Greenways Group of Churches

St. Nicholas News

February 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

4th February

10.30am

Morning Worship

Sunday

11th February

10.30am

Holy Communion

Sunday

18th February

10.30am

Shine!

Sunday

25th February 

10.30am

Morning Worship

 

Ministry Musings

It’s the beginning of February and we are slowly emerging from the dark days of winter.  As I look into my garden I can see snowdrops appearing and the green spikes of daffodils pushing their way through the soil; the birds are beginning to sing, heralding the approach of Springtime.

It never ceases to amaze me that our God created something so beautiful. As we look around us there is evidence everywhere of a Creator God.

One of my favourite chapters in the Bible is Isaiah 40.

The prophet Isaiah says ‘Who has measured the waters in the hollow of his hand, or with the breadth of his hand marked off the heavens?

Who has held the dust of the earth in a basket or weighed the mountains on the scales and the hills in a balance?

Lift your eyes and look to the heavens: who created all these? He who brings out the starry host one by one, and calls them each by name.  Because of his great power and mighty strength not one of them is missing…

Have you not heard? The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth’.

This powerful Creator God is also a just and holy God – so perfect that some might think he must be remote and unapproachable to humans like us.  But this is not so –  the apostle John wrote in his gospel ch 3 verse 16 “God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, Jesus”.

And Jesus himself tells us that this holy God wants us to call him Father – he loves us with a father’s deep love, so deep that he, in the person of Jesus, (God the Son) came to live among us, die for our wrongdoing and now wants to adopt us as his children.

On top of that he has promised to never leave us on our own, but will be right there, alongside us, loving us for the rest of our lives.  What amazing love is that!

Over the coming months at church we will be exploring more about who God is, who Jesus is, where the Holy Spirit fits into all of this, and what that means for us. 

We will be using the Nicene Creed (a much loved statement of our Christian beliefs put together by the early Christian leaders) alongside the Bible to help us in our search to find out more about what Christians believe, and ultimately to understand and be blessed by the love of our great God.

It promises to be an enlightening and exciting journey.

In the meantime, if you are able to, go outside and enjoy the lovely Spring sights and sounds and allow your heart to sing with the recognition of what our great and generous God has provided for us.

God bless

Veronica 

 

Alpha

During the month of February , sports centres are full of people trying to regain their physical fitness following the Christmas indulgence.

Our spiritual fitness also needs attention. The new year is a good time to think about and consider our beliefs . We stand each week and say together ’We believe in one God’ . Have you got questions? Life, prayer , the Holy Spirit ? Consider coming to ’ALPHA’ and discussing these issues in an informal gathering with coffee and cake in abundance !

Every Tuesday at 7.30 pm until 20th March 2018 (excluding 13th February) at the Children’s Rise Centre, The Oaks, Chippenham.

Contact Judith (443317) if you would like a lift, we could go together and learn together!

 

Sitting at Jesus' feet - Revd Mat Ineson

 

 

Revd Mat Ineson, Vicar at St Mary's Stoke Bishop, explores what it means to stop being busy in church.

I am an activist. So the story of Mary and Martha in Luke 10 is a particular challenge to me. Jesus visits Mary and Martha. Martha busily prepares food for Jesus whilst Mary sits at his feet. Martha gets cross with Mary for not helping, but Jesus says that Mary is chosen the better thing. The easy lesson from this story might be that to be busy is bad. But that isn’t what Jesus says. Indeed, Jesus was often so busy that he needed to escape to recover. One time he even fell asleep in the bottom of a small boat in a storm!

Luke 10 actually says that Mary was distracted by her many tasks. Distraction from Jesus is the issue. Jesus calls her to the ‘one thing’ that matters; to look look to him as Mary is doing.

I need to remember that same ‘one thing’. There often seems to be an urgency for action, even in the church. A good desire to see God at work and to make a difference for God. However, this is God’s work. We are invited to join in through prayer, in his strength not ours.

 

When do we sit at Jesus’ feet in prayer and receive from him? In the end, what we do from Jesus is more important that what we do for Jesus.

It is said that if we want to make God laugh tell him your plans. Perhaps if we want to make God smile we need to sit, listen and receive at Jesus feet. Then rise and serve him in his power and strength.

Women’s Union

Women’s Union Programme of events - Join us at 2.15pm in St. Paul’s Hall or when this is unavailable St. Paul’s Church.  15th February – Children’s Society, 1st March – Annual General Meeting, 15th March – Bring Summer into Winter,  -  Details Barbara Wood Tel: 655413

Dates for the Diary

4th February 2018 – Snowdrop Benefice Lunch – Langley Burrell Village hall

6th February 2018 – Alpha @ the Rise Children’s Centre 7.30 to 9pm

10th February 2018 – SAT-7 Movie Night

10th February 2018 – Funeral of Kathleen Wheeler

18th February 2018 – Benefice Shared Lunch, St Pauls Church

20th February 2018 – Alpha @ the Rise Children’s Centre 7.30 to 9pm

27th February 2018 – Alpha @ the Rise Children’s Centre 7.30 to 9pm

Open Church St Nicholas
The church is open every Tuesday morning 10.30 - 11.30 am for coffee prayer and chat.
Sometime no one comes into church, but at other times 2 or 3 people may come in, if only one person comes then that is important. Jesus expressed the importance of one. The point is that the church is open and people passing by can see that. It is also an opportunity to pray together, to pray for the church and to pray for each other. So, do come along, you would be very welcome to join the rota, if you have a spare hour on a Tuesday or just come in anyway. Look forward to seeing you

Judith

Contact Details

Priest in Charge, Revd. Simon Dunn Tel: 445816 greenwaysvicar@stpaulsweb.org.uk
Associate Minister, Revd. David Kilmister Tel: 650926 djkilmister@sky.com

Some of our Lay Ministers
John Moncrieff Tel: 651644                  john@jvmoncrieff.plus.com
Barbara Wood Tel: 655413                  bmdwood@btinternet.com
Judith Eckersley Tel:443317                 judith_roger@talktalk.net

Newsletter, Mark Sheppard Tel: 721451 mark@avonweir.co.uk
or Dick Wood Tel: 655413 dickwood@talk21.com