At Ascension, we believe that when adults are actively growing in their faith, then everybody will be growing in their faith. Furthermore, we have learned over the years that small groups are almost always the best place for adult faith formation. For this reason, we encourage our adults to find a way to get connected to a Bible Study, Small Group or Discipleship Huddle.
Academic Year (Post-Labor Day to Mother’s Day)
On Sunday mornings at 9:30 a.m. we generally have 1-3 different Bible Study or Small Group opportunities for adults.
On Wednesdays, we have 2 groups for women. One meets in the morning, the other in the afternoon. The morning group generally meets in homes while the afternoon group meets in the Church Library.
On Thursdays, a group of mostly senior citizens meet to fold the Sunday bulletins. Then they have a Bible Study time together. Often, they cap off the morning by going out to eat together!
On Saturdays, we have a Men’s Breakfast that meets at 7:15 a.m. at Pump & Pantry for prayer, support and fellowship.
We offer a Women’s Bible Study – usually on Monday evenings. Pastor Jeff offers an evening Bible Study.
These groups meet about once a week at various days and times throughout the year. Their main purpose is to train and disciple leaders, a process which can last for 9-18 months. For this reason, once a huddle starts it is “closed.” As more and more leaders are trained, more and more huddles will be offered. Currently we have 4 huddles meeting.
Youth (7th – 12th grade)
On Sunday mornings, our Youth are normally separated into a 7th-8th grade class and a High School class – though they will occasionally all be together in one larger group. On a typical Sunday, each of these groups will use some kind of age-appropriate, topic-based lesson which focuses upon helping the students apply God’s Word to their daily life.
Confirmation (7th – 9th grade)
On Wednesday evenings, our 7th – 9th grade students gather together for our Confirmation Classes. About 2/3 of the time, the 1st & 2nd year students start in a large group and then break into smaller discussion groups to focus upon the 5 Confirmation Promises and various aspects of Martin Luther’s Small Catechism. The rest of the time they will work on local mission projects, hear from guest speakers or do some other kind of learning experience. Meanwhile, our 3rd year students spend about 3/4 of their time digging into the Bible and/or learning about our Lutheran Heritage. They also get to spend about 1 night a month with their HS peers!
Senior High (10th – 12th grade)
On Wednesday evenings, our 10th – 12th grade students and their friends also gather together. Some weeks will be focused upon growing their faith as they connect the Bible with their daily life. Some weeks they work on mission and/or discipleship projects. Some weeks they’ll watch a movie or play a game and just enjoy each other’s company. And nearly every week will have many of them heading over to a local Culver’s afterwards!
Elementary Children (1st – 6th grade)
KOG (5th – 6th grade)
KOG or “Kids of God” is our Wednesday evening group for our 5th and 6th grade students. At KOG, our kids and their friends get a chance to grow spiritually both individually as well as together. Using a variety of topics and methods, the KOGgers will learn, read, pray, watch, eat, talk, visit, serve, sing, play, etc.!
These students follow an age-appropriate curriculum that has a lot in common with what the younger kids are learning – but at their individual grade level. We do this so that the whole family can go home and discuss together what they are learning in Sunday School! These students also spend about 15 minutes each week in music, and they comprise our “Elementary Choir” which sings a few times during the year at Worship.
Young Children (age 4-Kindergarten)
For this age group, our curriculum uses a number of different ways to teach children many of the stories found in the Old and New Testaments. The kids also have about 15 minutes of music each week, and these students comprise our “Primary Choir” which sings a few times each year at our Worship services.
Toddlers and Infants
For the youngest disciples among us, we provide a nursery during Worship and Sunday School. It is staffed each week by Miss Patti and Miss Cheri – along with volunteers from our congregation. Of course, parents are welcome to keep their little ones with them during Worship and Sunday School! We provide this consistent nursery staff and care to help give the youngest among us a safe place to be loved and cared for while also giving a little break to their moms and/or dads!
From time to time, we will offer some “classes” where parents and kids up to age 3 can do some faith and fun time with other families with children of similar ages. It’s usually a fun and active time together!
We also provide parents some Christian Education materials that they can use at home to help their kids learn more about Jesus!
Partner With Us
One of the first things you should know about Ascension is that you do NOT have to be a member here to get involved in what we do. If you want to just worship here – that’s fine! If you’d like to get involved in a Bible Study or Small Group, do it! If you want to help us as we reach out in love and care to our wider community and world – you are welcome to do so!
If you are around here for a while, we will certainly invite – but never pressure – you to consider joining our congregation. But that is ONLY something you should do if you sense God calling you to do it! There is no other reason to do so.
Membership at Ascension is not like being a member of a club where you get all kinds of privileges. Instead, it is more like being part of God’s army where we take our marching orders from God and then both individually and communally seek to follow those orders and live out our lives in God’s Kingdom.
From time to time, we offer our “Discovery” classes – a series of 7 sessions where we talk about our mission and ministry from various angles so that people can come to a fuller understanding of what it means to be a disciple of Jesus and a partner in ministry at Ascension. The first session is called “Ascension 101” which tries to give a broad overview of all the things that we will be talking about in the remaining classes so that people can get a closer look before they even decide whether or not they want to join. It’s kind of a “no strings attached” way to take a peek at what membership here is all about.