Greenways Group of Churches

St. Nicholas News

February 2020


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”



2nd February


Morning Praise




All Age Communion


16th February


Morning Praise


23rd February


Morning Praise


1st March


Morning Praise


1st March


BCP – Evensong with Tea


Dates for the Diary

2nd February 2020 – Snowdrop lunch, Langley Burrell village hall

4th  February 2020 – St Nicholas Prayer / Coffee (10.30 to 11.30am

11th  February 2020 – St Nicholas Prayer / Coffee (10.30 to 11.30am)

18th  February 2020 – St Nicholas Prayer / Coffee (10.30 to 11.30am)

25th  February 2020 – St Nicholas Prayer / Coffee (10.30 to 11.30am)


Ministry Musings

Two poems have been particularly on my mind recently. One is ‘Desiderata’ by Max Ehrmann, which starts ‘Go placidly amid the noise and the haste, and remember what peace there may be in silence.’

The other is M. L. Haskins’ ‘God Knows’, more popularly known as the ‘Gate of the Year’ as it is sometimes quoted as a New Year approaches. It begins:

I said to the man who stood at the gate to the year:

‘Give me light that I may tread safely into the unknown.’

And he replied: Go out into the darkness and put your hand into the hand of God.

That shall be to you better than a light and safer than a known way.’

Maybe those words and those of ‘Desiderata’ seem especially relevant because of all the uncertainties we face at present. Perhaps we all yearn for peace in our noisy world, and also long for the certainty of being able to ‘tread safely into the unknown.’

These thoughts were brought into focus by a dear friend who a short time ago described the church she attends regularly as her ‘haven of peace,’ the place where she can bring her joys, her sorrows and her problems. This seemed a really important statement and one we should not lose sight of.

We know that our God is everywhere, and, in theory, we should be able to meet with Him anywhere. But in practice this doesn’t always seem possible! Although we are encouraged to make somewhere a special place where we can sit and pray or simply listen to God, in busy households this often simply isn’t an option, and the church building is a vital refuge.

We are constantly encouraged to ‘modernise’ our church buildings, to bring them up-to-date with comfort and facilities appropriate to today’s lifestyle, and of course to make the worship we present suitably adapted to today’s congregation. Whilst these matters must be considered, I wonder if sometimes these efforts can distort the underlying beauty of the church space, simulating the comfort of our own front rooms, and muffling the opportunity to sense the prayers of those who, over the centuries, have poured out their hearts to their God. Maybe it’s all too easy to regard the four walls of the church like an office, the place in which we carry out our ‘duties,’ conforming to our instincts to make the place and our services acceptable to modern living. But as my friend suggested, each church can be so much more for its members, a place where we can lay ourselves, our problems and our joys before God, before facing the world again. So we should take care not to spoil what has been shaped and formed over the years of use to the glory of God, and strive to keep that ‘haven of peace’ available and accessible to all who need it.

Which brings me back to the two poems, as I believe that between them they can offer a wish and a prayer for us all. Perhaps your prayer would be similar to mine:

Lord God, who knows our every thought, our joys, our sorrows and our every need, please still the noise of the world as we seek your presence. May we find space and peace to pray and listen for your voice, and place our hands in your hand secure in the knowledge that we may tread safely into the unknown. In the name of Christ our Lord we pray. Amen



From Bristol Diocese Website – Thy Kingdom Come Beacon Weekend

We are so excited about Thy Kingdom Come 2020! 

Between 21 May and 31 May 2020, millions of Christians worldwide will unite in praying that more people would come to know the amazing love of Christ. 
Parishes across the Diocese are once again encouraged to participate in a way relevant to your context - this could be through a specific prayer event, providing Novena prayer resources to individuals, using one of the TKC service plans, running a HOPE prayer space in a community place or hosting an all age creative prayer time (other ideas are of course also valid!)

Collectively and ecumenically, all are invited to a three special events comprising a Thy Kingdom Come Beacon Weekend, building on the success of last years Beacon Event.

A message from Bishop Viv:-

Some of you will be aware that Bishop Lee broke his femur in a bad fall recently which necessitated emergency surgery at the GWH in Swindon. The operation took around five hours, but the surgeons were very positive above the restorative work done on him.

In February, Bishop Lee was due to travel to Duke Divinity School in North Carolina as a visiting Scholar and was very much looking forward to their world renowned facility. It may well be possible to schedule this visit later in the year and he will be following this up with Duke and those in Holy Family Church at Chapel Hill, who had given him a wondeful welcome to their worshipping community. There were other elements which Bishop Lee had on his itinerary, including a guided retreat and a cycle ride with missional intentions, linked to our Diocesan commitments. At present we do not know if these will go ahead.

A period of around three months recovery is anticipated and Bishop Lee is likely to be limited for much of this time to his office and home. Bishop Lee is truly grateful for the prayers and concern of those who had heard about his accident. He is praying that this latest challenge will be one through which God is able to do positive things.

I know that you will all be remembering Bishop Lee in your prayers at this challenging time. He is not receiving visitors at the moment, however cards sent to the office will be most welcome.


Snowdrop Lunch
Sunday February 2nd  from 12:30 pm  at Langley Burrell village hall.
Bring and Share, please sign the list  at the back of Church. All Welcome.

Women’s Union

13 Feb – Poetry & Prose
27 Feb – Joe McNeilage – Slides
12 March – Annual General Meeting & Memories of WU
26 March – Paul Evans Entertains
Meetings held in St. Paul’s Church Hall at 2.15pm

Details Barbara Wood Tel: 655413

St. Nicholas Church - 10% Giving

As a church community we are committed to giving 10% of our voluntary income to support other missionary and charitable work. Based on our accounts for 2019 the amount to be donated is £1,865.

We have longstanding ties with mission partners working with CMS and Wycliffe Bible Translators and we will continue to support them. The PCC has also decided to give financial support to Kintsugi Hope, which is a charity based in the UK striving to make a difference to peoples' mental wellbeing, as they establish a group based in Chippenham.

If you would like to nominate a good cause for support please let Jane know and this will be considered at the PCC meeting in March.

01249 657532

Contact Details

Priest in Charge, Revd. Simon Dunn T: 324944

Associate Minister, Revd. David Kilmister T: 01249 326209
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