“Let us go forth, rejoicing in the power of the Spirit.”
At the end of every Sunday worship service, we are commissioned with these words. One of the ways we seek to put this charge into practice is by joining together in Community Groups hosted in one another’s homes throughout the city.
Community Groups are small groups for people who worship with the Church of the Ascension on Sunday mornings. In addition to corporate worship and personal devotion, Community Groups are one of the most important spaces for our spiritual formation and relationships.
By design, each Community Group is unique but all groups include four practices. These practices are inspired by the glimpse of the early church we see in Acts 2:42: “And they devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers.”
- Studying the Scripture. Each group spends time in discussing the Bible or a book rooted in God’s word.
- Caring for one another. Jesus said that all will know that we are his disciples by our love for one another. Community Group members are friends in Christ. They share their needs and concerns, and making every effort to help each other.
- Hospitality. Each group shares in some form of table fellowship. It might be snacks or the occasional meal together. As it was in the early church, breaking bread together is a way of building community and a sign of our unity in Christ despite our differences.
- Praying Together. We believe that God hears our prayers and responds to them. Each group devotes time to praying for one another, the church, and the world.
We encourage you to take the initiative and reach out to Community Group leaders and try some groups out to find a good fit.
The best way to connect with a group is to explore the group options on Ascension’s app. You will find details on each of the groups and will be able to contact group leaders.
You can also reach out to our Assistant Rector, Kevin Antlitz, who would be happy to help you find a group and connect with its leaders.
Contact for Community Groups: