Who we are

We are the Church of England in Ampfield, Chilworth and North Baddesley, three villages in the south of Hampshire.

Our misison is

Our mission is to witness to God’s love and presence within our communities as a Christian fellowship, by living out the gospel, celebrating the sacraments, serving the local community, and loving and welcoming all people, rich or poor. We follow the teachings of Christ and meet throughout the week to encourage each other in our Spiritual and prayerful lives, so that we may be prepared to roll up our sleeves and work as God directs us.

tl:dr or the small print...

Each village lies in its own church parish. Our Vicar is appointed as incumbent with equal responsibiltiy for each. The Vicar shares their duty with the Parish Church Council from each village and the Bishop of Winchester.

Some definitions

  • A church (ecclesial) parish is the smallest geographic unity in the Church of England.
  • A parish church council (PCC) is a charity governed by law. It has specific responsiblities and the members are trustees. Becuase our PCC’s each have a gross income of less than £100,000 they are not required to be ‘registered’ as charities. http://www.parishresources.org.uk/pccs/registration/
  • The Bishop of Winchester is one of forty or so senior leaders in the Church of England who have responsiblity for the church in each of its Dioceses
  • The boundaries of the parishes of Ampfield, Chilworth and North Baddesely form a contiguous zone.

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