Evening all! An update from Neil and Lesley came through today as you may have spotted if you’re a Facebooker.
They’ve arrived, found their accommodation and are starting to find their way around. Tomorrow is the first meeting with refugees and it sounds like they’re approaching it with a mix of excitement and trepidation. But don’t take my word for it, jump over to here and read for yourselves. And while you’re doing it please send up a prayer for the refugees to catch a vision of God’s love for them and for Neil and Lesley too as they jump into this work.
Week of Prayer
Our annual week of prayer will commence on Sunday 11th September, with an evening prayer service, and run through to Friday 16th September. Details about the week and church opening times will be made available in due course.
Neal and Lesley in Austria
The Grindrods are now in Austria for their three month mission trip. Please follow them on their blog http://nealandlesley.simplesite.com/.
The next Midweek service will take place on Wednesday 24th August. Please speak to Eric Seager for further details.
Please pray for our young people who have gone to Soul Survivor. They will be returning on Wednesday.
Another new youth group is starting!
Engage is a youth group for Years 3 – 5 (ages 7-10) starting on Friday September 9th, 4.30-5.30pm to be held at Priory Street. Please pray for this new group. Please continue to pray for Energize (years 6 and 7, ages 10 -12), the first term has been a real blessing with 16 different children attending at any one time, many that don’t attend CBC.
Prayer points for Energize
Thank God for all the children who have attended Energize;
Pray for the group to continue to bond together and for relationships to deepen with each other and with leaders;
Pray for the leaders to grow through this ministry;
Pray for the group members who are starting secondary school;
Pray for the children to have a desire to know God.
If you want to know more about the groups, please speak to Rhiannon. Thank you.
A reminder to our women to check out the GRACE PLACE blog over the summer holidays! Anxiety and worry are addressed through the gospel lens of Philippians 4:6-7.
Tim and Kate are getting married on Friday 19th August at 2pm. Everyone is welcome to attend the church ceremony.
…Over the next few months…
19th August: Tim Harding wedding, 2:00pm
24th August: Midweek service, 2:00pm
3rd Sept: Craft Club, 10:00am
4th Sept: Lancasters’ re-commissioning service
11th Sept: Evening prayer meeting, 6pm
11th-16th Sept: Week of Prayer
17th Sept: Safe to Grow training session @ Priory Street, 9am
24th Sept: The Ark, 10am
Image by Freepik
A new post from Neal and Lesley is available here. Hopefully we’ll alert you as these come out both here and on social media.
Our intention is to update it weekly (but time will tell if this is feasible or not). In future blogs I’d also love to include some photos and of course some of the refugees’ stories, praise reports and prayer requests as they occur. Of course, it’s unlikely we’ll be able to use photos of the refugees themselves, but I’ll do my best to keep you informed whilst being sensitive to individuals’ privacy.
Thanks again to you all for the love, support, prayer and financial blessings that have enabled us to go. We will carry you all with us in our hearts, and we’ll miss you all dreadfully, for sure!
With love in Jesus
Romans 10:14-15 “How then can they call on One they have not believed in, and how can they believe in One of whom they have not heard? How can they hear without someone preaching to them, and how can they preach unless they are sent?”
We are thrilled that Corsham Baptist Church has given us the amazing opportunity to join the ministry team at Oasis, in Traiskirchen, Austria for 3 months later this year. We leave the UK on 5th August 2016 and expect to return towards the end of October.
As part of the team we will be reaching out to refugees who are seeking asylum in the West, our desire being to reflect the heart of God by offering them the hope, life and refuge that can only be found in Jesus.
The Oasis team’s focus is to equip those who come to faith to be able to share Jesus with others, including their own people, both in Austria and in their countries of origin. Its aim is to walk alongside refugees, offering them the Living Water of Jesus Christ whilst supporting them both practically and emotionally.
During our time at Oasis we will be involved in various areas of service including men’s, women’s, children’s and teens’ ministries; personal and group Bible studies; discipleship classes; visiting refugees; relief ministry and practical assistance. We will also take part in evenings where the gospel is explained, help run a coffee bar where the Jesus film is shown and assist in the distribution of clothing and Bibles & Christian literature in the mother tongues of the refugees.
It is also our desire to be a source of blessing and encouragement to the long-term staff at Oasis.
Prayer Requests: That the Lord will direct our steps according to His Word, and bring us into contact with the ones He wants us to reach.
Neal and Lesley Grindrod.