“I just know how much I rely on my own faith to guide me through the good times and the bad. Each day is a new beginning, I know that the only way to live my life is to try to do what is right, to take the long view, to give of my best in all that the day brings, and to put my trust in God. Like others of you who draw inspiration from your own faith, I draw strength from the message of hope in the Christian Gospel.” The Queen 2022
For all of my life the Queen has been Head of State, Head of the Commonwealth and Head of the Church of England. She has been unashamed about her belief and faith in God ,and has been steadfast, constant and consistent in her service of this country.
When I was installed as Vicar at Down Ampney Church in 2011, I was required to swear an oath of allegiance to the Queen – as all clergy are when they are appointed to new jobs. I did so willingly, for in our country the monarch is an intrinsic part of an ancient system (which we don’t necessarily understand or appreciate) of checks and balances in public life that help protect our rights and freedoms. The monarch is above poliyics, can speak freely to those in power, has a unique insight into the life of the country, provides the long-view, and is a symbol of unity and nationhood. Whilst we may take this for granted – we are the envy of other nayions.
Yes, the Queen is fated and there is fuss and ﬂummery when she visits, or people visit her – but she has remained authentically herself: daughter, sister, wife, mother, monarch, countrywoman and a Christian.
“Jesus Christ lived obscurely for most of his life, and never travelled far. He was maligned and rejected by many, though he had done no wrong. And yet, billions of people now follow his teaching and find in him the guiding light for their lives. I am one of them because Christ’s example helps me see the value of doing small things with great love…” The Queen 2016
We have much to be thankful for in our monarch who has served us, our country, the Commonwealth, and her God faithfully for the past 70 years.
GOD SAVE THE QUEEN!
Yours as ever — John
Vicar: The Rev’d Canon John Swanton
Tel: 01285 – 851309
Services at All Saints’ Church
Friday 3rd June: Jubilee Bank Holiday
7pm Pub to Pulpit Folk Concert at Down Ampney Church
Sunday 5th June: PENTECOST and Jubilee Weekend
10am Parish Communion at Down Ampney
10am Jubilee Songs of Praise at Poulton
6pm Jubilee Songs of Praise at Ampney St Mary
Tuesday 7th June
10am Communion and Meditation at Poulton
Sunday 12th June: Trinity Sunday
8am Holy Communion at Poulton
10am Parish Communion at Driﬃeld
Sunday 19th June: 1st Sunday after Trinity
8am Holy Communion at Ampney St Peter
10am Parish Communion at Ampney Crucis
Sunday 26th June: 2nd Sunday after Trinity
8am Holy Communion at Harnhill
10am Parish Communion at Poulton
PUB TO PULPIT
7pm Friday 3rd June – Down Ampney Church
We are hosstng the premiere of a folk concert called ‘Pub to Pulpit’ telling the story of how Ralph Vaughan Williams turned folk songs into well known hymn tunes. It should be a lively, funny and musical evening with singers - Broomdashers and musicians – Coracle. Hear them as they start their British aisles tour! Tickets £15
Designs for a new stained-glass window for Down Ampney Church are now on display in the church. The designer is a well-known and internationally recognised stained-glass artist – Tom Denny.