LATEST TEAM NEWS AND INFORMATION

Updated 15 Jun 24

The latest news can be read in Team News which can be found at: TEAM NEWS. 

Please see our Services page for the latest details of public worship services within the Team.  Please note these details are subject to change. 

Congratulations to our friends at St Anne’s Bowden Hill who have won a Diocesan Advisory Committee award for the construction of a new buttress and the rebuilding of the chancel arch. St Anne’s reopens for worship on Sunday 14th July with a service of Holy Communion at 10.30 a.m.

Invitation from St. Aldhelm’s Church: On Sunday 16thJune 10:30am Revd. Craig
Manley will be leading our morning worship. The service will be centred around
Corsham Churches Foodbank who are experiencing increasing levels of hardship as
they try to respond to the plight of those in need in our community. The helpers give
so much time to serve our community, it is very much appreciated.
Gifts of food are requested to be brought along to the service and there will also be a
retiring collection for those that are able to support them in this way.
St. Aldhelm’s invite you to join with us at this service. We are aware that our service
time will clash with other churches, but perhaps a representative from your church
could attend. We feel as a church it is time to be aware of how we can support the
Foodbank in their requirements. Representatives of the Foodbank will take part in
the service.

General Election: the Archbishops have issued a statement asking us all to reflect and pray for our nation and our world, to put “good grace and a commitment to truth and integrity” at the heart of the campaign, and to think about how we all can play our part both as voters and, more broadly, as citizens. You can find the statement at: https://www.archbishopofcanterbury.org/general-election-2024-invitation-pray-nation . There is also a short video from the Bible Society at https://bit.ly/election24BB

General Election 2024: message from the Area Dean, Revd Sally Wheeler
With the country facing a General Election on 4thJuly we are in the midst of daily
policy and election coverage. It is also not long since the end of Christian Aid week
and this year Christian Aid asked for the church’s greater involvement in politics –
candidates hoping to represent us in the next Parliament will be keen to hear what
matters to constituents. Our Christian values of justice, of caring for the marginalised
and those in need, along with a commitment to caring for creation must be close to
our hearts. In a time of uncertainty here, in Europe, and across the world, we have
our opportunity to cast our votes prayerfully and to be encouragers of others to use
their vote too. May we also take time to pray for all who are willing to offer them-
selves in public service, that God will encourage them in that calling and give those
elected the wisdom, courage and integrity their office demands.

Our Summer Sermon Series across the Team, “Tenants of the King”, will take place on the first Sunday of May, June, July and August. We will look at how we can reconcile contrasting pictures of God’s creation and how we can live as responsible stewards in today’s world. What changes must we make, how can we better follow Jesus at this time? More information at https://operationnoah.org/.
Next session: July 7th Do not fear! Is care for creation a lost cause? Can we as Christians pioneer real hope?
Final session: August 4th Speak up! Do we, as Christians, have a role to speak up? How do we go public in protecting God’s Creation?

Meeting the (Holy) Spirit Bible studies on Zoom:The Bible Study at 11.30 a.m. on 19th June will be continuing the series on Meeting the Holy Spirit. Please contact Revd Andrew for the link at rector@greatercorshamchurches.org.uk.

1st Sunday of Month Childrens Group at St Bart’s – Cathy Reynolds and Jane Hinton wished to set up a new Young Barts in Church House, hopefully from Sunday 7th July, with a view to a formal launch in September. Other leaders would be welcome.

Cream Teas at Neston: Sundays 23rd June, 30th June and 7th July, 3.30-5 p.m.
Cream teas at £4.50; tea and cakes available too. The Corsham Band will play at the
7thJuly event. In the churchyard if dry or in the church/Upper Room if inclement. All
proceeds for church funds.

Neston Youth Hub (in partnership with Corsham Baptist Church) for children aged
9-13. Fortnightly on Thursdays 7 –8.30 p,m. in the upper room at Neston church.
Next session June 20th. Free.  More information from Charles Todd at cwft60@gmail.com

Corsham Connections is a new Charity, whose aim is to connect socially isolated individuals with community groups in Corsham to help them overcome their isolation and so improve their wellbeing.  See more info on this page: Corsham Connections

St Bart’ s Thursday Café: This popular event takes place every Thursday morning in church, 10 a.m. until 12 noon. All welcome to share coffee, cake and conversation. 

A prayer  for the people of Gaza, from Embrace, the Christian development charity tackling poverty and injustice in the Middle East:  (https://embraceme.org/ )

God of justice and compassion, We cry out to you for the people of Gaza, particularly for the children. We pray for an unequivocal ceasefire and the resumption of aid and food deliveries.
We pray for the unconditional release of all hostages held by Hamas. We pray that those released may find healing and the restoration of hope in the months ahead.
We continue to pray for a safe and prosperous tomorrow for Palestinians and                  Israelis, a future of equal rights for all and an end to the occupation.
We lift Embrace’s partners and their staff before you. We ask that they and all aid workers remain safe and know your peace and protection.
We pray for ourselves, that we may resist hatred, stand for justice, and open ourselves to be channels of your peace. We ask all of this in Jesus’ name. Amen.