Ministries and programs are the heart of Church of the Ascension. Every Sunday, we bring the world into our church; every day our mission — our Great Commission from Christ — is to take the church into the world.
Below is the full list of our programs and ministries with links to more information below. To contact any of these, reach out to the church office at firstname.lastname@example.org or 519-451-7780.
Those with an asterisk (*) after their heading are operating during the pandemic. Other programs are on hiatus.
|Care & Compassion||Building Community||Outreach|
|Teaching & Learning||Worship|
As well, we have a five-year (2018-2022) Mission and Ministry Plan to guide our planning over the next few years.
Care & Compassion
A list of people who have requested prayers is distributed by email each month. There are a number of reasons that we pray for people: illness, unemployment, grief, to name only a few. Members of the church are encouraged to pray for these people at home.
This is a confidential service for urgent needs of anyone, whether a church member or not. A small, trained group of church members make it a discipline of their lives to pray for names on this list.
This group educates parishioners on health and advocates for those needing access to the health-care system, including helping them navigate the system. Responding to the Gospel call for compassion and healing, this team seeks to fulfill the call to charity and love as expressed in the Gospel story of the Good Samaritan (Luke 10:25-37). As Jesus points out in this story, we are called to be “neighbours” to one another and to offer compassionate care and healing. Christians through the ages have generously responded to people in need of care. Charity, the love of Christ, is at the heart of each team members’ response to those in need of assistance. Team members seek to offer Christ’s presence through their presence with their community and neighbours.
Members of this ministry take Communion to our home-bound parishioners on a monthly basis.
While praying for the recipient, volunteers knit or crochet squares that are later joined together into a prayer shawl. Each colour of wool reflects a desired blessing. The shawl is then given free to the recipient.
The ACW meets regularly on the first and third Mondays of the month at 1:30 p.m. The women have a time of fellowship together and host special events such as card parties and fashion shows throughout the year.
The knitters and crocheters meet on Mondays at 10 a.m. The end time is flexible. The group is open to both experienced people and learners. The experienced are happy to teach. Lively conversation is also part of the session.
The quilters meet Mondays at 10:00 a.m. at the church to work on quilts. Although their work brings in income for the church, the members speak first of friendships when they’re asked what they get out of the group. Quilters can be asked to make or repair quilts. They also work on quilts for organizations such as local shelters.
The Feed My Sheep free Community Breakfast is normally held on the third Tuesday of each month, from 7:30 a.m. to 10 a.m., at the church. Both cold and hot breakfast foods are served. All are welcome to come for breakfast. During the pandemic, the Community Breakfast has switched to delivery of bagged lunches to areas where homeless people are known to gather.
This is a group open to all in the community to meet a need for seniors to have a safe place where they could come for fellowship and social time. It offers a variety of music styles, including country and 1950s rock and a lunch. It is held noon to 3 p.m. on the last Thursday of the month (excluding summer). Some people who have attend these events have made donations and all monies have been donated to the church.
- Ark Aid Street Mission: Stockings are filled with gifts, toiletries, etc. for those using Ark Aid’s services at Christmas.
- Christmas Share: St. Paul’s Social Services, based at the Anglican cathedral in the centre of our city, uses cash donations to buy gift cards, so that those without at Christmas may purchase what they would like most to give and receive. Donations are collected in November.
- Daily Bread Food Bank: Non-perishable food items, personal care products, reusable shopping bags, and clean 250- to 500-mililitre containers are collected for the Daily Bread Food Bank at St. Paul’s Anglican Cathedral in downtown London. As an optional hint to its congregation, Ascension suggests a “Food of the Month” each month:
- January – peanut butters, jam and other spreads
- February – soup
- March – canned vegetables
- April – personal care products such as toothpaste and deodorant
- May – breakfast foods
- June – canned fruit
- July – baby food
- August – vegetables
- September – rice
- October – canned and bagged beans
- November – canned fish and meat
- December – pasta and sauce or mac-and-cheese kits (e.g., Kraft Dinner)
- Eye glasses: Old eye glasses are collected and refurbished for use by people in developing countries. (Please do not donate eye glass cases. They cannot be shipped due to space and weight restrictions.)
