Care & Prayer

Caring and compassion for fellow parishioners in need is central to our service to God and each other. Those looking to make hospital visits, deliver flowers, provide food or share prayer with parishioners in times of crisis will find rewarding opportunities within our many pastoral and prayer ministries. All of our pastoral care ministries fall under the umbrella of the “Ascension Cares” ministry of pastoral care leaders called Shepherds. They see that all the pastoral care needs in the community are met with one of Ascension’s many ministries, overseen by The Rev. Christopher Hogin.

If you have a pastoral care concern or would like to find out more information, please email the Shepherd email that corresponds with your last name.

For last names A-L: shepherd1@knoxvilleascension.org
For last names M-Z: shepherd2@knoxvilleascension.org

Inreach Groups

Caring Cards

The surprise and joy of receiving mail comes all too infrequently. Caring Cards seeks to cheer up those in nursing homes, assisted living, and those on the prayer list by sending out true snail mail cards. If you would like to find out more about this ministry, email info@knoxvilleascension.org.

Hospital Visitors

The Ascension Visitation Ministry, or Hospital Visitors, sends volunteers to visit those members who are in the hospital. If you would like to learn more about volunteering to visit, email info@knoxvilleascension.org.

Flower Delivery

Bringing color and life one basket at a time, the Flower Delivery ministry delivers arrangements made from the chancel flowers to members of the parish that are ill, in the hospital or nursing home, homebound, or for a joyous occasion such as a baptism or birth of a child. If you would like to make this one of your ways to service our community, contact Virginia Branum, virginia@knoxvilleascension.org.

Helping Hands

Helping Hands provides meals to church members when they face stressful circumstances such as death, illness, surgery, etc. If you would like to help with this ministry or are in need of help, email info@knoxvilleascension.org.

Eucharistic Visitors

The Eucharistic Visitor Ministry at Ascension comprises lay members of the congregation who are licensed by the Bishop on the recommendation of the Rector for administering the consecrated elements of the Eucharist, usually on a Sunday but not exclusively according to the convenience of the recipient who because of illness or infirmity is unable to attend church. This service does not replace the service of the clergy but rather adds to the spiritual service for the recipient. For more information on having a visitor or for becoming an EV, please email info@knoxvilleascension.org.

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 your shepherd (see above) to find out more.

Long-term Visitation

For those in long term care, in either an assisted living or nursing homes, visits by members of the parish make a difference in quality of life. If you would like to learn more about this ministry, email info@knoxvilleascension.org.

Prayer Shawls

The prayer shawl ministry provides prayerfully knitted and crocheted shawls for members of the parish in need of prayer, including those with illnesses, death, or births. If you would like to learn more about this ministry, email info@knoxvilleascension.org.