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.

Ascension Children’s Ministry Summer Celebration series will use a multimedia approach to help children learn about God’ love this summer through seeing a short video, hearing from one of our church members and having an activity and craft in response to the teaching theme of the day. Some of our crafts will include making pompom neurons, god’s eyes, doctor’s kits and more! We hope your children will join us on Sunday morning for Kids’ Church this summer!

  • July 10 – Understanding our EMOTIONS with Kelsey Nienna
  • July 17 – Learning to WEAVE with Millicent Smith
  • July 24 – Intercessory PRAYER with Charlie Chislaghi
  • July 31 – Bicycle RESTORATION with Father Jay Slocum
  • Aug 7 – Why PLAY is Super Important with Tyler Marwood
  • Aug 14 – Understanding the JOB of a doctor with Dr. Noel Jabbour
  • Aug 21 – The importance of REST! with Father Jay Slocum

Children’s Ministry Fall Registration

Please take a moment to register your children for our Fall Children’s Ministry program using this link: Infant – 5th grade Children’s Ministry Registration. Registering your children each year helps us have up to date information and know your intentions to have your children participate in our church programs and plan more accurately.

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!

Ascension’s website could not contain the enthusiasm of the youth and their leaders, so they created their own! 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
(412) 621-4361, ext 214

Contact for Youth Ministry:
Alex Banfield Hicks
(412) 652-3137