March News

Returning to Church in Person

Following the recent announcements, the staff team has agreed that it is safe and sensible to take steps towards reopening our church building. As we’ve been looking at how to do this, we have been aware that the Church of England does not permit children’s work or youth activities on a Sunday morning. Given that we are still in lockdown, we have decided to reopen on the 29th March, in time for Holy Week. We will continue our online services until then. This will mean that our Holy Week events will take place in person, and we will celebrate together as a church family in two congregations on Easter morning, with services at 9 and 10.45. Our services after Easter will depend on guidance, which we will keep you updated on, but we are encouraged that it will not be too long until we are back in person!

When meeting in person, we will still be following strict guidance on mask-wearing, social distancing and for the time being, no congregational singing. We will still be making online provisions for those who would prefer not to attend or are unable to attend in person. Please note that after Easter and the restarting of services in person, we will not be opening for private prayer mid-week as we have been doing.

For more information please see here

Holy Week (28th March – 4th April)

Holy Week is a time to reflect, have space and encounter God in the run up to Easter. We love the space it brings, and try to clear our schedules as much as possible in that week to encounter Jesus and remember what He did for us on the cross. We’ve got several things lined up (in person and online) for that week which we’d love to do as a church family.

These include in person Morning Prayer each day, time and space to reflect in the church building, Night Prayer and worship evenings. Find more information on dates, timings and online provisions by clicking this link – we are very excited!

For our young people, we’ve got two Easter trails for them to join in with! One is for under 10’s, and will be partnered with other churches in the area, and the other will be for over 10’s, and is ‘Among Us’ themed! We are looking for help for the under 10’s Easter Story trail in particularly, if you are able to help see this document. We will be updating our Easter page with more information soon.

Bible Study Breakfasts

We’re studying Philippians together in the early morning for those that are keen to dig in to more of God’s word. Bring your Bible and breakfast and join us on Zoom at 7.30am every Tuesday. For the Zoom link, contact Lauren, Peter or the office.

Mission – Eco-Church

As a church we care deeply about all aspects of mission. Recently, a group of volunteers have formed to create an Eco-Church group, who will help us identify ways we can respond to the climate crisis in our duty to care for all of creation. For more information and ways we can get started as individuals, please see this document

Easter Lilies

Each year we give the opportunity at Easter for people to remember loved ones who are not with us any more. If you would like to buy an Easter lily in memory of someone, which will be displayed in the church, please contact the office (office@ascensionsouthampton.co.uk)

What about a New Vicar?

The advert is going out very soon (later in March)! We are so thankful for our wonderful PCC who have put so much time into creating the parish profile and job advert – it is no small task! We have two representatives from the PCC who will be involved interview process. They will be on the panel with the Bishop and Diocesan team when the interviews take place in May. Once we have news, we will be sure to let you know but thank God for how he has guided us in this process so far.

Finally, but most importantly, we take great hope in Jesus as he leads us and guides us each day

“May God himself, the God of peace, sanctify you through and through. May your whole spirit, soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. The one who calls you is faithful, and he will do it.” 1 Thessalonians 5: 23-24