Making a trip like this is unique from any other type of trip the kids go on – it’s not vacation, it’s not a school trip, it’s not like camp – it’s its own thing. We serve through YouthWorks.
2018 Mission Trip in Lynn, MA
June 24—July 1 we will clean/repair homes, visit in nursing homes, lead a kids camp…. And through our serving we will share Christ’s love and grow in our own knowledge and love for the Lord. While we will travel and serve as one youth group, we will split into two groups (middle school and high school) for our evening youth group time. We will also spend two days of R&R at a retreat house in Bennington, VT. Cost to families is $300/youth (scholarship available — see Gail). We are excited to offer this opportunity to so many in our church. Your payment ($300 –> UCC, memo: Youth Mission 2018) secures your child’s spot. Questions? Seek out Mary and Tom Hanson, Pete Hnath, Bonnie Marchesani, Carl Prestia, or Gail Miller.
January 23 – Declare your intention to participate!
February 9 (Friday) – Payment due to secure your son/daughter’s spot.
PAST MISSION TRIPS
2017: Twenty youth and six adults traveled to Rutland, Vermont to serve God in a rural setting. A good chunk of the young people had been to Queens, New York last year so this experience was different. Yet they still found plenty of ways to serve this community. The group included grades 6th through 11th. Our youth got to know other Christians from Connecticut and Ohio. New friendships began to be formed the first day! Our work groups took us to many locations: Rutland community members homes, a veterans homeless shelter and soup kitchen, 2 different assisted living facilities, creating new hiking trails, working on farms (where the food would be donated to community members in need), and stacking bricks! So many bricks! These bricks were donated to the farmers market and would be sold to support the food program, but first they needed to be stacked in neat pallets. We worked hard and we saw how God worked in this community as well as in our own lives. Thank you for your continued support of our youth! You can find some pictures here… Rutland Mission Trip 2017
2016: Twenty-five youth and six adults traveled to Jamaica, Queens, New York to serve God in the city! For many of these young people it was their first mission trip. The group ranged in age from 6th to 11th grade students. The trip was a great success. We got to know each other and we got to meet the youth and leaders from other churches from Indiana and Pennsylvania. We also were privileged to serve at 2 different assisted living facilities, 2 different city gardens as well as working in parks. We ran a soup kitchen one night as well as a community barbecue. We got to see God’s presence in all of these locations and we talked about God’s effect in our own lives. We are tired, but feeling fulfilled. Here’s a link to some pictures from the trip… Mission Trip 2016 Gallery
2015: Sixteen youth and three adults traveled to the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in the southwest corner of South Dakota. They served the community in a variety of ways: working with children, the elderly, and painting/repairing local homes. All the while we got to know the people of “the rez” as we shared Christ’s love through serving. Thank you for supporting our teens as they grow in faith and in service.
Other Mission Trips:
2014: Queens, New York
2013: Lincoln County, West Virginia
2012: Rutland, Vermont
2011: Washington, DC
2010: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Note: Our trips to D.C and Philadelphia were with CSM – The Center for Student Missions