After all the pandemic ‘pivoting’ (YouTube, twitch and zoom, back yard bible studies, porch pods and phone call networks) we are almost ‘back to normal’. Just still masked until sufficiently vaccinated!
Our vision continues to be: “a Christ-centered, open-hearted Youth Group dedicated to fostering faithful disciples through worship, service and the teaching of Biblical truth.”
‘CAYG’ is short for Church of the Ascension’s Youth Group, but given we have friends participating from many other churches and communities, many just say ‘CAYG’ (pronounced ‘cage’).
CAYG Middle School. Fridays (with snacks) from 6:30-8:30pm at Church of the Ascension (4729 Ellsworth Ave).
CAYG High School. Sundays from 6:30-8:30pm, also at Church of the Ascension. Pizza for early birds at 6pm.
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…
And this picture below is NOT a metaphor for my working relationship with the volunteer team… just a reflection that pandemics are bad times for big group photos…