About Us

Church of the Ascension is a theologically and liturgically traditional church following the Anglican Book of Common Prayer. We seek to live out the historic Christian faith. We desire to be a joyful, thoughtful Christian fellowship, ministering to people in the region of Het Gooi in the Netherlands.

We are a part of the Church of England in the Diocese of Gibraltar in Europe.

For those without a Christian background, you are most welcome to come to our services and participate in our fellowship. We also welcome any questions you may have and will try to answer them.

For those with a Christian background, but who are unfamiliar with the Anglican tradition, Anglicanism describes itself as both Catholic and Reformed. For more on Anglicanism click here.

The Church of England describes it this way in its canons:
The doctrine of the Church of England is grounded in the Holy Scriptures, and in such teachings of the ancient Fathers and Councils of the Church as are agreeable to the said Scriptures. In particular such doctrine is to be found in the Thirty-nine Articles of Religion, The Book of Common Prayer;, and the Ordinal (the liturgy for the ordaining of ministers). (C of E Canon A5 “Of the doctrine of the Church of England”)

On ethical issues, our church will teach what the vast majority of the Church has always taught and still teaches. To live a moral life is to move from being carnally minded to spiritually minded. It includes, as a beginning, an awareness and a right ordering of the eight passions of the soul – pride, vainglory, dejection, wrath, sloth, greed, gluttony and lust. We don’t focus on one of these passions more than the others, neither do we forget any.

But to live a moral life is not an end in itself. As our passions are reordered by grace, our vision opens up, we are illuminated from above, we see more clearly God in creation and in our lives and become more able to truly love God and our neighbour.

Through our union by Word and Sacrament with God in Christ, who has ascended, we too will ascend into the life of God who is our true end and joy.