Death, the prosperity gospel and me

In today’s sermon, Lisa Walters read an excerpt from this article, which appeared recently in the New York Times. Read the full article here.  

What is Lent?

Lenten cross

Lent is a season of preparation, leading up to Easter. It is the forty days plus the six Sundays before Easter. For centuries, it has been observed as a special time of self-examination and penitence. Lent is a time for concentration on fundamental values and priorities, and is not a time for self-punishment. Lent developed […]

Spiritual But Not Religious – Part 3 – How do we respond?

Over the last three Sundays we have considered the Spiritual But Not Religious Movement or SBNR. This past Sunday we considered what should be, if any, our response to SBNR. Perhaps SBNR is a new religious movement or a new paradigm shift which the Church must respond to. We have seen this happen before in […]

Spiritual But Not Religious – Part 2 – Why?

This is the second in a three part series on the rise of Spiritual but Not Religious or SBNR. I spent some time describing the work of Linda Mercadante in her book Belief Without Borders. She provided a model for her study groups based on age groupings and personality types. I want to talk in […]

Spiritual But Not Religious – Part 1 – Synoposis

Last Sunday and for the next two Sundays, Rev. John will engage us in a discussion of the growing religious group – SBNR or Spiritual but Not Religious. By the first decade of 2000 at least 46 million people or more than one-fifth of Americans used this moniker, and it is a trend equally applicable […]

Warm up to winter concert

Sunday, February 7, 2016 at 3:00 pm: Arts at the Ascension presents a “warm up to winter” concert, featuring Oshawa-based Nuance Vocal Ensemble, directed by Eric Collins. Come hear the ensemble’s amazingly diverse musical styles in this afternoon of music and fellowship. Tickets are $15.00 per person and can be purchased at the Church of […]

Coffee House Concert for Port Perry Syrian Refugee Support Group

Coffee House Concert for Port Perry Syrian Refugee Support Group

Come to a great evening of music and refreshments brought to you by local Port Perry band Gank + the Extension Chords, alongside Port Perry High School musicians and special guests! Free Will Offerings at door. All proceed going to the Port Perry Syrian Refugee Support Group. Friday, January 15th 7:00 pm

How do you spell JOY?

The Ascension Sunday School (and visitors) spell it C-H-R-I-S-T-M-A-S and brought lots of smiles and happiness to the service today with their Christmas songs. Thanks to all the young ones, and to Lisa and Gareth for the special Christmas spirit…

How did White Gift Sunday begin?

White Gift Sunday is December 13 this year. Ever wondered where this church tradition came from? The Presbyterian Church resource files credit the beginning of White Gift Sunday to the wife of a Methodist minister in 1904 in Ohio. She knew the legend of the Chinese people who loved their king so much that they […]

Help spread the word: We need a Music Director!

Church of the Ascension, Anglican Church of Canada, located in beautiful Port Perry, is seeking an innovative and enthusiastic Music Director, effective immediately.   Our worship typically features choir, organ and piano music. The successful candidate will provide music leadership at regular Sunday services and special services as required, and direction and accompaniment of a […]

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