Christian Formation for Children

Children are Welcome Here!

Ascension believes in its children-their innocence, energy, joy, spirit of wonder and the honesty of their questions.  We believe that along with the youth and adults of this parish, children have an equal place at the table in God’s house.

Children’s formation is held at both 10:00 and 12:00 (the Spanish Service)

During the 10:00 service, we offer the following classes:

Infant/Toddler/ Family Class meets in Room 4 (The Place of Peace)

Preschool-2nd grade class meets downstairs in Room 6

3rd -5th Grade meets upstairs in Room 2


During the 12:00 service, we offer one class for all ages. 

Class meets upstairs in Room 2 .


Christian Formation Curricula and Special Programs

Infant/Toddler/Family Class: In this class, we sing, tell stories about the people of God, pray and play together. Two teachers lead the class and we also invite parents to attend with their children.  The children, their parents, and teachers join the congregation during the passing of the peace and remain in the 10:00 service for the Eucharist and closing hymn.  During the summer, we open the class up to children of all ages.

Preschool-2nd grade class:  Godly Play – This is a Montessori-based method, presenting the stories of the Bible using figures and objects within a sacred space.  Children experience these stories, wonder about them and explore the stories using the story objects or art materials. The children and teachers join the congregation during the passing of the peace and remain in the 10:00 service for the Eucharist and closing hymn.

3rd – 5th grade class: A Joyful Path- This curriculum is for developed jointly by and the Center for Progressive Christianity.  A spiritual curriculum for young hearts and minds, it is inclusive, compassionate, and “intra-spiritual” in the sense that it exposes children to the concept that many of the values taught by Jesus are found in other cultures’ faith traditions.  It teaches children how to access the wisdom already implanted by God in their hearts, about the sacred character and unity of the cosmos, and how to expand their awareness of our Creator.  The class will end with the teachers and children joining the congregation for the Eucharist.

12:00 class for all ages also follows the Joyful Path curriculum.

Artwork for Worship Leaflets: Children are invited to submit artwork for the covers of the Easter and Christmas service bulletins.

Pageant: The Annual Epiphany Pageant will take place at 5:00, Sunday, January 6, 2019.  Younger children and occasionally youth and adults dress up as barnyard animals, angels and shepherds.  Older children, youth and adults have acting and speaking roles.  A pizza party follows the pageant in the parish hall.  The offering from the pageant goes to support children’s missions.

Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper: Look for a special children’s activity

Easter Egg Hunt-Between the 10:00 and 12:00 services, there is an Easter Egg Hunt for children up through 5th grade.

Parish Picnic-Typically on the first Sunday in June at Bohrer Park.

For more information please contact Megan Didavi at or 703-626-7199