Children & Youth

“From the mouths of children and infants You have ordained praise”  – Matthew 21:16

At Ascension, kids are welcomed and loved!  We believe that all ages are a vital part of our church family.  Children and youth are encouraged to participate in our worship, community, and in age-appropriate programming focused on their discipleship.

What children and parents can expect on Sundays

We open our nursery 15 minutes prior to the beginning of each service for younger children (Infant – 3 years).  After the children’s talk the teaching team will escort ages 4 years – 5th grade to the Minnie Smith Education Wing for Kids’ Church. All children will return to their parents during the time we pass the peace for communion.

If you prefer for your nursery aged child to remain in the nursery through communion, please be prompt in picking up your child as soon as the service ends. Please know parents are always welcome in the nursery and Kids’ Church at any time. Also, you are welcome to have your child remain in the service. As we did through much of the pandemic, we will continue to provide activity bins for your children to use during the service. They can be found at the back of the Nave.

To learn more about children’s ministry please email Catherine or join our private Facebook group Ascension Children’s Ministry for updated information. Throughout the pandemic we had a lot of fun producing videos for Ascension kids. All of the videos can be found on the Kids’ Church Playlist on Ascension’s YouTube channel.


The vision of our youth group is to be “A Christ-centered and open-hearted youth group dedicated to fostering faithful disciples through love, service, and the teaching of Biblical truth.”

Want to join us? Email Kelsey for the an update on activities and the latest news. She has all of the times and dates!

When we meet: Middle School and High School groups meet on Sunday evenings. Students are welcome to come as early as 6pm, with the official program running from 6:30-8:30pm. Each age group has a separate program. Middle Schoolers are led by Wes Williams and High Schoolers are led by Josh Bennett.

More info? To find out all of the specifics of youth programming, please visit www.caygonline.comAnd, CAYG stands for “Church of the Ascension Youth Group!!”

Contact for Children’s Ministry:
Catherine Slocum

Contacts for Youth Ministry:
Josh Bennett and Wes Williams