Welcome to the Cley Hill Churches, a benefice of 2 parishes made up of 7 churches situated close to the ancient Hill Fort of Cley Hill and the town of Warminster in West Wiltshire . On our journey of faith we are learning together what it means to serve our communities and to live out God’s call for us to ‘love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind and all your strength and to love your neighbour as yourself. ‘ It’s an exciting, challenging journey and we would love you to come and see what it’s all about. Whoever you are, and for whatever reason you are reading these words, may God bless you, surround you with his love, and bring you peace.
January in the Church’s calendar is a month in which there appears to be a yawning gap between what the church is focusing on and the concerns of wider society. For most people, January is about the sales and planning a holiday to get us through these last dark months of winter. Once past New Year, Christmas is a distant memory as the last mince pies are eaten, decorations packed away and pine needles swept up and disposed of along with a now very sad looking tree. But the full season of Christmas actually lasts until Candlemas, which this year will be celebrated on Sunday 28th January, and we also have the feast of the Epiphany, which falls on 7th January.
Our eldest daughter is married to a Spanish chap and they live in Spain, (our other daughter’s partner is Spanish too; what makes Spanish men so attractive?). Every Christmas Emily and Jose Antonio come to us for about a week so they enjoy two big celebrations. In Spain, the major festival of the season is not Christmas Day, but Epiphany, ‘Fiesta de los tres Reyes Mages’ meaning festival of the three Magic Kings, when Spanish children wake up to find the three kings have left gifts for them in their house. On the eve of Epiphany there are processions all over Spain where sweets are thrown from floats as people come out to watch the three kings’ arrival...........
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