Who we are

@acnbchurch is a group of four Church of England congregations in three parishes: Ampfield, Chilworth and North Baddesley. We serve these places as church recognising the needs and hopes of all the people. We proclaim the gospel in word and deed, as agents of God’s purposes of love. We commit to be peacemakers and reconcilers so that the light of God may be made visible.

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What do we do?

We are congregations sharing together in the work of being Parish Churches, places of discipleship, ministry and mission.

Parish churches have a unique calling. They are embedded in the community, and have particular responsibility to care for, minister in and serve among the people of their community.

  • Discipleship refers to the ways we meet the God of Jesus Christ and seek transformation by the Holy Spirit to become more like Christ each day.
  • Ministry refers to the way we build one another up as one body in Christ.
  • Mission refers to the ways we meet God beyond the church in our workplaces, our schools, the neighbourhoods around our places and in the face of those who are excluded or disabled.

Everything we do is some form of discipleship, ministry and/or mission.

Where we work

We work in Ampfield, Chilworth, and North Baddesley. These parishes are in the south of England, between Romsey, Winchester and Southampton

Ampfield is an expanding village north-east of Romsey, with service companies and an arboricultural nursery. St Mark has a friendly, community minded congregation. They meet at St Mark’s, a Victorian Church located in a woodland grove. Places Page

Chilworth is a settlement just north of Southampton. The expanding modern village and science park borders a tiny ancient settlement. A small congregation uses the the Book of Common Prayer (1662) for liturgy. The church is a Victorian replacement on a pre-Norman Christian site. Places Page

North Baddesley is a rapidly growing suburban centre between Chilworth and Romsey. A friendly community with particular concern for ‘the earth’ and social action, meet at All Saints, a contemporary 1950’s ‘estate church’. The small Norman church of St John the Baptist to the north of the village remains in active use with a distinct core congregation, and is a Small Pilgrim Place. Places Page

If you want to check whether you live within @acnbchurch ‘parish boundaries’, or want to find your local Church of England place, we recommend Church of England’s directory site: A Church Near You.

Astronaut photograph of earth illustrating the landform and use around @acnbchurch
Some of our patch of Hampshire – © Earth Science and Remote Sensing Unit, NASA

What we believe

We are congregations sharing together in the work of being Parish Churches, places of discipleship, ministry and mission.

As a group of churches we bring people from different walks of life with varied and rich life and faith experiences.

We believe that in our life together we should be able to affirm that

It’s possible to be churches together in community, to support and encourage each other without imposing one culture.

It’s possible to be a church which lives with its hands open and avoids being either defensive or closed minded.

It’s possible to be caring towards those excluded, in trouble, living with illness or disability in a way which honours the humanity of all and strengthens the the whole community

Administrative and leadership practices can deepen and embody our understanding of the kingdom, rather than conflict with or confuse it.

It’s possible to grow without becoming impersonal, two-dimensional, or an ogre.

You can do unbelievable things together if you start with one another’s assets rather than deficits.

It’s possible to believe that, in Christ, the future is bigger than the past.

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Who’s Who?

Our churches rely on a multitude of people working in unity: almost all voluntarily. We are one team together.

Revd Victoria Ashdown: portrait

Victoria Ashdown

Vicar

Revd Victoria Ashdown is Vicar of Ampfield, Chilworth and North Baddesley

Lay Minister Sally Kerson: Portrait

Sally Kerson

Lay Minister | Administrator

Sally Kerson is both Lay Minister and Office Administrator for the group

Revd Vanessa Lawrence: Portrait

Vanessa Lawrence

Associate Priest

Revd Vanessa Lawrence is a Mental Health Chaplain and Associate Priest here

How we worship

We work in Ampfield, Chilworth, and North Baddesley. These parishes are in the south of England, between Romsey, Winchester and Southampton

One confession of the Christian faith says as human beings our chief purpose is to glorify and enjoy God forever. Worship is the moment when we discover who God is and realise who we are. Worship should happen in all parts of life not only when we are at a service. Most importantly:

  • In confession and forgiveness we are restored as God’s beloved children
  • In praise and thanksgiving we express and rejoice in the richness of the glory and majesty of God
  • In prayer we call on God to make the world more like the kingdom of God
  • in the sharing of communion we seek to become Christ’s body in the world

Our central acts of gathered worship are our Sunday morning services at 9.30am in Ampfield and North Baddesley and in Chilworth at 11am. These are the key moments when we meet together as congregations. The congregation is involved and there are opportunities to explore faith, and deepen relationships.

