Who We Are
Ascension & Holy Trinity lives to put
God’s love into action!
We welcome you to our faith community, whether it is for a day, a season, or your whole lives. We open our doors to all because we truly believe that all are welcome because all belong.
We strive 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.
We welcome all people here, whether you are a “cradle” Episcopalian or are just learning about who Jesus is or what you believe. Come join us to worship, learn, or serve in community as we Love God, our neighbors, and ourselves to change the world.
Becoming an Anti-Racist Congregation
Response and call to action for A&HT to become an anti-racist congregation.
Proclaiming The Dream
“Will you seek and serve Christ in all persons, loving your neighbor as yourself? Will you strive for justice and peace among all people, and respect the dignity of every human being?”
We, the congregants of A&HT Episcopal Church, endeavor to be an action-based anti-racist faith community. We will educate ourselves, strengthen our relationships across race, and bring humility and compassion to conversations about race. We will magnify anti-racist efforts already in action.
We commit to:
Telling The Truth
About the United States’ racist and anti-racist history.
About A&HT and the Episcopal Church’s racist and anti-racist history.
About Wyoming, Cincinnati, and our surrounding communities (Lincoln Heights, Freeman-Barr, etc.) and how they have been a reflection of race inequities.
About our own belief systems that inadvertently and unintentionally promote racism and racist systems and allow race-targeted violence to exist.
About our own efforts to seek and serve Christ in all persons.
Practicing The Way
“As the Episcopal branch of the Jesus Movement, we dream and work to foster Beloved Communities where all people may experience dignity and abundant life and see themselves and others as beloved children of God. The Becoming Beloved Community Vision Document and accompanying resources help us to understand and take up the long-term commitments necessary to form loving, liberating and life-giving relationships with each other. Together, we are growing as reconcilers, justice-makers, and healers in the name of Christ.” [ www.episcopalchurch.org ]
By sharing and participating in community-building activities that strengthen our relationships across race.
By sharing resources (on our newsletter, social media, and website) that help individuals connect and work on this goal of disrupting racism, and that offer actions in which to address it.
By bringing in educators and speakers who can enlighten us about areas where we have succeeded and where we can improve as anti-racist individuals and communities.
Repairing The Breach
By seeking out and committing to opportunities where we can repair the damage that slavery and its resulting racist systems have diminished us as a beloved community of God.
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 Diocese of Southern Ohio is part of the Episcopal Church in the United States which is a member of the worldwide Anglican Communion.
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 8:30 am 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.