Below you can sign up to attend services and familiarize yourself with the latest directives and developments. Please call our office at 847.482.1200 with questions or help with registration. Following State and Metropolis protocol, Ascension has increased its capacity from 80 to 130 parishioners by safely preparing the Fellowship Hall to be used for additional seating. Once the church is full, using our staggered seating method to accommodate proper social distancing, seating will be available in the Hall where the service will be streamed.
- Stewards in good standing may sign up HERE for the services they wish to attend. Stewards without technology access may call the church office to register.
- Services will be posted on a monthly basis and are subject to change.
There will no longer be a limit to the number of services stewards may attend. However, you will still need to register in advance. Please do not show up at church unregistered especially during this time of COVID-19. We ask that you make a prayerful commitment to attend the services for which you’ve registered. We also ask that everyone show consideration in allowing all stewards the opportunity to register and attend services.
- Stewards who live in the same household will complete one registration form, listing each family member.
- Registration for Sunday services will close at 3 p.m. on Fridays. For weekday services, registration will close the day before the service at 3 p.m. If you need to contact the church office to cancel a registration after business hours (9 a.m. - 3 p.m. M-F), please leave a message on voicemail.
- Online registration will not be accessible once attendance reaches capacity; or the deadline for registering closes. If you need assistance, please contact the church office.
- Once registered, substitutions may not be made.
- Stewards will receive registration confirmations by email or by phone.
- No one may attend service without a confirmed registration. This is critical and required for contact tracing. We must maintain a list of everyone in the church building at all times.
- All registrants must confirm they understand the guidelines upon entering church.
- If you've registered and your health or the health of someone in your home changes prior to services, you must call the church immediately to cancel your reservation.
- Arrival time will be staggered in order to facilitate the check-in process and maintain social-distancing.
- Stewards must comply with all safety protocols before, during and after each service.
- Continue to monitor your health to make sure you are symptom and fever-free before coming to church. This is for the protection of our parish and all stewards.
- If you’re ill or had contact with someone who is COVID-19 positive, please continue to livestream the services and worship from home.
- We encourage those in high-risk populations, and their caregivers, to continue live streaming services from home. Please consult CDC Guidance for more information.
- If you’re in a high-risk population and would like Fr. Sotiri to visit you at home for the express purpose of receiving Holy Eucharist (Communion), Holy Unction and prayers, please contact the church office.
- Everyone over 2 years old is required to wear a face covering (mask) during the entire service, with the exception of receiving Holy Communion.
- Hand-sanitizing stations are available throughout the building. We also encourage you to bring your own. You’ll be asked to sanitize your hands upon entry, after lighting a candle and before receiving Holy Communion.
- Visit our Online Giving Page to make donations for candles or trays in advance of coming to church. Change will not be available in the narthex.
- Click HERE to become a Steward of Ascension of Our Lord
- Please enter through the west doors just north (left) of the main church entrance. No other entry point is accessible at this time.
- Arrive early and be prepared to wait if there’s a short line.
- Maintain social distancing (at least six feet apart from each other).
- Bring your own mask which must be worn over your nose and mouth at all times. The CDC highly recommends wearing a cloth face covering. Please refrain from wearing bandanas as research has shown they are the least effective face covering.
- Sanitize your hands at the hand sanitizing station upon entry to the building.
- Your attendance will be verified at check-in. This enables the parish to contact you in the event of possible exposure to someone who later tests positive for COVID-19.
- Your temperature will be taken and you will be asked a few screening questions.
- If you’re showing signs of illness — new or worsening cough, sore throat, chills, muscle aches, shortness of breath, gastrointestinal issues (vomiting or diarrhea), loss of taste or smell, temperature over 100 degrees OR if you’ve had exposure to someone with symptoms or diagnosed with COVID-19 in the last 14 days, you’ll be asked to return home. This is for your own safety and for our entire church community. Thank you for your understanding.
- Ushers, also wearing protective gear, will assist you with candles and seating.
- When venerating icons, please refrain from kissing or touching them.
- Pews are marked appropriately to follow social distance guidelines.
- Floors will be marked to ensure a unidirectional flow into the church.
- Families who live in the same household will be seated together.
- Children must be accompanied by an adult at all times.
- Please greet your fellow parishioners with a wave or a head-nod. As counter as this is to our nature, please refrain from kissing, hugging or shaking hands.
