Children & Youth

Children & Youth

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,, 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. 

Nursery care is always available on Sunday mornings from 9:00 to approximately 11:30 (when the 10:30 service ends). Ask an usher or other parishioner if you need to find our bright, cheerful nursery. Tender, loving care is provided by long-time Ascension employee Catherine Hatchett, now ably assisted by Abbey Hodapp. 

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. 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. Read more about it:  What is Godly Play? (PDF)

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.