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

Bishop of Bristol announces retirement

Posted on January 24, 2017 by Ben Evans 

The Bishop of Bristol, the Rt Revd Mike Hill, has announced his retirement with effect from 30 September 2017.

Bishop Mike, who has been in the post since 2003, will end his time at the Diocese with a special service at Bristol Cathedral.

Bishop Mike said that he had made the decision after he and his wife, Anthea, had decided that the timing was right for him to retire.

He said: “I have loved my time in this Diocese and there are many people I shall deeply miss. Working with colleagues, both lay and ordained has been a privilege and a gift.

“There will be many opportunities between now and 30 September to say more, but my overwhelming sense is a deep gratitude for the privilege of serving amongst you all. Please pray for Anthea and me as we prepare for this next phase of our lives.”


Bishop Mike’s final service will be at Bristol Cathedral on Saturday 23 September at 3.30pm. More details will be released nearer the time.

Mary Clarke would like the "children's boxes" returned to her for emptying and banking please.

If you would like to support the important work of the Children's Society and do not yet have a collecting box please see Mary



The Real Life – Introduction

1 Peter 1: 13-25

God said ‘Be holy as I am holy’. Is being holy a reasonable aim or an unattainable dream?

How is the faith we proclaim displayed in the life we live?

In our society today, how easy is it to be Holy?

Real Lyfe is about the nitty gritty of faith, in action, in our everyday activities and lives...




The early morning pattern of worship offered within the Benefice, at St Paul’s Church, is altering.

We will, from January 2017, be offering two regular services a month at 8.30am, in St. Paul’s Church.

They will both be Holy Communion services, but will be on the 2nd and 4th Sunday of each month. This retains an offering of a Holy Communion service each Sunday within the Benefice in any normal 4-week month.

Where there are 5 Sundays in the month, the 5th Sunday will see an 8.30am Morning Prayer being offered at St. Paul’s Church


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.

Dick says:-

St. Nicholas' Parochial Church Council has agreed to the request from The Diocese of Bristol to increase our parish share from £12,120 per annum to £15,800 per annum.

The parish share (previously known as quota) is the amount a parish pays to the diocese as a contribution towards its share of ministry and ministry support costs. These costs include stipendiary clergy, future ministers (e.g. curates), minister support and support for schools and those parishes which cannot afford these costs.

Increasing our 'gift' to the diocese by 30% is an act of faith. The step was taken because the PCC wants to act both responsibly and generously.

Beside the parish share, the PCC still has to find the money for the running costs, upkeep and repair of our Grade II church and churchyard.

If you feel the time is right for you to increase your giving then please talk to Helen the PCC treasurer.


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

The Parochial Church Council
(PCC) for 2016 - 2017 consists of Churchwardens Paul Davis and Mark Sheppard; Treasurer Helen McCann and Secretary Deborah Loveday. Other members are Brenda Bird, Judith Eckersley, Cynthia Smith and Mary Clarke. The team clergy are also members.

To see the minutes please ask Deborah.

Dates for your diary!
Ash Wednesday is March 1st
Women's World Day of Prayer - March 3rd service at 2:00pm in St. Andrew's Church
Good Friday is April 14th
Easter Day is April 16th

Women’s Union

2 March          Board Games
16 March         Service of Holy Communion and Annual General Meeting
30 March         Spring Flower demonstration by Sally Bullock
14 April          Maundy Thursday Service

Details Barbara Wood 655413


Mobilising our Front-Line

Posted on January 12, 2017 by Bishop Lee    

In his address to Diocesan Synod in December, Matthew Frost asked us what one thing we might do as a diocese to best equip Christians to be disciples in every sphere of life, not just in church life.

My instinctive response was to inscribe a tattoo on the forearm of every church member – lay on the arms of the ordained, priest on everyone else! You may think this is crazy but the reality is that we have struggled for decades to overcome the sacred/secular compartmentalisation of most Christian discipleship.

The need for Christians to see themselves as priests in the workplace was spelled out 70 years ago, in Towards the Conversion of England. Dorothy Sayers, the novelist and playwright, flagged up the importance of all Christians recognising their vocation within secular life. She argued that if Christians behaved as though 90% of their life was irrelevant to their faith, why would anyone be interested in belonging to a church?!

The Archbishops’ Task Force on Lay Leadership, of which Matthew Frost is a member, has recently identified four obstacles to the whole people of God finding their vocation as disciples and Christian leaders in the whole of life. There is inadequate theology and vision, a weak lay voice which is not being heard or acted upon, unhealthy relationships between clergy and lay people and, lastly, a lack of resources and support. It may be that the Archbishops’ Task Force will prove the catalyst for change that previous reports failed to be but history suggests this requires the long haul of changing our culture.

There is no proverbial silver bullet for the Church of England in general, or the Diocese of Bristol in particular. However, this cultural change fully coheres with our vision for Creating Connections and aims of Making Disciples, Growing Leaders and Engaging Younger Generations. Matthew Frost highlighted two critical shifts needed to release the ministry of the whole people of God. The first is for lay and ordained people to work together so that lay people are confident to follow Jesus and live out the gospel in every sphere of life. The second shift is for lay and ordained people to be convinced they are equal partners in mission – complementary in gifting and vocation, mutually accountable in discipleship, and of equal worth and status. The theological basis for both shifts is grounded, and flows from, our primary status of as baptised members of the body of Christ.

So many words – what might churches do now to begin to clothe them with flesh? How about a 7 minute slot in every service where a member of the congregation shares what it means for them to give a lead as a follower of Jesus from Monday to Saturday. God on Monday has a nice ring to it. I have suggested this several times over the past decade…


January 2017