April News

Holy Week 2023

Online prayers and reflection
This year we will be providing prayer videos for you to use throughout Holy Week.  Led by different members of our church family, the videos offer a chance to pray and reflect on the story of Jesus at the start of each day. Approximately 10 minutes long, they can be listened to or watched at a time that suits you.  There will be four videos available (one each day Monday – Thursday) available from 6:00 am on our YouTube page . We hope that you find them helpful. 

Morning Prayer & Evening Prayer
To mark the start of Holy Week, we will be opening the church up for Morning and Evening prayer on Monday 3rd, Tues 4th and April 5th April at 9am and 7pm . We would love to invite you to join us as we use this time for prayer and quiet reflection

Maundy Thursday Meal – Thursday 6th April, 7.00 pm
On Maundy Thursday we will be holding a time of worship and remembrance of the Last Supper.  Doors will open at 6:45 and we’ll begin at 7pm in the worship space, we will eat together, worship together and celebrate communion. Tickets are £5 per person and available to buy on our website until Sunday 2nd April so please do book if you would like to join us for this special evening together.

We have tried to keep the costs as low as we can for this event to enable as many people as possible to come. If you are willing and able to provide a pudding for this meal that that would be greatly appreciated – please contact Lizi@ascensionsouthampton.co.uk

Good Friday Service Friday 7th April, 1.00 – 3.00 pm
Good Friday service in the worship space, followed by quiet reflection.

Edge+ Easter Party (Townhill Park Community Centre) – Saturday 8th April, 4.00 – 6.00 pm
A family-friendly, informal gathering in Townhill. We will be celebrating Easter with a simple meal together and Easter-themed activities. If you would be able to help out at this event then we would love to have you join us! Please get in touch with Ruth@ascensionsouthampton.co.uk

Easter Sunday 

6.25 am Sunrise service in Riverside Park    
This Easter we will be starting the day with the sunrise, we will meet by the pontoon (straight along the riverside path from Cobden Bridge) for a short sunrise service, followed by bacon rolls (with a veggie alternative) back at Ascension. 

9.00 am Easter Celebration Communion Service at Ascension

10:00am Hot Cross Buns and Coffee at Ascension – all are invited – please do stay after the 9am or come earlier before the 10:45am service to spend time together and enjoy a hot cross bun or two!

10.45 am All age Easter Celebration Service at Ascension

Easter Lilies
Alex Tarling is kindly organising Easter lilies for those who would like to remember a loved one.  These will be displayed in the Worship Space over Easter. The lilies cost £3.50 each and can be bought via the office or online using churchsuite  by 3rd April.

APCM and electoral roll revision
As we prepare for our Annual Parochial Church Meeting (APCM) on the 23rd April, we ask people to consider joining the Electoral Roll if they are not yet on it.  This enables you to be able to vote at the APCM, where elections take place for the Parochial Church Council (the PCC), the Churchwardens and the parish’s representatives on the Deanery Synod.  To be eligible, you will need to complete this form by 8th April. Printed forms are also available on the welcome desk.

We have a number of other events coming up this month (and beyond) which have been detailed at the bottom of this e-mail, or are available in printed form on the welcome desk.

We hope to see you soon,

God bless,

The Ascension Staff Team

• Isaiah 53: 1 • ‘But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on him, and by his wounds we are healed’ •


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