Greenways Group of Churches

St. Nicholas News

September 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

2nd September

10.30am

Morning Worship

Sunday

9th September

10.30am

Holy Communion

Sunday

16th September

10.30am

Shine

Sunday

23rd September

10.30am

Morning Worship

Sunday

30th September

10.30am

Harvest

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

Ministry Musings

September marks the start of the academic year, and it always seems to me to be a month of new beginnings. It’s so often a time when new chapters in the story of our lives are opened, times we face with excitement, anticipation and often not a little apprehension. We see unbelievably small children going off to nursery or school for the first time, older ones facing the first day at ‘big school,’ even older children moving on to further education in sixth form or college, and of course young adults going to university or training in their chosen subjects.

And we should spare a thought for those left behind so to speak – those leaving their ‘little ones’ - of all ages! - in the care of others to learn new skills and experiences where their input isn’t necessarily wanted! And although I have highlighted only the main stages in our progress through education, I suspect each September brings varying degrees of ‘fresh start’ for all young people, not least to those completing their training courses and embarking on new careers, which will be their means of earning a living.

It’s certainly a time when emotions run high as the reality of new routines takes hold, the ‘empty nest’ needs refurbishing, and we realize that life will never be quite the same again!

However much our lives change, and indeed however much our relationship with our God changes, one thing we can be sure of is that we have an unchanging, faithful, loving and merciful God, who through Jesus has promised to be with us always, come what may, even ‘to the very end of the age.’

Despite his unchanging nature, we can also take comfort in the thought that God himself is a God of new beginnings. So often we get things wrong, we do and say things which will grieve our God. We turn away from Him, mistakenly thinking that we can manage quite well without Him, relying on our own wit and strength to see us through life. Inevitably we realize what we have done, but we have the assurance that, if we sincerely ask his forgiveness, God will forgive us and give us the opportunity to make a fresh start with Him. This means we can set aside our regrets, and take up the challenges of new beginnings in the knowledge that we shall have our God’s support and comfort when things get tough.

A grand old hymn comes to mind when we think of God’s faithful mercy and forgiveness, one which, despite its rather old-fashioned language seems to be a favourite of many. Below you will find just a couple of its verses most relevant to these musings:

Great is thy faithfulness, O God my Father,
There is no shadow of turning with Thee;
Thou changest not, Thy compassions, they fail not;
As Thou hast been Thou forever wilt be.

Great is Thy faithfulness!
Great is Thy faithfulness!
Morning by morning new mercies I see;
All I have needed Thy hand hath provided,
Great is Thy faithfulness, Lord, unto me!

Pardon for sin and a peace that endureth,
Thine own dear presence to cheer and to guide;
Strength for today and bright hope for tomorrow,
Blessings all mine, with ten thousand beside!

So let’s pray that all those facing new beginnings, in whatever form they come, may be aware of God’s presence with them, upholding them and keeping them safe, and showering them with his many blessings. May you all have a happy and blessed September.

Barbara

 

Ride & Stride Saturday 8th September

This is a very pleasant opportunity to visit churches whilst being sponsored. Cycle, walk, run, ride a horse or mobility scooter.  It’s a “Wiltshire Historic Churches Trust” event, through which our churches have benefited.

 

 

Musical Evening

Stuart Townend is coming to Cirencester Baptist Church on Saturday 29th, a venue on his Courage September Tour with his band.

He is a leading songwriter, In Christ Alone, being one of his many compositions.

Doors open at 7.00pm for a 7.30pm start. Tickets £ 12 in advance £ 14 on the door.

 

Growing numbers of young people train as priests
From The Church of England Website – 17th August 2018

Growing numbers of young people are seeking ordination to the priesthood, as the church of England makes progress towards achieving a target of recruiting more candidates for ordained ministry.

The number of people aged under 32 years old recommended for training for ordination this year rose by nearly a third, or 32%, to 169, compared to 128 in 2016. This means nearly one in three, or 29%, of those entering training for the priesthood this year are expected to be under 32 years old.

The figures have been published alongside ministry statistics for 2017 showing just over 20,000 active clergy in the Church of England, with women making up nearly a third or 30% of the total.

Director of the Church of England’s Ministry Division, Julian Hubbard said: “ I am delighted that the Church of England has seen a rise in the number of vocations to the priesthood for the second year running. We are particularly pleased to see the increase in the number of young women and men entering training.

 

Bible Book Club

For 5 weeks starting Tuesday 18 Sept our Curate Revd Tom Hunton will be leading a discussion group looking at the book of Mark. Meeting every Tuesdaty 7.30 to 8.30pm in St. Paul’s we’ll read a chunk of the book each week, discuss it with friends and go away knowing the book really well and loving it. All are very welcome from our 3 churches. Come with you small group, on your own or with your neighbour! Email greenwayscurate@stpaulsweb.org.uk if interested.

Women’s Union

Women’s Union Programme of events - Join us at 2.15pm in St. Paul’s Hall. 6th September – September Service, 20th September – Poetry & Prose, 4th October – Harvest Celebration     Details Barbara Wood Tel: 655413

 

Dates for the Diary

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

16th September – St. Nicholas taking part in a worship service at The Fairways Care Home, 6pm

18th September 2018 Bible Book Club – St.Paul’s 7.30-8.30pm

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

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

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

 

Benefice Harvest Supper

You will be very welcome ay The Benefice harvest supper which is taking place in St. Paul’s Hall on the 29th September at 6.30pm. Please can St. Nic’s folk bring a main course and St. Paul’s folk bring a pudding. Also bring a drink. Please sign up on the sheet at the back of St. Nic’s church or let Maria Rose know at St. Paul’s, if you intend to come.

 

Contact Details

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

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

Curate, Revd. Tom Hunton T: 07464 505800 greenwayscurate@stpaulsweb.org.uk

 

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