During the Service
Kids are a vital part of the Ascension church body and we have a lot of them! Our children are the next generation of the church and so we encourage our kids to participate in all aspects of church life, including our worship service on Sundays.
We believe God shapes and forms our children in his presence as they sing hymns, say prayers, recite creeds, listen to Scripture, and participate in the sacraments. Parents are encouraged to keep their children in the service as long as they like. Kids cry and fidget, and that is okay! We are a family.
During our service, we also provide age-appropriate care and instruction for young children. Parents with children 3-years old or younger may drop-off their children in the Nursery (0-Walking) or the Toddler Room (Walking-3) where a team of trained child-care professionals and volunteers await them.
Children ages 10 and under are dismissed for Children’s Chapel after we pray the Collect of the Day. They will follow our leaders to their classes where they will break into two groups – Pre-school and Elementary – for their respective lessons. The pre-schoolers dive into The Jesus Storybook Bible curriculum while the grade school children work through the Gospel Project for Kids curriculum. Both are fantastic programs that seek to inform the mind, engage the hand, and shape the heart. Our goal in Children’s Chapel is to partner with parents as they raise their children in the nurture and admonition of the Lord.
All children return during the announcements to join us for our celebration of the Lord’s Supper. An optional nursery is provided for younger children (0-3) during communion. Any person (child or child-at-heart) who is baptized is welcome to receive the Eucharist.
We use the Policy Manual for the Protection of Children produced by the Diocese of the Mid-Atlantic. This can be downloaded as a PDF here.