News & Notices

Welcome to the website for the Whitton Team in the Diocese of Salisbury.

Whitton Team Notices, Collect & Readings

New Team Rector is Announced

“The Bishop of Ramsbury is pleased to announce that he has appointed the Revd Beth Hutton to be Team Rector of Whitton. Please pray for Beth as she prepares for this next stage in her ministry. The details about Beth’s licensing will be confirmed in due course.”

Beth is a very experienced priest, currently serving as a Team Vicar in the Clarendon Team, to the east of Salisbury. She has many gifts to share with us in mission and ministry. We look forward to welcoming Beth as Team Rector as we seek to serve our communities and share the good news of Christ with all ages.

Our First Wedding Since Lockdown

Will Nelson and Sarah Page were the first couple to be married in the Parish since the lifting of the coronavirus ban on weddings.

Pictured here, emerging from St Michael’s Aldbourne on Saturday 18 July 2020, Sarah writes:

‘Will and I were just so thrilled to be able to get married on 18 July in Aldbourne during these difficult Corona-virus times that we find ourselves in.

It meant so much to us both that we could still get married this year and it was so special that we could use the church in Aldbourne for our service which was so beautiful and intimate. Will and I really did have the most incredible day which can no doubt be seen on our smiling faces! We are so grateful to Sue, Rhona and the team for everything they did to allow our special day to go ahead’

Team Services Resume – Aldbourne & Ramsbury

We are now permitted to re open our church buildings for public worship, which is wonderful news; though services will look very different, at least for the foreseeable future: social distancing, no singing, no after church coffee, and other limits on what we can and can’t do. You will also be asked for your name and telephone number for track and trace purposes. This information will only be held for 3 weeks and then destroyed.

Visit the ‘Services’ page for week by week information

We also recommend that you download/print the order of service from the website or from the Thursday mailing and bring it with you. A limited number of paper copies will be available for those who are not able to do this.

As we continue to meet for Sunday Services The Salisbury Diocese has issued the following guidance:

“Face coverings are currently mandatory on public transport and will be mandatory in shops and in supermarkets from 24th July 2020. People are also encouraged to wear face coverings in enclosed public spaces where there are people they do not normally meet, such as a place of worship.”

If you do not have a face mask there will be some available on your arrival.

Our plan during August is to hold a Team Holy Communion Service each week, alternating between Aldbourne and Ramsbury. Ramsbury’s services will be on the 2, 16 and 30 August at 10am and Aldbourne’s on the 9 and 23 August at 10am.

We’ve been given very clear guidance on good, safe practice so everyone is very welcome!

Please watch this space, and the noticeboards, for further developments. We’ll restart other services when we are able, and then plan ahead for a fuller programme from September. We’ve had our first Baptism since lock-down, and several weddings are in the pipeline so life is returning to some sort of “normal.”

“Phone in services” will also continue. We’re also aware that the new ways of “being church” that we’ve discovered during lock-down are meeting the needs of those who are (permanently or temporarily unable to get to the church building. We’ll therefore be continuing to provide a half hour “phone in” service (not Holy Communion) at 11.30am each Sunday from the 26 July followed by an opportunity to chat.

“Reflective Spaces” on the 26 August will be available on the website.

We’re always here to support you; please contact one of the clergy or churchwardens (see the lists in church porches) if we can help in any way. Please email helpline@whittonteam.org.uk with any requests for prayer and/or practical help at this time we are here to serve you!

