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Welcome to the May edition of "Good News From Ashford"
MESSAGE FROM THE TEAM RECTOR - MAY 2021
A few days ago, I went for a walk around Kingsnorth with Geoff Abasolo-Munnery, who is joining us for his curacy at the beginning of July (Geoff introduced himself in last month’s edition of Good News for Ashford). I warned him as we set off that I have a terrible sense of direction and can get lost pretty much anywhere. Fortunately, he was able to reassure me that his is excellent!

Starting as Team Rector during the pandemic has meant I’ve done a lot less travelling around and visiting different parts of the parish than I would have done otherwise. That’s not great for someone like me who struggles to get their geographical bearings. I’m really pleased that with the warmer weather and the lifting of some restrictions, I’m beginning to find my way around different parts of Ashford, as I meet up with various people outside and share in worship in our re-opened church buildings.

One of the things that’s been underlined for me in the initial ‘Review’ phase of Mission Action Planning is that understanding Ashford takes time and care. It’s a growing place, with all the new housing; a changing place, notably with regard to employment patterns; and a place of significant contrasts, with wards among both the most and the least deprived in Kent. Still, it’s a place with a recognisable identity: people know where it is, and identify themselves as .....

 
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WHAT'S GOING ON
13th May 2021 – 7.00 pm – Deanery Ascension Day Outdoor service, St Francis Church, Cryol Road – Bring a blanket or chair and wear something warm

14th May 2021 – 22nd May 2021 – Daily services around the parish for the “Novena 9 days of prayer”.  Contact contact@ashfordchurches.co.uk for more details and locations of services.

14th May 2021 - Sevington/Willesborough (Praise - The way of abundant Joy)

15th May 2021 - St Francis (Thanks - Expanding the heart)

16th May 2021 - Great Chart ........
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WORD ON THE STREET
The Tent is back!

We have been longing for this day and finally it has arrived.   We have made some changes to our informal worship service so that we can praise God by singing, praying, reading scripture and learning together.

The Tent is our monthly informal service on a Sunday evening.

 
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CHRISTIANS AGAINST POVERTY

Debt Support Restarting
The Ashford debt centre run by our Parish in partnership with Christians Against Poverty is reopening to support new clients who are weighed down by debt. 

Covid 19 restrictions are being lifted and home visits can take place from 17th May subject to appropriate safety measures in line with government guidance.  We are delighted that this vital work can resume.
The support is available to anyone regardless of race, nationality, religion, age, gender, marital status, sexual orientation or disability and it is completely free.  Please spread the word that we are reopening and that people can register with CAP by calling 0800 328 0006.   For more information on the service contact Jerry Fox - jerryfox@capuk.org.

We know that debt has become a reality for many more people during the pandemic and we want to help them become debt-free.  The lives of thirty families or individuals were transformed when they were released from their debt burden as a result of our work up to the start of 2020 and we want to help more people.

It is a privilege to be welcomed into clients' homes, to bring hope, light and ‘good news’ in dark situations and we are grateful to church members who are already supporting this invaluable work.
Do you think you are being called to help?  Then contact Jerry to discuss how you can get involved.

CALL 0800 328 0006 if you are weighed down by debt and please spread the word that we are open for new client bookings now.
 

PRAYING WITH & FOR ONE ANOTHER
 
10th May 2021
•    Our five Church of England schools and those from our churches who are involved in them in various ways, including through supporting Collective Worship, and all teachers and other school staff during the final term of a hugely demanding year
•    Deanery Ascension day service at St Francis
•    The ‘Novena of prayer’ events happening around the parish between Ascension and Pentecost – for people to enjoy this opportunity to come together in our different church buildings for worship and prayer.

17th May 2021
•    The Archbishops’ initiative, ‘Thy Kingdom Come’ – for many to participate in our parish, through our ‘Novena of prayer’ events and also at home and online, and for unity between churches to deepen.......
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