What a summer!  My daughter-in-law is from Australia – I asked her once how she coped with the cold, but she said that what she found was difficult about English weather was the endless grey skies.  But not this year…

As we brace ourselves for the rain and the cold ahead we have lots to be thankful for.  At All Saints’ we have continued with our once-a-month times of spontaneous worship on Saturday evenings (6:30pm) and Sunday mornings (11am) called ‘In Spirit and Truth’.  It is not easy to describe what happens, as each time has been unique, with worship, prayer, revelations, teaching, healings, and testimonies, like this conversation between Stephen Rademan (one of our worship leaders) and Jacqui Mounsey, who travelled up from Harlow to be with us on 2nd September:

STEPHEN: What did God do for you today?

JACQUI: It was really lovely that Jesus gave me a real picture of being able to see him laugh when I laugh, and I really know that the joy of the Lord is my strength.  But just the idea of seeing him laughing with me was really lovely.

STEPHEN: What did it do for you? What did you notice?

JACQUI: It just made Jesus so much clearer to me in my heart and my soul and his presence.  And visually seeing him, if that makes sense.

STEPHEN: That’s wonderful, thank you very much.

The video of this conversation is on our new website: www.inspiritandtruth.org.uk.  Do visit this for more information and testimonies.  The dates for ‘In Spirit and Truth’ for the rest of the year are:

  • 6:30pm Saturday 6th October, 11am Sunday 7th October
  • 6:30pm Saturday 3rd November, 11am Sunday 4th November
  • 6:30pm Saturday 1st December, 11am Sunday 2nd December

I hope you came along to the Church Open Day on 15th September and the Harvest Festival on 23rd September, but these fall between writing and publication dates for the magazine.

Do put Remembrance Sunday (11th November) in your diary as the churches in Ashdon are joining together to mark the exact 100th Anniversary of the Armistice at the end of the First World War.   There will be no morning service in All Saints’ on that day – we will all meet at the Baptist Church at 9:30am, followed by the Act of Remembrance at 10:45am around the War Memorial (across the road from the school).

On 25th November at 4pm there will be a memorial service at All Saints’ as part of the ‘Light up a Light’ series organised by St. Clare Hospice in Harlow.  You are very welcome to come and light a candle to remember a loved one and to support the work of the hospice.

Our Christmas services:

  • Carol Service: 6:30pm Sunday 23rd December
  • Christingle: 4pm Christmas Eve
  • Midnight Communion: 11:30pm Christmas Eve
  • Communion: 9:30am Christmas Day


Every blessing

Richard Spencer

Team Vicar, All Saints’ Church, Ashdon

The Vicarage, Radwinter Road, Ashdon CB102ET

Tel. 01799 584171

Email: rd.spencer@virgin.net