The Bible and the Book of Common Prayer
“And further, that the people (by daily hearyng of holy scripture read in the Churche) should continuallye profite more and more in the knowledge of God, and bee the more inflamed with the love of his true religion.” - from the First English Book of Common Prayer 1549
The church’s job is to produce disciples of Jesus the Christ. This begins in the soul in the inspiration and work of the Holy Spirit, but the work is continued in the faith tradition of a local church; formation in the home; through classes and community worship; and in personal or guided study and devotions. When the Holy Spirit begins to work in someone’s life, it is often secret, quiet, and mysterious; but soon the work begins to need the nurture of community.
Joining a local church is essential to having a healthy spiritual life that is rooted in knowledge, love, and service. At Christ Church of the Ascension, we know that you may be coming from another church or no church, and we welcome you as you are. We invite you to enter into life in Christ with us, whether you are coming as a child in a large family or a single pilgrim looking for rest.
“When I first came for a funeral, I was struck by the lightness of the place. It was a place to know God. But, the people were so friendly that I came to find a home here.” - a new member letter
Our Episcopal tradition is built on the Bible and the Book of Common Prayer. We often talk about the three legged stool of Anglicanism*: Scripture, Tradition, and Reason. This image comes from the work of Richard Hooker, who made the point that Scripture is always preeminent. The scripture of the church is the Bible, and we read and hear it at every service. The tradition is encapsulated in the Book of Common Prayer. Any of our clergy would be happy to introduce you to either one or both in class or contacting us HERE.
Formation and Family Ministries
We have experience-based knowledge long before we have intellectual knowledge. Our families and community are the first place where we begin to have experiences of love, companionship, and safety. As we begin to fold in a theological language, Bible stories, and practices of faith, they are all rooted in those primary experiences.
- Nursery care is available for the 10:15 a.m. service on Sunday Mornings and at major services.
- Children’s Worship and Education is based on the Bible and the Episcopal tradition, and is available at 10:00 a.m. on Sundays for the first part of the 10:15 a.m. worship hour.
- Wednesday Nights are also a time for children, youth, and adult formation seasonally.
- Youth Group meets on Sunday Mornings at 10:00 a.m. and Wednesday nights at 6:00 p.m.
Safeguarding God’s Children
We work hard to provide love, warmth, and safety for our children. We have a commitment to treating each child as a child of God, vetting our children’s workers, and training everyone who has regular contact with children and youth in Safeguarding God’s Children, our denominational course in abuse prevention.
Equipping Families and Children
Our Family Ministries programs and Christ Church School offer our tradition to families and children both in the church community and in our larger parish. Their work dovetails to nurture children as they build a profound relationship with Christ, developing the whole child as beloved of God, and guiding them as they become well-rounded spiritual, intellectual, and physical beings in the world.
As adults, we need to be continually formed to receive and provide love, community, and safety. Our adult formation classes focus on catechism in the faith and way of Jesus in community settings, where we learn to live as Christ followers in our world.
The journey begins in Catechism, offered annually as part of Lenten preparation for baptism, confirmation, and reception at Easter and Pentecost. Classes, community offices, and various liturgies are offered regularly as part of our ongoing formation at Christ Church.
- Adult Formation is at 9 a.m. on Sunday mornings and 6 p.m. on Wednesdays.
- Women’s Bible Study meets at 10 a.m. on Thursday mornings.
Knowing Christ is also an integral part of our experience of worship, though worship is focused on Loving Christ. You can find recent sermons HERE.
Though serving Christ is a separate area of our mission, it is essential to knowing Christ as well. When we put our beliefs and ideas into practice by reaching out to others and serving others, we discover a knowledge of Christ that moves from the formal to the intimate.
For those looking to deepen their spiritual life, there are many resources available in classes and workshops, both here and at other local churches. There is no substitute for small group worship and study in the life of faith. A current schedule is available HERE.
Our clergy members are happy to help you find spiritual counsel and direction as needed. You may reach our staff HERE if confession or pastoral care is needed.