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
Well here we are in November and almost the end of the church’s year which ends with Feast of Christ the King on the 24th. Then we begin again with Advent Sunday and the season of Advent, which is my very favourite season in the church’s calendar. But before we look forward we must look back; the most important event we hold in church this month is the Service of Remembrance, always a very moving occasion.
I remember the first Remembrance service I took in the benefice at Kingston Deverill and feeling somewhat overwhelmed by the plethora of medals emblazoned on so many chests. In fact anticipating my trepidation on being faced with all this, one very kind and sensitive churchwarden took me to one side to reassure me that there was no need to feel intimidated. Of course after 5 years I have got to know the owners of these splendidly apparelled chests, which helps a lot, but I still feel humbled and privileged to be conducting a service where a very high percentage of the congregation have experience of active service in the military.
The Remembrance service is of course a public ritual to facilitate a national day of collective remembering, but each of us has our own bank of private memories that are filed away in the recesses of our brains. Events that happened years and years ago and which are buried deep in our unconscious minds can suddenly rise to the surface with the right trigger. I experienced this very recently myself when my father died and memories of my childhood flooded back, including a memory of being taken to a café and my father letting me eat the sugar lumps! It’s no wonder I have so many fillings!
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