We’re Glad you’re here!
When visiting for the first time, it’s nice to know what to expect. Here are the answers to some frequently asked questions.
Q: Where do we park?
A: There is a parking lot behind the church building. The paved walkway leads to Sunday School classrooms in the back of the church addition where greeters are prepared to guide you to Christian Formation (Sunday School). The paved walkway also leads to the front of the historic church (with the red doors) where ushers will greet you as Sunday services with Holy Eucharist begin.
Q: What can I expect from Sunday church services?
A: Episcopalians worship in many different styles, ranging from very formal, ancient, and multi-sensory rites with lots of singing, music, formal clothes (called vestments), and incense, to informal services with contemporary music. Yet all worship in the Episcopal Church is based in the Book of Common Prayer, which gives worship a familiar feel, no matter where you go.
Q: Do you have Sunday School for all ages?
A: Yes. We call our Sunday School classes “Christian Formation”. Click here to learn more.
Q: Is the Episcopal Church Liturgical? What does Liturgical mean?
A: Yes. Worship in the Episcopal Church is “liturgical,” meaning that the congregation follows service forms and prays from texts that don’t change greatly from week to week during a season of the year. This sameness gives worship a rhythm that becomes comforting and familiar to the worshipers. After all, life can be chaotic enough as it is. For the first-time visitor, liturgy may be exhilarating… or confusing. Stand. Sit. Kneel. Stand. Sit (or is it kneel?) Participatory elements may provide a challenge for the first-time visitor. Don’t worry. Liturgical worship can be compared with a dance: once you learn the steps, you come to appreciate the rhythm, and it becomes satisfying to dance, again and again, as the music changes.
Q: What is Holy Eucharist?
A: While Episcopal churches my have different worship styles, Holy Eucharist is always the same. It is commonly known as the part of the service where we “receive communion.”
Q: When are Services?
A: There are three services every Sunday and Christian Formation (Sunday School) as listed below:
7:45 a.m. – Rite II Holy Eucharist (spoken service/no music)
9:00 a.m. – Rite II Holy Eucharist (abbreviated for families with young children and people on the go)
10:00 a.m. – Christian Formation for All Ages
11:00 a.m. – Rite II Holy Eucharist with Full Choir
A Public Service of Healing with Holy Eucharist takes place every Wednesday at 12:15 p.m. and a non-traditional (more casual) Saturday Holy Eucharist on the first Saturday of each month at 5:30 p.m.
Note: At The Church of the Ascension, we practice open communion. All are welcome to participate fully in worship, including the Lord’s Supper, or Holy Eucharist. After the prayers have been said, please come forward, if you wish, to receive the bread and the wine, symbols of Christ’s presence with us.