“But Jesus called them to him, saying, “Let the children come to me, and do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of God. Truly, I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God like a child shall not enter it.” Luke 18:16-17 (ESV)
Children are welcomed and valued at the Church of the Ascension. We believe they are a gift from God and we want to support parents as they seek to raise their children to love God and know Jesus Christ as their Lord and Saviour.
Children participate in worship at Ascension as helpers around the altar, in a children’s time during the service, and through guidance from their parents using the worship booklets.
Bible-based Sunday School classes are held during a part of the service, taught by trained teachers who work with parents to teach children about the love of God.
Communion classes are available for children and parents who wish preparation to better understand what Holy Communion means for them as a family. As well, baptism is available both for infants and older children.
On request, special classes and materials will be arranged for older children coming to baptism.
“Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in life, in love, in faith and in purity.” 1 Timothy 4:12 (NIV)
Youth Confirmation classes occur from time to time. Some members of this group also serve at the altar during Sunday worship. Youth are encouraged to take their part in several parish programs such as: music, reading scripture, set-up, and greeters.
MARRIAGE AND MARRIAGE PREPARATION
Marriage preparation is offered by the Rector and Pastoral Team.
Courses to enrich marriage and family life are often available through partnering churches and agencies. Please contact the Rector for current resources, or for referrals to helpful counselling agencies.