January Update

Over the past few days, we have been following the situation regarding COVID-19 very carefully. As we are sure many of you are aware, cases are rising at an alarming rate, and much of the country is now under the Tier 4 stay at home restrictions.

Under current guidance, communal worship is still permitted by the Government. However, advice from the Church of England both nationally and locally is that extreme caution is encouraged. As such, many other local churches have now decided to move their services online for the coming weeks. Moreover, under current guidance from the Church of England, youth activities are not permitted in Tier 4. Although this term is ambiguous, it is indicative of the expectations about what we can and cannot do regarding kid’s church.

We regret therefore, that we have taken the painful decision to not meet in person until lockdown has lifted. We know how horrible a decision this is, and how disappointing this will be for many of us, staff team included. We are sorry to have to do this with such late notice.

This decision is not taken lightly. However, what we are hearing is that hospitals and their staff are becoming increasingly overwhelmed, and that we are all being asked to do what we can to stop the spread of the virus. Despite our feeling as though church is a safe place, and the personal cost to all of us, we nevertheless have a duty of care to all in our community, and wider obligations. We do not want to be contributing unreasonably to a situation that has already caused so much hardship.

Throughout January therefore, both of our services will be online; the 9:00am via Zoom as before, and the 10:45am will be streamed via YouTube. Kids Church and Youth will also be online as before. For those that would like to, we will open again for private prayer on Wednesday’s only, from 9.00-11.00am, beginning on the 13 of January. Please contact the office for Zoom details for the 9.00am service, kids or youth work.

We are sorry that this decision is hugely disappointing. We have loved being able to worship together over the Christmas period, and we look forward to the time when we can come together again freely and safely. We care deeply about every single one of you, and want to continue to support you however we are able. Please be assured of our prayers for you and your families.

We would also ask that if you feel able could you share this news with anyone who may attend church who may not be on our usual methods of communication, for example, by email or social media, or who do not have internet access.

We will be updating this website, along with our social media channels, Facebook community page and those signed up to our mailing list with any changes or further updates. If you have any further questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us at office@ascensionsouthampton.co.uk