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November 2022

Recently, whilst walking through Horse Guards Parade in London, I noticed the fresh, young faces of the troops of the Blues and Royals on ceremonial duty.  These are not just ceremonial soldiers who do duty in London, but also do military service as armoured reconnaissance troops.  I was reminded that many of the names we shall read out at War Memorials or Cenotaphs are those of young people, whose lives were cut short by the act of war and military conflict.  The young troopers on duty in London had no idea who I was (why should they?), and I did not know them. But I hope – for their sake and their families’ sakes – that they will never have their name read out on Remembrance Sunday.

 

This year, the Royal British Legion has an advertising campaign which reminds us that we probably don’t know any of the former service personnel whom they support.  They tell us that those who serve in the navy, army and air force don’t know who we are – and yet they are prepared to serve our country on our behalf, and are ready to put their lives on the line in doing their duty for us.

 

And when I look at the Commonwealth War Graves in some of our churchyards, I wonder what these local young people from were like – their loves, their hopes, their dreams.  And I pray for them and those who grieved for them.

 

We may well not know those whom we shall commemorate this year and, as the years pass, many have been forgotten.  However, the Bible is clear that God knows each one – as the prophet Isaiah puts it (44:21):

 

  “I, the Lord, made you, 

   and I will not forget you.  

   Always remember, you are not forgotten.

   Not by God. 

   Be encouraged.”

 

As we hear the names of the fallen and those who have been forgotten, may we be assured that God remembers and, that in the end, all will be redeemed and nothing will be lost.  Not even you or me.

 

Yours as ever -  John

They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old.

Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.

At the going down of the sun, and in the morning -

we will remember them.

Services and Events in November

Sunday 20th November   Christ the King

  8am  BCP Holy Communion                               Ampney St Peter

10am  Parish Communion                                     Ampney Crucis

10am  Service of the Word                                    Harnhill

Monday 21st November

10.30-12.30  The Dwelling Place Art Cafe           Harnhill Centre

                      Bring your art or craft project or just yourself

                      for a time just to be and enjoy some coffee and cake

                      and good company!

                      Call 01285 - 850283 for more information

Wednesday 23rd November 

7.30-8.30pm   Time for Peace and Prayer                    Harnhill Church

8.30pm             Compline - A Service of Night Prayer  Harnhill Church

Saturday 26th November   Advent Eve

  6pm  Advent Gathering with the Blue Notes Choir -

           Preparing for Christmas with seasonal      Ampney St Mary (wrap up well & bring a torch!)

           readings, songs and carols by candlelight

           followed by mulled wine and mince pies!

Sunday 27th November   Advent Sunday

  8am  BCP Holy Communion                               Harnhill

10am  Parish Communion                                     Poulton

10am  Service of the Word                                    Harnhill 

Wednesday 30th November 

7.30-8.30pm   Time for Peace and Prayer                    Harnhill Church

8.30pm           Compline - A Service of Night Prayer  Harnhill Church

Saturday 3rd December  Ampney Crucis Christmas Bazaar

2-3.30pm  Christmas Bazaar                        Ampney Crucis Village Hall

7.30pm     Choral Concert

              with the Burford Chorale                    Down Ampney Church

                 Choral Favourites and Seasonal Songs

                 Tickets £15 - Mulled Wine and Mince Pies

Sunday 4th December   2nd Sunday of Advent

  8am  BCP Holy Communion                               Ampney Crucis

10am  Parish Communion                                     Down Ampney

10am  Service of the Word                                    Harnhill

Monday 5th December

10.30-12.30  The Dwelling Place Art Cafe           Harnhill Centre

                      Bring your art or craft project or just yourself

                      for a time just to be and enjoy some coffee and cake

                      and good company!

                      Call 01285 - 850283 for more information

Wednesday 7th December

7.30-8.30pm   Time for Peace and Prayer                    Harnhill Church

8.30pm             Compline - A Service of Night Prayer  Harnhill Church

Contact

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

01285 851309