Ascension Church – Verse for 2019
“Arise, shine; for your light has come,
The glory of the Lord has risen upon you.” Isaiah 60.1
Regular spiritual and social events
NEW – Morning Prayer every Tuesday and Thursday at 8.30 am in church.
We’re making a new start beginning 3rd & 5th September. There’ll be a bible reading with a thought, a chance to pray together, and reflective time in God’s presence. It’ll be good to have more shared prayer here in the church, and to express our togetherness before the Lord in this way. It really is come as you can, we hope it’ll build up over time.
We have 6 Small Groups meeting in the week for Christian support, prayer and learning – please see our weekly Notice Sheet for details.
Ascension Springs Café! – re-starts Thursday 5th Sept. Every Thursday during term time 8:30 – 11:30 am in the main church. Wonderful atmosphere with yummy food (cakes, waffles, homemade treats), as well as a wide range of hot & cold drinks (hot chocolate, chai latte)! Toys for babies & toddlers. Very much open to all ages – come with a friend or 2 and relax together (for more details contact Sarah Sanderson)
Ascension Springs Plus Our gathering for all ages and generations – billed ‘Come, eat, drink and chat – discussion and activities about Christianity’. Every 3rd Sunday 4.30-6pm in the Ascension Gateway Hall. 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.
Ascension Knitting Group – 10am – 12 noon. Upcoming dates are Wednesday 4th and Monday 16th September in the main church. Do come and join in the good company as well as the knitting and refreshments. Usual dates are 1st Wednesdays and 3rd Mondays.
Best Foot Forward Line Dancing – the group meets weekly on a Wednesday 8.00-9.30 pm in the hall. A great way to keep fit!
Choir & Chat – You are welcome to come on into church to listen to choir practice and have coffee with the choir afterwards. The next date will be Friday 6th September – 7pm for music and 8pm for the social! Usual date 1st Fridays
Pastoral Visitors Monday 30th September 6.45 pm – All our Pastoral Visitors meet to support each other in their visiting, and to pray for those in various needs. If you think of someone who would appreciate a visit, or just prayer, please let us know (and don’t forget the hidden ones!)
Worship at Culverhayes Nursing Home Wednesday 11th September. Worship with residents, staff and sometimes residents’ families & friends.
Special Events …..
Giving for the Future – our whole Church Family is looking at what we give both · to support our ongoing ministry and work (we haven’t done this for 5 years!), and · the 2 capital projects we have under way at the moment – replacement of our church boilers for the winter, and the building of a church garden at the front of church
‘Giving for the Future’ packs have been passed round to every regular worshipper (we hope!), but if you’ve not received one, or are new to worshipping with us, there are copies readily available in church (or just ask!).
We are asking everyone to consider and return their responses by Sunday 22nd September in time to celebrate the outcome at Harvest
Harvest Celebrations: Do come and be with us, perhaps for the 1st time!
A Hoedown – Friday 4th October 6 – 9:30pm+ American style barn-dancing with supper in between sets – come for all or half, more details and tickets available soon. The band ‘Jumping Chickens’ have been before – we loved them, and they loved us!
Harvest Parade – Sunday 6th October 10.30 am with Bacon Butties, coffee etc in the Hall from 10 am. This is an All-Age service – we creatively worship, pray and listen, in ways that all ages can be part of (or just watch if you want to!).
Harvest Thanksgiving – Sunday 6th October 7 pm We are putting together an evening service with the emphasis on Thanksgiving, for harvest yes, but many things in our lives. The choir will be specially singing some music as part of the mix of hymns, readings and prayer. NB there will be no 9 am service with a service in the evening
We will be giving thanks at our Harvest Services for our responses to ‘Giving for the Future’ and offering them to the Lord
and please note…
The Parochial Church Council next meeting is Monday 19th September 7.30 pm the next one after that will be the Wednesday 13th November
Small Group Leaders next meeting is Tuesday 3rd September 7.30 pm at Robert & Margaret’s house.