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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.  Contact details for the Clergy and the Team Office can be found here

Notices for Sunday 21 January 2018

New Year 2018 – Minister’s letter
As we leave Christmas behind, the Epiphany account draws us to Jesus through the eyes of the Wise Men and may help us look ahead into the New Year. The Wise Men had a plan, in the sense that they discerned God at work and decided to set out on a journey to see where He might lead them. But they did not know the details, nor how God might bring this to a conclusion. A year ago we began the process of making the legal changes to our churches a reality. Making five parishes into one continues to take effect but there is still more to do.
God has plans
The legal changes are not an end in themselves. God continues to want to do something exciting and transforming in the lives of the people of this parish and in the individual churches that make up the Whitton Team. So how can we begin to take hold of that sense of excitement and passion about following where God is wanting to lead? The solution is not new. Consider these words for the church in Ephesus (Revelation 2:2 & 4), ‘I know your deeds, your hard work and your perseverance….Yet I hold this against you: You have forsaken your first love. Remember the height from which you have fallen! Repent and do the things you did at first.’
Our commitment to Jesus Christ, our worship of God and our desire to follow where He calls, is rooted in our willingness to be dependent upon God. As we approach Lent, this is a good time to measure ourselves against the words of the angel to the seven churches. How dependent are we upon God? What priority do we place on worship, prayer, Bible study, Christian service? Have we slipped away over a period of time? Have we lost our first passion and love for Jesus? Perhaps joining a Lent Group might be an encouragement to take stock and then journey on with others.
Journeying with God
Looking back to where God started with us, do we still have that personal relationship with God – have we changed? Are we closer now or more distant? As Christians our spiritual lives are like journeys, moving onwards with God. There are times of rest, struggle, progress and set-back. The promise of God is that he will not leave us nor forsake us. The presence of Jesus by the Holy Spirit is our guarantee that we do not walk this path alone. God wants him to be our companion on the road.
Simon Weeden
Team Rector