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.

COVID-19 POLICY, UPDATED 2/6/22: Sunday services are in person, with the option to attend by Zoom for all who prefer. If you are not fully vaccinated, please wear a mask at all times while at Ascension.

We are grateful to God that the scientific community has produced a vaccine that is safe and highly effective at preventing severe illness and death from covid-19. We pray for an end to the pandemic, while we do our part by acting with public health in mind.

Special Events

Sacred Fire: The Music of Harry T. Burleigh

Sunday, February 12, 2023 at 4 p.m.

Featuring: Eugene Penick, baritone, Burnell Woodson, baritone, Even Tyree, soprano, Kayden Washington, mezzo soprano, and Claudia Patterson, piano.

Reception to follow in the Parish Hall.

For more information, contact the church at or (434)946-5498.

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, April 12. Contact Zoe Rogers.