- There will be no liturgical books or weekly bulletins.
- The weekly bulletin will be posted HERE the Friday before each Divine Liturgy.
- Masks must be properly worn at all times except when receiving Holy Communion.
- During Communion ushers will provide direction to maintain social distancing.
- When receiving Communion, you must first sanitize your hands at the station on the solea. Then, in place of the red Communion cloth, please take a napkin and hold it under your chin when receiving the Eucharist. Before returning to your pew, place your napkin in the basket provided. Napkins will be burned following the service.
- Until further notice, koliva and artoklasia will not be distributed.
- The ushers will dismiss you to receive Antidoron from our Clergy and to proceed down the center aisle and exit through the wooden church doors.
- Until further notice, we unfortunately must refrain from offering coffee fellowship.
- All stewards must maintain social distancing while exiting the church and proceeding directly to their cars.
- Please avoid congregating in the narthex and church parking lot.
- The church will be thoroughly disinfected after each service with EPA-approved cleaning supplies.
LATEST CORRESPONDENCE ON THE PLAN TO REUNITE
- August 21, 2020: Protocol for Non-Liturgical Programs in Education Ministries
- uly 8, 2020: Message from Metropolitan Nathanael: COVID Parish Relief Fund Update & More
- June 23, 2020: Ascension Receives Blessing to Reopen
- June 12, 2020: Ascension Reopening Update
- June 10, 2020: New Directives and Special Rubrics for Celebrating the Sacraments of Baptism, Chrismation and Marriage
- June 5, 2020: Parish Email from Fr. Sotiri and Nick Marino: Update on Ascension's Plan to Reopen
- June 4, 2020: Metropolis of Chicago: The Divine Liturgy: Special Directives and Liturgical Rubrics, June 3, 2020
- June 2, 2020: Revision of the May 20, 2020 Guidelines
- May 30, 2020: Update and Summary of Levels of Participation
- May 30, 2020: Metropolis Statement Regarding Sacraments of Confession and Holy Unction
- May 28, 2020: Illinois Department of Public Health COVID-19 Guidance for Places of Worship and Providers of Religious Services
- May 20,2020: Metropolis of Chicago issues "Reuniting Our People With Their Parish Homes" directive
FOR THE LATEST HEALTH INFORMATION:
Metropolis of Chicago Coronavirus Resource Center
Communication Updates and Liturgical Messages
ASCENSION LIVESTREAM SERVICE SCHEDULE
Until we can worship together in our church home, we will be live streaming each Divine Service HERE. The stream will also be carried live on our Facebook page and our YouTube channel! If you miss the livestream, all services will be archived on our livestream webpage.
Click on the service to follow along with the text provided by the AGES Initiatives.
- Sunday, September 13: Sunday Before Holy Cross 8:15 a.m. Orthros | 9:30 a.m. Divine Liturgy Register | 3 p.m. Baptism
- Monday, September 14: Exaltation of the Holy Cross (Strict Fast Day) 8 a.m. Orthros | 9 a.m. Divine Liturgy | Register HERE
- Thursday, September 17 SS Sophia, Hope, Faith & Love 8 a.m. Orthros | 9 a.m. Divine Liturgy Register HERE
- Saturday, September 19: 5 p.m. Vespers Register HERE
- Sunday, September 20: Sunday after Holy Cross 8:15 a.m. Orthros | 9:30 a.m. Divine Liturgy | Sunday Church School following Liturgy Register HERE | 1 p.m. Baptism
VIDEO UPDATES FROM FR. SOTIRI
- May 30, 2020: With Christ We Are One: Fr. Sotiri's Metropolis of Chicago Separate But United webpage Video Message
- May 7, 2020: Video Message: Sponsor Fr. Sotiri in the Metropolis Cross Town 5K
- March 22- present: Click to View archived Divine Services and Sermons on our Livestream Page
- April 11, 2020: A Video Message from Fr. Sotiri for Holy Week 2020
- April 7, 2020: Small Paraklesis and Sermonette
- April 5, 2020: Sunday of St. Mary of Egypt: Orthros, Liturgy and Sermon
- April 3, 2020 Akathist Hymn and Sermonette
- March 31, 2020: Small Paraklesis and Sermonette
- March 29, 2020: Sunday of St. John Climacus: Orthros, Liturgy and Sermon
- March 27, 2020 4th Salutations to the Theotokos and Sermon
- March 25, 2020 Annunciation Feast Day and Greek Independence Day: Orthros, Liturgy, Doxology
- March 24, 2020 Video Message from Fr. Sotiri regarding Mt. Athos Vigil
- March 22, 2020 Sunday of the Holy Cross: Orthros, Liturgy and Sermon
- March 19, 2020 Video Message from Fr. Sotiri
- March 16, 2020 Video Message from Fr. Sotiri
NATIONAL, METROPOLIS AND PARISH CORRESPONDENCE PRIOR TO THE ANNOUNCEMENT OF THE METROPOLIS REOPENING PLAN (March 6 - May 12):
April 19, 2020: Come Receive the Light Archbishop Elpidophoros invites all to come and receive the Light of Christ
Monday, April 13: Archbishop Elpidophoros Broadcasts Services of Holy Week from the Archdiocese. Click HERE for more information. The Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America launched an updated COVID-19 Resource Center today. Click HERE for the press release.
