WHERE IS ASCENSION LOCATED?
Located at the corner of Gilpin Street and 6th Avenue, Ascension is truly a neighborhood church. The church is tucked into a residential area just two blocks south of Cheesman Park. The neighborhood is a mix of residences and charming commercial shops. Parking is available on the street or in our parking lot just across 6th Avenue at Williams Street, next to Oliver’s Meat Market. Handicapped parking is available in front of the church on Gilpin Street. Wheelchair access is through the north door, using the available lifts.
WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THE TWO SUNDAY SERVICES?
Ascension offers two church services on Sunday mornings. Both the 8:00 and 10:00 a.m. services follow the liturgy and order of service set out in the Book of Common Prayer and include Holy Communion. An usher will provide you with a service bulletin, which can help guide you through the service.
The 8:00 a.m. service is quieter and more reflective than the later service. There is less music at 8:00 a.m. and no choir. Our traditional, family friendly service at 10:00 a.m. features joyful music led by a full choir.
Youth and children are invited to attend and participate in all of our services. Children may receive a children’s service bulletin from the ushers or a “busy bag” to assist them during the service. Nursery is also provided during both the 8:00am and 10:00am services. On the first Sunday of every month, we offer a children’s sermon speaking directly to youth and children.
After the 10:00 a.m. service, we invite you to attend our lively community coffee hour in the parish hall. Each week a different parishioner volunteers to host refreshments after the service. This community time provides us an opportunity to say hello to each other and greet you by name.
WHAT SHOULD I WEAR?
Please dress comfortably. We are a diverse group of people, so you may see individuals wearing blue jeans sitting beside others wearing suits. You are welcome just as you are.
MAY I RECEIVE THE EUCHARIST (HOLY COMMUNION)?
All baptized persons from any Christian denomination are welcome at God’s table. If you would like to receive Communion, please follow the usher’s directions to come up to the altar rail. You may take the bread and wine separately, or you may dip (“intinct”) the wafer in the cup. You are also welcome to only receive the bread. If you would like simply to receive a blessing, cross your arms over your chest and the priest will offer one to you. Your service bulletin also provides additional instructions. If you prefer not to take Communion, you may also remain seated rather than proceeding to the rail.
HOW DO I BECOME A MEMBER AT ASCENSION?
Visitors and prospective new members are welcome every Sunday. We encourage anyone looking for a church home to come and be a part of our Sunday morning worship and activities. This is the best way to experience whether Ascension is a place where God is leading you.
People who are ready to join simply need to contact the church office to be entered into our database. If one is a member of another Episcopal church, a letter of transfer will be requested from that church. People interested in joining and who have never been baptized will want to discuss with the Rector the process for baptism. Though not required for membership, Ascension encourages all adults to participate in a yearlong course in the basics of Christian faith and Episcopal tradition leading to Confirmation by the Bishop in the spring of each year. Please contact email@example.com for further details.
Of course, membership in a church is about more than belonging; it is about being a part of a community where each person is encouraged to share in service to the church and the world through Ascension’s various ministries and programs.