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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”

 


March Services

5th March   Morning Worship 10:30am
5th March   BCP Evensong + Tea 4:00pm
12th March   Holy Communion 10:30am
19th March   Shine! 10:30am
26th March Mothering Sunday Morning Worship 10:30am

 

 

 

Ministry Musings

At this time of year when the days are short and sometimes dark, there is nothing quite like the glow and warmth of a fire in our home, whether it is a roaring log fire or electric look alike, it can bring cheer and pleasure .

The glow and warmth of God’s love and power in our hearts can have the same effect.

As I write this, I have just returned from a lay minister’s weekend held at a Christian conference centre in Torquay. There were seventy of us. The fellowship, the teaching, the worship, the stillness were all uplifting and wonderful. The warmth and glow of God’s love was there, the power of His spirit was alive. One of Bishop Lee’s talks was about connecting with God and growing in spiritual maturity. Are we growing or have we stood still? God has called us by name, we need to allow God to help us be the people He wants us to be.

So, we need to create space for God, we need to slow down and be still, to discern that still small voice maybe only a whisper, but nevertheless there. Then growing in joy with abundance, ’ploughed in’ by God.

Many of us will have stories of how we ’came to God’ or a conversion experience. That may be many years ago for some or only recently for others, but is the warmth and glow of that experience still with us or has it faded? We need to keep it alight, to keep going and growing.

In the bible, one conversion experience is of special note, and we particularly remember it towards the end of January.

We can read about it in Acts Chapter 9, it is the conversion of Saul of Tarsus. It was while Saul was on the road to Damascus, to persecute the church, that the conversion happened and it marked a turning point in the history of the early church. Never has any conversion meant a more complete about- face and radical change of thinking. The encounter with Christ was followed by three sightless days. Saul was identified with Jesus in his death and three days in the grave and identified with him too in baptism and newness of life. Saul the persecutor became 'brother Paul’ a man to be hunted down, in his turn, by those whose cause he once led.

We may not have encountered God on the Damascus road in such a dramatic way, but He is with us now, always present as God the Father, Son and Holy Spirit so let us connect with Him.

I would like to finish with the words of a hymn which illustrates this connectivity with God.

Faithful One, so unchanging,
Ageless One, You’re my Rock of peace.
Lord of all, l depend on You,
I call out to You again and again,
I call out to You again and again.
You are my rock in times of trouble.
You lift me up when I fall down.
All through the storm Your love is the anchor
My hope is in You alone.

God Bless,

Judith

 

 

 

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.

 

 

Coffee Morning

Thank you to all those that made the Coffee Morning a great success. For all the contributions and help, it was good to meet together.  The event raised £ 180 for church funds. Thank you   Judith

 

A Call to Prayer

Monday 6th March, 7.00 – 8.15pm @ St Peter’s

   Prayer is lifeblood

   Corporate prayer is important

   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.

 

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.

6th March   What do we mean when we call God the Father?

13th March  How now shall we live?

20th March  Holiness

27th March  Our Identity in Christ

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.

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.

 

 


Women’s Union

Women’s Union Programme of events - Join us at 2.15pm in St. Paul’s Hall.

2 March

 

Board Games

16 March

 

Annual General Meeting & Holy Communion

30 March

 

Spring Flower demonstration by Sally Bullock

14 April

 

Maundy Thursday Service

 

 Details from Barbara Wood 655413

Dates for the Diary

1st March 2017 – Ash Wednesday
3rd March 2017- Women’s World Day of Prayer - Service 2pm in St. Andrews Church
4th March 2017 –
Quiet Day at St. Paul’s Church 10am to 3pm
5th March 2017 –
Big Questions – St. Paul’s Hall 7pm
6th March 2017 –
Benefice Lent Course in St. Nicholas
13th March 2017 –
Benefice Lent Course in St. Nicholas
19th March 2017 –
Ask the Vicar – St. Paul’s Church 7pm
19th March 2017 –
Movement Worship Night – St. Paul’s Church 6.30pm
20th March 2017 –
Benefice Lent Course in St. Nicholas
27th March 2017 –
Benefice Lent Course in St. Nicholas
3rd April 2017 –
Benefice Lent Course in St. Nicholas
8th April 2017 –
Godly Play Taster Day, 10am to 3pm St. Peter’s Church Frogwell.
13th May –
Christian Aid Walk
14th to 20th May –
Christian Aid Week

Children’s Society

Mary would like to thank all those who have contributed to the Children’s Society in the last year. Accounts are as follows:
Boxes
                           £ 1,018.71

Donations
                    £       22.99

Christingle Service
      £       57.74

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