Our Vision: To be a vital and growing faith community, with overflowing worship services and Christian growth opportunities. A church filled with compassion-centered ministries through which all find a place and take God’s love into the world.
Welcome! We welcome all people here, whether you are a “cradle” Episcopalian or are just learning about who Jesus is. We welcome those with young families, are single, married, divorced, queer, rich, poor, or no hablo Inglés. We welcome those who are crying newborns, skinny as a rail, or could afford to lose a few pounds. We welcome you if you can sing like Lesley Odom, Jr. or like many of us who can’t carry a tune. You’re welcome here if you’re new to town or been here for ages. We don’t care if you’re more Catholic than the Pope, or haven’t been in church since little Maria’s Baptism. We welcome soccer moms, Meat and Beer dads, starving artists, activists, latte-sippers, vegetarians, junk-food eaters. We welcome those who are in recovery or still addicted. We welcome you if you’re having problems or you’re lonely or if you don’t like “organized religion,” we’ve been there too. We welcome those who work too hard, don’t work, can’t spell, or are here because grandma is in town and wanted to go to church. We welcome those who are inked, pierced or both. We offer a special welcome to those who could use a prayer right now or got lost in traffic and wound up here by mistake. We welcome tourists, seekers, and doubters. We welcome you and we will see and hear you. (thanks to Integrity USA for the inspiration)
We belong to a larger body of faithful Christians called The Diocese of Southern Ohio under the care and direction of the Rt. Rev. Thomas Breidenthal. Our diocese represents 30,000 Episcopalians in more than 80 churches throughout the southern half of Ohio.
The present parish began in 1872 with the establishment of Holy Trinity Episcopal Church in Hartwell, a community south of Wyoming. In 1893, several families successfully petitioned the bishop for permission to begin “Ascension Mission” in Wyoming, about a mile and a half from Hartwell. The site of the present church was purchased in 1894.
After 75 years as two separate congregations, the members of these two churches voted to form one strong parish. With the merger of Ascension & Holy Trinity complete, a new church building soon became a reality. Proceeds from the sale of the Holy Trinity property and several major capital fund drives eliminated the parish debt. The present church was consecrated in 1975.
A&HT’s facilities include a church, education building, and parish hall, joined together as one unit. A memorial garden is located in a recessed area between the church and parish hall and faces Burns Avenue. A gathering place patio, created in 2005, is located next to the education building and faces Worthington Avenue. During the summer, at 8:30am on Sunday morning, a casual worship service is offered in this beautifully landscaped outdoor setting.
The parish hall and various meeting rooms in the education building are available for use, by community groups. Please contact the church office for more information.