Ascension Memorial Church is a parish community small enough to be known by name yet large enough to offer a variety of programs designed to engage and stir hearts and minds of all ages. We are a kind, questioning and inclusive mixture of people seeking to live our lives in wholehearted response to the curious love God has for us in Christ Jesus. Our tradition is Episcopal, which means we are both reformed and catholic. By creatively weaving tradition and change together, we are both grounded in traditional Christianity and open to new ways of discerning, expressing, and practicing our faith. The community is more than receptive to the gifts that newcomers bring to our life together. These gifts are valued and essential in allowing our community to evolve in ever new and unexpected ways, making us fully alive in Christ.
FAQ about Ascension Memorial Church
- How do I meet with the Rector, the Senior Warden, the Organist/Choir Director, or the Parish Communications Administrator? Our Rector, The Rev. Bradford Clark, can be reached at 978-356-2560 or 978-471-9225 (cell phone) or firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also make an appointment to meet with the Rector by contacting the Parish Communications Administrator, Patti Gorman, at 978-356-2560, or at email@example.com. Our Senior Warden, or lay leader of the parish, is Karen Esperson. Our Director of Music, Frank Corbin, can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Which service should I attend? – Our 8:00 a.m. service of Holy Eucharist is a quieter, more traditional liturgy attended mostly by adults, followed by a time of conversation and refreshments in the St. Matthew’s Parlor. Our 10:15 a.m. service of Holy Eucharist offers a more contemporary liturgy supported by the Ascension Church Choir. We especially invite newcomers to attend this service as an introduction to our parish. Conversation and refreshments in St. Matthew’s Parlor following the service provides members of the parish a chance to introduce themselves to newcomers and field questions. Every six weeks or so, the Our BEACH Sunday School Children lead the 10:15 a.m. Service For All Ages, much like the 9:30 a.m. Summer Service which runs from mid-June to early September. Overview of TWO Service Schedule at AMC: 8 a.m. ~ (Rite I) Service of Holy Eucharist.
9 – 10 a.m. ~ Coffee Hour in St. Matthew’s Parlor
10:15 a.m. ~ (Rite II) Service of Holy Eucharist with Adult Choir
11:30 – 12 p.m. ~ Coffee Hour in St. Matthew’s Parlor. Children begin the morning with their parents in church, then are welcomed to come forward for a word and blessing from the Rector before heading off to the “Our BEACH” Sunday school program. Following the service, all ages gather for refreshment and fellowship in St. Matthew’s Parlor. Weekday Services: Monday ~ 12:15 p.m. – 12:45 p.m. Holy Silence ~ offers a 30-minute silent meditation open to people of all walks of life who value the regular practice of sitting meditation.
Wednesday ~ 5:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. Holy Silence/Holy Communion ~ offers a 15-minute period of silent meditation followed by communion and healing rite.
- Can I receive Holy Communion? –As was the practice of Jesus, Ascension Memorial Church practices open table fellowship, offering a place at the table for all who wish to share in the spirit and life of Jesus. If you wish to join the congregation in receiving communion, by all means, you are welcome to do so.
- What do I need to believe in order to attend Ascension Memorial Church? – There is no “litmus test” for coming to Ascension Memorial Church.
- How does Ascension Memorial Church fund its operations? – Ascension Memorial Church relies primarily on the financial pledges of our members to fund our life and ministries. Our church is financially self-sufficient. Funds received from the Episcopal Diocese of Massachusetts are limited to occasional grants received and earmarked for special projects. Our Annual Report with detailed financial information is available to anyone upon request. We conduct an annual financial audit and are fortunate to have highly professional volunteer lay leaders serving as Co-Treasurers, and as members of our Finance and Endowment Committees.
- Will I be asked to donate money? – There are no financial requirements or membership fees for belonging to Ascension Memorial Church.I consider myself more spiritual than religious. Will I feel comfortable at Ascension Memorial Church? – You will be in good company. AMC offers a variety of ways for deepening the spiritual life. You may want to begin by speaking with the Rector, the Rev. Bradford Clark.
- Do I have to volunteer a lot of time in order to attend Ascension Memorial Church? – There are no requirements to volunteer, but there are many opportunities to do so.
- Are there special events for Newcomers? – We host Newcomer Dinners annually to welcome and help integrate newcomers into the life of the parish. The Rector also offers an “Episcopal Church 101” session annually as an introduction to the Episcopal Church and in preparation for the Sacrament of Confirmation or Reception.
- How do I dress? – We are relaxed and informal, especially during the summer. You need not dress up on our account.
- Where do I park and is AMC handicap accessible? – There is a parking lot directly across County St. from the church. We are also handicap accessible.