Greenways Group of Churches

St. Nicholas News

October 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

7th October

10.30am

Morning Worship

Sunday

14th October

10.30am

Holy Communion

Sunday

21st October

10.30am

Shine

Sunday

28th October

10.30am

Morning Worship

St. Nicholas now has a Facebook page @harnishchurch Please tell family & friends!

 

Ministry Musings

 

Autumn is the season of richness – the vibrant colours of late garden flowers, the beautiful changing colours of autumn leaves, the bounty of the harvest, fruit and vegetables that we often use to display in our churches at Harvest Festival. And then there’s the fun of making jams and pickles!

We are truly blessed, particularly in the western world, with having a climate which produces a rich harvest for us all to enjoy.

As we ponder on the beauty of all that our Creator God has provided for us, it draws us deeper, to see the depth of love that is in His heart that goes much further than caring for our physical needs.

Psalm 103  comes to mind – “Praise the Lord, O my soul and forget not all His benefits”.  Throughout this psalm David reveals to us why we should praise the Lord with all of our being:

“The Lord is compassionate and gracious, slow to anger.”  He doesn’t dish out punishments to us when we make a mess of things in our lives.  As we come to Him, through Jesus Christ, He removes our sins – verse 12 says He removes them as far as the east is from the west.  And Isaiah declares in chapter 43 that “He will remember them no more”.

Why?  Because we are precious and loved deeply by Him.  That’s why, in the person of Jesus, He came to deal with the problem of our sin.

The Almighty God, our Creator, cares deeply about you and me.  That should both comfort and challenge us.  He cares about every aspect of our lives.  He cares about everything that happens to us, how we are treated and how we feel.  But He also cares about how we treat others.

In our culture today, the temptation to assimilate the world’s attitudes around us is great.  It happens almost without realising it, and we get drawn in.  

Among other things there is the temptation to succumb to excesses of all kinds when many are living in poverty.  Of course there’s nothing wrong with wealth or possessions – but it all depends on how we hold on to them.

In the sermon on the mount, Jesus said don’t allow them to dominate our thoughts and take the pre-eminence.  For instance – when we go shopping it’s a good idea to think before we buy – do we need it or simply want it?  Is it a need or a want?

At the end of the day it comes down to who is in control of our finances.  And if it’s God then we can trust Him to direct us.

The WWJD slogan (what would Jesus do?)  is very relevant for us all.

God wants us to think generously in sharing, not only the love of Christ spiritually, but also practically, as we go about our daily lives.

As His children, all that God has is ours- we are children of the King of kings. And as we offer back all that we have to Him, He will use it not only to bring glory to His name and bless others, but to mightily bless us as well.

In the Old Testament book of Malachi God says “test me in this – and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that you will not have room for it”.

What a wonderful, compassionate, generous God we have!

God bless

Veronica

 

 

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 you small group, on your own or with your neighbour! Email greenwayscurate@stpaulsweb.org.uk if interested.

Chippenham Heritage Open Day

As part of the celebration of the Georgian season at Chippenham museum. St Nicholas Church opened its doors between 2and 5pm on Saturday 8th September.

The event was well attended with over 100 people. During this open afternoon learn about the features of the church, both inside and out including the crypt, and its congregation over the years. Within the grounds the two war graves and a monument to David Ricardo, the economist. Inside  features were on view including, against the South wall of the church, an iron slatted seat where Victorian diarist Robert Francis Kilvert loved to sit and admire the view in tranquillity.

Thank you to all those who made this day a wonderful success.

Church Mission Society

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 Democatic Republic of Congo and the area bordering south-west Uganda where there has been an out brake of Ebola. This area 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.

 

Derek, Sue and Angela ready to welcome visitors to the Heritage open Day

 

 

Sincere thanks to all those who supported the Harvest Supper and from it Tearfund.

Thank you to all those who were able to support the food donations at the Harvest Praise service and from it Doorway.

Thank you to all those who decorated the Church with flowers and made it look wonderful this harvest.

Women’s Union

Women’s Union Programme of events - Join us at 2.15pm in St. Paul’s Hall.
4th October – Harvest Celebration,
18th October – Diana Watts – Parish Nurse,
1st November – Crafts or board games and Bring & Buy 
   
Details Barbara Wood Tel: 655413

 

Dates for the Diary

2nd October 2018 Bible Book Club – St.Paul’s 7.30-8.30pm

9th October 2018 Bible Book Club – St.Paul’s 7.30-8.30pm

16th October 2018 Bible Book Club – St.Paul’s 7.30-8.30pm

20th October 2018 – Bristol Cathedral -The Very Reverend Vivienne Faull. Installed as the 57th Bishop of Bristol

21st October – St. Nicholas taking part in a worship service at The Fairways Care Home, 6pm

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

Ride & Stride Saturday 8th September

Thank you to all those who helped with the opening of the Church for the Wiltshire Historic Churches Trust Ride and Stride event

Contact Details

Priest in Charge, Revd. Simon Dunn T: 324944 greenwaysvicar@stpaulsweb.org.uk

Associate Minister, Revd. David Kilmister T: 650926 djkilmister@sky.com

Curate, Revd. Tom Hunton T: 07464 505800 greenwayscurate@stpaulsweb.org.uk

Some of our Lay Ministers

Barbara Wood Tel: 655413                  bmdwood@btinternet.com

Judith Eckersley Tel:443317                 judith_roger@talktalk.net

John Moncrieff

Newsletter, Mark Sheppard Tel: 721451 mark@avonweir.co.uk

or Dick Wood Tel: 655413 dickwood@talk21.com