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The Episcopal Church of the Ascension is one of the oldest and most vibrant spiritual communities in Gaithersburg, Maryland. Whether you are searching for a place for your family to grow in faith, a fellowship of believers, or just a community where you can explore your spiritual side, we welcome you and want to hear from you.

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The Episcopal Church of the Ascension is a progressive, multicultural Christian community in metropolitan D.C. with a passion for service, diverse worship, and life long spiritual formation. We believe that God continues to be revealed in all cultures in every era. We treasure the opportunities for mutual evangelism we encounter in our church and in our world. Our worship is a celebration of God’s abiding love. We are a community of unconditional welcome, inviting anyone to our worship community. We endeavor to speak newcomers’ languages and meet them in the cultures of their homes. Christianity means action. We see a fundamental connection between the freely given life of Christ and the giving of our lives in the service of others. The Christian journey is a lifelong pursuit. We have a tradition of living a life in Christ by enriching our understanding through study, and converting our hearts through shared spiritual practice. – Seamus Welsh

Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper

This fun annual event will be held on Tuesday, February 25, 2020 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. in the Undercroft. Come join us to celebrate Mardi Gras, Carnival, Fat Tuesday or Martes Gordo…or use this event as a good excuse to have pancakes and sausage! This fun event needs lots of helpers AND lots of attendees, ‘the more, the merrier!’ 

Ash Wednesday is February 26

We will celebrate the Holy Eucharist and offer the Imposition of Ashes at 12:00 noon and 7:30 p.m. in the Main Church. The evening service will be bilingual. The Labyrinth will be available for meditation in the Chapel from 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. “Ashes to Go” will be offered again this year for morning commuters at the Shady Grove Metro Station between 7:00 a.m. and 9:00 a.m. We need volunteers to come and help with prayers and administering the Ashes.

Midweek Eucharistic Service

During Lent, we will have a Holy Eucharist in the Chapel every Wednesday at 7:00 p.m. It will be a Contemplative Eucharist featuring alternative Eucharistic prayers, Taizé music and will come from a variety of sources.


Our fabulous new database program is HERE! Watch your email inbox – you’ll be getting an email soon. REALM is a very powerful program that allows us to sort and network lots of information and allows you, the parishioner, to contribute your pledge, enter your data, put your picture in it, keep it up to date, and check your tax information. You’ll be able to join a committee, sign up to be a Worship Leader, see who’s on the vestry or who is running for the vestry. It’s so user-friendly! We urge you to try it out now at .

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