Welcome to the website for the Whitton Benefice, in the Diocese of Salisbury.

The Team Clergy are: Rector: Revd Canon Simon Weeden; Vicars: Revd Candice Marcus and Revd Sue Rodd; and Assistant Curate: Revd Karen Rizzello.  The Team Office is in Ramsbury.

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Notices and Readings for Sunday 19 August 2018

View from the Vicarage

As I write this we have experienced a very dry June going into a hot July, everywhere the grass is brown and the need for water in our gardens is great.  There is a huge fire raging on Saddleworth Moor, near Manchester which is turning into a major incident!  It is always interesting writing something that will be read in six weeks time because we don’t know what is coming.  What will be the ongoing effect of the very dry weather, the destroyed moorland? Brexit looms, the extension of Heathrow Airport has been passed by Parliament and England are playing with a young team in the World Cup and unexpectedly they have done well so far!  We are also doing well in cricket!

The unpredictability of life and its ups and downs is very real to all of us but this I know, as we travel through our lives we all need light and hope to keep us positive. However unpredictable things are and whatever comes our way light and hope are always available to each of us, this is what Jesus offers us – He is the Light of the World, he is the reason we have hope  – so in the ups and downs of our lives, as we seem to lurch from one crisis to another please remember you are not alone, Jesus is always there and to coin a phrase “there is light at the end of the tunnel” – his name? Jesus Christ and he is the Son of God.

It is my prayer that August will be a time of light and hope, rest and recuperation, filled with fun and laughter for every single one of you.

With my love and prayers

Candice (Team Vicar)

Cake and Company

The United Churches Together invite you to join them on the first Monday of every month from 10.30am to 12 noon, Aldbourne Methodist Hall.
For further information Contact Revd Karen Rizzello on 07882 055878.

Visit from Notre Dame des Bois

On Friday 27th April the Whitton Team welcomed 10 visitors from our link parish in Evreux Diocese.
We had the pleasure of greeting old friends and meeting some new ones too and began our time together with coffee and cake before taking them on a tour of five of our six churches in the team. We stopped off at each and were welcomed and given a brief tour with some interesting facts and things to see. They then went to their hosts’ houses for the rest of the evening.

On Saturday morning we gathered together and took them in the Ramsbury Flyer to Ramsbury Brewery where we were given a great tour by Alistair Ewing complimented with tastings of their very fine beers, gin, vodka and liqueurs! Alongside delicious products such as their smoked venison, duck and trout. After this we journeyed into Swindon to the Steam Museum and ate a good lunch, followed by a great tour of the museum. We had Arthur, aged 13, with us and he had great fun working the signals and then being given a certificate for what he had done to take back and show his friends in France. After this there was a short retail break (while the driver and I had coffee!) and then we drove back to Ramsbury for a short break before sitting down in fellowship for an evening meal together talking about the day and life.

Sunday was not a day of rest, at our Communion service in Ramsbury the readings were done in French and the intercessions were done in both languages. They were given the text of the sermon in French, so they had an idea of what it was all about. They had a tour of Holy Cross, Ramsbury which was followed by drinks and nibbles and then a sumptuous lunch. In the afternoon we shared what was happening in both benefices either side of the Channel, the way things had moved on and changed. We looked at things we share together too.

The day was rounded off with a choral evensong and another wonderfully catered meal by our great team in the Benefice. Monday was their last morning and we went to Baydon School where we watched a Collective Worship and then did a tour around the school to give our visitors an idea of how the Christian distinctiveness of our church schools is evident in work and displays, which is something they don’t experience in France. As an added bit of fun, we went to the Heritage Museum in Aldbourne to which they wonderfully added an historical tour of the village which fascinated our visitors. After a wonderful coffee and cake break we waved goodbye and look forward to seeing them again.
Many, many thanks to all those who catered, hosted and gave our visitors a really good visit with lots in it.
Candice Marcus – Whitton Team Vicar