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Welcome to the latest edition of "Good News For Ashford".  We hope you continue to enjoy the bulletin as an ongoing source of communication of what is going on within our parish.
MESSAGE FROM THE TEAM RECTOR
APRIL 2021

On mission
 
During this Easter time,  we're hearing again those passages from the New Testament that describe encounters between the risen Christ and his followers – how sorrow turns to joy.

Something else happens too. In his suffering, his followers had forsaken him, and with his death, they had lost their direction. But when they meet Jesus raised from the dead, they find themselves entrusted once more with work to do for him – though not on their own, not unaided. ‘You will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth’ (Acts 1.8). ‘As the Father has sent me, so I send you…. Receive the Holy Spirit’ (John 20.21–22). ‘Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything that I have commanded you. And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age’ (Matt. 28.19–20).

The church’s Easter season stretches between Easter Sunday and Pentecost. These two great celebrations are tightly bound together. To meet the risen Christ is to be sent by him to do his work in the power of the Holy Spirit. We cannot have him just for ourselves: ‘Do not hold onto me’, .......
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PRAYING WITH & FOR ONE ANOTHER

Week Commencing 5th April:
May the Holy Spirit inspire and empower us to be God’s hands and feet within this parish as we prayerfully consider how best to serve our neighbours in need and share the Good News of Jesus Christ.

For those in our congregations who may be struggling to feel joy this Easter, that they would know Christ’s presence with them.

Week Commencing 12th April:
Prayers for patience and good humour as ministers, musicians and congregations continue to use technology in ways that may be new to them, as we seek to serve both those who gather in our buildings for worship and those who ......

 
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WHAT'S GOING ON THIS MONTH

APRIL
22nd April 2021 – Meeting of the PCC – 7.30 pm

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17th April 2021 – “The Play’s the Thing” A talk by Tony Boyd-Williams. Reminiscences of an amateur.....

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WORD ON THE STREET

Geoff Abasolo-Munnery – New Curate:

I am very pleased to be joining the Ashford Town Benefice as Curate. I am a Man of Kent, originally from the Medway Towns (born in Chatham, raised in Gillingham), but in my teenage years my family moved to Kennington, so in a sense, I am returning to familiar territory. Ashford has grown beyond recognition since the 1980s when I last lived here. I am very much looking to the challenge of working as part of the ministry team in serving you and the wider community in a vastly expanding.......

 
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HOLIDAY HUNGER / FOOD PROGRAMME - SUMMER 2021
 
We are looking to run a holiday huger food programme again this summer.  This will be similar to Make Lunch.  

The plan is to work with our local schools to cover a four-week period, for four days and four hours per day to provide:
•    A hot meal
•    A physical activity
•    A creative activity

We would be able to apply for a KCC grant to assist with this project to support as many children as we possibly can who would normally be eligible for free school meals.

We will be looking for volunteers to be part of the three teams, a welcome team, a cooking team and an activity team.

If you feel you would like more information, please contact Revd Cathie Aldis-Saunders on 07562 333201. Or if you would like to be part of a team, or know of anybody in the community, please contact Libby Varley at libbyvarley@hotmail.com
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