Church to dictate vaccination policy but please do consider this carefully and responsibly
We will clearly mark one side of the balcony as stage 3 restrictions (face masks at all times, no singing & social distancing). If more people wish to adopt these measures, we will designate further space to it
We will keep the chairs downstairs spaced to allow for some measure of social distancing
We will keep doors open and put fans by the open doors to ensure the room is not enclosed in line with advice here:
COVID-19: ventilation of indoor spaces to stop the spread of coronavirus
We may ask everyone to wear a face covering in certain circumstances where the leadership consider the building to be crowded
We will continue to provide coloured stickers to reflect people’s appetite for touch.
We understand this is a difficult time with cases rising in our area, and our earnest desire is to care for each other whilst continuing to worship together in the most conducive environment possible. We recognise that these additional measures will be considered by some to be too lax and by others to be too draconian. Please bear with us and with each other and consider others compassionately. This situation is not one that any of us would have wanted and we are all trying to do our very best to plot a path that is as unintrusive as we can make it whilst taking responsible steps to protect each other
Thank you in advance for your understanding and cooperation. Ultimately, our heavenly Father is in control and having used the gift of rationality he has blessed us with, we must trust Him to take care of us as we meet to worship Him.
“Peace, perfect peace, the future all unknown
But Jesus we know and he is on the throne”
The Stripe Team
The Ark Children’s Service
A monthly children’s service with bible story, craft, songs, puppets and refreshments.
The next Ark children’s service will be held on Saturday 30th October 10:00am – 11:30am at CBC.
Please book your ticket here
Please contact Heather C for further details.
Do pray for the team as they prepare.
The next Midweek Service is Wednesday, 27th October at 2pm.
Light Party 2021
The light party will be in person this year, it will be held on Sunday 31st October 5pm – 7pm at church. For more information contact Rhiannon (in the directory or via the Church Office). Places are limited and tickets are available here:
Your help is needed
Please also contact Rhiannon, if you are interested in serving at this event or if you could help move chairs after the morning services and also to put them back after the event (approx. 7.30pm), ideally a team of approx. 10 people.
Thank you, Rhiannon
If you are planning to work with children, young people or vulnerable adults and haven’t had safeguarding training, we have a date for your diary! There will be safeguarding training in the church on the afternoon of Saturday 27th November (1:30-4:30pm) – Face to face training is valid for 5 years.
Please let Mark E. (marke @ corshambaptists.org) or Steve B. (see directory) know if you would like to join this safeguarding training.
Two Hundred Years of CBC
Did you know that Corsham Baptist Church will soon be 200 years old?
Many Baptist, as other evangelical churches have a long history and Corsham Baptist Church is, in many ways typical of many of them. Started around 1823 by a small group of believers meeting in a cottage in what was then really only a village, the new church was joined by a man, self-taught in the faith, who became moved by a desire to evangelise all of North West Wiltshire. Henry Webley led the church for many years, initiated the construction of the present chapel building in Corsham, then went on to construct six more in the various villages around about.
This history chronicles the 21 pastors down the years, along with details of the many rises and falls of the church and its chapels. Included too are stories of the dead from two World wars, ‘special people’ who made an impact over the two centuries, the various ministries in which the church is involved currently and memories of some of the older folk.
The book includes contributions by Rev. Eddie Larkman, who also wrote a Foreword, Rev. Marc Owen from the 1980s, Sheila Woolford and others.
The book will be on sale from the author after the two Priory Street services, cost £8.99. Payment can be via cash, cheques or bank transfer.
Please note that all profits including any extra donations will go for relief of the Persecuted Church via Open Doors and Barnabas Fund, two charities close to my heart. For us as Christians, I believe this is an incredibly important concern.
Craft Group Outreach
In the light of the recent increase in Covid cases, Pam M. and Hazel H. have decided to cancel the remaining Craft Group sessions for this year (November and December). Please check the notices for information about when the group will restart in the New Year.
Souper Friday: Can you help?
Souper Friday – we are planning to open up again for soup/roll/tea/coffee very soon!
We need volunteers to help run this event every Friday.
We still plan to continue with a small number of deliveries and have our ‘market stall’ open, whilst at the same time there will be refreshments available.
If you can help with…
- Food packing (market stall).
- Providing soup.
- Serve in the kitchen
- Sit in the coffee hall to listen and chat.
- Setting up/down.
…then please contact:
Colin Whiting, Esther Albon, Joan Cooper or Jo Sheringham.
- Souper Friday continues to reach out to our community and neighbours
- Community Money Advice is handling work remotely, but do get in touch if you are aware of or are having money difficulties ;
- Craft Group Outreach: first Saturday of the month @ 10 am.
- Ark Children’s Service: last Saturday of the month 10am-11:30am.
- Toddlers: Thursdays 10:00am – 11:30am during term time.
- 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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