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AUGUST BENEFICE LETTER


A TIME OF TRANSFORMATION

"And he was transfigured before them, and his face shone like the sun"   Matt.17:2


Summer is at its peak; families are off on their hols and schoolteachers are breathing long sighs of relief as they come down from the end of term frenzy.  For many, August brings a sense of freedom, of playfulness, of leisure (though perhaps not, if we have to keep watering our gardens!).  It is a month that marks a change in the natural world as growing slows right down, birdsong becomes more muted, insects buzz more loudly and the fields around us turn to gold.  Our world becomes more luminous, ablaze with heat and warmth before the onset of autumn.  Our lives and our land-scapes are for a time transfigured, transformed, made more beautiful.  


It seems to me therefore a very appropriate month for the Church to cele-brate the Transfiguration of Christ.  Transfigured is the word used by the Gospel writers to describe Jesus as he appeared to three of his disciples after walking with them up a mountain.  This was their friend and mentor, a man just like them, but somehow no longer quite the same.  Just days before, Christ had been warning the disciples of the dreadful fate that was to befall him at the hands of the chief priests and scribes - it was a message the disciples found hard to swallow.  But on the top of the mountain, the gloom and doom of that message is transformed into something so much more hopeful.  Jesus' face and clothes shine brightly as God, speaking from a cloud, assures the disciples that the man in front of them is his Son.  This episode heralds triumph rather than defeat, success and glory rather than failure and shame.  Christ's Transfiguration reveals his identity as the Son of God and points to more transformation to come, when his own bat-tered body will be raised to glory.


This month, may we too be transformed - spiritually in the knowledge that Christ walked among us to bring light into our lives; physically through a break from work - and even if that means doing something physically de-manding, a change is, after all, as good as a rest; and mentally as we enjoy, for a while at least, a slower pace of life.

           Yvonne Allen

Week commencing Sunday 18th August - Trinity 9



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August


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Services on Sunday


9:00am  Little Langford   Holy Communion (BCP)


10:00am  Berwick St James  Matins (BCP)


10:30am  Wylye    Matins


11:00am  Stapleford   Holy Communion (CW)


6:00pm  South Newton   Evensong (BCP)


Jeremiah 23.23-29

Psalm 82

Hebrews 11.29 - 12.2

Luke 12.49-56




For future services visit our Services page


Prayer Page


Please visit this page for prayers for daily use. Currently displayed are the Benefice Prayer Grid for August, the Collects until November and the Lectionary until November.

These documents may be downloaded and printed out.

There are also links to other websites which support personal daily prayer and Bible reading.

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.


Our Parish Safeguarding Policies can be downloaded from our Safeguarding Page.




                                   Who to contact if you have a Safeguarding concern



                        Name                                                                     What do they do?                                                                          How to contact them

          Rev’d Jonathan Plows                                     Priest-in-Charge of the nine churches of the Benefice                                    rectorwtv@gmail.com

                                                                                                                                                                                                                     01722 331647

 

             Mrs Heather Bland*                                        Salisbury Diocese Safeguarding Adviser                                                             01722 411922

                                                                                            covering Wiltshire and Dorset                                                                        07500 664800                                                                                                                                                                                      heather.bland@salisbury.anglican.org


                Gill Brasher                                                        Contact for Berwick St James                                          brasherg100@gmail.com


               Daphne Smith                                                    Contact for Great Wishford, Stapleford                                                     mail@daphne-smith.com

                                                                                           South Newton and Winterbourne Stokes    

                                                                                                                                                                                        

              Richard Hewitt                                                    Contact for Stockton and Wylye                                        rshewitt@btinternet.com,

 

              Neil Fox, Gill Leake                                           Contacts for Steeple Langford, Hanging Langford                                     foxneil41@gmail.com,

                                                                                               and Little Langford                                                                                      gillleake@aol.com


*Heather works at Church House, Salisbury, 9am-5pm Mondays-Wednesdays and 9am-1pm on Thursdays.

Heather is available Monday to Thursday, 8am-9pm, for urgent safeguarding discussions, via 07500 664800.         

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.Many apologies - that the website has been out of order for the past month. This came about because the previous hosting provider was ending their operation and so we needed to find a new hosting provider, then migrate the website, transfer the domain and learn the new software programmes involved. All of this took a great deal longer than expected!


Recent events in the Benefice

Oak Apple Service at Great Wishford

Christian Aid Week at

Middle Wylye Valley Parish

St Giles Souper Saturday


Future Events

Meals on the A303: Bank Holiday Weekend

Thursday 22nd - Saturday 24th August 2019


Wylye Fete 31st August:

1:00pm - 4:00pm: Live music and lots of stalls.



Trussell Trust

With the school holidays there is a greater need for those families on free school meals: Toiletries, tinned fruit/veg/tinned fish/meat, milk puddings, dried mashed potatoes, long life fruit juice, 500g sugar, tinned sponged puddings, tea, coffee, cereals, pasta and sources, soup, UHT milk.

Items can be left in Wylye or Steeple Langford Church or contact Jonathan



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