Coronavirus Resources

UPDATE 26th February 2021

2nd Sunday of Lent   -  Sunday 28th February 10.30am

You are invited to a Livestream of Mass for the 2nd Sunday of Lent at 10.30am  with Father Darrell presiding. Guest preacher will be Professor Markus Bockmuehl.

The service will take place on the website www.zoom.us  or via the App if you have downloaded it.

Contact the Parish office on 01344 884686 or office@all-saints-ascot.org for the link to the Livestream.

A copy of the Order of Service can be seen here.

If you are unable to login to Zoom to view the service, you can join in by phone.   Contact the Parish Office for further details.

 

8.30am Sunday Mass at All Saints' Church is supended until further notice.

Dear Brothers and sisters,

In light of the rising cases of Covid, especially in our area, I have unfortunately come to the decision that we should suspend "in-person" worship, i.e., the 8:30am Mass, for the time being.  The 10:30am Mass via Zoom will, of course, continue.  This decision follows further guidance we received yesterday from the Diocese urging parishes "to take a very cautious approach in the weeks ahead" with regard to services in Churches.  The Diocese have not come out and asked us not to hold services in Churches, but are clearly desiring that as much as possible be done on-line.  I have also been moved by the fact that cases are rising in North Ascot and that our area is now well above the national average.  While there was not time to consult the PCC or standing committee, I am supported this by our Church Warden, Brian Bence, and the ministry team.  Let me assure you, that I have not taken this step lightly and will want to restore this "in-person" service as soon as it is safe do so.  It is perhaps unnecessary to add that I am looking forward to restoring all our in church and chapel services as soon as it is safe to do so.  Stay safe and well.                Fr Darrell 

 

 

The church is open for individual prayer on Sunday afternoons 12 noon to 3.30pm.

To comply with government regulations and ensure everyone’s safety at this time please note -

Persons entering must observe social distancing regulations in the church and when entering/leaving through the porch.

A maximum of 6 people are allowed in the church at any one time.

Persons entering must wear face coverings unless exempt.

No food or drink to be brought into church.

Persons are to wash hands, or use hand sanitizer (available in porch and church), before entering.

Please take care not to touch surfaces in the church unless necessary.

Check-in using the NHS QR code (poster inside church)

Please take a guidance sheet as you enter and leave it on the seat you have used. This is important so that others visiting the Church during the day will know which seats have been occupied. Cleaning takes place on Wednesdays.

 

Lent Book group

The Lent Book Group will return in March. Join us on Tuesday evenings on Zoom from 2nd March as we discuss 4 books. More information on the books on the Lent course page here. Various editions of these books are obtainable from your favourite bookseller and they may also be available from the local library (when open), or online. Login details on the weekly email or contact the Parish Office.
2nd March The Little Prince  (Antoine de Saint-Exupéry)
9th March Till we have faces  (CS Lewis)
16th March Joseph and the Three Gifts  (Brian Sibley)
23rd March The Testament of Mary  (Colm Tóibín)

 

Compline

There will be a service of Compline online via Zoom on Wednesday 3rd March at 7.30pm. Compline is a short service of quietness and reflection before rest at the end of the day. Please see the weekly email for login details or contact the Parish Office.

 


Oxford Diocese -  Church at Home service.

Oxford Diocese will continue Church at Home services for the foreseeable future, as there will be many among us who need to isolate for many more months to come.

See https://www.oxford.anglican.org/coronavirus-covid-19-2/livestream/  for details on how to access the livestreams/YouTube services.

 

The Men's Breakfast group continue to meet weekly. For the time being meetings take place on Zoom on Saturday afternoons at 2pm. Contact the Parish Office for the Meeting ID and Password if you have not already received them and would like to join in.

 

Youth Confirmation

We hope to start Youth Confirmation Classes later in the year.

 

 

Music during Communion

We have been blessed with the variety of music supplied by our choir and musicians during our Zoom services and the accompanying images and videos. If you'd like to listen again to these we have made some available via Dropbox at this link.

 

 

Thoughts from a Cloistered House - Canon Dr Grant Bayliss writes about spiritual communion for Anglicans here.  What can we do when we cannot physically partake of the bread and wine at communion?

 

 

 

The Ministry team have compiled a Prayer Walk  for the local Ascot area in Lockdown. It's a Litany for an imagined walk from All Saints’ Church down to Ascot High Street then back along Winkfield Road and Windsor Road. This can be prayed while sitting quietly and imagining the landmarks one passes on the route.

The Prayer Walk can be seen here.

Please pass a copy on to any neighbours who will be unable to access the sheet for themselves.

 

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Copies of Sunday sermons

Sunday 13th December can be seen here.

Sunday 20th December can be seen here.

Christmas Day can be seen here.

Sunday 3rd January can be seen here.

Sunday 10th January can be seen here.

Sunday 17th January can be seen here.

Sunday 24th January can be seen here.

Sunday 31st January can be seen here.

Sunday 7th February can be seen here.

Sunday 14th February can be seen here.

Ash Wednesday 17th February can be seen here.

Sunday 21st February can be seen here.

Sunday 28th February can be seen here.

 

 

Funerals - The Church of England has produced a simple reflection that can be used at home on the day of a funeral you can't attend. It's so difficult when you can’t go to a funeral, whether for family, friend or neighbour. Many are facing this in the current crisis, so this short reflection has been specially written by a vicar for you to do at home, alone or with those who share your home. You might ask others to take part at the
same time from their home
It is available to see here.

 

 

 

The Ministry team has compiled a 'Worship at Home'  Booklet which can be downloaded here

If it is not possible for people to worship together, the various Church of England apps for Daily Prayer and Reflections are a wonderful resource and unite us in prayer.

Alongside them, we have crafted two simple acts of worship, particularly geared to those who are isolated or housebound, or who are unable to attend church.

Bishop Steven of Oxford has suggested that we say Psalm 23 The Lord is My Shepherd every day during the COVID-19 crisis.  This is included in the text for Morning Prayer on page 4.

Fr Darrell has suggested that, also during this time, we could take the opportunity to develop a pattern of regular Bible reading.  During the Morning Prayer (on page 5), you may like to re-reread through some books of the Bible, possibly starting with one of the Gospels: Mark or Luke, Matthew or John.  You could then read another Gospel or move on to the Acts of the Apostles; and then to one of the Epistles or Genesis and Exodus.

You may wish to pray morning and evening prayers with the Ministry Team. One of us will be praying on most days between 09:00-10:00, around 19:00 and around 22:00.

 

 

Bishop Steven has suggested that we pray through Psalm 23 at 11am each day.

 

 


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