Church of England Diocese of Salisbury Dilton's Marsh

Letter from the Vicar

1 Oct 2021, 7:30 a.m.

Dear Friends,

As we approach October and begin looking forward to hunkering down for the winter months, there is much for us to consider and pray for. At Holy Trinity Church and Brokerswood we are beginning a process of understanding what our calling from God might be, we are exploring ways in which we can develop our connections with the villages and families that we seek to serve, we are hoping to clear out some of the clutter that prevents us from being more accessible and available to the wider community. Some of this clutter will form a spiritual clear out, and some of it will be a physical clear out. We meet on October 2nd to discuss the first part of this process.

As we consider ways in which we can invite people from the wider community to make use of the church building, we are hoping that the installation of a permanent projector and screen with improved audio will promote the building to be used for much more than simply Sunday mornings. We are continuing to raise monies towards this and there is still time to contribute if you would so like.

The new tables have now arrived at Holy Trinity Church, they have been placed in the carpeted area of the North Transept, crating a useful space in which meetings can be held, Lego Church and Soul Space also make use of them, and they were fantastic last Sunday as celebrated Harvest with a wonderful lunch with over 40 people attending.

We continue to work towards the Silver Eco Church Award, please sign up to our monthly parish magazine if you would like to join us in becoming more environmentally friendly or are willing to help the church tackle some of its own challenges. One of those challenges is how to make our church yard more environmentally friendly, we already have a bug hotel, a compost bin for the disposal of fresh flowers/cuttings and a meadow area. We are looking to create an owl nesting box and perhaps even a bat motel! We are encouraging people who lay flowers or wreaths to use fresh flowers in order to limit the plastic and other undesirable materials being blown around the church yard causing hazards to wildlife and also children.

We are aware that from time to time the church yard is inappropriately used, please can we encourage everyone to take pride in the church yard, this is a village resource, it is a restful quiet area offering the potential for space and reflection, as well as dignity and respect to those who are buried also to the visitors who wish to tend to the graves or remember them. It is not a place to exercise dogs or children. It is a sacred space.

Please can I ask that if you spot any suspicious activity around the church or the churchyard that you contact the police. We have been notified that church roofs are once again vulnerable to theft.

I look forward to welcoming you to any of our forthcoming services, please see the calendar for dates and time.

Grace and peace,

Caroline