Covid-19 Response Plan

Updated Thursday 5th November 2020

As part of our overall aims, we identified FOUR key things we have been going after in this difficult season. With lockdown now back upon us, this plan will change and adapt during November and beyond. It is reviewed weekly: 

Praying against COVID-19

  1. Prayer Gatherings – Encounter: Encounter Early Doors happens in Room 1 ( and this month will be taking place on Wednesday 11th and 25th at 7am. Anyone welcome – bring headphones (if you wish) and a cuppa.
    Saturday night Encounter will happen in via Churchonline ( This is a chance to worship (sing to God) and to be praying for our town.
  2. Hand-washing Prayer – We’re not budging – we’re still praying this as regularly as we can and encourage you to join us when washing your hands!

    We stand against coronavirus and declare that it was beaten at the cross of Jesus.
    We pray for the people of Ashford that they would be virus free.
    We pray that fear would be replaced by peace in people’s hearts.
    ‘Your Kingdom come, Your will be done on earth as it is in Heaven’
  3. Days of Prayer – We have seen many changes happen as a result of prayer (too many to be coincidence) and we are pressing in for more and more. God’s not reluctant! We are joining with the wider church across the UK for 21 days of Prayer and Fasting in January.

Helping people spiritually CG1,2&3

  1. AVSundays – 9:30am going out live on Facebook, YouTube and Church Online! Just over an hour of songs, encouragement and good news stories! Click on the links to access them. UPDATE: these had been inviting people back into the room for a couple of months, but are back to being online only for Lockdown 2.
  2. Alpha – There have been a number of these running over the spring and summer and more are due to start, so get your name down! Alpha is happening online and is a group where you can explore what a relationship with God looks like and even whether he exists or not! No question too daft! If you are interested, then email
  3. All Groups – As many of our groups are continuing online for people to connect that way! While some groups had started to meet back in person within the guidelines, they have gone back online again for the recent Lockdown. Check with the group leader if you’re unsure.
  4. Praying – We’re praying for people on a daily basis and we are honoured to have the chance to pray for you – for anything. Please just email in:
  5. AV Kids Online Resources – There is an AV Kids Facebook group for parents where Chrissie (our Kids Team Leader) is sharing resources for parents to engage in fun activities at home. For more info: Also, every Sunday at 9am, AV Kids is ONLINE! You can watch via Facebook or YouTube.

Helping people practically IP2

Warehouse open for various support options – Open Mon-Fri, 9-12:30pm.

  1. Renew is a new project for Ashford, which has a vision to ensure that all families have the food and provisions they need. In addition to everyday essentials, families will find a new vision for themselves, which is one of abundance – abundance of food and finance, which ultimately leads to a lasting stability.

    We desire to see families thrive and believe for the absolute best for themselves and their future generations. Renew is a social supermarket which replaces the AV Foodbank set up during lockdown. By becoming members, people will be able to access food and other provisions for their family at a vastly reduced cost, whilst accessing one to one, personalised support to reach goals set by members themselves.

    Renew will invite people into an opportunity to break cycles of poverty, strengthen family relationships, get connected into community and change their circumstances by thinking about what life could look like, and then accessing support, skills and services to work towards that vision. Once goals are set, we will ensure that someone walks alongside each family, cheering them on and encouraging them as they step into a renewed vision for their lives.

    Renew is open at the Warehouse – Monday, Thursday and Friday 10:00am – 12:00pm.
  2. The Warehouse still remains open from 9-12:30 Monday-Friday. There will be a warm (but physically distant!) welcome from whoever is on Reception, but we will be limiting the numbers of visitors coming in at any one time and observing strict hygiene protocols in order to keep people healthy whilst accessing everyday essentials.
  3. We have free Family Food Bank boxes available for those who are in need of emergency food.
  4. Mummys Meals will be operating as normal, although delivery may have to look a little more impersonal. Please refer families as you usually would, and not just consider people self-isolating.
  5. WHH Meals is a project which was launched recently to provide meals to staff on ITU and ED at the William Harvey Hospital during this tough time to show these amazing people that they are seen and loved!

Our projects continue to rely on an amazing team of volunteers and food and clothes donations which we are continuing to receive gladly.

Helping people emotionally HW1&2

  1. Good News Stories – We are posting these on social media/website as regularly as possible – Encourage people to like, share and repost! You can find them in the stories section of Facebook and Instagram
  2. All Groups – Many of our groups are continuing online for people to connect that way!
  3. Coffee Club – Happening each week, Wednesdays at 10:30am. Grab a cuppa and some headphones and just drop by.

Check out a list of further resources to help people stay connected – helping people stay connected with God, with each other and with Ashford Vineyard. Visit our Staying Connected page.

AV Sundays

9:30 – Every Sunday

‘Encountering God and each other’

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