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.
Pauline's November Newsletter
With a the balance of things to do significantly outweighing the time I have available today I set the alarm for 5.30am so that I could get this letter written in time for the looming editorial deadline. Actually, it’s a wonderful time to be awake; I’ve let the hens out and had a chat with them about egg laying and the importance of not eating your egg once you’ve laid it, a horrible habit very difficult to stop once it starts. Out of my study window the world is still and quiet for the moment although I know that soon that stillness will be filled with the sound of the cows being brought in for milking. I notice the fruit growing on our apple trees and the ancient downs rising up beyond the garden with the promise of another beautiful day; I know I am very blessed to live in such a place.
Tomorrow I am going to do something lovely at Crockerton School; I’m going to bless their wonderful new entrance and office, a great improvement on their previous arrangement where their lovely and ever helpful secretary had to sit in what was essentially a small box with no windows. Now she has an efficient space in which to work that is light and welcoming. I plan to make it a fun occasion with singing, a liberal showering of holy water and the inclusion of jelly babies somewhere along the line.
But what does the business of blessing actually mean? A quick Google search will reveal that the most common understanding of blessing is that it an acknowledgement of and prayer for, God’s continual care and protection, so there is an element of thankfulness there as well.
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