Exercise Program

The VON is restarting its exercise program at Church of the Ascension on Tuesday and Friday mornings, 9 – 10 a.m. (Note: The class will not take place on the third Tuesday of each month as that is the time of the Community Breakfast.) Please call 519-659-2273, ext. 22285, to get registered for this program.

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Bishop’s upcoming visit

Right Rev. Todd Townshend, bishop of the Diocese of Huron, will make his first official visit to Church of the Ascension for worship on Sunday, April 2, which is Palm Sunday.

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Easter Choir

Choir rehearsals for Easter start on Sunday, March 26, after the 10 a.m. service. Come and make some “joyful noise” to celebrate Christ’s Resurrection!

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Fundraising Concert – No. 2 in the Series

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Land Sale: Please Contact Your City Councillor

The proposal to sell the back portion of Church of the Ascension’s property for much-needed housing has hit a significant roadblock with the Upper Thames River Conservation Authority. We are seeking the community’s assistance in moving this forward.

Please use this letter template to contact the city councillor in your ward. It does not matter if your ward is not in the area of the Church of the Ascension. The more councillors we can reach, the better.

Here is a list of councillors’ names, contact information, and a ward map (in case you’re not sure which ward you are in). Although email addresses are provided here, it is best to send the letter by mail to make sure it is noticed. The mailing address for all councillors is:

City of London
300 Dufferin Avenue
PO Box 5035
London, ON
N6A 4L9

Ward 1 Councillor Hadleigh McAlister, hmcalister@london.ca

Ward 2 Councillor Shawn Lewis, slewis@london.ca

Ward 3 Councillor Peter Cuddy, pcuddy@london.ca

Ward 4 Councillor Susan Stevenson, sstevenson@london.ca

Ward 5 Councillor Jerry Pribil, jpribil@london.ca

Ward 6 Councillor Sam Trosow, strosow@london.ca

Ward 7 Councillor Corinne Rahman, corahman@london.ca

Ward 8 Councillor Steve Lehman, slehman@london.ca

Ward 9 Councillor Anna Hopkins, ahopkins@london.ca

Ward 10 Councillor Paul Van Meerbergen, pvanmeerbergen@london.ca

Ward 11 Councillor Skylar Franke, sfranke@london.ca

Ward 12 Councillor Elizabeth Peloza, epeloza@london.ca

Ward 13 Councillor David Ferreira, dferreira@london.ca

Ward 14 Councillor Steven Hillier, shillier@london.ca

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Annual Vestry Meeting

The Annual Vestry Meeting of Church of the Ascension will be held on Sunday, February 12. There will be one service only on that date — at 9:30 a.m. The Vestry Meeting will be held immediately after the service.

There are still openings for positions on Parish Council. If you are interested, please speak to a Warden. If you wish to nominated someone, seek their permission first and then speak to a Warden.

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Fundraising Concert SOLD OUT

AS OF JAN. 23, THIS CONCERT IS SOLD OUT. Ascension’s former music director Mark Payne, now music director of Victoria Playhouse Petrolia, with friends Jesse Grandmont and Michael Vanhevel lead a fundraising concert for Church of the Ascension at the church on Saturday, February 4. Tickets can be ordered by emailing tickets@ascensionlondon.com or by calling 519-451-7780.

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All City Choir Christmas Concert

This children’s choir is sponsored by the Audio-Video Team of Church of the Ascension, which assists with the choir’s A-V needs.

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Christmas Share

The deadline for donations to Christmas Share has been extended by a week, to Sunday, Dec. 4.

The Christmas Share program at St. Paul’s Social Services (at the cathedral) helps those in need have a Merry Christmas by providing them with gift cards so they have the dignity of buying the food and gifts they wish for. Last year Ascension members generously donated $900 to Christmas Share — more than double what had been given for several previous years. Let’s see if we can do it again! The deadline for donations is Sunday, Nov. 27 Dec. 4. You can donate through your collection envelope by writing “Christmas Share” on the Special Offering line, by e-transfer to office@ascensionlondon.com, or by mailing a cheque to Church of the Ascension, 2060 Dundas St., N5V 1R2. Thank you for your ongoing support for this special program.

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Sale of Land for Apartments

Artist’s rendering of building planned for the land behind Ascension

In July 2019, Church of the Ascension entered into an agreement with a developer group to sell the back of the church property for an apartment building — much needed in the Argyle area. The agreement is conditional on approval from the City of London. As of mid-October 2022, these are the next steps planned by the buyer:

  • October 19: City of London urban design panel review of project.
  • Nov. 24, 6-8 p.m.: Informal open house for area residents in Ascension’s Parish Hall, including a short presentation by the planner, plans for the proposed building and site, and plans for the access road from Dundas Street along the east side of the church. Some city staff are expected to attend.
  • Early in the new year: City staff expected to schedule the proposed project and rezoning with City Council’s planning committee.
  • February: Planning committee presents the project to Council with a recommendation.

For details of the project, please go to this City of London site: https://london.ca/business-development/planning-development-applications/planning-applications/2060-dundas-street

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