Welcome and Parish Diary 

          Welcome to Hardington Vale   Fields

COMING UP ...2nd Sunday in Lent 

Sunday 1st March     

Genesis 17: 1 - 7 & 15 – 16

Romans 4: 13 - 25 Mark 8: 31 - 38 

See Diary below for service times 

Rector's Reflection

Chapter 11 of the book of Hebrews is the great chapter in the Bible on faith and there we are reminded that faith is ‘being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.’ Hebrews 1 v 1.  Among the great examples of lives of faith listed, is Abraham, who ‘by faith when called to go to a place he would later receive as his inheritance, obeyed and went,’ and who also ‘by faith even though he was past the age - and Sarah herself was barren - was enabled to become a father because he considered him faithful who had made the promise.’ Hebrews 11 vv 8 & 11.  Despite all the odds stacked against him Abraham ultimately trusted God to fulfil his promise to him (though he did have a few wobbles and did try at one point to help God sort it all out).  Paul sums Abraham’s faith up rather well in Romans 4 v 20 ‘No distrust made him waver concerning the promise of God, but he grew strong in his faith as he gave glory to God.’ As he journeyed with God and saw God answer prayer and be constantly faithful, Abraham’s faith deepened and grew.  It is important for us to keep a prayer journal that records how God answers prayer and His faithfulness to us in our lives too, because that will help build and deepen our faith going forward.  Then we can learn, like Abraham, to grow in our faith and give God the glory for all he does in our lives.       

Caroline Walker   Rector Hardington Vale             


01373 834258 

New to the website Sermons and talks.

Recorded talks will be available here 

Informal Morning Prayer in St Leonard’s Church

On Saturday 7th March at 9am there will be a short half hour time to pray together for God’s work in our world and our communities. It will be followed by coffee and bacon rolls in the School Room. Everyone welcome

Tuesday 17th March 8 - 9.30pm

You are warmly invited to a candlelit evening of joy-filled sound and spiritual hymns and songs at St Mary’s Hemington. This is an opportunity to get together with other Christians, lift Jesus higher in exuberant worship and praise, and change the spiritual atmosphere in our villages. 

Women’s World Day of Prayer 

Every year there are ecumenical services across the world on the first Friday in March to pray for one country.  This year the focus is  The Bahamas. If you want to feel some of the warmth and exotic nature of this beautiful country and learn more, do come to St Philip & St James Church at 7:00pm on Friday 6th March. Although the service is designed by women it is for all: men, women and children. There will be light refreshments afterwards reflecting Caribbean influences.   

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A look back at 2014 

Old Soldiers Song 


New Associate Priest for Hardington Vale


Saturday 14th February 2pm saw a packed St Lawrence Church, Rode for the licensing of Rev’d Andy Bowerman as Associate Priest for Hardington Vale. The service was taken by The Right Rev’d Bishop Peter Hancock and Archdeacon of Wells Ven Nicola Sullivan.

More about Andy

Photographs from Saturday 

Lent 2015

Details of this years Lent Courses are now available. details 

Bible Study Groups

Anyone interested in being part of a daytime Bible study group in Rode please speak to Caroline.


Anyone interested in taking part in an Alpha course - contact Michael Walker 834258  

Annual Parochial Church Meeting

This will take place in Rode Memorial Hall on Monday 20th April when the church members will elect new PCC members, Deanery Synod members and Churchwardens.

Anyone living in the Parish is welcome to attend; only those on the Parish Electoral Roll can vote in certain cases – so if you are not on the Roll please complete the attached form and either return it to the Parish Office or to Pat Banwell, the Electoral Roll Officer at the Willows, Marsh Road, Rode BA11 6PE.

PCC Secretary

The PCC is looking for a new PCC Secretary.  Faith Butt has undertaken this role for the past five years combining it with some aspects of the administrative work of the Parish.   However the incoming PCC secretary will not be required to do this and the role will be limited to the following:

Sending out notices of meetings

Circulating the papers

Taking notes of the meetings

Chasing up actions

Ensuring proper records are kept.

The PCC secretary does not need to be a member of the PCC – they can be in attendance.  The PCC normally meets 4 times a year plus the Annual Parochial Church Meeting.

If you are interested  please contact either the Rector or Faith Butt (email f.butt@me.com) for an informal discussion in the first instance.

Members of the PCC

There are five vacancies for members of the PCC as a proportion of the elected membership retires each year having served a term of three years.

PCC members should make every effort to attend the meetings – held in Rode and Norton alternately as well as the APCM.  Any member of the congregation is eligible for election provided they are on the electoral roll, consent to being appointed and have taken communion 3 times during the previous year.

If you are interested in serving the church in this way please discuss this with one of the churchwardens or with the Rector.  You can download the application form click here


Hardington Vale has a vacancy for a Parish Administrator to start at the beginning of May as Sharman Flindall will be retiring after 4 years of dedicated service.  The hours are subject to negotiation but not less than 12 a week (3 mornings a week) and in busy periods of the year up to 16 (4 mornings a week) with 25 days holiday a year.  Pay is £9 per hour.  The post is based in the church of St Philip & St James Norton St Philip.  A full job description can be obtained either from the Rector Caroline Walker (carolinehwalker@btinternet.com) or from Faith Butt (f.butt@me.com).


The post requires good administrative skills, a sound knowledge of Microsoft Office and web skills, an empathetic nature and a willingness to be flexible.

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