Welcome and Parish Diary 

          Welcome to Hardington Vale   Fields

COMING UP ...Holy Week & Easter

Tuesday 31st March     

Compline Norton St Philip 9:00pm

Wednesday 1st April   

Compline Norton St Philip 9:00pm

Compline Rode Chapel 9:00pm

Compline Laverton 9:00pm

Tellisford Easter Prayer Vigil

12hrs of Prayer concluding with Compline 9:00 am till 21:30pm

Maundy Thursday 2nd April 

A service of Holy Communion and a symbolic Act of Washing of Feet at St Lawrence Rode at 7.30pm 

Good Friday 3rd April

Rode Chapel Family Service with activities and Hot Cross buns in Rode Chapel at 9.30 

March of Witness a large cross is carried from outside the Post Office up via the war memorial and along Nutts Lane up to St Lawrence Start 10:45

Good Friday Service St Lawrence 11:30 

Norton St Philip

Stations for prayer and meditation 9:00 am till 17:00

2 - 3pm ‘An Hour at the Cross’ at St Philip and St James church in Norton St Philip. 

Easter Sunday - He is Risen!

Join us for our celebration of Easter. 

9:00 am Farleigh Hungerford

9:00am Hemington

10:30am Norton St Philip

10:30am St Lawrence Rode

11:00am Laverton 

 At the beginning of this week I was privileged to be involved with the burial of a lady’s ashes.  She was a lady of faith and so is her daughter.  The reading that had been chosen to be read, was the epic chapter, 1 Corinthians 15, where Paul writes about Resurrection.  Paul writes ‘if Christ has not been raised, our preaching is useless and so is your faith.’ 

(verse 14).  Today, Easter Day, we can shout from the roof tops, ‘He’s alive, He’s alive, He is Risen!’  Today is a celebration of the pivotal moment of our faith.  Jesus the Son of God, the man who never sinned, could not stay dead.  Death had no power over Him.  ‘The wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord,’ Romans 6 v 23.  So to stand at a graveside at the beginning of Holy Week and to see the tears of sadness, but also of joy, was humbling and thrilling.  As people of faith this is what it is all about, confidence in the promises of our risen Lord.  It took Mary a while to get her head round the truth of this on the first Easter morning but listen to the certainty with which she declared to the disciples, ‘I have seen the Lord.’ John 20 v 18.  My prayer for each of us this Easter is that any doubts we might have about the truth of the Resurrection will be wiped away as we meet afresh with the risen, living Lord Jesus in our lives.


New to the website Sermons and talks.

Recorded talks will be available here 


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 collections. This 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.  

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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.


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