Notices for Sunday 26th December

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Christmas services at CBC

Christmas Eve: join us at Priory Street at 6pm for a short time of reflection. 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: join us at 10am at Priory Street and at COTG for a family-friendly time of celebration. Children are invited to bring and share a present at the front of Church during the service. Rob P will be speaking at Priory Street and worship will be lead by Nancy. Rob D will be speaking at COTG and worship will be lead by Adrian and Jo P.

Sunday 26th: Boxing Day: all our congregations will meet together at Priory Street at 11am. Worship will be lead by Matt E and Rob D will bring the Word from 1 Thessalonians 4:11-5:13.

COVID-19 – updated guidelines

The STRIPE team has issued updated guidelines following the government’s recent announcements regarding Covid-19 restrictions. Read the guidelines here. The Christmas services will go ahead as planned with no booking required. If we become overcrowded, some regular members may be asked to use the hall for the service with the doors to the main Church left open. There will be duty marshals to supervise and manage this as needed.

Leadership Elections

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. To guide your thoughts you may wish to read Rob D’s notes of a sermon he preached recently about choosing leaders.

Dates for your diary

Joint service: Sunday 2nd January at 11am at Corsham School.

Gathered to Pray: Sunday 2nd January at 6pm at Priory Street.

Midweek service: Wednesday 5th January at 2pm.

Introduction to South West Gospel Partnership: Saturday 15th January at 10-11.30am. You are invited to join us at Priory Street for an opportunity to find out more about the SWGP, with which CBC has been associated for a number of years. All are welcome.

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.

Help needed….

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.

First Aiders

Ruth L will shortly be arranging First Aid training for those who are regularly involved in various church ministries. If you would like to receive this training please email Ruth on

Church office closed

Please note that the church office will be closed over the Christmas and New Year period. It will be open again at 9am on Tuesday 4th January. Ruth will occasionally be checking emails but messages left on the phone will not be picked up until the 4th.

Other Activities:

  • 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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