Church of the Ascension accepted a Heritage Award from the Architectural Conservancy of Ontario (London branch) and the Heritage London Foundation at a reception on Feb. 20, 2014. “We are presenting this award to you for the creation of a new church in which you have incorporated cherished and historic items, including stained glass windows, from the four constituent churches. Your project provides a new spiritual home in an imaginative adaptation and reuse of a former commercial building.” Pictured here at the gala are, left to right, Rev. Canon June Hough, rector of Ascension; Roger Chapman, Sunrise Stained Glass Windows; Mary Grant and Philip Templeton, parishioners; Richard Hammond, Cornerstone Architecture; and Sylvia Chodas, Architectural Conservancy of Ontario.
Church of the Ascension (Anglican) was formed in 2001 from the amalgamation of four smaller Anglican churches in the east end of the London, Ontario — a process that took six years (1996-2002) to complete.
The following booklet — Good News ~ for a Change — was written to record the recollections and experiences of church members over those years,
with the hope that other churches that might embark on a similar path
could learn from our successes and mistakes.
Click on the cover page below to access the pdf of Good News ~ for a Change.
Permission is granted by the author and the church for copies to be made of this pdf.
Note: Church of Ascension began its life as East London Anglican Ministries and was known by that name until 2011. The story reflects the original name of the church.
In 2012, on the 10th anniversary in our new church home, we created this candle mixing coloured sands poured by representatives from the four founding church and those who had joined the church since then.