Safety First - Ascension follows the guidelines of "Protecting God's Children," meaning that all adults involved with children at church go through a special safety training program (see Deacon Rebecca Saager, firstname.lastname@example.org, for details). Ascension employees (nursery workers) are also required to pass a background check with the Kentucky State Police. There are always two adults in the room with children. Parents are requested to pick up their child as agreed in advance; no child will be left unattended inside the church building.
Ascension boasts a bright, cheerful nursery, but pre-COVID caretakers did not return when the church re-opened. We are currently seeking TWO part-time, paid employees - see any church clergy or staff for details. Meanwhile, children are welcome in the main church during services. Ask an usher if you have any questions.
On Sunday mornings through the school year, children from preschool to middle school ages gather in the parish hall at 9:00, then move upstairs to classrooms with their teachers by 9:15 (times subject to change based on service schedules). Each class lasts about an hour. Our teachers currently use the Godly Play curriculum, in groups divided by approximate age levels. Godly Play is a creative, imaginative approach to Christian formation and spiritual guidance.
SUNDAY SERVICES at 8:00 and 10:30 - Children of all ages are truly welcome and encouraged to attend all church services with their parents; a nursery is available for the youngest. According to their interest and abilities, they may participate as acolytes; even young children can carry jubilee streamers, or help to pull the rope for the historic church bell! We believe this early exposure to the liturgies and rituals of the church is beneficial to the child, the family, and the congregation. At the appropriate time, each young person is encouraged to study toward Confirmation.