Important Notice - The Ascension Lavender Hill Is Temporarily Closed


Live Mass/Rosary stream by the Bishop of Fulham 

Mass typically each Sunday at 11.30am - Check the Bishop's page to confirm Mass times.

Rosary every Friday in May, 12 Noon.

Monday aftenoon's Walsingham National Pilgrimage can be rewatched using the following link:

Weekly Readings - Ascension Sunday 24th May

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Readings Sunday 24th May.pdf

Weekly Address from Father Iain - Ascension Sunday 24th May

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ADDRESS 24th MAY 2020.pdf

Private Prayer Resources

Click the text below to download 'Praying at Home' a resource for praying at home during the Coronavirus pandemic, produced by The Church Union & The Society

Praying at Home.pdf

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Parish Statement

The Ascension Clergy House
Pountney Road London
SW11 5TU
Tel: 020 7228 5340

6th April 2020

Dear friends

You will have likely seen on the news in previous weeks that the Archbishops issued an instruction that all public worship was to be suspended until further notice. Before the lockdown was announced Fr Iain kept the church open for private prayer following official guidance from the Archbishops. Subsequently the Archbishops updated their instruction a day before the lockdown was announced and directed all church buildings to close their doors to the public with immediate effect. The Church was then immediately closed to the public and Fr Iain continued to pray Sunday Mass in the church alone with the doors locked adhering to all Goverment guidelines. Today further, more stringent, direction has been issued by the Diocese which prohibits clergy from privately celebrating Mass within a church building, even where the celebrant is alone and is doing so behind a locked door.

This means for us that the Ascension Church will  remain closed for the foreseeable future, as has been already been the case for a number of weeks. 

However the Diocese has confirmed that it is permisable for clergy to privately celebrate the Mass from within their own homes. With this in mind Fr Iain has set up a temporary Altar in the Clergy House and will continue to say Mass privately on Sundays and Solemnities, to offer prayers for you all, especially for the sick, and to commemorate the Year’s Minds of the week.

If you would like to talk, or have any needs that Fr Iain can help with, please email or phone Fr Iain using the details above.


We will continue to publish the weekly address from Father Iain along with the Gospel and Readings (further below on this page) each Sunday by 11am and we published the Holy Week readings yesterday which we hope you also find useful. We have also made available resources from The Church Union and The Society to support your private prayer from home.

These are testing times for all of us, but with God’s help and mutual concern we
will move on in due course to happier days.

With constant prayers and love,
The Ascension Lavender Hill

Welcome to the website of the Ascension, Lavender Hill.

We are a famous and flourishing Anglo Catholic Church in the heart of Battersea.

Worship with us


Sunday Mass every week at 11am


We take the safeguarding of children, young people and vulnerable adults very seriously – for details of our Safeguarding policies, and for who to contact if you have any concerns, please click here.

If you are thinking of having your child baptised, are looking to get married, need to speak to someone concerning banns or need to arrange a funeral please contact Fr Iain by following the above link.

We have recently re-launched our Sunday Club and launched a brand new youth club. It is an exciting time for the children at the Ascension as we look to grow and develop these clubs. Follow the above link for more information

Wherever you are on your journey of faith, this famous Anglo-Catholic church, a haven of inspiring traditional worship, with a genuine sense of community, offers you a warm welcome. Whether you are visiting this site for the first time or are a regular visitor, we look forward to seeing you at the Ascension soon.

To locate us click the link above.