Greenways Group of Churches

St. Nicholas News

August 2019


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”



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Ministry Musings

“Mountain top experience”

A few weeks ago we were fortunate enough to spend a few days in Keswick, a market town in the North Lakes, which attracts walkers of all abilities.

We were lucky to have a friend who acted as a guide and led a walk which included a climb of just over 1000'. It was quite steep to the top but worth the effort, the panoramic view of lakes and mountains were stunning. God’s creation is stunning!

This wasn't a mountain by any means, but it did made me think. Why do people climb mountains? It is a popular thing to do, as we see on the news, queues of people climbing Snowdon and even Everest. Challenge ?achievement ? the view?

Mountains often had a significant role in God’s dealing with people.

We have the expression “mountain top experience”. This has originated from the bible because of the dealings God had with his people on various “mountain tops”. The phrase has come to mean a moment of transcendence or epiphany and in particular an experience of significant revelation given by God.

It was on the Mountains of Ararat that Noah's Ark came to rest after the flood and God made a covenant with Noah. The rainbow being the promise that never again would a flood destroy all living beings.

On Mount Horeb, God called Moses and spoke to him through a burning bush, which changed the nation of Israel’s destiny.

On Mount Sinai God revealed His character to Moses and gave him the Ten Commandments, rules of life we need to adhere to.

On Mount Carmel Elijah challenged the false prophets of Baal to a contest to see which God would answer by fire. Of course, it was the Lord who demonstrated His power that day.

After this, Elijah's life was in danger, so he went to Sinai, the holy mountain. There God told him to go to the top of the mountain and met with him in the still small voice or gentle whisper.

Jesus taught His disciples on the Mount of Olives and He was transfigured on a mountain. Moses and Elijah were both seen talking with Jesus on that mountain.

So, mountains are symbolic of God’s revelation to man. God gives the “mountain-top experience” in order to teach or sustain His people as they go back down the mountain and on through the valley. His revelation is always intended to help us journey with Him more closely on the road ahead.

For Moses that journey was to lead Gods people to the promised land. For Elijah it was to confront wickedness in the land and appoint the next prophet. For Jesus it was the journey to the cross for our sake.

For us, we journey on, following the path of Jesus, called to discipleship, called to love one another, called to forgive each other, called to look up...

“I look to the mountains; where will my help come from?

My help will come from the Lord, who made heaven and earth”


              ( Psalm 121. GNB)


Thanks be to God.......



Ride & Stride Saturday 14th 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


Chippenham Foodbank

We have had a busy few months at Chippenham Foodbank, with a high number of families needing our support. As we head towards the summer holidays, we are anticipating that we will be in high demand over that period and as such will need to stock up on the items listed below in order to meet that demand. If you would like to donate items some churches already have donation points or items can be dropped off at the Salvation Army, Morrisons supermarket, Co op Broomfield or the Hearing Centre (High Street Chippenham).

Tinned fish
Tinned potatoes
Tinned vegetables
Rice pudding

Thank you in anticipation of your support!
Miriam Dann
Community Assistant
Chippenham Corps
SN15 1HB       Tel  01249 655458

Dates for the Diary

14th September 2019 – Wiltshire Historic Churches Cycle Ride 10-5pm
14th September 2019 – St. Nicholas Heritage Open Afternoon 2-4pm
18th September 2019 – PCC Meeting

Women’s Union

5 Sept – September Service
19 Sept – Favourite Recipes
3 Oct – Harvest Celebration
Meetings held in St. Paul’s Church Hall at 2.15pm
Details Barbara Wood Tel: 655413


Family Activity Day

Thank you to all those that helped plan the family activity day as part of our outreach into the community.
Those who attended commented on a wonderful afternoon with Painting, drawing, flower arranging. face painting, treasure hunt, choir, and refreshments.

Contact Details
Priest in Charge, Revd. Simon Dunn T: 324944
Associate Minister, Revd. David Kilmister T: 650926
Priest, 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