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6th Sunday after Trinity

Sunday 27th July

Rector's Reflection

Solomon asked God for a ‘discerning heart’ in order to lead well and to make right decisions.  He did not ask God to do the job for him but to give him wisdom in the job that God had given him to do.  Similarly Paul reminds us that when we do not know how to pray, the Spirit Himself will intercede for us.  Paul doesn’t say ‘don’t pray leave it to God’, simply ‘be obedient in praying even if you are at your wits end as to how to pray’ and God will, through his Holy Spirit, guide those intercessions.  This is all part of the wonderful partnership that as Christians we are privileged to be called to.  So often we try and battle on with things in our own strength and forget the way God equips us to fulfil the roles and lives that He calls us to lead.  What is your mental picture of God?  I have just been downloading and printing off a whole load of images of Jesus for discussion in the Confirmation Group ranging from the Peruvian Christ to Jesus meek and mild (a picture familiar to many from childhood Bible books).  Images of Christ ranging from him screaming in pain on the cross and his body contorted horrendously, to Him throwing back His head and laughing in relaxed, joyful abandonment. Perhaps we need to regain the perspective of the preciousness of our faith that both the man who sold everything he had to buy the field with hidden treasure and the merchant looking for fine pearls had.  God longs to guide, help and bless us, so we should not lose sight of His love for us and the joy of life that He wants to release us into. 

Caroline  Rector Hardington Vale



Readings this Sunday

Acts 27 vv 13 - 15, 20 - 22, 33 - 44 & Chapter 28 v 1

Mark 4: 35 - 41  

Coffee Morning

St Mary’s Church Laverton have a coffee morning on Saturday 26th July from 10:30am-12:30.  There will be books, bring and buy, bric-a-brac and produce.  Come along and support. More information from Mhairi Milligan tel: 834194

Holiday Club Sunday Service


Everyone is invited to the short service at 12:00 today at Norton St Philip to see what the children have been doing in this week’s holiday club. A big thank you to everyone who helped with the club and to all who came.


John Angle, Thursday 31st July at 7.30pm

John will be at Rode Chapel to talk about the situation of Palestinian Christians and the Bethlehem Bible College. Everyone very welcome. There will be refreshments.   

Diary Date

A special Weekend Away for Men, Friday 3rd October to Sunday 5th October, entitled ‘Expect the unexpected - making the most of every opportunity.’  It is at Sheldon, near Exeter. The speakers are Rev’d Keith Powell, a vicar from the Somerset Levels and an ex-farmer, and Simon Edwards. What you can expect are a great venue, time to talk, think, relax, and great food. Bookings and more information contact Tony Day, 834438. 

New Wine

Anyone interested in going for a day trip to New Wine Monday 28th July, Thursday, Friday 7th and 8th August - a national gathering of Christians that is held at Royal Bath and West Showground Shepton Mallet -speak to Caroline. for a full day cost £27.50 

Coming later this year


Four week course on Healing & Wholeness 

Starts Thusday September 11

Rev Nigel Rawlinson and Rev Kieth Powell more..

Michael Mitton

October 18th  


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In the News

Holiday Club

From Wednesday 23rd to Friday 25th July we are running a Children’s holiday club. Places are limited to 30 for children aged between 6 and 11. Hurry to get registered—ask Marina Mannings (01373 834 892) for a form.

The theme is “landlubbers” - pirates ahoy! So nautical props to decorate NSP Church will be much appreciated. Please leave them by the book shelves at the back of the church. Wanted old loo rolls, pringle pots, egg boxes, tissue boxes and boxes that can be decorated at treasure chests.

Offers of help with activities for one day or more will be much appreciated.

Young People

The two larger churches at Norton St Philip and at Rode have special activities for young people and children who live within Hardington Vale. 

Hardington Vale Children’s Clubs 

P&J Club meet on Monday night at 4:30 pm in Norton St Philip Church. Stories, craft and tea provided.

The Sycamore Club meets on the third Tuesday in Rode Chapel  at 4:30 pm, stories, craft and supper.

For all children’s work contact: Marina Mannings – Child & Families’ Worker for the Parish

Tel: 01373 834892 / 07745 455 595marina985@btinternet.com 

click here for more details..  

Moving to Norton St Philip? 

Moving to Fortesque Fields or one of the other new or existing houses in the village 

Download our welcome booklet.  

Getting confirmed?

Anyone interested in being Confirmed please speak to Caroline.Confirmation classes are starting on Wednesday 16th July and will run for six weeks. Any one interested get in touch with Caroline.



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