- Mission Services of London: New kitchen linens, can openers, cutlery, personal care items (toothpaste, deodorant, soap), scarves, hats, mitts for the five branches of Mission Services: Men’s Mission, Quinton Warner House, Rotholme, Mental Health, and Mission Store.
- Monica Place: A “baby shower” is held yearly to provided items for this home for unwed moms operated by the Anglican church in Waterloo, Ontario
- Pop can tabs: Tabs are collected and donated to organizations that sell them to scrap metal dealers and use the cash to purchase wheelchairs for children with disabilities.
- Postage stamps: Used stamps are donated to the Canadian Bible Society, which sell them to collectors to raise money for its programs.
- Wool: We collect odds bits of wool to make prayer shawls — shawls knit with prayer — for people dealing with illness, injury, or trauma. It’s a way to find a use for partial balls of wool left over from other projects.
Teaching & Learning
A Bible Study takes place every Wednesday morning following the 9:30 a.m. worship service, often taking a break for the months of June, July, and August, and over Christmas and New Year’s. All are welcome to attend.
Special educational series are held occasionally, especially during Lent or Advent. These series may involve Bible or book studies, courses regarding aspects of church life, and more.
The Sunday School has designed a curriculum that meets the needs of children and youth with a variety of learning styles through arts, music, quiet learning and physical games. We have seasonal activities and multi-week themes to help children, age 4 to 12, understand their church, the Bible, and their Anglican faith. A nursery is available for children younger than 4. Sunday School is held from September to June during the worship service at 10 a.m. on Sundays. Children begin the service in church with everyone and have a short, interactive Children’s Time near the beginning of the service after which children and teachers head out to classes. They return in time for the Eucharist.
Ascension often hosts a theological student to assist them in their training to become a member of clergy. A handful of parish members are chosen to become members of Learning Support Groups for the students while they are at Ascension, giving them feedback on their parish work.
The team supports the weekly 10 a.m. worship service by providing audio and video work, including projecting the complete service on screen. Besides its work with the weekly worship services, this team also provides A/V support for other events in the church and the All City Choir.
Guild members perform duties in the Sanctuary on the Saturday before services, such as preparing the altar, linens, communion items, and memorial flowers, etc.
Teams volunteer to provide beverages and snacks for Coffee Hour, a social time held after the 10:00 a.m. worship service. They are also responsible for setup and cleanup in the parish hall and kitchen for the coffee hour.
Counters are scheduled on a rotating basis to count the weekly donations immediately after the 10 a.m. Sunday service.
On Sunday mornings, greeters are a welcoming face at the door. They’re also there to assist people entering the church.
They assist the clergy at communion by serving the wine during communion.
Flowers are place in the sanctuary every Sunday. Donations for Memorial Altar Flowers are always appreciated.
Music at Ascension’s 10 a.m. Sunday church service is a blend of a contemporary style with a jazz-blues vibe along with some traditional hymns set in an updated style. Our music director, Alex Baerg, is a pianist, conductor and singer. Volunteer musicians play guitar, keyboard, and flute at various times. The choir provides choral accompaniment to Easter and Christmas worship services. Learn more on the Music page.
They read the passages from the Bible during the service.
Wearing white robes, these people carry the cross and candles during the opening and closing of the service and help the clergy throughout the service, especially at communion time.
These people assist those attending the 10 a.m. Sunday service, including directing traffic during Communion time and collecting the financial offerings from the congregation.
The Bishop of Huron has asked that every parish/regional ministry in the Diocese create a Mission and Ministry Plan for the five- year period of 2018-2022. The intention is to identify a way forward for every part of the Diocese, with clearly identified mission purpose and concrete goals to support that purpose.
The template is divided into sections: five based on the Five Marks of Mission, and others on Ministry and Leadership, Congregational Health, Long-term Future, Buildings, and Finances. Each section includes an explanation and room for goal-setting.
Ascension’s Plan as a PowerPoint presentation:
Ascension’s Plan in the original template (pdf):