Greenways Group of Churches

St. Nicholas News

April 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 April

10.30am

Easter Day Holy Communion

Sunday

8th April

10.30am

Morning Worship

Sunday

15th April

10.30am

Shine

Sunday

22nd April

10.30am

Morning Worship

Sunday

29th April

10.30am

Sing Praise

Sunday

6th May

4.00pm

Book of Common Prayer Service

 

St. Nicholas now has a Facebook page

@harnishchurch

 

Please tell family & friends

 

 

Ministry Musings

Good News.....

We all love Good News.

It is personal to each one of us. The birth of a baby, the birth of a first grandchild, success in a final exam , success in finding a job. We want to tell family and friends immediately, it can't wait , it is of immediate importance.

The women were running to the tomb on Easter Day discussing how they were going to move the stone . They intended to anoint the body of Jesus with spices. When they arrived, the stone had already been rolled away. When they looked inside the tomb , the body of Jesus had gone. This wasn't good news. They were perplexed and upset. They were terrified, there was a young man sitting on the right, wearing a white robe. “ Don't be alarmed” he said “ I know you are looking for Jesus of Nazareth , who was crucified. He is not here, He has been raised! “ 

“Go and give this message to his disciples “, including Peter. “He is going to Galilee ahead of you ; there you will see Him, just as He told you”

They left the tomb in a hurry ,afraid yet filled with joy and ran to tell the disciples. Suddenly Jesus met them , He said “Peace be with you”.

They took hold of his feet and worshiped Him.

“Do not be afraid” Jesus said to them,” Go and tell my brothers to go to Galilee, and there they will see me”.

When the women got to the place where the disciples were gathered they couldn't wait to tell them the news of everything that had happened.Jesus had been raised and they had met with Him. The disciples were sceptical but Peter and John ran back to the tomb to see for themselves .

Jesus is Risen, this is Good News. We may say, “Let me see and then I will believe “ . But God says “Believe and you will see “ ( John 11:40) It is only by faith that we come to know God at all and we must believe the good news for ourselves. This involves more than just saying the facts are true, it means resting our lives on them.

’God loved the world so much that He gave his only son, so that everyone who believes in Him may not die but have eternal life’. This is good news. 

The early Christians couldn't stop telling others and sharing the good news with them. 

Today the facts, the promises, the conditions and the blessings are just the same and we need to share the good news with others .

Jesus said, “Go then , to all peoples everywhere and make them my disciples and I will be with you always, to the end of the age”.

Let us all pray that we may experience the blessings of the early church today and to ’Go tell’ the good news to others.

Judith

 

Easter Egg Hunt

Thank you to all those involved in the Easter Egg hunt at St. Nicholas Church on Saturday 24th March

 

End of the Track

Come and listen to ‘End of the Track’

A professional local group singing and playing music of the 70's 80's 90's

Saturday April 28th 2018 7.30pm St. Nicholas Church, Hardenhuish

Tickets £8   (including refreshments)

Now available from Mary Clarke (01249 660753). In aid of church funds.

 

Shine Refreshments

Please consider if you could help out with Shine refreshments on the third Sunday of the month.

 

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. 12th April – Mindful Colouring, 26th April – ‘Show & Tell’, 10th May – Ascension Day Service -  Details Barbara Wood Tel: 655413

Dates for the Diary

12th April 2018 – Thanksgiving service for John Woodward 2.30pm at Kington St. Michael

18th April 2018 – St. Nicholas APCM -  7.15pm St. Nicholas Church

28th April 2018 – End of the Track – Music from 70’s, 80’s, 90’s 7.30pm

10th May 2018 – Archdeacon’s Visitations, St. Cyriac, Lacock 7.30pm

12th May 2018 – Safeguarding Leadership, St Peter’s Chippenham 10.00am

22nd May 2018 – Safeguarding Refresher, St Peter’s Chippenham 4.00pm

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

 

John Woodward

John Woodward one of ‘our’ Licensed Lay Ministers died on Thursday (22nd March)

A thanksgiving service for John will take place on Thursday 12th April 2018, 2.30pm at Kington St. Michael Church.

Please pray for his wife, Pat, the family and his many friends at this difficult time.

Dick Wood wrote, ‘John was a big man with a big heart for others. His life and ministry touched the lives of many.

He was a good friend to the church here at St. Nicholas and his liveliness, good humour and good teaching will be greatly missed by us and by many of the surrounding churches.

 

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

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