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Events at Ascension this week 8th March

…. Morning Prayer on Tuesdays & Thursdays at 9 am at the front of church. There’s a bible reading with time to share thoughts, space to pray together, and reflective time in God’s presence. a lovely way to start off the day, centreing around our Lord if you are able to join us after school drop off.

Monday 9th March – Small Group Leaders – 7.30 pm next meeting at Robert & Margaret’s

Wednesday 11th March – Worship at Culverhayes Nursing Home – 3 pm. Worship with residents, staff and sometimes residents’ families & friends. Usually 2nd Weds of the month –

Best Foot Forward Line Dancing the group meets weekly on Wednesdays 8.00-9.30 pm in the hall. A great way to keep fit! Thursday 12th March –

Ascension Springs Café! – Every Thursday during term time 8:30-11:30 am in the main church. Wonderful atmosphere with yummy food, toys for babies & toddlers. Very much open to all ages. Come with a friend or 2 and relax together (for more details contact Sarah).

Sunday 15th March – 4:30-6pm Ascension Springs Plus. Sunday gathering based on Steps with God – crafts, discussion, chat and tea. This month’s theme – ‘Steps with God’: Thinking about where our path has gone, and will go, and where God is in that journey. Everyone is welcome, particularly anyone who finds this time helpful on a Sunday! or would just like to be together and reflect on Christianity in a different way. and coming up….

Parochial Church Council – Wednesday 18th March at 7.30 pm in the upper room. Pray for us all as we meet to weigh and decide about the running of and directions at Ascension.

Coronavirus Precautions

While we have not yet been asked to do so, we have decided to be a bit ahead of the curve and for our Communion services: – at the Peace we invite you to greet each other but not shake hands etc. – all serving Communion will use antibacterial hand-wash before serving you – for now the wine will be available to all, but if you prefer just to have the bread that will fine

February Family Activities at Ascension

Sunday 2nd 10:30am All Age service with croissants in the church from 10am

Sunday 9th 10:30am Church with EPIC

Sunday 16th 10:30am Church with Baptism and EPIC

4:30-6pm Ascension Springs Plus (Sunday gathering based on Eucharist Journey- crafts, discussion, chat and tea)

Sunday 23rd 10:30am Church with baptism and EPIC

4pm Film in the Crypt

Tuesday 25th Shrove Tuesday – Pancake Party 3:30-5:30pm in hall and church

Every Tuesday and Thursday (not 18th&20th) prayer in the church 9-9:30am

Every Thursday (except 20th) 8:30-11:30 Ascension Springs Cafe in church – coffee, cake, bacon butties etc.

Keep up to date on Facebook: Ascension Gateway More details contact Sarah: / 07779 781465

(EPIC – is our name for children’s church – usually includes lively songs, games, stories and craft to get to know God)

FInding Hope, Vicar’s weekly thought for 12th jan

Finding Hope

Where, hand on heart, can you say you have found hope? Where and when has it been renewed?

I suspect the classic moments of New Year resolutions are not often firm ground for rebuilding hope! Looking round this congregation after many years, hand on heart I can say that many of you still tell me of moments of encounter with the Lord himself which have most changed your life and heart, have given hope often through many years. They may actually be quite small moments, but their effect is very long-lasting indeed and you remember them! As Jesus began his ministry at his baptism, do you notice how few words his Father in heaven had to speak over him? “This is my dearly loved Son, who brings me great joy” [1] . Heaven has opened, and the words are few, but bring great long-term effects! (not that Jesus didn’t spend many more times listening to his Father beyond that!). St Paul writes, ‘So now we can rejoice in our wonderful new relationship with God because our Lord Jesus Christ has made us friends of God.’ [2] I too have found my hope renewed for real when I walk in relationship with my Lord Jesus Christ. May we all find ways to do this in 2020.

[1] Matthew 3.17 [2] Romans 5.11

Honour each other, this week’s vicar’s thought

Honour each other

From where we stand, we find it difficult to see just how Jesus turned the world of his day upside down (although perhaps we need to relearn the lessons!). We’ve already heard St Peter honour slaves on an equal footing to kings. He was following in his master’s footsteps – Jesus treated those who were the least with the same honour as the high and mighty, in fact probably gave more honour to the least. In Roman times this was particularly noted by the authorities as slaves turned to Christ in huge numbers. Although we also have records of high up members of Caesar’s household becoming Christians, and sharing fellowship with slaves…….. imagine…..!!

What has this to do with today’s subject, how wives and husbands relate to each other in Christ?

St Peter starts his bit on this, ‘In the same way….’ It is deeply about honouring of each other, in ways I hope I can explain in my talk. There is much wisdom here that is extremely relevant today, particularly in a world where women are often still the ones set upon, and indeed men can often feel they’ve lost their way too. Finally, Peter moves on to the way we should honour each other whoever we are, and beyond that inviting us to pay back those who insult us with a blessing instead. There is much underlying shame to our actions when we ‘screw up’ in the way we treat each other. We may not be able to explain it consciously, and certainly not admit it, but feel somewhere along the line we have failed each other and be unsure how to do better. Fortunately we follow a Saviour who came to take away our shame and bring us into a place of transforming forgiveness.