Each summer our high school students are given the opportunity to serve God and His Kingdom through a mission trip experience. Most even years (i.e. 2014, 2016, etc.) our mission trip is to Dry Bones in Denver, Colorado to participate in their Elevations program. Dry Bones is ministry to the homeless (a.k.a. "street friends"), specifically homeless teenagers and young adults. Elevations spends half the week preparing students spiritually for the ministry work they will be doing by backpacking and camping in the Rocky Mountains. The other half of the week is spent showing love to the street friends through activities such as feeding them meals or taking them bowling. In addition, students are taught the realities of what life is like for people who live on the streets.
Other years, our youth group has participated in mission trips to a variety of places, such as to Alabama to help clean up after the tornado catastrophe, Houston to help rebuild after Hurricane Harvey, and to Nicaragua to teach the Bible to the children there, as well as help the churches and preschools our church supports with various maintenance tasks like painting. These trips vary year to year through prayer and the needs we see around us.
Preparation for mission trips begin as early as December or January so students can begin the fundraising process. Students are required to work hard to prepare for the trip and to participate in all group fundraisers, as well as do their own individual fundraising. These trips are so impactful to the students' lives and their faith that they are worth every bit of work put into getting there.
Our church also offers ways for students to serve at the church by helping with various events in the Children's Ministry. Middle School and High School students can be involved in different leadership roles at children's bible classes or Music Camp. Students can be counselors at the children's camps too. Talk to any of the ministers to find out how!