Our vision is to be: “a Christ-centered, open-hearted Youth Group dedicated to fostering faithful disciples through worship, service and the teaching of Biblical truth.”
Starting the weekend of June 7 & 9, CAYG will be enjoying seven sessions of the Youth Alpha Course this summer. We will be gathering each weekend in June and July (excepting the July 4th weekend), concluding on July 26 and 28.
CAYG Middle School. Fridays (with snacks) from 6:30-9pm at Church of the Ascension (4729 Ellsworth Ave). Enter via the back steps around the side of church (park near the dumpsters – classy!). Rising 6th graders welcome!
CAYG High School. Sundays from 6:30-9pm, also at Church of the Ascension. Music team practices from 6:00pm and pizza is served then for early birds. Rising 9th graders welcome!
In both cases, you may want to send some cash as there will be (weather permitting) a group walking over to the nearby Razzy Fresh for some frozen yoghurt.
Each youth group is served by a wonderful team of clearance-approved volunteers from Church of the Ascension and from our partner Churches, overseen by Alex Banfield Hicks (Director of Youth & Young Adult Ministries).
Regular youth group events combine sung worship, up-front teaching and discussion, small group ‘share and prayer’ times plus various friendship-building activities. Just as I want my own three kids to grow through middle and high school with a core group of encouraging friends, with whom they can process their questions, laugh, cry and learn to pray together, I am keen to share Ascension’s space, resources and team with families across Pittsburgh who have similar aims.
We always welcome friends and guests, and new faces are toasted by the leader who personally takes a shot of hot sauce. That moment in the evening never fails to excite interest…
‘Church of the Ascension Youth Group’ is often shortened to ‘CAYG’, pronounced ‘cage’ because who wouldn’t want to be invited to… oh.. wait..