The Ampneys, Driffield with harnHill and poulton

 
 


Contact us:


Vicar:    The Rev’d John Swanton

Email:   john@swanton.plus.com

Home No: 01285 851309

Address: The Rectory

                Ampney Crucis

                Cirencester

                Gloucestershire

                GL7 5RY


Curate    The Rev’d Lynn Hayler

Email: lynnhayler@hotmail.co.uk

Home No: 01285 711698

Address: 5 Pips Field Way

                Fairford

                Gloucestershire

                GL7 4FG

















Churchwardens:

Ampney Crucis:

Vacancy

Vacancy


Ampney St Peter &

Ampney St Mary:

Mrs Chris Copley

Mr Michael Eliot


Down Ampney:

Mr Derek Skinner

Mrs Adrienne Stokes


Driffield with Harnhill:

Mrs Sue Philips

Mr James Lockhart


Poulton:

Mrs Rosie Arkwright

Vacancy


Please find attached the Annual Report for our Parishes:


APCM Annual Report 2016.doc





 
 

Welcome to our website for five rural parishes - with seven beautiful and historic churches - in the South Cotswolds near Cirencester. 


Each Tuesday

9.15am          Informal Prayers with coffee           Poulton


Each Tuesday and Thursday

9pm               Compline                                                 Harnhill


Wednesday 20th September

5pm              Evening Prayer                                        Castle Eaton


15th Sunday after Trinity

Sunday 24th September

  8am             Holy Communion                                   Driffield

10amParish Communion                          Poulton

  4pm             4 Families Service - Harvest               Down Ampney

  6pm             Holy Communion                                   Ampney Crucis


Wednesday 27th September

5pm              Evening Prayer                                        Castle Eaton


Wednesday 4th October

5pm              Evening Prayer                                        Bibury


Wednesday 11th October

5pm              Evening Prayer                                        Down Ampney


Wednesday 18th October

5pm              Evening Prayer                                        Southrop


Wednesday 25th October

5pm              Evening Prayer                                        Marston Meysey



                                                
 


Dear Friends and Neighbours


At heart, I am a naturally shy and reserved person (truly!), so making small talk and chatting with ‘strangers’ is a bit of a challenge.  But, it is something I know I have to do – and it goes with the job of being a Vicar!


When I talk with people and find out more about them, the more I discover that I like them (mostly); and this is because they often tell me their story - something about themselves - and why it is they have become the people they are today.  It is a real privilege to hear these stories.


It’s at such times that I remember that proverb from the Cherokee tribe of Native Americans –


“Don’t criticize a man, until you have walked a mile in his shoes”


I have learned not to come to too hasty a judgement, or form an opinion about something or someone too quickly.  For some, this might seem as indecision, or sitting on the fence.  But I know – all too often – that a situation has more than one side or perspective; and one needs to take some time to find out the whole story.


We live in a time when people are all too ready to express their views and opinions too quickly about circumstances and situations when they are not necessarily in possession of all the facts.  Facebook, Twitter and the press in various guises are keen to hear our views and opinions – ‘now’. 


Sadly, as a result, too many people are damned or demonized before they get a fair hearing; and relatively few are made hero’s or saints.


When Jesus asked his followers to ‘Love your neighbour as yourself’ (Mark 12:31), I believe he was asking us to seek to understand a little more about the person we are tempted to criticize; and in doing so, we might find that ‘there but the grace of God, go I’.


I wonder – whose shoes would you want to walk in, to find out why it is they have become the person they are today?



Rev’d John Swanton, Team Rector



If you would like a member of the clergy to visit or bring you home Communion please do let the Rector know – 01285 - 851309












 

The Parishes of Ampney Crucis, Ampney St Peter & Ampney St Mary, Down Ampney,

Driffield with Harnhill and Poulton

in the South Cotswolds Team Ministry

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