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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; Vicar: Revd Sue Rodd; and Assistant Curate: Revd Karen Rizzello.  The Team Office is in Ramsbury.

We are delighted that the Revd Rhona Floate is to be half-time Team Vicar in the Whitton Benefice and half-time Rural Field Officer for Wilts Archdeaconry. Rhona is currently Priest in Charge of the White Horse Team (Westbury). The date of Rhona’s licensing will be announced in due course. Please continue to pray for her as she prepares to leave her current responsibilities and move into this new role.

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News and Notices for Sunday 17 February 2019

Cake and Company in 2019

Cake and Company – from 10.30 to 12 noon on the first Monday of each month at Aldbourne Methodist Church.  For further information please contact Revd Karen or Revd Sue

Marlborough Deanery Bitesize Learning Events

The first of these events this year is an upcoming talk by Revd Dr Colin Heber-Percy ‘Empathy and Faith’ at St Mary’s Marlborough on Tuesday 26th February at 7.30pm.

Colin writes the following:

Ultimately, Christians are commanded not to know, or to obey, but to love. What does it
mean to love our neighbour? Perhaps it means not reaching out to them, but being with them. This evening offers an opportunity to explore the idea that empathy – the recognition of our shared woundedness – lies at the heart of human experience and Christian faith.

All are welcome. Admission is free.

Minister’s Letter, February 2019

By the time you read this, we’ll be a month into the New Year, and very nearly halfway through the academic school year – where DOES the time go? Having been away after Christmas, I’ve had real trouble getting my head back in gear in time for the copy deadline – so much for my New Year resolution not to procrastinate, but to get jobs done BEFORE they absolutely have to be!
I wonder what your good intentions were for 2019, and how well those are holding up, a month down the line? I hope, better than mine…

Dry January, slim January, financially prudent January, learn-a-new-language January – we use the idea of a new beginning of a new year to try to motivate ourselves into all sorts of things that we know we should be doing, but that are all too easy to put off.

There’s a lovely (if apocryphal) story about three apprentice demons reporting back to their supervisor. The first says confidently, “I’ve been telling everyone there’s no God.” “No good,” says the boss, “most people know in their hearts that God exists, even if they don’t take much notice; you’re not going to help them be wicked that way.” “I’ve been telling them there’s no hell,” says the second. “Hopeless!” says the arch-demon, “Nobody much believes in hell these days anyway, so that’s not going to encourage their badness.” “I’ve been telling them there’s no hurry,” says the third. “NOW you’re motoring,” says the arch-demon, “If we can persuade them not to take care of their spiritual health now, but to leave it to do ‘sometime’ and not ever actually get around to it, then we’ve REALLY got them where we need them!”

So looking after our spiritual lives does need our attention, just like all those other good intentions – and it needs doing all year round, and not just in the first flush of new-year enthusiasm. It’s too easy to leave it “to do sometime” – and then a crisis strikes, and we find we’ve not developed the spiritual resources to deal with it. Our souls do need nurturing just as much as our minds and bodies do.

With love
Sue Rodd
Whitton Team Vicar

Ramsbury’s Remembrance Wood – 400 saplings bring memories and new life

On Saturday 10th November children from Ramsbury School, Scouts and other volunteers planted trees for Remembrance. Read more on the Marlborough News website.