SUNDAY: April 12th, CBS news program, 60 Minutes, will showcase the rebuilding of the Saint Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church and National Shrine at the World Trade Center. For more information, see GOARCH's announcement HERE.
April 11, 2020: Message By His All-Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew at the Beginning of Holy and Great Week
LITURGICAL RESOURCES and PRAYERS
Metropolis Separate But United webpage: The Metropolis of Chicago shares sermonettes, prayers, reflections or stories from the clergy members and others of the Metropolis on a daily basis.
Prayers posted on the Metropolis of Chicago COVID-19 Resource Page
OUR HOMES ARE A SMALL CHURCH: Links for Learning
FOR CHILDREN & TEENS:
- Greek Orthodox Archdiocese Religious Ed at Home
- Tending the Garden Virtual Sunday School
- Greek Orthodox Archdiocese Lesson Plans & Activities
- Be the Bee: Complete Series of Videos
- Lives of the Saints: St. Porphyrios
- Vessel of Grace: The Life of Saint Paisios the Athonite
- Y2AM Ministry At Home Resources
- Y2AM You Tube Channel
- OCF at Home: An on-campus connection for college-students
- Metropolis of Chicago YAL Virtual Connection Webinar Series Fridays @ 6 p.m.
Each Friday at 6pm, the Metropolis of Chicago Youth and Young Adults Ministry will be streaming a live Salutations Service followed by an Open Question Forum at 7pm to all via Zoom. You can submit names to be lifted up in Prayer to the Theotokos in these difficult times.
- Fanari Camp Prayer Services, Wednesdays at 3 p.m.
Every Wednesday at 3 PM, youth are invited to Fanari Prayer Service via Instagram and Facebook Live. The Metropolis of Chicago Youth and Young Adults Ministry will also be taking names to pray for so if you would like to submit names, please go to their Instagram Story to submit names.
- Practical ways of turning “Lockdown” with children into a peaceful and blessed time within our homes
- GOARCH Library: Learn About the Orthodox Christian Faith
- Ancient Faith Podcasts
- Ancient Faith Ministries
- Mobile Apps and Books
- Discovering Orthodox Christianity Video Series
- Greek Orthodox Archdiocese Center for Family Care
- Greek Orthodox Archdiocese "Comfort Food: Daily Reflections Just for Families"
- Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops Spiritual and Activity Resource Page
POSTPONED or CANCELLED: The following events have either been cancelled or postponed. Stay tuned for updated information in light of the rapidly changing developments with COVID-19. Jr. Olympics (cancelled) Fanari Camp (cancelled) Philoptochos Veterans’ Dinner (postponed) Metropolis Inaugural Servant Banquet (postponed to 11/6) Feed the Hungry (cancelled) Ionian Village (cancelled) Parish Golf Outing 2020 (cancelled) Lighthouse Camp (postponed) Patriarch Visit to U.S. (cancelled) National Clergy-Laity Conference (postponed)
- DONATE BLOOD Visit the American Red Cross website by clicking HERE. Vitalant (formerly Life Source) - has two locations in Lake County. Please schedule your appointment in advance by calling 877-258-4825 or visiting vitalant.org
Gurnee Donation Center
5250-1 Grand Ave.
Gurnee, IL 60031
Lake Bluff Donation Center
223 Waukegan Rd.
Lake Bluff, IL 60044
Click HERE to view full monthly calendar