Welcome to the Upper 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 (in the drop-down section under the ‘Worship’ 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).
We are now in the Season of Creation, a time when we renew our relationship with our Creator and all creation through celebration, conversion, and commitment together. This year we have seen and breathed the cleaner air as lockdown saw us staying at home. Many enjoyed more opportunities to spend time outside in gardens or the countryside. Many have enjoyed growing vegetables and taking up various new hobbies. Unfortunately, not all our practices in lockdown have helped our climate as we have seen disposable facemasks and gloves littering our villages, towns and countryside, with many finding their way into our oceans. Over the next four weeks we invite you to join us in reconnecting to creation and thanking God, Creator and Sustainer of all life, for the bountiful blessings He provides, acknowledging our failure to care for creation, and committing to do our bit to help our world recover.
Below is the UWVT Climate Sunday Zoom Service, at which we welcomed, as a guest preacher, the Bishop of Ramsbury, Rt Revd Dr Andrew Rumsey.
The Collect for Climate Change
Holy God, earth and air and water are your creation, and every living thing belongs to you: have mercy on us as climate change confronts us. Give us the will and the courage to simplify the way we live, to reduce the energy we use, to share the resources you provide, and to bear the cost of change. Forgive our past mistakes and send us your Spirit, with wisdom in present controversies and vision for the future to which you call us in Jesus Christ our Lord.
Opening times of Church Buildings in the Upper Wylye Valley
The government is now allowing the reopening of places of worship. There are strict guidelines in place that each church must follow resulting in a ‘one size fits all’ directive not being possible in the Upper Wylye Valley Team.
Working within the guidelines, all our Churchwardens and PCC’s have worked very hard in deciding how best they can move forward at this time. They will continue to review their plans and we will ensure that any changes are widely advertised.
Below are the details for the opening times for each church building during this initial phase of reopening places of worship.
|Knook||Thursday||6pm - 6.30pm|
|9am - 1pm
1pm - 4 pm
|9am - 1 pm
1pm - 6 pm
|Codford St Peter||Wednesday|
|Codford St Mary||Tuesday|
|9am - 12noon
12noon - 8pm
|Boyton||Wednesday (beginning 24th June)||10am - 6pm|
|Norton Bavant||Contact Churchwarden John Acworth 840134|
If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact:
Prayer Diary during Coronavirus 2020
The Ministry Team of the Upper Wylye Valley will be praying for all who live, work and visit our parishes.
We will be following a prayer diary for this period, holding prayers on certain days of the week for each of our parishes. Through joining together in prayer, we are all connected and are all part of the communion of saints. Through prayer we know that we do not stand alone, but have the support of our fellow brothers and sisters in Christ, and the strength and courage of God to endure the difficult months ahead.
If you would like to join us in praying in your own homes for our communities, please do follow the prayer diary below.
We are urged throughout the New Testament to pray for one another, and Paul in his first letter to Timothy tells us: "First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for everyone" (1 Timothy 2:1). Paul is clearly teaching us that we are to pray for one another. As your ministry team, we always have this close to our hearts. It is a privilege that we are able to follow Christ's call and make praying for you a priority in our daily lives.
If you would like to join the Church for daily services please do visit the Church of England website at:
From this link you will find services of Daily Prayer which are available in both contemporary and traditional forms and for all times of day.
The Church of England has crafted two simple acts of worship, particularly geared to those who are isolated or housebound, or who are unable to attend church. For these acts of worship please do click on the link below:
If you would like to have prayers said or have an opportunity to pray with someone, please do not hesitate to contact any of the ministry team whose contacts can be found on the Upper Wylye Valley Team website https://upperwylyevalleyteam.com/
With our continued prayers
Rev Trudy Hobson, Team Rector, and the Ministry Team of the Upper Wylye Valley
Our Just Giving page has now closed. We would like to thank you all for your support and generosity in raising £1570 for those in need in the UWVT during Coronavirus. We have seen referrals to the Foodbank rise dramatically across our nation, and in our benefice so we have supported the Trussell Trust during this time. We have also supported Alabare as we worked closely with them during the lockdown. These are just two examples of how your generosity has helped those in need during these turbulent times. Thank you all.
"This service that you perform is not only supplying the needs of the Lord’s people but is also overflowing in many expressions of thanks to God" (2 Corinthians 9:12)
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 Jayne Buckles 01985 851176