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 March Newsletter
I am writing this letter at the end of a beautiful day; when I walked the dogs there really was the smell of spring in the air and I saw the brilliant yellow of daffodils for the first time. When you read this spring will have truly sprung although having said that we might be encased in a mountain of snow such is the fickleness of English weather. Anyhow, the light is returning, the bulbs are opening and the winter sunshine is gaining more strength every day.
This month in the church we observe the beginning of Lent with Ash Wednesday when the sign of the cross in oil and ash is made on people’s foreheads. To be honest, not many people come to the Ash Wednesday service, which is a shame as it is a very thoughtful and moving occasion. In towns and cities churches quite regularly take the ash and oil out onto the streets and offer the ashing as it is called to passers by. I love that idea as I think the church needs to stop hiding itself away and get out there where people are. It’s not quite the same in villages though is it, there’s not exactly loads of people wandering about and in the places people gather, like our pubs, it wouldn’t go down well if I turned up with my oil and ashes. If you want to read a wonderful book telling the story of what happened when a church did ‘get out there’ read ‘City of God’ by Sara Miles; this is what the blurb says.....Click here to read more