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14th Sunday after Trinity   Norton St Philip

Rector’s Reflection

As we look at the penultimate fruit of the Spirit, Humility it is good to look at the example of Christ Himself who 'humbled Himself and became obedient to death - even death on a cross.’ Philippians 2 v 8.  Being humble involves having a true perspective about ourselves, not thinking of ourselves more highly than we ought. It does not mean that we should put ourselves down. Before God, we are sinners, saved only by God's grace, but we are saved and therefore of great worth in God's kingdom.  We are to lay aside selfishness and treat others with respect and common courtesy.  Considering others’ interests as more important than our own links us with Christ, who was a true example of humility. However it is also important to move beyond ourselves and our immediate surroundings.  We need to ask God to help us have His heart, love and compassion for people across the whole world;  to recognise the horrendous suffering and violence that is happening even as we sit comfortably in our homes.  The prophet Micah exhorts us to 'Love mercy, seek justice and walk humbly with our God.' Micah 6 v 8. We need to pray for the leaders of our country, that in dealing with other countries they are fair and not looking to exploit people, that they show mercy and that they learn humility.  Today at the end of our service we are having a retiring collection for the emergency appeal for people in Northern Iraq. Let's humbly pray God will use these gifts to bring some small glimpse of His love in the midst of the chaos of their daily lives.                             


Rector Hardington Vale             



Micah 6: 6 – 8

Philippians 2: 1 - 11 Fortesque Fields

Diary Date

A special Weekend Away for Men, Friday 3rdOctober 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. 

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Coming later this year

Four week course on Healing & Wholeness 

A Wholeness and Healing Course  is starting on Thursday 11th September at 7.15 for a 7.30pm start. It is being held in the school hall at Norton St Philip First School, opposite the church.  It will be led by Rev’d Dr Nigel Rawlinson, who preached here recently, and Rev’d Keith Powell. more..

Michael Mitton

‘Dreaming of Home’, Saturday 18th October 

Michael Mitton, is coming to speak at St Philip and St James, Norton St Philip.will be speaking around his book ‘Dreaming of Home’ and a theme of Homecoming as a model for renewal and mission. Tickets for the day will cost £10, which includes lunch.

PAC Coffee Morning

A coffee morning to launch PAC as our new  Hardington Vale local charity will be held on Saturday 20th September in Rode Chapel from 10:00am. Find out more about this  this Frome based charity which provides free professional counselling to anyone effected or bereaved by cancer or any serious illness. As well as refreshments we hope to have a book stall, cakes and bric-a-brac. Any donations for these stalls would be most welcome. Contact Sharman on 830456, or through the Parish Office, 834488.  

Concert & Cream, Sunday 21st September

At 3:00pm in St Lawrence Church there will be a half hour recital by international pianist, Stephen Marquiss, playing a wide range of music appealing to everyone, followed by a cream tea. He will play a baby grand piano donated to St Lawrence by the Foyston family.  During tea the Academic Footwarmers, will play Dixieland New Orleans Jazz. This band includes Peter Barnes on double bass and Norman Leater on trumpet. Tickets cost only £5, available from Rode Post Office and proceeds will go towards maintaining St Lawrence. 

Harvest Gifts

Harvest  Celebration Services are being held on Sunday 12th October. We would welcome gifts for local food banks to support the Trussel Trust. They like non-perishable items. Things particularly wanted are tinned potatoes or packet mash, tinned vegetables, soup, fish, meat, fruit milk pudding and custard, long life milk and fruit juice, sugar, tea bags, coffee and biscuits. (not baked beans or pasta please)  If you have produce it could be sold on the day, to raise funds for the charity. Bring them with you to any of  the services: 10:30am at Rode and Norton St Philip, Laverton’s service of Harvest Communion at 11:00am and Hemington’s Harvest Celebration Service at 3:00pm.   



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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 

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Moving to Norton St Philip? 

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

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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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