Family Promise Gift Baskets

We have an opportunity to give the Family Promise families a very special Mother’s Day gift from their children this year.  A gift basket, full of high quality personal care products ranging from body lotions, facial creams, shampoos and conditioners and even some deliciously scented colognes for a modest donation of $50 per basket.  That is all it will take to delight these children and their special mothers.  What mother wouldn’t love to receive this from their children on Mother’s Day?  Please give a call to Dawn Edwards at 781-720-9046 or stop by and see Dawn Edwards after Sunday’s service.


Hope Wigglesworth

Dear Friends and Parishioners of Ascension Memorial Church,

A dear soul, treasured and respected by so many throughout Ipswich and well beyond for her kindness, intelligence, and generous spirit, departed peacefully this morning with her four children at her side.

Hope “Hopie” Wigglesworth went into the hospital earlier this week for a successful procedure but during her recovery suffered a stroke.  She overcame the initial impact of the stroke and was wonderfully, even humorously, responsive to family and friends, but a full recovery was not likely to be, so Hope seems to have departed graciously on her own terms.

A service for Hopie will be held in late June.  Details for that special occasion will be sent at a later date.

May her soul rest in peace and may the love of God guide her, even now, along her way.

God’s peace,



Pajama Sunday is this Sunday May 7th


Pajama Sunday is this Sunday, May 7th at our 10:15 am service

Nothing says spring like wearing your pajamas outside! Join us for our 6th Annual Pajama Sunday on May 7 at the 10:15 am service for the benefit of Cradles to Crayons.

Wear your pajamas or bathrobe to church (really!) and bring a pair of NEW children’s pajamas to church on Sunday, May 7.

In celebration of our 150th Anniversary Year, our goal is to collect 150 pajamas! (sizes infant to adult medium)


Maundy Thursday Supper

We are holding a Holy Silence – Holy Communion Service this evening at 7:00PM and again tomorrow, Wednesday April 12th at 7:00PM for Holy Week.

Maundy Thursday, April 13th: Meal commemorating of The Lord’s Supper at 6:00pm in St. Matthew’s Parlor followed by Eucharist and Stripping of the Altar in the Church.

On the Menu:   freshly made hummus and pita bread, mixed olives and tabouli from Kolbani’s, chicken kofte with tahini sauce, and mujadarra: rice, lentils, and onions with yogurt sauce and chopped salad

Many thanks to Carol Kingston and Joanne Johnson for preparing and organizing this meal.

*If you wish to attend the Maundy Thursday Supper please call  the office at 978-356-2560

*Sign-up sheet for vigil through the night in half-hour slots is available in the Parlor.

TONIGHT at 5:30PM: “Faith and Film”


“Faith and Film: A Lenten Series”

St. Matthew’s Parlor 

~ An Evening of Film, Food, Fellowship and Reflections on Life ~ 

5:30 to 8:30

“The Stories We Tell”

  • In this inspired, genre-twisting new film, Oscar®-nominated writer/director Sarah Polley discovers that the truth depends on who’s telling it. Polley is both filmmaker and detective as she investigates the secrets kept by a family of storytellers. She playfully interviews and interrogates a cast of characters of varying reliability, eliciting refreshingly candid, yet mostly contradictory, answers to the same questions. As each relates their version of the family mythology, present-day recollections shift into nostalgia-tinged glimpses of their mother, who departed too soon, leaving a trail of unanswered questions. Polley unravels the paradoxes to reveal the essence of family: always complicated, warmly messy and fiercely loving. Stories We Tell explores the elusive nature of truth and memory, but at its core is a deeply personal film about how our narratives shape and define us as individuals and families, all interconnecting to paint a profound, funny and poignant picture of the larger human story.

– Written by The National Film Board of Canada

TONIGHT at 5:30PM: “Faith and Film”


“Faith and Film: A Lenten Series”

TONIGHT: Dinner Starts at 5:30PM  

Movie Starts at 6:00PM


Faith and Film: A Lenten Series continues TONIGHT with homemade soups, chowder, and bread beginning at 5:30PM.

TONIGHT’S film, Interstellar offers a thoughtful, provocative, entertaining, visually stunning experience.   The power of love as an objective reality shaping our lives and informing our most important decisions is an underlying theme of the film.

St. Matthew’s Parlor has been transformed into a cozy living room space.  The audio visual set-up offers a BIG, CLEAR picture and FULL  SOUND for diving into the movie.

Bring Your Favorite Soup Mug for enjoying your mug of soup while watching the movie. Movie starts at 6PM!