Welcome to Ascension
Thank you for visiting The Church of the Ascension! We are a vibrant and diverse group of folks of the Episcopal church in the Diocese of Washington. We celebrate a community of faith which seeks to reflect God's love in our words and in our actions and are committed to worship God with faithfulness and to make a positive difference in our local and global communities. We especially enjoy inviting and welcoming guests and new friends to share in the abundance of God's love with us in worship and in ministry and even have fun doing all this.
We look forward to meeting you at our next gathering!
Love God. Love your neighbor. Change the world.
New Sunday Service Hours Coming
Based on discussion and suggestions from parishioners, the vestries of Ascension and St. George's parishes made the following recommendation to the rector:
- Offer the 7:30am service at St. George's only
- Move St. George's 9:15am service to 9am
- Move Ascension's 11am service to 10:30am
Father Greg accepted the vestries' recommendations and this new schedule will go into effect on Sunday, June 3rd. Read the Senior Warden's letter here for all the discussion.
After School Tutoring is in Full Swing
Partnership with Lexington Park Elementary School
- Tuesdays and Thursday afternoons, 3:30 to 4:45
We’re excited that our After-School Tutoring ministry together with Lexington Park Elementary School is in full swing. Thank you to everyone who has committed to build relationships with our neighborhood children and families! Anyone interested in tutoring can still join by contacting Celia Engel via the church office at 301-863-8551. We especially need book donations for children K-3rd grade and financial contributions for snacks or reading materials are also welcome. Thank you!
- Vacation Bible School - June 18-22, 2018
- Episcopal Campus Ministry - Every Sunday!
- Our Community Lunch - Every Sunday at 12:30
- Choir Practice - Every Tuesday
- After School Tutoring - Every Tuesday and Thursday
- Mid-Week Prayer Break - Every Wednesday
- Alpha in St. Mary's - Every Wednesday
- Seekers Book Club - Every Thursday
Prayers at Ascension
Many churches have a candle rack where one can light a candle to symbolize a prayer of intention. Often times, the simple act of lighting the candle is prayer enough. Similarly, we now have a Prayer Net to capture these prayers of intention in our Administrative Wing. Simply tie a piece of yarn (provided) to the net and cast your prayer to God. Alternatively, you can tie a piece of yarn to symbolize your commitment as a disciple of Christ. We engage in a life of prayer at Ascension, not only in worship - we do it with our Prayer Chain and with the Prayer Net.
We always accept prayers for those in need or celebrating a special event. Please send them to our Parish Administrator or call the church office at 301-863-8551 to have hem added to our weekly bulletin.
We have lots of ways to have fun with your fellow parishioners. Come join us for any and all of our Social Activities.
One of God’s greatest gifts is the personal talents bestowed upon each of us. Ascension has so many ways to share our talent within the Church, within the Community, and between each other. Ascension is a Church of giving. Please take a look at all that Ascension does and find a place that is right for you. There are plenty of Volunteer Opportunities that are as much fun as they are service to others.
The Church of the Ascension has been a proud host for the Pastoral Counseling Center for 35 years. If you need someone to talk to, the PCC has trained and certified counselors who can help. Click here for more information.
Please Support the Food Pantry
The food pantry in the county is in extremely short supply and can use any type of canned goods, boxed cereal, peanut butter, jelly, or packaged dinners. Please take a look at the Food Pantry needs and bring your donations to the Church Narthex on Sunday or the parish office during business hours.
Don't forget your GROCERY BAGS and clean EGG CARTONS too!
The best evangelism is teaching another about our faith. Join the Christian Education program in its creative ministry of teaching all ages. Our programs offer instruction on how to worship and the opportunity to lead study and prayer groups for adults. Check out what we have for the kids to do during church service (it even keeps the adults busy too!) Please join us soon!
The garden team meets on Saturdays for removing, moving, and planting as well as general yard maintenance. Everyone is welcome to help and share ideas on ow to make the gardens beautiful for all. Please contact the Parish Office to make sure that we are meeting this week.
St. George’s/Church of the Ascension Collaborative Ministry - Updated: April 1, 2017
Our Collaborative Ministry page has been updated to include recent decisions and latest status of our progress. This page includes a list of Frequently Asked Questions including information from the meetings held in late 2015 and the meeting minutes released from the Joint Executive Committee. Please feel free to contact the listed Points of Contact if you have any additional questions.
Links to Other Churches:
The Episcopal Church
National Cathedral of Washington
St. Andrew's, California, MD
Trinity Church, St. Mary's City, MD
St. George's, Valley Lee, MD
St. Paul's, Piney, Waldorf, MD
All Saints', Oakley, MD
St. Mary's Chapel, Ridge, MD
Christ Church, King and Queen Parish, Chaptico, MD
Christ Church, Durham Parish, Ironsides, MD
Christ Church, Kensington, MD
All Faith, Mechanicsville, MD
Good Samaritan Lutheran Church, Lexington Park , MD
Church of the Redeemer, Biloxi, MS
Caroline Church of Brookhaven, East Setauket, NY