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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”
We bless you, God of Seed and Harvest,
I love Autumn time. Beautiful colours together with a reminder of the ebb and flow of the seasons.
Thank you, God, for all you have provided ;
The word Harvest comes from the Anglo-Saxon word hærfest meaning "Autumn". It’s a time of celebrating the reaping and gathering in of grain. Today Harvest celebrations come towards the end of the gathering in season, but this was not always the case. In times gone by, Harvest was celebrated at the beginning of the season, somewhere around 1st August, and was known as Lammas meaning 'loaf Mass'. Farmers made loaves of bread from the freshly gathered wheat crop and these were given to the local church for use as the Communion bread during a special service thanking God for the Harvest.
tradition of celebrating Harvest Festival in churches began in 1843 when the
Reverend Robert Hawker invited his parishioners to a special thanksgiving
service at his church at Morwenstow in Cornwall.
With recent events local and national, I have once again been reminded of what has been provided, and challenged as to what we do with it. I pray that we, in our local individual lives; and we, in our corporate and worldwide lives; would do more to ensure that the provision of creation is looked after to the benefit, and welfare, and provision of all.
Thank you, God, for all you have provided ;
Creator God, forgive our moments of ingratitude,
St Nicholas Musical Evening
On Friday 8th September Chippenham Male Voice Choir performed a concert in St. Nicholas Church. The evening was very well attended with a full church. Guest enjoyed cheese and wine.
Thank you to the choir and all those who made the event a success.
The evening raised £ 790.00 for church funds.
As a follow up to this another musical evening is planned for the Spring in 2018.
A thank you from Bishop Mike
Bishop Mike and Anthea Hill have written the following thanks following the farewell service at Bristol Cathedral:
A huge ‘thank you’ to all those who came to the Cathedral on Saturday afternoon for the amazing farewell service to mark the end of my ministry in Bristol. I could not have been more happy with this final opportunity to worship with you in our great cathedral. A special word of thanks also to the many people who have written cards and letters in these recent times to wish us well as we approach my retirement. Thank you too for the wonderful digital radio, flowers, and the beautiful book of photographs that were handed to us as well as a very generous cheque with which we shall purchase something to remember you all by.
Our 14 years in Bristol have been very happy times. It has been a deep and humbling privilege to serve this wonderful Diocese and I am so grateful to God, as I am to all of you, for the privilege of being your Bishop and fellow disciple. You have been amazingly patient and forgiving to me for which I am truly thankful. We shall be praying for the appointment of my successor as well as the ongoing life and vitality of the Diocese.
'I pray that out of His glorious riches He may strengthen you with power through His Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith...'
May God bless you all and thank you for everything.
Mike and Anthea
Women’s Union Programme of
events - Join us at 2.15pm in St. Paul’s Hall.
Dates for the Diary
12th October 7.00pm St. Andrews Church Chippenham – Open meeting to discuss the appointment of the next Bishop of Bristol.
Benefice Harvest Supper
The Benefice harvest supper took place in St. Paul’s Hall on the 30th September, it was well attended by both St. Paul’s and St. Nicholas and raised money for tear fund. Thank you to all those who helped make this a wonderful event.
Historic Churches Cycle Ride
Congratulations to Susan and Lucy Davis who visited twelve churches on their ride and stride. Sponsorship money is still being counted and we will advise a total in the November News.
St Nicholas Open Door
The church is open every Tuesday morning ,
9.15-10.00 am for prayer and you are very welcome to join us . If
you would like to be part of the group to open the church , please let Judith
Eckersley know. Thankyou.
Priest in Charge, Revd. Simon Dunn Tel: 445816 email@example.com
Associate Minister, Revd. David Kilmister Tel: 650926 firstname.lastname@example.org
John Moncrieff Tel: 651644 email@example.com
Barbara Wood Tel: 655413 firstname.lastname@example.org
Judith Eckersley Tel:443317 email@example.comNewsletter, Mark Sheppard Tel: 721451 firstname.lastname@example.org
or Dick Wood Tel: 655413 email@example.com