Alpha Course Launch Supper

Friday 12 September 2014   11.03 am

Church of the Ascension, SW12 8EN  7pm, 1 October 2014    The Alpha Course is open to anybody who wants to explore the meaning of life. It is a great opportunity to discuss some of life’s big issues and ask any question you like about the Christian | read more

Summer Nights at Ascension

Monday 4 August 2014   12.55 pm

The summer is here!     During the month of August, the evening service at Ascension Balham Hill will be replaced with a series of social evenings called Summer Nights.     Please invite your friends, family, colleagues, people you've just met at | read more

Canon Andrew White on Iraq: "We've lost everything, but we haven't lost Jesus"

Monday 4 August 2014   11.23 am

The 'Vicar of Baghdad' has said that Iraq is facing its "biggest crisis" and that Christianity in Iraq is "as good as finished".    Canon Andrew White was speaking about the deteriorating situation in Iraq at Ascension, Balham Hill last week.    H | read more


Friday 25 July 2014   12.05 pm

Saturday 26th July  7.30pm-9.30pm  Church of the Ascension, Balham Hill  Malwood Road, SW12 8EN  Free Entry: PLEASE REGISTER HERE    Important Information    *Please arrive in plenty of time. This is a free event and we are expecting a full house. W | read more

Church family to meet for BBQ and prayer

Tuesday 24 June 2014   12.59 pm

Our family prayer night in July will be a time to come together to pray for our mission as a church and to listen to what God is saying to us. It will also be an opportunity for you to feed in ideas and help shape where we are heading as a church com | read more

From Clapham to Baghdad: An Evening with Andrew White

Friday 13 June 2014   11.40 am

Saturday 26th July  7.30pm-9.30pm  Church of the Ascension, Balham Hill  Malwood Road, SW12 8EN  Free Entry: PLEASE REGISTER HERE    Canon Andrew White is the vicar of St George’s Church, Baghdad – the only Anglican Church in Iraq.    The Ascen | read more

We're Hiring!

Friday 11 April 2014   3.15 pm

We are in an exciting period of growth at Ascension and we have a vacancy for an Operations Manager.    The Operations Manager role is central to Ascension’s mission of growing up, joining in and spreading out with the love of Jesus in Balham and | read more

Come Experience Easter at Ascension!

Friday 11 April 2014   10.17 am

Easter is one of the most exciting times in the Christian calendar and there are plenty of ways to join in with the festivities at the Ascension during holy week.    Wednesday 16 April  The Big Easter Egg Giveaway: Clapham South Station  6pm-7pm    W | read more

Connect: Church Weekend 14th-16th March

Friday 17 January 2014   4.42 pm

You are warmly invited to Ascension's Church Weekend away.    It's a great opportunity to connect with God, ourselves and each other!    I’ll be leading our programme on the theme of ‘Connect’. There will be time for worship, prayer, discuss | read more

Life is Worth Exploring: Alpha course starting on 22 Jan 2014

Monday 23 December 2013   3.33 pm

Have you always wondered about God? Or want to find out who Jesus is? Are you interested in Christianity?    Alpha is a great way to find out more and we’ll be starting a new course in 2014. On 22nd January we’ll have a supper to launch the cour | read more

Christmas 2013 events at Ascension

Sunday 15 December 2013   1.57 pm

Christmas is nearly upon us once again, and it's time to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ in style. This year, there will be many different ways to join us in getting into the spirit of the season...    Sunday 1st December 2013  10.30am Christing | read more

Dads and Kids

Monday 16 September 2013   5.20 pm

Dads and Kids will be meeting again on 26th October.    Remaining dates for 2013:    26th October  16th November  21st December (Christmas special!)   | read more

New Vicar Starts!

Tuesday 10 September 2013   3.08 pm

We have had a busy weekend, welcoming our new vicar, Marcus Gibbs. On Saturday afternoon, over 200 people attended the service of collation and induction as he was welcomed as Vicar of Ascension. It was a wonderful occasion!    Marcus' first serv | read more

Vicar of Ascension

Monday 29 April 2013   4.36 pm

In Church on Sunday we were extremely pleased to announce that Marcus Gibbs has accepted the offer to be the next Vicar of Ascension!    A bit about Marcus....    Before ordination Marcus worked as a management consultant in London for ten years, | read more

Vacancy Update

Thursday 28 February 2013   3.25 pm

Dear Ascensionites,  Unbelievably we are at the end of February already, however we hope like us you have had a good start to 2013 and are encouraged by all the God is continuing to do in us as a church community.  Last Saturday many of us gathered | read more

