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This Sunday is the 2nd Sunday fo Easter

Rectors reflection

On the evening of the first day of creation God looked at the light that he had called into being and saw that it was good. On the evening of the first day of the week after Jesus’s crucifixion where do we find the disciples? They are huddled together, behind locked doors and in fear of the Jews. Thomas gets a good deal of bad press for openly stating his doubts as he was not there when Jesus appears to the other disciples but actually it would appear that the disciples had all thrown out the message that the women must have brought them after their morning’s encounter with Jesus. We all like to see the evidence for ourselves and Jesus graciously understands this as he does not reprimand the disciple for hiding fearfully away, nor does he reprimand Thomas for voicing his doubts and needing to see for himself. Both times he simply says ‘Peace be with you!’ What do we think when we share Christ’s peace with one another? Is it simply an opportunity to greet each other and any unsuspecting visitor in our midst, or is it an opportunity to celebrate being together as brothers and sisters and Jesus’s risen presence in our lives which binds us together in love and the fellowship of God’s goodness to us? Discuss … and please do feed your thoughts back to me.

The light of Christ  has come into the world. On the first day of the week the light of Christ shone out of the darkness of the grave and on the evening of the first night of the week Christ the light of the world stood among His disciples and showed them His hands and side and they were overjoyed. The risen Christ is further evidence of God’s goodness to us. Alleluia!                                                    


Caroline    Rector Hardington Vale   carolinehwalker@btinternet.com 01373 834258


 Acts 2. 14a,22-32   John 20.19-end

Holy Communion Services

On the Tuesday following the 3rd Sunday Service a spoken Holy Communion will take place in the village where the 3rd Sunday Together Service took place.

The next 3rd Sunday Together Service is on May 18th in Norton St Philip so the service will be at St Philip & St James pn Tuesday 20th. Both services precede social meetings; Rode coffee morning and the Drop-in at Norton.   

Church Electoral Roll - Hardington Vale

If you are a baptised member of the Church of England aged 16 or over, you are resident in the parish and are not on the electoral roll, perhaps you would consider completing a form. This then entitles you to vote at the Annual Parochial Church Meeting.  Parishioners who have already completed forms need take no action. Forms are available from Churchwardens, Sharman Flindall at the Parish Office, or myself 01373 831139 or patbanwell@hotmail.com

Pat Banwell, Electoral Roll Officer

Annual Meeting of Parishioners and the Annual Parochial Church Meeting

This year the Annual Meeting of Parishioners and the Annual Parochial Church Meeting will be held in Norton St Philip First School at 7:30 pm on Monday 28th April 2014. (Not 9th April as originally advertised.) 

   Tea and coffee will be available from 7:00 pm.

The Annual Meeting of Parishioners will elect the churchwardens for Hardington Vale for 2014.  There is currently a vacancy for a churchwarden which is open to anyone who has been baptised, is on the electoral roll, is over 21, consents to being appointed and has taken communion at least three times in the past year.  If you are interested in becoming a churchwarden or a deputy warden (learning the job with a view to becoming a churchwarden in future) please speak to one of the current wardens, Caroline our Rector, or Faith Butt, Secretary to the PCC.  Nominations will close on 30th March 2014.

The Annual Parochial Church Meeting which follows will elect new members of the Parochial Church Council – there are currently four vacancies – who normally serve a three year term of office and retire by rotation. Parishioners are eligible to stand if they have been on the electoral roll for 6 months, are over 16, consent to being appointed and have taken communion at least three times in the previous year.  If you are interested in joining the PCC please speak to either Caroline or Faith.

Hardington Vale News

Pick up a copy of Hardington Vale News from one of our churches. It tells of all the things going on in the Parish. Thank you to everyone who contributed, especially to Tony Day who put together the articles and added lovely photographs.

The Reports for 2013-4 are published in Hardington Vale News which can be downloaded here.

There is also one vacancy for a Deanery Synod member to serve for the remainder of the Synod (approximately 2 years).  All Deanery Synod members are ex officio members of the PCC and attend the Frome Deanery Synod. Again more information from either Caroline or Faith.

Sunday 25 May

Rogation Walk 2014

Hemington – Hardington – Laverton *

Everyone is invited. Walk both stages, or just one 

3 pm      Depart Hemington

3.30 pm  Refreshments in St Mary’s Church, Hardington

4 pm       Depart Hardington

5 pm       Tea in Laverton

6 pm       Evensong St Mary’s Church, Laverton  

* part of the Hardington Vale Trail click here for route details and map

a.  If you leave a car at Laverton before the walk, there will be transport to Hemington.  Please arrive by 2.30

+b.  If you leave a car in Hemington, there will be transport back afterwards


 Service times and places for April to June


In the News

Vacancy for House for Duty Associate Priest

(2 days and Sundays)

We are looking for someone to join our staff team

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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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Young People

The two larger churches at Norton St Philip and at Rode have special activities for young people and children who live within Hardington Vale. 

Hardington Vale Children’s Clubs

P&J Club meet on Monday night at 4:30 pm in Norton St Philip Church. Stories, craft and tea provided.

The Sycamore Club meets on Tuesday 18th March in Rode Chapel  at 4:30 pm, stories, craft and supper.

During the school holidays, on 8th April  Marina Mannings has planned a special event for children aged 6-10 from 2 pm – 6 pm. Look out for flyers with details of this and other events for children. 

For all children’s work contact: Marina Mannings – Child & Families’ Worker for the Parish

Tel: 01373 834892 / 07745 455 595 marina985@btinternet.com 

click here for more details.. 

Frome Deanery Mothers Union Quiet Day

On Wednesday 7th May starting at 10am with coffee in St Philip and St James, Norton St Philip there will be a morning of readings and mediations with times of quiet for reflection.  Eucharist, and soup & cheese lunch will follow. 

The Filling Station 


On May 8th at 7.30pm in Beckington Village Hall there is a meeting of The Filling Station where Patrick Whitworth will speak on  ‘Great Expectations - The Power of Prayer.’

Illustrated Talk on India and Curry

On the evening of Saturday 26th April in Faulkland Village Hall there is an illustrated talk by Sarah Buttenshaw entitled 'India - Beyond the Tourist Trail', proceeded by curry provided by the Faulkland Inn. It is being organised by Juliet Leighton juliet.leighton@tiscali.co.uk. Please contact her if you are interested. 

Flower Festival in St Philip and St James, 3rd-5th May

Come and see the flowers in church as part of The Cloth Road Arts Week events in Norton St Philip that week. Cream teas will be served each afternoon from 3:00-5:30. Profits will go to The Trussell Trust.    

Christianity in the Holy Land

Rev Jack Sara, who is the new President of the Bethlehem Bible College in succession to Bishara Awad is in England in May. All Saints, Weston are hosting a mini-day-conference on Christianity in The Holy Land on the Monday, 12th May. Barbara Day is going if anyone wishes to attend. 

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