Greenways Group of Churches

St. Nicholas News

July 2018

 

The Rt Rev Maurice Wood (1916-2007)
Bishop Maurice Wood's prayer seems appropriate for Hardenhuish:

“Make us like a city set on a hill whose light cannot be hidden; so that men and women and children may find Christ as the light of the world, and his church as the family of the redeemed, and eternal life as the gift of God, through Jesus Christ our Lord”

 

 

 

Sunday

1st July

4.00pm

Songs of Praise

Sunday

8th July

10.30am

Morning Worship

Sunday

15th July

10.30am

Shine

Sunday

22nd July

10.30am

Morning Worship

Sunday

29th July

10.30am

Morning Worship

 

St. Nicholas now has a Facebook page
@harnishchurch
Please tell family & friends!

Ministry Musings

“ Waiting “

“ Out of the depths I cry to you , O Lord,

Lord hear my voice! I wait for the Lord, my soul waits, and in his word I have hope;

My soul waits for the Lord, more than those who watch for the morning.” Psalm 130

We all probably spend a large part of our lives just ’waiting’.

There has been a lot in the news lately about people having to wait.

Waiting for trains, due to breakdowns and cancellations. Waiting in hospital corridors on a trolley to be seen by a doctor, waiting at the dentist, waiting for a bus, waiting to be served. For children, it is a hard lesson to learn, having to wait.

Waiting is difficult for us today. We are used to instant access, everything on demand and sometimes people don't seem prepared to ’just wait ’ everything has to be immediate and waiting can seem a waste of time and can frustrate us. We may look for ways to speed things up or fill the waiting gaps with magazines or the internet.

However, waiting can be stressful and worrying, waiting for news of a loved one, waiting for an important appointment, waiting to leave unsuitable accommodation.

In his desperate situation, the Psalmist waits before the Lord.

God doesn't always show up exactly when we want him to. Sometimes there are seasons of waiting.....for a vision to come to fruition, for a prayer to be answered, for a word from God. Waiting is good if we can stay hopeful, if we can surrender and be patient in waiting, we learn to abide in God.

We all need to take some time to wait upon God, to move closer into God’s presence, to dedicate some time to waiting silently and to listen for God to speak to us. Time with God is never wasted time.

God is intimate, close and always with us wherever we are, God wants to be part of our day and our daily walk.

So, let's include God in our plans and learn to wait upon Him.

These are words from Psalm 23

“You, Lord are my shepherd.
I will never be in need.
You let me rest in fields of green grass.
You lead me to streams of peaceful water
and you refresh my life .”

Together, may we be patient in our wait

 

Judith

 

News from our Insurers

Ecclesiastical Insurance is celebrating its 130th anniversary. Anyone taking out a new home insurance policy with them before 31st December 2018 can nominate the church to receive a donation of £130. There are terms and conditions. Ask Jane or visit http://www.ecclesiastical.com/Trust130

Celebrating the valuable work of church volunteers is the theme of a competition with a top prize of up to £10,000. To enter you have to nominate a volunteer, or group of volunteers that have made a big difference to the church and community. The closing date is 31st August 2018 and Jane has details or visit http://www.ecclesiastical.com/churchcomp

Jane

St. Nicholas is blessed by its relationship with Hardenhuish School.

Their 6th form has a Christmas concert at Nicholas and their year 7 pupils all come in May for an RE lesson. That is 9 classes over 2 weeks, not sure how long they have been coming but something over 5 years. They get a short talk by Charles Carter and then they have booklet with 10 questions to answer by identifying things around the church. Finally there is an opportunity for them to ask any question about the church or Christianity. It’s amazing the range of questions. Yes a few are a real challenge to answer! But it is OK to say we don’t know the answer to that one and find the answer later for next year. As Charles and I get older it would be lovely to have one or two more people to get involved with this daytime mission. Just being there and talking to the children encourages them that Christians really are friendly people! Charles and  I certainly enjoy the interaction and maybe you will too!

John

 

Revd Kat Campion-Spall, Associate Vicar of St Mary Redcliffe Church, Bristol, considers the blessing of living in 'ordinary times'.

The church has now entered the long season of “ordinary time” which will see us through the summer and well into the autumn. After the wonder of Christmas, the solemnity of Lent, the darkness of Good Friday, the joy of Easter, and the fire of Pentecost, it’s now, just… ordinary. It does seem a little strange to have a dedicated period of ordinariness, a kind of default season with no particular theme. But that’s how life is too – we have highs and lows, but a lot of the time, things just tick along. For many people living through suffering, stress or sorrow, ordinary is what they yearn for. You’ve probably heard of the traditional Chinese curse, “may you live in interesting times” – with the unspoken flipside of that, which we can presume would be given as a blessing, “may you live in ordinary times”. The second collect at Evensong, in a similar vein, prays that we “may pass our time in rest and quietness.”

But ordinary time isn’t about nothing happening. The liturgical colour for the season is green – a colour of life and growth. Although times of challenge and change in our lives do cause us to learn and grow, we also need times of rest, of quietness and ordinariness for the slow and steady rooting of our lives in God, and growth as Christian disciples. Ordinary time isn’t a time to stop, but a time to steadily attend to the daily necessities of our lives of faith.

May we all live in ordinary times.

 

Women’s Union

Women’s Union Programme of events - Join us at 2.15pm in St. Paul’s Hall. 5th July – Summer Party, 19th July - Quiz      Details Barbara Wood Tel: 655413

 

Dates for the Diary

15th July – St. Nicholas taking part in a worship service at The Fairways Care Home, 6pm

18th July – St. Nicholas PCC meeting

2nd September 2018 – Benefice shared lunch and community forum at St. Paul’s.

8th September 2018 Wiltshire Historic Churches Ride ‘n’ Stride

8th September 2018 Heritage Day Celebrations – St Nicholas Church

29th September 2018 Benefice Harvest Supper St. Paul’s Hall

29th Nov to 6th Dec 2018 – Trip to the Holy Land, organised by Greenways Benefice

20th October 2018 – Bristol Cathedral -The Very Reverend Vivienne Faull. Installed as the 57th Bishop of Bristol

 

Benefice Harvest Supper

The Benefice harvest supper is taking place in St. Paul’s Hall on the 29th September. Further information to follow.

 

Contact Details

Priest in Charge, Revd. Simon Dunn Tel: 324944 greenwaysvicar@stpaulsweb.org.uk

Associate Minister, Revd. David Kilmister Tel: 650926 djkilmister@sky.com

 

Some of our Lay Ministers

Barbara Wood Tel: 655413                  bmdwood@btinternet.com

Judith Eckersley Tel:443317                 judith_roger@talktalk.net

John Moncrieff

Newsletter, Mark Sheppard Tel: 721451 mark@avonweir.co.uk

or Dick Wood Tel: 655413 dickwood@talk21.com