Welcome to February

Monday 4 February 2013   5.06 pm

There's lots going on this month and in the coming weeks which was communicated this Sunday!    Pizza//Pain//Rugby - 23 Feb  Encountering God - Weekend Away - 12-14 April  Electoral Roll - please fill in a form asap and return  1/2 Night of Prayer - | read more

Gift Day and Electoral Roll

Friday 25 January 2013   11.26 am

This Sunday the 27th of January is our gift day and also the start of our new electoral roll.    Forms for the new electoral roll will be available at the back of church and will be communicated from the front, which each member needs to fill and ret | read more

Vacancy Update from the Churchwardens

Friday 11 January 2013   1.39 pm

Dear Ascensionites,    We hope that you have enjoyed celebrating Christmas and the new year. The advent period felt like a time when the Church pulled together and shared some good times. The Carol Service with Michael Green, the Christingle Servi | read more

Advent message from the Bishop of Southwark

Monday 10 December 2012   4.01 pm

My dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,    The season of Advent is upon us, with all its preparations for Christmas and the celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ, whom the Scriptures call “Emmanuel, God with us”. During this season of Advent, | read more

Job Opportunity - Church Manager

Tuesday 27 November 2012   4.24 pm

We’re looking for an experienced administrator to lead our Operations Team and are offering a salary of between £26-28K pa, depending on experience. The post may be available on a part-time basis if a suitable pattern of work can be established.   | read more

Farewell to Stephen

Monday 26 November 2012   4.34 pm

We said farewell to Stephen and the Hance family this weekend, at a great party on Friday night and with a special joint service on Sunday 25 November.    It was lovely to have so many Ascensionites, past and present, gathered together so say thank y | read more

Stephen leaving to become Canon Missioner

Monday 15 October 2012   9.35 am

Dear friend,    At our Sunday services yesterday I made the following announcement.    13 years, 1 month, and 6 days ago, I was inducted as vicar of Ascension Balham Hill. We have been on a long journey together since then, often a good and excitin | read more

Looking back at a fun packed summer

Wednesday 19 September 2012   9.34 am

The chill that now accompanies the bright morning sunshine seems to be heralding the arrival of autumn, but not too long ago we were basking (well occasionally) in the glow of summer barbecues and trips to the seaside.  In case you were out of town o | read more

Bible Reading Resource Recommendations

Tuesday 22 May 2012   11.56 am

Thanks to all who responded to my recent request for recommended resources to help us read the Bible daily. I have compiled a list of reccomendations below - hopefully one or more of these will be helpful to all of us. Whatever method we use, I am co | read more

Farewell to our oldest congregation member

Tuesday 15 May 2012   3.54 pm

John Garland died almost exactly at midnight on Tuesday 24th April aged 94 years. He had been in St Georges Hospital for about 4 weeks.    John was the oldest member of the Ascension congregation, having attended since the mid 1990s. He was a faithfu | read more

Brixton foodbank launches to great success!

Friday 6 April 2012   1.10 pm

On 28 February our friends at St Pauls Church in Brixton in conjunction with other churches in Brixton and Norwood launched a foodbank.    Every day people in the UK go hungry for reasons ranging from redundancy to receiving an unexpected bill on a | read more

Faith Hope and Love

Wednesday 28 March 2012   5.25 pm

Bishop Christopher launched his Faith, Hope and Love this Lent, encouraging everyone in the Diocese of Southwark to reflect on these core values and how they impact our lives, and how we might share them with others.    We'll be collecting your re | read more

Part-time Church Book Keeper wanted

Tuesday 13 March 2012   2.50 pm

We’re looking for an experienced book keeper to help us with our financial management for 16 hours a week and are offering a salary of up to £10 000 pa depending on experience.    You will be responsible for the day-to-day management of accounting | read more

Back to Jesus

Tuesday 21 February 2012   3.43 pm

A couple of weeks ago about 100 of us travelled down to Brands Hatch in Kent for our weekend away.    This year we were privileged to have world renowned speaker and author Michael Green and his wife Rosemary with us as our speakers for the weekend. | read more

10 days that changed my life

Thursday 16 February 2012   3.53 pm

In January I set off with 11 other Compassion sponsors to climb Mount Kilimanjaro, alongside the eight Kenyan Leadership Development Students we are sponsoring through University. If I am honest I had no idea what to expect, I hoped that my many year | read more

Jacqui to climb Kilimanjaro

Tuesday 22 November 2011   2.38 pm

Dear friends,    Back in May Jacqui and I had the privilege to be invited to Peru by Compassion International to look at their work there. It was an amazing experience which affected us deeply. We saw the impact that Compassion's child sponsorship p | read more

