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Be kind

The season of Lent is upon us – March and early April this year is the time when the Christian Church will be anticipating and preparing for its most important festival – Easter.

The 40 days of Lent is usually a time when one gives up or takes up something. One thing that all of us could take up is being kind. In recent weeks there has been a lot of talk about the need for our society – particularly in the sphere of social media (or should that be anti-social media?) – to be kinder and make life better and happier for others, and indeed ourselves.

Kindness is one of the values that our local church schools celebrates and practices. One of the notable features of our schools at Ampney Crucis and Down Ampney is how, at play time, the children of all ages play together – which is often commented on by visitors and inspectors as being a really healthy trait of a school that lives out its values.

So what do people say about kindness? -

“Remember, there is no such thing as a small act of kindness. Every act creates a ripple with no logical end” (Scott Adams)

“A single act of kindness throws out roots in all directions” (Amelia Earhart)

“Kind words can be short and easy to speak but their echos are truly endless” (Mother Teresa)

“This is my simple religion. No need for temples. No need for complicated philosophy. Your own mind, your own heart is the temple. Your philosophy is simple kindness” ( Dalai Lama XIV)

“We don’t have to agree on anything to be kind to one another” (Anon)

“Kindness is pulling someone up after they have been knocked down” (RAKtivist)

Our school children practice kindness and understand how it builds friendship and community and has a power of its own.

So this Lent – make that choice – practice being kind! Very often, it costs nothing and yet is hugely valuable.

The Rev’d Canon John Swanton
01285 851309
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Services at All Saints’ Church


Wednesday 25th February: Ash Wednesday

Noon Holy Communion with Ashing at Driffield


 Sunday 1st March: 1st Sunday of Lent and St David’s Day

10.00am Parish Communion at Down Ampney


Sunday 8th March: 2nd Sunday of Lent

10.00am Parish Communion at Harnhill


Sunday 15th March: 3rd Sunday of Lent

10.00am Parish Communion at Ampney Crucis


Sunday 22nd March: 4th Sunday of Lent and Mothering Sunday

The Bishops of Gloucester and Tewkesbury are visiting the South Cotswold Team this day

10.00am Family Communion at Kempsford

3.30pm Tea & Cake with Question and Answer Session at Quenington Village Hall

6.00pm Choral Evensong at Coln St Aldwyns


Sunday 29th March: 5th Sunday of Lent (Clocks go forward)

10.00am Parish Communion at Ampney St Peter


Down Ampney Coffee Morning

11am on Wednesday 25th March in the Dakota Room at the Village Hall


SAYING YES TO LIFE - a Lenten reflection

As we can see locally, nationally and internationally, our world is under pressure from the way we humans use it. The climate is changing with repercussions for people everywhere. This is the world that God made and cherishes – and we are both part of the problem and part of the solution. The Archbishop of Canterbury’s Lent book – ‘Saying Yes to Life’, written by Ruth Valerio, looks at the story of creation and helps us to reflect on what action we can take to help live in harmony with our world and redress some of the challenges we all face.

We will look at themes of light and water; land and trees; sea creatures and birds; land animals and then, finally, the last animal to be created: humans. We will consider how all these themes weave together and what an amazing, but troubled, world we live in. We will see churches and Christians working to bring resurrection life into many situations, and we shall think about what action we can take ourselves.
Justin Welby, Archbishop of Canterbury

You are invited to join us over six weeks:

Session 1 - Let there be light
Tuesday 10th March
10.30am – Noon The Rectory Ampney Crucis
7.00pm – 8.30pm The Rectory Ampney Crucis

Session 2  - Let the waters be separated
Tuesday 17th March
7.00pm – 8.30pm The Rectory Ampney Crucis

Session 3 - Let the land produce vegetation
Tuesday 24th March
10.30am – Noon The Rectory Ampney Crucis
7.00pm – 8.30pm The Rectory Ampney Crucis

Session 4 - Let there be lights in the sky
Tuesday 31st March
10.30am – Noon The Rectory Ampney Crucis
7.00pm – 8.30pm The Rectory Ampney Crucis

Session 5 - Let the waters teem with living creatures and let the birds fly
Tuesday 7th April
10.30am – Noon The Rectory Ampney Crucis<
7.00pm – 8.30pm The Rectory Ampney Crucis

Session 6 - Let the land produce living creatures and let us make humankind in our image
Tuesday 21st April
10.30am – Noon The Rectory Ampney Crucis
7.00pm – 8.30pm The Rectory Ampney Crucis

For more information or to join a group please contact Canon John Swanton
Tel: 01285 851309 or email – This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

There will also be a group on a Wednesday afternoon in Poulton Our Parish Communion Services in the period of Lent will have this theme as well.


 Sunday 22nd March 2020 – The Bishops’ Visit to the South Cotswolds

The Bishops of Gloucester and Tewkesbury will be visiting the South Cotswolds on Sunday 22nd and Monday 23rd March - please do come and join them as we gather together:

Team Parish Communion at 10am at Kempsford and Lechlade
12.30 Bring and Share Lunch in Fairford
Walk/Pilgrimage to Quenington
3.30pm Tea and Cake with Q&A to Bishops in Quenington Village Hall
6pm Choral Evensong at Coln St Aldwyns

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