Greenways Group of Churches

St. Nicholas News

February 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”

 

 

On the morning of February 17th we are invited to St. Paul’s Church, for Holy Communion at 10:00am when the celebrant will be Bishop Viv.

There will be no services at St. Nicholas that day.

 

More Ministry Musings for February 2019

The cold, gloomy winter months often encourage us to find ways of cheering ourselves up, using any excuse to ‘celebrate.’ February of course brings Valentine’s Day, a time to celebrate love, traditionally an occasion on which it’s said ‘a young man’s fancy turns to love.’ Perhaps, like me, you would dispute the idea that love is merely for the young and certainly not just for young men! Theirs may be the romantic love of Valentine’s Day, but love is so important in the lives of us all whatever our age or gender.

This set me thinking about the bible passage so often heard at marriage services – from 1 Corinthians, chapter 13. The writer, St Paul, has been considering how we should seek to live as followers of Jesus, using whatever God-given gifts and talents we have. Then he claims that these giftings are nothing if they are used without love, and Paul goes on to define this love …

‘Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.
It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs.

Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth.

It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.

Love never fails.’

It’s easy to be caught up in the beauty of these words, thinking ‘Yes’, that is how love should be, but I’m horribly aware that applying them to my own ways of living and loving, I would fall abysmally short on many counts! It’s a challenging exercise to consider each aspect of love, in the light of our own lifestyle.

Am I patient? Am I kind? Am I never envious, boastful or proud? Am I never rude or self-seeking? Do I never get unreasonably angry or bear any grudges? Do I gossip, or do I always check out the stories I hear before passing them on? And how about protecting and trusting those I love? Do I keep my hopes alive, and keep persevering when things don’t work out the way I hope? How often do I fail those who rely on me? And how often do I fail my Saviour, the One who loves me despite all my shortcomings?

Trying to live out this kind of love is one of the attributes of Christians. Inevitably we shall fall short, but we need to keep Jesus’ teaching constantly in mind, and follow the example of his perfect love.

As so often the poets who write hymns and songs of worship seem to manage to put ideas into memorable forms, so maybe some of the words of this song, by an unknown author, help to express the impact of Jesus’ commandment to love one another.

A new commandment
I give unto you,
That you love one another
As I have loved you.
By this shall all men know
That you are My disciples,
If you have love one for another.

May your lives be filled with love, given and received.

Barbara

 

 

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 page of this news.

 

Confirmation

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.

Children’s Society

Mary says “Thank you” to all those who have supported the Children’s Society this year. The boxes yielded £ 1,057.89 and the craft and Christingle afternoon raised a further £ 62.52.

If there is anyone who would like to support this worthwhile cause by having a box please see Mary.

 

Clearing of Snow

A thank you to Paul, Lucy and Geoffrey for clearing the path to the church on the weekend of the recent snow.

 

Electoral Roll

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.

 

Women’s Union

7 February 2019 – Mindful colouring

21 February 2019 – family history with Jane Woodman

7 March – Annual General Meeting

Details Barbara Wood Tel: 655413

 

Mission Giving

The PCC decided recently that our mission giving and donations to other charities would now be made annually. Our policy is to give 10% of our income from church collections and standing orders. Based on our accounts for 2018 the amount to be give now is £ 1,952.

We have mission partners working with Wycliffe Bible Translators and Gary Ion with the Church Mission Society. We will continue to support them but would welcome suggestions of other charities to be considered. It would be helpful if you could say, why you would like us to support a particular charity and to share any publicity material you may have.

Please let Jane or any member of the PCC know.

 

 

PCC Vacancies

From April there will be a number of vacancies on the PCC .

Please prayerfully consider if you could fill any of these roles. 

Church warden , PCC secretary and members of the PCC. We need people to fill these roles in order to continue the smooth running of this Church.

Please let any member of the PCC know of your decisions. 

 

Musical Evening

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. 

 

A request for help, Please

Currently we have need of:-

1. Cleaners to join the fortnightly church cleaning rota (we are down to only 3 people now)

2. Keyboard players on Sunday mornings.

3. Churchyard gardeners (see below for initial work and there will be more on other borders once that is completed)

4. Handy people to take on some of the occasional maintenance of the building (Training provided if required!)

 

Churchyard Gardening

John asks for volunteers to assist him with the south border of the churchyard now that Paul has done an incredible job cutting back the hedge.

So we are left with raking up leaves and pulling out or digging up roots so the Spring the mower can keep it nice.

No particular dates and times just when you are available go up and do some of it.

Happy to show anyone what is required.

Thanks

Dates for the Diary

10th February 2019 – Snowdrop Lunch – Langley Burrell Village Hall

10th February 2019 – What is the Point?   7 to 8.30pm St. Paul’s Church

12th February 2019 – St. Nicholas Open Church 10.30 to 11.30am

3rd March 2019 – BCP & Tea 4pm

12th March 2019 – Lent Study Group 7.00 for 7.15 Broken and Beautiful

13th March 2019 – Celebration service for Chippenham Street Pastors

19th March 2019 – Lent Study Group 7.00 for 7.15 This is me: you are you

26th March 2019 – Lent Study Group 7.00 for 7.15 Who are we? What’s our story?

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

19th April 2019 – Good Friday

21st April 2019 – Easter Sunday

26th April 2019 – End of the Track Choir and Harmonics at St. Nicholas Church.

2nd May 2019 – Deanery Confirmation service to be held locally

26th May 2019 – Open house at the vicarage from 3pm

 

Contact Details

Priest in Charge, Revd. Simon Dunn T: 324944 greenwaysvicar@stpaulsweb.org.uk

Associate Minister, Revd. David Kilmister T: 650926 djkilmister@sky.com
Curate, Revd. Tom Hunton T: 07464 505800 greenwayscurate@stpaulsweb.org.uk

 

Some of our Lay Ministers

Barbara Wood Tel: 655413                   bmdwood@btinternet.com

Judith Eckersley Tel:443317                 judith_roger@talktalk.net

John Moncrieff

Newsletter, Mark Sheppard Tel: 721451 mark@avonweir.co.uk
or Dick Wood Tel: 655413 dickwood@talk21.com