GodVenture fun for families

Monday 7 November 2011   11.18 am

On Saturday 5th November, Ascension church in Balham hosted the first ever family GodVenture event for families with children under 5.    The large, un-pewed church sanctuary provided ample space for a flexible session with four zones for families t | read more

Fun for Dads and Kids

Thursday 29 September 2011   9.24 am

About a year ago, we were looking for something to do one Saturday morning with our boys. Something fun, easy, local, and cheap, which didn't involve making yet another trip to the common to feed the ducks.    Sam Jones, who at that time was also par | read more

Love Moldova!

Tuesday 13 September 2011   3.20 pm

This summer, from 20 July to 2 August a team of young people from Ascension went out to Moldova to take part in Operation Mobilisations two week Love Moldova short term mission trip. Here are some stories from the group about their time there.    Th | read more

Pensioners enjoy a five day cruise on HMS Balham!

Tuesday 6 September 2011   12.08 pm

What a good idea! said many of the pensioners from the Balham area at the end of a cruise on HMS Balham 22-26th August. Balham does not measure up to places like the Caribbean or the Mediterranean for setting off on a cruise, but several local chu | read more

A better sort of tea party

Wednesday 17 August 2011   4.01 pm

Like the grey clouds that heralded the morning of Thursday 11 August, worried thoughts crossed the mind of the honorary curate at Ascension as he thought about the tea party planned for later that day at Queen Elizabeth House in Nightingale Lane. Wo | read more

Summer Jam hits the spot!

Thursday 30 June 2011   3.14 pm

Hopefully you were lucky enough to attend the Summer Jam, a live music event hosted by the youth of Ascension to raise money for the charity Operation Mobilisation in Moldova. It took place on Saturday June 25th and showcased some exciting new live m | read more

Wanting to develop your gifts or explore local church ministry?

Wednesday 4 May 2011   9.29 am

You could be our next Ministry Assistant.    You would work alongside our ministry and operations teams for one year gaining experience and training in local parish ministry and exploring what God might be calling you to in the future.    We are p | read more

Only 2 more weeks left to book on to the Church Weekend!

Wednesday 5 January 2011   12.59 pm

Our Church weekend away Life to the Full is going to be fantastic - don't miss this chance to spend time with God, meet new people and get away with your friends.    Bookings close on Sunday 16 January so fill in your booking form and send it with a | read more

Could you be our new Children, Youth and Families Team Leader?

Monday 1 November 2010   5.20 pm

Were looking for an exceptional individual to lead our Children, Youth and Families Team of staff and volunteers engaging young people in evangelistic, discipleship and mentoring programmes. You will share in the hands-on ministry, especially the gr | read more

Becky heads for Moldova

Thursday 28 October 2010   5.16 pm

Becky Johnson our Childrens and Youth Team Leader is going to be leaving us from 20 December. Although we will be sad to see her go we are really excited about her plans for the future. Becky will be joining Operation Mobilisation (OM) Moldova sup | read more

God at Work survey for upcoming sermon series

Tuesday 21 September 2010   4.13 pm

At our 11.00 am and 6.00 pm services from 19 September to 17 October, were going to be looking at what it means to be followers of Jesus the rest of the week, through the "God at Work" sermon series.    Make the series as relevant and useful as poss | read more

Church activities take a breather for August

Thursday 5 August 2010   9.19 am

During August, the regular life of Ascension takes a well-earned breather—a 'sabbatical' from the busy activity of the rest of the year and a chance to regroup, rest and come to September with fresh energy.    So in August we won’t be running:   | read more

Paul Hine dies of cancer

Wednesday 21 July 2010   10.45 am

It is with a very heavy heart that I have to tell you that Paul passed away peacefully yesterday after a long and heroic battle with cancer.    Paul was a key leader and person of influence here at Ascension over many years. He served twice as church | read more

Vicar goes on sabbatical

Thursday 15 April 2010   4.26 pm

Stephen Hance, the vicar of Ascension, will be on sabbatical and then holiday from 19 April until 31 August, for refreshment and renewal after 17 years of ordained ministry. Eleven of these years have been here at Ascension.    Please pray for him a | read more

New website goes live

Wednesday 3 February 2010   11.16 am

Welcome to the brand new website for Ascension Balham Hill!    As well as the obvious fresh new look, the improved website offers the following new features that help take Ascension's web presence to the next level.    Dynamic events diary - easily s | read more