Welcome to the Cley Hill Churches, a benefice of 2 parishes made up of 6 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 April Newsletter
This is not the kind of letter I was anticipating writing as Easter approaches.
Yesterday I was supposed to be flying to New York to meet my beautiful new baby grandson, needless to say I didn’t make it and I will have to content myself with WhatsApp photos, videos and chats. By the time you read this my eldest daughter in Spain will have had her baby too; obviously Spain is a no no as well so I will be spending a good deal of time on my phone! However as the severity of this pandemic escalates part of me is grateful that the decision whether or not to travel has been taken out of my hands as this means that I will be here with my husband, our church family and the wider community to whether the storm together.
It’s funny how extreme situations bring out the best and the worst of people’s behaviour. Hoarding food and loo rolls (What is it about the loo roll thing!) being the worst, proactively reaching out to others to plan ways in which we can support the most vulnerable people in our communities being the best. There are many uplifting and life affirming new stories emerging about ways in which people are coming together with really imaginative ideas about how we might do this. I read yesterday about young woman who had designed a small postcard to put through people’s doors so that they could indicate what kind of help if any, they needed. It was the comment at the end that was so good; she said ‘let’s make kindness go viral’. What an amazing thought! As the virus deepens its grip on our daily lives let’s see how much kindness we can generate. Let’s respond to panic and fear with love, care and compassion.
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