Answers to Frequently Asked Questions

What do Episcopalians believe?

As stated in the Apostles’ Creed, Episcopalians believe in God, creator of heaven and earth, in Jesus Christ, God’s only Son, who arose from death, and in the Holy Spirit, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and life everlasting.

The Apostles Creed

“I believe in God, the Father almighty, creator of heaven and earth. I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord. He was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary. He suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and buried. He descended to the dead. On the third day he rose again. He ascended into heaven, and is seated at the right hand of the Father. He will come again to judge the living and the dead. I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy Catholic Church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting.”

What are The Sacraments?
Sacraments are outward and visible signs of inward and spiritual grace given to us by Jesus Christ as sure and certain means by which we receive that grace. The two great sacraments given by Christ to His church are Holy Baptism and the Holy Eucharist. Other sacramental rites include confirmation, ordination, holy matrimony, reconciliation and unction. (The Book of Common Prayer, pp. 857-861)
What is the Book of Common Prayer?
The Book of Common Prayer (red book) in the church pew provides formats for worship and various readings and prayers to compliment those worship formats, which are called liturgies.
What types of Sunday worship services are offered at Church of the Ascension?

Sunday Services during the Program Year (Roughly Following the Knox County School Schedule)
Holy Eucharist I – 8:00 am
Holy Eucharist II – 10:30 am
Coffee Hour – 11:30 pm
Children’s Worship is offered at the 10:30 am worship service.

Sunday Services during Summer

Holy Eucharist I – 8:00 am
Holy Eucharist II – 10:00 am
Coffee Hour – After the 10:00 am service at roughly 11:20 am

Are there other services at Ascension?

Yes. In addition to our Wednesday Healing Service, Morning and Evening prayer are lay led and meet in the chapel during the times listed below:

Wednesday Service
Holy Eucharist With Healing – 12:00 pm

Daily Offices
Morning Prayer
Monday – Friday at 7:00 am
Evening Prayer
Monday – Friday at 5:45 pm

What does the word Eucharist mean?

It is another name for Holy Communion, a part of the service when bread and wine, representing the body and blood of Jesus Christ, are offered to the congregation. All Baptized Christians are invited to take part in the Eucharist in the Episcopal Church.

Am I expected to do all the bowing and gestures, etc.?

No. You don’t have to do anything that makes you feel uncomfortable. If youʼre not accustomed to bowing, making the sign of the cross, etc., don’t feel you must (some Episcopalians don’t). No one will be keeping score. In fact, we take great pride in the freedom of expression allowed in the Episcopal Church.

May I receive Holy Communion?

All are welcome to receive the consecrated bread and wine with us from the Lordʼs Table.

If I choose to receive Eucharist, how is it done?

To receive the consecrated wafer (host), place one hand over the other palm – palms up. The Host is placed in your hand. Take the Host and place it reverently in your mouth. Yes, you may chew the wafer, reverently. To receive the consecrated Wine, grasp the base of the Eucharistic cup with one hand when it is presented to you, helping the minister to guide it to your lips.

If I don’t wish to drink from the common cup, how do I receive the consecrated wine?

Upon receiving the consecrated wafer, simply leave it in the palm of your hand. When the minister approaches you with the cup, pick up the wafer, dip it into the cup and place it in your mouth. This is called “intinction”.

How can I join Church of the Ascension?

If you are a Baptized Christian, you may become a member by having your baptismal date recorded by our Registrar, or by transferring your membership from another Episcopal church. You can also join by becoming confirmed when the Bishop makes his annual visit to Ascension.  For more information, contact the parish office at info@knoxvilleascension.org.

What is Confirmation?

Confirmation is the rite in which we express a mature commitment to Christ, and receive strength from the Holy Spirit through prayer and the laying on of hands by a bishop.

What is required of those to be confirmed?

It is required of those to be confirmed that they have been baptized, are sufficiently instructed in the Christian Faith and are ready to affirm their confession to Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord.

Do you have a nursery?

Yes. We care for children from birth to three years of age. It is a Christian-based curriculum in which a short story is read to the children, followed by a time of interaction and activity. For complete details please visit our Nursery page.

Do you have Christian Education programs for Children & Youth?

Yes. Please visit our Family Ministries page for the latest classes and times.

Do you offer Adult Christian Education classes?

Yes. We offer a variety of interesting and informative adult programs that take place on Sunday mornings from 9:15-10:15 AM in the parish hall. All adults are encouraged to participate.

Does Ascension have a special music program?

Yes. Ascension’s music program offers unparalleled opportunities to serve in service to Christ through music. For more information, please visit our Music at Ascension page.

Are there Outreach programs?

Yes. We have multiple opportunities for Christian service at Church of the Ascension. We are part of a city wide service network that feeds the hungry, houses the homeless and provides clothing and other essentials to the local Community Chest. For more information, please visit the “Service” section on our Ministries page.

Are there Volunteer Opportunities at Ascension?

At Knoxville’s Episcopal Church of the Ascension there are opportunities every day and every week to volunteer in service to our lord. Visit the Ministries page of this website or contact info@knoxvilleascension.org for more information.

Are There Fellowship Opportunities at Ascension?

Yes! Be sure to check out the “Fellowship” section on our Ministries page. In addition, seasonal celebrations and special parish events provide frequent occasions to celebrate our life together.

How would I meet other Newcomers?

There are many opportunities to meet other newcomers, but one of the best is to attend one of our quarterly “New to the Parish” suppers. These informal meetings take place in the Parish Hall and include social time and dinner followed by a panel highlighting some of our ministries. This is a great way to become more familiar with our congregation and meet some of our Clergy, staff and have a chance to meet other new members.

Can I receive parish mailings without being a member?

Yes. Simply fill out a pew card indicating that you would like to be on the mailing list, or sign up for our email list by emailing Olivia Johnson at olivia@knoxvilleascension.org.