Bourton on the Water
with St James', Clapton on the Hill
part of the Benefice of Bourton on the Water with Clapton & the Rissingtons
Little Rissington is a very welcoming and friendly village of 118 houses with a population of 219 voters and approximately 36 children of school age and under, excluding those at university or living away from home.
The village produces a monthly newsletter, keeping everyone in touch with dates of WI Meetings, regular coffee mornings, Book Club, Carol singing and the like.
The 12th century church of St Peter is situated away from the village across a field and is accessed by footpath at the front and car park at the back. The church and churchyard are well maintained and the RAF cemetery which contains war graves brings visitors from around the world.
Worship is both traditional and contemporary, always with music. There are four services each month, varying in style and liturgy, with an average congregation of about 25. Extra services include our Patronal Festival, RAF Memorial Service, Harvest Festival and Remembrance Service.
The church, which supports many charities and attracts outside visitors, derives its income mainly from Stewardship scheme envelopes and the monthly coffee mornings and we always cover our Parish Share contribution. We have an enthusiastic band of cleaners and flower arrangers and a team of readers for lessons and prayers every Sunday. Visiting is done on a friendly and informal basis.
Upper Rissington, although a separate civil parish, is part of the ecclesiastical parish of Little Rissington. Upper Rissington is growing, with the building of a further 350 houses currently going on. We welcome all into the church but also support the ecumenical work of CURVE in Upper Rissington, seeking to think about the emergence of church in that community.