There are four sorts of Sunday service

Services vary by place and date. The events calendar has full details. The next five events are shown below:

  • Worship For All is an informal cafe church with a talk, readings from the Bible and participation from adults and children to help meet God.
  • Holy Communion using ‘Common Worship’ with carefully chosen liturgy and a sermon or talk.
  • Holy Communion using the Book of Common Prayer (1662)
  • Matins, sometimes partly sung, using the Book of Common Prayer
Tue 17

Holy Communion

September 17 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 am
Wed 18

Morning prayer

September 18 @ 8:45 am - 9:30 am
Thu 19

Morning Prayer

September 19 @ 9:30 am - 10:30 am
Thu 19

Holy Communion in the evening

September 19 @ 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Sun 22

Holy Communion

September 22 @ 9:30 am - 10:30 am

Common Worship is a family of volumes with liturgy in diverse styles. Most of the material is in contemporary language. Together with the Book of Common Prayer, Common Worship makes up the official liturgical resource of the Church of England. The Book of Common Prayer was published in 1662. Many people continue to love the the beauty of its language and its services remain widely used. 

  • Liturgy refers to the patterns, forms, words and actions through which public worship is conducted.

Read more on the Church of England website

Morning weekday services

Church midweek services offer an opportunity to gather for prayer and worship in the week. If Morning Prayer on Wednesday or Thursday morning, Holy Communion on a Tuesday morning or Thursday Evening seems a good time to worship God: it is. These spoken services are part of the life of our church and a direct reflection of what the first Christians did.

Informal gathering

We have friendly small gatherings to pray, and learn outside a regular ‘service,’ These include TWWG at 4pm on second and fourth Sunday of each month.

Special services

We offer special services for weddings, funerals and memorial services. We also are glad to baptise (christen) adults, and children by arrangement as is appropriate. If you wish to mark a significant life event we may also be able to shape a liturgy to allow you give thanks.

How we belong

We regard everyone as belonging to @acnbchurch if they either live within the boundary of one of the three parishes in this group or make any of our four churches their regular church home. There are more formal ways to belong as follows:

  • Baptism is the way we signal that we want to belong to God forever
  • Confirmation is a way of asking the Holy Spirit to bring to life in us the fruits of our baptism
  • Joining the electoral roll is the way we become able to participate in the governance of the church
  • Joining a group or committee is a way to participate in the running of the church
  • Joining the friends is a way of associating yourself with our work, ministry and the care of our buildings

How we organise

Like every group that functions well we need structure to organise events and programmes and make and implement decisions.

We organise events and programmes through our various groups, including Ministry Team, Hospitality, Sustainability and others.

We make and implement decisions through the Parish Church Councils of each Parish. Our Church Councils share common long term plan. Delivering those long term objectives happens in slightly different ways across our places to meet the specific needs of each parish

In addition @acnbchurch also has close links with ‘Romsey Deanery’ a group of nearby Parish Churches, and with other churches in North Baddesley.

Behind the scenes are governance, money and planning. The ministry and mission of each of our parishes is overseen by the Parish Church Council, a predominantly lay body. Once you’ve enrolled on the electoral roll, you have the right to vote on the members of the PCC, and, after just six months, you can stand for election as well.

To be involved in the governance of our parishes, contact our Vicar at vicar@acnb-church.org

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What area do we cover?

If you want to check whether you live within @acnbchurch ‘parish boundaries’, or want to find your local Church of England place, we recommend Church of England’s directory site: A Church Near You.