Our outreach ministries include:
Begun by the Coalition of Committed Christians, Inc., the Access Soup Kitchen operated out of Ascension for several years. Now in its own facility, it serves over 27,000 meals annually. Open 365 days a year, the shelter serves a hot meal at lunch to community members and provides 30-day emergency shelter to men, including evening and morning meals.
Ascension members actively support these coalitions formed by local churches:
Applications for assistance through ROSM and the Food Pantry, and pickup/delivery of food baskets, are coordinated at Ascension by Deacon Rebecca Saager (firstname.lastname@example.org), and are also available through other local churches and community organizations.
Simon House is a nonprofit transitional living facility for homeless adult women who are pregnant or have children. Simon House also helps families who are near homelessness, but can remain in their homes with some assistance. The Franklin County Women’s Shelter provides preventive and support services and short-term emergency shelter to those in need. In addition to various support activities and projects throughout the year, Ascension traditionally sponsors an "Angel Tree" at Christmas time to benefit local children in need.
A nationally known residential facility for adults who are mentally challenged, Stewart Home & School residents worship regularly at Ascension. Nearly every Sunday year round, the school buses a load of residents to the early Eucharist, where some actively participated as altar servers and acolytes, and Ascension has conducted "Godly Play" classes on school grounds. Traditionally, members of the Stewart Home Bell Choir also perform as part of the season of Advent at Ascension.
The Church of the Ascension is certified by the American Red Cross as a Shelter Unit in the event of emergency or disaster. The church is located across the street from the Red Cross state headquarters building.