Coronavirus Resources

UPDATE 3rd July 2020

4th Sunday after Trinity - Sunday 5th July 10.30am

You are invited to a Livestream of Mass for the 4th Sunday after Trinity at 10.30am which will take place from the Rectory with Father Darrell presiding. Mother Miriam will be our preacher.

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.

 

Oxford Diocese -  Church at Home service for the 4th Sunday after Trinity.

The next Oxford Diocese Church at Home service takes place at 10am on Sunday 5th July.  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 livestream and the order of service download.

 

Together on July 4th/5th
Sunday 5th July is the 72nd birthday of the NHS. On the evening of July 4th, there will be a minute’s silence and we are asked to light a candle in a window in remembrance of all who have died during this time. 
We will be holding a service of Compline on Zoom at 7.30pm on Saturday 4th July. A copy of the Order of Service can be found here.
Contact the Parish office on 01344 884686 or office@all-saints-ascot.org for the link to the Livestream.

On 5th July we are all encouraged to mark the birthday of the NHS by joining together to say a big “thank you” to everyone who is helping us through these difficult times, from carers and helpers, to friends and family.  There will be a one-off clap for carers – the biggest yet, because this time it is to say thank you to everybody. Raise a glass, mug or cuppa to thank each other – our friends, family and neighbours – for looking out for us, helping the vulnerable, or simply doing the right thing and staying at home.
Archbishop Justin Welby, chair of Together steering group, said: “This crisis has in many ways made us more grateful for each other and more indebted to the workers who put themselves at risk to keep our country running and protect the vulnerable. It has shown people at their best – volunteering, helping neighbours, protecting those at greatest risk, pulling together as communities to support one another. My sincere hope is that this weekend will serve as a powerful moment of remembrance, thanks and connection, as we come together and commit to helping to create kinder, closer more connected communities.”  More information at https://together.org.uk/

 

We have arranged a Coffee and Natter session on Wednesday 8th July at 11am. We hope you can join us then on Zoom to have a general chat. Bring a tea, coffee or beverage of choice with you and we can catch up with each other.

Topic: All Saints Coffee and a Natter
Time: Wednesday July 8th 2020 11:00 AM

Contact the Parish Office for the Meeting ID and Password if you have not already received them and would like to join in.


 

A new episode in a series of reflective podcasts by Bishop Steven has been published this week. The series aims to resource the Church during the crisis.

Episode 10: The River of Life

Welcome to Episode 10. If you listened last week you might be expecting me to begin a new series of reflections on Philippians. I’ve allowed myself to linger for one more week in the Old Testament as we look forward and begin to rebuild.
“Then he brought me back to the entrance of the temple; there water was flowing from below the threshold of the east and the water was flowing down from below the south end of the threshold of the temple, south of the altar. Then he brought me out by way of the north gate and led me round on the outside of the outer gate that faces towards the east; and the water was coming out on the south side”. – Ezekiel 47

Bishop Steven refers to this episode in a letter to the Diocese, which is available to read here.

 

Episodes can be downloaded from Bishop Steven's blog at https://blogs.oxford.anglican.org/series/my-extraordinary-family/

 

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?

 

 

Spiritual Communion

We have been forced since the lockdown to celebrate the Mass only virtually and to share communion only "spiritually".  But what is "Spiritual communion"?  What is the Biblical basis for it?  Is there a Biblical basis for it?  Could we celebrate communion in some other manner during the lockdown, when we can only have virtual services?  Fr Darrell would be happy to offer a Bible Study/theological discussion over Zoom some evening if there is interest in the parish for exploring these questions.  Please email or ring him if you would like to participate in such a study.

 

 

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 5th April 2020 can be seen here.

Easter Day 12th April 2020 can be seen here.

Sunday 19th April can be seen here.  A video of the sermon can be viewed at this link - https://tinyurl.com/ybgttaxu

Sunday 26th April can be seen here.

Sunday 3rd May can be seen here.

Sunday 10th May can be seen here.

Sunday 17th May can be seen here.

Ascension Day can be seen here.

Sunday 24th May can be seen here.

Sunday 31st May can be seen here.

Sunday 7th June can be seen here.

Sunday 14th June can be seen here.

Sunday 21st June can be seen here.

Sunday 28th June 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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