Posted by Mary Davidge

Dear Ascension friends
LOCKDOWN: A COVID OPERATION
A worship and pastoral response (Revised) Church of the Ascension, Hilton
I am writing again to update you on the measures that we have put in place during the “lockdown”. Circumstances have changed due to the government announcement last night. We have thus revised our operational measures accordingly.
• WE WILL PUT A VIDEO OF THE SUNDAY SERVICE (IN SHORTENED FORMAT). THE SERVICE WILL BE AVAILABLE ON OUR WEBSITE AND FACEBOOK PAGE ON SUNDAY MORNING FROM 7AM. PLEASE MAKE USE OF THIS. WE RECOMMEND THAT YOU GATHER AS A FAMILY OR WITH YOUR SPOUSE IF POSSIBLE AND WATCH TOGETHER. IT WILL BE ABOUT 30MIN IN DURATION.
• A DAILY RECORDED MEDITATION/MESSAGE (AUDIO) WILL BE POSTED ON WEEKDAYS. THIS WILL BE VERY SHORT.
• WE WILL POST A VIDEO RECORDING OF A EUCHARISTIC PRAYER.
• WE WILL RING THE ANGELUS BELL AT MIDDAY ON WEEKDAYS AS A REMINDER OF OUR
NEED TO PRAY ABOUT COVID
• WE WILL ENDEAVOR TO COMMUNICATE WELL DURING THIS PERIOD
In previous correspondence, we offered the following services. Please note that due to the 3 week “lockdown”, we will no longer offer the following.
NO LONGER APPLICABLE
• A CLERGY PERSON OR LAYMINISTER WILL BE AVAILABLE ON WEEKDAYS TO PRAY WITH INDIVIDUALS AT 12H00 FOR AN HOUR. WE NEED TO AVOID GATHERINGS, BUT PEOPLE WHO WOULD LIKE PASTORAL CONNECTION CAN USE THIS OPPORTUNITY FOR PRAYER OR TO RECEIVE RESERVED SACRAMENT (WAFER ONLY). NUMBERS IN THE CHURCH WILL BE STRICTLY LIMITED, WITH NO MORE THAN 5 PEOPLE AT ANY GIVEN TIME (1ST COME 1ST SERVED). WE SUGGEST THAT YOU WAIT OUTSIDE FOR A TURN.
• THOUGH THERE ARE NO SERVICES, ONE OF OUR CLERGY WILL BE PRESENT AT THE CHURCH AT 8AM ON SUNDAYS AS A PASTORAL PRESENCE.
• PLEASE MAKE USE OF THE BEAUTIFUL SPACE THAT WE ARE PRIVILEGED TO HAVE. THE CHURCH IS OPEN FROM 8AM TO 1PM ON WEEKDAYS, AND WE HAVE LOVELY, PEACEFUL GARDENS FOR YOU TO SIT IN AND MEDITATE, READ OR REFLECT.
We have sadly had to postpone the final two sessions of the Lent course. We will hold them post- Covid lockdown.
Please comply with the government shutdown, and do let us know if you have any urgent needs. In Christ,
Paul