Youth

Our Approach

All baptized people are full members of the body of Christ regardless of age. We trust that God is present to and working in our children, and that they can hear and respond to God. Our task as teachers and mentors is to listen to children and their parents/guardians and to cultivate the natural faith that God is growing in them. Our task is also to give them the stories (scripture) and prayers that we have received through the Church and found blessings in our own walks with Christ.

As important as knowledge and practice for children is their experience of true Christian community. We seek to create small communities of children and teachers that are loving, forgiving circles of friends. We trust our children will learn as much by living the good news as in studying it.

Nursery

Child care in our nursery is available for children 3 years of age and younger and is open from 9:00 to 11:30 a.m. Our paid nursery staff have all had required background checks and Safe Church Training. Your child’s safety and well-being is of upmost importance to us. We ask parents to sign children in when they arrive and to sign them out again when picked up. Our nursery is…Keep Reading

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Godly Play

For our children ages 4 through 2nd grade, we offer Godly Play from 9:00-9:50 a.m. every Sunday during the school year. The Godly Play curriculum is a hands-on Montessori curriculum that supports the natural spiritual wonderment of children at this age. Godly Play teaches children the art of using Christian language-parables, sacred stories, silence and liturgical action, helping them become more fully aware of the mystery of God’s presence in…Keep Reading

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Children’s Chapel

All children pre-K thru 3rd grade are invited to attend Chapel during the 10 a.m. Sunday Worship Service.  Their leader will walk down the middle aisle during the 10:00 a.m. service during the Hymn of Praise.  Children should follow the banner into the Parish Hall where they will hear the Gospel of the day, light some candles, say some prayers, play some games or do a craft and return to…Keep Reading

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Wednesday Evening Faith Formation; Godly Play, 3rd through 8th grade

5:00-6:15 p.m., Youth Choir practice in Parish Hall 6:15-6:30 p.m., Intergenerational dinner served 6:30-7:36 p.m., Formation classes begin September 6th Pre K thru 2nd grade we have another Godly Play program with Syndie Sorensen 3rd grade meets in Nursery space, taught by Ann Denton 4th grade meets in last classroom in education wing, taught by Darcy Rodriquez 5th grade meets in undercroft, taught by Kristin West All three of these…Keep Reading

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Middle School Youth Group: 6th, 7th & 8th grade

Take a break from the week and come to youth space in Manwaring (office building behind the church) for games and time with friends. We spend a lot of time talking about Who Am I?, school and what goes on in the life of a middle schooler, along with getting to know each other and having fun. We use a curriculum called Re: form which tackles questions that youth really…Keep Reading

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All-In Activity

The last Wednesday of every month all ages meet together at Manwaring, and all parents and parishioners are invited to join us for an Intergenerational Activity, 6:30-7:30 pm.  We always have a bonfire outside along with a craft table filled with holiday ideas and games.  Everybody is welcome to come to this. More from Youth

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Grade 9 Confirmation

Our Confirmation teacher is Connie Kurtz.   The kick-off retreat for this group is held in early fall, and participants meet through the year preparing to be confirmed by our bishop on Ascension Day in May. For a schedule of meetings, activities, and retreats, see Director of Children, Youth, & Family Ministries, Mindy Boynton. More in Youth

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High School Youth

High School Youth teachers are Rick Brown, Julie O’Reilly and Mindy Boynton. The kick-off date for this group is Sunday, Sept. 13th, 11:30 a.m. For a schedule of meetings, activities, and retreats, see Director of Children, Youth, & Family Ministries, Mindy Boynton. As confirmed members of the church, senior high youth help create their own programs and are encouraged to serve in a parish ministry. The program seeks to help…Keep Reading

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Serving in worship

All members are welcome to participate in worship at Ascension. Serving in liturgy can make worship more vivid in our lives and is also a gift to others in the community. Each role has its responsibilities and requires a short training. If you would like to serve in worship, please contact the person listed below for each role. Acolytes Acolytes carry torches (candles) and the cross in worship and are…Keep Reading

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