Greenways Group of Churches

St. Nicholas News

August 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”




5th August


Morning Worship


12th August


Holy Communion


19th August




26th August


Morning Worship



2nd September


Morning Worship


2nd September


BCP & Tea




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Ministry Musings

Ministry Musings

God is always teaching us something new.

There are a whole lot of new things happening in my life right now. I’ve become your new curate, I have a new job, my family and I have moved to a new house in a new town with new people and new churches.

There is a lot to learn with my new job. One of the biggest challenges in my first month has been preaching four times in three different churches on three different lines from the Nicene Creed. These haven’t been on the easiest topics: ‘For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate’… ‘he suffered death’…’and was buried’. This wasn’t a nice, gentle, easy introduction! These statements are deep, they are complicated. But I’ve loved it.

The whole point of a teaching series on the Nicene Creed is to think more deeply about some very familiar things that we have been saying for years and often when we do that we find something new in the old.

The first two talks were easier because we can learn a lot about Jesus from his actions, and that includes his crucifixion and death. However, his burial is a different prospect entirely. Surely there can be nothing new to learn from Jesus lying in a sealed tomb… can there?

But actually, the more I’ve thought about it the more I think that we can learn a lot from that day between Good Friday and Easter Sunday. You see Jesus was out of reach that day, nobody had access to him, it was a day of total, deafening silence.

We are very good in church about celebrating answered prayer, about proclaiming healing done in Jesus’ name or testifying about the time when God was powerfully present in our lives. But this is only part of our story and although we often don’t shout about it we often get silence when we pray, even in the darkest of times when we call out in despair, when we beg for Jesus’ presence we can get total, deafening silence. It can sometimes feel as though our prayers are bouncing back off that sealed tomb.

This isn’t new information, we all know this but we might find some new hope when we really consider that total, deafening silence. Martin Luther, the protestant reformer, argued that it’s in the silence of seemingly unanswered prayer that God draws us into a deeper relationship. This makes sense when you think about it, because if God answered all our prayers, if he always gave us a visible tangible sign of his presence whenever we cried out in despair, if we could call on him and he always popped up like a genie in a lamp ready to grant our wishes then it would fundamentally change our relationship with him. There would be no need for faith, we would all be compelled to believe in him, the evidence would be undeniable.

Would we really long for a deeper understanding of God? Would we really need a relationship with him?


The more we study him, the more we see how many new lessons God has to teach us. Even when he appears to be silent he can still be there, he can still be working.

The trick is not to lose faith, the trick is to keep on asking and not to think we are too old to learn something new.




Ride & Stride Saturday 8th September

This is a very pleasant opportunity to visit churches whilst being sponsored. Cycle, walk, run, ride a horse or mobility scooter.  It’s a “Wiltshire Historic Churches Trust” event, through which our churches have benefited.


Also we will require volunteers to open  St. Nicholas on the day


Musical Evening

Stuart Townend is coming to Cirencester Baptist Church on Saturday 29th, a venue on his Courage September Tour with his band.


He is a leading songwriter, In Christ Alone, being one of his many compositions.


Doors open at 7.00pm for a 7.30pm start. Tickets £ 12 in advance £ 14 on the door.

Women’s Union

Women’s Union Programme of events - Join us at 2.15pm in St. Paul’s Hall. 6th September – September Service, 20th September – Poetry & Prose      Details Barbara Wood Tel: 655413


Dates for the Diary

12th August – St. Nicholas taking part in a worship service at The Fairways Care Home, 6pm

2nd September 2018 – Benefice shared lunch and community forum at St. Paul’s.

8th September 2018 Wiltshire Historic Churches Ride ‘n’ Stride

8th September 2018 Heritage Day Celebrations – St Nicholas Church

29th September 2018 Benefice Harvest Supper St. Paul’s Hall

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


Benefice Harvest Supper

The Benefice harvest supper is taking place in St. Paul’s Hall on the 29th September. Further information to follow.




Contact Details

Priest in Charge, Revd. Simon Dunn T: 324944

Associate Minister, Revd. David Kilmister T: 650926

Curate, Revd. Tom Hunton T: 07464 505800



Some of our Lay Ministers

Barbara Wood Tel: 655413        

Judith Eckersley Tel:443317       

John Moncrieff

Newsletter, Mark Sheppard Tel: 721451

or Dick Wood Tel: 655413