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May 2024

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Dear Friend

The medieval preaching cross in Ampney Crucis churchyard depicts four figures – one on each face.  One of the figures is St Lawrence.  He was ordered by the Romans to hand over the treasure of his church – he promptly presented the Roman Commander with the poor and dispossessed people associated with the church for, to his mind, these were the real treasures of the church.

 

As you might expect, the Roman authorities weren’t too amused, and St Lawrence was martyred for this insubordination.

 

The poem ‘Septuagesima’ by John Betjeman reflects how important ordinary faithful people are in the common life of our church community – and that’s true of many of our community groups too.  Most of these people get little thanks or praise, but they quietly provide great services for us – which often goes unrecognised.

 

"Let’s praise the man who goes to light,

The church stove on an icy night.

Let’s praise that hard-worked he or she,

The Treasurer of the PCC.

Let’s praise the cleaner of the aisles,

The nave, the candlestick, the tiles.

Let’s praise the organist who tries.

To make the choir increase in size,

Or if that simply cannot be,

Just to improve its quality.

Let’s praise the ringers in the tower,

Who come to ring in cold and shower.

But most of all let’s praise the few,

Who are seen in their accustomed pew,

Throughout the year, whate’er the weather,

That they may worship God together.

These, like the fire of glowing coals,

Strike warmth into each other’s souls.

And though they be but two or three,

They keep the church for you and me."

 

As I read this poem I see different people’s faces in my mind’s eye – both people here today and those from the past.

 

Thank you to all who work to support our little rural churches – you are real treasures, and we are all richer because of you.

 

As ever -  John

Services and Events in May and June 2024

Sunday 5th May          6th Sunday of Easter

  8am                            Holy Communion                                          Ampney Crucis

10am                            Parish Communion                                       Down Ampney

10am                            Word and Worship                                       Harnhill

Noon                            Baptism                                                         Poulton

  6pm                            Evensong                                                      Ampney St Mary

 

Sunday 12th May        Sunday after Ascension Day

  8am                            Holy Communion                                         Poulton

10am                            Parish Communion                                      Driffield

10am                            Word and Worship                                      Harnhill

 

Sunday 19th May        PENTECOST

  8am                            Holy Communion                                       Ampney St Peter

10am                            Parish Communion                                    Ampney Crucis

10am                            Word and Worship                                    Harnhill

 

Tuesday 21st  May

6pm                             Annual Parochial Church Meeting    Harnhill Church

                                     for Driffield & Harnhill

Wednesday 22nd May

6pm                             Annual Parochial Church Meeting    Poulton Church

Sunday 26th May        Trinity Sunday

  8am                            Holy Communion                                      Harnhill

10am                            Parish Communion                                    Poulton

10am                            Word and Worship                                    Harnhill

Tuesday 28th May

6pm                             Annual Parochial Church Meeting    Ampney St Peter Church

                                     for Ampney St Peter and St Mary

Wednesday 29th May

6pm                             Annual Parochial Church Meeting    Down Ampney Church

Thursday 30th May    Corpus Christi

Noon                           Holy Communion                                       Ampney St Mary

6pm                             Annual Parochial Church Meeting   Ampney Crucis Church

Sunday 2nd June        1st Sunday after Trinity

  8am                            Holy Communion                                      Ampney Crucis

10am                            Parish Communion                                   Down Ampney

10am                            Word and Worship                                   Harnhill

  6pm                           Evensong                                                   Ampney St Mary

 

Wednesday 5th June   Eve of D-Day – 80th Anniversary

7.30pm                          Commemorative Event                          The Old Airfield, Down Ampney

                                                                                                        Tickets £5 from Ticket Source:

https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/whats-on/gloucestershire/the-old-airfield/d-day-80-down-ampney-commemorations/e-lbaxer

 

Saturday 8th June       Gregory Stewart in Concert

7.30pm                         Light Classical and                                   Down Ampney Church

                                     Songs from the Shows                             Tickets £12 from Ticket Source

https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/whats-on/gloucestershire/all-saints-church-down-ampney/gregory-steward-in-concert/e-obkydg

 

Sunday 9th June          2nd Sunday after Trinity

  8am                             Holy Communion                                     Poulton

10am                             Parish Communion                                   Driffield

10am                             Word and Worship                                   Harnhill

 

Sunday 16th June        3rd Sunday after Trinity

8am                               Holy Communion                                     Ampney St Peter

10am                             Parish Communion                                   Ampney Crucis

10am                             Word and Worship                                   Harnhill

 

Sunday 23rd June        4th Sunday after Trinity

  8am                             Holy Communion                                     Harnhill

10am                             Parish Communion                                  Poulton

10am                             Word and Worship                                  Harnhill

 

Sunday 30th June        St Peter's Day (Transferred)

10am                             Parish Communion                                 Ampney St Peter

19th – 21st April            BibLit – The Bibury Literature Festival

                                    St Mary’s Church, Bibury, GL7 5NR

                                    Hear and meet authors talk about their books –

                                    Andrew Gimson, Caroline Montague, Sally Page, 

                                    Robert Hardman and more….

                                    www.biburyfestivals.com

Contact

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

01285 851309

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