COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic has changed several operations at Church of the Ascension. Our desire is to keep everyone — members of the church, clergy and other staff, visitors, and those seeking assistance from the church — as safe as we can from the coronavirus. You can click on any of the following links to learn more about each topic:

Worship Services

 

Programs and Ministries

Baptisms, Weddings, and Funerals

 

Pastoral Care

 

Office Hours

Messages from Bishops and Clergy

Finances

Worship Services

There are several options for worship at Ascension.

Indoor worship services will return starting Sunday, Sept. 12. Because of the more contagious Delta variant of COVID-19, the precautions we took previously for indoor services will remain in place:

  • Register to attend at office@ascensionlondon.com or 519-451-7780 by noon on the Thursday before. If you let the office know you will be attending every or most Sundays/Wednesdays, you will not have to register every week.
  • Doors open 15 minutes before the service.
  • Six feet of physical distancing remains in effect.
  • Masks are mandatory inside. (The music director may sing without a mask provided he is 12 feet from others.)
  • Services will be limited to 45 minutes.
  • Socializing is welcome, but please do it outside rather than lingering in the building.

On Sundays:

  • On Sundays, Eucharist services will be held at both 8:30 a.m. and 10 a.m. 
  • The Sunday service at 10 a.m. is live-streamed on Ascension’s YouTube channel.

YouTube Tip: On some devices, it may take several hours after the recorded video of the service is posted for it to be listed on our YouTube channel. If you cannot find it immediately in the channel, please search “Church of the Ascension London Ontario month day.”

  • Ascension broadcasts Sunday worship services at 88.1 FM. This signal covers about half a kilometre. The parking lot is open for listeners.

On Wednesdays:

  • The midweek Eucharist service will return starting Wednesday, Sept. 15, at 9:30 a.m.
  • A Bible Study will be offered following the Wednesday services. 

Daily:

Programs and Ministries

  • The Community Breakfast is served as takeout at the church door on the third Tuesday of every month, followed by delivery to agencies supporting homeless people. Takeout times are approximate, but usually go from 7:30 to 10 a.m.
  • A Bible Study is every Wednesday about 10:15 a.m.
  • Other church groups, renters, and other outside users of the church have not resumed their programming. When they do, they will meet the church’s pandemic guidelines.

Baptisms, Weddings, and Funerals

  • Baptisms, weddings and funerals are being held. Please contact Rev. Canon June Hough at 226-448-8790 or junehough@rogers.com for information on how these will be conducted during the pandemic. Restrictions change according to evolving provincial and diocesan rules.

Pastoral Care

  • Pastoral care is still available from our clergy. Click here for contact information.
  • Only urgent cases will be able to have an in-person visit. Face coverings are required. Hugs and handshakes are not permitted
  • If Anointing the Sick, the anointer will wash their hands before and after the anointing.

Office Hours

  • The Parish Administrator is working a mix of hours in the office and at home. Office visits are by appointment only. She can be contacted through the usual office channels listed on the Find Us page.

Messages from Bishops and Clergy

Finances