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St. Nicolas' Church, Chute with Chute Forest.

 

Your Church in June

“Doubt isn't the opposite of faith; it is an element of faith.” ? Paul Tillich

June 2016           Services at St Nicolas

5 June        6.00 pm     Evensong – Lay led

12 June      9.30 am     Holy Communion – Clergy led (no hymns)

19 June      9.30 am     Holy Communion – Clergy led (HM Queen Elizabeth’s Official Birthday service)

26 June      9.30 am     Morning Worship – Lay led

Savernake Team Vicar. By the time you read this we should know what response we have had for the advertisements for the new Team Vicar for Chute and Burbage. We will keep you in touch with developments.

Remembrance for Chute Fallen On June 13th at 7.15 pm there will be a short service in St Nicolas to commemorate Frederick James Cook, followed by half-muffled ringing of the church bells.

Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II Our 9.30 service on 19th June will be a celebration of our Sovereign’s Official 90th Birthday.

St Mary’s Service. Our annual service in Chute Forest will be on 3rd July this year.

Kids’ Church. We would like to organise a couple of children’s church events in the summer holidays – perhaps an outing, maybe a picnic and/or some other suitable event. If you would like to be involved, with your children, contact Susie suearty@hotmail.co.uk or Jinti - jinti_hill@yahoo.co.uk

Ascension Service. Five of us attended our quiet, lay-led Ascension Service at the Kinwardstone. We were blessed with fine weather and fine views of Hippenscombe and beyond. We listened to ‘On hearing the First Cuckoo in Spring’ (Delius) and we read a short meditation on the Ascension. Peace, perfect peace.

Berkeley Ensemble. Those fortunates who heard last year’s concert by these world class musicians should form a queue right now for their next performance at Chute Lodge on the 9th July at 4pm. It is very unusual to see this class of performance outside London, and how lucky are we to have them here at our convenience in the intimacy of Chute Lodge. Tickets £25 to include drinks and canapés. Children under 16 get in free but they will need a ticket. See the advertisement elsewhere in The Chronicle.

Diary Dates

Pets’ Service (ever popular)      4th September

Piano and Violin Recital             1st October

Harvest Festival and Supper     2nd October

Aga Cookery Evening               3rd November

Christmas (sorry) Fair               24th November

Your Church in May

“Let your religion be less of a theory and more of a love affair.” – G.K. Chesterton

 

MAY 2016            Services at St Nicolas

1 May         6.00 pm     Evensong – Clergy led

5 May         7.30 pm     Ascension – see below

8 May         9.30 am     Holy Communion – Clergy led (no hymns)

15 May       9.30 am     Holy Communion – Clergy led

22 May       9.30 am     Morning Worship – Clergy led

29 May       No Service at St Nicolas Lay-led Burbage/Chute joint service 11.00am, Burbage

Savernake Team Vicar. By the time you read this we should have re-advertised for more candidates. The timetable we set ourselves last year always foresaw this possibility, and there is still time for the right person to be called and to be selected this year.

Easter Flowers. Well, yet again our talented and dedicated flower arrangers produced a beautifully arrayed church to greet us on Easter morning. Thank you so much for the window arrangements, the altar displays, the porch and the font. We thank you all for your work, your contribution and of course your skill.

Easter Services. On Good Friday our Final Hour service, led by Nicolas Leigh-Hunt was a quiet and completive reflection on personal sacrifice. Nicolas also led our joyful Easter Service complete with a beautiful anthem from our choir. We are very lucky to have the talent and enthusiasm of Audrey and the choir to add depth to our services. The younger members of our congregation enjoyed the Easter Egg hunt prepared by Jinti.

Church Spring Clean. Thank you to all who came to help on 9th April. We had a cheerful and a satisfying time. The church is clean, the floors steamed, everything dusted and the Vestry and the South transept (behind the organ) is once more a model of tidiness. A few more corners to tidy up, but we all finished the day feeling satisfied. Grateful thanks to all, and especially to Jon Harries for being the last to leave after making sure that everything was in place.

Ascension Service. We will have a quiet, lay-led Ascension Service on Chute Causeway once more. This will be for 30-45 minutes. We will have to park on the road, so to reduce the number of cars to the absolute minimum we will travel to The Causeway together. Meet at St Nicolas at 7.00pm and we will either proceed to The Causeway (weather permitting) or into the Church.

