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Christmas 2022

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


Please do get in touch with the Rector - John Swanton - for more information.

01285 851309