Greenways Group of Churches
St. Nicholas News
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”
Celebrations, we all like celebrations whether it is a birthday, the birth of a baby, passing that final exam or gathering with family.
Celebrations uplift us , bring us joy and happiness.
During this month we celebrate Easter , the joy of Palm Sunday when Jesus entered into Jerusalem . The crowds loved him. Some would have heard about the healing miracles, especially raising Lazarus from the dead.
Others would probably have just joined in with the party, thinking and hoping that Jesus was going to save them from the Romans.
Jesus came to save us , but not in that way. He came to rescue us from our sin but this great realisation only came after His death and suffering.
The barrier of sin between us and God is real, like the barrier created between people we love if we have difficulty communicating with them. God loves us and if we love God then the channels need to stay open.
The people in the crowd of Jerusalem that day did not understand about Jesus, why He had come and what He had come for. Hence, on the cross, in all his agony , Jesus asks forgiveness for them.
However, there was one man who seemed to recognise who Jesus was and it was the centurion who helped to crucify Jesus.
“When the centurion saw what had taken place , he praised God and said “ Truly , this man was God’s son”. He knew that Jesus was innocent and the words of forgiveness spoken by Jesus resonated with him personally. What huge lessons WE can learn from this!
So then we celebrate Easter Day. We shout “Christ is risen , He is risen indeed". Christ is alive , the risen Christ with us for evermore.
I have heard people say “ but how can he be alive , he was killed on a cross ?"
For many ,including the disciples , the death of Jesus must have seemed like the end . Was there a future ? What was the point of it all ? They didn't know it then but the future for them was a ministry filled life full of the Holy Spirit , spreading the word about Jesus.
As Christians we believe that Christ’s death was no accident. He died on the cross to save us .He was buried but rose again on Easter Day and so he lives on in our hearts by the power of the Holy Spirit.
The Easter story is like a roller coaster of events and emotions, from Palm Sunday to Good Friday and on to Easter Day. Jesus came, lived and died, never to be forgotten , always alive in our hearts.
May you be truly blessed this Easter and may the events of Holy Week speak personally to you.
“The hour has now come for the Son of Man to receive great glory . I am telling you the truth : a grain of wheat remains no more than a single grain unless it is dropped into the ground and dies .If it does die, then it produces many grains”
John 12: 23-24 .
With Easter Blessings
Greenways Benefice Lent Series 2019
Broken and Beautiful: Seeing You & Me, with Godly Eyes….
A 5 week Study on Tuesday evenings 7.00 for 7.15pm start until 8.15pm sharp in St. Paul’s church.
An opportunity this Lent to immerse ourselves in scripture, pondering, exploring, thinking, reflecting and receiving. All welcome and encouraged to make this a priority for the season.
See Dates for the Diary on the back page of this news.
A Deanery Confirmation Service is to be held locally on Thursday 2nd May in the evening. If this is something you feel prompted to consider talk about or explore, please speak with Dave, Tom or Si.
This year sees a complete renewal of the electoral roll. In a year of renewal, no names are carried over from the old roll and new applications need to be made. Electoral roll forms are available at Church and on completion should be returned to Mary.
4 April – Quiz
18 April – Maundy Thursday Service
2 May – Handbells
16 May – Board Games
Details Barbara Wood Tel: 655413
Easter Egg Hunt
Calling all Easter Bunnies
Come to our Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday April 13th : 3pm -4.15pm at St. Nicholas Church
Easter eggs : Easter story & Video: Easter crafts : Refreshments
The PCC are currently exploring ways in which a toilet and servery could be accommodated with the existing church building.
Our Architect has provided some outline sketches of four options
Please do ask about the proposals and take a look at the sketches. Either John or Paul will be pleased to share this with you.
Mission Giving Policy
Our policy for many years has been to give 10% of general church collections (cash and envelopes) and standing order income to others, based on commitments to mission partners and suggestions from the congregation. We used to decide the recipients every 6 months but in 2018 changed to doing this annually once the accounts had been prepared.
Based on 2018 giving to the church we have recently made donations totalling £1,950 to
• Mission partners working with the Church Mission Society and Wycliffe Bible Translators, and
• The Rise Trust, Doorway and Olive Branch Counselling.
We now think it is time to review this policy and this will be discussed at the Annual Meeting on 24th April.
Some things which might be considered:
• 10% or a different figure?
• a percentage or a fixed amount allocated at the start of the year?
• should all recipients be registered charities?
• should we prioritise mission partners?
• should we 'target' a particular cause each year? (Examples might be clean water, disaster relief, local connections, Christian based, children, elderly, medical aid or research, 3rd World, UK poverty ..........................)
If you are unable to attend the Annual Meeting but would like to contribute to the discussion please talk to a member of the PCC, or let us have a note, or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
An evening of popular music with :
’End of the Track ’ and also introducing ’ Harmonics ’ ( harmony group of nine ladies )
Friday April 26th : 7:30pm in Church
Tickets £8 to include refreshments .Tickets on sale now from Mary Clarke.
"The singing group “End of the Track” has its history founded in the Chippenham Male Voice Choir. A small number of singers within that choir wanted to experiment with different styles of song – having taken part in joint concerts with other males choirs from across England and Wales.
So, around 2005 the Chippenham singers arranged weekly practise sessions together to learn new songs and to exercise their voices."
The groups roots remain in the songs that were popular in the UK in the 1960’s
Dates for the Diary
2nd April 2019 – Lent Study Group 7.00 for 7.15 Roses of success: now v external
9th April 2019 – Lent Study Group 7.00 for 7.15 From the Depths of struggle comes life
13th April 2019 – Christian Aid Walk/Cycle 9.30am start
13th April 2019 – St. Nicholas Easter Egg Hunt; 3pm until 4:15pmt
19th April 2019 – Good Friday; “At the foot of the cross” 2pm
21st April 2019 – Easter Sunday
26th April 2019 – Chippenham Male Voice Choir and Harmonics at St. Nicholas Church.
2nd May 2019 – Deanery Confirmation service to be held locally
5th May 2019 - At 4pm Book of Common Prayer Evensong followed by a slice of cake and a hot drink
26th May 2019 – Open house at the Vicarage from 3pm
6th June 2019 – Deanery Synod Meeting
29th June 2019 – Tom Hunton’s Ordination 3.30pm Bristol Cathedral
Priest in Charge, Revd. Simon Dunn T: 324944 email@example.com
Associate Minister, Revd. David Kilmister T: 650926 firstname.lastname@example.org
Curate, Revd. Tom Hunton T: 07464 505800 email@example.com
Some of our Lay Ministers
Barbara Wood Tel: 655413 firstname.lastname@example.org
Judith Eckersley Tel:443317 email@example.com
John MoncrieffNewsletter, Mark Sheppard Tel: 721451 firstname.lastname@example.org