Young Adult Community Living
The house next door to Christ Church used to house the clergy of the parish. It now houses up to 6 young adults from various parts of the country ,in a variety of schools and programs, who form an intentional Christian Community during the school year.
Roommates at Ascension House live out their faith and lives together. The residents work together to decide on the “rule of life” that will shape their common life together over the school year and are supported in the spiritual component of their community by Christ Church. Twice a month, Ascension House gathers with members of the congregation who volunteer their time towards for bible study and discussion. For the past few months, residents have been reading and engaging in the book of Acts. For these young adults, living their faith together helps them discern their vocations.
Apply to be a resident for the 2018/2019 year with this application. Applications still accepted!
Hear from some past residents of this community:
I moved to Edmonton from Regina, SK, to study Graphic Design at MacEwan University. I was quite nervous for this huge transition, however, Ascension House allowed me to forget all those worries. Whether that was through the (many) walks to Remedy or inviting guests over to share their faith stories. I have come to learn what topics interest me and how I can deepen connections with those around me. One particular interest is sustainability which brought me to helping with the planting of the garden at St.Aidan’s House. I am looking foward to being at Ascension for next year, as I take on my second year of university and job as communications coordinator of Christ Church. — Anna Schroeder
I’ve been serving as the theological student at St. George’s by the U of A, discerning a call to ordained ministry in the Diocese of Edmonton. When we had conversations about what we were thankful for in each other. I will hopefully be an observer at General Synod, taking some time off in July, and hopefully taking the 1-year Certificate in Anglican Studies at Wycliffe in Toronto, which will involve a parish placement and all the practical and pastoral courses that I was unable to take while studying theology previously. —Sydney Caron
During my stay at Ascension House, I started my first year in the Bachelor of Theology program at Newman Theological College. The highlights of my year here not only were the birthdays, but the guest speakers, such as Rev. Travis Enright and Dorothy Marshall. Discussions about indigenous urban reconciliation and sustainable farming improved the sense of wisdom in the house as a whole. The sense of community and fellowship in such events was very life giving. My plans for next year involve returning to Ascension House and undergoing my second year at NTC. —Mathew McPhee