Blessing of the Bikes

May 21, 2017 at 12:30 p.m. at Church of the Ascension

Cycling is one of the things that makes Ottawa such a great city. Yet cyclists in “By(k)town” face many challenges: the weather, the traffic, bike lanes that disappear into nowhere…..We need all the blessings that we can get.

So once again, Church of the Ascension is organizing a Blessing of the Bikes service to celebrate the blessing that cycling provide us (e.g. fun, travel, adventure, exercise, clean air!) and to pray for those who ride.

This year’s bike blessing takes place right out on Echo Drive, in front of Immaculata High School. Bring a friend!

There will be a brief blessing for riders and bikes, a moment of silence to remember cyclists who have been lost in the past year, and a chance for everyone to ring their bicycle bells in celebration of cycling.

All are welcome. The service starts at 12:30 p.m. sharp; it is wonderful but very brief, so come a little early and you will be welcomed with soulful jazz.

 

Bike Blessing Video:

Curious? Here is a link to video from a prior bike blessing service.

 

Questions?

Please contact office@churchoftheascension.ca or 613-236-3958.

Refugee Working Group

Ascension has an active refugee working group that supports various refugee families in Ottawa, and is working to sponsor other families in the future. In February, 2016, Ascension welcomed a young Syrian family of four. Thanks to Ascension’s financial support, and the sponsoring group’s moral support, the Ahmad, Maha and their children are thriving in Canada. The official financial support to the family ended after the first 12 months, but the strong friendships and bonds remain as we continue to support the family in their integration into life in Canada.

As part of its work with the Syrian family, the refugee working group met and worked closely with a young Somali woman named Arafa who acted as translator for the Syrian family for many months. Arafa’s brother and his young family fled Somalia to Djibouti for their safety. The refugee working group has submitted a request to the government to sponsor this Somali family of five. As of April 2017, more than $15,000 has been raised. Another $10,000, plus furnishings, are needed. If the application is approved, the family is expected to arrive in Canada in about three to four years.
Another related group is considering sponsoring a young Syrian man, the brother of Maha. About $10,000 is needed to help sponsor this young man, who is currently living in Lebanon and who cannot return to Syria, as his life in danger there.

The refugee working group also helps other refugee families in need, by connecting them with donated furniture, housewares and clothing, and providing them with moral support by attending appointments and even refugee hearings with them. For example, the group has been supporting a family from Djibouti and their six daughters, aged 2 to 12, by finding them clothing and other goods.

The Anglican diocese of Ottawa has been a huge support and resource for the refugee working group. The diocese offers support to refugee groups like ours thanks to the diocesan Refugee Ministry. The diocese has launched a fundraising campaign to help support this ministry – and others – through its Today 4 Tomorrow campaign.

To get the latest news on our progress, follow the Refugee Working Group on our Facebook page. For some background, read the Refugee_Working_Group_Parish_Letter.

 

Ascension does a 360 …

Local photographers Lara Legault and Vincent Yu have created panoramic views of the church interior, and the results are impressive!

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