In accordance with the current health regulations a number of changes have been made to our services.
Update 5th November:
– Public worship is currently suspended, but both churches will remain open for private prayer on Sundays at 11am, alternating between The Ascension and St Saviour. See the Services and Events list on the Home Page for information on opening times.
Until further notice:
– The use of hand sanitiser is required on entry and exit.
– Social Distancing of 2m to be maintained where possible.
– Face coverings are required for those not exempt.
– Worshippers will be asked for contact details on arrival for test and trace, should this be necessary.
– There will be no congregational singing, though we will have organist and choir at the Parish Mass.
– Communion will be administered in one kind (sharing of the Common Cup still suspended). Please follow the directions of the Sidesmen.
– The peace will not be exchanged.
– Worshippers are requested to limit their touch of unnecessary surfaces.
– Orders of Service and other worship resources will be available for use.
– Financial offerings will be via the Plate stationed at the back of church, not passed between each other.
This is not a return to normal but the next step to returning to normal. Things look and feel slightly different but we will get used to it. It is a joy to welcome as many as are able to return to Public Worship but we acknowledge this will not be possible for everyone. We are making the church was safe as we can for you to return but if you are shielding please observe Government guidance. This is your Church and you will always be welcome here.
Children are welcome at The Ascension. There is a designated children’s area with toys, books and activities. This is an unsupervised area at the back of the church. A baby-change station is located in the disabled toilet at the back of the church.
Whilst children are most welcome at all services, our monthly Family Mass (held on the first Sunday of every month at 11am) provides a less formal style of worship and encourages children to actively participate in the liturgy.
Worshippers and visitors with disabilities are welcome at The Ascension. Both entrances to the church are wheelchair / mobility scooter friendly, however, if you require further assistance, please speak to our sidesmen on arrival. There is an accessible toilet at the back of the church and wheelchair ramps are available for access into the garden.
If you are unable to make it to the chancel step to receive the Sacrament, please let one of our sidesmen know and they will ensure that the Sacrament is brought to you in your seat during Communion.
Two unisex toilets, and one accessible toilet, are located at the back of the church. A baby-change station can be found in the accessible toilet.
Tea and coffee is served after the 11am Parish Mass each Sunday. Sherry is served after Evensong and Benediction (last Sunday of each month at 6pm)
Parking spaces can usually be found on Lyndhurst Road and Crofton Road. The church driveway is open to worshippers on Sunday mornings and in the evenings.