Welcome to Two Valleys
Services and Events taking place in the Benefice:
Sunday 19th January – Epiphany 3
09:00am Little Langford Holy Communion (BCP)
10:00am Berwick St James Plough Sunday Service
10:30am Wylye Matins for Epiphany
11:00am Stapleford Holy Communion (CW)
06:00pm South Newton Service for the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity
Diary for this week
Monday – Friday 08:30am Morning Prayer All Saints Steeple Langford
Thursday 2.00pm-4.00pm Café in the Church at St Giles, Great Wishford on Christmas Break
Friday 7.30pm Bell Ringing Practice at Stapleford
Thursday 7:30pm Bell Ringing Practice at Steeple Langford and Wylye (Alternating) 01985 248166
Sunday 26th January – Epiphany 4
09:00am Stockton Holy Communion (BCP) NEW TIME
10:00am Winterbourne Stoke Holy Communion (CW) NEW TIME
10:30am Steeple Langford Matins for Epiphany
For more events see the Events Calendar: twovalleys.org/events
For Stapleford Parish Council Files see: Stapleford Files
New on the Website:
13.01.20. Plough Sunday Report
11.01.20. Weekly Update of Services and Events:
Times changed for some Services on 26th January
Dates of Epiphany Conversations below, scroll down to view
06.01.20. Christmas Reports: Thank you to all tree adorners and flower arrangers
30.12.19. January 2020 Benefice Letter
The Benefice celebrated Plough Sunday on 12th January in the Langfords and at Great Wishford and will be celebrating at Steeple Langford, 19th January at Berwick St James.
What is Plough Sunday?
The keeping of Plough Sunday in the time of Epiphany goes back to Victorian times, but behind it there is a much older observance, associated with the first working day after the twelve days of Christmas, hence ‘Plough Monday’ in some places.
In medieval times some ploughs were kept in the parish church, and some churches kept a ‘plough-light’. In days when work was scarce in winter, the observance looked forward to the time of sowing with the promise of a harvest to come.
Although the nature of farming has changed over the centuries, Plough Sunday is a way in which our communities can celebrate farming and the work of our local farmers. This is an opportunity to cherish the land and human labour, and to remind us all of our dependence upon it and upon God.
So, do please come and support our local farming community on Plough Sunday
The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity
Sunday January 19th, South Newton 6.00pm
A Benefice Celebration for Week of World Prayer for Christian Unity (followed by refreshments) to which everyone is invited. Do please come and support this special service.
We look but what kind of looking do we do? How do we see and understand ourselves, especially in light of our relationship with the Living Christ? We know that God speaks to us in still small voices, but also in the people and places we least expect. In supposed barren hard places there can spring unimaginable beauty and nourishment.
We are invited in this year’s Week Of Prayer for Christian Unity materials to see God working through people and places which offer unusual kindness. If only we would do the appropriate kind of looking.
Tuesday 21st and Tuesday 28th January 4:00 - 5:30pm at the Rectory
Thursday 23rd and 30th January in Great Wishford 6:30 - 8:00pm
For details please contact Jonathan ASAP.
What is Candlemas?
Candlemas commemorates the ritual purification of Mary, 40 days after the birth of her son Jesus. This day also marks the ritual presentation of the baby Jesus to God in the Temple at Jerusalem and where Jesus was met by Anna and Simeon. Simeon held the baby Jesus and called him a Light to the World. The festival is called Candlemas because this was the day that all the Church's candles for the year were blessed.
We shall be celebrating Candlemas at a special Evening Service called ‘A Light to the World’ at St Giles, Great Wishford, on Sunday 2nd February at 6:00pm. This will be a reflective service based around simple Taizé music, candles and prayers. Everyone is most welcome.
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 - email@example.com or 01722 331647
- Mrs Heather Bland*: Salisbury Diocese Safeguarding Adviser (Wiltshire & Dorset) - firstname.lastname@example.org 01722 411922 or 07500 411922
- Gill Brasher: Contact for Berwick St James - email@example.com
- Daphne Smith: Contact for Great Wishford, Stapleford, South Newton and Winterbourne Stoke - firstname.lastname@example.org
- 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.