Ascension's FAITH/JOY ministry was formed in 2015 and provides the opportunity for children in grades K-5 to learn and grow in their faith. Meetings take place once a month on a Friday evening, unless otherwise noted.  Each meeting consists of a lesson, craft, snack and fellowship time.  We also hold several special events and participate in various service projects throughout the year.  The theme for the 2019-20 Ecclesiastical Year is Symbols of Faith!

Friendships formed in youth groups have a tendency to last a lifetime.  Don't miss this wonderful opportunity to meet new families and friends and participate in the life of the Church!  For more information, contact Desiree Petros or Presvytera Stefanie at

Click HERE for the 2019/20 MINISTRY CALENDAR
Coming up next: March 20th 6 p.m. meeting followed by Heretismi service


Faith/Joy will meet on the following dates:

September 20: Bowling Kick-Off Event   7 - 9 p.m.  
October 18: Regular Meeting  6:30 - 8:00 p.m.
November 15: Regular Meeting/Lake County Food Drive  6:30 - 8:00 p.m.  
December 6: Christmas Party/Mock Lock-In  7:00 - 9:00 p.m.  
January 12: Dive for the Cross Event @ Highland Park Rec Center  4:30 - 6:30 p.m. Click HERE to see pictures!
February 28: Cheesefare Friday Pizza Party  6:30 - 8:00 p.m. Click HERE to see the flyer!
March 20: Regular Meeting  6:00 - 7:00 p.m. followed by Heretismi service
April 17:  Lenten Retreat  11:45 a.m. - 3 p.m.  CANCELLED DUE TO COVID-19 SUSPENSION
May 15: End of the Year Gathering  6:30 - 8:00 p.m.

Faith/JOY meets on a Friday evening once a month at the church unless otherwise noted.   Parent volunteers are asked to donate and set up a snack at each of our gatherings.  Due to the fact we meet on Fridays, we will always have a fast-worthy snack for our children.  More details will be given when you sign up to help.  Although your home fasting rules may be different, we encourage our children to begin learning about fast days, even from now. Fruits, veggies, crackers, and graham crackers are some good options. 




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