Programs

Ministries and programs are the heart of Church of the Asension. Every Sunday, we bring the world into our church; every day our mission — our Great Commission — is to take the church into the world.

Here’s a two-minute feature on a few of the recent things we have done in the community under the name of “Pick a Partner”:

Care & Compassion

Mary, left, was an active church member for many years, but lately she has been unable to sit comfortably through a full church service. So once a month for the last several years, Mary G., right, has been taking Communion to Mary at her home. Mary G. is one of Ascension’s Lay Eucharistic Ministers — trained by the clergy and approved by the bishop to ensure all parishioners regularly receive the Sacrament of Holy Communion.

Bulletin Prayer List

Each Sunday, a list of people who have requested prayers is printed in the worship bulletins. 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 during the week.

Chain of Prayer

This is a confidential service for urgent needs of anyone, whether a church member or not. A small, trained group of chuch members make it a discipline of their lives to pray for names on this list.

Health & Wellness Advocacy Team

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 service, 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. We seek to offer Christ’s presence through our presence with our community and neighbours.

Lay Eucharistic Ministers (LEMs)

Members of this ministry take Communion to our home-bound (shut-in) parishioners on a monthly basis.

Prayer Shawl Ministry

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.

Building Community

The twice-yearly ACW fashion shows are a big hit.

The twice-yearly ACW fashion shows are a big hit.

Anglican Church Women (ACW)

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.

Craft Club

Crafters meet to have company while working on projects. Some supplies are provided for the projects, although members may have to bring material. Many are sold at the Christmas bazaar, and aA display case in the Gathering Space stocks crafts for ongoing sale.

Seniors Music Afternoons

This is a group open to all in the community to meet a real need for seniors to have a safe place where they could come for fellowship and social time. It’s a once-a-month afternoon (noon-3 p.m.) of variety of music types and lunch. Some people who have attend these events have made donations and all monies have been donated to the church

Quilters Group

The quilters meet Mondays from 9:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the church to work on quilts, although some who aren’t quilters bring their knitting and join the group for the company. 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 for you. They also work on quilts for organizations such as the Women’s Community House and Mission Services.

Outreach

Community Breakfast

The Feed My Sheep free Community Breakfast is held on the third Tuesday of each month, from 7:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., at the church. Both cold and hot breakfast foods are served. All are welcome to come for breakfast.

Social Justice Steering Team

This Social Justice Commitment is a response to the Gospel call to bear witness to God’s healing love in a broken world. Inspired by a vision of a spirit-filled community of hope, Church of the Ascension seeks to share in the creation of a more just and peaceful world. Ascension strives to make a positive impact in a world of suffering through a theology of  action in response to God’s call.

Collections for Community and Church Organizations

  • Ark Aid Street Mission: Stockings are filled with gifts, toiletries, etc. for those using Ark Aid’s services at Christmas.
  • Christmas Share: Daily Bread Food Bank at St. Paul’s 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. Bring your donation to church in late November.
  • Daily Bread Food Bank: Non-perishable food items, personal care products, reusable shopping bags, and clean 250-500 ml containers are collected for the Daily Bread Food Bank based 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. 
  • Hearing aids: Old hearing aids are collected and refurbished for use by people in developing countries.
  • Monica Place: A “baby shower” is held yearly to provided items for this home for unwed moms 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 going through 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 at about 10:15 a.m.

Bible Study

A Bible Study takes place every Wednesday morning following the 9:30 am worship service, often taking a break for the months of June, July, and August. All are welcome to attend.

Book Club

The group meets monthly, rotating among members’ homes, to discuss a new book (or occasionally a movie) each month, share laughs and have a snack.

Educational Series

Special educational series may be held occasionally throughout the year especially during Lent or Advent seasons. These series may involve Bible or book studies, courses regarding aspects of church life and more. Information will be in the Sunday bulletin prior to any series start.

Sunday School

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 understand their church, the Bible, and their Anglican faith.

Theology Student Placements & Support Groups

Ascension often hosts theological students to assist them in their training to become a member of clergy. Parish members are chosen to become members of Support Groups for the students while they are at Ascension.

Worship

A layperson administers wine during communion.

Much work by clergy and lay people goes into the preparation of worship services. Below are some of the volunteer activities surrounding that.

A/V Team

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.

Chancel Guild

Guild members perform duties in the sanctuary on the Saturday before services, such as preparing the altar, linens, communion items, and memorial flowers, etc.

Coffee Hour Teams

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 the parish hall and kitchen for the coffee hour.

Counters

Counters are scheduled on a rotating basis to count the weekly donations immediately after Communion at the 10 a.m. Sunday service.

Greeters

On Sunday mornings, greeters are a welcoming face at the door. They’re also there to assist people entering the church – holding open doors or directing them to specific locations in the building.

 Lay Administrators of the Chalice

They assist the clergy at communion by serving the wine during communion.

Memorial Altar Flowers

Flowers are place in the sanctuary every Sunday.  Donations for Memorial Altar Flowers are always appreciated.  A schedule is posted on the Memorial Wall, and envelopes are beside the Parish Mail Slots in the Gathering Space to use for donations.

Music

Music at Ascension’s 10 a.m. Sunday church service is a unique blend of a contemporary style with a jazz-blues vibe along with some traditional hymns set in an updated style. Our music director, Mark Payne, is a multi-faceted pianist, conductor and singer with a career spanning multiple genres. Volunteer musicians play guitar, keyboard, flute, and drums at various times. The choir provides choral accompaniment to special 10:00 a.m. Sunday worship services such as Easter and Christmas. Learn more by clicking for the Music page.

Readers

They read the passages from the Bible during the service.

Servers and Crucifers

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.

Sidespeople

These people hand out bulletins outlining the service for the day as people enter the sanctuary and collect the offering.

 Worship and Music Committee

This committee meets regularly to discuss music and worship styles used at Ascension.  They discuss and implement changes, plan special services, etc.

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