Easter

The Ascension Church & St Marks Church Easter Services

Maundy Thursday 14 April
19:30 - Eucharist of the Last Supper and Foot Washing at the Ascension church

Good Friday 15 April
10:00 - Walk of witness with refreshment at St Marks Church
12:00 - The Liturgy of Good Friday at the Ascension church

Holy Saturday 16 April
11:00-12:30 - Messy Church at St Marks Church

Easter Sunday
09:15 - Eucharist of Easter Sunday at the Ascension church
11:00 - Eucharist of Easter Sunday at St Marks church

Lent

Ash Wednesday marks the start of the observation of Lent, a season of self-examination, penitence, self-denial, study, and preparation for Easter. Lent is often described as lasting forty days (excluding Sundays) which recalls the Biblical account of Jesus’s temptation in the wilderness (Luke 4.1-13). Ashes are an ancient sign of penitence. From the Middle Ages onward it has been a custom to begin Lent by having the sign of the cross marked on one’s forehead in ash. Lent is a time of preparation, particularly for those who are to be baptized at Easter, but the whole Christian community is encouraged to join them in study and self-reflection. As Holy Week approaches, the atmosphere of the season darkens. Bible readings begin to anticipate the story of Christ’s suffering and death. Holy Week begins with the re-enactment of Christ's triumphal entry into Jerusalem on Palm Sunday. This is the beginning of a journey of the imagination which takes us to the Upper Room for the Last Supper on Maundy Thursday, through Jesus' betrayal, trial and crucifixion on Good Friday. In the Vigil on the night before Easter Day, the Church gathers to commemorate the mighty works of God through reading of scripture in preparation for the proclaiming of Christ’s resurrection.

Easter

Easter Day commemorates the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead. In the Church today, it provides a real experience of new life, as people are baptized and baptismal promises are renewed. Those who are baptized are united with Christ in his death and resurrection. Traditionally, new fire is kindled and from this the Easter candle is lit and held aloft with the proclamation: ‘The light of Christ.’ This passing from darkness to light offers hope to all the faithful. Since the late fourth century, on the fortieth day of Easter the Church celebrates Christ's ascension to heaven. This marks the end of his earthly ministry and the Feast of the Ascension is therefore closely connected with the theme of mission. The season of Easter is celebrated for fifty days, culminating in the Day of Pentecost. Matthew's Gospel ends with Jesus's final words to his disciples, that they should go to all nations and make disciples, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit (Matthew 28.19-20). In John's Gospel, Jesus instructed his followers to pray for the coming of the Holy Spirit (John 14.15-17). The feast of Pentecost celebrates the account of the Holy Spirit coming on the disciples empowering them for mission (Acts 2.1-47). Ascension and Pentecost are closely linked. The Church is now to be the new body of Christ, filled with his life through the gift of the Holy Spirit.

We are committed to Safeguarding Children, Young People, Victims/perpetrators of Domestic Abuse and Vulnerable Adults. The PCC has adopted the Church of England’s policies and best practice on safeguarding which may be found on The Church of England’s website or the Chelmsford Diocese's website. Our Parish Safeguarding Officer is Bob Manning, who may be contacted at safeguarding@theascensionchurch.org.uk.

Priest in Charge
Reverend Alexandra Guest (vicar@theascensionchurch.org.uk)
Church Wardens
Bob Manning
Julie Clarke

The Parish Church of the Ascension, Collier Row Road, Romford, Essex, RM5 2BA