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Ascension, Rogation, Pentecost and Nine days of prayer

After the celebrations of Easter the next major Christian festivals are Ascension and Pentecost.

Ascension Day, which always falls on a Thursday, 40 days after Easter, this year is on Thursday 30thMay.  We will be celebrating it with a service of Holy Communion at 7.30 pm. Do come and join us, especially if you find Sunday morning services difficult to get to.

The Ascension marks the time Jesus finally left the disciples.  But Jesus didn’t leave them on their own and at Pentecost, on Sunday 9thJune, we will celebrate the outpouring of the Holy Spirit on the disciples.

The days in between these two great historic events must have been very strange to those early disciples, on their own, knowing that something else was going to happen but not knowing when or what that would be.  In the last few years we have been recapturing this mood of prayerful questioning as we meet together each evening for no more than 30 minutes to pray for the gift of the Holy Spirit for ourselves and our communities. Once again we will be using reflections and artwork produced by the Diocese.  This year the reflections are inspired by Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount, one of the best-known yet most challenging guides to living a good life.

For these Nine Days of Prayer, starting on Friday 31stMay, we will meet at 6.00 pm in the church Upper Room. If you cannot get to our evening sessions copies of the “Novena” booklet we are using will be available in church for you to take away and use at home.

On the Sunday in the middle of this we will continue the tradition of a Rogation Walk, setting off from church at 11.00 am on Sunday June 2nd, after our normal Sunday service finishes.  We will make our way via various farms and business in Frittenden to Sissinghurst Castle, where we will join with Sissinghurst Church for a picnic lunch by the lake. You will need to bring your own picnic.

Tony Staples