Ashdon is a village on the Essex /Cambridgeshire border four miles north-east of the town of Saffron Walden, and All Saints Church has been serving the village community for more than 600 years (please see our history page).
2020 has been an extraordinary year for everyone, as we have together faced lockdown to try to cope with the COVID-19 pandemic. All Saints opened on certain days for private prayer and for Sunday services at the first opportunity in July, and we were looking to the Autumn with Sunday services in church each week. It was good to be back together for weekly worship, but we now face new restrictions for a second period of lockdown, and with no public worship possible in church. However, church services continue online, and we have responded by increasing our hours of opening for individual prayers and reflection.
Autumn and Winter are traditionally a time for many community celebrations and events, such as Harvest Thanksgiving, All Souls, Remembrance and of course, Christmas. Our Harvest celebration was full to capacity. Despite continuing – and potentially increasing – restrictions, we are working hard with partners in the village, such as the Parish Council and the Baptist Church, to mark these occasions in new and appropriate ways, and will keep all residents and others updated of plans through websites and noticeboards – our Links page will direct you to websites for these organisations.
We are also part of the Saffron Walden Ministry team, a group of 12 local churches. Although most of the churches in the Team have now re-opened for worship, we are continuing to offer on line services via both Zoom and You Tube to meet the needs of those at home. More details can be found on Church at Home page. Our Vicar Caroline or Churchwarden Barbara will be happy to answer any queries you may have. (contacts page)