High School Youth Mission Trip
Location: Detroit, MI
June 23-30, 2019
Mandatory Meeting for everyone attending: Wednesday, January 16, 7:30-8:45 PM in Fellowship Hall (Adult Mentors, Parent & Youth must attend)
Mission Prep gatherings: Sunday mornings 10:30-11:45 AM (February 24, March 3, March 10)
“Soup & Songs” Fundraiser DInner: Saturday, March 16, 2-8 PM
“Stock” Sales: April 28, May 5 and May 12
Commissioning in Worship: Sunday, June 9, 9:30 AM
What We Will Do
This summer we will be traveling to Detroit, MI for an inner-city immersion experience. We will be spending the week volunteering with Cass Community Social Services, which brings a variety of assistance to people in the city. CCSS is a long standing and well respected non-profit through the United Methodist Church serving the greater Detroit area. During our time there we will be doing “hands on” volunteering which may include yard clean up, home repair and painting, landscaping, food prep in a local kitchen, stocking in food pantries, and volunteering at Community Activity Centers with adults or homeless children and youth. Our meals will be provided for us by our hosts and we will be staying in a dorm like setting with access to showers (and apparently a pool to swim in at the end of the day!). After dinner we will have small groups to debrief and enjoy being with each other. We will also travel to different restaurants and cultural activities in the evening to get to know the area and its history.
- CCSS prepares and serves 700,000 meals annually
- 300 homeless men, women and children currently stay in one of CCSS’ shelters or permanent supportive housing programs
- CCSS operates two weekly free medical clinics and a day program for 125 adults with developmental disabilities
- 80 adults are currently employed in the agency’s Green Industries program which marry jobs with sustainability
At the end of the week we will travel upstate to the Presbyterian Camp Westminster. We will spend Friday and Saturday night there at a lodge in the woods, and on Saturday we will float the Au Sable river in canoes for our fun day off. There will be s’mores and closing worship that night as well. We will return to Appleton Sunday Afternoon.
Don’t miss out on this awesome opportunity to serve, have fun, grow your faith and friendships, and get to experience both the inner-city and north woods of Michigan.
Every year we have a variety of fundraising efforts to defray the cost of the mission trip. A key to our success will be the participation of all youth in the
winter “Soups & Songs” event on March 16. Additionally, we will continue the spring youth Stock Sales that our church has so generously supported in the past and which take place April 28, May 5 and May 12. Fundraising proceeds are evenly split between those students who participate in each fundraiser. The final trip cost will be determined after our spring fundraising is finished. Our financial goal for this trip, after fundraising for those who participate, is to be in the neighborhood of $500. We cannot give a final cost until May, once all fundraising is finished.
Eligibility and Registration
All incoming ninth-graders through graduating seniors in 2019 are eligible to travel with us. We will also be accepting applications for a limited number of college mentors and adult mentors. Join us for this life-changing opportunity! To complete your reservation, please print and return the permission slip and expectations list along with a $150 non-refundable fee (payable to First Congregational with HS Mission/student’s name in Memo line) to the church office.
College and Parent Mentor Applications
Responsibilities for each of these mentor roles are outlined on the respective application forms. The Youth Mission Team will review all applications as they arrive and notify you when any decision has been made.
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How Can You Get Involved?
- Consider volunteering for our fundraising efforts.
- Join us for the Youth Mission Commissioning on June 9.
- Become a “Stockholder” by purchasing “stock” during our April and May sales. Proceeds directly go to offsetting trip costs. Join us for the stockholder brunch celebration on July 7.
- Pray for us!
High School Youth Mission Trip Forms
For Adult Chaperones
Adult Health Information Form
Volunteer Application and Background Check Authorization
Young Adult Mentor Application
Adult Mentor Application
General Conduct Agreement and Medical Insurance Waiver (Adults)