Family Services and Kids’ Church. These are important parts of our plans for St Nicolas. If you want to know more, contact Jinti - jinti_hill@yahoo.co.uk

Joint Service at Burbage, 29th May. Burbage have some engaging lay-led services. If you would like to attend this service, contact David on 730236 and we can arrange to share transport.

 

Your Church in April

“The glory of Christianity is to conquer by forgiveness” – William Blake

 

APRIL 2016                  Services at St Nicolas

3 Apr          6.00 pm     Evensong – Clergy led

10 Apr        9.30 am     Holy Communion – Clergy led (no hymns)

17 Apr        9.30 am     Holy Communion – Clergy led

24 Apr        9.30 am     Morning Worship – Lay Led

Savernake Team Vicar. Interviews for the post of Team Vicar for the Churches of Burbage and Chute took place on 16th March. A skilled and experienced panel put a huge amount of care, thought, analysis and prayer into the whole process. The two candidates were both remarkable people with talent and enthusiasm. However after much heart searching and discussion, the decision was, on this occasion, not to appoint either candidate. We have chosen to search further for the right person, who is still out there, and we will re-advertise as soon as is possible. The timetable we set ourselves last year always foresaw this possibility, and there is still time for the right person to be called and to be selected this year.

Easter Flowers. We always get excited at Easter. Our talented and dedicated flower arrangers never cease to amaze us with the beauty they bring to our decorated church. You really MUST come and have a look, any time around 9am until sunset. On past experience the flowers will still be looking good for a week or two after Easter Sunday.

Ladies Breakfast. There is a report on this elsewhere in this month’s Chute Chronicle.

Family Services and Kids’ Church. These are important parts of our plans for St Nicolas. If you want to know more, contact Jinti - jinti_hill@yahoo.co.uk

Church Spring Clean. This will take place on Saturday 9th April, from 10.00 onwards. In addition to cleaning the church, this will include a comprehensive tidying of the storage area behind the organ and of the Vestry. We will want to keep all the essential decorations and accessories, but we are very hard pressed for storage space and may have to make some difficult decisions. All help is very welcome – cobweb brushing first because that creates clouds of dust drifting down into the church, then sweeping and dusting and brassware and polishing. I think we also need to take a look at the Kids’ Church items temporarily stored under the table by the door. Tea / coffee / biscuits will be provided.

Your Church in March

“Reason is our soul’s left hand, Faith her right.” John Donne

MARCH 2016                 Services at St Nicolas

6 Mar          9.30 pm     Mothering Sunday – Clergy led

13 Mar        9.30 am     Holy Communion – Clergy led (no hymns)

20 Mar        9.30 am     Palm Sunday – Clergy led

25 Mar        2.00 pm     Good Friday, the Last Hour – Clergy Led

27 Mar        9.30 am     Easter Day, Family Communion – Clergy led

Savernake Team Vicar. Well, the advertisements have been placed and applicants will be interviewed and a decision made before the end of March, but we will not know the results in time for The Chronicle’s April deadline. We hope for talented applicants, and we will keep you in touch.

St Mark’s Gospel. At 7.00pm on Wednesday 23rd March, the Revd Gerald Osborne (the Rural Dean of Pewsey) will be reciting the whole of St Mark’s Gospel from memory, at St John’s Pewsey.

Easter Flowers. We always get excited at Easter. Our talented and dedicated flower arrangers never cease to amaze us with the beauty they bring to our decorated church. You really MUST come and have a look, any time from Easter Sunday onwards.

Ladies Breakfast. As we write, this is still a couple of days away – we will report on this next month.

Family Services and Kids’ Church. These are important parts of our plans for St Nicolas. If you want to know more, contact Jinti - jinti_hill@yahoo.co.uk

The Annual Parochial Church Council meeting (i.e. the PCC AGM) was 7th February. We have had a very positive 12 months, with no fewer than eight talks, concerts and other events organised for The Chutes during 2015. We hope to continue 2016 in similar vein. Our finances are not quite in balance, even after the amount of work we have completed in our church and churchyard, so we need to attend to our income again this year. We now have an enlarged Parochial Church Council (our organising committee) and we welcome our new member Andrew Orange and our returning member Mary-Vere Parr.

Lent Study Course. We decided to join the group led by Jo Reid, looking at the Psalms (or rather a small selection of them). This is on Thursday evenings at The Plough, Shalbourne. All are welcome – we have a wide range of conventional AND surprising opinions and expertise. For more details, contact David – 730236.

