Welcome to the Upper Valley Wylye Valley Team
Growing in the Love of God
Welcome to the Upper Wylye Valley Team made up of ten churches along the beautiful Wyle River in Wiltshire. We hope this website will give you a taste of life in the Upper Wylye Valley where we live out our calling to grow in the love of God through hope, prayer and service. We come together regularly to worship God and enjoy one another’s company with a wide variety of events. Please do take a look at the calendar to see our regular services and opportunities to meet together, and please do explore the weekly Pew News (top of the drop-down section under the ‘Services’ tab). If you would like to delve further into the life of our team of parishes, then please do take a look at our monthly publication, the Parish News (in the drop down section of the ‘Team’ tab).
With such a variety of worship and events there is something for everyone, so why not pop along and join us as we journey in our faith, encountering God and serving all God’s beloved children.
Thank you for exploring our website, whoever you are, and where ever you live, may “the Grace of our Lord Jesus Christ and the love of God and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all” (2 Corinthians 13:13).
Licensing Service A Triumph of Ceremony, Ritual - and Total Joy
There was a lovely celebration of new ministry on the 29th July when all our hopes and expectations were realised in the Licensing of Revd Trudy Hobson, our new Rector, by the Bishop of Salisbury in the Church of St Peter and St Paul in Heytesbury. A full congregation welcomed the Bishop, the Rural Dean and clergy representatives from the Deanery, the Upper Wylye Valley Team and the surrounding area who, together with a the choir and beautiful music chosen carefully to fit the occasion, witnessed and celebrated both the legality of the occasion, and the subsequent installation of Revd Trudy Hobson to a role that had been vacant for fifteen months.
Churchwardens joined the Bishop in procession before the service began with the Presentation and moved through God’s Call to the Licensing and the Welcome. It involved a number of groups, Churchwardens, Lay Worship Leaders and Lay Pastoral Assistants together with individuals, both clergy and lay, who demonstrated the inclusiveness - and diversity - of this team of churches and its communities. In ‘The Welcome,’ representatives from our Parish Councils, our Church Schools and the many aspects of church and community life were introduced to our new Rector bringing greetings from their disparate agencies, all with one aim – to demonstrate our willingness, our readiness and our delight to embark on a new chapter of our lives.
There will be more news to follow in our churches, in the Parish News and on this website as Trudy settles into the Team and the Valley, but, for now, we rejoice in her calling here, her appointment and her Licensing and we look forward with hope to her ministry among us. This is a happy place and we wish her great happiness here.
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The Parishes of the Upper Wylye Valley Team take their 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 Policy can be downloaded here.
If you have any Safeguarding questions or concerns you can contact our Team Safeguarding Officer, Our Parish safeguarding officers are: Sue Bray 01985 850702 and Judy Cooper 01985 840953