Easter Services

For the 2022 services from Palm Sunday to Easter Sunday (April 10-17), click here.

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Project Hope Monthly Collections

Project Hope, an organization to help those who struggle we have often supported in the past, is launching a new initiative! Every month it will spotlight a crucial item that it needs. For March, the item is tarps. Why are rain tarps so important? Well, the first reason is also the most obvious: they repel water. They keep belongings dry and provide a bit of protection from the wind. Project Hope needs all sizes of tarps!

Tarps accepted with other donations at 203 Bathurst St. every Saturday from 12:30-2:00 p.m. and Tuesday 5:00-6:00. Or Ascension members can contact Deb Adams for pickup or you can drop to the church on Sunday, Monday or Wednesday.

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Help for Ukraine

Lenten folders are now available at the church. This year, all the proceeds from the Lenten folders will be given to PWRDF for its Ukrainian refugee relief.

As well, Diane Robinson has made stick-on tags for Ukraine that are available at the church. Freewill donations for these will also be directed to PWRDF’s Ukraine efforts. The labels have a Ukrainian flag in the middle — blue should be at the top for the sky and yellow below for grain fields. There are peel-off stickers on the back to apply the tag to your clothes.

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Ash Wednesday Services

Here we are at the beginning of Lent! So, after indulging on Tuesday, please join us for Ash Wednesday services on March 2. Two services will be held: 9:30 a.m., followed by Bible Study with Jim Garey, and 7:00 p.m. The evening service will be live-streamed.

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In-Person Worship and Programs Return

As the COVID-19 situation is continuing to improve, Ascension’s executive has made the decision to resume in-person worship beginning with the 10:00 a.m. service on Sunday Feb. 27. Worship will be conducted in the same manner as it was in December before the Christmas shut-down. This means that capacity will be limited to the number who can safely distance, and masks must be worn. Please contact the office at office@ascensionlondon.com or 519-451-7780 to register.

The 8:30 service will resume on March 6. 

Activities such as the quilting group may resume as of Feb. 28 with all precautions in place.

The Wednesday services and Bible Study will restart on March 2, beginning with the Ash Wednesday service. The worship is at 9:30 a.m. and the Bible Study about 10:15 a.m.

Besides the 9:30 a.m. service, there will also be an Ash Wednesday service at 7 p.m. on March 2

We hope that if the situation continues to improve, the restrictions can be lifted this spring.

Thank you for your patience and support.

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Reopening Hopes

The Executive Team has reviewed the recent Ontario reopening rules and has decided to keep Ascension’s worship services online for now, and review that decision when the next phase of Ontario’s reopening comes on Feb. 21. This also applies to our groups. That is only three Sundays away, so please have patience. It appears the Omicron wave has reached its peak, but it’s going down only slowly. We are keeping in mind that vaccine passports are not required at worship services in Ontario, unlike at restaurants, gyms, and other places that reopened this week. We want to plan so that once we move to in-person worship and groups again, we can stay open permanently. If you are experiencing distress of any kind during this phase of the pandemic, please reach out to Rev. Canon June Hough at 226-448-3790 or junehough@rogers.com for support and assistance.

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Annual Vestry Meeting

This is a heads up about our Vestry Meeting. Official announcements will begin Jan. 23, 2022.

The meeting will be a Zoom meeting, beginning at 11:30 am, February 6,2022. The Zoom invitation will be sent out two days before.

There are openings on Parish Council and the Executive Team for 2022 and anyone interested in serving their church in this ministry should contact Rev. June or the church office.

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A Change in Christmas services . . . and looking ahead

Due to the rapidly rising COVID-19 case count in London, the decision has been made to hold off on in-person worship services at Ascension until further notice as we wait for improvements in the COVID situation. This helps protect not only us at Ascension, but our whole community as well. Below you will find a pastoral letter from Rev. Canon June Hough. Here are the alternative plans:

On Christmas Eve at 7 p.m., Rev. Canon June Hough and other clergy and worship leaders will live-stream a service from the church on YouTube at https://bit.ly/3FiSw3A.

On Christmas Day by 10 a.m., Rev. Jim Garey will post a service from the fireside of his home on YouTube at https://bit.ly/3egcJvd.

On Sunday, December 26 at 10 a.m., the Christmas Eve service will be reposted on YouTube at https://bit.ly/3FiSw3A. As well, Rev. Jim will post a service from his home by 10 a.m. on YouTube at https://bit.ly/3egcJvd.

On Sundays at 10 a.m. until further notice, Rev. June will lead live-streamed services on YouTube at https://bit.ly/3FiSw3A.

Links to services can also be found on Ascension’s Facebook group at https://www.facebook.com/groups/102383728728.

A Message from Rev. Canon June Hough:

“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things came into being through him, and without him not one thing came into being. What has come into being in him was life, and the life was the light of all people. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not overcome it.” (John 1:1-5)

I know many of us were feeling the joy of being able to come together to celebrate the birth of the One who brings light to the world only to find in-person worship has been suspended for a time once again. I share your disappointment and wish it was all different. The pastoral letter from The Rt. Rev. Susan Bell (Bishop of Niagara) helped give me some comfort and so I share this part with you.

“The extent of transmission in our communities has led many to urgently call for a set of new guidelines to act as a ‘circuit breaker’ to slow infection and buy time to ramp up vaccination efforts. We are doing our part to contribute to this effort even as we place our trust in God.

“We know the reality we are facing. We are in the midst of something dangerous and seismic – and the prudent and loving thing to do is to strive to protect us all – from the youngest who are as yet still unvaccinated and vulnerable, to the most senior who are similarly at risk.

“And so, we must lean into the core element of our faith – sacrificial love – and proactively become an online worshipping community once more, for a season . . . .

“Friends, this is a hard time. Nothing I can say can take that away. But I can echo the message of the angel Gabriel who reminded us not to fear but to trust in God’s promises. As a sign of God’s love, the Christ comes among us as one of us to walk this earth: to love us, to teach us, to heal us and ultimately to save us so that we might understand what God’s love is like and how through us, and in the power of the Holy Spirit, it can transform this world. This is the incredible love we celebrate in the coming days.”

Beloved, we are still a Church, we may be scattered and apart physically but we are one in the Spirit of the Christ who is born this coming night. The Church has experienced this before in the past and been stronger for it as we reach to one another and celebrate in new ways. You are in my heart as we move forward and in my prayers. In the weeks ahead please let me know if you would like to receive communion in your home, and we will within the protocols set out strive to make that happen. Until then, the darkness has not overcome us and we are children of light . . . arise and shine! Peace, and Love, Rev. June

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Christmas Envelopes

If you wish to use special envelopes for a Christmas donation to Church of the Ascension, you can find them in the slot under the outside mailbox at the church’s main entrance or on the table in the Gathering Space where you sign in on Sundays.

You can also donate in any other kind of envelope, by e-transfer to office@ascensionlondon.com, or by mail to: Church of the Ascension, 2060 Dundas St., London, ON, N5V 1R2. Thank you for your support.

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