Fellowship & Ministry

Our many fellowship ministries provide parishioners rewarding opportunities to spend quality time with each other.  This diverse group of ministries is comprised of social events ranging from small, focused groups, to exciting lunch programs and even groups for parishioners with pets! Scroll down to see a complete listing of our fellowship groups at Ascension.

The Brotherhood of St. Andrew

The Brotherhood of St. Andrew is an international Episcopal men’s organization founded in Chicago over 100 years ago.  Ascension’s chapter was formed in 2000 and has grown to approximately 35 members.  It emphasizes prayer, study and service.  It meets weekly on Thursday mornings at 7:00, opening with prayer followed by a discussion of the study topic of the week, sometimes including a guest speaker. Service projects include Circle of Friends, Family Promise, Tyson House, Volunteer Ministry Center, individual assistance to parishioners, and helping to set up for Ascension events, such as Rally Day and the Pig Roast.  There are social get-togethers approximately every two months, including an annual picnic at Whitlow Park, a Super Bowl Party and parties at members’ homes.  The annual weekend retreat at the Lake Logan Episcopal Center in North Carolina allows the brothers quality time with each other in directed discussion and fellowship.  All men are welcome.  The Brotherhood is a self-supporting ministry, mainly through activities of the “Smokin Brothers.” Email Allen Douglass, pjdawd@knology.net, for more information.

Play Bridge! and Beginners’ Bridge
This lively and dedicated group of bridge players meets every Monday at 1:00 pm.  Play Bridge! is for intermediate to seasoned bridge players and meets in the New Transept of the Parish Hall.  For those wanting to learn how to play Bridge, or who aren’t quite ready to dive into the deep end of the pool, Beginners’ Bridge offers a chance to start in comfortably and meets in Room 105.

Coffee Connection
Coffee Connection follows the last service each Sunday in the lobby.  It is a time for fun, fellowship, and food after church before heading out into the world. Contact the parish office for more information, info@knoxvilleascension.org.

Foyer Supper Club!
This fall, the Foyer Supper Club Program is making a fresh start! Sign-up at the reception counter in the parish office to join the supper club beginning this fall with a dinner kickoff. Foyer Supper Club groups are primarily social gatherings of small groups of people within the church. By signing-up, you will be placed in a supper club group, and your group will meet every 4-6 weeks through the “school” year, either at homes or in restaurants (or both). Your foyer group will have the opportunity to decide whether to include a prayerful or spiritual element to the group, but mostly joining a supper club group will provide you the opportunity to get to know other members of Ascension. Contact Janey Willoughby at janeyw2020@gmail.com for more information.

LAMBS Pet Ministry
Formed almost a decade ago, LAMBS’ mission is to support stewardship of our animal companions by offering assistance for their care to their humans in need. LAMBS offers a pet prayer list for church members and their immediate family, pastoral support for pet owners by our clergy, pet foods and funding drives for community-based pantries, animal programs and services, as well as special events for pet owners and their animals including Ascension’s annual ‘Blessing of the Animals,’ a service that opens the doors for our pets to attend church and be blessed. Pet memorials are accepted and contributed to the Pantry for Feeding Pets using space generously provided by FISH Hospitality Pantries. LAMBS also provides transport assistance to parishioners unable to transport their pet(s) to veterinary services, and temporary assistance to parishioners incapacitated and unable to care for their pets. Contact Christopher Hogin, christopher@knoxvilleascension.org, with any requests for information or for pastoral care needs.

The Lunch Bunch
This is an open and lively group that meets every third Tuesday of the month at 11:30 am to socialize around a pot luck luncheon and a special guest speaker or activity.  If you would like to attend a Lunch Bunch gathering, bring $2 and an appetizer, side dish, or dessert.  The main dish is provided.  For questions, or to sign up, email info@knoxvilleascension.org.

The Other Brothers
The Other Brothers provides regular times of fellowship and theological study/discussion for the younger men of the parish. On Tuesdays at 4:30 pm, the group heads to Pero’s on Northshore Drive for a relaxed “theology on tap” discussion. On Thursdays at 12:00 pm, the group meets at different locations for a lunch focused on discussing the Scripture readings for the coming Sunday. The location is announced in their weekly email. Lastly, the Other Brothers have a monthly outing called “Men’s Night Out” to one of the local restaurants. Who can’t resist the chance to escape for a little while? Contact The Rev. Brett P. Backus, brett@knoxvilleascension.org, their fearless leader, to find out more information or to be placed on the email list..

The Sisterhood
The Sisterhood, which meets the third Thursday of each month, is a ministry of food, fun, fellowship, and support for women of all ages. Their mission is to ensure that all women of our parish and community have the opportunity to experience the joy and strength that are the bonds of “sisterhood.”  If you would like more information about The Sisterhood, email Liz Parmalee at lizparmalee@comcast.net.

Stitch in Time
This group gathers around their love of crochet, knitting, needlepoint, and more.  Meet in the Parlor at 10:00 am on the first Friday of the month. These gals may have you in stitches by the time you leave!

Young Families/Date Night
Date Night, which takes place on the first Friday of the Month at 6:00 pm in the Education Wing, is an exciting opportunity for the entire family.  Your kids will have fun with the nursery staff or in the TnT Tweens group.  Dinner is provided to make sure their tummies are full and ready for a good time.  While your kids are under the care of our staff, you can skip out to a number of great places within a quick drive such as the mall area, Bearden, or downtown.  Make sure you are on our Young Families listing to catch the news of upcoming Young Families events.  The Rev. Brett P. Backus leads the Young Families Ministry.  Email brett@knoxvilleascension.org to get the latest info on the Young Families Ministry.  Click here to see the Children’s Ministry page to catch up on the latest children’s events. To RSVP for Date Night, email nursery16@knoxvilleascension.org.