Church Life

CHURCH LIFE

SHARE in Christian Friendship.     We want you to enjoy the sense of community that belonging to a church can bring. Ascension seeks to be the “third place” in people’s lives.   Their first place (the home) is for family; their second place (office/school) is for work.  Ascension is the place to meet friends and enjoy a community life.     Each year we offer events including ice cream socials, a church picnic, game nights, a chili cook-off, movie series with study, and a Thanksgiving meal the Sunday before that holiday to bring people together.   In addition, various groups meet monthly (or more often) to enjoy friendship and support.   Gatherings often include meals and day trips.

-Prime Timers:  Those of retirement age meet monthly for events.  Including museums, Bats baseball games, U of L basketball games, planetarium, historic homes, movies, Churchill Downs and St. Meinrad Abbey.

-High School:  Beyond Sunday morning Sunday school, these teens enjoy such activities as rock climbing, working at Humane Society, broomball, paintball, laser tag, movie night/lock-in and haunted houses. Their  trips for service projects and inspirational gatherings include Youth Quake in Cincinnati and retreats at area camps.  Annual mission work weeks have included trips to Chicago, New Orleans, Dakota Sioux reservation, Mexico, Bahamas and Guatemala.

-Middle School:  Two years of Sunday morning “catechism” study in preparation for confirmation includes monthly outings to serve, the annual Youth Quake in Cincinnati, concerts, and other fun events.

-Supper Club:  Adults in quarterly rotating groups of 6-9 people enjoy dinner and conversation together in homes or restaurants two or three times during a quarter.   A wonderful way to build friendships and relax.

-Theology On Tap:  Young adults meet at a restaurant on Sunday evenings monthly for refreshments and conversations on faith.    A great way for adults in their 20s and early 30s to meet others.

-BeFrienders:  Trained lay volunteers provide pastoral care to people in difficult and transitional situations, such as experiencing loneliness, illness, loss of a loved one or job.   BeFriender ministers also meet monthly for additional training and support.

-Sewing Groups:  “Sew Much Fun” makes beautiful hand-made items for the ill and those in need at 1:00 PM the second Monday of the month.   “Prayer Shawl” ministry at 10:00 AM the first Friday of the month knits shawls with prayers for people in stressful situations.   “Women In Stitches” bring their personal craft projects and join in fellowship  at 1:00 PM the second Thursday of the month.

-“Good Grief”:  A monthly support group for people who have experienced a loss in their lives.  Usually meets after 10:45 AM worship the first Sunday of the month, and enjoys lunch also.

-Mah Jongg:  A group of 4-8 people meet every Wednesday at 1:00 PM to play this Asian board game.

-Alcoholics Anonymous, Al-Anon, and Al-a-teen:  Support groups for those with alcoholism and their family members.  Meets Monday at 8:00 PM and Friday at 7:30 PM.

-African Fellowship:  A group of recent immigrants meets on Sundays at 2:00 PM for fellowship, support, assimilation and a brief worship.