The Vale of Pewsey is bounded on the south by the Salisbury Plain and the north by the Marlborough Downs. The area is essentially rural, with sheep farming on the high ground and arable, dairy, market gardening, vineyards and breweries in the Vale.
The Clergy Team
The full Team comprises three stipendiary priests, one associate priest, a curate and two active licensed lay ministers.
The Team Rector has overall responsibility for the Team and is pastorally responsible for two ‘clusters.’ The other two Stipendary Team Vicars take pastoral responsibility for two clusters each and one has responsibility for Young People and Families in the Deanery.
We encourage and value the ministry of lay people who provide assistance in a variety of ways including worship, pastoral care, education and mission. We have a large group of lay pastoral assistants (LPAs) who are active throughout the Team.
The Team Council, which meets up to three times each year, consists of representatives from each parish together with a Lay Chairman, Treasurer, Secretary and the clergy. Churchwardens are encouraged to act as their Parish Representatives.
Our team vision is currently under review and will be published here shortly.
Within the clusters worship is fairly equally divided between Common Worship and The Book of Common Prayer. It is predominantly Eucharistic with a combination of sung and said worship. Across the whole team the balance is weighted towards Common Worship. We try to ensure that the pattern of worship meets the current needs of the parishes within the cluster. There are some lay led services as well as healing and youth services. We also have rayd8 which is a monthly Praise and Worship event. From time to time we have evenings of meditation and a Team retreat annually in the spring
Prayer Groups, Study Groups and Adult Nurture
Within the Team we have well supported Lent courses, regular prayer and bible study groups and other short study groups from time to time and of course confirmation classes together with preparation for marriage and for baptism. Our aim is to provide a greater range of training and course material.
This group currently has over thirty members and a full programme. It meets in Pewsey once a month on Wednesday afternoons and, very occasionally, in the evening. Members come from across the Team.
Sound ecumenical links are in place with the Roman Catholic and Methodist Churches in Pewsey and with members of the Society of Friends.
The Pewsey Deanery comprises two teams. The Deanery Synod meets three times a year.
These exist between some parishes and overseas missionaries. Christian Aid Week and work in the Sudan are well supported throughout the Team with special services, collections and fund raising activities.
The Church in the Community
The Church Community actively supports a wide range of local activities as well as national and global charities.
YACHT – Youth and Children’s Team
The Children’s work across the team (and deanery) is quietly flourishing with well-established groups like ‘Little Fishes’ and ‘Stepping Stones’.
There is provision at St John the Baptist Church, Pewsey, for children at each Sunday Service. The churches in the smaller villages are unable to provide for children on a weekly basis but many do offer monthly All Age Worship Services.
The Team Magazine
Our Team Magazine “The Messenger” is published ten times each year and is distributed free of charge to every household, regardless of church membership.