The Ascension, Bitterne Park
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We are a Christ-centred, sacramental and inclusive Anglican parish, trying to reach out to the wider community.
The Parish covers an area including Bitterne Park Triangle, Midanbury, Bitterne Manor and Townhill Park. The daughter church of All Hallows was first dedicated in 1951 to particularly serve the areas of Midanbury and Townhill Park.
Our worship is usually ‘sacramental’: we value regular celebration of Holy Communion, using both modern and more traditional forms of services. At particular times in the Christian year, such as Passion Sunday, Pentecost and Christ the King we have special services including anointing with oil. We take communion to the sick and housebound.
Our mission includes running our Café ‘Windows’, opening our recently redeveloped buildings for community use, and going into local schools. We value prayer healing ministry and support initiatives such as ‘Healing on the Streets’ in The Bitterne Triangle on a Saturday morning.
The first Church of the Ascension was set up in Thorold Road in 1899. The present church, consecrated in 1926, was built in response to the growing needs of the area, and houses a fine mosaic in the narthex designed and executed by the artist responsible for the War Memorial Window in Westminster Abbey, Brian Thomas. We are also lucky to have many stunning stained glass windows – including images of saints, representations of bible passages and illustrating 7 favourite Isaac Watts hymns. Even our bells are special, when they were augmented from 8 to 12 in May 2008 they became the lightest set of twelve bells in the world!
We look forward to meeting you.
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