Ascension's FAITH/JOY ministry was formed in 2015 and provides the opportunity for children in grades K-5 to have fun while learning about the richness of our faith. Meetings take place once a month on a Friday evening, unless otherwise noted.  Each  meeting consists of game and fellowship time, a lesson/craft and time to share a snack together.  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

The theme for the 2017/18 Ecclesiastical year is The Miracles of Christ. The ministry kicks-off with a bowling event on Friday, September 22nd.  Click HERE for more information.  The ministry will meet on the following dates:

September 22, 2017, 7 - 9 p.m.  Bowling event at Brunswick Zone, Vernon Hills
*October 20th, 6:30 - 8 p.m.
*November 17, 6:30 - 8 p.m.
*December 8, 7 - 9 p.m.
January 14, 2018, 4:30 - 6:30 p.m.
*February 16, 6:30 - 8 p.m.
March 17, Day Retreat TBD
*April 27, 6:30 - 8 p.m.
*May 18, 6:30 - 8 p.m.

*Please note that meetings will take place at the house directly south of the Church.

Faith/JOY will meet on a Friday evening once a month 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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