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Pentecost/Whit Sunday 

Welcome to everyone worshipping this Sunday.

Readings

Acts 2- The Coming of the Holy Spirit

John 15: 26, 27 & 16: 4b - 15 

Rectors Reflection

Reflection

Before He died Jesus promised His disciples that He would send them the Holy Spirit who would convict the world of guilt in regard to sin and guide them into all truth.  Crucially Jesus also told them that once they had received the Holy Spirit, He would testify to them about the truth of Jesus Himself and would teach and illuminate to them how to live Spirit filled lives that reflected the risen, ascend Lord Jesus to the world.  Jesus commissioned the disciples on receipt of this gift that they ‘also must testify’ about Him. 

Today being Pentecost we turn once again to the familiar passage in Acts of the outpouring of the Holy Spirit on the disciples as they wait in the Upper Room.  They are emboldened to go out and speak to the crowd of people who are in Jerusalem at that time, about the crucified and risen Lord Jesus and the need for all to repent and be baptised. 

It is all too easy to say that that was fine for them but you would not catch me going out and standing on street corners telling people about the Lord Jesus.  However we need to remember that every area of our lives should be permeated by the presence of God’s Holy Spirit living in and through us.  How honest we are with other people in day-to-day dealing with them?  How kind and true and wholesome are our thoughts and the words we speak about others?  Don’t be daunted by this prospect, be humbled and excited that the Creator of the universe can use even you in everyday life and circumstances.  If we surrender ourselves totally to God living in and through us by His Holy Spirit, He is with us for every step of the adventure of life and through eternity.  Then others too will meet with Jesus, through the way we simply live our lives.

Caroline

 

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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.

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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 

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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.  

Holiday Club - Wednesday 27th - Friday 29th May

Pyramid Rock - The Story of Joseph: , craft activities, games and stories from Egypt about Joseph and his brothers. children aged  5 - 11 (Helpers can bring younger children too) - something for everyone to enjoy. Bookings for places in Holiday Club NOW being taken. forms available from 834488 or admin@hardingtonvale.org.uk

Rogation Walk, Saturday 23rd May - 3:00pm

Join us walking from Rode to Farleigh Hungerford. Adults and children will enjoy the ramble across beautiful landscape from Rode Memorial Hall and arrive at the Old School Room in Farleigh at tea time for refreshments. For more details phone Michael Fowler on 01373 834925

24 May at 6.00 pm at Laverton

This is a short service with time for quiet and prayers for healing physically, mentally and emotionally for ourselves or for those God has placed on our hearts.

12 June at 7.00 pm - Inter-church Pub-style Quiz

There will be an Inter-church-style quiz,The George at NSP on 12 June. We will also invite George clients to join in getting together as teams and anyone else in the villages who may want to get a team together. The Quiz will start at 7 pm but food and drinks are available for those who want them from 6.30 pm.  Each Team should have 6 members and all participants will be requested to pay £1 on the night.  There is a prize for the winning church and I hope everyone feels competitive.  If you want to represent your church or get your own team together please contact your Churchwarden or Heather on 01373 834090. 

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