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18th Sunday after Trinity   Norton St Philip


Luke 4: 1 - 13    2 Timothy 1:1 - 7

Rector’s Reflection

Self-control is the ninth and final fruit of the Spirit.  The dictionary definition of self-control is ‘the ability to exercise restraint or control over one's feelings, emotions, reactions, etc.’  I suspect self-control is something that each and everyone of us has grappled with at times and in different areas of life we will continue to be challenged on this.  It is expected that as we get older we are better at exerting self-control and certainly that seems to be true for some people.  Young children are often good at letting their emotions have full rein and throwing a temper tantrum when they don’t get their own way.  Perhaps as we get older we simply become more subtle in how we behave or mis-behave.  Often our desires are challenged more when we are tired and hungry.  So it is important that we look afresh at the temptations that Jesus faced in the wilderness and see His example of how under great physical and emotional stress, He retained His self-control completely.  He was tempted in every way as we are and yet was without sin.  Hebrews 4 v 15  The key to this is found in the first verse of Luke chapter 4, He was ‘full of the Holy Spirit.’  We need to daily give our lives to God and ask Him to fill us with His Holy Spirit that all the fruit of the Spirit, Love, Joy, Peace, Patience, Goodness, Kindness, Faithfulness, Humility and Self-control might be manifest in and through us as we are tempted and buffeted about by life.                


Rector Hardington Vale             



Michael Mitton

‘Dreaming of Home’

Saturday 18th October 


Michael Mitton, is coming to speak at 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.  for more details and to book ........... 

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Coming later this year


House for Duty Interview Day

The interviews for the Assistant Priest post will take place on Monday 27th October. day starts with a short Communion Service at St Lawrence, Rode at 9.00am. This is for anyone in the parish to attend and there will be refreshments available afterwards during which you can meet the candidates and their wives. need to meet us too, so please do come along

Norton St Philip Schools Harvest

Norton St Philip School will have their service in St Philip and St James Church at 2 pm, Wednesday 22nd October.  - do go and support if you can

Reading in church

Norton St Philip and Rode Churches are looking for people  willing to go on the rota to read the first or the Gospel reading on Sundays. They can be sent to you earlier in the week, if you wish to practise.   Also people who are willing to prepare and read the intercession prayers.  Do volunteer if you can, as we need a few more names to draw from. Please contact Rosemary 834268 for Norton, or Sharman for Rode 830456, or through the Parish Office. 

Thank you from Positive Action on Cancer

On Saturday 20th September we held a coffee morning in Rode Chapel. We have received a lovely letter from Kelly Lewis from PAC. She writes ‘as a small organisation the £258.35 raised from the event really does have an impact.’ Thank you to everyone who came and supported it, donated goods, made cakes or helped on the day.  

Cookery Club

Caroline is hoping to run a Cookery Club as an after school club in Norton St Philip School on Monday afternoons 3.30 - 4.30pm starting in January. you would like to be involved in this, coming into school to help and have some fun, please speak to her. Then we can organise Safeguarding and start planning and preparing. more volunteers the better so we can have a rota to cover the term. 

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