Serving & Growing Opportunities Within The Parish


If you would like to connect with other members of our parish community on Sunday or during the week we have a number of ways you can serve and meet parishioners as you serve. Scroll through each collum to see how you can grow in love and service to God.

Service in Worship

Building Community

Growing Fellowship

Book Forum


Catch up on your reading from contemporary to classics!! Open to the community, meets the second Tuesday of the month October thru May at 1pm, $20 annual cost. Charrie Moscardini, moderator.

Contact Patricia Slaughter

2019 - 2020   Reading List (Click on the title to order from Amazon)      



October 8             Ordinary Grace by William Kent Krueger

November 12        An American Marriage by Tayari Jones

December 10         Educated by Tara Westover

January 14              Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens

February 11          The Color Purple by Alice Walker

March 10               Sing Unburied Sing by Jesmyn Ward

April 14                  The Martian by Andy Weir

May 12                   The Women's Hour by Elaine Weiss




Whether youth or adult, acolytes must have reverent hearts and steady hands to serve at the altar!  The word "acolyte" means "one who serves" and the ministry of acolytes dates from ancient times. Acolytes carry the processional crosses, torches, banners and flags. They help the service run smoothly by lighting candles,distributing the offering plates, and assisting the clergy with the Holy Eucharist. Open to 1st thru 12th graders and adults. 

Contact Chuck Bailey, the Acolytes' Verger,


Vergers have been dubbed "the butlers of God's house"!  At the direction of the clergy, Vergers can be found performing a wide variety of tasks that prepare the church for worship and ensure that services proceed in an organized and reverent manner. They supervise Acolytes and Layreaders and are ready to substitute for either at any time. They also assist at funerals. At Ascension, both adults and senior high youth serve as vergers.


Contact Larry Clem, the Rector's Verger

Lay Readers

Layreaders, who are licensed by the Bishop, are charged with public readings of Bible lessons during Sunday worship and administering the wine during Holy Eucharist.


Contact Father John Hiers 727.447.3469, ext. 206


This team of men and women assist at Sunday services and special occasions such as funerals. They hand out bulletins, collect attendance figures, direct worshipers during communion, assist with Sunday collections, and tidy up after services.


Contact Bob Cottrell

Altar Guild

The Altar Guild is a team of women and men who care for the many linens, vessels and sacramental items used at the altar for worship and Holy Eucharist. This behind-the-scenes ministry makes our worship services more beautiful and meaningful for all of us. Contact

Allie Cantonis

Flower Guild

Members creatively design and arrange flowers for Sunday worship services, and for special occasions in and around the church. Love flowers but feeling shy? Experience isn't necessary --- training will be provided! 

Marylee Jones

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Parish Rakes

Founded by Chris & Bill Nodine, this clean-up, fix-up day is a great way for parishioners to come together and have fun while they spruce up the grounds of the church. Bring your gloves and pruners and anything special that you like to have and meet up at the parish hall. 


Welcomers provide a friendly face and a helping hand for visitors and newcomers at Sunday services. If you enjoy meeting and talking with people, this ministry of hospitality is for you! Contact Maggie in the church office:

St. Gabes Guild

Our dedicated office volunteer receptionists assist the staff by answering phones and performing numerous office tasks, including assembling the mailings of the church. Shifts are: Monday - Thursday: 9am-12pm & 12pm-3pm. Friday: 9am-12pm

Contact Maggie in the church office:

Foyer Groups


Click here to download a Foyer Group form (pdf)


A Foyer is a place of warmth and welcome and our Foyer Groups are a great way to meet new friends and enjoy great food! Small groups gather for dinner and fellowship at private homes or restaurants.


Each group meets four times in six months, after which new groups are formed.


To join a Foyer Group email a completed Foyer Group form (download link above) to our Foyer Group coordinators Jeff & Molly Jennings.

McCune Library

The beautiful McCune Library has recently been refurbished and is one of the most outstanding church libraries in our area. It houses a large non-fiction collection on theology, the Episcopal/Anglican tradition, general Christianity, world religions and spirituality, history, psychology, travel and family living. You'll also find poetry and fiction, plus a collection of DVDs and videos. Ann will welcome any help with cataloging and organizing the collection in our library.

Contact Maggie Talbot

Wedding Belles

Your church wedding is a joyful event but there's so much to think about! Our wedding coordinators will help you navigate church customs and will ensure the smooth flow of your ceremony by coordinating with other church staff.
Email Sharon Meek

Caring Connections Funeral Ministry

When grieving families are saying goodbye to a loved one, and wish to have a reception after the funeral at church, this ministry team helps families organize a reception, then sets up and cleans up afterward. Email Maggie Talbot to help/sign up.

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Family Ministry

Our Family Ministry is for families with infants through 12 years old. We gather at special events and at Parish Events for fellowship. Come for fellowship, food, playtime for the kids, and to see how you and your family can get involved! For more information, contact Sarah Fairchild or Lynn Webb.


Every Sunday from late August until early May. Join us from 9:00am - 9:45am - Meet new friends and visit with old ones in the Koinonia Cafe (Parish Hall)

Fellowship Committee

The Fellowship Committee ensures that events such as the Fish Fry, Christmas Party, Annual Meeting, and Parish Picnic offer the exceptional food and hospitality that make these events such a pleasure for the rest of us! Contact    
Carolyn Gibson


Talma Pilato

St. Teresa's Guild

We consider our homebound parishioners to be our extended membership, and contact them thru visit, flowers, greeting cards, and phone calls. The Guild meets every other month in members' homes or at church, and includes youth who visit our homebound with their parents. Contact The Rev. Leo Crawford 

Girls on the Run

3rd—5th Grade

Thursday: 4:00pm-5:30pm

4:00pm Join Pam Rilling and her team of coaches. Over a period of 12 weeks, girls in the 3rd - 5th grade participate in a program designed to allow every girl to recognize her inner strength. 

Contact Pam Rilling for information.

Email: Pam Rilling for details

Each book of the month is discussed on the 2nd Tuesday of the month (October - May) from 1:00pm - 3:00pm

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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