Welcome to Two Valleys
Sunday 25th October ~ 20th The Last Sunday after Trinity
9.00am Stockton Harvest Village Service
10.00am Winterbourne Stoke Harvest Village Service
10.30am Steeple Langford Harvest Holy Communion
6.00pm Zoom Harvest Evening Prayer (BCP)
Annual Parochial Church Meetings
Berwick St James: Thursday 29th October, 6:00pm in the Church
Lower Wylye and Till Valley Parish: Tuesday 27th October, 6:30pm, St Giles’ Church
Middle Wylye Parish: October 14th, 3:00pm
All members of the congregation are invited to attend their APCM, but only those who are on the Parochial Roll are eligible to vote. Please let your Churchwarden know if you are coming ~ this helps with the organisation of the venue. Thank you.
Berwick St James’ Harvest Service
October has seen the Benefice celebrating Harvest across all of our churches, and on Sunday the 18th it was the turn of Berwick St. James. During these otherwise difficult times, it was a joy to be able to celebrate and thank God for the yield and beauty associated with this season. That joy was shared with a very pleasing turnout (we were 19 altogether) and we were treated to a church decorated with flowers and produce in a way that paid fitting tribute to the colours of Autumn. In the porch, the wheelbarrow was generously filled with non-perishable items for the Salisbury Women’s Refuge, to which was taken also the fresh produce from inside the church. Martin Gairdner played our hymns while we nodded along, and Charles and Nicky Street read for us. And as harvest is not complete without replanting for the following year, the congregation took away tulip bulbs - I look forward to hearing how they fare.
May we carry the delight of Autumn’s bounty with us through the Winter, knowing that nature’s reseeding has already begun.
A Harvest Collect:
Holy God, creator, sustainer and renewer of life,
Grant that, secure in your goodness in the past,
and rejoicing that you meet our needs in the present,
we may work and pray for the coming of your future
Kingdom, which is peace and prosperity, justice and joy;
through Jesus Christ, who lived and died and was raised to life that all may share.
The Harvest services across the Benefice have been well-attended considering the difficulties of the moment and there have been generous donations to the Trussell Trust-Salisbury Foodbank for which we are very grateful. Great Wishford Primary School also remembered Harvest in their Collective Worship and class reflections.
SAFEGUARDING IN THE WYLYE AND TILL VALLEY BENEFICE
The Wylye and Till Valley Benefice takes its responsibilities surrounding the safeguarding of children, young people and adults who may be at risk very seriously and works in partnership with the Diocese of Salisbury to ensure that we work in accordance with best practice at all times.
Who to contact if you have a Safeguarding concern:
- Rev'd Jonathan Plows: Priest-in-Charge of the nine churches of the Benefice - firstname.lastname@example.org or 01722 331647
- Mrs Heather Bland*: Salisbury Diocese Safeguarding Adviser (Wiltshire & Dorset) - email@example.com 01722 411922 or 07500 411922
- Gill Brasher: Contact for Berwick St James - firstname.lastname@example.org
- Appointment pending for the Contact for Great Wishford, Stapleford, South Newton and Winterbourne Stoke. Please contact one of the others in this list.
- Richard Hewitt: Contact for Stockton and Wylye - email@example.com
- Neal Fox, Gill Leake: Contacts for Steeple Langford, Hanging Langford and Little Langford - firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
*Heather works at Church House, Salisbury 9am to 5pm Mondays to Wednesdays and 9am to 1pm on Thursdays. Heather is available Monday to Thursday 8am to 9pm for urgent safeguarding discussions via 07500 664800.