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Edge With Purpose

Middle School Youth Ministry (Grades 6-8)

“Life with Christ is a wonderful adventure”

- Pope St. John Paul II

The goal of the Our Lady of the Assumption Middle School Youth Ministry is to provide a place where all 6th, 7th, and 8th graders feel welcome and lloved so they can grow in their faith, deepen their relationship with Christ, and build community with their peers.

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What is Edge with Purpose?

Edge with Purpose is our youth ministry program for 6th, 7th, and 8th graders. It is a welcoming place for our youth to grow in their faith, deepen their relationship with Christ, serve others, all while having a lot of fun! These three years also provide our middle schoolers with the Confirmation foundations required to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation in the 10th grade.

To learn more about Life Teen International's Edge model, click here,

When Does Edge with Purpose Meet?

OLA's Youth have two opportunities each week during the school year (September - May) to meet:

  • Sunday evenings from 6:30-8pm in Moylan Hall, or

  • Tuesday evenings from 6:30-8pm in the Life Teen Room

Registration for the 2023-24 Year
Volunteers Needed
If you are interested in volunteering with our Edge with Purpose program contact our Middle School Youth Minister, Nick Ables.

Upcoming Meetings

Sunday, December 3rd and Tuesday, December 5th  - Foretold: An Edge Night on Advent (part 1) 

The goal of this Edge Night is to present how God prepared humanity for Jesus’ birth through the words of the prophets and empower youth to have the courage to speak boldly about their faith.

Sunday, December 10th and Tuesday, December 12th  - Foretold: An Edge Night on Advent (part 2) 

The goal of this Edge Night is to highlight Mary’s example of faith as she lovingly embraced God’s will for her by becoming the Mother of God. 

Sunday, December 17 - Edge Christmas Party

All middle schoolers are invited to join Edge as we celebrate Christmas. We will be playing fun games, enjoying a delicious dinner. Please bring your favorite Christmas dessert to share with the group! Friends are welcome.

Edge & Life Teen Winter Retreat

January 12 - 14, 2024

We’re inviting all of our 6th – 12th graders to join us on retreat at Hidden Lake in Dahlonega, GA! We’ll be taking a weekend away from January 12 – 14.


Learn More/Sign Up:

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Archdiocesan Safe Environment Training

The Archdiocese of Atlanta is committed to helping children and young people learn and grow in a healthy and safe environment. OLA Parish complies with diocesan safe environment policies and procedures.

Training for Children

In accordance with the U.S. Bishop’s Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People, the program Protecting God’s Children – Teaching Touching Safety (commonly referred to as “Virtus”) is used in the Archdiocese of Atlanta. Students in grades Kindergarten through 12th grade participate in a safety lesson in their first year and once they move up to the next grade group.

Before registering your child for Edge it is required that you read the VIRTUS information that can be found by clicking here

Training for Adults

The Safe Environment training for Adults of the Archdiocese of Atlanta includes training in how to recognize, prevent and report abuse. All employees, and volunteers who regularly work with minors, receive this initial training, as well as ongoing training and background screening. The Code of Conduct, Sexual Abuse Policy, Ministerial Standards for Clergy, Educators and all  Working with Children and Vulnerable Individuals,  Social Media Policy as well as the Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People are available at the diocesan website at  An overview of the children’s training, parent guide, and lesson plans are also available on the diocesan website. Click here for VIRTUS safe environment information.

Contact Us

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Nick Ables

Middle School Youth Minister

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Maria Thomas

Family and Youth Formation  Ministries Pastoral Council Commission Head

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