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This Sunday April 19

10:30 Third Sunday Special

St Lawrence Rode 


“A whole new world, a new fantastic point of view” sang Aladdin and that is what we have seen breaking through at the resurrection – a whole new world. One where a new power is let loose in the world, the power to remake what was broken, to heal what was diseased, to restore what was lost. The Kingdom that Jesus inaugurated initially through his ministry on earth is now unveiled in a totally new dimension. It is as if he has brought Heaven crashing into earth once and for all. And this new creation simply overflows with the power of love. We will see over the next few weeks as the resurrected Jesus meets his followers how he loves them back onto the right path. He explains what’s going on and deals with their doubts, fears and failures – gently, with love. We will see again some of the most moving human encounters recorded. There is love, a deep, moving warmth that goes out from Jesus. But this love is strong, powerful, life changing, life directing. New creation has begun; and it’s motivating power is love. Here then is the message of Easter – it does not simply mean – “it’s alright we’re going to heaven” – Easter is much more than this – The message of Easter is that a new beginning is possible for everyone – all are welcome into this new Kingdom, they just need to agree to orientate their life to the King of this new Kingdom – the risen Jesus.



Revd Andy Bowerman


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Parish News April Issue


Holiday Club ALERT!!

Calling all people who were involved last year or who would like to be involved this year …. a planning and brainstorming session for this year’s holiday club, on28th April at 10.30am in St Philip and St James. offers of help welcome. and be part of the fun as we plan and prepare!! you can’t make it but would still like to be involved speak to Caroline. dates for Holiday Club this year are Wednesday 27th May - Friday 29th May.

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.

Annual Reports download here

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.

Alpha course

Our next Alpha course is starting on Tuesday 19th May at 7.30pm and running for ten weeks. is an opportunity to explore the Christian faith. The evening begins with a meal, followed by a DVD of the talk and then discussion. details, or to sign up, talk to Caroline Walker or Andy Bowerman 

more information.... 

Can you help?

Although May seems along way ahead it will be soon here. Every year Hardington Vale has supported Christian Aid Week with house to house collectionsThis year it is

10-16th May.  This charity runs a wide number of projects improving the lives of the poorest and most vulnerable people around the globe, and Christian Aid Week is the single biggest act of Christian witness in Britain and Ireland. To be effective it requires volunteers to deliver envelopes to their neighbours and then collect them later in the week. We need more names of people willing to do this in most villages. If you could do your street, or part of a smaller village, please let Paul Shepherd know, pashepherd@talktalk.net or leave your details with the Parish Office and Sharman will pass them on.  

Cookery Club

More helpers are needed to join the Cookery Club team - if you are interested in being part of this lively encounter of creativity with the school children at Norton St Philip School on Tuesday afternoons 3pm - 5pm please speak to Caroline Walker. 

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