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.
Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper
Once again, AMEN is hosting our Shrove Tuesday Pancake supper on February 28 from 5 to 7 pm. The cost is $5/adult, $10/family, and children under 6 are free. Our friends from St. George's are also invited! Pictured at left is burning the palms (to make the ashes) after last year's Shrove Tuesday supper. (Notice The Rev. Greg Syler in festive Mardis Gras apparel!) Be sure to come to a yummy supper!
New Church Service Hours Coming!
Sadly, our time shared with Rev. Melinda is coming to a close as she has been called to serve at another church. With the transition of Father Greg Syler to serve as the rector for both St. George's and Ascension, some adjustments to the schedule had to be made. Beginning on March 5th, the Family Service at Ascension will be at 11:00am instead of 10:30am. The 8:00am service will be held at 7:30am with alternating Holy Eucharist and Morning Prayer. If you have any questions, please contact Gail in our Parish Office at 301-863-8551.
St. George’s/Church of the Ascension Collaborative Ministry - Updated: January 21, 2017
Updated! 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.
- Episcopal Campus Ministry - Every Sunday!
- Sunday Forum - Every Sunday
- Cross Roads Youth Group - Every Tuesday Evening
- Tax Preparation Assistance - February 14 - April 13, 2017
- Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper - February 28, 2017
- Ash Wednesday Morning Service - March 1, 2017
- Ash Wednesday Evening Service - March 1, 2017
- New Sunday Service Hours - March 5, 2017
- Mid-Week Lenten Service - March 8 - April 12, 2017
- Maundy Thursday Services - April 13, 2017
- Good Friday Services - April 14, 2017
- Easter Sunday Services - April 16, 2017
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 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 over 30 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.
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