Welcome to our website. It is still in development so thank you for your patience. At the moment we have focussed on putting up service information for the month or so ahead (see page link above), but we are also continuing to put more flesh on the bones of the rest of the site. Meantime, please contact the Rector Rev’d Kenneth Cross (details below) for any other information you require (Please read the important letter from the Rector on the page ‘from the Rector’)
We believe that at the heart of Christian faith is the Love of God. We hold this not in a dogmatic way, but in a way which leaves room for doubt and uncertainty. This love is always greater than we imagine – it is beyond comprehension and cannot be turned into a set of ‘beliefs’. However, a story, with all the riddle and enigma that stories embody, can point to what sterile statements never can. So the story of the life, death and resurrection of Christ is to us a demonstration of the love of God, God accompanying us in our greatest sufferings not as a ‘God-on-high-condescending’ but as ‘God-in-the-mess’. It speaks to us of Love overcoming even the very worst injustice, violence and trauma. That we are loved and that we may love are the beating heart of Christian community. We often fall short in our little churches, but we try to live it out by the grace of God, and give thanks daily for God’s help. We have begun to discover that doubts and questions, far from diminishing faith, actually make our faith authentic.
In the light of this, our five churches are places where we seek to extend to all people an inclusive welcome, without judgement or moral exclusion, in the name of Christ who opened wide his arms to the least, the misunderstood, the marginalised and the doubtful.
The United Benefice consists of three parishes: Old Cleeve with Washford and Roadwater is one parish with three churches in the larger villages (St Andrew’s, Old Cleeve, St Mary’s, Washford and St Luke’s in the Chapel, Roadwater). The small villages of Bilbrook, Chapel Cleeve and Hungerford are also in the parish. Leighland with its church of St Giles, and Treborough with its church of St Peter’s are the other two rural hill parishes. We are in the process of changing our parish boundaries (church, not civic!) to better reflect the social make up of our benefice.
Have a brows of the website – we hope it gives you both some practical information and a little glimpse into our church communities. However, if you want to really get to know us, why not contact us (details below) or come and meet us. We’d love to meet you!
Grace, mercy and peace to you!