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
I write at the close of a blue-sky day of glorious sunshine. I have written before about the beauty of the countryside at this time of year as the earth slowly turns, and once again the shadows cast by the sun lengthen, the days shorten and we experience the dying away of the light as winter approaches.
Walking the footpaths and lanes everyday with the dogs I notice the landscape changing as blackberries proliferate in the hedgerows and the trees become tinged with their autumnal colours. They will have flown away now I think, but the other day I came upon a group of house martins neatly lined up on a telephone cable making ready to undertake their extraordinary journey over land and sea to more hospitable climes. It never ceases to fascinate and amaze me that that they have the ability to make this incredible journey. I stood for a while looking up at them and talking to them about what lay ahead and that I hoped they would be safe and then be able return to us in the spring.
One of the reasons I so love living in the countryside is that close proximity to the changing seasons of the natural world; we cannot step outside the door without engaging with this autumnal prelude to winter and the darker months that lay ahead. As it is with the created order so it is with we mere mortals who are part of it; the turning of the season echoes the seasons of our own lives.
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