Welcome to the Ashby Congregational Church!
We are pleased your journey of faith has led you to this moment of connection with our faith community. If you are searching for a church home, we invite you to worship with us, ask questions, tell us what you are looking for in a church, and share your story of faith with us.
As a community of Christian believers, our life together begins as we worship God. Out of that center, we try to create an atmosphere where all are welcome to bring their full selves into relationship with God and one another. As Congregationalists, we affirm the notion of “soul freedom”, which implies that each person is re sponsible for theological reflection that shapes and directs their lives. This is a place where we can reflect together on God’s presence in our lives, individually and collectively.
Our hope is that in this context of worship and support each one of us will be empowered to develop and use our gifts in God’s service, both here and in the community. So please, walk with us as we struggle, celebrate, grow, mature, and joyfully serve our God in justice, mercy, and love.
Our facilities are completely accessible with
an elevator serving all levels of our building.
From East and West follow Route 119 to the Center of Ashby. There is a clearly defined town center and common with a historic gazebo. At the common, turn North onto New Ispwich Road. The Church is located just 50 yards on the right with ample parking in front of the church and around the common.
From the South, follow Route 31 North until it becomes Route 119 West. Then follow the directions above. View Map on Mapquest
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Because Halloween is the holiday filled with fun, frolics and costumes, many people forget that the practice actually comes from a lesser known religious holiday. All Saints Day is still widely celebrated by the Catholic Church, and even though it is overshadowed by Halloween it is still an important holiday that is filled with celebrations.
What is All Saints Day?
All Saints Day is a feast day that is widely celebrated by Anglicans and Roman Catholics. The feast is an opportunity to remember all of the saints and martyrs throughout history. Although some of them have their own day - there are a lot that were unknown and the church still believes they should be celebrated. All Saints Day is always celebrated on the 1st November - the day after All Hallows Eve, or Halloween as many people know it. Due to it's close proximity to All Saints Day - Halloween has become widely associated with it. All Souls Day which is on the 2nd of November is also part of the time or the year for remembering the dead. This day is different and is for remembering the dead who are in purgatory - a state between death and heaven, so this is not to be confused with All Saints Day.
What is the history behind All Saints Day?
The history behind All Saints Day comes from the Catholic Church. Since the 4th century it has been common practice in the Roman Catholic Church to honour the dead saints on a certain day. It wasn't until the early 7th century that Pope Boniface IV made the date official and created All Saints Day as we currently know it. The difference between this and the All Sainsts Day we know now is that Pope Boniface made the celebration date May 13th on the first one in 609 AD. In the 8th century Pope Gregory III made it the 1st of November and that is where it has stayed ever since.
How do people celebrate All Saints Day?
Although All Saints Day is traditionally celebrated with a feast, many modern Catholics celebrate by going to Church. All Saints Day is known as the day of obligation, so as well as attending a Church service, people that observe the Catholic day are also required to avoid any servile work. Many people find ways to give thanks to God for the saints and all that they did. this could either be through prayer or fasting depending on how strict the observance is.
Day of the Dead
The Day of the Dead is something that has evolved from pre-Columbian culture mixed in with Catholic culture. To celebrate All Saints and All Souls day the first day of this Mexican celebration is dedicated to Little Angels (babies and infants who have died) and the second is for adults. Rather than be a sombre occasion, many celebrate by staying over night in the cemetery where there is a 'party' atmosphere with sing songs and food. This holiday is celebrated mainly in South America but also observed in Catholic countries like the Philippines.