Life Events Ministry


Church of The Ascension is a community that celebrates with joyous and weeps with those who grieve.  Below you will find details of how the church can help during the "big" events of life.

Planning Your Wedding
Click here to downoad our Wedding instructions Booklet (pdf)


To be married at Ascension, you or your fiance must be an active Episcopalian, be members of Ascension, or have a personal history or family association with Ascension. 

The first contact with the church should be with the Parish Secretary and the Rector at least 90 days prior to the wedding. The Rector must meet with you and approve the final wedding date, after which the wedding fee is required to hold its place on the church calendar. 

After the Rector, the next stop is our Wedding Coordinator, who will help you navigate church customs and ensure the smooth flow of your ceremony by coordinating with church staff, including the Organist. She is also present at the rehearsal and ceremony to assist the clergy and wedding party. Please make an appointment with Sharon Meek at as soon as your wedding date is placed on the church calendar.       

Holy Matrimony is one of the Sacraments of the church and will take place with the dignity and reverence suited to a sacramental occasion.The Episcopal Book of Common Prayer, from which the marriage service is taken, also offers a special service called the Blessing of a Civil Marriage. 

To begin your wedding plans, please contact the Parish Secretary, Maggie Talbot, at 727-447-3469 or

Planning A Baptism
Click here to download our Baptism Information Form (pdf)



In the Sacrament of Holy Baptism, we formally welcome children and adults into God's family --- and into the life of our church community. For that reason, Baptisms take place within the setting of our weekly worship services. During the baptism of you or your child, the congregation is asked to renew its own Baptismal Covenant --- a pledge to follow the teachings of Jesus and to repent when we fail to do so. 

Please contact the Parish Secretary, Maggie Talbot, to set a date for the Baptism and a pre-baptismal conference with a member of our clergy. 727-447-3469 or 

Funeral Arrangements
Click here to download our Funeral Planning Form (pdf)


As Christians, we live in the knowledge that death does not have the final word and that we will see our loved ones again. At the appropriate time, please contact the Rector, or the Parish Secretary, Maggie Talbot, who can assist you in making Funeral Arrangements. or

If you wish to have a reception at the church, our Caring Connections ministry helps families organize the reception, then sets up and cleans up afterward. Contact Maggie Talbot or 727.447.3469.

For families seeking to inter ashes, the church offers a permanent resting place in our Memorial Garden, a shady secluded area alongside the church walls. Please contact Financial Secretary Marcia Nauman, or 727.447.3469.

For those who want to make their funeral wishes known in advance, the church offers a Funeral Planning Form (click on the link above to download). Copies may be filed with the church office, family members, a funeral home, or your attorney.   

Church of the Ascension

701 Orange Avenue

Clearwater, FL  33756


Close to Downtown & Beaches

Office Hours

Monday -- Thursday

9:00am -- 4:00pm


 9:00am - Noon