Throughout the year, special teachings and retreats of various kinds are offered. While all members and friends of the parish are encouraged to join a Community Group as the central means for growing in relationship to Christ, we do offer additional teachings and retreats designed to encourage a deeper walk with Jesus. Here is a sampling of what we have offered recently:
Parish Retreat at Laurelville
Church of the Ascension holds a Parish Retreat on the first weekend of October every year. Some members of Ascension have been going to the parish weekend for over 30 years! The weekend is a highlight for many and an event many Ascension families budget for. It is a time of fun, worship and fellowship in the Laurel mountains at a retreat facility about 45 minutes east of Pittsburgh. Programming for all ages is provided. The retreat begins with Friday dinner and concludes with Sunday lunch.
Lenten Dinner Series
Each Lent, we enjoy a 4-week Friday dinner and teaching series. All ages are welcome to enjoy a meal together, have fellowship, and interact with a teacher on a special topic. Age-appropriate teaching is available for children and youth.
We have an active group of women here at Ascension! There are two women’s retreats annually. At the end of January, there is a one-day gathering of women, featuring a special breakfast and lunch, a speaker, time for individual devotion and a concluding eucharist. The last weekend of July, women of the parish are invited to a weekend away at a local retreat facility. There is special teaching and much opportunity for worship and fellowship.
Saturday breakfasts with engaging speakers are hosted 2 – 4 times annually.
Finances, parenting and marriages are areas that often need extra attention. There are many great courses and resources we offer parishioners and their friends.
Trinity School for Ministry (January and June terms)
We are fortunate to live in a city that is home to an Anglican Seminary. There are frequently course offerings for lay people advertised in January and June term. Please visit www.tsm.edu for more information.