Welcome and Parish Diary 

   Welcome to Hardington Vale 

   The First Sunday in Advent

    Sunday 29 November Joint Service 11am Laverton


This Sunday it our pleasure to welcome Julia di Castiglione from Positive Action on Cancer to share with us at our united service. They are one of our chosen charities for the year and she will be giving us an update on their story since last year. This being Advent Sunday we in the church community begin a period of waiting expectantly – for many children that can become literally wrapped up in the build up to Christmas Day. However the arrival of the Christ child means so much more than presents. It is ultimately a reminder that God Himself chose to break into the human story in person and show us a different narrative, to tell us a different story – one full of hope. And how the world needs a different story right now. From terrorist atrocities to environmental degradation, to ill health and personal tragedy, to millions fleeing or being trafficked across the planet, to the many small ways that we fail to show grace and peace to our friends and neighbours. The world can appear to be irreparably damaged. Yet every year for four weeks during Advent, as Christians, we ask God through His Holy Spirit to rekindle our stories of hope, love, grace and peace that we me might play our part in telling and living this alternative story. The story where the hungry are fed, the prisoner is visited and where coats are given away and strangers welcome.

May we experience the depth, breadth and height of the love of the Christ child this advent as we prepare to celebrate his crashing into human history.

Grace and Peace



Associate Priest


TRAVELLING TO PARIS:    PRAYERS FOR CLIMATE PILGRIMS  As we journey together to Paris over these two weeks, we are inspired by our faith to walk and pray in solidarity with communities affected by climate change. With each step and with each prayer, we are walking by faith, collectively calling on our world leaders to agree a fair, ambitious and binding climate change deal in Paris. Whether you are physically walking or praying from home, we are joining in with a global movement of people with the same heart and vision for a world free from poverty and climate change, as God intended. We hope and pray that this collection of prayers and reflections will be an inspiration for each one of you as we walk and pray together; each step taking us all closer to Paris.


Home Groups taking place:

Wednesdays 2.30 pm – 1 Bath Rd – contact David Hamp 834541.

1st three Wednesdays of each month – 8.00-8.15 pm start – contact Barbara 834438.

Thursdays 7.45 pm "The Heartbeat of Hope" starting the Advent series on Thursday 26 November, contact Heather 834090.

Advent Fellowship Programme 61 High Street, Rode 7:30 for 7:45pm- to about 9:00 pm. Mondays, 30 November and 7, 14, 21 December - Programme Theme is Come, Thou Long-Expected Jesus, and the first evening will be based on the Advent hymn by Charles Wesley.  We shall consider three more Advent/ Christmas hymns and carols over the following three weeks.  Study materials will be provided, but it would be helpful if you could bring your Bible with you. Peter and Rita Sanderson have kindly offered their home (and their hospitality). 

Saturday 5 December Men’s Breakfast

8:3009:45 at The George Inn, Norton St Philip:, BA2 7LH. The cost is £7.50 including a talk by Robin Finlay: Prevention of Blindness in Sub– Saharan Africa – What can we do to help? Please email Fred du Plessis at jfhadup@aol.com by Thurs 3 Dec to reserve a place or phone 01373 834090. 

Saturday 5 December Christmas Produce Sale in the Hub, St Philip & St James, Norton St Philip

10.00 am to 11.30 am

Come and have a cup of coffee with friends and browse our selection of cards, decorations, cakes, mincepies and puddings.  Raffle, Grabbits stall and Bran tub for the little ones. 

Christmas Services

find a full list here... 



  Parish News

  November Issue 

  December/January Issue 

  Moving to Norton St Philip

  Welcome leaflet (new version Oct 2015)

Also in the news

Book Reviews


For reading during Advent and Christmas, David Hamp recommends: Journey to the Manager-Exploring the birth of Jesus, by Paul Gooder (published by Canterbury Press). This book opens up the Christmas stories to reveal fresh and striking insights. David also recommends Waiting on the Word (also Canterbury Press) which offers a poem and commentary for each day from Advent to Epiphany 


Latest Manna out now - the age issue 
Not Dead Yet is the title of the latest issue of Manna magazine, looking at the church's support for our older people, the gifts they bring and how we in turn can support them to continue to enjoy and explore life in all its fullness. Hard copies are on their way to parishes this week. Or you can read the online version.


Praise God for the Response to the Stewardship Campaign

Thank you to all who have responded so far. If you haven’t responded yet please could you do so as soon as possible - it’s not too late.  The increased pledged annual giving is now over £10,500.   Thank you all.


Refugee Crisis

Several people asked if we can do something as a church in response to the crisis of people fleeing their homes just to survive

Here are some ideas more...

Pray For

Our brothers and sisters in the Catholic church as their churches in Chilcompton, Holcombe, Midsummer Norton, Norton St Philip and Radstock are closed. 





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