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.  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

COMING SOON:  Click HERE to download and print the registration form and return it to the Church office.

The theme for the 2019/20 Ecclesiastical year is The Parables of Jesus. Click HERE to view the 2019/20 Faith/Joy Ministry Calendar.  

The ministry 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.
February 21: Meatfare Friday Pizza Party  6:30 - 8:00 p.m.
March 20: Regular Meeting  6:00 - 7:00 p.m. followed by Heretismi service
April 10:  Lenten Retreat  Time TBD
May 15: End of the Year Gathering  6:30 - 8:00 p.m.

Faith/JOY will meet 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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