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Welcome to Hardington Vale   Fields


15th Sunday after Trinity   Norton St Philip


Philippians 2: 1 - 13   Matthew 21: 23 - 32

Rector’s Reflection

Over the last couple of weeks we have looked at some challenging topics:  Forgiveness and Humility. Several people have said to me that they would value talking more about these issues as they try to work them through and apply them to their lives, which is wonderful.  Our faith really does need to be something that helps change us daily more and more into the image of Christ and that won’t always be a bed of roses.  The Bible itself is likened to a two edged sword that ‘penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart,’ Hebrews 4 v 12.  So be encouraged if you have been challenged to think more deeply on these issues and also be open to God by the power of His Holy Spirit changing your mind on things or issues that previously you have said ‘I will never forgive, or I could never do.’  The parable of the two sons is a favourite of mine because God often digs me out of my comfortable armchair where I may be hiding and says lovingly and but very firmly actually ……you must.  Promptings like that from the Holy Spirit are rare but do need to be heeded even if we originally said NO.  Remember also God has an amazing sense of humour how He makes us face up to these things, and He will be with you as you step out in obedience and faith..                             


Rector Hardington Vale             


Sunday- Wholeness & Healing Service

There will be a healing service at Laverton this sunday evening at 6:00pm.

Weekend away

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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Cathedrals & Cappuccinos

Illustrated Talk, Wesley Methodist Church, Frome this Tuesday, the 30th

Author, Trish Rogers is speaking about her five year pilgrimage to 42 Anglican cathedrals in England at 2:30 & 7:30 pm.

Proceeds will go to Christian Aid. 

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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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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..

Coming later this year

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.  for more details and to book ...........

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.  

September PCC Meeting

The following items were discussed at PCC

v  Our Health and Safety Policy

v  Our Safeguarding Policy

v  We now have adopted these policies. Heather Du Plessis is our Health and Safety Officer and Sharman Flindall is our Safeguarding Officer

v  Marina Mannings has stood down as our Children’s Worker to be able to spend more time with her family. We are very grateful for the inspiring and tireless work she put in for us with our young people over the last two years

v  After considerable thought, prayer and discussion it has been agreed to leave the Service Pattern unaltered at present

v  The House for Duty post has been re-advertised with a closing date of the 3rd Oct. 

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