Newcomers

What time do you worship?

We have two services on Sunday morning at 7:30 AM and 10:00 AM. The early service does not include music while the later service includes music and a full choir.

What about my children?

Church of the Ascension welcomes children at all services. We also have professionally staffed nursery available between 9:15 and 11:15. Please click here to find out more about Children’s Formation on Sunday morning.

What are the different books in the pews?

When you come in an usher will give you a leaflet that will guide you through the service and tell you what book to use when. The primary service book is called the Book of Common Prayer. It contains all the services authorized for use in the Episcopal Church in addition to many other helpful resources. Our hymnal is used at the 10:00 service for congregational singing. In the pews, we have visitor cards with additional information. We encourage you to fill one out and put it in the offering plate when it is passed to you. This way we can send you more information about Church of the Ascension and put you in touch with a member of our clergy, if you wish. You can also email our Rector, the Rev. Jack Alvey.

How will I know when to stand, sit, or kneel?

We know that visiting a church for the first time can be intimidating because of all the traditions.  Please know that there is no right or wrong way to worship in the Episcopal Church.  Typically, we stand to sing, recite the Creed, for the reading of the Gospel, and to pray. We sit while the Bible is being read, during the sermon, announcements, and when the choir is singing.  We kneel during the confession and post-communion prayer. Aside from the standing, sitting, and kneeling, the most important thing is that we get to gather with each other and with God.

Can I take Holy Communion?

All baptized Christians, regardless of denomination, are welcome to receive Holy Communion at the Lord’s Table. An usher will mark your pew when it is time to approach the altar rail (you may kneel or stand at the altar rail). When you come to the altar, you may choose to receive the bread and wine, or just the bread. If you would like to pass on either the bread or the wine, please indicate by placing your arms across your chest. If you are not baptized, please ask the rector about baptism and know that you are most welcome to approach the Lord’s Table to receive a blessing from the priest

How do I become a member of Church of the Ascension?

If you are a member of another Episcopal Church:

Simply transfer your membership using this form: Membership Request Form.

If you have been baptized in a church other than the Episcopal Church:

Any baptized member may declare membership. Simply transfer your membership using this form: Membership Request Form.

What if I havent been baptized?

The Episcopal Church baptizes people of all ages (infants, children, and adults) in the context of the Sunday worship service. Our Rector, the Rev. Jack Alvey is available to talk to you about the sacrament of Holy Baptism where you are sealed by the Holy Spirit and marked as Christ’s own forever.

What is Confirmation and how do I become confirmed?

Confirmation is a sacramental rite where persons who have been duly prepared make a mature, public affirmation of their faith, a commitment to the responsibilities of Baptism, and receive the laying-on-of-hands by the bishop. Our confirmation class for adults meets during early spring. To enroll in the class contact our Rector.

What if I have been confirmed in another church other than the Episcopal Church?

If you have been confirmed in another denomination (Roman Catholic, Lutheran, Orthodox), having received the laying-on-of-hands from a bishop, please speak to our Rector, the Rev. Jack Alvey. He will arrange for you to be received by the bishop. You will also be asked to take the confirmation class for adults which meets in the spring.

Why Confirmation?

Although one is considered a full member of the one, holy, catholic, and apostolic church in Baptism, Confirmation signifies a mature and public commitment of faith consistent with the worship, doctrine and teaching of the Episcopal Church, a member of the worldwide Anglican Communion. It is required by the canons of the Episcopal Church that anyone wishing to serve on a governing body in the church structure (vestry, diocesan committees, etc.) or anyone wishing to seek Holy Orders must be a Confirmed member of the Episcopal Church.