Sunday Christian Formation

The aim of Adult Christian Education at Ascension is about learning and growing in faith.  All Sunday School classes are open to everyone!  Drop in one Sunday at a time for any class or join for the length of a study.   No reading or preparation is required. For more information on these Sunday School classes, or to pass along comments, please contact The Rev. Sara-Scott Wingo,, or call the church office at 865-588-0589.

Speaker Series

This Speaker Series is for six weeks and is currently meeting in the parish hall on the bottom floor of the church beginning at 9:15 am. Ascension’s gifted teachers are presenting engaging topics.

Film and Discussion Series

The Rev. Patrick Wingo facilitates this compelling immersion into the sacraments

This curriculum gives an alternative way of approaching the sacraments. In these videos, Rachel Held Evans uses the sacraments as a way of talking about her own faith journey. Rather than explaining them, she relates to them and talks about her life through the lens of these ancient Christian practices. This curriculum is designed primarily for small groups who want to follow her lead. The questions prompt participants to engage with their own experiences of both life and sacrament to see—as Rachel has come to believe—how they intersect.

  1. Jan 6 – Exploring with Rachel Held Evans: Encountering Christ
  2. Jan 13 – Exploring Baptism: Named Beloved
  3. Jan 20 – Exploring Confession: Shared Brokenness
  4. Jan 27 – Exploring Communion: Ready to Receive
  5. Feb 3 – Exploring Confirmation: Recognizing the Story
  6. Feb. 10 – Exploring Anointing the Sick: Walking Through Pain

The Forum Class

The Forum Class meets on Sundays at 9:15 am in Room 101 in the bottom floor of the Christian Education Wing. This group provides lively and interesting discussion, a friendly bunch of folks and a place for newcomers to feel welcome and at ease, get connected to the parish and make new friends.  All while nursery is provided, if needed!   While we often cover major theological topics, we keep the class accessible, casual, and discussion centered.

This semester we will be exploring and applying various approaches to biblical interpretation including feminist and African American perspectives.

Centering Prayer

Centering Prayer meets at 9:15 am in the Library on Sunday mornings. Centering Prayer is a method of silent prayer in which we experience God’s presence within us, closer than breathing, closer than thinking, closer than consciousness itself.  This discipline emphasizes prayer as a personal relationship with God and as a movement beyond conversation with Christ to communion with Him.

Explore More Centering Prayer at Ascension