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St. Nicholas News

March 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”


1st March


Morning Praise


1st March


BCP – Evensong with Tea


8th March


All Age Communion


15th March


Morning Praise


22nd March


Morning Praise


29th March


Morning Praise




Dates for the Diary

3rd March 2020 – Snowdrop lunch, Langley Burrell village hall

10th March2020 – St Nicholas Prayer / Coffee (10.30 to 11.30am

17th March 2020 – St Nicholas Prayer / Coffee (10.30 to 11.30am)

24th March2020 – St Nicholas Prayer / Coffee (10.30 to 11.30am)

3rd July 2020 – St Nicholas Musical Evening with End of the Track and Harmonics (more details next month)


Sitting alongside others – Ministry musings – Tom Hunton

God is not confined to the church building. God is out there in the world too.

I recently noticed a bench in the playground of my kids school. They have these benches which they call ‘friendship benches.’ The idea is that when you are feeling sad or lonely, you can sit on this bench at breaktime and someone will see you and come over and sit with you. I immediately remembered a Bible passage I had been reading earlier from Job.

That Old Testament book begins with the 6th Century BC version of a friendship bench.

The 1st two chapters of the book of Job describe a man called Job suffering a series of disasters and Job is sad. Really sad. In fact with 21st Century AD understanding we would probably recognise depression, self-harm and suicidal thoughts all affecting Job.

But chapter 2 tells us that three of Job’s friends come and sit with him. They just sit alongside Job in the silence and comfort him for seven days.

Then, in chapter 3, Job speaks and we hear just how bad things are. In fact Job says he wishes he had never been born.

The three friends can’t hold their tongues any longer and they speak. They speak way too much. The book of Job is 42 chapters long, that’s how much they speak! They make all the mistakes that we make when we say all the wrong things to people who are suffering.

They make mistakes like basically saying ‘come on mate, you’ll be fine’ or mistakes like apportioning blame and basically saying ‘Job, you probably did something to deserve this’ or mistakes like trying to solve the problems by basically encouraging Job to get busy serving God.

Job has no interest in arguing with them. He wants to argue with God because he doesn’t understand why he deserved these disasters that have come his way.

And then in Chapter 38 God speaks and says:

“Where were you when I laid the earth’s foundation?
    Tell me, if you understand.

Who marked off its dimensions? Surely you know!
    Who stretched a measuring line across it?
On what were its footings set,
    or who laid its cornerstone—
while the morning stars sang together
    and all the angels shouted for joy?


God is saying that some things are really complex.

We can’t know why bad things happen to good people. We just need to know that God sees them and is sitting alongside them.


Job’s friends started well. They sat alongside somebody who was suffering. But then the human temptation to talk too much kicked in, and they tried to explain the unexplainable in terms of their faith.

We may experience God inside church buildings, that may be where our faith grows, but God also exists outside church buildings and the Christian faith compels Christians to sit alongside others out there in the world. Our words aren’t as important as our actions. We need to sit alongside others who may be suffering and know that God is sitting alongside them too.

Eye Can Write by Jonathon Bryan
Dick says

I have been reading a lot more books lately.

This book by Jonathon Bryan (Our very own Archdeacon's son) is one of the best written I have come accross.

It is available from all good book shops and online too.

It is a really powerful book and part of the proceeds go towards the charity "Teach Us Too:" - A charity promoting the right for all children to be taught to read and write, whatever their label or diagnosis.

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.

Women’s Union

12 March – Annual General Meeting & Memories of WU

26 March – Paul Evans Entertains

9 April – Maundy Thursday Service Afternoon

Meetings held in St. Paul’s Church Hall at 2.15pm

Details Barbara Wood Tel: 655413

Children’s Society

This year just under a £ 1,000 was raised through children’s boxes.

The monies raised for this charity are less than last year.

If you would like a Children’s Box’ to support the Children’s Society please see Mary Clarke

Thank you Mary for all your work for this good cause.

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

Pastoral Visiting
If anyone knows of people who need a home visit due to sickness or being unable to come to Church for any other reason could you please let Si Dunn know . Thankyou

Good Friday Meditation
A short, quiet reflective service with readings and music on Good Friday 2pm in Church.
All are welcome .

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