Whilst I like to 'keep Christmas in December' (actually, I'd prefer to keep it from Christmas Eve and then the twelves days of Christmas but there is only so much you can kick against ...!), one of the realities of being a Vicar/Rector is that you do need to plan in advance what's happening over the festive season across the churches.
We have a variety of Carol Concerts and Carol Services in our different churches during December; and we begin the season with an Advent Carol Service by candlelight at Ampney St Mary at 6pm on Advent Eve - Saturday 26th November 2022.
We are delighted that talented musicians - the Burford Chorale, the Cantores Choir, the Poulton Singers and the Cirencester Town Band - will be coming to different events to help add colour and joy to our festivities.
I hope you will include one or some of these occasions in your Christmas calendar.
Christmas Services and Events in December
Saturday 26th November Advent Eve
6pm Advent Gathering with seasonal readings, carols by candlelight
followed by mulled wine and mince pies in the atmospheric church
of Ampney St Mary. Wear wellies and bring a torch! Ampney St Mary Church
Saturday 3rd December
2-3.30pm Christmas Bazaar Ampney Crucis Village Hall
7.30pm Choral Concert
with the Burford Chorale Down Ampney Church
Listen to Choral Favourites and Seasonal Songs
Tickets £15 on the door - Mulled Wine and Mince Pies
Saturday 17th December
7.00pm Carol Service
with the Cirencester Town Band Ampney St Peter Church
Traditional Carols, Readings and seasonal tunes
Mulled wine and mince pies!
Wrap up well - the heating isn't working!
Sunday 18th December (World Cup Final - but this doesn't clash!)
6.00pm Carol Service
with the Poulton Singers Poulton Church
Traditional Carols, Readings
Mulled wine and Stollen
The heating tends to be quite good in this church
and, on this occasion, we'll put it on!
Wednesday 21st December
5.00pm The Harnhill Nativity Harnhill Church
with live donkey and a 'real' baby Jesus
help us bring to life the Christmas Nativity Story
as we act it out. Feel free to come ready dressed
as a shepherd, king, angel, sheep or donkey!
Saturday 24th December Christmas Eve
3pm Crib Service - for children of all ages! Down Ampney Church
11.15pm Midnight Communion Ampney Crucis Church
Sunday 25th December CHRISTMAS DAY
10am Christmas Day Communion Down Ampney Church
10am Family Carols Poulton Church
11am Traditional Prayer Book Communion Poulton Church