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Creating Communities of Wholeness with Christ at the Centre

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 external life as the gift of God, through Jesus Christ our Lord”



2nd April


Morning Worship


9th April


Shine (Palm Sunday)


13th April


Maundy Thursday Holy Communion


14th April


Good Friday       At the Cross


15th April


Easter Eve Service of Remembrance


16th April


Easter Day     Holy Communion


23rd April


Morning Worship


30th April


Sing Praise



Ministry Musings                                            Women’s Union

Dates for the Diary                                         Celebration of talents

A Call to Prayer                                               Benefice Lent Course

Bishop of Bristol announces retirement        


Benefice Lent Course

Our Diocese has challenged us to think and talk about Creating Connections, As part of that there will be a Benefice Lent Course in St. Nicholas church on Mondays at 10.30am for an hour or so.

Each week we will have a Bible study and topic question for discussion and a challenge to undertake during that week, to help us connect with our communities.

3rd April          I am who I am

Contact John Moncrieff 651644 or john@moncrieff.eu


Celebration of Talents

St Nicholas Church is planning a celebration of talents afternoon on Saturday 29th April 2017, 2-5pm.

This is an opportunity to exhibit something you have made or demonstrate your musical talent.

Exhibition of crafts, things like: Paintings, Photographs,Flower arrangements, Small woodwork, Embroidery, Jewellery, Knitting, Dress making, Pottery, Baking & Sugar Craft, (please bring them to the Church on the day between 9.30am and 11.30am)

Contact Judith on 443317 or email: Judith_roger@talktalk.net if you wish to show an exhibit or preform a musical item during the afternoon


Ministry Musings

And immediately the cock crowed”-John 18:27

What must Peter have thought as he heard the cock crowing? 

Peter had spent c.3 years with Jesus, following, learning, healing, sailing and probably laughing and joking around as well. Now, this man Jesus, in whom Peter had believed in enough to give up his life as a fisherman; the man whom Peter had come to believe was the Christ; was being led to his death. And now, he has denied knowing him.

Can you imagine what must have been going on in Peter’s mind?  

It is so hard for us to put ourselves into this context without getting down.  Because there are times when we have denied even knowing Jesus as well aren’t there? We can look back at our life and share in Peter’s pain when we see ourselves deny him again and again.

Yet we also know how Jesus has loved us, throughout, all our life. 

Christ does not ever reject Peter, even after his denial. 

There are no grudges.  He does not cease to love Peter even for an instant. 

God loves us more than we can comprehend. 

Loving, and being loved. 

It is not even something that we have to do by ourselves. 

He wants us to ask him for his help. 


Because you are beautiful, and loved.



Bishop of Bristol Announces Retirement

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 the next phase of our lives.”

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


A Call to Prayer

Monday 1st May, 7.00 – 8.15pm @ St Nicholas

Ø  Prayer is lifeblood

Ø  Corporate prayer is important

Ø  Prayer can be led – Prayer can be spontaneous – Prayer can be listening

Come for the whole time or drop in when you can.

An opportunity to join together.


Women’s Union

Women’s Union Programme of events - Join us at 2.15pm in St. Paul’s Hall.
14th April – Maundy Thursday Service,
27th April – Julia’s House Hospice for Children,
11th May – Poetry and Prose,
Details Barbara Wood 655413


Dates for the Diary

3rd April 2017 – Benefice Lent Course in St. Nicholas

8th April 2017 – Godly Play Taster Day, 10am to 3pm St. Peter’s Church Frogwell.

26th April – St. Nicholas APCM  7.15 for 7.30pm

29th April – Celebration of Talents – St. Nicholas 2 to 5pm

13th May – Christian Aid Walk

14th to 20th May – Christian Aid Week

20th May –Prayer Breakfast – Marshfield Church 8.30 to 10.00am with focus on Rural Church Ministry

21st May – Ask the Vicar – 7pm, St. Paul’s Hall

24th May –Confirmation Service 7.30pm – St. Andrew’s Church Chippenham

4th June – Pentecost

22nd June – Deanery elections

1st  July – Chippenham Churches Together – Family fun day – River Island

9th  September –Prayer Breakfast – St. Andrews Church Chippenham 8.30 to 10.00am – with focus on Chippenham and Corsham Town

Contact Details

Priest in Charge, Revd. Simon Dunn Tel: 445816 simon_dunn@hotmail.co.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