Ascension and Pentecost

What is Ascension and Pentecost?

The following is taken from the Church of England website:

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' final words to his disciples, that they should go to all nations and make disciples, baptising 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.

Ascension and Pentecost Services

Thursday 30th May - Ascension Service and Prayer - 6 pm-7 pm

Sunday 9th June - Pentecost Service and family picnic following - 11 am service

Pentecost - garden picnic

As part of our support for Thy Kingdom Come, which takes place between Ascension and Pentecost, St Mary's is open for prayer at the following times.