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Ascension Life Events

Church of The Ascension is a community that celebrates with the 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

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.

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.

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Booking
  • The Rector must have a minimum of 30 days notice of your intention to be married.
  • No weddings may be scheduled for Christmas Week or Holy Week.
  • If the bride or groom has been divorced, it is necessary to obtain the consent of the bishop of this diocese before a priest may marry the couple. The process takes four to six weeks to complete.
  • The Church also offers a service called The Blessing of a Civil Marriage.
  • As soon as the date has been approved, please fill out & return a Wedding Information Form along with the Wedding Fee of $900 to confirm your date on the church calendar.
Counseling
  • The Rector cannot give consent to solemnize the marriage of any couple whom he has not met.
  • The couple must have three counseling sessions with the Rector, or a priest on staff.
  • It is within the discretion of the Rector to decline to solemnize any marriage for good reason.
Planning
  • To assist in your planning, please contact the Clergy, Wedding Coordinator & Organist at least 90 days prior to the wedding.
  • Clergy & musicians, other than church staff, should not be invited to participate without first consulting with the Organist.

Planning a Baptism

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 to set a date for the Baptism and a pre-baptismal conference with a member of our clergy. 727-447-3469 or use or contact form and select Baptism as the subject. 

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Planning a Confirmation

Confirmation is an adult acceptance of Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. For information about confirmation classes, please contact us. We conduct confirmations when the bishop visits our church.

Confirmation is the sacramental rite in which the candidates “express a mature commitment to Christ, and receive strength from the Holy Spirit through prayer and the laying on of hands by a bishop” (BCP, p. 860). Those who were baptized at an early age and those baptized as adults without laying on of hands by a bishop are expected to make a mature public affirmation of their faith, recommit themselves to the responsibilities of their baptism, and receive laying on of hands by a bishop (BCP, p. 412). Adults baptized with the laying on of hands by a bishop are considered to be confirmed. Learn more about confirmation in the Episcopal Church.

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Planning Funeral Arrangements

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, who can assist you in making Funeral Arrangements. 

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

Download Funeral Planning Form
Reception
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 the Parish Secretary.
Inter Ashes
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 the Financial Secretary.