As a part of the Cottage Grove Family Ministry, Cottage Grove Youth’s mission is to raise the next generation to know, love, and follow Jesus. We do this by teaching simple truths and inspiring simple, active, and bold faith through gospel-inspired parenting in the home and gospel-inspired friendships in the church. 

Cottage Grove Youth meets every Wednesday night, creating a space where middle schoolers and high schoolers (6th–12th grade) feel like they belong and can experience the gospel. We spend time weekly worshiping Jesus through song, learning from his Word through messages, and meeting in small groups to grow in relationship with our peers.

At Cottage Grove Youth we:

  • Love God, Love People (Matthew 22:33-38, 1 Corinthians 13)
  • Put Others First (Philippians 2:3, John 13:14-15)
  • Are Happy and Hopeful (Philippians 4:4, John 15:11)
  • Trust in Jesus (John 15:1-10)
  • Are Faithful (to each other and to Jesus)

Volunteer with CGY

Are you a college student or adult who wants to be a part of what God is doing at Cottage Grove Youth? Apply to be a volunteer! The application will take 15–20 minutes to complete, plus a few additional minutes to complete a background check later.

Apply Here

All of our volunteers undergo annual training and pass an annual background check before working with youth.

Youth Groups

When & Where

Wednesday's | 7:00p-8:30p

Cottage Grove Church
1050 24th St, Des Moines, IA 50311


If you have any general questions, email our Family Ministry Director Ryan Spencer. To find out how you can get involved, email our Youth Ministry Lead Vonnie Pratt.