Church News September 2019

Dear Friends

Many years ago (and I’m showing my age here) there was a series of humorous TV adverts which proclaimed that “Happiness is …”. 

These entertaining adverts concluded the sentence with the words – “… a cigar called Hamlet”.  You can still see some of them on YouTube – they are a bit dated, I confess.


I wonder - how would you conclude the sentence “Happiness is …”?

Apparently, we are not very good at judging the things that will really make us happy.  There is some evidence for this, which takes the form of comparisons between people in different situations with an indication of which are the happier.

For example, those who watch less TV are apparently happier than those who watch more.

A more surprising revelation perhaps is that athletes who win a bronze medal are happier than those who win silver. 

Other comparisons show that those who do something well are less happy than those who do something good – even if they feel they haven’t managed to do it well; that couples who are married are happier than those who live together (though married men are happier than married women); and those who take time to pray or meditate are happier than those who don’t.  And people who sing together – perhaps in a choir – are happier.

The consistent theme is that the way of life commended in the Bible tends to make people happier – even when we might have thought otherwise.  I suppose this does make some sense, as Jesus said that he had come so that we might enjoy life to the full (John 10:10), and it’s a great encouragement to those who try to live in the way he taught.

And yes, in case you were wondering, the research even showed that those who belong to a church community are happier than those who don’t.  Anyone who wants to try that out for themselves can be assured of a warm welcome at any of our services!

Contact - The Rev’d Canon John Swanton

01285 – 851309

Services at All Saints’ Church

Sunday 1st Sept           11th Sunday after Trinity

10.00am           Parish Communion at Down Ampney

6.00pm             Evensong at Ampney St Mary

Sunday 8th Sept           12th Sunday after Trinity

10.00am           Parish Communion Service at Driffield

11.00am        The Arnhem Service

                     75th Anniversary Commemorations

Sunday 15th Sept         13th Sunday after Trinity

10.00am           Parish Communion at Ampney Crucis

6.00pm             Word and Worship at Poulton

Tuesday 24th Sept

6.00pm             Holy Communion & Meditation at Poulton

Sunday 22nd Sept        14th Sunday after Trinity

10.00am           Parish Communion at Poulton

 6.00pm            Evening Prayer and Meditation at Ampney Crucis

Sunday 29th Sept        St Michael and All Angels

10am                Parish Communion at Harnhill

6.00pm             Songs of Praise and drinks at Poulton



Coffee Morning

4th Wednesday of each month – at 11am in the Dakota Room.  Please do come along and join us for tea/coffee, cake and conversation.

25th September


Poulton Fete

Sunday 1st September from 12.30

at Englands Sports Ground


The composer Debbie Wiseman OBE has written a new piece of music titled “The Down Ampney March” to mark the 75th anniversary of Operation Market Garden in memory of those who served here at RAF Down Ampney.  It will be performed for the first time in the village on 8th September at The Arnhem Service.

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