Ascension is a dynamic, creative church community, based in London near Clapham South tube station. There's a real mix of people and activities, but at the heart of it all is a passion to 'grow up' in our relationship with God, 'join in' as a community with each other and to 'spread out' with the love of God in Balham and beyond.
At Ascension you'll meet young professionals, new parents, established families and older people. You'll find a clear vision of where the church is heading, and a bustle of activity. We place a high value on prayer and practical action, more than just Sunday services, and our preaching aims to be engaging and relevant to London life today. We hope you'll also experience a warm, informal welcome and a community feel. More about our Sunday and midweek services...
The Church of the Ascension was built in the 1880s when the area to the south of Clapham Common was being developed. The church has been through many changes during the intervening years.
The Ascension in its present form is the product of a 1993 church graft, when around fifty members of St. Mark's Battersea Rise came to join a similar number of people who then made up the congregation at Ascension.
In September 2013, we welcomed our current vicar, Revd Marcus Gibbs.
Before ordination Marcus worked as a management consultant in London for ten years, advising global corporations on their marketing strategies. Rugby is also a great passion and he witnessed Jonny Wilkinson¹s winning kick for England in Sydney in 2003. He's eagerly awaiting another English rugby renaissance and hoping it won't take too long!
Marcus trained for ordination at Trinity College, Bristol and then in 2010 joined St Giles in Northampton as a Curate and then acting Vicar. Here he led and had oversight of all aspects of church ministry, including a team of ordained and lay staff plus many volunteers.
Marcus is hugely excited to be Vicar of Ascension as God leads us in this new chapter of growing up, joining in and spreading out with the love of God in Balham and beyond.