Advent: the season to prepare for arrival of Christ
There is a little season on the church calendar often missed by Christians and non-Christians alike. A special season full of significance and symbolism, only four weeks long: the season of Advent. The first Sunday in Advent marks the beginning of the Christian year and the rhythms of spiritual life in the church. The 28 days of Advent are a time of preparation before the feast of Christmas — one of the principal feasts of the church.
Advent restores meaning to Christmas. These four weeks embellished with the themes and symbols of the season call us to slow down, examine our hearts, and prepare our spiritual lives as well as our homes.
Read full article by Fr. Jack on The Bakersfield Californian.
Sunday services on campus and on Facebook!
We're meeting in person in the big sanctuary and on Facebook Live at 10am. Ascension Kids Sunday School is available in person.
If you'll be joining us remotely, download your service booklet, readings, and song lyrics--then gather with us at 10am.
Annotated Service Booklet | 1 Advent Readings | Song Lyrics
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Stay Engaged. Be Connected.
Our Facebook group, Ascension Online Church Family, is filling and active. Come be a part of the family everyday. Throughout Lent, Fr. Jack is leading us through Morning Prayer, Monday through Friday.
Also, our midweek studies are in full swing as well as a ladies prayer group. See Opportunities page.
Welcome to Your Neighborhood Church
In times past the neighborhood church was the central place where people gathered to share their lives and the journey of faith together. Neighbors lived in close proximity and even knew each other’s names. On Sundays they were committed to being together in worship, participating in the joys of life and supporting each other in difficult times. The neighborhood church was a place of celebration and events, friendship and support, a place to worship and grow in the knowledge and love of God. This is our desire here at Ascension Anglican Church.
Our community of faith harkens back to a time when churches were embedded in the neighborhood. Our services bring together vibrant elements of worship that are often scattered among other churches. Each of these elements provides a channel of opportunity for you to encounter God in a fresh and dynamic way. God is a living being, not just a set of ideas or religious practices. The goal of worship is to connect with Him, hear His voice, experience His presence, and be touched by His love. There are many connection points in our Sunday Service, which provide for a personal encounter with God:
These conduits are available for God to speak to you and touch your life with His grace and love.
Are you longing for a genuine, authentic, place to grow in your spiritual life?. Our Anglican way of worship is designed to facilitate an encounter with God. We are Christians on a journey of faith with Jesus, in the midst of intense and challenging times. Come and join us! Encounter God afresh with friends and fellowship here at Your Neighborhood Church.
I look forward to meeting you soon,
Fr. Jack Estes
Ascension Anglican Church
Centrally located in northeast Bakersfield
You'll find lots of ways to join us on the journey. Check out the Opportunities page.