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

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 Tuesday 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 your small group, on your own or with your neighbour! Email if interested.

 Tuesday 16 October Mark 14:1 - 16:20

Operation Christmas Child
"Shoe Boxes"

Shoe boxes and donations need to be in very soon!
Please contact Brenda for more information
Main shoebox collection sites will be open from November 1st

Please bring donations to Church as soon as possible! 


Ven Christine Froude retired as Archdeacon of Malmesbury on 30 September 2018. The Diocese is currently advertising this role.

Revd Canon Graham Archer is being seconded from his role as Director of Ministry at CPAS as Acting Archdeacon of Malmesbury until Easter 2019.

Ven Michael Johnson continues as Acting Archdeacon of Bristol until summer 2019, by which time a substantive Archdeacon of Bristol will have been appointed.

Ministry Development

Further to Derek Chedzey, Ian Tomkins and Wiz Slater taking up new ministry roles, interim arrangements have been put in place for Ministry Development to give time to recruit.

Revd Chris North is now Acting Head of Ministry Development, managing the interim team and taking on responsibility for the Curacy Placement process, in addition to his role as Adviser for Ministerial Vocations (DDO).

In the light of Chris’ additional responsibilities and to respond to the increased numbers of those exploring vocations to ministry, there are two new part-time Assistant DDOs. Revd Canon Mark Pilgrim has been seconded two days a week and Mary Witts appointed to a six month role.

Revd Canon Judy Ashby is managing the pastoral support of clergy; the first point of contact for this support should be to Judy, Michael Johnson or Graham Archer.

Licensed Lay Ministry

Kunnagh Scott and Revd Dr Janet Anderson Mackenzie are delivering the LLM Formation Year training, while the LLM Formation Plus training will be overseen by Revd Chris Dobson.

Revd Becky Waring, as Warden of Readers, continues to offer support to our LLMs.

Parish Safeguarding Officer's Forum: Chippenham

These sessions are intended to provide an opportunity for Parish Safeguarding Officers to meet together, receive updates and to discuss policy changes, needs for resources etc. with the Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser (Adam Bond) and Safeguarding Training and Development Officer (Helen Styles).

Thursday 22 November 2018, 19:00 – 21:00 GMT St Margaret's Church, Yatton Keynell, The Street, Yatton Keynell, Chippenham, SN14 7BE
Please book via Bristol Diocese web site


Quiet Day for Churchwardens

Bishop Lee will be leading our day of teaching, worship and reflection for Churchwardens.  

Step aside from the Christmas rush, take this opportunity to be still, in the company of others, before God.  

Spouses are also very welcome. Lunch is provided

Saturday 24 November, 2018 10:00 – 16:00 GMT, All Saints Church, Pembroke Road, Bristol, BS8 3ED

Please book via Bristol Diocese web site


Our CMS partner writes:-
-"I ask for your prayers for political stability in Uganda as opposition MP’s have been arrested in northern Uganda after winning a by-election last week.  The British High Commission today put out an advisory to be vigilant, with an increased likelihood of violent protests. Also keep in your prayers the Democratic Republic of Congo and the area bordering  south-west Uganda where there has been  an out brake of Ebola. The are is home to millions of displaced people, and in the short time the virus has been detected more than 90 people have been infected, half of which have already died. Please pray for both the local and international health workers who are trying to stop the spread of this horrific virus. 10 of these supporting staff have already been infected. "

“Riding Lights” Christian theatre group will be presenting “Gospel Street”
at St. Peter's Church, Lordsmead, Frogwell
on Thursday 25th October at 7:30pm

Tickets £10 (Concessions £8), Tickets available at the door


Remembrance Sunday

Our annual remembrance service will be held on November 11th at 10:30

 The All age Holy Communion service for November will be held on the first Sunday of November i.e. November 4th at 10:30
Also on November 4th at 4pm there will be a BCP evensong service followed by a hot drink and slice of cake!

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


Saturday December 8th - in support of Dorothy House Hospice

with Jonathan Veira
"An unforgettable evening with the international singer and raconteur"
 Sheldon Road Methodist Church, Audley Road, Chippenham. Wiltshire. SN14 0DU

Time: 7.30 start Tickets £10

Tickets from or Tel 01249 657927


Message from our treasurer, Jane Woodman.

“It’s not too late to make a donation (of any amount!) towards the cost of our new carpet. Please use an envelope. Mark it ‘Carpet Fund’ and then either put it in the collection or give it to Jane. If you are a taxpayer please say so that the church can claim Gift Aid”


Her Majesty the Queen has appointed the Very Revd Vivienne Faull 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 installed as Bishop of Bristol at Bristol Cathedral in the autumn.

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

Early Notice!


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!

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

Women’s Union


2018 Dates


18 October 2018    

Diana Watts - Parish Nurse

01 November 2018

Crafts or board games & Bring & Buy 

15 November 2018    

Joe McNeilage - Slides

29 November 2018

Crafts or board games

13 December 2018



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


Details Barbara Wood 655413



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.