The Parish of St. Nicholas Hardenhuish - The Church on the Hill  

Update on recent PCC discussions and other on going work



You may remember some time ago we discussed the existing pews and following a consultation it was decided that we would apply for a faculty for the permanent removal of the two pews that had been removed and stored in the shed some years prior.

This application also included the request for the removal of a further two pews (1 row)

This faculty application has now been granted by the chancellor.

As an alternative to the pews that are proposed to be removed, we discussed the possibility of chairs, although the chancellor is minded to approve the chairs we are still awaiting confirmation on this item.

The removal from the shed of the existing pews has been agreed as they are of no historical significance to the church.


The potential to include a toilet with the church building has also been discussed at PCC meeting.

You view on this would be greatly appreciated to any PCC member.



St. Nicholas PCC         (27th May 2018)


Her Majesty the Queen has appointed the Very Revd Vivienne Faull, currently Dean of York, as the 57th Bishop of Bristol.

Speaking at the Barton Hill Settlement in Bristol following the announcement, Viv said: “This is where my family comes from, and so coming here feels like I am returning home.

“It was 24 years ago that Bristol was the first diocese to ordain women as priests, and I want the Diocese to continue to show that pioneering courage.

“I look forward to leading a church that shows the love of Christ to everyone, whoever they are.”

Viv will be consecrated Bishop at a service at St Paul’s Cathedral on 3 July and installed as Bishop of Bristol at Bristol Cathedral in the autumn.

Revd Canon Michael Johnson has been appointed as the Acting Archdeacon of Bristol.

He will take on the role for the next 12 months when a permanent appointment will be made.

Before his retirement last September, Michael was incumbent of Wroughton for more than 20 years. For some of that time he was Area Dean of Swindon and chaplain to the hospice for North Wiltshire.


St. Nicholas Church is now open for prayer / coffee each Tuesday morning 10.30 - 11.30
All welcome.

Music at St Nicholas

Is there anyone with keyboard or musical skills interested in expanding the team to help lead the

music in services at St Nicholas Church?
Please get in touch ... Geoffrey Woodman 01249 657532 or Barbara Wood 01249 655413. Thank you


He came down from heaven

Down? So heaven is “up there” is it? Up where? Up physically or metaphorically?

What blocks your acceptance of a simple believe that Jesus came down from heaven?

How can we find more freedom, joy and balance in following the basic beliefs of our faith?

Jesus “I am the first and the last”

First what? Last what? What about the in between...? Discuss


Mary says a 'big thank you' to everyone who supports the work of the Children's Society

The collections from the Children's Society 'boxes' raised £1062.87

If you are interested in having a collecting box - please see Mary


St. Paul’s Church are organising a trip to the
Holy Land 29th Nov—6th Dec 2018.

Full details are available from Rev. Simon Dunn



Please remember …

Our churchyard is a lovely, peaceful place, despite its proximity to the road.
Many people come to tend the graves of those they have loved and lost, and spend a few moments remembering them.
Sadly, recent visitors have been distressed to find the area being inappropriately used by someone exercising a dog.
We welcome everyone to come and visit the churchyard, but please remember that for many it is the last resting place of someone they loved, and they regard it as a sacred space.



If you would like to help with floral decorations for St. Nicholas please see Mary Clarke


The Parochial Church Council
(PCC) for 2018 - 2019 consists of Churchwardens Paul Davis and Mark Sheppard; Treasurer Jane Woodman, Secretary Deborah Loveday and Deanery Representative Angela McClean. Other members are Brenda Bird, Chris Scott, Judith Eckersley and Cynthia Smith. The team clergy are also members. Electoral roll officer is Mary Clarke.

To see the minutes please ask Deborah.


Dates for your diary!

Women’s Union

2018 Dates

June 7th


Favourite Music

June 21st


Recipes we remember

July 5th


Summer Party

July 19th



Meetings will be held in St. Paul's Church Hall


Details Barbara Wood 655413



A message from Bishop Lee for Holy Week and Easter

I am never quite comfortable preparing messages for Holy Week midway through Lent; it seems to shortcut the journey. Keeping some distance between Good Friday and Easter Day seems even more important given their huge emotional contrast. Despite this they properly belong together – all of a piece in God’s purposes for humanity and indeed for all creation. Together the events of those momentous days hold together hope and a future in the face of failure and hatred.

On Good Friday we remember Jesus being betrayed, abandoned by the justice system, brutalised, scourged and eventually crucified. On that harrowing day we plumb the depths of what human beings are capable of. We are invited to see ourselves in the scenes, recognising our actions and attitudes and need for forgiveness, cleansing and rescue. We also come face to face with God’s travail and inexhaustible love for us. “Forgive them Father,” says Jesus from the cross, “for they do not know what they are doing.”

By contrast, the Sunday dawns with the mystery of an empty tomb and then breaks into a strange then glorious hope – not a vague wishful thinking or crossing fingers kind of hope, but a grave-bursting, life transforming hope which makes a difference to the everyday as well as to the future of the Universe! The raising of Jesus from the dead is no temporary revival of a body or a reincarnation. This is resurrection – a history defining event which secures an age to come. Everything now looks different, including God and the divine nature.

Although these days and their events are full of their own significance they are not meant to be separated. Without Easter Day the crucifixion of Jesus is another example of the cruelty and inhuman behaviour with which we are all too familiar. Without the resurrection there is no reason to call the Friday ‘Good’. Once again hate will have overcome and extinguished love.

Living in a world where stories of premeditated or random violence, evil and anguish surround us like wallpaper it is easy to become desensitised or cynical. Without noticing, hope is subtly evacuated from our horizons and from our hearts. Every now and again our eyes are lifted by a story or action – maybe even a movie - which declares love will trump hate, but it seems transient and illusory.

The events of the first Good Friday and Easter Day confirm our deep instinct that love will have the last word – because love had the first word. The God whose nature is love brought the universe into being will not see it end in futility.

Today as you read this, whether you feel closer to Friday’s sorrow or Sunday’s joy, may God’s Holy Spirit lift your heart and horizons through His eternal love and that power which raised Jesus from the dead.


+ Lee