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 September Newsletter
Dear Friends - Old and new!
‘Everything that goes around comes around’, so the saying goes, well - history certainly has a way of repeating itself! The writer of Ecclesiastes often repeats ‘there is nothing new under the sun’ and we are inclined to agree at times, when we hear the daily news and look around us at a world that seems to be constantly in a mess. Yet we walk by faith and not by sight (2 Corinthians 5:7), with God, through and in Christ, who by the Holy Spirit is constantly creating and making all things new.
Those of you who know me (Gay Maynard) will also know that seven and half years ago I began a new chapter in my faith journey, having felt for some time that God was nudging me to do a bit of ‘door knocking, to discern perhaps a new way to serve Jesus and his Church - to see where the path would lead. It meant laying down the place I had in the Church family here and joining the family at St. Denys ‘The Minster’ and St.Mary’s Upton Scudamore. Doors began to swing open and that journey took me through preparation for selection at a Bishops’ Advisory Panel, three years of theological study with Sarum College, ordination to the diaconate in 2016 and priesthood in 2017 and finally being signed off from three years as Assistant Curate in the River Were Benefice. In case you are wondering, this Benefice was newly created in 2017 to include Bishopstrow, St. Aldhelm’s and Boreham, St.John’s with St. Denys and St. Mary.
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