Women’s World Day of Prayer. This takes place on 4th March this year. The theme is produced by the women of Cuba and will take place at 1.45pm, little Bedwyn.

Church Spring Clean. This will take place in early April, when the Easter services are behind us – details in the next issue of The Chronicle.

Your Church in February

“Ask and it will be given to you; search, and you will find; knock, and the door will be opened for you.” Jesus Christ

FEBRUARY 2016 Services at St Nicolas

7 Feb          6.00 pm     Evensong – Lay led FOLLOWED BY the APCM

14 Feb        9.30 am     Holy Communion – no hymns)

21 Feb        9.30 am     Holy Communion

28 Feb        9.30 am     Morning Worship – Lay led

Family Services and Kids’ Church. These are important parts of our plans for St Nicolas. If you want to know more, contact Jinti - jinti_hill@yahoo.co.uk

FEBRUARY 2016

Savernake Team Vicar. During February the Team will be advertising for applicants to fill the vacancy of Team Vicar for Burbage and Chute. Much thought and work has gone into the clear description (AKA the Team Profile) of our needs and our hopes and our offerings for this key role. We hope for talented applicants, and if all goes well we will have good news during the summer.

Ladies Breakfast. Sat 20th Feb, 9-11 am, Chute Village Hall. Details from mary@archerbrown.com

The Annual Parochial Church Council meeting (i.e. the PCC AGM) will be held in Quince Cottage, after Evensong on Sunday  7th February. We will discuss Church events and issues of the last 12 months, as well as our hopes and plans for the coming year. All parishioners who wish to attend are most welcome, as are those who might like to be a part of our Parochial Church Council. More information … call David – 730236.

Architect’s Report on the Church. St Nicolas has great meaning for people in The Chutes, and for a surprising number of people throughout the world. Our Visitors’ Book holds the proof of this. To ensure that our Church continues to be well-maintained and a refuge of tranquility to all, the building is professionally surveyed every five years. This will take place during the Spring. Though we are not anticipating any unpleasant surprises, we do know that there are several issues that will need attention. We will let you know how it goes.

Lent Study Course. We are once again planning a course of study and contemplation during the five weeks of Lent (second week of February to the second week of March). We will meet in the evenings, once a week for five weeks, following a programme from a recognised authority. All are welcome – we have a wide range of conventional AND surprising opinions and expertise. For more details, contact David – 730236.

Women’s World Day of Prayer. This takes place on 4th March this year. The theme is produced by the women of Cuba. If you would like to get involved, either call David (730236) or check www.wwdp.or.uk/faqs

LOOKING BACK …

Christmas Fayre at The Hatchet Inn was again very well attended, and raised over £300 to help fund our church.

Christmas Kids' Church and the Christingle Service were also well attended. It was great to see how our young families enjoyed looking after Mary and Joseph on the journey through Chute. The children’s diary of their travels and events is at the back of the church for a while.

Carols at the Keys. What a great way to start Christmas! The Cross Keys was full of lusty singing and companionship. Our thanks to Jane and Jerry for their generous hospitality.

Decorating the Church – The flowers, tree and candles were a delight to ALL the senses, and we offer our heartfelt thanks to the many who contributed time, flowers, and talent.

Carol Service, Crib Service, Christmas Services were all well attended, traditional events. In terms of simple numbers, the entire population of The Chutes might have attended one or more of these events, though of course we realise that with family and other visitors here, this is not really the case.

Our Special Thanks. Our Christmas celebrations would not be the same without our wonderful choir and of course our organists – Audrey Cherrington, Gareth Dickson, Juliette Courtney and the ever delightful Susan Howell.

St Nicolas Fabric. All the necessary maintenance work has now been completed – the gutters are all guttering once more; the entrance path is de-weeded, re-edged and re-gravelled; the two slates at the top of the spire have been replaced; the weather vane, however, is unlikely to rotate any time soon. Work is in hand to have the pump back in action once more – this will be a relief to those attending family graves and flowers in the church. We will be interested to hear our architect’s opinion on the slight subsidence of a small portion of the church floor. Again, grateful thanks to our faithful workers, to our volunteers and to our anonymous donors of so much!

Contact Us

For any other information please contact us by e-mail to st.nicolas@savernaketeam.com

 
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