Ascension Episcopal Church

Amherst, Virginia

A parish of the Episcopal Diocese of Southwestern Virginia.

All are welcome!

The mission of Ascension Church is to worship God, guided by the Spirit, by the love and teachings of Jesus, and by Episcopal tradition; to love and support one another as Christ loves us; and to support and serve our neighbors in Amherst and beyond.

Join us for in-person worship every Sunday at 11 a.m. To attend by Zoom, please email us.

Upcoming Events:

Spruce Up Our Church Yard - Saturday, May 27, 2023 at 9:00 a.m. Bring your own tools. For more information, contact Junior Warden Bob Rogers at

Yard Sale Fundraiser - Saturday, June 24 , 2023 at 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Donations are welcome. Proceeds to benefit community outreach and 175th anniversary fund. For more information, contact the church office at

Regular Activities

We are meeting in person, Sundays at 11 a.m. Please join us! To attend by Zoom, send us an email.

The Rev. Jeannette Pillsbury,  our priest for pastoral care, is available in the Parish Hall each Tuesday morning 9 to 11 a.m. 

The men’s breakfast meets every Friday morning in the Parish Hall. Coffee call at 7:30 a.m., breakfast at 8 a.m. Bible study at 8:30 a.m. Contact Kinny Kinnier for information.

The choir rehearses on Fridays at 1 p.m. 

Gospel Jam meets in the Parish Hall each first and third Sunday at 4 p.m. 

Our centering prayer group welcomes everyone. We meet virtually on Saturdays at 8 a.m. Contact Dena Lee for information.

Join our Meals On Wheels group! Email John Vandervelde to learn more, or just come to the Parish Hall kitchen every second Friday of the month at 3:15 p.m. to help prepare meals.

Women's Bible Study group will meet on Wednesdays at 11 a.m. in the Parish Hall starting Wednesday, September 6, 2023. Contact Zoe Rogers.

Sacred Fire: The Music of Harry T. Burleigh

Highlights from the first in a series of musical events commemorating 175 years of service at Ascension Episcopal Church of Amherst, Virginia.

Visit from Jenni Faires

Brooke Vandervelde, Ascension's Music Director, Jenni Faires, DIOSWVA Canon for Evangelism & Youth Ministry, and Dena Lee.