Churches open – for private prayer and reflection

Churches are now allowed to open for private prayer and reflection. This is wonderful news, and our churches (with the exception of Axford) are open (see below for days and times). We have made the buildings as safe as we possibly can – but please help us to keep things that way, both for you and for everyone else, remembering that many of those caring for our churches are themselves vulnerable! So, please:
• Observe social distancing;
• Use the hand sanitiser provided on entry and on exit;
• Touch as few surfaces as possible.
In some of the churches you’ll be asked to leave a “this seat has been used” label on the seat you’ve used, so that we can try to keep everyone separate.
Church opening times will be as follows:
• St Michael’s, Aldbourne Daily, ~9am – 5pm, except when the church is being cleaned.
• St Nicholas Baydon Daily, ~8.30am – 4.30pm.
• St Mary’s Chilton Foliat Wednesdays and Sundays, 11am – 3pm
• All Saints Froxfield Daily, ~ 10.30am – 2.30pm
• Holy Cross Ramsbury Daily, 2 – 3 pm.

Pastoral Care

Please get in touch if you need or can offer help:
The Revd Sue Rodd 01672 541571 revsuerodd@btinternet.com
The Revd Rhona Floate 01672 540523 rhonafloate@aol.com
Parish Administrator 01672 520963 teamoffice@whittonteam.org.uk
or email: helpline@whittonteam.org.uk
Please email pcc@whittonteam.org.uk to be added to our mailing list.

Whitton Team – Safeguarding Policy

Please click here to visit the Whitton Team Safeguarding Policy page.

Please click here to read the Whitton Team Ministry Safeguarding Policy (PDF opens in new window)

The Whitton Team Benefice PCC has formally adopted the House of Bishops’ Promoting a Safer Church: Safeguarding Policy Statement. The Team’s designated Safeguarding Representative is Mrs Marianne Adey. Any queries should be addressed to her or to a member of the clergy.

Whitton Team News on Facebook

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You can find and follow the Whitton Team on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/WhittonTeamNews

Whitton Wonderings on Facebook

Short video reflections about life, the universe and everything from a faith perspective, will go live on Whitton Team News, our Facebook page, from 29 June 2020. It will be posted at 11am every Monday, Wednesday and Friday, and remain available to view when it suits you. You do not need a Facebook account to watch these, but if you are on Facebook, please click on the reactions, comment and share it with friends. Contributors are drawn from our Worship Leaders, lay and ordained.

Urgent Swindon Food Collective Appeal & Assistance

How can you help? We have a special appeal page. Click here or on the tab above.

Swindon Food Collective

Swindon Food Collective is seriously struggling! They have had to employ three paid workers to help in the unprecedented emergency that now exists. Apart from the ‘normal’ cohort of people that they help, they now have an influx of people who are unable to feed themselves or their children because of being unable to work due to the Covid-19 outbreak.
There are still baskets in the porches at Aldbourne, Baydon and Ramsbury and at Aldbourne Stores.

Information on donating funds to the Swindon Food Collective is on their website: https://www.swindonfoodcollective.org/donate-funds

“Feeding the Five Thousand”

The churches have made contact with Swindon Food Collective, who would be prepared to help us with food parcels for anyone who is currently having difficulty in paying for basic food. There is also local funding available to help with this, in addition to the sterling work already being done by Parish and County Councils and volunteers in the villages. Please contact the Revd Sue Rodd on 541571 if you are aware of someone in this kind of need, or email helpline@whittonteam.org.uk

Christian Aid

This year, we couldn’t get out to do our usual collections for Christian Aid, so we joined their “e-envelope” initiative instead. Please think about giving a donation, and please do forward the message and the link as widely as you can. Many thanks, and blessings on all you do to care for others! For a way to donate on-line, see: https://envelope.christianaid.org.uk/envelope

Praying round the Parish

Each day of the month has three areas of the parish, plus a group of people. You may find it easier to focus on a particular person who lives there or belongs to the group – just hold them in your mind and bring them and their needs before God with thanksgiving for this very special place we live in and serve! PDF showing places and groups of people (also opens in new window)

Grapevine

Grapevine is the Diocese of Salisbury’s newsletter, sharing stories of lives transformed in Christ from around Dorset and Wiltshire. Please visit the Diocese of Salisbury website for the latest Grapevine. Current copies can also be found at the back of each church.