Ascension's FAITH/JOY ministry 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.  For the theme during the 2022/23 Ecclesiastic Year we will explore "WHO IS GOD?"  Each meeting will explore different areas of understanding Him more and will consists of a lesson, craft, snack and fellowship time.  We also hold several special events and participate in various service projects throughout the year.  

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



OUR 2022-2023 CALENDAR


September 23, 2022, 6:30 - 8 p.m.  Kick Off the Year with us in our Fellowship Hall

October 21,  6 - 8:00 p.m.  Fall Family Night combined with F/J

November 18, 6:30-8:00 p.m. 

December 9, 6:30 - 8:00 p.m. Mock Christmas Pajama Party!

January 15, 2023 [SUNDAY] “Dive for the Cross” at Recreation Center of Highland Park from 4:30-6:30 p.m.

  • Sunday, January 15, 2023: DIVE FOR THE CROSS
    RSVP FOR OUR ANNUAL DIVE FOR THE CROSS EVENT that will take place on Sunday, January 15th from 4:30 - 6:30 p.m. at the Highland Park Rec Center Pool. Diving is reserved for K-12th graders and is $15 per diver. Divers should bring a swimsuit and towel. A parent or guardian must be present. Please rsvp HERE by January 13th. For any questions please email Eleni Kouretsos at We look forward to celebrating this historic tradition!

February 24, 6 - 8:00 p.m.  Pizza Party with Session 

March 17, 6 p.m.:  Lenten Dinner with Session followed by 7 p.m. Salutations to the Theotokos.

April 7, 2023, 6 - 8:00 p.m. Youth Lenten Retreat 

May 19, 2023, 6:30 to 8 pm  Final Gathering

July 31, 2023 to Aug. 4, 2023 Vacation Church School


Click HERE to download and print the calendar.

Note:  Since Faith/JOY meets on Friday evenings, the snacks that we offer will always be fast-worthy for our children. Although your home fasting rules may be different, we encourage our children to begin learning about fast days, even from now.



  • FANARI FALL and WINTER CAMP  Offered by the Metropolis of Chicago, Fanari Winter Camp brings all of the fun of Fanari Summer Camp to the fall and winter months. The camp takes place at the St. Iakovos Retreat Center in Kansasville, WI  for 5th - 12th graders and activities include: Worship, Orthodox Life, Winter Olympics, and much more! REGISTRATION FOR BOTH NOVEMBER SESSIONS OPENS ON SEPTEMBER 16.  Click HERE for more information.
  • Sunday, January 15, 2023: DIVE FOR THE CROSS
    Our annual Dive for the Cross will now be held January 15 from 4:30 - 6:30 p.m. at the Rec Center of Highland Park. Stay tuned for more information later this fall and plan to join us for this wonderful afternoon!
  • Sunday, February 5, 2023: YOUTH SUNDAY
    A much-loved tradition in our Parish is our annual Youth Sunday celebration, a day to honor our youth. Save the date of Sunday, February 5, 2023 to celebrate and honor the important role our children play in this parish.  Witness the exuberance our youth brings to Ascension's Parish life by watching a video presented at last year's Youth Sunday HERE

    CLICK HERE for information on Ascension's Parish Oratorical Festival program.  In 2023, our Parish Festival will take place on March 22nd and then Ascension is blessed to host the Regional Oratorical Festival on Saturday, April 29 for the entire Metropolis of Chicago.  Express Your Faith! Represent your Parish! Do you like to write? Draw? Chant? Present your point in front of an audience? Don’t miss the opportunity to show your God-given talents as a writer, speaker, artist and vocalist by participating in the 2023 St. John Chrysostom Oratorical Festival. If you are in 4th – 12th grade, you are encouraged to participate in this program, which gives you the opportunity to reflect upon and express what your faith means to you. 

  • FANARI SUMMER CAMP  Fanari Camp is open to rising 6th grade through rising 12th grade campers.  Stay tuned for information on the Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Chicago's summer 2023 Fanari camp program dates. Registration typically opens each year in early March.

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