Ashview Nursing Home lies on the Ware Road between the church and the village centre.
Most months*, on the third Sunday at 3:30pm, the Rector leads a short act of worship in the lounge for all the residents and their families who wish to attend. He brings his guitar and some song-sheets and we all join in singing four hymns. There are some short prayers including prayer for the home, its staff, residents and their friends and families, ending with the Lord’s Prayer (in its best-known 1928 version). The Rector also reads a short passage from the Bible and talks briefly about the hope we have in Christ Jesus.
The service is very informal, sometimes conversational in approach, allowing space for contributions and comments from staff, residents and family members. It lasts about half an hour and closes with a formal blessing and some informal chat.
With each new season, the Rector also provides a laminated sheet of prayers and Bible readings and reflections for residents to use on their own each day through the week.
* The service does not take place in August, and because of other festival events, does not always happen in December or around Easter.
Header image: Ashview Nursing Home, part of the Westgate Healthcare Group
used by permission of Westgate Healthcare Group